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Why Readers Shouldn’t Trust Staff Reporters
Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil from USA - Washington, DC, June 2011: The Washington Post, CC BY 2.0
Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil from USA - Washington, DC, June 2011: The Washington Post, CC BY 2.0

Journalism — especially about important matters — is not a profession. It’s a calling. Or else, if it’s not a calling, then it is public relations; it is propaganda, “PR” — done for the purpose of receiving pay, not really for the purpose of conveying truth. But propaganda isn’t journalism at all. It’s not merely fake ‘news’; it is fake ‘journalism’. Corporate-owned ‘news’ is that, but so too is government-owned ‘news’. That’s the problem: journalism, as it exists, isn’t what people think it is, and expect it to be. What is called “journalism” is actually now just a branch of the PR profession, and doesn’t deserve to be trusted more than that.

In order to be a staff journalist, one must adhere to the propaganda-aims of the individual(s) (the employer) who control(s) the given ‘news’ medium. No newsmedia-owner hires ‘reporters’ or editors who report (or allow to be published) facts which contradict that owner’s (or controller’s — because this applies to ‘non-profits’ as well) central viewpoint. The employees are purely megaphones for their boss’s views. That’s what they were hired to be, and that’s what they are if they succeed in their profession and rise up the career-ladder in it. Anything that a staff journalist writes (or allows to be published, if that person is an editor) contradicting the owner’s views, counts against that employee, and increases his/her likelihood of being eliminated, or at least of being denied a deserved promotion (because not doing the person’s job for the employer).

To be a staff ‘journalist’ is to be a ‘reporter’ for hire, who is willing to exclude reporting whatever facts the owner wants his/her audience not to know (which can be some very important things, such as that the President is clearly lying to say that solid evidence exists that “Saddam’s WMD” still exist). Unfortunately, almost all media-owners have an agenda that overrides truth — they don’t obtain the huge funding that’s necessary to build audience-share if they aren’t backed by big money (billionaire investors, and mega-corporate advertisers) to begin with. Opposing the big money is a sure pathway to obscurity in the field of ‘journalism’; and ‘journalism’ prizes (especially on international-news or other major stories) are pig’s lipstick, far more than indications of journalistic competence. The best journalists, and news-sites, are low-budget, basically volunteer operations (such as you now are reading, and wikileaks). The big corporations don’t own them, and don’t advertise in them — and so, don’t control them.

A good example of this is the virtually uniform failure of the U.S.’news’ media (including all the Pulitzer people) to have reported the undeniable and simple — and supremely important — fact that U.S. President George W. Bush was lying to assert that he possessed solid evidence that ‘Saddam’s WMD’ still existed, and solid evidence that Saddam Hussein was rebuilding his WMD stockpiles — and for him to have asserted, for example, that “a report came out of the Atomic – the IAEA that they [Iraq] were six months away from developing a [nuclear] weapon. I don’t know what more evidence we need” to invade Iraq without allowing international weapons-inspectors to complete any new investigation into the matter. But that ‘IAEA’ ‘report’ was actually fictitious — it didn’t even exist.

That 7 September 2002 lie by Bush was stenographically reported to the (unfortunately) trusting public, by the many propaganda-organizations (called ‘news’media) — none of which (except the small Washington Times) reported its blatant falsehood — none of them published to readers that, as the IAEA asserted, “There’s never been a report like that [which Bush alleged] issued from this agency.” That ‘IAEA report’ Bush referenced, had simply been cooked-up by George W. Bush and endorsed by Tony Blair. Like one great journalist bannered, “Everyone Knew that Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs”. Among those “Everyone” was Tony Blair himself, but his participation in Bush’s hoax would already have been obvious by no later than 7 September 2002, when Prime Minister Blair was accompanying U.S. President Bush as Bush was fabricating on-the-spot that lie, and when Blair failed to ‘correct’ what the U.S. President had just asserted. Instead, Blair reaffirmed it. They were two gangsters (just ask the Iraqis whether they were gangsters): Bush, and Bush’s lapdog Blair, destroyed Iraq. They are war-criminals, though unprosecuted (because the U.S. aristocracy and the ones that subordinate themselves to it, prohibit any of themselves or their agents from being prosecuted).

As Craig Murray blogged in Britain, the UK’s aristocracy joined America’s aristocracy in deep-sixing the truth on this crucial matter; and, furthermore, Barack Obama continued the rabid lying for war, after George W. Bush had finished being America’s Liar-in-Chief. Obama was merely a more-articulate and cunning version of Bush, in blackface (which won him almost solid support from Blacks, and from ‘liberals’). So, Obama gave us Libya instead of Iraq; and Syria instead of Afghanistan; and Yemen as the Sauds’ playground for their American-made weapons and supported by their U.S. trainers — and also civil war and ethnic cleansing in Ukraine instead of peace with Russia (whose longest European border is the one it shares with Ukraine). And, instead of an economic crash, Obama gave us (besides his pretty rhetoric of ‘concern’ about the elite’s injustices that his actual actions did nothing to punish) increased economic inequality, flatlined wages, and soaring poverty with lots of new burger-flipping jobs. How much are such realities being reported (except by Bernie Sanders, whom the Clinton-Obama Democratic Party cheated out of the nomination, by manipulating the primaries and relying — and feeding — upon Democratic suckers, on Election Day)?

