The mainstream media has failed and refused to report the "biggest
political scandal in the history of this country", namely the stealing of two
United States Presidential elections in a row. Why? There are several
reasons. One is that the media has been seeking to continually consolidate
ownership and the Bush Administration had been very supportive of this
consolidation. As a result, approximately five large corporations own most
of the mainstream media outlets in the country. Another reason is that the
Bush Administration has intimidated the media into not asking any substantive
questions over the last four years. “Don’t take on the Bushes” is becoming an
unwritten rule in American journalism. Reporters can make mistakes in covering
other politicians and suffer little or no consequence, but a false step when doing a
critical piece on the Bushes is a career killer."
The Op-Ed Assassination Of Hugo Chávez
By: Justin Delacour
20 February, 2006
After televangelist Pat Robertson first publicly called for the assassination of Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez Frias (700 Club, 8/22/05), the editors of several major U.S.
newspapers were quick to denounce his outrageous incitement to violence. However, in
criticizing the conservative televangelist, the U.S. prestige press overlooked its own
highly antagonistic treatment of Venezuela's president, which has surely contributed
to the heated political climate in which Robertson makes such threats.
Even so-called "moderate" columnists have contributed to the deterioration of U.S.-Venezuela
relations by distorting the Venezuelan government's domestic and foreign policy record. Robertson
may indeed be "just a garden-variety crackpot with friends in high places," as the New York
Times opined (8/25/05), but the televangelist's erroneous characterization of Venezuela's president
as a "strong-arm dictator" is hardly distinguishable from, say, Thomas Friedman's contention that
Chávez is an "autocrat" (New York Times, 3/27/05).
'Tim Russert: A Dishonor to American Journalism
Posted on Sunday, January 29 @ 09:31:58 EST
"The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet."
-- Winston Churchill
Congratulations to Arianna for daring to expose Tim Russert, whose Meet the Press
has for so long dishonored American journalism. Russert is guilty of all the sins she
has exposed: slimy cronyism, back-stabbing, nepotism, favor-trading and all the rest.
But the harm he does to our society goes far deeper: to paraphrase Churchill, Russert
is either at the feet of the powerful or the throat of those who challenge them. By so
doing with a conservative Administration, he winds up supporting war, violence,
inequality, harm to the environment, and expanded Executive power.
What is particularly shameful about his behavior is that Russert does not toady to a
conservative Administration out of ideological conviction. However one feels about
Sean Hannity, he is at least sincere. Russert, however, has no real beliefs. He sucks
up to conservatives today simply to build his career, income, and power.
Top 10 Censored Stories of 2005
- by University Research Team
Project Censored specializes in covering the top news stories which
were either ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media each year.
Project Censored is a research team composed of nearly 200 university
faculty, students, and community experts who review about 1,000 news
story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources, and
national significance. The top 25 stories selected are submitted to a
panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. The results
are published each year in an excellent book available for purchase at
their website, amazon.com, and most major book stores.
A brief summary of last year's top 10 censored news stories provided
below proves quite revealing and most informative. The headline of each
news story contains a link for those who want to read the entire
article. Links to sources are also provided for verification. Thanks to
the Internet and wonderful, committed groups like Project Censored, the
news is getting out to those who want to know. By revealing these
censored news stories, we can stop the excessive secrecy and work
together to build a brighter future. Please help to spread the word,
and have a great day!
With best wishes,
Fred Burks for the WantToKnow.info Team
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton
By Paul Craig Roberts
Two recent polls, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll and a New York
Times/CBS News poll, indicate why Bush is getting away with impeachable offenses.
Half of the US population is incapable of acquiring, processing and
Much of the problem is the media itself, which serves as a disinformation
agency for the Bush administration. Fox "News" and right-wing talk radio are
the worst, but with propagandistic outlets setting the standard for truth and
patriotism, all of the media is affected to some degree.
Despite the media‘s failure, about half the population has managed to
discern that the US invasion of Iraq has not made them safer and that the Bush
administration’s assault on civil liberties is not a necessary component of the
war on terror. The problem, thus, lies with the absence of due diligence on
the part of the other half of the population.
