H/t reader squodgy:
“We always knew…..”
During an attempt to bribe a Sputnik International journalist with a job offer, a US writer admitted the role of US intelligence in controlling the US media.
Following an email exchange with Sputnik reporter Bill Moran, Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald accidentally exposed that Intelligence services and the US government control the Western media and that journalists have their lives threatened to misinform the public.
In the last few years, no Western media outlet has been more bombastic and seemingly Russophobic than Newsweek. For people around the world who hold a dissenting thought over US hegemony, this magazine flies in their faces every day.
Two Sputnik International reporters have just opened a Pandora’s box on our media establishment. A Newsweek reporter is now in the frying pan over dropping the dime on US intelligence’s role in public media and the presidential election.
When a young Sputnik writer and editor recently fell for a doctored screenshot from the WikiLeaks release of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, one of Newsweek’s reporters jumped at the opportunity to not only condemn Sputnik but to roll presidential hopeful Donald Trump into a great-big-lie.
The short version of this part of the story is Sputnik’s Bill Moran jumped at what he thought was a scoop and published an article based on a misattribution.
What happened next has led to a de-cloaking of who is behind Western media propaganda: none other than our friendly US intelligence services!
The screenshot in question was a viral entity all its own, but it was Moran’s story (hastily redacted) that provided the impetus for an anti-Trump escapade by one of America’s most famous news magazines.
When Donald Trump’s quoted the screenshot that damned Hillary Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal for the 2012 Benghazi affair, Kurt Eichenwald seized upon the Sputnik writer’s error and published the apparently damning story
“DEAR DONALD TRUMP AND VLADIMIR PUTIN, I AM NOT SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL.”
Here the story gets interesting. Kurt Eichenwald went before CNN and the rest of US media to elaborate on his story, to milk what he thought could slight not only Donald Trump but Vladimir Putin as well. Eichenwald wrote:
“I am Sidney Blumenthal. At least, that is what Vladimir Putin — and, somehow, Donald Trump — seems to believe. And that should raise concerns not only about Moscow’s attempt to manipulate the election but also about how Trump came to push Russian disinformation to American voters.”
A Twitter exchange then occurred between Eichenwald, Bill Moran, and another Sputnik reporter, Cassandra Fairbanks.
Eichenwald “blocked” Moran without giving the journalist an opportunity to clarify his mistake. At that point, Fairbanks stepped in as a moderator.
Long story short, Moran exchanged emails with Eichenwald, who then committed the equivalent of journalistic seppuku with his responses.
This story by Fairbanks draws the curtain back. Eichenwald goes so far as to try and bribe Moran; he loops in US intelligence, the FBI, and the deeper implications of government coercing reporters to write anti-Putin anti-Trump dogma “or else.”
Eichenwald wrote to Moran:
“You need to ask yourself — how does someone like me who is deeply wired into the intelligence community know so fast that you had posted this? It’s not like I was sitting around reading Sputnik. Others are though, and they are not reading it 24-hours a day in real time for the purpose of keeping abreast of the news.”
The Newsweek writer and Vanity Fair editor went on to tell Moran of his
“colleagues being blistered with claims of treason, physical threats, and pictures of dead children sent to them”
and of how ordinary journalists now live in fear.
The Sputnik revelations uncover a corrupt system of control we’ve begun slowly to discover these last three years. Sources I cannot name at other major media have alluded to this coercive strategy as well.
The Moran-Fairbanks report proves once and for all that America’s media is orchestrated by those in control of the government.
This paragraph from Eichenwald’s Sputnik-Trump roasting article frames all that is wrong with the western press today. I have “bolded” key propaganda elements:
“But the Russians had faked it all (unsubstantiated), taking a real document released by WikiLeaks and altering it to create a bogus story—one that ultimately (later it was proved Trump was duped before Sputnik) was picked up by Trump himself. Since Newsweek first broke the story online, some journalists have speculated that the misrepresentation of the email may have merely been an error by an overworked Russian news agency (I can attest to this myself). However, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the American intelligence agencies’ inquiry into the Russian hacking campaign, and who spoke on condition of anonymity, that theory is “absurd.” (insert CIA or NSA story here)”
In a nutshell, Newsweek and other mainstream media not only attempt to besmirch the Republican nominee for president, and push the fallacy that Russian propaganda is aimed at swaying American voters, they work in a collusive union with the likes of John Podesta broadcasting the Clinton agenda.
This WikiLeaks revelation about Politico’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush helps cement what Sputnik journalists were trying to show.
Thrush’s “don’t tell anyone” note to Clinton’s campaign boss show us the destruction of truth in Western media is concrete.
In a moment of clarity – or lunacy – Eichenwald tried first to coerce a Sputnik journalist by offering to help him get a job with the New Republic, but in the process, he told the world the methods the corporate and governmental elites deploy to control messages to Americans.
I cannot begin to emphasize how important this story is. Combined with other Podesta revelations, and with other coercion we’re starting to uncover, this Newsweek bomb is Orwellian.