Lies are not permitted to be called ‘lies’, unless they are made by the ‘enemy’ (such as Putin), even if the ‘enemy’ isn’t really the one who is lying.

For example, did the ‘news’ media report that what overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President in February 2014 was no such thing as “democracy demonstrations” which had begun spontaneously in Ukraine after President Yanukovych on 20 November 2013 rejected the EU’s trade offer (which offer would actually have cost Ukraine $160 billion — a cost that was never reported in the U.S. press), but was instead a bloody barbaric coup which Obama’s team had started planning way back in 2011? Did America’s (and ’The West’s’) ’news’ media report this U.S. coup in Ukraine — or even that it WAS a “coup” (or even that it had been one) and that it was (as the head of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor called it when speaking only to a non-U.S. audience) “the most blatant coup in history”? None of them reported any of that. But now the hostilities against Russia — including the sanctions, and the NATO buildup — are based upon those lies, those potentially WW-III-generating libels, against Russia.

Did they report that the economic sanctions and NATO buildup against Russia that the Obama regime ‘justified’ by ‘Putin’s conquest’ of Crimea was actually forced upon Russia, because it’s next door to Ukraine — forced by Obama’s land-grab of Ukraine via a U.S.-imposed coup in Ukraine (as a hoped-for U.S. missile-base against Russia, a mere five minutes missile-flight to Moscow)? And did they report that this aggressive coup overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected President, whom 75% of Crimeans had voted for? And did they report that Crimea had been a state in Russia until 1954 when the Soviet dictator arbitrarily transferred Crimea to Ukraine? Obama insisted that Nikita Khrushchev’s imposed transfer of Crimea to Ukraine remain permanently — that Crimea remain as a state in Ukraine, no matter what the Crimean people wanted. What would your own local state do if the federal government were taken over by a bloody coup from an enemy power, and threw out the President whom 75% of the people in your state had voted? Obama was opposed to the right of self-determination of peoples when it referred to Crimeans, but not when it referred to the Scotch, or to the Catalans. And he also opposed democracy in Syria. Was any of that reported in the U.S. ’news’ media? Or will Americans first learn about it in the history books — if even then?

Did the ‘news’ media report that the Obama-gang’s entire case against Russia is based upon lies (even if some of the things that Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said have also been lies)? Did they report that Obama’s charges that Russia is the world’s #1 ‘aggressor’-nation are rabid lies from the world’s actual #1-aggressor-nation?

Volunteer journalists (such as “bloggers”) can report these things; well-paid ‘journalists’ cannot and do not. In true George Orwell 1984 fashion, reporting these things is called ‘fake news’, by the actual fake-news masters — and unfortunately suckers believe them. Even on serious domestic-policy news, the prestigious ‘news’ media pump the aristocracy’s lies, and inculcate the desired (by the super-wealthy) misconceptions.

Thus, the question for many young reporters nowadays is: “Will I be bad enough to keep a good job, or maybe even atrocious enough to advance in it?”

As for the consumers of journalism, there is no substitute for a reader’s demanding that every news-report include mentioning each of its sources, and that those sources are 100% reliable ones on the matter alleged, and that the report link directly to the root-source and not to any mere paraphrase of what it allegedly says. In a democracy, the public don’t trust the mere allegations from ‘authority’. Because, to trust ‘authority’ (note: this refers to fake authorities, not to methodologically careful scientific research) is to invite fascist rule, aggressive wars, and mass-exploitation. (Only a few investigative journalists with a long record of proven-accuracy, such as Seymour Hersh, are exceptions, whom a reader can reasonably accept upon the basis of unnamed, private, sources. Such veteran, proven, journalists are rare.)

Getting to the truth, and staying with it, requires constant vigilance and a constantly open mind to the possibility that there are falsehoods in one’s own beliefs. If a person isn’t skeptical of his own beliefs, then he becomes a waste-dump of falsehoods, instead of an accumulator of truths — a truly (i.e., truthfully) educated person. Even today, Republicans approve of George W. Bush, and Democrats approve of Barack Obama. Democracy is thus virtually impossible in America, because both sides are polluted by the same aristocracy. The aristocracy controls both Parties. And the government. And the press.

And that’s the problem. Nobody has figured out a solution for it. And America’s press won’t allow even its existence to be published. So, the public cannot understand why they cannot understand.

What can be done to solve this problem that the press hide from the public? Might there be a way for some members of the press to become part of the solution, and no longer part of the problem? Would that even be possible? If not, then how can the public ever come to understand what the problem is?

 

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

 
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  1. For example, President Obama had several blatant lies in his recent farewell address, to include events in Ukraine.

