Terrorism, Activism & the Rise of Independent Journalism
Control over the free flow of information is coming to a head with the Senate Bill 987, entitled, “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013” (FFIA) which is awaiting approval by the House and the Senate.
Supporters of this bill include:
• Senator Lindsey Graham
• Senator Barbara Boxer
• Senator Maria Cantwell
• Senator Patrick Leahy
The text of the FFIA explains how a “covered person” would not have to disclose their sources for news unless “a Federal court in the jurisdiction where the subpoena, court order, or other compulsory legal process has been or would be issued determines, after providing notice and an opportunity to be heard.”
Indeed, this legislation provides protection to the mainstream media with regard to anonymous sources never having to be revealed which also maintains that this conglomerate of media outlets would not have to divulge where any information they report on came from.
This is anti-ethical to a transparent press that provides source links or footnotes in articles to provide the audience with further information on the subject, as well as the exact source where the information originated.
This includes information provided by “record, document, or item obtained as the result of the eyewitness observations of, or obtained during the course of, alleged criminal conduct by the covered person, including any physical evidence or visual or audio recording of the conduct.”
However, in Section 5, the legislation outlines a catch-all allowance by any entity to obtain information about anonymous sources in the event that this indulgence would “prevent terrorist activity or harm to national security.”
The loophole is created with the ambiguous phrase: “Other acts that are reasonably likely to cause significant and articulable harm to national security.”
A covered person is defined as “a person who, with the primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information concerning local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest, regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports or publishes on such matters by”:
- Conducts interviews
- Makes direct observations of events
- “Collecting, reviewing, or analyzing original writings, statements, communications, reports, memoranda, records, transcripts, documents, photographs, recordings, tapes, materials, data, or other information whether in paper, electronic, or other form”
- Gathers information with the intent of disseminating the news
Forms of dissemination that are acceptable to the US government include:
- Print “(including newspapers, books, wire services, news agencies, or magazines)”
- Broadcasting “(including dissemination through networks, cable, satellite carriers, broadcast stations, or a channel or programming service for any such media)”
- Other means
Senator Dianne Feinstein spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) meeting in September to explain her view of who can be a journalist and who cannot.
Feinstein made note of how certain language in the bill would extend to persons who “really aren’t qualified at all” to call themselves journalists (as meant to be defined by the government).
The US government is attempting to define journalism as we know it today, and may be successful because of the ignorance of current incarnations of the development of news and reporting over time.
Following the tremendous contribution of friend and fellow journalist, James Corbett, this lecture furthers certain details of the study on the transformation of media as it relates to the definition of journalism over the centuries.
The first identified movement toward mass reporting of events can be attributed to the creation of the printing press . This machine made it possible for information to be copied en masse and distributed in a timely manner.
This modern equivalent of the printing press can be found in the creation of the internet . Just as with the printing press (which facilitated news to be distributed across a massive audience), the internet is the apparatus that allows modern alternative media to reach a substantial portion of the world’s population that have access to the World Wide Web.
In fact, the first newspapers were created in Europe by “merchants would distribute newsletters written by hand containing information regarding the weather, economic conditions, wars and human-interest stories.”
Today we find that with the creation of websites, alternative forms of information about current events have once again altered the landscape of what is accepted as disbursement of news and established online journalism .
In the mid-1800s, Paul Julius Reuter and his friend Carl Friedrich Gauss, “who was experimenting with an electric telegraph . . . opened a telegraphic news office ” and later founded Reuters News Agency (RNA).
In 1847, Reuter and Stargardt “distributed radical pamphlets at the beginning of the Revolutions of 1848.”
RNA used carrier pigeons to connect Berlin to Paris, and then used the telegraph to correlate with reporters all over the word who provided information on events to the central hub which then translated those reports to the public.
In our technological age, Twitter serves as a modern-day telegraph which “enables [microbloggers] to send and read ‘tweets’ which are text messages limited to 140 characters.”
With the creation of radio, talk news became another way news was provided to the public for educational purposes.
In the 1920s, “a Detroit station air[ed] what is believed to be the first radio news broadcast.”
Today there are a plethora of alternative talk radio stations that mirror the intent of that first news broadcast; to bring the audience information about politics, health and corporatism that directly affects our world.
Beginning in 1949, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was the first news agency to have a news show on television.
Since creation of YouTube in 2005, what has been called alternative media has been able to report on news independently from what is discussed in the mainstream media.
Just as the development of journalism has changed with the advent of technology, there is no difference between what has historically taken place and what is happening right now.
From the printing press to internet websites, the way in which we disseminate information to the public has changed.
The independent “alternative” media are simply going with the free flow of information, as news agencies of the past have done, to ensure the public is able to make an informed decision.
Only now, with the introduction of SB 987, is this industry being redefined for the express purpose of the government overseeing and granting privilege to certain “covered persons” as pre-approved journalists.
If journalism and news reporting is to survive, its integrity must be maintained. This means that the battle is not in whether or not a “seventeen year old can purchase a $5 website” and offer another perspective on local and international events, but whether or not uncompromised sources of information can remain relevant so the public can be truly informed.
