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Media as a Branch of Government vs WikiLeaks

The complete phoniness of the toppling of Saddam’s statue was exposed by this web site and others when it occurred. Media broadcast a carefully-cropped image of a nearly empty square to give the impression that US soldiers were being greeted by the Iraqis as “liberators.”

Who were these Iraqis? They were members of the Iraqi National Congress – those who had played a key role in the “weapons of mass destruction” deception and were being groomed by the neocons to take power in post-Saddam Iraq. Along with their leader Ahmed Chalabi, 700 INC “fighters” were flown in by the Pentagon a few days before, and were whisked to Baghdad, where they arrived just in time for their Big Media Moment.

As Glenn Greenwald has noted, the links between our government and the “mainstream” media have become so intimate that one can fairly speak of an informal “merger.” We don’t need to read a WikiLeaked cable detailing the mechanics of the deception to understand how the occupiers set the stage for a successful bit of performance art.

This is why WikiLeaks was inevitable: the death of investigative journalism has created a void, which Julian Assange and his collaborators have filled – much to the chagrin and outrage of our alleged “journalists.”

The Internet blew apart the media monopoly, and destroyed the role of the journalist as semi-official gatekeeper. That’s why our rulers have been so eager to regulate it, tax it, and rein it in – and if they succeed in the case of WikiLeaks, they will have won a decisive victory. In doing all in their power to obstruct and destroy WikiLeaks, and imprison Julian Assange, Washington and its journalistic Praetorian Guard have a much broader goal in mind: neutralize the internet.

[Excerpts of an article by Justin Raimondo. Antiwar.com]

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2 Responses to “Media as a Branch of Government vs WikiLeaks”

  1. A McClatchy report reads in part:
    Not so long ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could count on American journalists to support his campaign to publish secret documents that banks and governments didn’t want the world to see. Now much of the U.S. journalistic community has shunned Assange.

    Yet few could argue that WikiLeaks didn’t perform journalistic functions in April when it released video taken from an Army helicopter of a 2007 incident where Army pilots fired on civilians in Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqis, including two employees of the Reuters news agency, and wounding two children.

    “Bob Woodward has probably become one of the richest journalists in history by publishing classified documents in book after book. And yet no one would suggest that Bob Woodward be prosecuted because Woodward is accepted in the halls of Washington,” said Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and media critic who writes for the online journal Salon.com. “There is no way of prosecuting Julian Assange without harming investigative journalism.”

    With a few notable exceptions, it’s been left to foreign journalism organizations to offer the loudest calls for the U.S. to recognize WikiLeaks’ and Assange’s right to publish under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

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