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CounterSpin, the weekly radio program of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. CounterSpin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news’ narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more.

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1.  ‘Disinformation’ Label Serves to Marginalize Crucial Ukraine Facts  

2022-05-18


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Corporate media have increasingly taken to branding realities inconvenient to US information goals as “disinformation” spread by Russia. The post ‘Disinformation’ Label Serves to Marginalize Crucial Ukraine Facts appeared first on FAIR.

2.  ‘Liberal’ Newspapers Liked the Justices Who Will Kill Roe  

2022-05-16


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Major liberal-leaning outlets reassured readers that fears Trump justices would undo Court decisions upholding civil rights were overblown. The post ‘Liberal’ Newspapers Liked the Justices Who Will Kill Roe appeared first on FAIR.

3.  Julie Hollar on Roe Reversal, Tesnim Zekeria on Baby Formula Shortage  

2022-05-13


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Elite media are interested in abortion as an issue, but it is not understood as a human right but rather as a partisan football. The post Julie Hollar on Roe Reversal, Tesnim Zekeria on Baby Formula Shortage appeared first on FAIR.

4.  Media Ignore Criticism of DHS’s New ‘Disinformation’ Board—Unless it’s from the Right  

2022-05-13


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If only the right gets to weigh in on what’s “scary,” the voices of those who truly suffer will continue to go unheard. The post Media Ignore Criticism of DHS’s New ‘Disinformation’ Board—Unless it’s from the Right appeared first on FAIR.

5.  The Extraordinary Supremacy of the Hyperwealthy  

2022-05-11


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While the hyperwealthy attract celebrity treatment, when they manage multinational companies their extraordinary supremacy becomes clearer. The post The Extraordinary Supremacy of the Hyperwealthy appeared first on FAIR.

6.  ‘What if We Use Public Money to Transform What Local Media Looks Like?’  

2022-05-11


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"What we talked about was not the woes of one specific industry, but instead we talked about the impact on communities." The post ‘What if We Use Public Money to Transform What Local Media Looks Like?’ appeared first on FAIR.

7.  Manufacturing Opinion on Lifting Title 42 Border Restrictions  

2022-05-10


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Once respondents have been given specific information, they no longer represent the larger population they are supposed to represent, The post Manufacturing Opinion on Lifting Title 42 Border Restrictions appeared first on FAIR.

8.  ‘The Race Crisis and the Democracy Crisis Are Inseparable’  

2022-05-10


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"We cannot downplay or disregard the white nationalist assault on multi-racial democracy, and we have to document it everywhere it turns up." The post ‘The Race Crisis and the Democracy Crisis Are Inseparable’ appeared first on FAIR.

9.  ‘The Core of Copaganda Is the Symbiotic Relationship Between Press and Police’  

2022-05-06


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"We have to understand that journalism is something that anybody should be able to do. We should all be able to document our stories." The post ‘The Core of Copaganda Is the Symbiotic Relationship Between Press and Police’ appeared first on FAIR.

10.  Trans Youth Targeted by Texas Are Marginalized by Corporate Media  

2022-05-05


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Bigotry is experiencing an unprecedented mainstreaming—through the calculations of conservative media, and the indifference of centrist media. The post Trans Youth Targeted by Texas Are Marginalized by Corporate Media appeared first on FAIR.

11.  Josmar Trujillo on Hyper-Policing  

2022-04-29


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"If it bleeds, it leads" journalism lets news outlets look as though they're tracking an important event in real time. The post Josmar Trujillo on Hyper-Policing appeared first on FAIR.

12.  Damn Good for CBS—but Really Bad for Democracy  

2022-04-27


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With CBS News hiring former Trump aide Mick Mulvaney, once again commercial values trumped democratic principles in mainstream news media. The post Damn Good for CBS—but Really Bad for Democracy appeared first on FAIR.

13.  ‘This Portrayal of Urban Environment Definitely Did Fuel Fear’  

2022-04-21


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"The more people watched local television news, the more likely they were to associate criminality with being Black." The post ‘This Portrayal of Urban Environment Definitely Did Fuel Fear’ appeared first on FAIR.

14.  Media Need to Treat Every Day as Earth Day if We Want a Livable Planet  

2022-04-21


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On Earth Day, no doubt most major media will pay lip service to the extreme dangers of climate change. But what happens the next day? The post Media Need to Treat Every Day as Earth Day if We Want a Livable Planet appeared first on FAIR.

15.  Blaming Workers, Hiding Profits in Primetime Inflation Coverage  

2022-04-21


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Segments on inflation put far more emphasis on the contributions of labor shortages than to the role of corporate profit-taking. The post Blaming Workers, Hiding Profits in Primetime Inflation Coverage appeared first on FAIR.

