What is Real Journalism

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     Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, sums up what journalism has devolved into today - "stenographers for corporations." With all major news sources controlled by a handful of corporate conglomerates subservient to the military industrial complex, the only alternative is to turn to independent blogs and sources of news like DemocracyNow and RealNews. John Perkins recently remarked that if you added up all the spinoffs and ancillary services to the MIC, our economy is more like 80% structured around a war.

    War begets war:

...'Blowback' as a source of perpetual war

Weapons manufacturers openly acknowledge that the existence of a credible threat bolsters military spending. That threat would be eliminated if it were somehow possible to eliminate "terrorism."

One does not have to reach the conclusion that "blowback" is an intended result to understand that an increase in terrorist activities in response to predator drone strikes will likely enhance the military-industrial complex' bottom line any more than one need agree with the self-described "9/11 truth" movement's claims in order to appreciate that 9/11 has served as a boon to war profiteers and mercenaries. Indeed, at a time when the American working class is experiencing hardships not seen since the Great Depression, the military budget for FY 2011, at $708 billion, "is 33 percent larger than the peak of Pentagon budgets during the Vietnam War and 64 percent higher than the Cold War average."

While readers will have to draw their own conclusions, I will leave out there the unassailable fact that there is a convergence between the likely blowback which flows from the horrific toll occasioned by predator drone strikes and the financial interests of war profiteers....

'Collateral Damage' or Intended Targets?

So the war economy grinds along while what remains of the middle class cobbles together a handful of jobs to try and keep financially afloat.

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Note it says "Wikeleaks" in the text hints at the bottom of the screen. I'd expect better from a professional news organisation. Mind you, since this is CNN it's expected.

 

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From Lou Rockwell and Naomi Wolf. Espionage act and the First amendment.  Jon

http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/2010/12/14/179-the-espionage...

 

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What ever happened to the civil society ?  The civil society is a place where honest people work hard to get what they have, tell the truth in their daily lives, accept personal responsibility for their actions, and pursue activities in their own best interest and in society's best interest.  The media should be an active participant in the civil society.  In order for people to make reasonable decisions they need to be informed and the information they receive should be true.  Pretty much every time I turn on the TV I see information presented as truth that in actually out and out bald face lies.  I al always shocked buy this even though I suppose I should be used to it by now.  There are countless examples but let's take the so called "bush tax cuts".  I can not count how many times I have heard them referred to as "tax cuts for the rich".  The bush tax cuts cut taxes for every person in America that pays taxes.  On a percentage basis the cuts were larger for lower income people.  Of course only about half of wage earners in America even pay much federal income tax (the rest are in the class of dependency) but that is another story.  I see people say this stuff on TV and nobody, and I mean nobody, calls them on it.  One person on a "news show" says it and the others there just sit there and say nothing.  So, right now many people in America honestly believe that the bush tax cuts are only for rich people.  Unless you define rich people as those in America who actually pay federal income taxes, this statement is a lie.  Another strange lie about this issue is the impression the media gives that extending the current rates that have been in force for years is somehow a tax cut.  It is not a tax cut.  It is extending the current rates we have in place now.

The democratic party is real bad about this stuff.  They are aggressively pushing a class warfare agenda in every way possible.  That is shameful.  Shame on them.  It is not true and it is divisive and not healthy for America.  For some reason that I honestly do not understand the mainstream media takes on the lies being pushed by the democratic party and tries to drill the lies into people's heads to the point where they believe it is the truth.  How are people supposed to make good decisions in their voting and their daily lives if they are lied to constantly by the media.  How do the media people themselves live with that ?  How can they be happy with themselves while telling lies every single day when they claim to be journalist reporting the news.  The lies and distorted truths pushed by the media have major negative impact on society.