Media Is the Scandal
It's time we learned the rudiments of "scandalology," as John Dean calls it in
his excellent book, Worse Than Watergate. For a scandal to be a scandal, Dean
says, the media must certify it. When Newsweek's Howard Fineman said of Bill Clinton
at the height of the Lewinsky scandal, "We have to wonder whether we can continue to
respect ourselves as a people if a man like this remains president," he was expressing
exactly the kind of moral outrage that makes a scandal.
If the media have the power to manufacture a crisis, as with the Clinton impeachment,
conversely, "if the media learn of a transgression and fail to react, there is no scandal."
In a very real sense, our mass media establish the rules governing public and political decency.
Bush Presses Editors on Security
President Bush has been summoning newspaper editors lately in an effort to prevent
publication of stories he considers damaging to national security.
The efforts have failed, but the rare White House sessions with the executive editors of
The Washington Post and New York Times are an indication of how seriously the
president takes the recent reporting that has raised questions about the administration's anti-terror tactics.
IN THE KINGDOM OF THE HALF-BLIND
By Bill Moyers
It has to be said: there has been nothing in our time like the Bush Administration's
obsession with secrecy. This may seem self-serving coming from someone who worked
for two previous presidents who were no paragons of openness. But I am only one of
legions who have reached this conclusion. See the recent pair of articles by the independent
journalist, Michael Massing, in The New York Review of Books. He concludes, "The Bush
Administration has restricted access to public documents as no other before it." And he
backs this up with evidence. For example, a recent report on government secrecy by the
watchdog group, OpenTheGovernment.org, says the Feds classified a record 15.6 million
new documents in fiscal year 2004, an increase of 81% over the year before the terrorist
attacks on September 11, 2001. What's more, 64% of Federal Advisory Committee meetings
in 2004 were completely closed to the public. No wonder the public knows so little about how
this administration has deliberately ignored or distorted reputable scientific research to advance
its political agenda and the wishes of its corporate patrons. I'm talking about the suppression
of that EPA report questioning aspects of the White House Clear Skies Act; research censorship
at the departments of health and human services, interior and agriculture; the elimination of
qualified scientists from advisory committees on kids and lead poisoning, reproductive health,
and drug abuse; the distortion of scientific knowledge on emergency contraception; the manipulation
of the scientific process involving the Endangered Species Act; and the internal sabotage of government
scientific reports on global warming
It's an old story: the greater the secrecy, the deeper the corruption.
Bush War against the Press
A host of recent developments have made it clear that the Bush White House is doing
battle against the journalistic standards and practices that underpin of our democracy.
With its unprecedented campaign to undermine and stifle independent journalism, Bush & Co.
have demonstrated brazen contempt for the Constitution and considerable fear of an informed public.
Free Press has launched a campaign to chronicle and combat Bush’s war on the press. Today,
we published a new report showing the scope and intensity of the administration’s assault on
press freedoms. The growing list of attacks on the press is truly astonishing:
On Sunday’s ABC This Week, Stephen Hadley acknowledged that President Bush
has not yet ordered the shut-down of the Pentagon’s propaganda campaign in Iraq.
U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers
By JEFF GERTH and SCOTT SHANE
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 - Titled "The Sands Are Blowing Toward a Democratic Iraq,"
an article written this week for publication in the Iraqi press was scornful of outsiders'
pessimism about the country's future.
"Western press and frequently those self-styled 'objective' observers of Iraq are often critics
of how we, the people of Iraq, are proceeding down the path in determining what is best for
our nation," the article began. Quoting the Prophet Muhammad, it pleaded for unity and nonviolence.
But far from being the heartfelt opinion of an Iraqi writer, as its language implied, the article
was prepared by the United States military as part of a multimillion-dollar covert campaign to
plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and pay friendly Iraqi journalists monthly
stipends, military contractors and officials said.
CNN and completely skewed objectivity
Tue Nov 29th, 2005 at 08:44:23 AM EDT :: News
Reading two different stories on the same topic left me spitting blood from bitting
my tongue. Don't get me wrong this is just a matter of perspective, but why in the
hell is CNN so caught up in turning the sour apples of this administration and turning
them into a Peach Cobbler. I understand TimeWarner has a vested interest in keeping
the economy strong but this is just ridiculous. I thought CNN and their ilk were beginning
to get aboard with the truth, but this is just blatant now. Just read the headlines of the two
stories. Their body may be close, but the tone of each story is apart in their goals and finish.
