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Proof! Establishment media controlled

Exclusive: Joseph Farah scorches 'journalists' who are 'selling their ethical, moral souls'

Published: 07/22/2012 at 3:15 PM

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by Joseph Farah

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There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week
that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every
American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s
ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” – and I use that last word
loosely indeed.

The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16.
I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it,
express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.

What this shocking story reveals is that even I – one of the kingpins
of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine –
underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically
called “mainstream press.”

It shows that most – not some – members of the print media
establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to
government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it
reaches the American people!

Even “progressive” WND columnist Ellen Ratner agrees – media under a spell!

Here are some key excerpts from the piece, if you think I’m exaggerating:

  • “The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.”
  • “They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to
    reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major
    condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be
    quoted and attributed by name.”
  • “Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top
    strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their
    notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites
    for review. The verdict from the campaign – an operation that prides
    itself on staying consistently on script – is often no, Barack Obama
    does not approve this message.”
  • “Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving,
    gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are
    routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over
    any published quotations.”
  • “Quote approval is standard practice for the Obama campaign, used by
    many top strategists and almost all mid-level aides in Chicago and at
    the White House – almost anyone other than spokesmen who are paid to be
    quoted. (And sometimes it applies even to them.) It is also commonplace
    throughout Washington and on the campaign trail.”
  • “Many journalists spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them.”
  • “From Capitol Hill to the Treasury Department, interviews granted
    only with quote approval have become the default position. Those
    officials who dare to speak out of school, but fearful of making the
    slightest off-message remark, shroud even the most innocuous and anodyne
    quotations in anonymity by insisting they be referred to as a ‘top
    Democrat’ or a ‘Republican strategist.’”
  • “Those [reporters] who did speak on the record said the restrictions
    seem only to be growing. ‘It’s not something I’m particularly proud of
    because there’s a part of me that says, Don’t do it, don’t agree to
    their terms,’ said Major Garrett, a correspondent for The National
    Journal.”
  • “It was difficult to find a news outlet that had not agreed to quote
    approval, albeit reluctantly. Organizations like Bloomberg, The
    Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The New York Times have all
    consented to interviews under such terms.”
I could go on and on. I urge you to read the entire story. This may
be the most important story broken by the New York Times in years.

What it means is this: When Americans read these reports – whether in
newspapers, wire services or on the Internet – they are not really
reading news stories at all. They are reading approved, pre-packaged
press releases from the government and politicians. But, even worse,
they are not labeled as such. They are labeled as actual news.

That’s how low the national press establishment has descended. And,
when you read the story in its full context, you will understand that
the concerns expressed about this practice by those submitting
themselves to it are not ethical concerns. They are not concerns for the
truth. They are concerns about their own convenience and for the loss
of “color” in their stories.

Let me state what I hope is obvious to all reading this column: This
sort of willing capitulation to government censorship was not the norm
five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago or 30 years ago. This is a
new phenomenon – chilling and alarming to an old-timer like me who would
never agree to submit his copy for approval to politicians.

These so-called journalists are selling their ethical and moral souls
for access to politicians. And this practice raises expectations by
politicians that they can routinely manipulate the press to their
advantage. That makes the job of real journalists – independent
reporters faithful to their craft – even more difficult, because they
will be shut out from access.

It reminds me of the fact that, just last week, WND was denied
credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention. Why do you
suppose what has become one of the largest and most influential news
agencies in the country would be denied access to the convention floor?
Simply because the Democrats know we won’t play by their rules of
control like the members of the establishment press club.

All I can say about these people I once considered “colleagues” is
that I am so ashamed of them. I am mortified. They are humiliating
themselves and a vital institution for any free society.

It seems the biggest threat to the American tradition of a free and
independent press is not government coercion. It’s the willing
submission of the press to being handled and managed by government and
politicians.

(ETA cleanned up some of the jibberish - soberbyker)
das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Here's to the most transparent, open government in history!
ehidle, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Mind > boggled.

I don't know what's worse, that this is actually happening, or that there
is virtually no hue and cry from the press... or the public. [Image: shaking.gif]
.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
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(09-09-2012, 01:11 PM)Curmudgeon Wrote: Mind > boggled.

I don't know what's worse, that this is actually happening, or that there
is virtually no hue and cry from the press... or the public. [Image: shaking.gif]
.
Both Crum. The supposed Journalists should refuse to be censored and we the people should demand the truth.

das, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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It's certainly easy to believe, but due to my conversations with Kim Stolfer, I'm hesitant to believe anything put out by the FOAC, as well.
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(09-09-2012, 01:11 PM)Curmudgeon Wrote: Mind > boggled.

I don't know what's worse, that this is actually happening, or that there
is virtually no hue and cry from the press... or the public. [Image: shaking.gif]
.
There is cry from the public but it's bashed into something it's not .
Example : Anonymous , Occupy. The Media has many convinced there terrorist or jobless trash ,
look a little closer ?
Good post das !
dman, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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(09-09-2012, 01:11 PM)Curmudgeon Wrote: Mind > boggled.

I don't know what's worse, that this is actually happening, or that there
is virtually no hue and cry from the press... or the public. [Image: shaking.gif]
.
Cut off American Idol and I bet they cry

(09-09-2012, 01:28 PM)dman Wrote:
(09-09-2012, 01:11 PM)Curmudgeon Wrote: Mind > boggled.

I don't know what's worse, that this is actually happening, or that there
is virtually no hue and cry from the press... or the public. [Image: shaking.gif]
.
There is cry from the public but it's bashed into something it's not .
Example : Anonymous , Occupy. The Media has many convinced there terrorist or jobless trash ,
look a little closer ?
Good post das !
Anonymous yes, but their demonstrations of posting private data all over the internet is putting people like you and I in serious risk. They can point out how messed up and insecure the world is all they want and I'll smile as I read the news articles, but as soon as they put up files with my credit cards they lost my faith.

Occupy I'm just not sure about. I'm still looking for merit in their cause or some level that I can connect with them on. I'm just as pissed about the mess we are in. I'm pissed about the corruption that is right in front of our eyes. I agree with them on that and everything sounds great in their protest up until that point. But then they start asking for more government involvement, more regulation, and of course more handouts. I cannot in good faith believe that these people would not sell out ours or their own rights if the government offered them free degrees, assigned jobs, keys to a cookie cutter home and a daily ration of bread.

Crony Capitalism mixed with our greed and stupidity is what got us into this mess. We are stupid and people figured out how to make billions of dollars off of that. All I see from the occupy movement is people saying make it fair divide your wealth and just give it to us. I would love to see evidence to the contrary. I would love nothing more than to be wrong and find that the occupy movement is the start of the revolution that I truly believe this country needs. I just don't see that though, I see people who racked up student loans paying for degrees in things like Liberal Arts complaining because the government wasn't there to hand them a job at graduation.
The law? The law is a human institution...
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(09-09-2012, 01:24 PM)jahwarrior72 Wrote: It's certainly easy to believe, but due to my conversations with Kim Stolfer, I'm hesitant to believe anything put out by the FOAC, as well.


Can you elaborate?
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(09-10-2012, 01:11 PM)Camper Wrote:
(09-09-2012, 01:24 PM)jahwarrior72 Wrote: It's certainly easy to believe, but due to my conversations with Kim Stolfer, I'm hesitant to believe anything put out by the FOAC, as well.


Can you elaborate?


All I will say is: he talks from both sides of his mouth, and argues like a liberal.
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