• Mainstream Press Journalism of Appeasement, Corruption, Smoke and Mirrors

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    a brief summation of my recent reporting: If we continue to let
    our politicians and wealthy members of society live in comfort,
    free from the consequences of their actions, we are complicit in
    our own demise.

    Our country
    is so overrun with corruption, we cannot remain passive and expect
    things to get any better.

    The economy
    is propped up by smoke and mirrors and will inevitably collapse.
    Without immediately breaking up the banks and holding the thieves
    accountable, we will continue on our downward spiral with increasingly
    severe and devastating consequences.

    These are extremely
    unpleasant truths that we are now forced to confront. We have to
    act now. If you are not calling for revolution or organizing, you
    are either unaware of what’s happening around you, horribly
    naïve or a fascist sympathizer.

    In response
    to statements like those above, I’ve been exchanging emails
    with colleagues (journalists and news editors) who have become “uncomfortable”
    with my reporting style and been saying some variation of the following:
    “You’re being too radical. This is too extreme for us
    to publish.”

    While I appreciate
    their opinions, I want to make something 100% clear. I am fully
    aware that these words are harsh, and may turn off some people.
    However, in extreme times, telling the truth will make you sound
    extreme. Ultimately, I don’t mind if you think I sound “too
    extreme,” I don’t care if I make people “uncomfortable,”
    or if, in your opinion, I’ve become “too radical.”
    Try telling that to the 52 million Americans who are now living
    in poverty. Tell that to the millions of American families who have
    lost their homes and jobs. Tell that to the 59 million people who
    can’t afford health insurance. Tell that to the overwhelming
    majority of the population who are stressed out, living paycheck
    to paycheck, buried in debt they will never get out of and desperately
    struggling to make ends meet.

    Try telling
    that to all the people who have emailed me explaining their dire
    situations due to this economic crisis. Tell that to all the people
    I personally know who have taken major pay cuts.

    I will not
    participate in the journalism of appeasement.

    What has to
    happen for you to stop being a status quo supporting naïve
    journalist and realize that we are in the middle of a war? More
    accurately, it is a slaughter. An all-time record-breaking slaughter.

    I refuse to
    “normalize the unthinkable.”

    a list of stats that I am sure you are already extremely sick of
    hearing, what we have already passively accepted as “the new
    normal,” some new ALL-TIME RECORDS for you:

    • 3 million
      families foreclosed upon;
    • 30 million
      people in need of employment;
    • 43 million
      people on food stamps;
    • 52 million
      people in poverty;
    • 59 million
      people without healthcare;
    • 239 million
      living paycheck to paycheck;
    • $144 billion
      in Wall Street bonuses;
    • $13 Trillion
      in investible wealth within 1% of US population.

    Ask yourself
    this question: How sick and depraved of a society do you have to
    live in to get an outcome like this?

    We now have
    the highest and most severe inequality of wealth in the history
    of the United States. We have witnessed an economic shock and awe
    campaign, acts of financial terrorism have impoverished tens of
    millions of people and put our future prospects in an urgently dire
    situation. We know who is responsible for it, yet nothing is done
    to hold them accountable, and most astounding of all, the people
    responsible for this (a financial terrorism network) are still in

    This is the
    largest criminal racket in world history. We need prosecutions under
    the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, right

    Another important
    point in response to emails that I get: when I write that Obama
    is a puppet, some people still get upset with me. Are you kidding
    me? What kind of president allows this to happen without holding
    people accountable? What kind of president allows our tax dollars
    to be taken and handed out as all-time record-breaking bonuses while
    we have an all-time record-breaking number of people living in poverty?
    What kind of president puts career-long preeminent economic imperialists
    Tim Geithner and Larry Summers in charge of our economy, and supports
    Ben Bernanke’s reconfirmation as Fed Chairman? This is all
    absurd and inexcusable! These three people would be in prison if
    we lived in a nation ruled by law. Obama is a bullshit artist –
    Period, Full Stop.

    This is a quintessential
    banana republic ruled by a puppet president. If that truth is too
    much for you to handle, stop reading this right now and go retreat
    into your “reality TV” world while you still can.

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    1, 2011

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