Solutions Journalism is Propaganda
In his 1955 speech, “Homage to an Exile,” Albert Camus addresses former President of Colombia and “El Tiempo” Editor Eduardo Santos, who was driven out of his country by the dictatorship.
Camus tells Santos:
“By letting your fine newspaper be destroyed rather than allowing it to serve falsehood and despotism, you were one of those uncompromising witnesses who, in all circumstances, deserve respect.… What, on the other hand, gives your resistance its true meaning, what makes of you the exemplary companion we are eager to greet, is that under the same circumstances—when you were the respected President of Colombia—you not only did not use your power to censor your adversaries but you kept the newspaper of your political enemies from being suppressed.
“That deed alone is enough for us to recognize in you a real free man. Liberty has sons who are not all legitimate or to be admired. Those who applaud it only when it justifies their privileges and shout nothing but censorship when it threatens them are not on our side. But those who, according to Benjamin Constant’s remark, are willing neither to suffer nor to possess the means of oppression, who want freedom both for themselves and for others—they, in an age that poverty or terror condemns to the excesses of oppression, are the seeds beneath the snow of which one of the greatest among us spoke. Once the storm is over, the world will live off them.
“Such men, we know, are rare. Today freedom has not many allies. I have been known to say that the real passion of the twentieth century was slavery.”
Camus describes the corruption of the media that occurs under totalitarianism:
“Your battlefield was the press. Freedom of the press is perhaps the freedom that has suffered the most from the gradual degradation of the idea of liberty. The press has its pimps as it has its policemen. The pimp debases it, the policeman subjugates it, and each uses the other as a way of justifying his own abuses.”
This speech is also the source of Camus’s famous quote, “The welfare of the people has always been the alibi of tyrants.” Every line is an ode to liberty and a condemnation of censorship and tyranny.
I recommend everyone pick up a copy of “Resistance, Rebellion, and Death” and read the speech in its entirety as it is harrowingly applicable to our situation today.
Well Doctor one thing for sure you are an outstanding writer on top of one of the best, real, scientists. You never fail to throw me. Most our age have experienced this for the last thirty some years.
Your a man full of GRACE
Which is why I read more and more from Substack, whether it is an actual newshound (with visible bias) like Alex Berenson, a Catistician purr excellence like Gato Malo, an engineer with a nose for facts like Steve Kirsch, or the incorruptible good doctor Malone.
Also never forget the truthful leftie, Glen Greenwald, now on Substack because his own Intercept eventually kicked him out as deviating from the narrative.
I write occasionally for GraniteGrok - a highly opinionated (and we don’t hide it) “conservatarian” blog in NH.
Thank you for spelling this out so concisely. Most people cannot see that this has happened and won't believe people like me who have tried to point it out.
CS Lewis wrote about this in his 1945 novel “That Hideous Strength”. Here’s a quote:
“Why you fool, it's the educated reader who CAN be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they're all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair flats. He is our problem. We have to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the high-brow weeklies, don't need reconditioning. They're all right already. They'll believe anything.”
C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (The Space Trilogy, #3)
For 11 years I wrote a weekly column in our community newspaper. In May of 2020, I opined that Covid 19, “might” have been circulating through China in the fall of 2019. I read eye-witness accounts of those present for military war games, such as the one you have since provided, Dr. Malone, of your friend telling you to get “your team ready,” in November of 2019. I was castigated by 3 local liberals, one a physician who wrote 600 words, and was told by countless friends, “Don’t read it!” Evidently their words were rather personal, so I didn’t. Although I never read the Letters to the Editor because I didn’t want them disturbing my peace, they still hang in the air. Even in a little one-horse place, Cancel Culture is at work and I hate it. I loved writing, but nowadays, I could be labeled a mis, dis, mal terrorist and have my bank account frozen like those poor Canadians! I pray the Emergency Orders are relinquished. There is no emergency, only a power grab. I miss writing, and I have much to say, but it has become too dangerous, even at the small town level.
Right on target. I suppose you already know this, there are DOD Bio Labs in Ukraine. I don't know how concerning this is, but I have checked the sources and they seem accurate : https://www.infowars.com/posts/why-did-the-us-embassy-official-website-just-remove-all-evidence-of-ukrainian-bioweapons-labs/
When one is unable to compete in the free marketplace, whether it be the marketplace of ideas or of products/services, one has a few choices. First, you can simply close up shop and do something that is rewarded by the marketplace for being productive. Alternatively, you can analyze what you are doing and adjust your work product to line up with the needs/wants of the market. Your final choice is to align yourselves with those who utilize coercion to achieve their aims. Whether it be a serial felon like Pfizer that should have been bankrupted decades ago, a young/upcoming tech company that loses billions such as AirBnb or the media in general, much of our corporate & news organizations have chosen the third path and align themselves with traitors to the founding principles of our nation. This is fascism, in it's purest form. The MSM is pathetic and everyone intuitively understands this. Pathetic rent-seekers who can't survive in the marketplace of ideas, they are used by government and corporate felons, flailing around in a lowest common denominator echo chamber, devoid of critical thinking skills or self-reflection. They exist in a false reality where boys can be girls and girls can be boys. If Ayn Rand were still alive today, I think even would be shocked by the mindless, ever more rdiculous assault on the Law of Identity, which is one of the foundations of reason and Western civilization. To paraphrase Ayn Rand, one can attempt to evade reality, but one cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.