 

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Love it or hate it, Fox News has shaken up the media establishment and achieved financial success by airing the views of strident conservative pundits. Yet while the network has never made any bones about the political slant of opinion shows hosted by the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly, executives often claim that its news coverage is "fair and balanced." A memo revealed this week by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters calls that into question.

The first time Media Matters unveiled a leaked e-mail from Bill Sammon, Fox News' Washington managing editor, it was hardly worthy of mention. On Dec. 9 the group's website revealed that Sammon had instructed reporters to avoid the phrase "public option" when referring to a proposed government-sponsored healthcare plan. The memo, sent out on Oct. 27, 2009, when debate over the Democratic healthcare bill was raging in Congress, came two months after Republican pollster Frank Luntz had appeared on Hannity's show and encouraged him to use the phrase "government option" instead, because such terminology decreased public support for the proposal. "Please use the term 'government-run health insurance' or, when brevity is a concern, 'government option' whenever possible," Sammon told reporters.

 
But a second intercepted missive from Sammon is quite a bit more troubling.

"We should refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question," read an e-mail sent by Sammon to news reporters on Dec. 8, 2009, and revealed this week by Media Matters. The memo went out 15 minutes after a Fox News reporter accurately explained to viewers that United Nations scientists had issued a report saying 2000 to 2009 was shaping up to be the warmest decade on record — even warmer than the 1990s, which were warmer than the 1980s.

 

Instructing reporters to treat such facts as controversial is like telling them to question the laws of gravity when discussing plane crashes. The only reason for doing it is to further a partisan agenda, in this case an attempt to cast doubt on climate science in order to fend off government efforts to limit greenhouse gases.

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Real journalism should exist to expose the truth. It is dead and gone in this country. Any attempt is stifled by forces initiated by our government.

"You can't handle the truth! Oh wait, what I meant to say was that I can't tell you the truth as it would incriminate me."

Might I sugggest "War Is A Lie" by David Swanson for a little taste of how the "journalism" of war is manipulated.

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     Science and chemistry will be highly unimpressed by human word games and the desire of Wallstreet for the all-knowing market to take care of environmental and social problems. The market itself is manipulated and rigged to the point that any ability it may have had to solve such problems is essentially nonexistent. The problem is twisted into a mechanism for profit-seeking such as with carbon credits. And of course the ever-present desire for continuous growth negates all environmental concerns.

“They’re trying to change the wrong variables,” he said. “Instead of changing models or accepting limitations on their models, they have an idea in their head and the world has to fit to it.” -- Nassim Taleb

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Interview with John Pilger -- New Internationalist

12-1-2010

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You have talked about ‘wars of perception’ in which the news media plays a major role. What do you mean by this?

The term belongs to General David Petraeus, the current US commander in Afghanistan, who wrote in the 2006 US Counterinsurgency Manual that what mattered was not so much military superiority as persuading the public at home that you were winning, regardless of the reality. In other words, the public is the true enemy of governments that pursue unpopular colonial wars which can only be ‘won’ if the public is successfully deceived. This owes much to Edward Bernays, who is said to have invented the term ‘public relations’ soon after the First World War. Bernays’ dictum was that the facts didn’t matter as much as the success of ‘false reality’, and that the manipulators of public thinking belonged to an ‘invisible government that is the true ruling power in our country’. Of course, none of this can succeed without the media as its transmitter and amplifier...

One of the most revealing documents released by Wikileaks was a 2,000-page Ministry of Defence document that equated investigative journalists with terrorists. That reflects the lethal stupidity that runs like a current through the war-making industry. It says they are afraid of the truth...

Journalism ought to be about telling as much of the truth as possible in the circumstances. And governments can be expected to wage a constant war on truth-tellers, be they whistleblowers or fearless reporters. That’s why the Pentagon recently set up a department to fight ‘cyberwar’. To the military propagandists, cyberspace is unconquered and, worse, populated by mavericks they can’t control. This is only partly true, of course, but there are enough good journalists writing exclusively for the web to justify the war-makers’ alarm.

