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Journalism is dead and buried in West
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:30AM
By Gordon Duff
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There are solutions. The first step is to recognize, once and for all, that the corporate media is totally controlled, to bring it to an accounting, not just for its lack of objectivity but its long history of criminal complicity in crimes, crimes of war, massive fraud, propaganda, racism, fomenting social and religious strife, espionage and even terrorism."

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Over the past six weeks, we have had hundreds of new bloggers and “media pundits,” most anonymous, none with qualification, none with verifiable bios, almost all with childishly obvious agendas that carry clear signs of “handlers.” None, however, have attributable sources, real access to inside information.

“They” have one purpose, to gut the impact and credibility of real independent journalism and to “water down” real work, flooding every “in box” with smears, rumors and utter insanity.

Journalism is dead, not wounded, not damaged; its corpse has long rotted away. The process began when the “pop culture media” began relying on press releases and fat paychecks rather than investigative journalism.

Mythology, dogma and propaganda, the endless unsubstantiated blither from government liars became “certified” as fact, the only truth, the only “conspiracy theories” that were not “wild or dangerous.”

The failure to get any story right, not just 9/11 or the War on Terror, but Iran or the Arab Spring, the Syrian War, now the Mali War, none of it has been understood, none of it reported and none of the “who” or “why” has ever been addressed.

Thus, the mainstream or “pop culture” media died, leaving open alternative networks like Press TV and Russia Today. But the problem is there are 5000 others, hiding behind web proxies, activists with no history of activism, “experts” with no expertise, “op-ed” writers whose opinions do everything but educate.

At one time, we knew where our news came from. Reputations mattered; journalists learned their craft under fire, Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite or even Peter Jennings. We knew David Frost, we knew John Cameron Swayze.

Journalists could call out the government on lies, could confront presidents, journalists were experience, trusted and incorruptible. Remember Helen Thomas?

The phenomenon of “soft sell” alternative news, Arianna Huffington, Matt Drudge or Andrew Breitbart, cheap opportunists who sold their souls to the prevailing easy dollar set the bar for standards, the combination of tabloid sleaze, celebrity gossip, conspiracy theory, character assassination and innuendo replaced research, replaced facts, replaced accountability.

Today, calling information “news” is insanity. News is a commodity, “give me a half pound of gun confiscation scare and a few slices of “creeping socialism.”

For every real “whistleblower” or “leaker,” there are a dozen paid phonies. What is the typical “bio” of a “shock jock” podcast host or “blogger/debunker?” Most have done prison time. None have ever been gainfully employed for more than three months. CVs or resumes describe them as “consultants” or “administrative assistants.”

Most have histories of being sexually abused and of being sexual abusers, particularly of children. Some publications actually cross over into print, such as the Village Voice/Backpage. This pro-Zionist publication uses its front pages to spew attacks at what it calls “anti-Semites” while using its “Backpage” to sell kidnapped children into sexual slavery.

From a 2012 article in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof:

"Alissa says pimps routinely peddled her on Backpage. 'You can’t buy a child at Wal-Mart, can you?' she asked me. 'No, but you can go to Backpage and buy me on Backpage.'

"Backpage accounts for about 70 percent of prostitution advertising among five Web sites that carry such ads in the United States, earning more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads, according to AIM Group, a media research and consulting company. It is now the premier Web site for human trafficking in the United States, according to the National Association of Attorneys General. And it’s not a fly-by-night operation. Backpage is owned by Village Voice Media, which also owns the estimable Village Voice newspaper.

"Attorneys general from 48 states have written a joint letter to Village Voice Media, pleading with it to get out of the flesh trade. An online petition at has gathered 94,000 signatures asking Village Voice Media to stop taking prostitution advertising. Instead, the company has used The Village Voice to mock its critics. Alissa thought about using her real name for this article but decided not to for fear that Village Voice would retaliate.

"Court records and public officials back Alissa’s account, and there is plenty of evidence that under-age girls are marketed on Backpage. Arrests in such cases have been reported in at least 22 states."

Who and what is Village Voice media aligned with? Some are surprised by the answer but should not be. Their message is identical to that of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Southern Poverty Law Center.They support and attack the same people, using the exact same language.

The internet counterparts are almost impossible to count. One anonymous website can be traced to an IP address that will have, over the years, passed itself off as both “white supremacist” and “pro-Zionist.” They do not expect anyone to look at anything beyond blind proxies at a “whois” network search site.

Phone numbers, IP and street addresses, contact names, this information leads to the real identities of the “pundits” and “global affairs” experts of the internet, as they sit in rented rooms in their underwear, waiting for a “technical consultant” to help them establish a dozen new identities so they can fill the comment sections of the real journalists with venom.

There are solutions. The first step is to recognize, once and for all, that the corporate media is totally controlled, to bring it to an accounting, not just for its lack of objectivity but its long history of criminal complicity in crimes, crimes of war, massive fraud, propaganda, racism, fomenting social and religious strife, espionage and even terrorism.

Any publication, television show, radio broadcast, podcast, or even internet site that evidences control by a single ethnicity, political belief, religion or agenda should carry the same warning that is on a package of cigarettes.

“This show/movie contains views known to be racist propaganda and is dangerous to the political, social and mental wellbeing of viewers. Everything from Hollywood should carry such a warning.

As for “internet bloggers,” there is currently underway a movement to provide certification for those who can prove they exist and write based on genuine sources of information, personal expertise and a history of social and political activism. “No hirelings allowed.”

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic representative for UN humanitarian and economic development efforts. Gordon Duff has traveled to over 80 nations. His articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest. More Press TV articles by Gordon Duff
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