But branding perfectly legitimate outlets with the same scarlet letter as those devoid of integrity deemed the professor's list a spurious attempt to defame alternative and independent media - anyone dissenting from the left's mainstream narrative - as a whole.
This is, in no uncertain terms, a hit list - or, at least, a laughable attempt - and it fits conveniently into the establishment's burgeoning war on independent media disguised as a battle against fake news.
When corporate media outlets from the,
...scrambled over one another to reprint this irresponsibly contrived hit list, they proved yet again a lack of journalistic integrity - the same issue that originally caused regular subscribers to abandon them in the first place.
Indeed, in this otherwise unknown professor's foray into the world of journalism, a glaring mistake was made - the only mainstream outlets making the list were those who had heralded Bernie Sanders as the best candidate for the White House.
Such an obvious attempt to control thought could only be conjured in a totalitarian regime.
In fact, failing to place the exact corporate media organizations on the list, who for nearly a year praised fealty only to Hillary Clinton - and for decades have foisted on the public countless mendacious whoppers - constitutes a comedic lack of honesty.
So, to bring that irony front and center, it's imperative to examine some mainstream lies - most of which had appalling consequences - including the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the United States and around the world.
1. George W. Bush's Weapons of Mass Destruction
President George W. Bush decided to unleash the full force of the U.S. military upon the world in a new policy of war writ large disguised as a war on terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
First arbitrarily designating Afghanistan as its primary victim due to the supposed identities of the attackers, Bush then chose Iraq to feel the wrath, and set out to invade the country following dubious claims Saddam Hussein harbored destructive chemical and biological weapons and was actively seeking far stronger munitions.
Bush's assertions were questioned by not only human rights experts, but by U.N. weapons inspectors and countless others - so shortly after the U.S. invaded the sovereign nation, the New York Times took up the slack to fill in the appropriate casus belli.
Judith Miller notoriously reported on a source she described only as an Iraqi scientist who had seen several extensive caches of such weapons stored somewhere in the country.
American weapons experts, she claimed,
In hindsight, Miller's problematic report turned out to be horrendously flawed, and the Times spent months attempting to backtrack, but the damage - fomenting widescale public support for a war no one wanted the military to undertake - had been done.
Years later in 2014, the Times - after much internal strife - again took up Miller's case, in a series reporting catastrophic injuries U.S. military personnel suffered in handling chemical weapons in Iraq.
But that report, and the parroting of it by multiple other mainstream mainstays, failed to fully disclose Hussein had been oblivious to the stockpiles presence - something the CIA had clearly stated in a report.
2. Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Often, the American mainstream media becomes a de facto government employee, taking the claims of U.S. officials and reporting them as proven fact - and nothing exemplifies this penchant better than reporting on the Gulf of Tonkin incident - perhaps one of most flagrant lies ever dreamed up as a justification for war.
On August 5, 1964, the New York Times reported,
Additional outlets, such as the Washington Post, echoed this claim.
But it wasn't true. At all.
In fact, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as it became known, turned out to be a fictitious creation courtesy of the government to escalate war in Vietnam - leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of U.S. troops and millions of Vietnamese, fomenting the largest anti-war movement in American history, and tarnishing the reputation of a nation once considered at least somewhat noble in the eyes of the world.
In 2010, more than 1,100 transcripts from the Vietnam era were released, proving Congress and officials raised serious doubts about the information fed to them by the Pentagon and White House.
But while this internal grumbling took place, mainstream media dutifully reported official statements as if the veracity of the information couldn't be disputed.
If due diligence had been performed, and reporters had raised appropriate doubts about the Gulf of Tonkin false flag, it's arguable whether support for the contentious war would have lasted as long as it did.
3. Suppression of brutality perpetrated in Bahrain during the Arab Spring
CNN sent reporter Amber Lyon and a crew to U.S. ally Bahrain for a documentary about technology's role in the 2011 people's uprising known as the Arab Spring, ultimately titled "iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring" - but what they encountered instead bore the hallmarks of a repressive and violent regime, and its attempt to filter and censor the truth.