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-obama-farewell-speech-transcript-20170110-story.html

    None of these were exposed via “Fact check” stories afterwards. One Obama lie was this:

    “I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11″

    Most experts agree that the Osama Bin Laden killing story is false, but there is no disagreement that OBL was not the 9-11 mastermind. He played no role at all, but was only said to have inspired the attack by our FBI. For those confused by our corporate media and their spokesmen like B. Obama, here is something from my blog:

    Here is a summary of events for those confused by American corporate media. Al Qaeda is not an organization. It is a CIA computer database of armed Arab nationalists who violently oppose western domination of the Arab world. (Al Qaeda is Arabic for database.) This database was established by the CIA in the 1980s when our CIA trained and armed Arabs to fight the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden (OBL) was never an official leader since it has never been a real organization, although he did lead a large group of Arab nationalists who lived in Afghanistan.

    OBL had nothing to do with 9-11, he didn’t even know about it until it was reported in the media. He was never formally accused of the attacks because there is zero evidence. OBL was a wealthy Saudi who is said to have inspired the attacks. Our government blamed a Kuwaiti, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad (pictured), and a dozen Saudis who died in the airplanes. These persons had never been to Afghanistan and are said to have planned and trained for the attacks in the Philippines, Germany, and the USA. Then why was Afghanistan invaded, and later Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen? But we did not invade Saudi Arabia! Instead, recall that days after 9-11 several jets from our federal Justice Department rounded up Saudi suspects in the USA and flew them home before FBI agents could ask them questions.

    All this explains why the accused mastermind of the attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, has yet to go to trial almost 16 years since 9-11! He has not been allowed to speak to anyone outside the CIA. Even the 9-11 Commission was not allowed to interview him. The U.S. military set up a kangaroo court at Gitmo to hold a trial many years ago, but brave military defense lawyers keep causing delays by insisting on a fair trial. It seems evidence is so “sensitive” that our CIA does not want it revealed. even in a secret military court. Whenever documents are requested by the defense, some are destroyed instead! This included all the CIA interrogations of the accused!

    Our media propaganda is so prevalent that nearly all Americans think OBL was the 9-11 mastermind, and since he is dead the case is closed. However, there is zero evidence of his involvement, something our government has long acknowledged. Americans watched thousands of hours of television coverage of the 9-11 attacks. Ask one if they think the accused mastermind of the attacks should be put on trial, and they’ll have no idea what you are talking about. More Americans are becoming aware and demanding action, who are demeaned as crazy “truthers”, which now include two former members of our government’s official 9-11 Commission once tasked with investigating these crimes.

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  2. Might there be a way for some members of the press to become part of the solution, and no longer part of the problem?

    The simple answer would be for an alternative press to gain enough ground to make the MSM irrelevant. The MSM already has some problems.

    It made every effort to get Clinton elected but failed, so the public is already not taking everything it says at face value, and seem to agree with Trump in his many speeches when he called them propagandist liars. It can reach a point that the public rejects everything that comes out of the MSM (like the last days of the Soviet Union) and it’s interesting to read the WaPo comments section (which gets fairly light censorship) and see the spreading confusion about mass immigration, ME wars, fake WMD , unquestioning support for Israel etc.

    I don’t think that Loss of Faith is an overnight process. The public (including myself) has to discard their comfortable memories of what the Washington Post used to be and face up to the unwelcome fact that ” journalists” like Jennifer Rubin and Anne Applebaum are full on Zionists (same as the management) and have pushed for every single MENA war.

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  3. Unfortunately, almost all media-owners have an agenda that overrides truth — they don’t obtain the huge funding that’s necessary to build audience-share if they aren’t backed by big money (billionaire investors, and mega-corporate advertisers) to begin with. Opposing the big money is a sure pathway to obscurity in the field of ‘journalism’; and ‘journalism’ prizes (especially on international-news or other major stories) are pig’s lipstick, far more than indications of journalistic competence.

    Unfortunately all of that has been pretty much unknown to most folks for a couple of centuries despite it being known to a few. Thomas Jefferson had a low regard for the press, Mark Twain wrote about it ( from an inside perspective), and Upton Sinclair wrote his excellent The Brass Check detailing the corruption of the press, and I think it’s still worth a read.

    This letter is amazing too.

    I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time…

    Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Norvell (14 June 1807)

    http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/amendI_speechs29.html

    A quarter of a million Americans buy [The New York Times] every day, and form their whole view of life from its columns. And never a day out of more than ten thousand days that this newspaper has not subtly and cunningly distorted the news of the world in the interest of special privilege.

    - UPTON SINCLAIR, THE CRIMES OF THE “TIMES” A Test of Newspaper Decency, 1921 (Pamphlet published by Sinclair)

    It’s a wonder that corporate media ever had a grain of credibility.

    Where do people get their faith?