Excellent! And exactly why I stopped relying on "free" news and now pay and support Epoch Times and others (including this substack) because free news has come to mean "paid-for-baised-news narrative" and essentially bribes...when we stopped buying newspapers I naively thought the advertising to which I was subjected was akin to paying for it but obviously not enough for them to not be bought. Thank you for speaking the truth for us all!!!!!!!
Covid taught us something priceless
We are normal people, not terrorists, not nazi’s not supremacists. We love our children and your children. We sacrifice for total strangers we understand heartbreak. We are good.
The current event described as a pandemic has snapped us to hard attention. Did we need that snap to remove ourselves from the stupor of subservience. Have we finally escaped Gilligans Island.
Should we be thankful. Yes.
I see it differently now, I see news anchours as news actors portraying the script. Each one designed and hand picked by focus group? This one appeals to that demographic. This one to another. Now deliver those lines, we all depend on you. Practise/deliver practise/deliver deliver your lines hit your mark sell it, sell it, sell it. Seque now, new anchour, female face female voice, moves a little differently, tremendous facial expression, really good eye contact, new demographic, same message. sell it, sell it, sell it.
I am awake now. I admit I always wondered but I was so darn comfortable.
I am awake now.
A sort of side-note: I believe your auto-correct changed Merriam-Webster to "Meridian Webster."
Which brings me to the suggestion that one cites another dictionary besides M-W, which has become quite 'advocative' itself in the past seven or so years. Just take a look at the M-W blog if you do not believe me. Or recall the recent addition of "anti-vaxxer" to its definitions.
Sean Hannity doesn’t even try to hide his love for the CIA. He has pointed out his CIA (and FBI) lapel pins many times.
Now he is hyping up the propaganda that Putin should be ousted/assassinated! On the air with his very serious face.
He and Ingraham are joined at the hip which is obvious from their every night one minute buddy buddy banter “Where’s my hat you promised me? And the steaks?” “They are in the mail..taking some time Hannity bruh!”
I wont watch either show because, especially now both shows are solid US government Mockingbird propaganda.
CNN and MSNBC are even worse. I haven’t watched them since election night 2016 when Hillary lost to Trump and all their hair caught on collective fire.
Now I am left with one MSM news show. Tucker Carlson. Since Russia went into Ukraine to save the Russian breakaway republics in the Donbas region (14,000 Russian speaking citizens have been murdered there since 2014 by the US funded Ukrainian military with its “right sector Nazis”), at least Tucker has tried to balance his hour with a long interview of Col. Douglas MacGregor and a few others who are trying to give the American people the facts.
Now I spend two hours every day watching “The Duran” (Alex and Alexander) on Rumble or Odysee. Alex is in Greece and Alexander is in London and they dig for the most pertinent facts they can find as to the state of the conflict in Ukraine.
Even the “pothead comedian who broadcasts from his garage”, Jimmy Dore, gives us better information than any MSM outlet! He has guests like Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Mate and Max Blumenthal on his show. Real journalists:
I grew up believing journalists were trained to be aggressive watchdogs over the government (Watergate, Pentagon Papers). Now we can only depend on Independent journalists to bring us the truth. And pothead comedians.
The basic assumption seems to be that propaganda isn't actually propaganda if it is pursuit of a morally righteous agenda.
Silencing dissenting views is itself morally righteous, bec we are good and they are bad, evil people guilty of ... blasphemy.
It always amazes me to be learning new things at my age from so many intelligent and brave people like Dr. Malone and those who comment on his wisdom. I loved "The Plague" but have not read Camus's other works and learning more about the depth of his philosophy is very much appreciated. Orwell said, “what is really at issue is the right to report contemporary events truthfully or as truthfully as is consistent with the ignorance, bias and self-deception from which every observer necessarily suffers”. It now appears the useful idiots who call themselves Journalists are unaware of the potential consequences to themselves which makes any effort to warn or enlighten them so difficult.
Good article, though I have to object to the opening paragraph. Hounding Richard Nixon out of office was advocacy journalism, and has set the tone for journalism in general in the succeeding 50 years. The prime source, "Deep Throat" was, after a long delay, finally revealed to be Mark Felt, a high FBI bureaucrat angry because Nixon didn't promote him to be head of the agency after J. Edgar Hoover died. Charles Guiteau shot James Garfield in the back with a gun when he didn't get the office he thought he was entitled to; Mark Felt used Bob Woodward.
Great piece. I first became aware of this in the several Big Pharma tell-all books written around 2005, and the biography of the Sackler family as well. Arthur Sackler seems to have invented this kind of "journalism" right after WW2 to sell drugs, and of course the security agencies have always had "bought" journalists as well. They famously joked in the 1980s they would know they had succeeded when every word the American public believed was a lie. Now the pernicious influences from both directions have infiltrated the media completely.