Alternative media Internet traffic in steep decline according to ‘statistics’: evidence of counterattack to keep .01% illegal rogue state empire from public recognition? Please look, and comment

Two paragraphs of context: CIA Director William Colby admitted to the US Senate in 1975 that they manipulate American corporate media for apparent purpose to “cover” obvious crimes centered in war, looting, and lying of US rogue state empire. 3-minutes of this history:

In November 2016, The Washington Post, President Obama, and corporate media launched the talking point of “fake news,” accusing a list of whistle-blowing websites that placed us as their 7th example. In 2017, leaked and declassified documents reveal more CIA psyops to conceal Emperor’s New Clothes facts from public recognition (and here).

Since the “fake news” psyops, SimilarWeb reports of Internet traffic show steep declines in alternative news page views. Data from some of my favorite sites from December 2016 to the latest data available of February 2017:

Want to Know: 400K to 189K  (- 53%)

Washington’s Blog: 620K to 397K  (- 36%)

What Really Happened: 1.75M to 1.3 M  (- 26%)

Activist Post: 1.35M to 950K  (- 30%)

Prison Planet: 2.35M to 1.4M  (- 40%)

David Icke: 2M to 1.5M  (-25%)

Project Camelot: 180K to 100K  (-44%)

Global Research: 3.2M to 3M  (- 7%)

Update with March data: I just checked and found three of the above eight sites rebounded slightly, with five declining further. Click on the above links to see for yourself.

Real decline for corporate media

I’ve reported decline of confidence in corporate media since I began writing in 2009. For examples from the last I looked in 2015:

According to a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center, the majority of the American public see the US major media news organizations as politically biased, inaccurate, and uncaring. Among those who use the Internet, two-thirds report that major media news do not care about the people they report on, 59% say the news is inaccurate, 64% see bias, and 53% summarize their view on major media news as, “failing to stand up for America.” In their 2009 poll, “just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate.” Gallup’s 2014 poll recorded the lowest ever US public confidence in accurate news reporting from corporate media’s television news: 18%.

A June 2010 Rasmussen poll found 66% of voters “angry” at the media, with 33% “very angry.” Rasmussen also found 70% “angry” at current federal government policies. The most current Gallup poll in 2012 shows Americans’ distrust at an all-time high in the reporting from “mass media — such as newspapers, TV, and radio”: 60% have either “not very much” trust and confidence or “none at all” to “reporting the news fully, accurately, and fairly.”

Real decline for alternative media, or fake statistics?

I got curious from our data reporting on Washington’s Blog, and decided to check other sites. I don’t believe the beginning of “fake news” with decline in data reporting to be a coincidence, and imagine that our “masters” would  plan multiple attacks on alternative media beyond “fake news” accusations. The manipulation of website traffic would seem to be an obvious choice to discourage alternative media.

What do you see? Please comment.

But whatever: the big picture is illegal rogue state empire requiring .01% arrests

Demanding .01% arrests as required truthful public response to defend Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness

Given the prima facie evidence, it’s unreasonable for Americans to “hope for change” from Donald Trump’s “leadership.” We the People must demand .01% arrests or continue to serve as minions and work animals to rogue state empire. Until .01% arrests prove real leadership to stop ongoing slaughter of millions of human beings, harm to billions, and looting of trillions, it is only reasonable for Americans to embrace the evidence only lightly summarized in this article to conclude ongoing illegal .01% empire under a new “teleprompter reader-in-chief,” lying psychopathic puppet, oligarchic tool on the Right hand of one vicious imperial political body.

The categories of crime include:

  1. Wars of Aggression (the worst crime a nation can commit).
  2. Likely treason for lying to US military, ordering unlawful attack and invasions of foreign lands, and causing thousands of US military deaths.
  3. Crimes Against Humanity for ongoing intentional policy of poverty that’s killed over 400 million human beings just since 1995 (~75% children; more deaths than from all wars in Earth’s recorded history).
  4. Tens of trillions in looting, including $6.5 trillion just reported by the US Department of “Defense” as “lost.”