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    • Replies: @Eric Zuesse
    They get it in elementary school, and in the 'news'media (which inundate their parents). It's continued in subsequent 'education', which doesn't tell them that what they had learned earlier was the aristocracy's lies about their country and its history. Especially at the prestigious universities, the professors occupy seats that are endowed by the aristocracy, for the aristocracy. In other words: we are surrounded with it, from birth.
  4. Oh, a huge Bingo!!!!

    If a person isn’t skeptical of his own beliefs, then he becomes a waste-dump of falsehoods, instead of an accumulator of truths — a truly (i.e., truthfully) educated person.

    On that basis, I estimate there may be 2 or 3 at most, educated people in America, land of the gulls and home of the dupes.

    Another Bingo!

    Because, to trust ‘authority’ (note: this refers to fake authorities, not to methodologically careful scientific research)

    Here again, there is precious little honest methodologically careful scientific research, and the reporting of it and interpretation of the results is even more suspect. It, like journalism, is done by prostitutes for hire. Connect the dots, folks!

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    Because, to trust ‘authority’ (note: this refers to fake authorities, not to methodologically careful scientific research) is to invite fascist rule, aggressive wars, and mass-exploitation.

    Getting to the truth, and staying with it, requires constant vigilance and a constantly open mind to the possibility that there are falsehoods in one’s own beliefs. If a person isn’t skeptical of his own beliefs, then he becomes a waste-dump of falsehoods, instead of an accumulator of truths — a truly (i.e., truthfully) educated person. Democracy is thus virtually impossible in America

    In a very well-worded way you clarify how democracy and human nature aren’t compatible, then you conclude that “Democracy is virtually impossible in America”.
    No, it is virtually impossible wherever there are humans. Except for brief periods when the force of opposite teams competing for power are approximately equal (and then people like “journalists” “intellectuals” “bankers” and other public-opinion and policy-determiners part equally between the two sides).

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  6. The author makes a good case against the establishment.
    To make things short,
    Americans must chose now:
    Continue the empire and lose their own country.
    Or end American hegemony and survive as a culture.
    America has given the world great values.
    It’d be a shame if they were to lose in one wrong play at the ‘great game’.
    Get your army home and let the free market provide security in foreign markets.

    Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany!

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  7. Eric Zuesse:

    Nice article – that begins to explain just how completely we American People are Brainwashed. My fellow American Citizens are only beginning to have a clue as to how they are controlled – by means of misinformation and the ‘carrot and the stick.’

    Zuesse pithily explains – the costs of resistance:

    “Journalism — especially about important matters — is not a profession. It’s a calling. Or else, if it’s not a calling, then it is public relations; it is propaganda, “PR” — done for the purpose of receiving pay, not really for the purpose of conveying truth.”

    “The employees are purely megaphones for their boss’s views. That’s what they were hired to be, and that’s what they are if they succeed in their profession and rise up the career-ladder in it. Anything that a staff journalist writes (or allows to be published, if that person is an editor) contradicting the owner’s views, counts against that employee, and increases his/her likelihood of being eliminated, or at least of being denied a deserved promotion (because not doing the person’s job for the employer).”

    Even such a wealthy and powerful man as Mel Gibson, is still trying to return to Hollywood (from where he has been banned – under penalty of ???).

    Today we will view Hollywood Obomber being replaced by another frontman (“purely megaphones for their boss’s views”), as explained by Zuesse; he will be replaced by Casino Trump, who was chosen by the Oligarchs – in preference to a clearly mentally (and physically?) ill Killery Clinton.

    A mid level crook is thrown the title of ‘President.’ An individual who has twice declared bankruptcy, and each time returned to action with more $wealth, than ever, and no political history whatever, attains office in preference to a vicious mass murdering war criminal. Call that progress if you will. However, the scum allowed to become the frontrunners (thanks to the Mainstream Media brainwashing of our American citizens), have never been less human, or morally qualified to represent the people.

    This political pattern of the Oligarch controllers, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Duponts, Soros, et. al., choosing the least moral, the least humans to become their “public relations” tools has continued, without letup, from the hour after the murder of our last Constitutional President, John F.Kennedy, and the Coup D’etat against our beloved American Republic (in the first successful -Modern Arab Spring).

    In 2017, the current political pattern reminds one of Roman Emperor Caligula‘s placing of his favorite Horse, in the Roman Senate. And the Roman Senators, (possibly all corrupted by AIPAC), continued their deliberations; they even allowrd the Horse to vote. There is no evidence that Caligula’s Horse voted any less intelligently than our Prostituted Congress. Indeed, there is no evidence that Caligula descended to the low level of anti-democratic or any anti-human depravity, so common in modern Politics.

    Freedom is, indeed, not Free

    We either Restore our Beloved Democratic Republic, or we wallow in depraved servility, as slaves, but not as Free Humans.

    Respect All! Bow to None!

    God Bless!

    Inaugural Day!

    Durruti, alias Peter J. Antonsen – for the Anarchist Collective

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  8. “Democracy is virtually impossible in America”.
    No, it is virtually impossible wherever there are humans. Except for brief periods …

    True. And for very small groups on an ad hoc basis.

