John Pilger - The People's Media Hero - On-line And Off-line ...
Here's a face we're fairly certain few Americans will recognise.
And that's certainly a sorry state of affairs. Really, it is.
World famous, multi award winning investigative journalist, awesome author and independent film maker par excellence that this amazing Australian is, he's hardly ever heard of in the United States.
And that sure is some sad loss.
And the fact that it's almost impossible for our pal Pilger to have any of his works published, read, viewed, aired and/or distributed in America, ain't no accident. Not by a long chalk.
Mr Pilger simply scares some governments shitless, especially those with dirty and blood stained linen they'd rather remained hidden from general public view -- particularly from their own down-home public.
In case you hadn't heard, John Pilger is the briliiant and brave man who found out for himself first hand, then broke the appalling story to the horrified world at large, about the infamous 'Killing Fields'.
Several similarly super-shocking stories have been sent down the wires since, by the self same man. A genuinely magnificent media hero of our troubled times if ever there was one. And you'd better believe it.
How or why else would he have found his way onto our own blogroll-links bar from day one, if this wasn't truly the case?
Pilger's the man permanently prepared to put his life on the line in many more ways than one, to shout out loud & clear what so many other so called foreign correspondents wouldn't dare dream of even whispering.
In his own field, he's the creme de la creme. Hence, so many different country's cretinous governments can't cope with all which Pilger works at making common knowledge.
So it's not surprising he's pretty well unheard of stateside of the Atlantic. And that's such a crying shame -- if not a downright, straight off, sodding sin.
Getting the gist yet, of This Old Brit's Pilger blogpost?
Whatever -- get a load of this -- from last weekend's Guardian.
Voice of the unpeopleSee what we were saying?
Mark Curtis is awed by journalist John Pilger and his novel Freedom Next Time
Saturday June 3, 2006
Freedom Next Time - by John Pilger
John Pilger is a very unusual journalist. He writes about people on the receiving end of grisly western policies - whether bombs or economic "advice" - and then exposes the motivations of those who are responsible. One might think Pilger is just doing his job.
In fact, it is an indictment of western journalism that this way of working is rather unusual and Pilger unique.
Here's another tasty teaser.
A secret document drawn up by British planners in 1968 was called "maintaining the fiction", and argued (knowing it was untrue) that the islanders were not permanent inhabitants.And as for the US ...
The author, one Anthony Ivall Aust, then a legal adviser to the Foreign Office, was subsequently awarded a CMG in the Queen's birthday honours.
The story is a good indication of mainstream British political culture - buried in the mainstream media, the perpetrators of crimes against foreign unpeople shower honours on themselves while the US is appeased.
Yet "maintaining the fiction" also nicely describes Whitehall's current stance in the Middle East, where the official story is that Britain is an "honest broker" between Israel and Palestine.
The reality is that Britain has provided more than £70m in military equipment to Israel in the past five years, acts as Israel's chief defender in the EU ...
In some of Pilger's other interviews, such as those with Bush administration officials John Bolton and Douglas Feith, the absurdity of modern imperialism stands out.Okay, now that we've got you going, go read the rest right here.
Bolton was described by Senator Jesse Helms as "the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon"; Feith, meanwhile, after his fall from the Pentagon, was described by General Tommy Franks, the US commander in Iraq, as "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth".
And be sure to bookmark Pilger's own web place -- then be equally sure to read him regularly.
You'll regret it if you forget it. You can bet the fabled farm on that.
Last but not least, try to treat yourself to Pilger's latest block-busting book, and find out - maybe for the first time - a few hidden home truths.*