…us msm, all the news that’s fit to be vetted?…

…truth, lack of truth, and consequences…

Clearly, it was again premature to declare, ‘Mission Accomplished’ for that lot in the ‘Kill the Messenger’ project. That thing about the past appearing, and suddenly, all too suddenly.

The release of the movie, ‘Kill the Messenger’, instead of eliciting ‘mea culpas’ from the complicit MSM, seems to have had the opposite effect, further attacks on the messenger, Gary Webb, who had committed suicide. Unfortunately facts tend to have an inconvenient way of not disappearing from public view, despite the MSM’s best efforts.

For the MSM: Ignoring Narco-trafficking Contras even in the US, the Price of US Freedom?

The economist, Dean Baker, in his post, In Context of Accusations of CIA Drug Smuggling, WaPo Calls $10 Million a Week “Relatively Small”, of 19 Oct affirms the delinquency of the protagonists, here WaPo, then dissects the economics of the assertion made by WaPo’s Jeff Leen,

…Jeff Leen, the Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, took up the issue in the Post’s Outlook section today.

Leen is essentially dismissive of the charges, at one point telling readers:

“The first thing I looked for was the amount of cocaine that the story said ‘the CIA’s army’ had brought into the country and funneled into the crack trade. It turned out to be relatively small: a ton in 1981, 100 kilos a week by the mid-1980s, nowhere near enough to flood the country with crack.”

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Baker explains the economics of the ‘relatively small’ amount of cocaine.

… This means that the flow of 100 kilos a week would have had a wholesale value of around $10 million and a retail value between $20-$30 million. That amounts to over $500 million a year at the wholesale level and between $1.0-$1.5 billion at the retail level.

So much for the ‘even if they were guilty, they were not really that guilty’ argument. Case of not knowing when the jig is up and to seek to rescue a fast disappearing reputation. And blogs and other alternative media, especially of the US, would ensure that that is crystal clear, an effort that is increasingly gaining ground, at least among those ’emergent’ countries. (The cost to the country to be destabilised – wanton death and destruction, and further destitution and hopelessness.)

Peter Hart of the fair blog would weigh in with a cross-post at common dreams blog, A ‘Worthless and Whiny’ Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero, as he states,

In 1996, in the wake of his explosive “Dark Alliance” series for the San Jose Mercury News(8/18-20/96), the Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb (FAIR Blog,  10/21/14).

It’s 2014, and they’re still at it.

Since the release of the film Kill the Messenger, there has been renewed focus on Webb’s story, which documented how CIA-linked drug traffickers were supplying US drug dealers with cheap cocaine that helped fuel the crack epidemic in the 1980s. For the Post, this means it’s time to argue once again that Webb got the story wrong.

From Ryan Devereaux at the Intercept on 25 Sept, we have, as summary of the plot, MANAGING A NIGHTMARE: HOW THE CIA WATCHED OVER THE DESTRUCTION OF GARY WEBB. This paragraph,

But newspapers like the Times and the Post seemed to spend far more time trying to poke holes in the series than in following up on the underreported scandal at its heart, the involvement of U.S.-backed proxy forces in international drug trafficking. The Los Angeles Times was especially aggressive. Scooped in its own backyard, the California paper assigned no fewer than 17 reporters to pick apart Webb’s reporting. While employees denied an outright effort to attack the Mercury News, one of the 17 referred to it as the “get Gary Webb team.” Another said at the time, “We’re going to take away that guy’s Pulitzer,” according to Kornbluh’s CJR piece. Within two months of the publication of “Dark Alliance,” the L.A. Times devoted more words to dismantling its competitor’s breakout hit than comprised the series itself.

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US MSM Responsibility, to Establishment and not an Informed Public?

For Comedy Corner, here we have WaPo as it bristles in 2005 at the failure of NYT to adhere to the rigorous standards of journalism, At the Times, a Scoop Deferred,

By Paul Farhi

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 17, 2005

The New York Times’ revelation yesterday that President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to conduct domestic eavesdropping raised eyebrows in political and media circles, for both its stunning disclosures and the circumstances of its publication.

In an unusual note, the Times said in its story that it held off publishing the 3,600-word article for a year after the newspaper’s representatives met with White House officials. It said the White House had asked the paper not to publish the story at all, “arguing that it could jeopardize continuing investigations and alert would-be terrorists that they might be under scrutiny.”

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The paper offered no explanation to its readers about what had changed in the past year to warrant publication. It also did not disclose that the information is included in a forthcoming book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration,” written by James Risen, the lead reporter on yesterday’s story…

If we find that a bit sanctimonious, we have reason, history, to support that. Here, again, Peter Hart dealing with the same WaPo, and its failure to adhere to the same standards of journalism, The Consequences of Covering Up

Washington Post withholds info on secret prisons at government request

On November 2, the Washington Post carried an explosive front-page story about secret Eastern European prisons set up by the CIA for the interrogation of terrorism suspects. While the Post article, by reporter Dana Priest, gave readers plenty of details, it also withheld the most crucial information–the location of these secret prisons–at the request of government officials.

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And raising the question of when is a journalist not a journalist but an establishment agent, we have from Ryan Devereaux on 25 Sept at The Intercept, THE CIA’S MOP-UP MAN: L.A. TIMES REPORTER CLEARED STORIES WITH AGENCY BEFORE PUBLICATION.

A prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

Email exchanges between CIA public affairs officers and Ken Dilanian, now an Associated Press intelligence reporter who previously covered the CIA for the Times, show that Dilanian enjoyed a closely collaborative relationship with the agency, explicitly promising positive news coverage and sometimes sending the press office entire story drafts for review prior to publication. In at least one instance, the CIA’s reaction appears to have led to significant changes in the story that was eventually published in theTimes.

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And on that LA ‘journalist’ episode, the obvious question then is: How many more like that?

Epimenides The Cretan,  or Vita Brevis Est?

Epimemenides The Cretan famously uttered, ‘All Cretans are liars.’ As understandable though the Paradox may be, life is a mere flicker, too brief. Thus, instead of waiting for that moment of truth from the corporate MSM, which again may not be so, no cretins, we move onto more reliable and accurate sources, and then, on with life.

…with the blogs and alternative media that include the likes of The Guardian, RT, AlJazeera, the vote has been cast…

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