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  9. @jacques sheete

    Unfortunately, almost all media-owners have an agenda that overrides truth — they don’t obtain the huge funding that’s necessary to build audience-share if they aren’t backed by big money (billionaire investors, and mega-corporate advertisers) to begin with. Opposing the big money is a sure pathway to obscurity in the field of ‘journalism’; and ‘journalism’ prizes (especially on international-news or other major stories) are pig’s lipstick, far more than indications of journalistic competence.
     
    Unfortunately all of that has been pretty much unknown to most folks for a couple of centuries despite it being known to a few. Thomas Jefferson had a low regard for the press, Mark Twain wrote about it ( from an inside perspective), and Upton Sinclair wrote his excellent The Brass Check detailing the corruption of the press, and I think it's still worth a read.

    This letter is amazing too.


    I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time…

    Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Norvell (14 June 1807)

    http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/amendI_speechs29.html
     


    A quarter of a million Americans buy [The New York Times] every day, and form their whole view of life from its columns. And never a day out of more than ten thousand days that this newspaper has not subtly and cunningly distorted the news of the world in the interest of special privilege.

    - UPTON SINCLAIR, THE CRIMES OF THE "TIMES" A Test of Newspaper Decency, 1921 (Pamphlet published by Sinclair)

     

    It's a wonder that corporate media ever had a grain of credibility.

    Where do people get their faith?

    They get it in elementary school, and in the ‘news’media (which inundate their parents). It’s continued in subsequent ‘education’, which doesn’t tell them that what they had learned earlier was the aristocracy’s lies about their country and its history. Especially at the prestigious universities, the professors occupy seats that are endowed by the aristocracy, for the aristocracy. In other words: we are surrounded with it, from birth.

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    • Replies: @jacques sheete
    Yup, it's the human condition, hence my question regarding faith.

    You may find this true today as well.

    As a 16 year old, with 2 years of formal schooling ending at the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin wrote this. Note the date:

    I reflected in my Mind on the extream Folly of those Parents, who, blind to their Childrens Dulness, and insensible of the Solidity of their Skulls, because they think their Purses can afford it, will needs send them to the Temple of Learning, where, for want of a suitable Genius, they learn little more than how to carry themselves handsomely, and enter a Room genteely, (which might as well be acquir'd at a Dancing-School,) and from whence they return, after Abundance of Trouble and Charge, as great Blockheads as ever, only more proud and self-conceited.

    I related my Dream with all its Particulars [to a friend], and he, without much Study, presently interpreted it, assuring me, That it was a lively Representation of HARVARD COLLEGE, Etcetera.



    I remain, Sir,
    Your Humble Servant,
    SILENCE DOGOOD.

    The New-England Courant, May 14, 1722
     
  10. the last hurrah was the watergate :/ after that, it was deemed too dangerous. for profit news = death of journalism. cnn didn’t help much. foxnews was the the original fake news :) even 60 minutes became shit. I was a huge fan of charlie rose, but then I watched the interview with putin.

    took the last 3 decades to kill off news, to get to what we have now, propaganda and pr outlets.

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    • Replies: @Inertiller
    False - Watergate was at best a distraction, more technically a psyop. The history of the United States is a press that claims to be free, but is probably the most effective military weapon available. 1973, otherwise, was an especially signifigant year.
  11. All journalism is propaganda for one side or another.

    The only way to describe a human event without a viewpoint is to write a police report.

    “Subject proceeded south on Quincy for 3.7 miles at 83 miles per hour. Subject halted after colliding with parked car at Quincy and 14th. Subject exited car and officer pursued on foot.”

    This isn’t journalism, it’s measurement.

    The Onion’s “autistic reporter” parody also illustrates TV journalism without a human viewpoint.

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  12. Journalism — especially about important matters — is not a profession. It’s a calling. Or else, if it’s not a calling, then it is public relations; it is propaganda.

    It is none of these. Journalism is now a tactic; nothing less, and nothing more. (H/T to the invaluable Gregory Hood.)

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  13. You lost me at the fake coup news. If the EU association would have cost Ukraine 160 billion, why didn’t Yanokovich simply calla press conference and detail the problem to the Ukrainian people? The fact is, he didn’t. he simply turned to Russia because he liked the idea of an association with Russia better because that’s where his sympathies lay.

    His murderous reaction to the Maidan protesters simply cooked his goose. When he realized he would be brought to book for the killings he ordered, he ran for his buddy Putin’s protection. Same with the Berkut that carried out the murders. He was then removed from office by the parliament under a constitutional proceeding.

    How do you know Crimea wanted to be a Russian province again? The referendum? That was fake and held under the guns of the Russian Army after thousands had been imported, allowing the Russian Army to vote and suppressing the vote of the natives, particularly of the Crimean Tatars.

    You people need to quit spreading Putin’s lies.