US military, law enforcement, and all with Oaths to support and defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, face an endgame choice:

In just 90 seconds, former US Marine Ken O’Keefe powerfully states how you may choose to voice “very obvious solutions”: arrest the criminal leaders (video starts at 20:51, then finishes this episode of Cross Talk):

3-minute videoPolice, Military – Was your Oath sincere?

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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.

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Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu

Note: Examiner.com has blocked public access to my articles on their site (and from other whistleblowers), so some links in my previous work are blocked. If you’d like to search for those articles other sites may have republished, use words from the article title within the blocked link. Or, go to http://archive.org/web/, paste the expired link into the box, click “Browse history,” then click onto the screenshots of that page for each time it was screen-shot and uploaded to webarchive. I’ll update as “hobby time” allows; including my earliest work from 2009 to 2011 (blocked author pages: herehere).

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  • iseeit

    Thanks for another great article Carl.
    I sincerely respect you and appreciate the truth you share.
    I suspect that another explanation might be in order insofar as the seemingly fake news meme generated audience loss:

    New competition?

    • Carl_Herman

      You’re welcome, iseeit. Feel free to explore and comment about what sites have steady or increased traffic. I looked at https://www.similarweb.com

      • rad radio

        Please keep in mind that most traffic is from bots, so all they have to do to create the illusion of a traffic drop is pull their bots..

        – what do this site’s server logs show?

        Also Carl, when you first mentioned the CalPERS scandal a few years ago, I said the too-big-to-jail bankster crooks stole it, that they’re stealing everything not nailed down.

        Now we see this draining of pension funds is happening nationwide just as I said.

        All one has to do is look closely at reported experiences from a multitude of sources and connect-the-dots, and then this tactic of controlled inertia – of always only being only on the cusp of discovery, too little too late, and repeating this tactic over & over again’s effectiveness can be seen for what it is.

        Besides, repeating the same incomplete too little too late meme is the hallmark of propaganda. Do you miraculously think that if you just re-post the same thing one more time, suddenly people will just snap and the revolt will start? And isn’t ALL the alternative media engaged in this same tactic?

        Maybe this same ol’ same ol’ is just preaching to the choir and/or falling on deaf ears.

        I keep checking in here hoping to see something new, something groundbreaking, yet all I see is a pale shadow of zerohedge, which is mostly clickbait mixed in with rank propaganda pieces directly from the bankster crooks themselves – “BoA says” “Goldman Sachs says”, “Jamie Dimond says”

        Jesus don’t they already own the corporate media already? Aren’t we subjected to their ‘opinion pieces’ enough as it is? What function is the ‘alternative’ media really providing when this passes for news?

        The corporate media really sucks true. But by my perspective the so-called alternative media sucks only slightly less.

        • Carl_Herman

          Thank you, rad radio, for your insightful comments. The owner of this blog can access the data, if this is of interest.

          From my view, I attempt to communicate a balance between the .01%’s “crime du jour” along with the context corporate media and “leadership” never ever ever ever mention of ongoing lie-based and illegal rogue state empire.

          The purpose of alternative media, or at least my purpose among many others documenting, is the exposure and end of the .01% psychopathic empire. Communication is only successful with the recreation of a message among a target audience. In this case, our purpose is a critical mass of humanity for an “Emperor’s New Clothes” public recognition of facts in front of all of us, lawful arrests of .01% leaders, and discovery of the facts of apparent planetary enslavement by this .01% class.

          So: until we win, I’ll do my best with the time I have for this “hobby” to place emerging news in the ongoing historical context. Yes, coming up with new material is more interesting, and that said, time-consuming to professionally discover and communicate verifiable facts.

          We’re doing the best we can.

  • K. Chris C.

    As to “Orwellian”:

    Orwell, in his “1984,” was trying to warn we of the future about something more sinister than a coming general tyranny. His warning was very specific for those paying attention.

    That warning is the fact that the chief enemy of the state and Party, “Big Brother,” in “1984” is the Inner-Party defector Emmanuel Goldstein.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • Carl_Herman

      My read on Emmanuel Goldstein is to create fictional “enemies” to justify government suppression. This seems key to our .01%’s narrative, yes.

