This is depressing, where touching and emotionally strong images prove to be Yet Another Media Lie.
From a recent article from Glenn Greenwald’s recent article:
Corporate News Outlets Again “Confirm” the Same False Story, While Many Refuse to Correct it
Journalists with major outlets know they spread a false, retracted story about the FBI and Giuliani but refuse to remove it, because their real job is spreading disinformation.
One of the primary plagues of corporate journalism, which I have documented more times than I can count, just reared its ugly head again to deceive millions of people with fake news. When one large news outlet publishes a false story based on whispers from anonymous security state agents with the CIA or FBI, other news outlets quickly purport that they have “independently confirmed” the false story, in order to bolster its credibility (oh, it must be true since other outlets have also confirmed it).
This is an obvious scam — they have not “independently confirmed” anything but rather merely acted as servants to the same lying security state agents who planted the original false story — but they do it over and over, creating the deceitful perception that a fake story has been “confirmed” by multiple outlets, thus bolstering its credibility in the public mind. It was the favored tactic for spreading debunked Russiagate frauds and is still used. One of the most vivid examples occurred in December, 2017, when CNN falsely reported what it hyped as “a major bombshell”: that Donald Trump, Jr. had advance access to the WikiLeaks archive. Within an hour, NBC News’ Ken Dilanian and CBS News both claimed they had “independently confirmed” this fairy tale. When it turned out that it was a complete lie, all based on a false date on an email to Trump Jr., these outlets embarrassingly corrected it hours later and then simply moved on as if it never happened, never explaining how multiple outlets could possibly have all “independently confirmed” the same blatant falsehood.
The lack of any scrap of integrity among the press corps is a drag.
It is also a old story… one that Orwell knew about firsthand.
On Boxing Day, Dec. 26, 1936 Orwell and wife Eileen left for Spain, supposedly paying for the trip by hocking the family silver. Originally Orwell sought to join the International Brigades but his links to the anti-Stalinist Independent Labor party and his criticisms of communism made securing an endorsement for the communist dominated Brigade impossible. His ILP contacts led him to join with a small radical, anarchist group with Trotskyist connections, POUM (Workers Party of Marxist Unification).
Orwell was in Barcelona and took part in the fighting when the Communists attacked the POUM on the grounds that it was secretly supporting Franco, something he knew was a lie. The POUM was outlawed, its leaders rounded up and its spokesman Andres Nin, a man Orwell admired, was arrested, tortured and murdered by Russian agents.
After taking part in the fighting in Barcelona, Orwell returned to the front and was shot in the throat, the bullet missing his carotid artery by a millimeter, leaving him with a raspy voice for the rest of his life. While recovering from his wound, he was informed that he and his wife, who had worked as a secretary for POUM, were in danger of being arrested. Documents discovered in recent years indicated that they were to be shot. They fled Spain and returned to England in June 1937.
Orwell was eager to tell his story of what he had seen and was shocked to discover that the war and especially its political dimension was being misrepresented throughout the British press. He offered an essay to Kingsley Martin, the editor of the leading leftwing journal, The New Statesman recounting what he saw during the suppression of the POUM in Barcelona, especially the role played by the communists, only to have it rejected on the grounds that it contradicted the Popular Front party line of ‘no enemies on the left.’ Orwell was outraged and began a campaign to get what he knew was truth out to the public. He never forgave Martin. Years later Orwell was having lunch with Malcolm Muggeridge and asked him to change seats. When Muggeridge inquired why, Orwell said that Martin was sitting across from him and he couldn’t abide looking at his corrupt face. Orwell did not forgive easily.
Orwell’s struggle to tell his story was the transforming event of his life, one that turned him into a bitter enemy of communism and especially its worshippers of Stalin. Unlike many of his fellow leftists, he never went through a Stalinoid phase as many British leftists did — a point noted by Christopher Hitchens. Orwell began writing his version of what he knew was happening in Spain, entitled Homage to Catalonia in a fit of anger. He argued that what he saw in Barcelona, the comradeship of the people — genuine equality — was destroyed by the Communists in order to gain control of the Revolution. He had to tell the truth of what happened even if it damaged the Republican cause, for otherwise no good would come of the Revolution. The way the war was presented in Britain disturbed him. “I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed … I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various party lines.”
So many lies…driven by a quest to please power.
As if being Stalin’s parrot was any better than being Hitler’s parrot.
Sure, sometimes even the most independent man has to rely on repeating the words of an authority figure. Not everyone can no everything. But at least choose to parrot authority figures that aren’t oppressive mass-murderers!
And do not lie on behalf of Authority and Power. That kind of demonic lunacy is forbidden… at least among Christians.
(And – since there is only One Law – God forbids anyone from going that road.)
And — to bring the point home — a word on behalf of the police.
The idea that cops’ views should not even be represented in journalistic accounts of the cities they patrol is self-evidently ridiculous, and “representing their views” doesn’t mean endorsing those views, or asserting that they should be accepted uncritically. In the post, I even went out of my way to caution that “their theories for complex multi-causal phenomena obviously should not be taken as gospel.” That doesn’t somehow render their perspectives journalistically irrelevant, though.
I don’t know whether the massive, unprecedented year-over-year nationwide surge in homicides in 2020 is attributable to political/cultural dynamics stemming from the outbreak of protests and riots last summer, as most cops seem to strongly believe. But it’s at least plausible as a contributing factor. (Of course COVID also had to play some role.) Either way, that this belief is widespread among police officers is a fact worth knowing.
[snipped a lot of data points, showing the strong spike of crime in 2020 and 2021.]
This is just a tiny sampling, but it should be obvious that something extremely sociologically significant is underway as much of the country reverts to early 1990s levels of peak homicides — with many cities greatly surpassing those peaks. It’s odd for national journalists to be so antagonistic about covering such an important trend (local journalists are usually better about it), and the only viable explanation for their hostility is that this reporting in some way undermines their ideological imperatives.
There is no way a Christian can make a good judgement, if he doesn’t get all the facts.
He must have the truth to make a righteous decision.
If that means listening to the police – or to the prisoner – or to the wealthy – or to the impoverished – or to the preacher – or to the pagan – than he must do it.
He is not going to get all the facts from the mainstream press, though.
Only the Official Narrative, on what His Betters decided he should know and think.
A pile of Official Lies, more often than you’d think.