• Snowden Leaks Old Journalism Textbook, Media Shocked

    February 21, 2014

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    In yet another dramatic revelation flowing out of whistleblower Edward Snowden, a journalism textbook from 1983 has been sent to several large media outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times and the trailer park where Fox News is thought to originate.

    “To say we’re shocked is an insult to electricity,” said a spokesperson from the Post while speaking with the media, who refused to give his name because he was not authorized to speak with the media. “We had no idea. Not a clue.”

    “For example, it says here that ‘journalists’ are supposed to gather facts, analyze them, and then ‘report’ what they learned,” stated an unnamed former somebody. “This flies in the face of our current practice of transcribing what government officials tell us anonymously and then having someone read that aloud on TV. We are still trying to find out more about the ‘analyze’ function of journalism, but Wikipedia is down right now.”

    Fox News went on to say that a chapter in the book about naming sources so that readers themselves could judge the value and veracity of the information “just came from Mars” as far as the organization is concerned. “I mean, if we named our sources, they’d be held accountable for what they say, you know, and I doubt we’d have much access to the big boys after that. We’d have to start hiring people just to go out and gather news, maybe outside the office even, instead of just from the web. Something like 90% of our content comes from press releases from ersatz think tanks controlled by PR firms. Our whole business model would have to change. And that thing about ‘questioning’ what the government says? How are we supposed to do that? Who do they think we are?”

    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, speaking on behalf of the paper from his soundproof bubble removed from reality, explained “That J-school book is potentially a game changer, if you believe it is not just another disinformation scheme. For example, how credible is this bit– it says that simply getting two quotes from two sources that 100% contradict each other isn’t what reporting is. So here, in my latest column, where I have Obama saying ‘health care is good,’ and Sarah Palin saying ‘no, it sucks dick,’ somehow is wrong? Give me a break.”

    Multiple sources say, however, that the single most shocking thing to emerge from the leaked textbook is that “news” and “journalism” are supposed to inform, enlighten and educate people, an essential part of our democracy, and are not simply another form of entertainment.

    The spokesperson from the Washington Post was blunt: “That’s just bullshit. Anyway, here’s another cute cat picture.”



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      And the poor, old media wonders why it’s losing its audience.

      fyi – Pitch and I just signed with First Look Media:

      http://www.thenation.com/blog/178474/matt-taibbi-exits-rolling-stone-joins-first-look

      02/21/14 1:07 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      ” fyi – Pitch and I just signed with First Look Media:” Yup. I’m chief comment section coffee gofer and in house jester/fool. It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it. Pay sucks but belittling apologists has it’s rewards. 🙂

      “Fox News went on to say that a chapter in the book about naming sources so that readers themselves could judge the value and veracity of the information “just came from Mars” as far as the organization is concerned. “I mean, if we named our sources, they’d be held accountable for what they say, you know, and I doubt we’d have much access to the big boys after that.”

      This is EXACTLY how the USG has developed the “classified leak with no accountability” system. I don’t know how many times I’ve chastised MSM online “journalists” in comment sections by saying flat out…”unless you can provide the name of your “source”, YOU are a goddamned LIAR. Now..prove me wrong.”

      This whole “un-named source” thing is plain, unadulterated journalistic BULLSHIT.

      02/21/14 1:29 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      I have a feeling, a First Amendment war is brewing on the horizon. Given Eric Holder/Diane Feinstein’s redefinition of “journalists” who will receive First Amendment “protections”, and their blood thirst to hang Clappers “accomplice” charge on Greenwald, knowing he’s already said he WILL return to the US to accept his Polk award, I bet the PTB in WDC are exploding in a frenzy of DOJ activity to find a way to arrest him. On the other hand, I’d bet the entire staff at First Look, if not the ACLU are preparing for a Fort Sumpter level press assembly at whatever airport Greenwald arrives at. I believe we are going to witness a showdown of America’s Big Lie on that day. I could be wrong, but SOMETHING is going to happen. Mark my words. After all, look what just happened to Jesselyn Radack

      http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/18/attorney_for_edward_snowden_interrogated_at

      youbetcha..this thing is coming to a head.

      02/21/14 1:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch,

      Save your material for when we get paid.

      02/21/14 2:07 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

      5

      perfect example…

      “The Associated Press reported Thursday morning that, according to three anonymous U.S. officials, two government investigations concluded that only members of al Qaeda were hit in the strike:”(snip)

      “But the officials provided no details, no evidence — and were not quoted by name. The AP explained:”

      https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/20/report-yemen-wedding-drone-strike-may-violated-laws-war/

      According to three anonymous U.S. officials. riiiiight.

      These USG scumbags never cease to fucking amaze me nor does the MSM stenography cockroaches.

      02/21/14 2:09 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      “Save your material for when we get paid.”