  • John Hankinson

    Thanks for the numerous links supporting your argument. Quite complete and insightful.

  • Bhakti Socrates

    The alternative news sources are no better at revealing the truth than the MSM, primarily because virtually everyone is so poorly educated that everything spoken is bullshit or illusion. Other than you, Carl, every other writer on this site is obviously deluded and has no grasp of actual reality. Frankly, if you realized the impact your own message registers on society you’d stop wasting your time and play with your kids instead. Think about your core meme: the scrooge conversion. Every one of your examples is fictional. Time to explore new ideas or hang it up and play with the kids.

    Nobody (who reads this site) knows anything in truth. You’ve all been defeated by your intellectual superiors and your own undefeatable desire to manipulate and control is what serves you up to them.

    • kimyo

      you do present a killer argument re: the scrooge conversion: ‘Every one of your examples is fictional.’

      still, i’d be pretty confident that most of the readership here finds nist’s explanation of the collapse of building 7 to be completely unbelievable.

      that’s a start, it’s what’s needed. get building 7 in front a sufficient quantity of americans and no one will ever believe a future word out of the msm.

      then carl and company can say ‘mission accomplished’.

    • Carl_Herman

      If what you say about “virtually everyone” is true, then the planet is lost. I see all evidence pointing in the opposite direction: virtually everyone is recognizing piece after piece of reality.

      With all respect, you present a straw man argument about my “core meme” and “every one of your examples is fictional.” Reference to a “Scrooge conversion” is periodic reminder to .01% minions that they have a choice, with my actual core message in this article under the section, “But whatever: the big picture is illegal rogue state empire requiring .01% arrests”.

      My academic work points to key examples of objective and independently verifiable facts centered in war, money, and lies we’re told, the opposite of “fictional examples.” The purpose of our communication requires persistence rather than what you seem to suggest “to explore new ideas or hang it up” because the desired outcome for 99% of humanity is our victory. In your view, what, we write about a topic once and then abandon it? What good is that for our kids or anyone’s kids?

      And you state, “every other writer on this site is obviously deluded and has no grasp of actual reality”, our readers know nothing of truth, and we’re all defeated by some group of superiors along with our own “desire to manipulate and control.” Hmm. Ok, live and speak as you see best as we at Washington’s Blog do our best to communicate actual reality, empower readers with truth, and defeat .01% wanna-be “superiors” without the manipulation and control we receive.

      • Bhakti Socrates

        I stand by my comments, nothing stated on this site EVER says anything we should hear. For example:
        The world is ruled by secretive groups of criminals who have corrupted economy, governance, science, food, health, education and news through fraud. These persons most likely engage in wicked acts of empowerment such as child sacrifice and obviously promote genocide, creating death in every sphere they touch. Yet, a person who is able to see this world operating exactly as it should, under the direction of the Supreme Person, seeing the Lord existing within the heart of each living entity, even within each atom, and seeing these demonstrations of vile behavior as the playing out of the individual living entities desires while receiving the result of their past actions, sees things as they are and not only lives happily within this world, but literally transcends it and establishes themselves in an eternal relationship with that Supreme Person through devotion.

        A mouthful, but again, not a word like anything ever mentioned here. Sure, the stories dance around that first sentence without addressing the correct reaction to it. As I mentioned, you come the closest to addressing real choices of action, but your choices are pointless. None of the .01% will successfully invoke a scrooge conversion, they are destroyed if they try. No one has been arrested and it is virtually certain that nothing other than scapegoats ever will be. You are creating fear and anxiety and as the antidote you propose fictional and implausible outcomes. I’ve previously asked you how such arrests and ensuing truth & reconciliation hearings will be effected. You do not know, you responded, we need to figure that out. Then write when you have it figured out, until then you create undo anxiety in others. Moreover, the opportunity cost for what you could be saying or doing with your time instead represents the true offense against your audience.