Iraq's a colossal disaster.
But with the level of coverage it's gotten from the so called "liberal" media, you'd
never know it because there's days when Iraq
isn't even mentioned on the news. I'm serious.
And no news doesn't mean the day was quiet and peaceful. On the contrary.
There's death, destruction and violence every day in Iraq. You just don't hear
When American deaths are reported on the news (incredibly, some aren't) that's
all it is - reported. No carnage, no blood and no chaos; so it's forgotten as
soon as the commercial break.
Corrupt, Incompetent and Off-Center
Here is the liberals' problem in a nutshell: More than 30 percent of Americans happily
answer to the appellation "conservative," while 18 percent call themselves "liberal."
And yet when questioned by pollsters, a super-majority of more than 60 percent take
positions liberal in everything but name. Indeed, on many if not most issues, Americans
hold views well to the left of those espoused by almost any national Democratic politician.
In a May survey published by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 65
percent of respondents said they favor providing health insurance to all Americans, even if
it means raising taxes, and 86 percent said they favor raising the minimum wage. Seventy-seven
percent said they believe the country "should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.''
A September Gallup Poll finds that 59 percent consider the Iraq War a mistake and 63 percent
agree that US forces should be partially or completely withdrawn.
Nevertheless, extremist right-wingers, including a few apparent criminals, enjoy a stranglehold
on our political system and media discourse. And so the majority views of the American people
are treated with contempt by pundits and politicians alike.
Prosecute White House Propaganda Crimes
Robert McChesney-President Free PressLast week, an official government investigation determined that the Bush Administration
broke the law when it used taxpayer dollars to hire fake journalists like Armstrong Williams
to promote its political agenda.
It’s not only unethical, it’s also illegal. The only way for justice to be served is for you
and 50,000 others to add your name to a letter I am sending to Congress and the Justice
Department demanding prosecution. A copy of your letter will be sent to all the leaders
of the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees.
Media Ignores Anti-War ProtestsMedia shrug off mass movement against war
Hundreds of thousands of Americans around the country protested the Iraq War
on the weekend of September 24-25, with the largest demonstration bringing between
100,000 and 300,000 to Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
But if you relied on television for your news, you'd hardly know the protests happened
at all. According to the Nexis news database, the only mention on the network newscasts
that Saturday came on the NBC Nightly News, where the massive march received all
of 87 words. (ABC World News Tonight transcripts were not available for September 24,
possibly due to pre-emption by college football.)
Press and Media Coverups
Americans like to think of their supposedly free press as a watchdog
on government, a fourth branch -- especially because the press itself
shamelessly promotes that myth. One of the first tenets for the control
of a population, though, is to control all sources of information the
population receives (or at least those it believes, with other sources discredited).
The mainstream American press is a controlled corporate/government megaphone,
and the few real exceptions prove the rule.
Independent World Television (click on this link)
A video introduction to a news network not affiliated with any government, any corporations
or any political interest groups.
A New Blacklist for "Excuse Makers"
Those who think Iraq War sparks terror are "despicable," says Friedman
July 27, 2005
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has urged the U.S. government to create
blacklists of condemned political speech--not only by those who advocate violence, but
also by those who believe that U.S. government actions may encourage violent reprisals.
The latter group, which Friedman called "just one notch less despicable than the terrorists,"
includes a majority of Americans, according to recent polls.
Armageddon Gets No Press
by Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts
What has become of the print and TV media watchdogs who hounded President Nixon
from office because he lied about when he learned of a minor burglary of no consequence in itself?
What became of the watchdog media that bayed after President Reagan because some
low-level neoconservative officials sold arms to Iran and diverted the money to
anti-communist insurgents in Latin America ?
How Internet Freedom
Got The Federal Ax
And Why Corporate News Censored the Story
A Buzzflash Guest Contribution
By Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D.