      Hahahahahahaha.

      02/21/14 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      speaking of Snowden revelations. I don’t know how I missed this when Appelbaum did his presentation on NSA’s TOA capabilities. But I just ran across this. Looks like Intel has betrayed us.

      http://www.infowars.com/intel-ceo-refuses-to-answer-questions-on-whether-nsa-can-access-processors/

      If this is true, then we’ve been assfucked by a Corporation ..AGAIN. Add them to Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, AT&T etc etc. I don’t know about you, but I’m done being raped. Time to open the hurt locker.

      02/21/14 7:50 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Just came across another little gem. Over the last 6 months, I began posting on emptywheel’s comment section. Over time, given the subject matter of Marci’s blog, and my proclivity for outrage at each revelation of her outstanding analysis of the topic de-jour, my comments were probably a little too steep in relation to other comments. However, all of a sudden, after one of my more explicative driven comments, something happened. My comments would NOT post.
      At first, I just assumed it was my not so civil explicative driven vocabulary, and maybe someone just complained, as I had already been chastised by a few offended readers. Lord forbid.

      Ok, I contact Marci to find out what was going on. She emailed back and told me it wasn’t just me. Other people were experiencing the same thing and contacting her. In fact, her comment section has dropped in quantity over 500% in a year. Give or take.
      Well, given the subject matter at the moment and now, was NSA, naturally, given the fact of what we know NSA is doing, I assumed it might be relevant and therefore, emailed Marci in that respect, but she emailed back explaining she had a tech investigating but lack of monetary income would preclude immediate results. If anyone understands that..I do.

      Fast forward 1 month. After posting test after test after test comments, most of which are verbally aimed at insulting NSA analysts..just in case mind you..today I came across something fucking weird.

      After trying every trick I could, including Marci’s suggestion of tacking on various additions to my email addy etc, I saw something today I hadn’t noticed. PREVIEW. Ok, so I write another NSA insult, and click on PREVIEW. It works. The preview screen comes up and everything is there..except there is something there I’ve seen before..somewhere.. a logo. A blue logo that looks like a Gmail logo rotated counterclockwise 45 degrees..or something. Hmmmmm..wtf is that?

      I’m curious. So I click on it. Now, look guys, I’m certainly no computer whiz, but I know a few little things to find out things I need to know. Right clicking on things is numero uno. Voila!! An HTTP addy comes up for…GRAVATAR. hMMM..wtf is GRAVATAR. I investigate. Holy shit.

      http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/44717/is-gravatar-a-privacy-risk

      I hope Peter’s blog doesn’t have any connection with Gravatar.

      Peter, I’m not sure if you use Gravatar within your blog. I haven’t seen any evidence of it here, but if you do..in any form..you NEED to read this…

      02/21/14 11:20 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      I distain gravatar and do not use it.

      02/21/14 11:30 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      bartender..pour me a triple. And then call me a cab to Nepal.

      http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/functions/air-and-space-ops/

      Eisenhower must be gloating. Top secret indeed. Here is why America will fail. The cream is floating but it’s beginning to form mold. I must be crazy.

      02/21/14 11:58 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      “I distain gravatar and do not use it.”

      Oh..so you know about it. I must be an idiot.

      02/22/14 12:02 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Ok then..forget about Gravatar..let’s talk about some history…

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/tags/firebee/

      fuck..

      02/22/14 3:48 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Off topic for this post, but on topic generally for PVB’s blog:

      I’ve just returned home to my house in a remote part of Australia, after several domestic flights within Australia, my adopted country. A vacation to Sydney and Melbourne and all that, all domestic flights in my own country.

      And on those domestic flights within Australia:

      When I checked in, no one asked me for any ID. I had my Australian passport ready for ID, but no one asked for any ID at all. No body scanners, and no one groped me. There were zero armed guards at any of the several Australian airports I went through, including in major international cities like Melbourne.

      And I reiterate, no one asked me for any ID at all…

      …YET NO ONE BLEW UP ANY OF MY AIRPLANES! There were NO TERRORISTS on any of my flights! EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN’T CHECK ID!

      But perhaps this is because we Australians have figured out that terrorists don’t use lawful ID, so checking ID is pretty useless against terrorsts! HAHAHA!

      02/22/14 2:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Jhoover said...

      14

      18 Disturbing Things We Wouldn’t Know Without WikiLeaks

      02/22/14 5:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Jhoover said...

      15

      Remember When NSA Surveillance Was Used to Help Launch the Iraq War?

      02/22/14 5:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      16

      JH,

      The article poses: So one must then wonder: Where does it go next?

      Here: http://warisacrime.org/node/24273

      02/22/14 6:10 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

      17

      Hhg

      02/24/14 6:01 PM | Comment Link

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