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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Rogue WaPo Reporter Gives Strategy Briefing to Secret Dem Donor Conference

National reporter Janell Ross helped donor group craft liberal economic message without notifying superiors

Posted in The Washington Free Beacon by Brent Scher November 22, 2017 5:00 am

Washington Post reporter Janell Ross gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering where Democratic politicians, liberal activists, and their biggest donors plotted the future of the progressive movement without notifying her superiors that she would be attending, according to a Post spokesman.

The Democracy Alliance went to great lengths to keep the identities of its members and guests confidential at its fall investment conference last week at the La Costa Resort, but the Washington Free Beacon obtained a detailed conference agenda that lists both events and featured guests.

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Secretive Liberal Donor Summit Increases Security, Changes Itinerary Following Free Beacon Report

CARLSBAD, Calif.—Members of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive dark money liberal donor network, appear to have moved to increase security presence and alter its schedule at its fall donor summit following a Washington Free Beacon report released Friday morning based off the group’s internal documents.

The high-dollar progressive donors, who each vow to direct at least $200,000 in funding to approved left-wing groups of the alliance, are currently gathered at the posh La Costa Resort located in Carlsbad, Calif., for its three-day fall investment conference to plot their 2018 “resistance” and game plan.

The Free Beacon, who appears to be the only members of the media on site covering the conference, has obtained internal documents meant only for attendees that detail the conference’s agenda and those who are currently at the gathering.

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