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Assange Versus the Tripe on American TV

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Posted on May 22, 2012
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Who is doing a better job at revealing the shadowy operations of governments, corporations and others seeking power across the globe: the well-funded American news establishment, or Julian Assange, the suppressed WikiLeaks founder who runs a half-hour interview show while under house arrest in rural southern England?

After reviewing the first six episodes of Assange’s program, “The World Tomorrow,” which is broadcast by RT and available online, Glenn Greenwald at gives his answer. —ARK

Glenn Greenwald at

Would someone learn more, be more informed about the world, from watching these episodes as opposed to, say, a standard American cable news program? Which is doing a better job of fulfilling the key journalistic functions of airing otherwise suppressed perspectives, highlighting highly consequential issues that are otherwise ignored, and shining a light on the world’s most powerful political factions? To ask the questions is to answer them. It’s also to explain why there is such intense animus toward Assange and WikiLeaks generally from America’s media stars.

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By jimmmmmy, May 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

Soldier on Gerard.

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By gerard, May 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

jimmmmmmmy: And by the way, in what way or ways did Assange’s first four programs “support Islamic fanatics”?
  It appears more that Arabic family names blow your mind. Then, of course there was Horowitz and Zizek.
And also Assange itself—certainly strange? I heard it came from the Chinese. But he’s Australian!
  It’s like a kid in the back row of one of my English classes told the head of the department:
  “Of course Ms. Gerard is a Communist.  She went to Japan.”

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By gerard, May 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

jimmmmmmmmy: Please bear in mind that it is at least possible to suppose that we are all a big disappointment to Assange as well—all things considered.

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By jimmmmmy, May 23, 2012 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

Assange’s first 4 programs supporting Islamic fanatics were tripe. The last one with a South American president was entertaining . All things said he’s been a big dissapointment.

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By 1984 or 1776, May 23, 2012 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

the great wurlitzer

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By 1984 or 1776, May 23, 2012 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

Speaking of media outlets speaking truth to power…

...have you ever visited Asia Times Online

With renowned writers like Pepe Escobar, the writers
typically write anti-Empire type articles.

The site sounds very “international” with a Head
Office at: Unit B, 16/F, Li Dong Building, No. 9 Li
Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong.

Looks like a honey pot though:  the site’s funding is
mainly fromm ClA ads and the IP address is located in
Virginia. Try posting the question there and you’ll
have your post scrubbed.

Strange times indeed, most peculiar.

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By balkas, May 23, 2012 at 5:58 am Link to this comment

no media can be independent; media is always interdependent and permitted to
function, in whatever way it function, by a basic ideology.
the task, then, of any media is to defend the ideology by all means necessary; and
if privately owned, also by deception, lying, halftruthing, rationalization.
if we all owned media, such media wld actually give us adequate-accurate
information at all times [ok, mistakes cld still occur] and the one in hands of
individuals never will.
in u.s, media is congress, cia/fbi, army echelons, hollywood, tv, police echelons,
judiciary, w.h, bankers, plutocrats; each of which has the same task: to ensure
that some things stay forever the same.
of course, power to inform shld never ever be in private hands.
powers to wage wars, exploitation, to bring in drugs, to imprison some drug
users, pass/interpret/execute laws, etc., are also in private hands.
i think that giroux in his piece on td alludes to this fact.

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By Sebastian Lawhorne, May 23, 2012 at 4:45 am Link to this comment
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@ Vector56: I guess the trolls would include “Der Spigel”, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and “The Guardian”. From Wikipedia:

According to a variety of sources such as Der Spiegel and Reporters Without Borders, the channel presents pro-Kremlin propaganda.[21][22] A 2005 report conducted by the U.S. government operated VOA, interviewed Anton Nosik chief editor of a major English-language computer internet site in Russia, in which he described the creation of Russia Today as an idea smacking of Soviet-style propaganda campaigns, and also noted that the channel was not created as a response to any existing demand.[23] While another article in the Digital Journal called RT a “pro-Putin news outlet”[24] and its advertising campaign as “open propaganda war.”[24]

A 2009 article by journalist Luke Harding for The Guardian reporting on RT’s advertising campaign described the network as “unashamedly pro-Putin “[25] and part of the Kremlin’s attempt to create a “post-Soviet global propaganda empire.”[25]