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    • Replies: @gdpbull
    If protesters had been catapulting fire bombs and taking over government buildings in this country, they would have been met with prompt and deadly force. Get real.
    , @JMMorgan
    I believe you are misinformed about the validity of the Crimean referendum.

    ". . . an interesting study, 'The Socio-Political Sentiments in Crimea,' was released by the Ukrainian branch of GfK, the well-known German social research organization, as part of the Free Crimea initiative. Intriguingly, the primary objectives of this project, launched with the support of the governmental Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, were to “debunk aggressive Russian propaganda” and to 'reintegrate Crimea into Ukraine.' Thus the researchers can hardly be suspected of being Russian sympathizers. So let’s take a look at the results."
    https://www.newcoldwar.org/german-sociologists-on-crimeas-choice-january-2015/

  14. One minor quibble:propaganda can ‘ve true, and therefore not “fake news.” You can use truth for the purpose of getting across the bigger lie, of course.

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  15. Excellent.
    Norman Solomon wrote about this problem in his book “War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death”
    from Amazon: In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key “perception management” techniques that have played huge rolls in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.//

    It’s all about managing and shaping perception, not news.
    – The CNN president recently: “One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN,” Zucker said. “The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake.”

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    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
    Donald Trump can block CNN's broadcasts, occupy and shut down their studios, seize their property, and blow their satellites out of the sky if he wants to. We're playing the game on a new level now, and Zucker can shove up his megaphone.
    , @Anon
    “One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN,”

    LOL. Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Baghdad, etc are going to trust CNN?

    Damascus will trust CNN? ROTFL

    , @The Scalpel
    I think he meant to say there is only one US network in those countries. The way he said it, it would be just as easy to say that RT is the only network in the USA, and that that network is what forms American's perceptions of Vladimir Putin. Typical news man putting his spin on things. Fake news.
  16. @Astuteobservor II
    the last hurrah was the watergate :/ after that, it was deemed too dangerous. for profit news = death of journalism. cnn didn't help much. foxnews was the the original fake news :) even 60 minutes became shit. I was a huge fan of charlie rose, but then I watched the interview with putin.

    took the last 3 decades to kill off news, to get to what we have now, propaganda and pr outlets.

    False – Watergate was at best a distraction, more technically a psyop. The history of the United States is a press that claims to be free, but is probably the most effective military weapon available. 1973, otherwise, was an especially signifigant year.

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  17. @Don Bacon
    Excellent.
    Norman Solomon wrote about this problem in his book "War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death"
    from Amazon: In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge rolls in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.//

    It's all about managing and shaping perception, not news.
    -- The CNN president recently: "One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN," Zucker said. "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."

    Donald Trump can block CNN’s broadcasts, occupy and shut down their studios, seize their property, and blow their satellites out of the sky if he wants to. We’re playing the game on a new level now, and Zucker can shove up his megaphone.

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    Not to mention the Donald has the power to seize ALL of Zucker's assets...and throw him in Guantanamo Bay.

    Justice can be quite nasty at times.
  18. @Inertiller
    False - Watergate was at best a distraction, more technically a psyop. The history of the United States is a press that claims to be free, but is probably the most effective military weapon available. 1973, otherwise, was an especially signifigant year.

    details man, I need juicy details.

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  19. @Intelligent Dasein
    Donald Trump can block CNN's broadcasts, occupy and shut down their studios, seize their property, and blow their satellites out of the sky if he wants to. We're playing the game on a new level now, and Zucker can shove up his megaphone.

    Not to mention the Donald has the power to seize ALL of Zucker’s assets…and throw him in Guantanamo Bay.

    Justice can be quite nasty at times.

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    They get it in elementary school, and in the ‘news’media (which inundate their parents). It’s continued in subsequent ‘education’, which doesn’t tell them that what they had learned earlier was the aristocracy’s lies about their country and its history. Especially at the prestigious universities, the professors occupy seats that are endowed by the aristocracy, for the aristocracy. In other words: we are surrounded with it, from birth.

    The birth of our species as we use to see it, you mean.
    Language and deception were born the same day.
    So did power hierarchy and society.

    http://www.thecactusland.com/2014/07/the-seven-pillars-of-matrix.html

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  21. Yes, well said. Some thoughts.

    1. Break up the big media/industrial cartels. It was of course Bill Clinton – who gave us NAFTA and the repeal of Glass Steagall, who allowed the news media to consolidate. So now we have the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, who has many other interests than journalism, and who can easily subsidize the Post from his other enterprises and use the Post to push his own agenda. A newspaper that was not owned by a parent entity with other interests MIGHT possibly be more focused on journalism.

    2. In general you can only get honest reporting in a prosperous society with a tight labor market. Then, if a talented reporter is fired, the company loses a hard-to-replace talent and the reporter easily finds another good job, because talented people are in short supply. But with a flooded labor market, even talented people can be easily replaced, being fired is a de-facto sentence of lifetime poverty, and only the occasional saint will take a stand on principle. That’s why in poor countries there is always horrible sycophancy and nepotism. And, aside from the direct profits of cheap labor, this is another reason that the rich like cheap labor, because it gives them more social power. If we limited immigration to a more modest level, and stopped bleeding main street and feeding Wall Street and pointless foreign wars, and created a tight labor market where companies were desperate to find qualified people and qualified people had their pick of jobs, I think a lot of these issues might be reduced.