        The rest of the writers here are clueless bozo’s. CHS speaks as if he knew the answers, when his extremely limited knowledge turns his musings into intellectual landmines for his readers. Other than his talks on “Nearly free University” he has nothing to say worth hearing. He doesn’t care, he does this for the money, he’s an intellectual phoney and whore.

        Mr. Zeuss is dedicated to looking for dirt in the world. If he spent that time looking for the good he’d have something worth saying, but he, like so many, really believes in nothing at all and his endless criticism is a fool’s attempt to excuse his lack of convictions.

        David Swanson is most likely a shill and if not then he’s just a dolt. While much of the factual information he provides is unassailable, his central meme “No War” is idiotic. Change that tune to “No corporate sanctioned war”, that would be different. Even that hides the truth, which is rarely discussed, that “Corporate” means the financial aristocracy, the remaining monarchs plus their paid lackey’s and apologists. We should wage war upon them. War will always exist for the simple reason that God loves war as a device for eliminating the wicked. We just don’t see wars with that motivation in this age. We will. Wars should be fought between the theists and the atheists, but currently the atheists are more clever and pit the weak theists against each other.

        We don’t need to hear endlessly about the unfortunate events of this world, they will never cease unless and until everyone lives as they should. What would that look like? Jesus came to tell of the good news of the kingdom of God, encouraging everyone to give up working for temporary things of this world and work instead with a mind towards entering that kingdom. More recently HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami came delivering descriptions of this kingdom, with the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees, encouraging us all to engage in devotional service to the Lord and thereby regain knowledge of our true selves and enter into those pastimes with the Lord. Simply hearing about this world consigns one to remain here, in a place of suffering and death that will never be anything but that.

        The opportunity cost in what you speak versus what you could be speaking is deafening.

        • Carl Herman

          I appreciate your thoughtful comments and Life, Bhakti. You might enjoy my “interviews” with Socrates and angels.

          .01% arrests will happen when those with lawful authority are inspired to create those actions, not before. Of course I don’t know how those people will choose to act; that is not my area of authority. What is in my domain, and all of ours, is to demand they do the job they swore to do, and are paid by us to do.

          There is a balance of spiritual living and Earthly living. We are incarnated on Earth with physical equipment for reasons that I respectfully suggest go beyond what any of us see. Are you exploring these reasons?

          You say to look for and speak the good, yet attack writers addressing the darkest crimes. Your call of how to self-express, and perhaps you can find partnership with all of us working to create heaven on Earth.

          Again, you might appreciate my conversations with Socrates, if you care to look.

  • DonRickles

    So basically that was a lot of random barf with a pro-Iran plug at the end of it.

    • Carl_Herman

      You’ll earn a world of random barf run by “masters” alternating between pro and con of forever wars with that approach to Life DonRickles. Enjoy your earnings, if that’s what you care most to work for.

  • bill

    Probably because a lot of those sites listed sold out to Trump and are nothing more than Big cheerleaders for the orange clown himself. Used to visit a lot of those sites listed until I got so sick of them cramming Chump down our throats. If their traffic is in steep decline, it’s probably because most others feel the same as I do, they do not represent alternative media anymore as far as I’m concerned. Might as well be teaming up with Faux news or Rachel Maddow.

  • madrino

    Mr. Herman, you are correct on everything you say. However, the people that run this world have no conscience, run war, gmo, weapons, policy in international affairs,… as a business. Those that profited from unlimited growth no want to reverse it, (Hastings Institute, Cold Spring Harbor, International interlocking militaries and intel agencies etc.). The following is something that few if any know about called Solar Radiation Management, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, Carbon Dioxide Removal…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHKEEqYlJP4 Forum on U.S. Solar Geoengineering Research
    https://weathermodificationhistory.com Weather Modification History
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/783057/russia-methane-filled-lakes-craters-could-explode

    There is another ustream video from JPL and Caltech explaining their actions
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29293171 CHEMTRAILS (SOLAR RADIATION MANAGEMENT BY DOD, JPL)

    I found out the hard way when the US was actively spraying the desert southwest in the late 90s. I was in Chandler Arizona. What they are spraying is found in the Carnicom Institute at https://carnicominstitute.org/wp/ . and yes, the effects were very bad on my skin and body.

