The crimes and abuses of power used to be exposed by investigative journalists, such as Woodard and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal. There are still many capable investigative journalists--Greg Palast of the BBC and Abby Martin of TeleSur come to mind--but nowadays they're often forced to work independently since our co-opted mainstream media has been tasked with spewing propaganda to cover up their avaricious owners' actions.
Investigative journalists and activists in the 21st century need help.
This is where whistleblowers come in. By blowing the whistle on their bosses' crimes, whistleblowers help us gain a better picture of what's really happening. They shine light into the darkness, illuminating how our rights are being slowly whittled away.
On this tenth anniversary of Wikileaks, let us all take a moment to reflect on how much we owe the mostly anonymous whistleblowers who have revealed the establishment's ugliness. We can never thank them enough for showing us what the 1% wanted kept hidden. Whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have risked their lives and freedom so we can form a greater understanding of the world we live in.
Listening to the establishment candidates, however, some voters might assume whistleblowers are dangerous. Recent email leaks demonstrate how the establishment covers up its criminality with pay-offs and other threats against our democracy. So, in reality, it is the establishment candidates who are dangerous to America's safety, not the whistleblowers. (If the recent "debates" don't convince you of just how self-centered and dangerous the establishment candidates are, nothing will.)
That’s why many voters support Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party for president.
Dr. Stein states she supports whistleblowers who reveal the corruption in the system. Together we'll build a transparent, accountable government which serves all Americans.
Once we've cleaned up our corrupt system of government and ended Citizens United, our Fourth Estate will be free to become what it once was--an active part of our system of checks and balances, a pair of eyes observing our elected officials and taking notes to share with the public, as opposed to being the bought-off spin doctors of the establishment.
Bern Notice gives us more examples of how American journalism has gone missing in action.
Journalism in America: Missing in Action
by Bern Notice
If the role of the press is to be the watchdog of the government, how can it do so efficiently while adding members of that government to it's staff? Having people with direct ties to the government it is supposed to hold accountable only leaves the institution susceptible to the influence that individual has.
There is also the problem of focusing on one story while neglecting others. It is
a good thing to present information about a breaking event. However, when the focus on that event consumes 35 minutes of a one hour segment it leaves a lot of other important events unmentioned. While I understand big stories draw eyeballs and should lead the broadcast, I don't think that it alone should be the broadcast.
It is even worse when you consider that most of the time breaking news occurs, there isn't a lot of solid and verifiable information. Thus, we are left with pundits offering their speculation on what happened for hours on end. Since when did speculation become journalism? At what point did a person's opinion or best guess become fact?
Would it not make more sense to present what is known in the first five to ten minutes, then present further information once you have more...I don't know.... facts? Maybe then the news would have time to cover what else happened during the day.
Recently there were pipe-bombs in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey. It became the big topic of conversation on every broadcast on television. I chose to write this article on this day because it seems as though whenever there is a crisis that particular crisis dwarfs everything else that occurs, no matter how significant.
While the focus is shifted to the big story of the day, it allows our government
to do what it will unchecked. It has an opportunity to pass a bill while you're not looking. A shooting of an unarmed civilian can be summarily ignored. When the Fourth Estate has tunnel-vision on one story the person reading or watching is the one that loses out. It's not journalism. It's sensationalism.
And by the way, when a news reporter tells a story in a way that skews it one way or another that's not journalism, either. That's propaganda.
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Folding campaign brochures. US Senate candidate Joe DeMare is in the Green Party t-shirt at the top left.
Greens Come Together in Toledo
The Lucas County (Ohio) Green Party is getting ready for on upcoming visit from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, her VP pick Ajamu Barka and the US Senate candidate from nearby Bowling Green, Joe DeMare. The event will take place October 29 at 9:30 AM at the Frederick Douglas Community Association, 1001 Indiana Ave., Toledo, OH 43607. It will be the first stop in the Buckeye State for Jill and company. (Cleveland and Columbus have events later in the day.) Here's the Facebook page with the information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1088049804624353/
For information on other Ohio stops, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/592481794287270/
On October 19, Our Revolution in NW Ohio will host a talk/workshop led by Stuart Rosenblatt on the Modern Glass-Steagall Act. More information is available on the Our Revolution in NW Ohio events page link on the right sidebar, along with a listing of Cleveland-area events courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: http://bernie2016.blogspot.com/p/our-revolution-in-northwest-ohio.html
For those who are confused why we list both Our Revolution events and Jill Stein/Green Party events on the same blog, it's simply that we're all about promoting progressive causes and candidates of all stripes and backgrounds. If you have an event coming up you wish to share with others of a progressive mindset, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to share it with the world.
Finally this week, read some heartening words from our progressive
inspiration, Bernie Sanders, during a speech in Detroit: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/06/bernie-sanders/91663418/
So, take heart! Bernie says it's okay to support third party candidates like Jill Stein. After all, he's been an independent/third party member most of his political career. Feel the Bern and bern Green!