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Journalism in Crisis—The War on Dissent

Whitney Webb reports:

“With each passing day, it seems that Journalism is becoming less of a profession and more of a war zone. Indeed, the difference between journalism and ‘information warfare’ is becoming increasingly difficult to pinpoint.

Whereas journalism continues to be defined as ‘writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation’ – in practice, it has become a battlefield where the most powerful media outlets - that is, those closest to the centers of power – deliberately manipulate or omit facts to craft narratives that expressly benefit the powerful while also colluding to censor their more truthful competition. These media outlets act as mercenaries, with little or no regard for how their actions negatively impact our society and distort reality. Their allegiances lie not with the public, but with those with the deepest pockets.

In doing so, in many cases these media mercenaries actively work to suppress the facts and malign those in journalism who do strive to champion the truth above all else. Instead of holding the powerful to account, many so-called journalists today act more as accessories to the crimes committed by the powerful against the public.

Objective presentation of the facts, as far as the bulk of mainstream media is concerned, is dead and has been dead for some time. As a consequence, public trust in these media outlets has completely cratered. Yet, even the ostensible challenge to mainstream media, so-called independent or alternative media, is often troubled by similar issues, as the quest for clicks and fame can often supersede objective, factual reporting even outside the bounds of mainstream media. As a result, navigating the world of journalism has never been more difficult or more precarious than it is right now.

But if some get their way, navigating the media landscape in search of truth will soon become impossible. There are major efforts, years in the making, to censor dissenting opinions under the guise of censoring ‘misinformation.’ As many readers are undoubtedly aware, what was last year’s ‘misinformation’ with respect to COVID-19 injections has only recently undergone a dramatic change into ‘breaking news.’ Yet, many of us who were right all along and were censored when factual information that is now recognized as true was erroneously labeled ‘misinformation,’ have received no apologies or compensation from our lost income. In many cases, our old platforms have not been returned to us. The censorship hammer has not been wielded with incompetence, instead it has been and is being intentionally used to squeeze out those of us who would dare to speak the truth, no matter how inconvenient it may be at the time.

As the online censorship onslaught continues, it is becoming increasingly normalized. Growing restrictions, de-platforming and its other manifestations have become so pervasive that many have simply come to accept it as a ‘new normal.’ This ‘new normal’ for free speech is as insidious as it has been gradual, as we are being trained to accept unconstitutional limitations on what we can express on the websites that dominate online socialization.”

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