The days are now numbered for surfing an uncensored, open-access Internet, using your favorite search engine to search a bottomless cyber-sea of information in the grandest democratic forum ever conceived by humankind. Instead you can look forward to Googling about on a walled-off, carefully selected corpus of government propaganda and sanitized information "safe" for public consumption. Indoctrinated and sealed off from the outer world, you will inhabit a matrix where every ounce of creative, independent thinking that challenges government policies and values will be squelched. Just a wild conspiracy theory, you say? No longer can this be rationally maintained.
We didn't know it, but for the past week, anyone using Comcast has been unable to receive any Email with "www.afterdowningstreet.org" in the body of the Email. That has included every Email from me, since that was in my signature at the bottom of every Email I sent. And it included any Email linking people to any information about the upcoming events.
From the flood this evening of Emails saying "Oh, so that's why I haven't heard anything from you guys lately," it seems clear that we would have significantly more events organized by now for the 23rd if not for this block by Comcast.
Disturbingly, Comcast did not notify us of this block. It took us a number of days to nail down Comcast as the cause of the problems, and then more days, working with Comcast's abuse department to identify exactly what was going on. We'd reached that point by Thursday, but Comcast was slow to fix the problem.
Thou Shalt Not Accuse!
(Regardless of the Evidence)
TvNewsLIES Challenges the Unwritten Commandment
What an inconceivable time we live in. It is now more sinful to expose
the crimes and lies of an American president and his administration,
than it is to commit them! The American media and most members of
Congress have sat silently by, blindfolding themselves with the
American flag, while the most criminal administration in history
continues to defecate on the soul of our nation.
'Down and Dirty' News And Dark Side Of Bush Family Taboo In
Washington Press; Neo Con Thugs Intimidate Publisher To Pull Plug
On Book Exposing Corruption And Treason Within The Administration
Washington writer finds new publisher after neo cons try to silence his
work linking the Bush family and the administration to drug smuggling,
gun running and the illegal diamond trade. Further, he claims the Bush
administration is turning a blind eye and condoning the illegal activity
of Victor Bout, a well-known Russian arms dealer.
July 1, 2005
By Greg Szymanski
Not far from the White House, a man sits alone in a makeshift office, writing stories
and covering the dirty side of Bush family politics. It’s a lonely, thankless job, a job
most people wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, especially in today’s oppressive political climate.
But free lance writer and author Wayne Madsen likes news to be "down and dirty, "
likes pushing political dirt aside in an attempt to get at the truth.
He can’t work for the mainstream media anymore since anything close to bringing
down the neo con stranglehold on Washington is taboo in papers like the Washington
Post and New York Times.
From Iraq to the G8: The Polite Crushing of Dissent and Truth
by John Pilger
Over the past two weeks, the contrast between two related "global" events has been salutary. The first was the World Tribunal on Iraq held in Istanbul ; the second the G8 meeting in Scotland and the Make Poverty History campaign. Reading the papers and watching television in Britain, you would know nothing about the Istanbul meetings, which produced the most searing evidence to date of the greatest political scandal of modern times: the attack on a defenceless Iraq by America and Britain .
American press behaving like Pravda in coverage of the U.S. president
Jul. 3, 2005
Linda McQuaig says pliant American press behaving like Pravda in coverage
of the U.S. president
If clear evidence emerged showing George W. Bush had written in his diary that
he had lied to the American people to justify his invasion of Iraq, would the U.S.
media even consider that a story?
I'm not sure any more. To an astonishing extent, the U.S. media have avoided
scrutinizing this U.S. president, even after it became clear he'd launched a war in
the name of disarming Iraq of weapons that didn't exist.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
How Many More Lies Will the Media Tell
Before We Stop Them?
Editor, TvNewsLIES.org - May, 2005
Posted June 4, 2005
This is why so many good people support this criminal administration.
They are good people with bad information! This is not a matter of bias
in the media; it is a matter of deception.
COWARDICE IN JOURNALISM AWARD FOR NEWSWEEK
Goebbels Award for Condi
by Greg Palast
Posted May 19, 2005
And now the Post company is considering further restrictions on the use
of confidential sources -- no more "Deep Throats."
Despite its supposed new concern for hidden sources, let's note that
Newsweek and the Post have no trouble providing, even in the midst of
this story, cover for secret Administration sources that are FAVORABLE to Bush.
