Newsgate: The News Media’s Unseemly Relationships with Government and Political Actors

Regardless of who is your chosen – or least favorite – presidential candidate, independent minds should be concerned about the latest revelations in the news media’s unseemly relationships with government and political actors.

While there are many responsible journalists working today, inside documents and leaks have exposed serious lapses constituting the most far-reaching scandal our industry has known.

It’s our very own Newsgate.

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Compromised reporting has always existed as a result of covert collaborations between reporters and political officials—Democrats and Republicans alike.

For example, in my new book out next year, The Smear, I’ll report on instances of improper collusion that surfaced during the Bush administration.

The most recent available evidence is heavy on Democrat-ties due to the nature of the available documents and leaks.

It can be argued that some individual accounts can be rationalized and are not serious breaches of ethics.

But taken as a whole, it’s easy to see how we as journalists have done a poor job protecting ourselves from being co-opted by organized interests, often ones that are paid and politically-motivated.

Whether we realize it or not, they’ve figured out how to exploit the media and use us to publish their propaganda.

It implies a broad and growing trend that has seriously undermined the credibility of the news industry.

Opinion reporters and those who work for obviously ideological news groups are entitled to publish party propaganda.

It’s one matter to provide viewpoint journalism.

But it’s quite another for us to act as a tool of any interest, publishing narratives or talking points upon suggestion or demand, without disclosing we’ve done just that.

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri to Fly to Paris Within 48 Hours

Published by Reuters on 16-November-2017
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to Hariri told Reuters on Thursday.
Hariri announced his resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, and has not yet returned to Lebanon.
He said on Wednesday he would return soon.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun tweeted on Thursday that he hoped the country’s political crisis was over following Hariri’s acceptance of the French invitation.

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Pakistani Minister Requests non-Muslim Police Escort

Posted by By Pamela Geller on November 16, 2017
Rana Sanaullah knows what Islam is all about. He knows that if Muslims believe that he has offended Islam, he could be killed, even by those who are supposed to be protecting him.
So he has requested a non-Muslim security detail.
If a politician did that in the West, he would be excoriated as an “Islamophobe.”
Remember that last February in the Netherlands, a Muslim security agent was suspended: he was accused of leaking details of Geert Wilders’ locations to a jihad group.
But why was he on Wilders’ security team in the first place?

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Saudi Crackdown Raises Specter of Wider Dissent

LoadingPosted by Dr. James M. Dorsey with the same title on November 6, 2017 at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 635, November 6, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Few noticed a rare protest that took place in Saudi Arabia in late January 2011 as a wave of popular uprisings swept the Middle East and North Africa, toppling the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Yet that protest, as well as criticism of the government’s handling

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Saudi Princes, Former Government Ministers Arrested

LoadingPosted by By Isobel Frodsham and Gareth Davies on November 5, 2017 (updated November 6, 2017) Daily MailOnline U.K. Could London’s Savoy become Saudi Arabian government property? Billionaire hotel owner among dozens arrested in anti-corruption crackdown as Riyadh threatens to seize assets tied up in the alleged fraud According to local reports, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is one of the men arrested He owns London’s Savoy and has shares in Twitter, Apple and Time Warner Crown Prince Salman formed the anti-corruption commission

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Venezuela’s Problems Started Long Before Maduro

LoadingMany are aware there is a situation in Venezuela, and what is being reported as the cause is only half the story. There is a missing element that many media channels have not mentioned. Rewind to the early years of the Chavez administration, 1999 and the next few years. Oil was near $19 a barrel when he took office in Venezuela. The oil in Venezuela is called heavy oil and is among the heaviest in

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2016: The Worst Year for Your Privacy

LoadingIn a post title ‘2016 Year in Review: The Worst Year for Your Privacy, ever‘, a review of the top 10 incidents that backup that title are presented. This post is provided by Mark’s Corner of the MeWe blog and you can read the details are in the post, however there is an on-going theme… 10. Google 09. Snapchat 08. Uber 07. WhatsApp (bought by Facebook) 06. Facebook 05. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Geofeedia 04. Facebook

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