First reported by Michael Shellenberger, new details about the "Burisma leak" tabletop exercise of summer 2020 reveal a notable betrayal of principle by two famed papers
FYI: there is a new link to the document, “Partnership for a Healthy Digital Public Sphere” that should work now.
OMG Matt has his guns on the big ships of the empire. Queue another alphabet agency inquiry in matts personal life.
I hope this won't sit behind the paywall for long. I certainly appreciate getting to see it, but this needs wider exposure, particularly those Great Institutions of the media invoking silence as though their credibility stands unchallenged. The hypocrites must be made to face their hypocrisy.
As bad as Trump was, the left's reaction to him is way worse.
As a retired/recovering journalist, there was a time (10+ years ago) that I supervised young reporters at a small daily newspaper. What struck me was the lack of competition among the reporters. It wasn't only that they lacked the "fire in the belly" to beat the atrocious local TV reporters, but they didn't even seem to care if their stories were good enough/important enough for page 1. I never once heard a reporter complain that his story was more important than a co-worker's story, or better written, "So why isn't MY story on page 1?"
I found this puzzling since Back When I Was a Reporter, there was a competitive tension in the newsroom.
I attribute this cultural change to the Participation Trophy mentality, the abolition of school Honor Roll (that was once even published in local newspapers!). This new generation seemed to drift through life with no sense of urgency.
So, I offer this observation to add to the destruction of media today. The media are part of one big club, with everyone sitting at the Cool Kids' Table.
Rather than "Tabletop Exercise" which is so benign, why not label it what it really was, a "War Game"? It's no exaggeration to say the press has waged a war against the American people.
Final scene from Three Days of the Condor, a film that could never get made today.
Hey, Turner. How do you know they'll print it?
You can take a walk, but how far if they don't print it? - Higgins
They'll print it. - Condor
How do you know? - Higgins
Thanks for naming names, dates, places, and evidence.
Makes me sick e.g. want to vomit. How could journalism come to this level of conspiracy and contempt for the general public?
How is this not proof that the 2020 election was stolen? These people are perpetrating a coup d’état, which renders American democracy hollow. American democracy is a sham. The people I am referring to are the people held in the highest regard in the society. America is a lie.
(I think the rest of the world knows this, America is a murderous thug on the world stage.)
You realize your children are being taught by teachers in secondary school, and in the Academy that are fully on board with this sort of deception . You know they’re turning your children into liars. Go speak to them, your children, they are not on this side. Please don’t think because Matt and a few other people are calling bullshit, that this is winning. The enemy resides in your basement.
I’m afraid the horse has already ‘left’ the barn - I don’t see this trend reversing any time soon.
Did the principle ever exist in the first place? Or was it just a commercial decision based on the country largely turning on the Vietnam War. Certainly, with Watergate the Washington Post hated Nixon so they were happy to publish embarrassing info that turned his landslide 1972 victory into resigning two years later. I wonder if we look back and impute higher motives to the news media of that time than they actually had. Both Watergate and Russiagate were certainly high water marks for the Washington Post business model.
Can you imagine being a self-respecting journalist and agreeing to take part in such a mind control experiment? As if it even needs pointing out, the fingerprints of the intelligence community are all over this. And let's not forget: when the Hunter Biden laptop leak actually came out, there was a clear trail back to the computer repair shop where the drug-addled scion had left it (for over a year, was it?) and never denied doing so. And the media STILL had the cojones to call it a Russian disinformation campaign. Well played, spooks and lame-asses.
Just to synthesize my own take from Matt's piece: The media is saying that the public can no longer be trusted with the truth. Because they might make political decisions based on the truth that we, the media, abhor. Only the elites in government, technology, and media can know the truth because the impulses of the public must be CONTROLLED.
Well researched Matt. Keep hammering those nails into the coffin of main stream media! Hopefully sufficient awareness of how co-opted and corrupt they have become will help healthy alternative media sources flourish.
Suppression leads to repression and is in fact a form of it. That's the issue, Matt. Media sites are enabling repressive, rather than representative, governance. And they're proud to do so.
Matt - another summer 2020 tabletop exercise that should be investigated by this group of principled Twitter Files journalists is the Transition Integrity Project. It was not shrouded in the same secrecy as the Burisma exercise (getting contemporaneous writeups in the Boston Globe and Time, for example), but it would be worth digging to see if there was any similar collusion among the press, the Democratic Party, the Frum/Kristol set, and officialdom to rig up a political response to Trump’s fraud accusations in advance. And, if there was any foreknowledge of true information (like the Post story) that would need to be suppressed come November.