...

Is there another issue on which you think the public is currently being massively deceived?

The major deception in Britain today is the political/media consensus that there is an economic crisis requiring a devastation of public finances and people’s lives. If you look back on the coverage of the ‘crash’ in the autumn two years ago, the shock of it forced the media to tell the truth: corrupt banks and an unregulated financial sector were rightly identified as the source of the problem, and that was the news. Within a year, journalists were back ‘on message’ and the assumptions of the media echoed the nonsense of the political élite that ‘we are all in this together’: a deception so gross it insults the nation’s intelligence. Britain is not on the edge of bankruptcy: this is one of the world’s wealthiest economies; the richest 10 per cent control $6,300 billion with an average per household of $6.3 million. An equitable rate of tax would see off the so-called deficit in no time. In any case, the ‘deficit’ is ideological: the product of an almost cultish obsession of central banks and financiers with shifting the wealth of nations to the very top and keeping it there. At the end of the Second World War, Britain was officially bankrupt yet the Labour government created some of the country’s greatest public institutions, such as the National Health Service. None of this would be a mystery to a media that saw itself as an agency of people, not power.

http://www.newint.org/features/2010/12/01/john-pilger-interview/

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pretty slick spoof on WikiLeak's CableGate:

LOLTongue out

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Interview with John Pilger -- New Internationalist

12-1-2010

...

You have talked about ‘wars of perception’ in which the news media plays a major role. What do you mean by this?

The term belongs to General David Petraeus, the current US commander in Afghanistan, who wrote in the 2006 US Counterinsurgency Manual that what mattered was not so much military superiority as persuading the public at home that you were winning, regardless of the reality. In other words, the public is the true enemy of governments that pursue unpopular colonial wars which can only be ‘won’ if the public is successfully deceived. This owes much to Edward Bernays, who is said to have invented the term ‘public relations’ soon after the First World War. Bernays’ dictum was that the facts didn’t matter as much as the success of ‘false reality’, and that the manipulators of public thinking belonged to an ‘invisible government that is the true ruling power in our country’. Of course, none of this can succeed without the media as its transmitter and amplifier...

One of the most revealing documents released by Wikileaks was a 2,000-page Ministry of Defence document that equated investigative journalists with terrorists. That reflects the lethal stupidity that runs like a current through the war-making industry. It says they are afraid of the truth...

Journalism ought to be about telling as much of the truth as possible in the circumstances. And governments can be expected to wage a constant war on truth-tellers, be they whistleblowers or fearless reporters. That’s why the Pentagon recently set up a department to fight ‘cyberwar’. To the military propagandists, cyberspace is unconquered and, worse, populated by mavericks they can’t control. This is only partly true, of course, but there are enough good journalists writing exclusively for the web to justify the war-makers’ alarm.

...

Is there another issue on which you think the public is currently being massively deceived?

The major deception in Britain today is the political/media consensus that there is an economic crisis requiring a devastation of public finances and people’s lives. If you look back on the coverage of the ‘crash’ in the autumn two years ago, the shock of it forced the media to tell the truth: corrupt banks and an unregulated financial sector were rightly identified as the source of the problem, and that was the news. Within a year, journalists were back ‘on message’ and the assumptions of the media echoed the nonsense of the political élite that ‘we are all in this together’: a deception so gross it insults the nation’s intelligence. Britain is not on the edge of bankruptcy: this is one of the world’s wealthiest economies; the richest 10 per cent control $6,300 billion with an average per household of $6.3 million. An equitable rate of tax would see off the so-called deficit in no time. In any case, the ‘deficit’ is ideological: the product of an almost cultish obsession of central banks and financiers with shifting the wealth of nations to the very top and keeping it there. At the end of the Second World War, Britain was officially bankrupt yet the Labour government created some of the country’s greatest public institutions, such as the National Health Service. None of this would be a mystery to a media that saw itself as an agency of people, not power.