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Their Propaganda….Our Propaganda
The Guardian was able to get a hold of some paintings that were made by a North Korean propaganda artist, for the North Korean people. The paintings depict their “glorious neighbor” China.
Keep in mind, when you see these, that most North Koreans have never been to China:
What a glorious place…a Heaven on Earth mixed with The Land of Oz.
Fortunately, here in the United States, we have freedom of the press, and it takes hard effort for that press to pull the wool over our eyes!
Americans are not so easily fooled:
Peter Schiff Exposes Media Lies About Janet Yellen
This is a must-see video. Watch through the last 10 minutes where Schiff shows clips from 2006 where he was ridiculed for being 100% correct.
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Glenn Greenwald vs. BBC Presstitute, News Anchor Fails (video)
Another fail by the msm presstitutes. Twist, spin, create and spin again. After all of the gyrations nothing is accomplished for the #oldmedia in this Glenn Greenwald interview. On the occasions that the msm #oldmedia interviews those in power promoting crony capitalism and the redistribution of wealth the interrogation is non-existent as they follow the script handed them and their defined marching orders. Once again, score 1 for the journalist, score 0 for the puppets.
Published by BBC Newsnight
Interview with Matt Taibbi About JP Morgan and the CNBC “Presstitutes”
The top definition of presstitute according to Urban Dictionary is:
A member of the media who will alter their story and reporting based on financial interests or other ties with usually partisan individuals or groups.
It has become abundantly clear in recent years that the mainstream media can not be identified as anything other that a collective of mediocre, corporate/government ass-kissing presstitutes. Different media outlets cater to different special interests, but the end result is all the same. MSNBC for example is essentially a straight up PR outlet for the Democratic Party, while Fox News represents the neo-con arm of the Republican Party and the military-industrial complex generally.
CNBC has a special position in the presstitute media hierarchy. They basically defend Wall Street at all costs. The station represents the most important media gatekeeper for the financial oligarch, crony class.The following video is an interview on the daily political talk show Majority Report, hosted by Sam Seder. In this episode, he discusses with Matt Taibbi the recent appearance of Salon’s Alex Pareene on CNBC in which Maria Bartiromo unabashedly presstitutes herself out for Jaime Dimon and JP Morgan in an utterly embarrassing manner.The clip is a little over 16 minutes, but well worth your time. Sam Seder is pretty hilarious and his rapport with Taibbi is excellent.
So here’s my question for Maria. If all that matters is the bottom line “ex-legal problems” then why did the Feds raid the Silk Road rather than allow them to “settle without admitting guilt?” After all they were a “cash generating machine” too. Take that one on Money Honey.
Fmr NYT Journalist Seymour Hersh Blasts Bin Laden Fairytale, Calls for Corporate Media Shutdown
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Abby Martin gives props to world renowned journalist Seymour Hersh, for calling out the abysmal failure of the corporate media in the US, saying that the MSM should fire 90 percent of its reporters and that “not one word” of the bin laden death narrative is true.
Source: Next News Network
The FBI and Johnson and Johnson don’t want you to see this
One of the top 3 unsolved crimes in the United States is the Tylenol Murders.
This weekend marks 31 years since they occurred… and the FBI is embarrassed that they never caught the perp.
In the face of mounting new evidence its rumored they are just going to close the case… ignoring the new clues.
Because the trail leads not to a lone madman traveling store to store… but directly to a Johnson & Johnson employee working in the supply chain.
By closing the case, they are basically releasing J&J of liability of the alleged crime committed by their employee.
I’ve been following this story for about 2 years now and this exclusive interview with Michelle Rosen, a victims daughter, is enough to rip open this cold case and solve the crime… but not if the FBI wants to protect their Big Pharma buddies.
Here is a report that you will never see on the MSM because of their ties to Big Pharma – but you will see it on the Next News Network:
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About the video:
Just over 30 years ago, 7 people died after ingesting cyanide lasted capsules from within Tylenol Bottles manufactured by Johnson and Johnson.
The narrative put forth by the FBI and Johnson and Johnson through the news media at the time was described as a lone madman traveled from store to store placing the cyanide in the bottles.
But is that what really happened?
For the last 2 years, I have been reporting on the investigation and research of Scott Bartz. Bartz is a former Johnson and Johnson employee who claims that the narrative put forth by his employer and the FBI is entirely FALSE.
Last year, on the 30th anniversary of the murders, the FBI carted UNIBOMBER Ted Kazinkski before the cameras again in an attempt to pin the 30 year old cold case on him.
At the same time Bartz released the book, “THE TYLENOL MAFIA: MARKETING, MURDER, AND JOHNSON AND JOHNSON.”
A book, I should point out, that Johnson and Johnson doesn’t want you to read.
What is in this book that Johnson and Johnson don’t want you to know?
The Bartz’s book alleges that he Cyanide was actually placed in the bottles in the supply chain by a Johnson and Johnson employee and not a lone nut traveling store to store. It alleges the FBI, Johnson and Johnson, and the news media colluded to dissuade the public away from Johnson and Johnson’s full liability to a lone madman traveling store to store.