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    "In general you can only get honest reporting in a prosperous society with a tight labor market."

    It is and always was all about power. Honest reporting? Never existed. Work of "honest" journalists was used when it served somebody's purpose. Try to figure out who wanted Nixon to go and why and only then you can admire "honest" reporting of Woodward and Bernstein.
  22. anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    his actual actions did nothing to punish) increased economic inequality, flatlined wages, and soaring poverty with lots of new burger-flipping jobs

    Listening to NPR today the panelists were cooing that Obama was handing over a greatly improving economy and that unemployment was a mere 4.5% and so on. Huh, that’s not what I see daily, homelessness and panhandling like never before all over the place. Service jobs, ‘burger-flipping’, are pretty much it for a lot of people and don’t pay enough for them to pay rent let alone make any plans for the future. What, did Ceausescu’s propaganda team find work over here? Ideological blindness or paid to lie, who can tell the difference? It seems the gap between the narratives coming out of the street corner loudspeakers and observed reality is getting more blatant in recent years. It strikes me that it represents something of an end stage of control through deceit and manipulation. Next step will be recourse to coercion and force.

    Obama was merely a more-articulate and cunning version of Bush, in blackface

    The ventriloquist’s dummy gets switched every now and then to fool the public into thinking they’re getting something new.

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    Agree. Obama is a puppet with charms.
    Lets see if the presstituting MSM will be able to respond to the weasely move by the sanctimonious Peace Laureate: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/20/obama-admits-gap-in-russian-hack-case/
  23. @TG
    Yes, well said. Some thoughts.

    1. Break up the big media/industrial cartels. It was of course Bill Clinton - who gave us NAFTA and the repeal of Glass Steagall, who allowed the news media to consolidate. So now we have the Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos, who has many other interests than journalism, and who can easily subsidize the Post from his other enterprises and use the Post to push his own agenda. A newspaper that was not owned by a parent entity with other interests MIGHT possibly be more focused on journalism.

    2. In general you can only get honest reporting in a prosperous society with a tight labor market. Then, if a talented reporter is fired, the company loses a hard-to-replace talent and the reporter easily finds another good job, because talented people are in short supply. But with a flooded labor market, even talented people can be easily replaced, being fired is a de-facto sentence of lifetime poverty, and only the occasional saint will take a stand on principle. That's why in poor countries there is always horrible sycophancy and nepotism. And, aside from the direct profits of cheap labor, this is another reason that the rich like cheap labor, because it gives them more social power. If we limited immigration to a more modest level, and stopped bleeding main street and feeding Wall Street and pointless foreign wars, and created a tight labor market where companies were desperate to find qualified people and qualified people had their pick of jobs, I think a lot of these issues might be reduced.

    “In general you can only get honest reporting in a prosperous society with a tight labor market.”

    It is and always was all about power. Honest reporting? Never existed. Work of “honest” journalists was used when it served somebody’s purpose. Try to figure out who wanted Nixon to go and why and only then you can admire “honest” reporting of Woodward and Bernstein.

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  24. Unflagging vigilance is the chief virtue of the citizen who would be and remain master of his country.

    All other “civic” virtues flow from and lead back to vigilance.

    Rights and duties are of no use unless they serve and reinforce the right and duty of vigilance.

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  25. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Don Bacon
    Excellent.
    Norman Solomon wrote about this problem in his book "War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death"
    from Amazon: In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge rolls in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.//

    It's all about managing and shaping perception, not news.
    -- The CNN president recently: "One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN," Zucker said. "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."

    “One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN,”

    LOL. Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Baghdad, etc are going to trust CNN?

    Damascus will trust CNN? ROTFL

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  26. @anonymous

    his actual actions did nothing to punish) increased economic inequality, flatlined wages, and soaring poverty with lots of new burger-flipping jobs
     
    Listening to NPR today the panelists were cooing that Obama was handing over a greatly improving economy and that unemployment was a mere 4.5% and so on. Huh, that's not what I see daily, homelessness and panhandling like never before all over the place. Service jobs, 'burger-flipping', are pretty much it for a lot of people and don't pay enough for them to pay rent let alone make any plans for the future. What, did Ceausescu's propaganda team find work over here? Ideological blindness or paid to lie, who can tell the difference? It seems the gap between the narratives coming out of the street corner loudspeakers and observed reality is getting more blatant in recent years. It strikes me that it represents something of an end stage of control through deceit and manipulation. Next step will be recourse to coercion and force.

    Obama was merely a more-articulate and cunning version of Bush, in blackface
     
    The ventriloquist's dummy gets switched every now and then to fool the public into thinking they're getting something new.