http://www.newint.org/features/2010/12/01/john-pilger-interview/

I agree about the truth part.  I do not know much about the NHS there.  The people I know at work here that are from GB do not like it.  In America we are trying to get back to normal.  Something terrible happened in America.  About 30 years or so ago people got real busy with trying to make enough money to live and take care of their families.  The government started to go out of control and lost its ability to make sound decisions in both the financial and social domains.  The people quit paying attention.  The education system started to fail and not teach the nation's children properly.  And, the entire thing started to slide downhill.  Many poor decisions have been made by countless politicians that have got us into crazy wars and put on a path to crazy spending.  ...and the people slept on and ignored it all until 2008.  When obama got elected and the democratic controlled congress started in on its socialist agenda the people were shocked and woke up and found that the country they had fought for and lived in all these years had taken a very serious turn and was heading toward disaster.  Their children were not being taught properly and basically everything was a mess.  The class of dependency had grown to about half the population and the federal, state, and local governments were on an out of control spending spree and destroying the country right before their eyes.  They started watching the news and could not believe what they were seeing.  The news is full of lies and distortions - truly amazing.  So, they decided to go vote in 2010 and we all know the outcome of that.  Starting in January 2011 we will be heading back toward constitutional government.  In 2012 it will get a lot better. 

FOX news has approximately the same audience as all the other TV news outlets combined.  There is a reason for that.  For some strange reason that I still do not understand, normal is now called "right wing".  It is very odd.  JFK would be run out of the democratic party now as he would be considered to "right wing".

http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39517

There used to be democratic Senators in congress that operated in a responsible manner - Senator Sam Nunn comes to mind.  The same thing for the House of Representatives and our state Governors.  My state, New Jersey, recently elected an excellent governor named Chris Christie.  He has been doing a very good job under difficult circumstances.  For many years the democractic party controlled New Jersey and they made a mess of it.  There was out of control spending every where you look.  Christie is working hard at trying to cut it back and make it normal.  I just hope they do not steal him away to run for president in 2012.  Keep your hands off Christie - he belongs to us.

The democratic party has lost its way and it is shocking the depths it has fallen to.  It has shocked the people of America.  The democratic party is being systematically removed from power in the government at all levels as rapidly as elections happen.  This trend will continue until we get America back on a normal constitutional path.   The news media has an important part to play in that process.  The news outlets that tell the truth and generate confidence in the America people as to the truth of their reporting will survive and flourish.  The news outlets that do not will wither and fail.  Do not count the American people out just yet.  We have come back from worse things than this.  It is going to take some time and it is going to take some effort but we can do it.  We have to get the education system back on track so our next generation will be properly educated as to what America is about and what we stand for.  The current generation has to massively reduce the nature and scope of government at all levels to get us back on a stable financial and social path.  If we take our responsibility to the nation seriously and act on it in a determined and persistent manner then all will be well in the end and we will be in a much better position to take on the looming issues of peak oil, nationalizing the federal reserve, pollution, and a host of other very large problems.  It will be very difficult for America to manage issues of such magnitude when we ourselves have slipped into chaos.  The election of 2010 shut down the crazy out of control government spending.  That is a beginning but massive damage has already been done.  Obama care has to be repealed - we simply can not afford it, besides, it is not the right way to address health care in America.  The federal department of education needs to be abolished.  It serves no usefull purpose.  Every agency has to be cut way back - the agriculture department has more people working for it than there are farmers in America - that is crazy.  The election of 2012 will put some more responsible people into power and the process of cutting the government at all levels will begin in earnest.  As the government stops stealing large amounts of private property (people's earnings) from the people, they will pay their way of out debt and spend more on taking care of their families and businesses.  A massively reduced government will cost much less to support and government debt will be much less of an issue.  The news media that survives this process will have an important part to play in making sure we never make these kinds of mistakes again.

 

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