16.  Trump’s Asylum Ban Hasn’t Disappeared—but Media Outrage Over It Has  

2022-04-22


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In place of 2020’s concern over “shelved safeguards,” the Washington Post justifies a policy that two years ago was viewed as extreme. The post Trump’s Asylum Ban Hasn’t Disappeared—but Media Outrage Over It Has appeared first on FAIR.

17.  ACTION ALERT: Big Media Want Gigi Sohn Kept Off FCC Board  

2022-04-19


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Tell your senators to push for the confirmation of Gigi Sohn to the FCC board. The post ACTION ALERT: Big Media Want Gigi Sohn Kept Off FCC Board appeared first on FAIR.

18.  Don’t Trust Polls on ‘Don’t Say Gay’  

2022-04-14


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These polls are measuring respondents’ reactions after being exposed to only a portion of the Florida law’s provisions. The post Don’t Trust Polls on ‘Don’t Say Gay’ appeared first on FAIR.

19.  NYT Responded to Subway Shooting With ‘Relentless String of Copaganda’  

2022-04-14


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Alec Karakatsanis looked closely at how the New York Times used a crisis to boost police talking points and lies in some creative ways. The post NYT Responded to Subway Shooting With ‘Relentless String of Copaganda’ appeared first on FAIR.

20.  Layla A. Jones on ‘Lights. Camera. Crime’  

2022-04-15


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The Philadelphia Inquirer's "A More Perfect Union" project is aimed at examining racism in US institutions, including media institutions. The post Layla A. Jones on ‘Lights. Camera. Crime’ appeared first on FAIR.

21.  ‘There Is Plenty of Evidence to Request the Arrest of Trump’  

2022-04-15


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"Bringing criminal charges when there is probable cause to believe that Trump committed federal crimes is what the law requires." The post ‘There Is Plenty of Evidence to Request the Arrest of Trump’ appeared first on FAIR.

22.  ‘Once the Federal Government Legalizes, Many More States Would Follow Through’  

2022-04-15


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"Marijuana isn’t just about legalization...but making sure that the communities that have been harmed the most...are really at the center." The post ‘Once the Federal Government Legalizes, Many More States Would Follow Through’ appeared first on FAIR.

23.  Documenting the Struggle Against a Hedge Fund Stripping Journalism for Parts  

2022-04-11


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What is lost when billionaires who are only concerned with profiteering take over our most influential news organizations?  The post Documenting the Struggle Against a Hedge Fund Stripping Journalism for Parts appeared first on FAIR.

24.  ACTION ALERT: WaPo Lets Bigots Frame Discussion of Sexual Politics in Schools  

2022-04-12


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Please ask the Washington Post to foreground the viewpoints of LGBTQ+ students rather than bigots in coverage of sexual politics in schools.  The post ACTION ALERT: WaPo Lets Bigots Frame Discussion of Sexual Politics in Schools appeared first on FAIR.

25.  Selling Albright as a ‘Feminist Icon’: Was the Price Worth It?  

2022-04-13


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When Madeleine Albright died of cancer last month, a stream of fawning obituaries hailed her as a hero of NATO and a feminist icon. The post Selling Albright as a ‘Feminist Icon’: Was the Price Worth It? appeared first on FAIR.

26.  ‘You Have to Laugh at the Ways Agencies Will Evade Giving You Information’  

2022-04-11


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"We have to take the victories that are there. And we have to at least try to inform people about what's going on." The post ‘You Have to Laugh at the Ways Agencies Will Evade Giving You Information’ appeared first on FAIR.

27.  Marjorie Cohn on Prosecuting Trump, Mike Liszewski on Marijuana Justice  

2022-04-08


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  This week on CounterSpin: He wanted to go to the Capitol on January 6, Donald Trump tells the Washington Post, but the Secret Service wouldn’t let him. He hated the violence, and was furious Nancy Pelosi wasn’t putting a stop to it. He doesn’t remember getting many phone calls, and he didn’t destro...

28.  Racism ‘Hovers’ Over Events Like Jackson Hearings Because It Goes Unnamed  

2022-04-08


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Timidity and awkward "even-handedness" ultimately provide cover for ideas and tactics that should be ruthlessly exposed for what they are. The post Racism ‘Hovers’ Over Events Like Jackson Hearings Because It Goes Unnamed appeared first on FAIR.

29.  Right-Wing US Media Applaud Hungary’s Orban as Example to Follow  

2022-04-08


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  Viktor Orbán has been re-elected the Hungarian prime minister, a win for the global far-right movement. Now the European Union’s longest-lasting leader, he has served as prime minister since 2010. Orbán’s rule in Hungary—a member of both the EU and NATO—has drawn scorn from the international communit...

30.  ‘Someone Who Cared About Integrity Would Have Recused Himself’  

2022-04-06


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  Janine Jackson interviewed Sarah Lipton-Lubet about the Clarence Thomas/Ginni Thomas conflicts for the April 22, 2022, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.   Janine Jackson: NPR‘s Morning Edition on March 30 said that further revelations that Ginni Thomas, spouse of Suprem...

