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Re: When you get what you ask for
Jan 30, 2017, 14:08
Our media "works" by relying on anonymous sources who leak information from their government at opportune times. Naturally, the leaks will reflect the biases of the government, the agency within the government that the leaker belongs to, or the leaker him/her self.

The journalist will then report the leak. This will provide them the "scoop" that the journalist needs for career advancement. If the journalist doesn't report the leak, then the leaker will find someone else who is more compliant, and that journalist will start to get ostracized. This results in a sycophantic relationship between journalists and government.

Udo Ulfkotte, assistant editor for the popular German daily, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wrote a book before his death explaining how his staff knowingly repeated whatever the CIA told them. Often, the CIA would write the articles for them, "just add your name here."

The few journalists that actually try to do investigative journalism, such as Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA's role in flooding Californian ghettos with crack cocaine in the 80s, or Glenn Greenwald, who helped break the Snowden story, are quickly sidelined. Ever wonder why you can't read Greenwald in the Guardian anymore?

On top of all that, there's the corporate angle to contend with, which further restricts what can be written.

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