Assange revolutionized journalism, and the elite will never forgive him
Date Written: 2019-05-14
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23649
Julian Assange's treatment by governments and mainstream media shows how he is a threat to the former and shames the latter.
Today, there is a very particular type of journalist that the mainstream media prefers to do business with; people who have a large soft spot in their hearts and brains for unprovoked blood and violence. Take Brian Williams of MSNBC, for example, who called a 2017 missile launch against Syria from a US Navy vessel "beautiful." Or CNN host Fareed Zakaria, commenting on the same missile strike, said "I think Donald Trump became president of the United States last night." Is the opening of military aggression against a sovereign state what it takes to win endorsement from the media merchants of death these days?
Indeed, the media has ventured far from that golden moment on June 13, 1971 when the New York Times published the 47-volume Pentagon Papers, the top secret documents that revealed the decision-making process on the Vietnam War, because, in the words of Times publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, "the people had a right to know."
Now compare that ethical judgment call to the way Julian Assange, a journalist with many awards under his belt, is being manhandled today by the very same publication as it links him without any proof to the so-called 'Russiagate' scandal, undoubtedly the most fantastic conspiracy theory to grip the public imagination since the Iraq War.