31.  Western Sahara Overlooked in Israel/Arab Summit Reporting  

2022-04-05


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Israel and Morocco share a common goal: maintaining military occupations that are widely condemned throughout the world. The post Western Sahara Overlooked in Israel/Arab Summit Reporting appeared first on FAIR.

32.  Corporate Press Scapegoats Vulnerable Homeless for Rise in Subway Crime  

2022-04-04


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Coverage that conflates crime with homelessness scapegoats a marginalized population--and leaves out rising crimes against homeless people. The post Corporate Press Scapegoats Vulnerable Homeless for Rise in Subway Crime appeared first on FAIR.

33.  Greenwald’s Bombshell Brazil Scoops Have Curious Blindspot for US Involvement  

2022-04-03


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The lack of analysis of US involvement in Lava Jato is especially surprising because Greenwald has long been a critic of US foreign policy. The post Greenwald’s Bombshell Brazil Scoops Have Curious Blindspot for US Involvement appeared first on FAIR.

34.  Sarah Lipton-Lubet on Ginni Thomas Conflict, Dave Maass on Trasparency and Journalism  

2022-04-01


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Will we keep having a Supreme Court justice declaring himself "one being" with a spouse who declares the 2020 election an "obvious fraud"? The post Sarah Lipton-Lubet on Ginni Thomas Conflict, Dave Maass on Trasparency and Journalism appeared first on FAIR.

35.  Gerrymandering: Making Elections Safe From Democracy  

2022-03-28


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What if voters have a preference for something other than single-party districts? This problem isn’t even on the radar. The post Gerrymandering: Making Elections Safe From Democracy appeared first on FAIR.

36.  ‘Just Pay Attention to What Our Own Government Is Doing in Yemen’  

2022-03-25


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"Every step of the way, the US is helping and facilitating and enabling this coalition to continue bombing Yemen." The post ‘Just Pay Attention to What Our Own Government Is Doing in Yemen’ appeared first on FAIR.

37.  New York Times’ Fear of Ordinary People Talking Back  

2022-03-25


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Annoyance at the rabble’s elevation in the discourse has evolved into hand-wringing over the future of liberalism. The post New York Times’ Fear of Ordinary People Talking Back appeared first on FAIR.

38.  Carol Anderson on History, Race and Democracy  

2022-03-25


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It's a good time to recall that we had a war in this country in which many people declared that they cared more about white supremacy. The post Carol Anderson on History, Race and Democracy appeared first on FAIR.

39.  Escalation Without Consequences on the Op-Ed Page  

2022-03-22


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Opinion pages call for pumping weaponry into the conflict, choking Russian civilians with sanctions, even instituting a "no-fly zone." The post Escalation Without Consequences on the Op-Ed Page appeared first on FAIR.

41.  Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen, David Arkush on Fed Climate Veto  

2022-03-18


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Yemen is not a rhetorical device. It's a country of human beings in crisis. The post Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen, David Arkush on Fed Climate Veto appeared first on FAIR.

42.  How Much Less Newsworthy Are Civilians in Other Conflicts?  

2022-03-18


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TV coverage of Ukraine has both a familiar reliance on US officials to frame events and a newfound ability to cover the impact on civilians. The post How Much Less Newsworthy Are Civilians in Other Conflicts? appeared first on FAIR.

43.  ‘Communities Should Not Pay Amazon. It Should Be the Other Way Around.’  

2022-03-17


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"Rich companies with armies of consultants...are going to come in and grab every piece of money laying on the table they can." The post ‘Communities Should Not Pay Amazon. It Should Be the Other Way Around.’ appeared first on FAIR.

44.  ‘These Attacks Are on Children and Their Families’  

2022-03-11


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"When we talk about gender-affirming care, it's not an ambiguous, abstract concept. It is medically necessary, life-saving care." The post ‘These Attacks Are on Children and Their Families’ appeared first on FAIR.

45.  What Polls About a Ukraine ‘No-Fly Zone’ Really Tell Us  

2022-03-11


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Nearly three in 10 who say enforcing a no-fly zone is a good idea also say they oppose the US shooting down Russian military planes. The post What Polls About a Ukraine ‘No-Fly Zone’ Really Tell Us appeared first on FAIR.

46.  Saudi PR Pays Off at the Atlantic  

2022-03-10


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The piece went to great lengths to make the royal ruler relatable to the common American, pointing out that he eats breakfast with his kids. The post Saudi PR Pays Off at the Atlantic appeared first on FAIR.

47.  ‘Student Debt Hurts the Economy and Cancellation Will Improve Lives’  

2022-03-10


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"We like to say that we are demanding abolition or cancellation, not forgiveness, because we have nothing to be sorry for." The post ‘Student Debt Hurts the Economy and Cancellation Will Improve Lives’ appeared first on FAIR.

