TV analysts from all sorts of industries are identified by long-ago official titles, not current lobbying gigs
when watergate brought the phrase "follow the money" we should all have realized the end of our society had already gotten well underway...
The "questions" being "asked" by "journalists" are hilario. Why aren't we sending more [insert latest weapons system here] and doing more to help Ukraine! The on-the-ground hugs to Ukrainians wouldn't be so embarrassing had they not dehumanized Iraqis & Afghans for 20 years. They are PR agents for Ukraine & their clown/actor president. And the MIC.
A little rich irony... the msm having a major coronary over Musk owning Twitter and fearful he will control the narrative.... LMAO you robotic water carriers!! What do you call what you’ve been doing 24/7 for the last six years?? Their outrage is just delicious.... I actually had to watch the first 15 minutes of The View to watch Joy Behar spin this as a crisis for free speech....” he will silence people”...do they not see what they have been doing?
Lack of full disclosure by Big Media's expert mercenary squad is one of the most serious problems in journalism and governance/politics. My theory is that it came from Big Media's decision to turn historically profit-draining news operations into profit-making divisions of the entertainment side. Making the hired mercenaries disclose their corporate funding masters would anger them, so full disclosure was jettisoned.
Did not Noam Chomsky take down Andrew Marr thusly?
Marr: “How can you know that I’m self-censoring? How can you know that journalists are..”
Chomsky: “I’m not saying you're self censoring. I’m sure you believe everything you’re saying. But what I’m saying is that if you believe something different, you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting."
Actually, the entire interview is well worth reading.
100% agree with this. The thing that is pretty depressing is that I just don't see any way that obvious issues like this will ever change.
It's across the board as far as I can tell.
Honestly, I would cringe when people blurted out, "Just get the jab!" like Pavlovian dogs, and wore masks to signal their compliance with the corporate cabal's direction.
Now, I cringe when I see people hanging Ukrainian flags in front of their houses and saying they, "stand with Ukraine".
They really mean they stand with the CIA vassal state that was created out of a successful coup.
One that will probably end up with us eating radioactive rats and squirrels as we navigate the hellscape of a nuclear holocaust.
Tom Daschle broke my heart. I think when TD went over to the lobbyist side I began to lose faith in being a Democrat.
Maybe we should just routinely use their day job title as their middle name. Like Jim "Big Tech" Messina or Scott "Big Pharma" Gottlieb or Tom "Private Healthcare" Daschle or Tony "Defense Contractor" Blinken etc
"The disclosure issue sounds like a minor ethical issue in journalism" ... I would say it is the one biggest ethical issue in journalism ... and it is what drove me from mainstream media to writers like you Matt.
I used to do a lot more talking head work during the decades I was an elected DA.
The "chyron" that ran underneath my name was anything I wanted it to be, hence during criminal trials so many criminal defense attorneys choose to be identified as "Former federal prosecutor."
The ethical duty to disclose lies with the guest/commentator.
I retired as a DA three years ago and still do comments on TV, and am usually identified as "Retired District Attorney" which is accurate. I have a small outside gig now with a start-up anti-animal cruelty group, and anytime I speak on behalf of that group, I do NOT use my "former DA" title, but my operational title in my new job.
But the vast majority of the interviews I do deal with the issues I spoke out about during my 25 years in office, so "former DA" is appropriate in those cases.
Matt, check out 2000 Miles next week by Dinesh D’Souza. Needless to say MSM will be out to lunch. Interview Patrick Byrne for some awesome perspective. This is it buddy!!!!
I thought it was against the law to buy and sell human beings in this country. Didn't Lincoln sign something to that effect?
I like the idea that they be required to wear their sponsors names on their shirt like NASCAR drivers
Government officials a should be restricted from all lobbying forever once leaving government. You can be a lobbyist or you can be a politician, you can’t be both. The corruption in our society is sickening.
I've always been suspicious of campaign finance reformers who tell us to follow the money in every scenario except campaign finance reform. Better, they suggest, to focus on where the money comes from rather than where it winds up: in the deepest of deep technomedia pockets.
I guess it's slightly reassuring to understand WHY you are being lied to all the time.