Vice Media, normalizing US empire under hipster guise

Moderate Rebels episode 13 (Part 1 of 2) - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by filmmaker Robbie Martin to discuss how VICE has transformed from a nihilistic hipster magazine into an enormous media empire that propagandizes on behalf of the US empire, dutifully promoting hawkish American foreign policy with an edgy aesthetic.

We address the hundreds of millions of dollars of investment Vice Media has received from the world's largest corporate media conglomerates, including 21st Century Fox and Disney, along with the coterie of regime change trolls who have emerged from the Vice universe.

We also talk about Alyssa Mastromonaco, a top Obama administration official who became Vice Media's COO; CEO Shane Smith, who has become an influential billionaire; and co-founder Gavin McInnes, a promoter of far-right white supremacist politics.

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