Nuggets of Wisdom

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Drone That Takes Out Julian Assange

I don’t agree with everything far-left activist Dennis Trainor, Jr. says, but I whole-heartedly agree with him that Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald—who wrote that he "could not wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange"—not only represents “everything wrong with journalism,” but also represents “everything wrong with the blowback-inducing homicidal bull in a cultural, religious, and geopolitical china shop of US foreign policy that I like to call Manifest Destiny's Child.”

"If one parrots the talking points that filter down form on high, for example, one is considered a journalist. If you challenge the dominant narrative, and very few do, you run the risk of being labeled a terrorist....See, there is no such thing as objective journalism. You either have your default set to accept the dominate narrative, or like Snowden, Manning, Greenwald, and Assange, you seek to empower the powerless by exposing the all-powerful Oz behind the curtain. That's where we are."
As someone with a minor in journalism, I am ashamed at the state of my chosen profession. What was supposed to be the guard dog of the people has since devolved into the lap dog of the corporate state, and any journalist like Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and the staff at The Guardian who dare to break free from the narrative and expose it for the propoganda that it is are persecuted for the crime of pursuing and revealing truth, which is what true journalism is supposed to be.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said it best: "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."