An article published in The New Republic by James Kirchick characterized the news reportage of Russia Today as, “virulent anti-Americanism, worshipful portrayal of Russian leaders, and comical production values,” that “can’t help but revive the pettiness that was a distinctive feature of Soviet-era propaganda.”[26]

An article by Accuracy in Media criticized RT as a “propaganda network funded by the Moscow regime of Vladimir Putin”[27] and charged that it “regularly features Marxist and radical commentators.[27] The article also cites the description of the network by former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky as “a part of the Russian industry of misinformation and manipulation” designed to mislead foreign audiences about Russian intentions.”[27] Furthermore, Preobrazhensky argues that Russia Today utilizes methods of propaganda that are “managed by Directorate ‘A’ of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service” and that “the specialty of Directorate ‘A’ is deceiving world public opinion and manipulating it. It has got a lot of experience over decades of the Cold War.”[27]

An editor for the Kyiv Post has noted criticism towards RT and its perceived anti-Western and anti-Ukrainian propaganda.[28] In December 2011 Andrew Osborn for the Daily Telegraph described RT as “the Kremlin’s slavishly loyal English-language propaganda channel”.[29]


During the 2008 South Ossetia War Russia Today correspondent William Dunbar resigned saying “the real news, the real facts of the matter, didn’t conform to what they were trying to report, and therefore, they wouldn’t let me report it.”[33] Human Rights Watch said that the claim of 2,000 South Ossetian casualties, announced by Russia Today,[34] was “exaggerated.”[35] The Moscow correspondent for The Independent said that Russia Today’s coverage of the war was “obscene”, claiming that the channel was “extraordinarily biased” and had “instructed reporters not to report from Georgian villages within South Ossetia that had been ethnically cleansed.”[36]

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By vector56, May 23, 2012 at 4:27 am Link to this comment

I agree with PatrickHenry 100%; we do need media that is a lot more independent. Keep in mind that the “Public Airways” which the corporations now rule totally belong to us (the public). I say, yes to creating new independent sources of information, but at the same time let’s take back our public airways!

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By PatrickHenry, May 23, 2012 at 3:12 am Link to this comment

Dan Rather touched on the corporate ownership of the MSM on the latest Real Time with Bill Maher, I was impressed. 

We need alot more independent media in this country to assure factual reporting and to make certain opposing viewpoints are expressed.

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By nota rocket scientist, May 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment
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the day i hear assange talk about the fact that building 7 could not have acheived freefall acceleration for over two seconds without the aid of explosives, and the implications that follow, is the day i believe he is not some sort of disinfo agent.

what happenned after the collateral murder expose?
did anyone lose their job?
did any wars end? or did more start?

the net collatoral damage to the united states was slight embarrassment, if anything.

the real hero is manning, assange dropped him in it.

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By vector56, May 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

“Something is wrong here isn’t it?  Doesn’t it seem like Mr. Assange should, like so many jihadists, have been silenced by now?”

When you say “silenced” Surfboy, don’t you mean “murdered”?

Sebastian Lawhorne; All RT has to do is report all our Corporate Media omits, and trolls like you will see it as Propaganda.

“Give them Hell Harry”; “I’m just telling the truth and to them it feels like hell!”

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By gerard, May 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

Sebastian Lawhorne:  I heard he proposed the idea to Fox News but they rejected it. Too real, they said. Goes against everything Glenn Beck has been trying to teach Americans for the last ten years.

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By gerard, May 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

Surfboy:  Research the case.

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By Sebastian Lawhorne, May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder what would possess Assange to align himself with RT, a news network that (by its own admission) is a propaganda channel delivering apologetics for the Russian government, a.k.a. Vladimir Putin’s less-than-open spook regime.

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By gerard, May 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

The amount of animosity being shown against Julian Assange and Bradley Manning is a direct indication of fear on the part of war-making powers to having their processes exposed publicly. Yet war can never be prevented and stopped without those processes being exposed publicly. The choice is clearly before us all—knowledge or willful ignorance, reconciliation and understanding or endless wars and grief. And also, of course, democracy or military dictatorship. The struggle is worldwide.

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By diamond, May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

The mainstream media hasn’t told the truth about anything for at least twenty years. Nature abhors a vacuum and Assange and the internet have filled it. The old media has had its chance and chose to become liars and propagandists for the rich, powerful and war mad. The kings and queens of spin. The public is sick of them and their pathological lying. Good riddance to all of them.

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