Lyon and the other CNN reporters went to great lengths to speak with sources participating in the massive uprising - one the Bahraini government wished to quash at all costs.
Even the CNN crew experienced the wrath of the regime, upon showing up to interview one source, the Guardian continued,
After returning to the U.S., Lyon felt it her duty to expose the abuse being perpetrated by the government of an ally nation - but CNN International didn't agree.
CNN U.S. eventually aired the one-hour documentary. Once...
CNN International never did - worse, the organization gave Lyon the cold shoulder, ignoring her repeated requests to return to Bahrain, which would have put CNN ahead of the game in reporting government brutality.
Its failure to air the documentary and refusal to provide justification for doing so angered seasoned CNN and other mainstream established journalists across the board.
Lyon met with CNN International president Tony Maddox twice - he first promised to investigate why the documentary wasn't aired, and then turned against her, warning the journalist not to discuss the matter publicly.
Bahraini officials contacted CNN International repeatedly complaining about Lyon's continued reporting on what she'd witnessed. Intimidation continued until she was eventually laid off, putatively for an unrelated matter.
Attempting to save face, CNN International rebuffed the Guardian's account and interview with Lyon - but the effort was an impotent justification for the obvious failure of integrity.
But threats for Lyon to remain silent followed her off the job, and when she persisted in exposing the Bahraini regime, as well as the suppression by CNN, the outlet sent a stern warning to halt.
Lyon, however, said she had never signed a non-disclosure agreement and would not be pressured into their lies - ultimately walking away reputation in hand - something that could not be said for CNN.
4. That time Fox News hired a CIA operative who wasn't a CIA operative
Wayne Shelby Simmons made guest appearances on Fox News as a security expert with insider expertise from his work as a CIA operative - for over a decade.
However, Simmons had never been employed by the agency - in fact, the imposter's lies eventually caught up with him and he was arrested and sentenced to 33 months in prison.
In other words, mainstream Fox News didn't bother with journalism at all - proffering fake expertise as the real deal - because the outlet failed the most basic of tasks any hourly wage employer would perform.
Simmons' commentaries weren't harmless stabs in the dark, either - relentlessly parroting baseless Islamophobic rhetoric to drum up support for the government's insidious war on terror likely poisoned the minds of thousands of viewers, furthering the already divisive atmosphere in the U.S.
5. Vapid anti-marijuana propaganda and the furtherance of the war on drugs
In 2015, a striking 38.6 percent of all arrests for drug possession were for cannabis - 643,121 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses.
What those figures don't show are the millions of lives ruined by criminal conviction for the government's unjustifiable quest to eradicate, demonize, and vilify this beneficial plant.
An untold number of others have been slain by police for the same reason.
But worst of all, the mainstream media propagates nonsensical, false propaganda about cannabis to convince the gullible and ignorant among us to equate it with heroin, cocaine, and other 'illicit' substances.
And while a majority of the populace has seen through such lies, some outlets have obstinately continued the drug war - seemingly of their own volition.
One stunning example occurred in March last year, when Dr. David Samadi made a guest appearance on Fox News to fearmonger the horrors of marijuana and scare the bejeezus out of the viewing audience.
Fortunately, the Internet has provided the public with alternatives to these corporate media lies - and as of two years ago, despite these and other claims about pot being a dangerous substance, Pew Research Center found fully 69 percent of the population felt alcohol was more harmful than cannabis.
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While this list presents only a few of the bigger lies of the corporate press, there are innumerable examples of its proud history of actual fake news.
Keep these in mind when the mainstream presstitutes rush to reprint a hit list targeting journalists and outlets whose narratives counter the establishment.
Indeed, it would be the corporate media - with its vast captive audience - who most deserves to be listed as propagators of lies.