48.  Murdoch-Owned Outlets Ignore Their Own Role in Hate Crime Surge  

2022-03-07


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Murdoch–owned outlets focused on hate crime without taking responsibility for the xenophobia they’ve consistently peddled.  The post Murdoch-Owned Outlets Ignore Their Own Role in Hate Crime Surge appeared first on FAIR.

49.  Braxton Brewington on Student Loan Debt, Andy Marra on Trans Youth Rights  

2022-03-04


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Is what we call "higher" education an individual investment or a public good? The way news media talk about it could be decisive. The post Braxton Brewington on Student Loan Debt, Andy Marra on Trans Youth Rights appeared first on FAIR.

50.  Calling Both Sides ‘Spoiled’ in Baseball Lockout Ignores How Owners Forced Labor War  

2022-03-01


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As baseball’s opening day looms nearer without a new labor agreement, the nation’s sports media are pointing fingers squarely at both sides, The post Calling Both Sides ‘Spoiled’ in Baseball Lockout Ignores How Owners Forced Labor War appeared first on FAIR.

51.  Joseph Torres on Tulsa Massacre  

2022-02-25


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  This week on CounterSpin: Black History Month has always been something of a double-edged sword: It implies that Black history is somehow not “history,” that it has to be shoehorned in, “artificially,” to garner any value, with the corollary implication that if you choose to ignore it, you aren’t missin...

52.  Palin v. NYT Is Latest Salvo Against Free Press Protection  

2022-02-25


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Sullivan, once seen as a necessary shield to protect independent speech from powerful figures, is being painted as a bad guy. The post Palin v. NYT Is Latest Salvo Against Free Press Protection appeared first on FAIR.

53.  In Ukraine, ‘No One Hears That There Is a Diplomatic Solution’  

2022-02-24


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"This current escalation started because of the US involvement in the Ukrainian government’s politics." The post In Ukraine, ‘No One Hears That There Is a Diplomatic Solution’ appeared first on FAIR.

54.  Bryce Greene on Ukraine  

2022-02-18


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Understanding the Ukraine crisis involves letting go of the storyline in which the US equals benevolent democracy and Russia equals craven imperialism. The post Bryce Greene on Ukraine appeared first on FAIR.

55.  Lack of Media Urgency Over GOP Efforts to Steal 2024 Elections  

2022-02-16


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Despite alarming scenarios, many corporate media outlets are omitting the Republican Party’s efforts to subvert the 2024 election for Trump. The post Lack of Media Urgency Over GOP Efforts to Steal 2024 Elections appeared first on FAIR.

56.  Trump Donor John Malone Could Soon Be Calling Shots at CNN  

2022-02-17


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  What will CNN become under John Malone? “I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,” the media billionaire Malone told CNBC (11/18/21) in November. “I do believe good journalism could hav...

57.  ‘Mega-Retailers Are Using Inflation as a Cover to Raise Prices and Turn Record Profits’  

2022-02-14


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"We’ve essentially spent 50 years handing our supply chain over to mega corporations. These companies have built a system that works for them." The post ‘Mega-Retailers Are Using Inflation as a Cover to Raise Prices and Turn Record Profits’ appeared first on FAIR.

58.  Rakeen Mabud on Supply Chain Breakdown  

2022-02-11


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Why has the system broken down? You could say media's reluctance to critically break down systems is itself a system problem. The post Rakeen Mabud on Supply Chain Breakdown appeared first on FAIR.

59.  Defenses of Rogan Aren’t About Free Speech; They’re Right-Wing Solidarity  

2022-02-11


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The real predations on free speech in this country don’t seem to elicit the same hand-wringing about censorship from right-wing media. The post Defenses of Rogan Aren’t About Free Speech; They’re Right-Wing Solidarity appeared first on FAIR.

60.  ‘Big Lies Are Built From Lots of Little Lies’  

2022-02-11


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"They knew where to look in all these election records to figure out how to debunk these small lies that become the big lies." The post ‘Big Lies Are Built From Lots of Little Lies’ appeared first on FAIR.

61.  Polling on Issues People Know Little About Creates Illusion of Public Opinion  

2022-02-11


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Since most people don’t know how the president is addressing these issues, the results tell us almost nothing about public opinion on them. The post Polling on Issues People Know Little About Creates Illusion of Public Opinion appeared first on FAIR.

62.  ‘The Entire Cryptocurrency Market Is Basically a Ponzi Scheme’  

2022-02-08


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"Investors are buying thinking that prices are being driven by speculation, when they’re actually really being driven by market manipulation." The post ‘The Entire Cryptocurrency Market Is Basically a Ponzi Scheme’ appeared first on FAIR.