Editor Whitaker's retraction relies on "Administration
officials" whose names he kindly withholds.
In other words, unnamed sources are OK if they defend Bush,
unacceptable if they expose the Administration's mendacity or evil.
One of the 19 WTC Hijackers "Alive and Well" in Casablanca; British WMD Memo Shows President Bush Manipulated Intelligence Reports to Justify Iraqi Invasion
Mass Media Cover-up
Leading Journalists Expose Major Cover-ups by Media Corporations
Posted May 3, 2005
This is a 10-page summary of the revealing accounts of 20 award-winning journalists from the book Into the Buzzsaw, compiled by Kristina Borjesson. All of these courageous writers were prevented by corporate media ownership from reporting major news stories. Some were even fired or laid off. These journalists have won numerous awards, including several Emmys and a Pulitzer. Join in building a better world. Spread this news across the land.
MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF ALL FEDERAL
DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Posted May 3, 2005
FROM: John Ashcroft, Attorney General
SUBJECT: The Freedom of Information Act
The Department of Justice and this Administration are equally committed to protecting other fundamental values that are held by our society. Among them are safeguarding our national security, enhancing the effectiveness of our law enforcement agencies, protecting sensitive business information and, not least, preserving personal privacy.
News media or U.S. propaganda?
Life in America after the death of the "Freedom of Information Act"
Posted May 3, 2005
PBS: Republican Broadcasting Corporation
by Ari Berman
A conservative coup is underway at PBS.
The new head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (the gatekeeper between lawmakers and public broadcasters), Ken Ferree, is a staunch Republican proponent of media deregulation and a former top adviser to FCC Chairman Michael Powell. Three top CPB officials, all with Democratic affiliations, departed or were dismissed in recent months. For the first time in its 38-year history, the CPB ordered a comprehensive review of public TV and radio programming for "evidence of bias." All new PBS funding agreements are conditioned upon the network following "objectivity and balance" requirements for each of its programs.
The Hidden Hand Of The CIA,
9-11 And Popular Mechanics
By Christopher Bollyn
Posted April 27, 2005
A brutal purge of the senior staff at Popular Mechanics preceded the publication of last month's scandalous propaganda piece about 9/11. Pulling the strings is the grand dame of Hearst Magazines and behind the scene is her obscure husband a veteran propaganda expert and former special assistant to the director of the C.I.A.
The Coming Crackdown on Blogging
By Declan McCullagh
Posted April 12, 2005
Leading Journalists Expose Major Cover-ups by Media Corporations
This is a two-page summary of revealing accounts by 20 award-winning journalists from the book Into the Buzzsaw, compiled Kristina Borjesson. All of these courageous writers were prevented by corporate media ownership from reporting major news stories. Some were even fired or laid off. These journalists have won numerous awards, including several Emmys and a Pulitzer. Join in building a better world.
The GW Bush interview:
The Questions the Media Omitted to Ask
Mr President, it seems the standard of journalism in the USA has fallen hopelessly. As a result, during your campaign the Press failed to subject you to a serious investigation or a proper background check; you didn't even get an in depth interview. May we make up for that failure now? Thank you.
Gannongate threatens to expose a huge GOP pedophile
and male prostitution ring, by Wayne Madsen
By Wayne Madsen
Hinchey Sees Hand of Rove By Paul Brooks
'They set up Dan Rather'
OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING
Thirty Oklahoma City Bombing Questions
That Demand an Answer NOW!
From Team Infinity
Despite Timothy McVeigh's guilty verdict, numerous unanswered
questions about the murderous Oklahoma City bombing remain.
Indeed, there are so many unanswered questions, it is amazing
that the prosecution was able to secure a conviction at all.
CULTURE OF SECRECY
TEARING DOWN THE PRESS
The Bush administration has been at war with the media from Day
One. Is its real goal to undermine the press itself -- and thereby
eliminate inconvenient truths?
By Eric Boehlert
I'D RATHER NOT SAY GOOD-BYE, DAN
Wednesday, March 9, 2005
, By Greg Palast
Talking to another reporter, Dan told it straight about
the careerism that keeps US reporters in line. “It’s that
fear that keeps [American] journalists from asking the
toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore-in
on the tough questions so often.”