    Agree. Obama is a puppet with charms.
    Lets see if the presstituting MSM will be able to respond to the weasely move by the sanctimonious Peace Laureate: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/20/obama-admits-gap-in-russian-hack-case/

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  27. @Eric Zuesse
    They get it in elementary school, and in the 'news'media (which inundate their parents). It's continued in subsequent 'education', which doesn't tell them that what they had learned earlier was the aristocracy's lies about their country and its history. Especially at the prestigious universities, the professors occupy seats that are endowed by the aristocracy, for the aristocracy. In other words: we are surrounded with it, from birth.

    Yup, it’s the human condition, hence my question regarding faith.

    You may find this true today as well.

    As a 16 year old, with 2 years of formal schooling ending at the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin wrote this. Note the date:

    I reflected in my Mind on the extream Folly of those Parents, who, blind to their Childrens Dulness, and insensible of the Solidity of their Skulls, because they think their Purses can afford it, will needs send them to the Temple of Learning, where, for want of a suitable Genius, they learn little more than how to carry themselves handsomely, and enter a Room genteely, (which might as well be acquir’d at a Dancing-School,) and from whence they return, after Abundance of Trouble and Charge, as great Blockheads as ever, only more proud and self-conceited.

    I related my Dream with all its Particulars [to a friend], and he, without much Study, presently interpreted it, assuring me, That it was a lively Representation of HARVARD COLLEGE, Etcetera.

    I remain, Sir,
    Your Humble Servant,
    SILENCE DOGOOD.

    The New-England Courant, May 14, 1722

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  28. @Quartermaster
    You lost me at the fake coup news. If the EU association would have cost Ukraine 160 billion, why didn't Yanokovich simply calla press conference and detail the problem to the Ukrainian people? The fact is, he didn't. he simply turned to Russia because he liked the idea of an association with Russia better because that's where his sympathies lay.

    His murderous reaction to the Maidan protesters simply cooked his goose. When he realized he would be brought to book for the killings he ordered, he ran for his buddy Putin's protection. Same with the Berkut that carried out the murders. He was then removed from office by the parliament under a constitutional proceeding.

    How do you know Crimea wanted to be a Russian province again? The referendum? That was fake and held under the guns of the Russian Army after thousands had been imported, allowing the Russian Army to vote and suppressing the vote of the natives, particularly of the Crimean Tatars.

    You people need to quit spreading Putin's lies.

    If protesters had been catapulting fire bombs and taking over government buildings in this country, they would have been met with prompt and deadly force. Get real.

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  29. @Don Bacon
    Excellent.
    Norman Solomon wrote about this problem in his book "War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death"
    from Amazon: In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key "perception management" techniques that have played huge rolls in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.//

    It's all about managing and shaping perception, not news.
    -- The CNN president recently: "One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN," Zucker said. "The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."

    I think he meant to say there is only one US network in those countries. The way he said it, it would be just as easy to say that RT is the only network in the USA, and that that network is what forms American’s perceptions of Vladimir Putin. Typical news man putting his spin on things. Fake news.

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  30. Opposing the big money is a sure pathway to obscurity in the field of ‘journalism’; and ‘journalism’ prizes (especially on international-news or other major stories) are pig’s lipstick

    There used to be a news industry running joke in the early 20th Century that when a newspaper won a lot of Pulitzers, they would say that their paper won almost as many Pulitzers as a Pulitzer Paper.

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  31. @Quartermaster
    You lost me at the fake coup news. If the EU association would have cost Ukraine 160 billion, why didn't Yanokovich simply calla press conference and detail the problem to the Ukrainian people? The fact is, he didn't. he simply turned to Russia because he liked the idea of an association with Russia better because that's where his sympathies lay.

    His murderous reaction to the Maidan protesters simply cooked his goose. When he realized he would be brought to book for the killings he ordered, he ran for his buddy Putin's protection. Same with the Berkut that carried out the murders. He was then removed from office by the parliament under a constitutional proceeding.

    How do you know Crimea wanted to be a Russian province again? The referendum? That was fake and held under the guns of the Russian Army after thousands had been imported, allowing the Russian Army to vote and suppressing the vote of the natives, particularly of the Crimean Tatars.

    You people need to quit spreading Putin's lies.

    I believe you are misinformed about the validity of the Crimean referendum.

    “. . . an interesting study, ‘The Socio-Political Sentiments in Crimea,’ was released by the Ukrainian branch of GfK, the well-known German social research organization, as part of the Free Crimea initiative. Intriguingly, the primary objectives of this project, launched with the support of the governmental Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, were to “debunk aggressive Russian propaganda” and to ‘reintegrate Crimea into Ukraine.’ Thus the researchers can hardly be suspected of being Russian sympathizers. So let’s take a look at the results.”

    https://www.newcoldwar.org/german-sociologists-on-crimeas-choice-january-2015/

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  32. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Great article! Congrats to the Unz Review.

    I wonder what the writer thinks of various “conservative” magazines such as National Review.

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