    Some NASA and Intelligence people working at Geoengineering watch

    http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org. Mel Carnicom has his own video too at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yHCkpTZgms

    Dave WIgington was loosing his photovoltaic uptake when he found out

    A government document describing the Geoengineering we are doing is detailed at

    Geoengineering:
    Governance and Technology Policy
    Kelsi Bracmort
    Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy
    Richard K. Lattanzio
    Analyst in Environmental Policy
    November 26, 2013

    Which, IMHO I listed what is being done per the article and the repercussions what I wrote in the following:
    Increase surface and cloud reflectivity (albedo), geo and soil snd oceanic carbon sinks (storage), nutriant and carbon added to the ocean, enhanced (forced) downwelling and circulation, stratospheric aerosol injection, sunshades and finally reforestation. So: put a blanket over the stratosphere and hope that long wave radiation can outflow faster than the reduced short wave radiation of the sun using toxic reflective meterials? Increase reflectivity using toxic reflective materials. Add nutrients to the ocean for massive bloom and species die off. Add carbon to lower level rock, soil and water modifying the balance of nutrients of the soil, oceans and lakes so that less life will be the result. Reforestation for what when photosynthesis is impaired. SRM and CDR. RedOx testing done at all with elemental change? Who and what is this a plan for? Earth under glass?

    and

    Solar radiation mgt will destroy the oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle of plants and animals and leave the land, oceans and seas a dead due to the loss of light to plants as well as lead to the destruction of all life as oxygen continues to dwindle (it’s the oxygen stupid). The hydrological cycle will also be severely affected. Diabolical militarists at the hands of bankster owners, have exploded nuclear weapons in the deep seas and earth to the highest altitudes just to find out how it affects the planets’ radiation belts and tectonic plates as well as having a goal of controlling the weather. No level of stupidity and destruction has gone untouched by this cabal. While they believe the ends justifies the means, which it never does, these people don’t know or don’t care about the end game. The people in charge have no wisdom of the repercussions of what they have done and are doing. Contrived science, reverse engineering and manipulated math are not solutions. The National Academy of Sciences are trying to manipulate statistics so that the “outcomes” of scientific experiments are considered viable in hypothesis testing and are within the manufactured variance of acceptable measurement and risk. I’ve gone to NASA’s website of research facilities recently, have worked in the IoT realm, have studied Habitat III, and have come to the conclusion that information goes in the eyes and out the mouth with little thought or accountability of the permutations of outcome possibilities making the outrageous acceptable. In other words, these people, when using contrived science, are trying to change the ruler when making measurements of probability and risk.

    Just as all wars, especially WWI and WWII, were contrived, those that are making the decisions are the most violent and virulent of “people” the world has ever known.

    This is just a fraction of all the attack on life on earth that is happening. Cows gut fauna have been turned carnivorous http://greatgameindia.com/global-forces-behind-cow-slaughter-conspiracy-india-explained/ , meat has been tainted with virus as to interfere with bacterial growth (bacteria eating virus according to the USDA)…GMO and RNAi, transgenesis and gene drive. Then there is IoT, Habitat III, Industrialization 4.0, 2.5 billion have TB according to WHO, and on and on (Ted talks, technocracy.news, UN/International Chamber of Commerce)

    God help us all.

    • Carl_Herman

      Thank you, madrino, for your testimony and resources. Yes, many of us have found out “the hard way” which may be a near requirement for humans to wake-up to the hard facts worse than any capacity of ordinary imagination.

      Yes, God help us (and perhaps she is).

      We’ll do what we can in literal good-faith work 🙂

  • Shiggity

    The greatest propaganda tool in the history of the world is television.

    The deep state (Centralized Finance + Centralized Intelligence) is freaking out because young people across the globe are watching very little television these days. The 30 and under crowd are all online, whereas the 65+ crew gets almost all it’s information from TV. That’s why people seem to live in different worlds / parallel universes.

