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26 January 2008

United States Special Edition : An Eminently Experienced And Genuinely Independent, International Journalist's Summary ...


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Here's a glimpse of what a genuine 'journalist' looks like.


Here's something that the particular journalist pictured above permanently preaches -- and practices -- period.

"It is not enough for journalist to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and myths that surround it."

Realised yet that it's John Pilger's praises we're singing?

No matter. Read on.

Here's a few tasty teasers from his most recently published piece.

Having reported four presidential election campaigns, from the Kennedys to Nixon, Carter to Reagan, with their Zeppelins of platitudes, robotic followers and rictal wives, I can sympathise. But what difference would the vote make?

Of the presidential candidates I have interviewed, only George C Wallace, governor of Alabama, spoke the truth. "There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans," he said. And he was shot.

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Travelling with Robert Kennedy in 1968 was eye-opening for me. To audiences of the poor, Kennedy would present himself as a saviour. The words "change" and "hope" were used relentlessly and cynically. For audiences of fearful whites, he would use racist codes, such as "law and order". With those opposed to the invasion of Vietnam, he would attack "putting American boys in the line of fire", but never say when he would withdraw them.

That year (after Kennedy was assassinated), Richard Nixon used a version of the same, malleable speech to win the presidency. Thereafter, it was used successfully by Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and the two Bushes.

(snip)

Nothing has changed. Barack Obama is a glossy Uncle Tom who would bomb Pakistan. Hillary Clinton, another bomber, is anti-feminist. John McCain’s one distinction is that he has personally bombed a country.

They all believe the US is not subject to the rules of human behaviour, because it is "a city upon a hill", regardless that most of humanity sees it as a monumental bully which, since 1945, has overthrown 50 governments, many of them democracies, and bombed 30 nations, destroying millions of lives.

Ready to read the rest -- right here?

Okay. Seeing as you've sifted through so much serious stuff - and since it's the weekend -- lets end on a lighter note.

But remember this -- many a true word is spoken in jest.

(Cross posted at Appletree )

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7 Comments:

Anonymous martha said...

only George C Wallace, governor of Alabama, spoke the truth. "There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans," he said.

Nothing to add to that really = I just thought it worth repeating = over & over & over & over & over & over again = ad infinitum.

Maybe one day that will finally dawn on the joe six pack "party" zealots.

Just 'maybe'.

9:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems Gore Vidal says they same thing, albeit more eloquently.

See below ~ from this "Conterpunch" article in 2003.
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"I mean the Democrats, the Republicans. We have one party --we have the party of essentially corporate America. It has two right wings, one called Democratic, one called Republican."

11:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possibly a bad link above. Try this.

http://www.counterpunch.org/vidal03142003.html

11:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another link attempt.

Dear me. I used to be able to make these links live without any problem.

11:54 pm  
Anonymous R J Adams said...

I don't know who we should thank for journalists like John Pilger, but by God there should be someone. Justin Webb is a disgrace to his profession. Since BBC America began its new US version of BBC World News, he and Matt Frei have been in competition as to which of them will be the new Alistair Cooke.

12:15 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

The best the Democrats can hope for is the lesser of two evils, that is the war monger they choose instead of the warmonger the Republicans choose. But what does that matter to the poor sods on the receiving end? Just so long as the so called liberals get a few quid off their tax bill.

3:54 am  
Anonymous easter bunny said...

so some folk still believe in santa?

guys ... i got news for ya .... a pol is a pol .......... end. of. story.

3:14 pm  

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