Home | About | Donate

Corporate Media Have Second Thoughts About Exiling Julian Assange From Journalism

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/06/corporate-media-have-second-thoughts-about-exiling-julian-assange-journalism

1 Like

I’m more concerned with trump trashing and degrading all media except Fox, which isn’t media, rather right-wing entertainment and hate speech.
What’s left if we allow whistle blowers to be arrested, and government to disparage our free press.

Speaking of the media. Why is there a military statement on prime time about a single vehicle accident. If that is kosher then hundreds of press statements on vehicle accidents should be on going day by day. We had a home town lady killed by a drunk driver the other day. I saw no “Breaking News” flash on the major cable networks for that or most others.

Lee Camp writes about 18 ways Julian Assange changed the world (based on a monologue he wrote and performed on his TV show “Redacted Tonight .”):

1 Like

The Corporate media somehow feels that the First Amendment as written applies only to Journalists.

CNN even claimed in a Broadcast that while CNN could legally access and read Wikileaks material , it was illegal for anyone else to do so.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

Note it reads OR of the press and not The press.

No it not “different for the media”

1 Like

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
Niels Bohr

“There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.”
― Joseph Pulitzer

“If you have to keep a secret it’s because you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”
― David Nicholls

“You should not honor men more than truth.”
― Plato

“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”
― Judith Lewis Herman

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
― John F. Kennedy


Is there any legal distinction between a publisher and a journalist?

Journalism involves reading and summarizing source materials (e.g. government documents), interviewing retired officials and whistleblowers and then writing it up which inevitably involves filtering information / details deemed unnecessary to convey the gist of the matter. Journalists will get pressure to revise the copy from their “editor” bosses if their story doesn’t fit with the preferred narratives of their corporate masters (read advertisers and investors). Newspapers and TV channels therefore get accused of “spin”, “bias” or “fake news” as a result.

A publisher on the other hand is simply publishing the source materials (e.g. government documents) and it is much harder to be accused of bias or fake news.