The Movie That Completely Exposes the Myth of the ‘Free Press’
When Webb, writing in a 1996 series in the San Jose Mercury News, exposed the Central Intelligence Agency’s complicity in smuggling tons of cocaine for sale into the United States to fund the CIA-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua, the press turned him into a journalistic leper. And over the generations there is a long list of journalistic lepers, from Ida B. Wells to I.F. Stone to Julian Assange.
The attacks against Webb have been renewed in publications such as The Washington Post since the release of the film earlier this month. These attacks are an act of self-justification. They are an attempt by the mass media to mask the collaboration between themselves and the power elite. The mass media, like the rest of the liberal establishment, seek to wrap themselves in the moral veneer of the fearless pursuit of truth and justice. But to maintain this myth they have to destroy the credibility of journalists such as Webb and Assange who shine a light on the sinister and murderous inner workings of empire, who care more about truth than news.
Here in Peoria, you hear tales of how Caterpillar or Aaron Schock has called up the top editors at the Journal Star and bullied them into firing or reassigning reporters who cover stories they don’t like.
I wonder who Caterpillar could call to get The Peoria Pundit to pull a story?
There’s my hosting service, but I rather doubt Hostgator gives a flying rat’s ass what Caterpillar or Aaron Schock have to say. Besides, I own the databases and can move my site in about 24 hours. Comcast could, I suppose, throttle my site, but that hardly blocks people who access it through other ISPs. And I link to my articles through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, so word would get out.
If all else fails, I can publish stuff in the Community Word.