Quote of the day: Security state vs journalism


From “Real Journalism v. Big Brother,” a Consortium News essay by Norman Solomon, author, co-founder of RootsAction.org, and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Real journalism is “subversive” of deception that can’t stand the light of day. This is a huge problem for the Obama administration and the many surveillance-state flunkies of both parties in Congress. What they want is fake journalism, deferring to government storylines and respectful of authority even when it is illegitimate.

In motion now, on both sides of the Atlantic, are top-down efforts to quash real journalism when and how it matters most. In the two English-speaking countries that have done the most preaching to the world about “Western values” like freedom of the press, the governments led by U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are overseeing assaults on real journalism.

They’re striving to further normalize fake journalism — largely confined to stenographic services for corporate power, war industries and surveillance agencies. A parallel goal is to harass, intimidate and destroy real journalism. The quest is to maximize the uninformed consent of the governed.

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One response to “Quote of the day: Security state vs journalism

  1. Bruce E. Woych

    http://www.justice-integrity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=597%3Asharing-a-capital-feast-for-ideas-civic-reform&catid=21&Itemid=114&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JusticeIntegrityProject+%28Justice+Integrity+Project%29
    [excerpt] Andrew Kreig: (author Presidential Puppetry 2013):
    The Justice Integrity Project necessarily reports on scandal in public life. That’s our mission. But we like to report occasionally on how reform can be achieved.

    First comes assessment of problems.

    As regular readers know, our research usually begins with tips about serious abuses in the justice system. Scandals that persist usually involve complicity by powerful political players and their supporters and allies, and along with ineffective oversight by watchdog organizations.

    Most of us in this field hope that exposure will lead to publication and correction of the scandal by government and the private sector.

    But many participants in this process, sadly, are getting discouraged — and for good reason. The system seems not only broken, but at times corrupt in ways that create vast harm to large numbers of victims across the country.”
    The Justice and Integrity Project (Home)
    http://www.justice-integrity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=21&Itemid=101

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