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This edition of OptOut's weekly news roundups covers threats to our environment, the new Supreme Court justice, corporate media's complicity with the weapons industry, and some breaking New York news, among other topics.

OptOut's Latest Additions

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We are excited to announce that The Baffler, a leading voice of interesting and unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, short stories, poems, and art, has joined the independent OptOut network!

Publisher Noah McCormack said, “The Baffler is excited to join OptOut to reach new and existing readers. We hope OptOut will be a way around the stifling control Facebook exercises over the news and opinions people see.”

Here, here. The OptOut app experience is an alternative to predatory networks such as Facebook, which uses profit-driven algorithms to determine what content users consume—and, as we've seen over and over again, promotes hate and conspiracy theories, which are quite lucrative.

In a recent Baffler article, Clinton Williamson writes about myths of automation.

Robots won’t build the classless society. That historical task, as always, remains solely our own.
The Automation Myth | Clinton Williamson
To what degree can we blame automation for deindustrialization and class decomposition?
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Left Anchor, a podcast about philosophy, politics, and the left hosted by The American Prospect's managing editor, Ryan Cooper, and Alexi the Greek, has joined our network!

Listen to this preview of an episode in which the hosts discuss Ryan's book How Are You Going to Pay for That? with historian Harvey Kaye in the context of the massive government effort deployed to protect the income and property of the ultra-rich.

Episode 230 PREVIEW - Jeff Bezos, Welfare Queen | Left Anchor
Subscribe now to hear the whole episode!
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Congrats are in order for The Prospect, which got a favorable profile in corporate media titan Politico's "West Wing Playbook" newsletter for its dogged coverage of corporate ties in the Biden administration.

OptOut in the News

Thanks to OptOut network outlets for spreading the word about our app!

David Moore of Sludge and Brick House did a writeup about our project and asked me some good questions.

New App Helps You Opt Out of Corporate Media ⑉ Brick House
The OptOut news aggregation app, launched last month, aims to level-up the distribution of independent journalism and more uncompromising content.
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Ring of Fire put up a video clip from its recent podcast episode about OptOut.

Your Weekly Independent News Roundup


Here's your belated (sorry!) weekly roundup of content from the 120+ financially independent, trustworthy news outlets in the OptOut network!

Climate journalist Amy Westervelt reviews the new IPCC climate report on Drilled, one of several podcasts she hosts.

More on the IPCC Report: Economics, Conflicts of Interest, Media Manipulation & More
Drilled IPCC 1 mixdown0:00/41:061× The audio companion to Part 1 includes both Joyashree Roy and Julia Steinberger on reducing the demand for fossil fuels, plus a look at conflicts of interest within the IPCC process, and Max Boykoff on the media’s role in climate action. Transcript
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On Sunday, activists blockaded the West Virginia coal plant supplied by the family business of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, the conservative Democrat and chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with perhaps the most glaring financial conflict of interest imaginable. Here's The Humanist Report's preview of the events.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court weakened the Clean Water Act by upholding a Trump regulation making it more difficult for states to protect their own waterways. Status Coup has the details.

More on SCOTUS

Last week, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black women ever confirmed to the Supreme Court. She will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring at the end of the current SCOTUS term. Prism covers the historic events.

Jackson is additionally the first former federal public defender and the only justice other than Justice Sonia Sotomayor with actual trial experience to be confirmed to the high court. Advocates say the confirmation is a historic moment of representation and hope it will help protect the rights of marginalized people, as reproductive rights, voting rights, and environmental protections hang on the votes of the Supreme Court.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson makes history
Jackson will be the first Black woman and sixth woman ever to sit on the highest court in the nation
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Corporate Media Gonna Corporate Media

We are shocked(!) to discover that corporate media behemoths such as CNN and MSNBC are covering the Ukraine war by platforming hawkish former military officials who now lobby and consult for the weapons industry. And there's more: these cable channels aren't even disclosing their guests' conflicts of interest.

Fortunately, we have independent outlets like The Lever to call out this unethical practice among the giants who shape public opinion.

The Defense Industry’s Ukraine Pundits
To explain the crisis, corporate news networks are leaning on hawkish ex-military officials — without disclosing their current defense industry ties.
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Emma Vigeland of The Majority Report also analyzes CNN's salivating coverage of the war.

A shooter wounded at least 13 people at a subway stop in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York today. FAIR published a piece last week on how corporate media consistently blame homeless people for subway crimes.

Coverage that conflates crime with homelessness scapegoats a marginalized population for a broader crisis. It also leaves out the rise in violent crimes against homeless people—like the recent serial shootings of five homeless men in New York City and Washington, DC. This rhetoric casts a population already vulnerable to violent crime as villains rather than victims.
Corporate Press Scapegoats Vulnerable Homeless for Rise in Subway Crime - FAIR
Coverage that conflates crime with homelessness scapegoats a marginalized population--and leaves out rising crimes against homeless people.
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In Other News

The Markup shows that gig workers in the food delivery business are vulnerable, too, with over 50 murdered on the job in the last five years, not to mention many more carjackings.

More Than 50 U.S. Gig Workers Murdered on the Job in Five Years – The Markup
New report lists Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and Grubhub worker victims, and the tally is likely even higher
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Also today, the lieutenant governor of New York was arrested on campaign finance fraud charges based on a scheme first reported by THE CITY. Congrats to THE CITY for its great accountability journalism!

Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin Indicted in Campaign Fundraising Scheme First Exposed By THE CITY
Federal prosecutors allege the former state senator participated in “bribery” with donor charged with scamming NYC’s public matching funds system.
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Rightwingers in Rhode Island have joined the GOP's war on transgender people, but an anti-trans education bill saw a lot of pushback at yesterday's House hearing, Uprise RI reports.

Overwhelming opposition to Rep Morgan’s anti-trans anti-education bill during hearing
“If you really care about the safety of children in Rhode Island schools, then you would know that Black and Hispanic youth in Providence are overrepresented in arrest data; that there are social services that [students] need in Providence public schools that funding is not allocated for; that queer…
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Defector asks, "Who is the 'right' kind of refugee?"

Who Is The “Right” Kind Of Refugee? | Defector
Syrians and Ukrainians don’t simply share a universal experience of displacement; both of their countries have been laid waste to by Vladimir Putin’s bombs, entire cities razed to the ground by Russian artillery. But the way refugees from each war have been treated couldn’t be more different.
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Thanks as always for keeping up with the OptOut news network! See you soon.

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