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Glenn Greenwald writes: "What an astounding feat to train a nation's journalist class to despise above all else those who shine a light on what the most powerful factions do in the dark and who expose their corruption and deceit, and to have journalists - of all people - lead the way in calling for the head of anyone who exposes the secrets of the powerful."

Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, holds a news conference at the Geneva Press Club, 11/04/10. (photo: Reuters)
Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, holds a news conference at the Geneva Press Club, 11/04/10. (photo: Reuters)

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+11 # SkDo 2010-12-30 11:45
"It's not news that establishment journalists identify with, are merged into, serve as spokespeople for, the political class: that's what makes them establishment journalists."

Like the Ratings Agencies, who are paid by the corps who they are assigned to rate, whose business with them is what makes them "established risk assessors" of the instruments they rate.

"It just never seems to dawn on them -- even when you explain it -- that the transparency and undermining of the secrecy regime against which they are angrily railing is supposed to be . . . what they do."

Same thing with the Ratings Agencies--it is "what they do" which is to say they are to assess the REAL RISK of the products that they review. They are expected to NOT BE LAPDOGS for the people that pay them.

See the pattern? You get paid by the very people with whom you are supposed to honestly and fairly scrutinizing. How are you to do that? "Don't bite the hand that feeds you?" Ever heard of that one?
+8 # Albatross 2010-12-30 14:58
This is the battle of Authoritarians versus Populists. Most of the Authoritarians do not even know that this is what they are, because such terminology is discouraged in contemporary discourse.

Authoritarians worship power, and believe "might makes right." The State - authority - is correct and anyone who stands up to that power deserves what they get.

Populists recognize that democratic government should answer to its people, and the value of transparency in governance. Populists understand that the Rule of Law should apply equally to all.

The Beltway is so insulated from the rest of the world, so fundamentally authoritarian in its worldview, and so homogeneous in its makeup that it is as if its residents speak a different language. So of course your populist comments are incomprehensibl e and absurd.

Because so many of their livelihoods and fortunes depend on its self-reinforcin g system, Beltway's authoritarian views will not change until its entire system collapses.
+1 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-31 01:48
Let's just hope it does collapse eventually.
+4 # myungbluth 2010-12-30 17:49
All praise to Glen - one of the few truly great reporters left, all praise to Wikileaks. Shame, SHAME on the clueless lamestream media. Omygod - I'm quoting Palin! Somebody shoot me!
+3 # Don Emilio 2010-12-30 19:11
I'm amazed that we still get these golly goshes "analyses" of the totally compromised peopaganda machine called the American "free press". That hasn't been news since many years ago our corporate masters began training aspiring journalists in the rules of reporting as elucidated by Herr Goebbels.

The stranglehold the Corpocrasy holds on the media insures we are all subjected to a steady stream of propaganda intended to make us fit subjects for the triumphant capitalist order. It doesn't matter what genre of media product we pay attention to or how "entertaining" it might be. The primary function of the media in the US is to make us all glad we are delta minuses.
+1 # jim becket 2010-12-30 23:38
Indeed all praise to GG who is articulate, well-informed and made the two ladies inarticulate and misinformed. It is I suppose fortunate that the MSM would still invite him on. For reasonable beings the rule of law argument trumps names calling of terrorist, criminal etc.
+1 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-31 01:56
I gave up on the American media for the most part some time ago. In a week I will have been TV free for two years and I don't miss it one bit. I get my news from the internet, much from RSN actually and I read the english version of various world papers but only snippets of American newspapers.

There was a time when the job of journalism was to question the prevailing wisdom. Simply that. To question the prevailing wisdom. Investigative journalism went a step further: it looked through the cracks, in the dark recesses and so forth. Traditional journalism has been replaced by infotainment to the point where if you rely on televised news as your main source of information it is assured that you will be marginally informed and keenly indoctrinated into a very narrow spectrum What is out there that isn't waste frequently ends up appearing here in RSN and for this I am grateful. If you really want to know what's going on in the world read the European press online and hang out at the library. If you read half as long as the average American watches the boob tube, you will find yourself in a small fraternity of the well informed. Try it!
+1 # tom lee 2010-12-31 03:43
Julian Assange is a member in good standing of the Australian journalist's union, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. His union card was presented to his Melbourne lawyer by the ACTU President at a ceremony outside the office of the Fairfax Media newspaper The Age dec. 26th 2010.
+1 # Jayne Milner 2010-12-31 08:45
According to Alex Constantine (Mockingbird: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA), in the 1950s, "some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts". By 1975 Frank Church explained that CIA misinformation propaganda cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year. If they were spending that much money and had that many agents planted in the media back then, imagine what the CIA media iniltration campaign has morphed into by now. Next time you read a U.S. newspaper, check out a web site or watch "the news" on television just remember the talking head you are listening to is just as likely a CIA agent as it is a independent journalist. The media in the U.S. is nearly 100% corporate controlled. Most stories have a corproate spin or misinformation planted in them. The general populace is never allowed to read an article written by a leftist (socialist or communist) in the corporate media. That is why liberals and progressives in the U.S are considered "leftists" when in fact their views are very moderate by international standards. The U.S. has been pushed far down the road to fascsim by the corporate and CIA controlled media.

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