    TV is a one way avenue of information, the internet has open dialogue and many places to find information. This terrifies the deep state.

    This is why the powers that be are pushing so hard to destroy net neutrality and to completely try and lock down the internet.

  • wunsacon

    Carl,

    My thoughts regarding the decrease in traffic:

    – I bet traffic to alternative media decreased because THE ELECTION IS OVER.

    – Once you recognize and turn away from propaganda, you never go back. NO ONE who’s turned to reading the work of real journalists and honest analysts is going to return to reading the work of obvious propaganda outlets.

    – The propaganda psyop can’t hope to return free thinkers to the fold. They are probably performing damage control, to keep the remaining sheeple kettled.

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  • cettel

    I did a check at that same traffic-counting site, https://www.similarweb.com/ for cbsnews.com and for several other mainstream sites and found the same steep drop-off in audience-size after the November 8th elections. This seems to invalidate your basic argument here.

    • Carl_Herman

      Hi Eric. Great idea! I checked since December for as you suggested (that’s what I was counting here attempting to take into account drops from the election):

      CBS: 52.9M to 49.5M (-7%)
      ABC: 66.8M to 48.8M (-27%)
      CNN: 418M to 453.8M (+9%)
      NBC: 65.3M to 66.5M (+2%)
      FOX: 240.5M to 239.1M (-1%)

      and just to compare:
      ESPN: 409.5M to 350.2M (-14%)

      So! It seems their total drops are less than those alternative sites I checked. Also, please note that I did not present an “argument” to support or invalidate, as you state, but a question. The only argument I presented is a context of ongoing rogue state empire requiring .01% arrests for ongoing crimes annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions.

  • That site seems to show most most current events driven websites peaking in traffic in early Dec. and then declining. telegraph.co.uk is flat. I’m going to guess that there is a baseline decline driven by either seasonality or a sample effect and that sites which look flat (also youtube.com) are picking up market share. Foreign visitors getting turned off by US politics could play a role too.

  • TimeToWakeUPAmerica

    The “elite” Anglo-JUDAICS are waging a WAR on WHITE (“Middle-Class”) AMERICANS. It’s THAT simple.

    The Path to Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government & Its Silent Coup
    http://sgtreport.com/2017/04/the-path-to-total-dictatorship-americas-shadow-government-its-silent-coup/

    DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH?! Read ALL the comments in the ‘comments’ section.

  • anon

    This site must be a shill-site for the ZIONISTS. Otherwise, why did you not post my comment?

    Here it is, again:

    The “elite” Anglo-JUDAICS are waging a WAR on WHITE (“Middle-Class”) AMERICANS. It’s THAT simple.

    The Path to Total Dictatorship: America’s Shadow Government & Its Silent Coup
    http://sgtreport.com/2017/04/the-path-to-total-dictatorship-americas-shadow-government-its-silent-coup/

    DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH?! Read ALL the comments in the ‘comments’ section.

    • Carl_Herman

      If you’re unaware that we’re leaders to document Israel’s lies and unlawful War of Aggression on Gaza, you speak from ignorance. We only remove spam and the most vile in language.

  • JerseyCynic

    related: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/uw-professor-the-information-war-is-real-and-were-losing-it/

    I haven’t been paying attention lately. Had there been mass shootings (that turn into) false flags during this decreased traffic period? Seems to me this is a key factor that increases traffic to alternative media sites.

  • collette.robert@yahoo.com

    I don’t believe third party votes are counted. Everything is rigged and has been since the CIA coup in 1963. Everything is contrived, planned to manipulate us, intimidate us, discourage us or confuse us. They have been manipulating You Tube numbers for a long time and it is easy to imagine that they would like to give a false figure to what is a massive shift of trust away from the mainstream media.

  • Bobs_Vendetta

    I get much of my news from independent news media sites online. I have no idea what their traffic is, but I have seen none of them note that their traffic has declined. I think I have seen some claim their traffic has increased. I wouldn’t trust any government reports on this, or google, or facebook, or any web site pushing a neoliberal neocon agenda.