Butt Prints In The Sand
Face it. Bush gets away with murder for just one reason -- because the media
allows it, encourages it, and spends big bucks producing it.
Why U.S. Media Dismissed the Lancet Study of
100,000 Iraqi Civilian Dead
The Chronicle article is another case study of the institutional
corruption of U.S. media, which is so complacent about challenging
the reputation of this country's military and has been so lacking in
coverage of Iraqi civilian casualties.
International health experts demand inquiry into number of Iraqi war casualties
By Rick Kelly
12 March 2005
The British Medical Journal has published a statement issued by 23 public health and
epidemiology experts condemning the US and British governments for their ongoing
failure to monitor the number and rate of Iraqi war-related casualties.
The Character Myth
"Bush's handlers project the President as a man of character. His team has carefully
crafted an image of him as a man who is strong and moral, someone who sticks to his
principles and is capable of making tough decisions.
Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged Television News
By DAVID BARSTOW and ROBIN STEIN
To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the
local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three.
Bush administration defends use of covert propaganda in US
By Bill Van Auken
17 March 2005
The Bush administration last week instructed US government agencies to
ignore a ruling by the comptroller general of the United States barring the
dissemination of “covert propaganda.”
The following articles speak to the complicity of the media in allowing
George Bush to steal two elections and to lie to and deceive the American
people for the sole benefit of his corporate friends.
Index of Hyperlinked Articles
Some article titles are hyperlinks to the actual article on the Internet
and the other article titles are hyperlinks to the article on another
page of this website. Here are the titles to each of these articles.
1. Not To Cover Vote Fraud By Peter Coyote 11-13-2004
There is a bumper sticker I saw months ago that sums up the current state
of affairs in our country regarding what is the biggest news story you’ll never
see on the General Media reported. It said "IF YOUR NOT OUTRAGED,
YOUR NOT PAYING ATTENTION".
1A.Right Wing Media Should Be Ashamed
By: Donna Marsh O'Connor
Millions who have been flooding reputable internet sites and even the
mainstream print media with the following concern: the press is not
doing its job. The press is allowing the Bush administration to 1) lie
and 2) fail to answer for conflicts of interest that serve to undermine
the interests of the populace.
1B. The GOP Media Machine Churns On
By Robert Parry, Consortium News
Posted on February 2, 2005, Printed on February 5, 2005
Sometime after 2009, when historians pick through the wreckage left behind
by George W. Bush's administration, they will have to come to grips with the
role played by the professional conservative media infrastructure.
2. Smoking Gun of Election Fraud is in Ken Blackwell’s Hand
Votergate 2004 is not going away. There are stories every day about the
Ukraine and the obvious fraud in their elections but deafening silence
about our own elections continues. Last week there were CONGRESSIONAL
HEARINGS about voter fraud. Not one GOP Representative bothered
to attend, desperately afraid of lending any legitimacy to the allegations.
3. TV Networks Officially Refuse to Release Exit Poll Raw Data
For those watching the growing body of evidence concerning election fraud in
our past presidential election, one question has remained: Why don't we hear
about this on the evening news? As of yet it's been hard to explain why the
controversies in Ukraine make the headlines, but when similar problems are
discovered at home, you have to scour the Internet to find the information.
4. Hey Media People-We've noticed
It's time we all started to recognize these "news stories" on Dean, on Kos, on
Tubbs-Jones and Conyers, etc ad infinitum for what they are, attacks from the political
right of the country in a war to eliminate our point of view. This is not news, this
is an attack in an ideological war where currently the heavy weapons (complete control
of all branches of government, open, immediate and free access to virtually all Americans
through their media surrogates, financial backing from the majority of
corporations and wealth holders) all belong to the right.
5. CBS' COWARDICE AND CONFLICTS BEHIND PURGE
"Independent" my ass. CBS' cowardly purge of five journalists who
exposed George Bush's dodging of the Vietnam War draft was done
under cover of what the network laughably called an "Independent
6. News: Election 2004: N.Y. Times, \Washington Post, and Cincinnati
Enquirer Almost Break Votergate Wide Open; Stopped Only By Their Own Incompetence
The Advocate presents, below, an article in three parts -- representing the three
opportunities the mainstream media had to break open the Votergate story in
the last twenty-four hours, all of which chances were squandered due to the
incompetence of the respective newspapers' writers and editors.