Now one year after Johnson and Johnson essentially burned Scott Bartz’s book that challenged their narrative of the Tylenol Murders, the FBI has been making phone calls to victims families telling them that they have a big announcement on the 31st anniversary.
Confidential sources say that the FBI will be disbanding the Tylenol Murders Task force. Originally over 100 FBI agents made up this task force, now it’s down to four agents, soon to be Zero, if our sources are correct.
My special guest today is the daughter of one of the victims who ingested the Cyanide laced Tylenol. She can speak to us today because she isn’t under a Johnson and Johnson induced Gag Order like the rest of the victims families.
Peter Schiff Was Right Part Deux: The “Taper” Edition
For those of you who remember the months following the 2008 financial crisis, one of the most viral videos out there (it has over 2 million views) was the “Peter Schiff Was Right” compilation. It consists of various clips of Mr. Schiff being prescient about the financial condition of the U.S., as talking heads on various financial shows mock him and laugh in his face.
Well, the “Peter Schiff Was Right Video Part Deux” is now out and I expect this one to go viral as well. In this case, pundits laugh at Peter’s insistence that there will be no taper and that it was all a bluff (they pull off the same bluff every year). It ends in classic fashion with Bob Pisani explaining to the dwindling audience at CNBC that “no one saw it coming.”
I guess we’re back to that again. The next crisis can’t be far off.
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So…You Want It For Free…
Columbia MO, September 4, 2013 – Ron Paul fans and friends were excited to hear the news that Paul would be taking to the video waves to offer information and his prized insights. But, since his Ron Paul Channel Debut, people have been berating Paul for asking for subscriptions for full access to his channel. Like so many people who have tried to delve into alternative media, Paul is having his share of “attacks,” even from people who claim to believe in his message and support his policies.
I have read such comments as, “I donated thousands to your last run for office, I should get the Ron Paul channel for free” and “oh yeah that’s right, only previews unless you pay,” and one of my personal favorites, “I really support your message Ron Paul, but think it’s disappointing that we have to pay a monthly fee just to watch your videos on youtube. Isn’t the main objective to spread the message across your country and the world? this makes it seem more like a business scheme and consequently makes it lose some of it’s credit in my opinion”
It’s time for those who claim they can’t trust the mainstream media, and according to polls, there are MANY of us, to step up to the plate. I don’t think you understand. While there is access to free information, it takes a team and MANY precious man hours to produce polished, professional news of any kind. Paul is just starting and YES, it take time for him to get his momentum going. His shows will get better and better with more experience and the ability to PAY a professional to help.
There is another side to this that Paul supporters, as well as anyone who claims to be in favor of alternative media, seem to be overlooking. Money! Mainstream media gets LOTS of funding from advertising dollars. Because of that, the message can be controlled, and many times IS controlled, by whoever is funding the outlet. My own research for our documentary exposing the mainstream media, Peddling Influence, proved without a doubt, the message is being controlled by whoever is willing to spend the money.
When I stumbled across an interesting quote in a published lecture, I had to immediately recheck the date of the lecture, because the quote could apply today.
“There is no such thing, at this stage in the world’s history in America, as an independent press, you know it and I know it. I am PAID to keep honest opinions out of the paper.” (Emphasis mine.)
The quote was made by journalist John Swinton during a ceremony celebrating his body of work. He was the one who chose to expose what he knew, and it happened sometime around the 1880’s. You read that right, the 1880’s! The more I researched the mainstream media, the more I was convinced it is worse than any enemy we think we have. In many cases, they print, or not, what they’re told.
Another thing I uncovered and exposed in Peddling Influence was the staggering amount of money spent by advertisers to sell their wares. In 2011, for example, ad hacks spent $410 PER PERSON living in our country. That’s a WHOPPING $127-plus BILLION spent to “sell” you stuff! Do you think for one minute the media would do something to lose that kind of revenue? No, they won’t. During World War I, the media was quite literally controlled by a group of men to persuade our population to demand we enter the world war. JP Morgan, Jr. stood to gain substantially from the war and sacrificed the lives of many to make a quick few million bucks. The US entry into the Spanish American War was the result of a “war for readership” between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. And, that information is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
After a couple days I finally had a chance to see this video from September 1st which I had open in a few browser tabs waiting for me. Hillary Mann Leverett was included in a panel discussion regarding the buildup to yet more warmongering, this time for Syria, held on the quickly fading mainstream media station MSNBC. A classic study of intelligence verses msm spin in which Hillary Mann Leverett shinned using tactics basically extinct in today’s lapdog media, honesty, facts and logic. Enjoy!
Written by Daniel McAdams
Lapdog Regime Journalists versus a Bona Fide Expert: Watch the Sparks Fly!
RPI Academic Board Member Hillary Mann Leverett absolutely destroys the conventional wisdom-mongering and regime lapdog “journalists” on Obama’s march to war on Syria. Watch the smug bootlickers discount the sole voice of reason — an expert on the region rather than a talking head:
Thanks to Travis Holte for link.