…us msm, ensnared in its webb of deception?…Posted: 2014-10-20
…and headed, herded to a zero, dark, dark future?…
Journalistic integrity, protean concept to the MSM. As if any further evidence were needed on the role of the corporate US MSM in not fully informing, ‘misleading’ (?), the public on matters on which the public should be dutifully and truthfully informed, now comes a movie. Immediately coming to mind are thoughts like ‘dereliction of duty’, ‘gross irresponsibility and culpability’. First, the irony of that word, ‘democracy’, takes us on a journey, and Glenn Greenwald is the guide, WHAT ‘DEMOCRACY’ REALLY MEANS IN U.S. AND NEW YORK TIMES JARGON: LATIN AMERICA EDITION. An excerpt that will inspire the journey.
One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of “democracy” in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country’s democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez. Rather than describe that coup as what it was by definition – a direct attack on democracy by a foreign power and domestic military which disliked the popularly elected president – the Times, in the most Orwellian fashion imaginable, literally celebrated the coup as a victory for democracy:
That alone is an invitation to read on. And as Greenwald notes, we should keep ever present just a few notable US allies such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, when we discuss ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’ or ‘repression’.
But that is not all there is to it. US MSM’s possible ‘pre-emptive’ shortcomings, abandonment of journalistic responsibilities are legion. Another example is total, unquestioning support of supposedly ‘questioning’ media for US foreign adventurism, irrespective of its legality – in essence, propaganda voice. We have the return of this uncomfortable issue regarding the involvement of the US’ proxy army, its ‘freedom fighters’ in Nicaragua, the ‘Contras’, widely suspected then as narcotraficantes. There also was a strong suspicion as to the source of the epidemic of ‘crack’ cocaine that would blight poor, black neighbourhoods of Los Angeles, California.
A recently released movie, ‘Kill the Messenger’, follows the brief and tragic life of a reporter from the San Jose Mercury, Gary Webb. Webb had exposed much, evident but overlooked by the elite press, and had his career ruined for the indiscretion. The mainstream media such as NYT, WaPo, and LA Times has its starring role.
We get Robert Parry’s take over at common dreams blog on the movie and the event. Parry also paid for his failure to ignore facts and avoid controversy, otherwise translated as professional journalism. Can MSM Handle the Contra-Cocaine Truth?
The mainstream news media’s reaction to the new movie, “Kill the Messenger,” has been tepid, perhaps not surprising given that the MSM comes across as the film’s most unsympathetic villain as it crushes journalist Gary Webb for digging up the Contra-cocaine scandal in the mid-1990s after the major newspapers thought they had buried it in the 1980s.
Thus, in the 1980s, the MSM treated the Contra-cocaine scandal as a “conspiracy theory” when it actually was a very real conspiracy. The MSM’s smug and derisive attitude continued despite a courageous investigation headed by Sen. John Kerry which, in 1989, confirmed the AP reporting and took the story even further. For his efforts, Newsweek dubbed Kerry “a randy conspiracy buff.”
What kind of “journalist” obsesses over dissecting the work of another journalist while the U.S. government gets away with aiding and abetting drug traffickers?
Ryan Devereaux of the intercept would add his analysis and insights, MANAGING A NIGHTMARE: HOW THE CIA WATCHED OVER THE DESTRUCTION OF GARY WEBB. We get the substance of Webb’s journalism,
The 20,000-word series enraged black communities, prompted Congressional hearings, and became one of the first major national security stories in history to blow up online. It also sparked an aggressive backlash from the nation’s most powerful media outlets, which devoted considerable resources to discredit author Gary Webb’s reporting. Their efforts succeeded, costing Webb his career. On December 10, 2004, the journalist was found dead in his apartment, having ended his eight-year downfall with two .38-caliber bullets to the head.
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We have even the economist Dean Baker who, in his regular upbraiding of the MSM on its faulty economics reporting, would have his own observation. In his post, It Is News That the AIG Bailout Was a Way to Give Money to Goldman Sachs, he remarks. First, not quite relevant, but instructive,
Andrew Ross Sorkin tells us that the fact the AIG bailout was about helping Goldman Sachs and other big banks is not news because we knew it all along. This is one that gets the blood flowing early in the morning.
Then Baker gets to matters more germane. These two paragraphs ,
If I can be allowed a brief digression, back in the mid-1990s the Washington Post ran a major front page article that bemoaned the fact that U.S. soldiers who had died in the civil war in El Salvador had not received proper military honors. The problem was that the Reagan administration was trying to conceal that we had troops in combat situations, so it couldn’t acknowledge the true fate of these soldiers…
Of course many people did believe that the Reagan administration was lying back in the 1980s, but there had never been any major stories in the Washington Post, or any other major newspaper, that told readers that the Reagan administration was lying. In the same vein, it has not been the generally accepted backdrop in reporting that the AIG bailout was about rescuing the big banks, even though many of us did know this at the time.
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Baker’s observation suggests a pervasiveness of the failure of the MSM to discharge their responsibilities to the public, and not serve as public relations office for special interests.
And to encapsulate the unprofessionalism that masquerades as journalism, we have that classic episode of David Gregory, quintessential echo chamber for the status quo, and, of all people, Glenn Greenwald. Exposure of the fraudulence of establishment media.
…in the interest of the 99%, will 2015 herald the steady ascendancy and dominance of the blogs and alternative media?…