Increasingly, the news we see (and the news that never becomes public) is increasingly being controlled by monied corporate interests who wield control using their advertising dollars, and by governments that seek to censor information they consider too revealing.
And because of that, a growing number of mainstream media journalists are leaving their employers so they can finally report the truth about how broadcast, print and online media has become so co-opted and corrupt it is difficult to believe anything you read or hear.
As reported by the Center for Research on Globalization, an independent research and media organization based in Montreal, Canada, Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator for Britain's The Telegraph newspaper, quit recently over frustration that the paper refused to allow him to publish disparaging, yet factual, information regarding HSBC Holdings plc, a British multinational banking and financial services company.
According to an opinion piece Oborne wrote for Open Democracy, titled, "Why I Resigned from the Telegraph," the former political writer stated his paper would not let him public pieces critical of HSBC for fear of losing ad dollars.
CIA propaganda, corporate interests, government censors
He further stated:
The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril...From the start of 2013 onwards stories critical of HSBC were discouraged. HSBC suspended its advertising with the Telegraph... HSBC, as one former Telegraph executive told me, is "the advertiser you literally cannot afford to offend..."
Other writers for other papers have dealt with similar censorship issues. Columnist and writer David Cronin says he submitted an expose describing how the pro-Israel lobby operates in Brussels to the supposedly "progressive" British newspaper The Guardian, but it was rejected because a commentary editor, Matt Seaton, found it to be too "sensitive."
"I, then, modified the piece to make its tone less polemical. Still, it was not published," Cronin said.
Further, as noted by Global Research, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's former editor, Udo Ulfkotte, published a book recently titled, "Bought Journalists: How Politicians, Secret Services and High Finance Control the Mass Media." In it, he detailed how today's journalists manipulate the masses, on behalf of powerful interests.
In an interview with Ralph Lopez, published in the "Reader Supported News" section of Global Research's web site, Ulfkotte - who supposedly has a fatal medical condition - wanted to get the word out that he often accepted stories given to him by the CIA that he published under his own byline.
"Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war," Lopez wrote, quoting his source.
Some U.S. journalists have had it, too
Another recent book that has stirred similar controversy, Au service de la Republique, (Serving the Republic) is a collection of memoirs by Roger Auque that were published posthumously. Auque, once a well-known journalist was employed variously by major French magazines, as well as the French Canadian public network Radio-Canada, admitted he was a paid propagandist.
"I was paid by the Israeli secret services to lead operations in Syria, using reporting as a cover." Le Figaro, one leading French magazine for which he worked, writes that "he also offered his services to the DGSE, (the French CIA) before becoming an object of interest for the CIA."
In the United States recently, former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, before being forced out at the network, managed to uncover a career's worth of government corruption, lying, malfeasance and propaganda in several scandals involving the CDC and vaccines (autism alert), the Holder Justice Department's gun-walking operation codenamed "Fast and Furious," and the fleecing of taxpayers through billions of dollars the Obama administration gave to "green" companies and carmakers who did not produce products and ultimately went bankrupt.
by J. D. Heyes
Source: Natural News
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