JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE WIKILEAKS AFFAIR AND THE SHORTCOMINGS OF CONVENTIONAL JOURNALISM   Leave a comment

POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY MARGARET WENTE IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

Margaret Wente herself is a perfect example of the shortcomings of conventional journalism.

She does stories such as the fairly recent one about free-injection sites in Vancouver with almost no genuine research and only with the clear purpose of propagandizing against an important experiment.

She does utter nonsense propaganda like her long piece on the Iraq invasion, packed with misinformation and lack of genuine investigation – see: http://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/the-iraq-wars-trashiest-piece-of-propaganda/ .

She shills, again and again, for the return of Conrad Black, a convicted felon.

She defends the indefensible as in Israel’s inexcusable bloody attacks on innocents.

What is the common thread in Ms. Wente’s work when she strays beyond safe and fluffy subjects like the horrors of a backyard barbeque not working?

Defense of the establishment, promotion of a biased right-wing point of view – a defense not done with facts and investigation, which I could respect, but with playful words and personal fantasies.

No wonder people turn to the Internet and unconventional sources. The Ms. Wentes of this world are intellectually and ethically spent.

Wikileaks and the leaker, if ever known, should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The truth is that war is the greatest act any government ever undertakes, and yet it remains the act in which the people of every democracy are kept in virtual ignorance.

The press always quietly conspires with the government in suppressing, minimizing, and selecting.

Voters and taxpayers need to understand what is they are voting for and paying for.

The farther we go from this principle, the closer we get to a meaningless democracy with the Pentagon effectively running our affairs.

And that’s pretty much the case today in the United States, Obama’s election having made not a whit of difference to what the brainless Bush was doing.

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