7. Bush Rule of Journalism by Robert Parry
“Don’t take on the Bushes” is becoming an
unwritten rule in American journalism.
Reporters can make mistakes in covering
other politicians and suffer little or no
consequence, but a false step when doing a
critical piece on the Bushes is a career killer."
8. Media FFC Chairman Michael Powell Exposed
Powell's most lasting impact will be rewriting the rules of media
ownership on behalf of corporate conglomerates to allow for
greater consolidation. Powell has set a course that erodes
media diversity, competition and independence.
As for Lopisi, he plans to continue his efforts to, in his
words, ''bring Mr. Bush and his administration to justice
for stealing two elections."
10. The Emperor's New Hump
The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election
—because it could have changed the election.
11. The News Is Broken
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
All governments lie. That is what they do. A reporter in the
White House Press Briefing Room bears the burden of being
the person whose role it is to speak truth to power, to write
down what happens after speaking truth to power, and to beat
their editors and publishers about the head and shoulders to
make sure that truth is delivered to the people intact.
12.When Real News Debunks Fake News
By Frank Rich, The International Herald Tribune
Saturday 19 February 2005
By my count, "Jeff Gannon" is now at least the sixth "journalist"to
have been a propagandist on the payroll of either the Bush administration
or a barely arms-length ally like Talon News while simultaneously appearing
in print or broadcast forums that purport to be real news.
13. Gannongate threatens to expose a huge GOP pedophile
and male prostitution ring, by Wayne Madsen
Gannongate is reminiscent of a huge political scandal that surfaced in Nebraska
in 1989 when it was learned that Lawrence King, the head of Franklin Community
Credit Union in Omaha and a rising African American star in the GOP
(he sang the national anthem at George H. W. Bush's 1988 nominating convention
in New Orleans), was a kingpin—along with top Republicans in Nebraska and
Washington, DC, including George H. W. Bush—in a child prostitution and
14. The mole, the US media and a White House coup
The reporter who wasn't is part of a wider press scandal, writes Paul Harris in New York
Sunday February 20, 2005
The American media is now being forced to confront the possibility that Gannon,
whose real name is James Guckert, was simply a Republican plant, used by officials,
including President George W Bush, to ask easy questions in difficult press conferences.
'The idea of having a mole in the White House press corp is amazing, but that's what it
looks like,' said Jack Lule, a journalism professor at Lehigh
Gannongate: It's worse than you think
Bush's press office gave Jim Guckert access, even knowing his only credentials
were from the blatantly partisan group GOPUSA.
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By Eric Boehlert
16. FEDERAL MURDER INC. TIED TO OKC TERROR BOMBING
Police Sergeant Suicided To Keep Truth Hidden
By Pat Shannan.
The terror loosed in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, was created by criminals
and murderers directed by and paid for by the federal government. This is the only
conclusion that can be reached by a calm analysis of the facts.*
17.Exposing Karl Rove
by WAYNE MADSEN
Since his formative political years when he tried to paint World War II
B-24 pilot and hero George McGovern as a left-wing peacenik through his
mid-level career as a planter of disinformation in the media on behalf
of Texas and national GOP candidates to his current role as Dubya's
"Svengali," Rove has practiced the same style of slash and burn politics
as did his Nixonian mentor Segretti.
18. A Culture of Secrecy
What has happened to the principle that American
democracy should be accessible and transparent?
"Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity
to pure wind." –George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
By Charles Lewis
19. American media whitewashes Bush’s global bullying
By Patrick Martin
25 January 2005
If the president of China, Russia, Japan or Germany
had given a
major speech in which he claimed the divinely ordained right to
remake the entire world as he saw fit, the American media would
lose little time in denouncing that individual as a megalomaniac and
threat to world peace. There have been no such blasts from US
newspaper and television pundits, however, against George W. Bush,
whose inaugural address put forward just such a perspective.