Daily Archives: September 3, 2011
Corporate media have attacked WikiLeaks for years because of two things. First, WikiLeaks makes it obvious that mass media censor important stories which are in the public interest and should be heard by citizens in a “free and open democracy,” as corporate media so often call our plutocratic oligarchy. And second, since corporate media slavishly represent the ruling Forces of Greed and the National Security State, they are an essential part of the Empire’s survival, with a perceived duty to punish those who defy totalitarian control, which is easiest to maintain in the climate of ignorance they foster.
The latest attack from mass media is the charge that WikiLeaks published State Department documents without redactions to protect whistleblowers and others. Corporate media may have already contributed to casting enough doubt on the willingness of WikiLeaks to protect leakers, that WikiLeaks will receive less information from leakers in the future.
This morning, al Jazeera makes the consequences clear, “If the US government can prove a link between the latest release and any harm caused to any individual, then the charges could definitely become serious for Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking information to WikiLeaks. Also, the US justice department still has an open investigation against Julian Assange and it could make the investigation much more serious if the US government could prove it of harming any source.”
Glenn Greenwald goes deep into it this morning, making the point that WikiLeaks is somewhat responsible for not protecting sources, but if they are to be responsible for this, the US government must also be responsible, since it did not protect the information in the first place. Further, the US government has had more than a year to inform sources that the information leaked, and do something to protect any who need protection.
When we interviewed Admiral Gene LaRocque long ago, he said our government does not keep most of its secrets to prevent enemies from finding out about them, but to prevent the American people from finding out about them.
If we are clear about anything at LUV News, it is our dedication to the release of information in the public interest, well beyond the crap slung daily by our mass “news” media, and we have from the start supported WikiLeaks and certainly will continue in their hour of need. What they have released to date exposes hard evidence of war crimes, human rights violations and corporate malfeasance, and anyone who wants their nation to stand for higher principles should support WikiLeaks, whose efforts have not been to seek power or wealth, but to nudge governments and powerful corporations to investigate corruption by publicly exposing it.
If our mass media and government told the truth, there would be no need for WikiLeaks and it would not exist. —Jack
The site NPR Check (link on right) keeps an eye on the right-wing tendencies of public radio, no more so than in this critique in the comments of a recent piece aired there:
GRUMPY DEMO said…
Just when you thought NPR couldn’t sink any lower:
New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation : NPR: New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation
by SARAH GONZALEZ
NPR continues normalizing Right Wing Fringe Extremism:
NPR quotes “Kristen Williamson with the Federation for American Immigration Reform” opposed to Obama’s change in immigration.
Really NPR? Really? The Federation for American Immigration Reform? An organization that has been identified group described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC):
“FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has expressed his wish that America remain a majority-white population: a goal to be achieved, presumably, by limiting the number of nonwhites who enter the country. One of the group’s main goals is upending the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a decades-long, racist quota system that limited immigration mostly to northern Europeans. FAIR President Dan Stein has called the Act a “mistake.”
“As Whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?”
— FAIR founder and board member John Tanton, Oct. 10, 1986
What’s worse “Federation for American Immigration Reform” : NPR Search (BETA): Quoted this organization several times.”
What’s next? NPR to interview the Klan on civil rights?