The most dangerous, and under-discussed, development in corporate media is the spate of ex-security state agents now employed to deliver the "news."
The corruption in this country will be its undoing. Media as propaganda arm of the Deep State. Govt organizations as fronts for corporations' interests. The list goes on. "Home of the free" is a huge joke at this point.
Genuinely incredible reporting. I would be clueless without this.
Extraditing Assange may backfire on the Biden Admin and it's FBI stooges - he may have information showing that the DNC data leaks came from DNC insiders (which has long been alleged) who wanted to show how the committee was pushing Hillary Clinton over Saunders.
Glenn, You are truly a great reporter, and an excellent writer. It takes a lot of skill to weave something so intricate into something so intelligible upon first read, and a lot of digging to get there. Along the lines of the corrupt media, have you or anyone written about the rise of the so-called news "contributors", who are the paid talking heads of the various networks? When I was a local TV reporter back in the days when news was news (pretty much), we used to interview people (even politicians) for their opinions, but we didn't pay them retainers or talent fees. That would have been considered outright corruption. Not today. Convenience is corruption, and the 24/7 news "cycle" is the mother of convenience.
If Assange could facilitate a Trump takedown, the Biden administration would have pardoned him and he’d be a free man hosting his own nightly TV show.
Glenn: I think your closing paragraph is a neat summation of all the points you make in this article. Have we also been deluding ourselves into thinking such conditions which exist in Cuba, China and Venezuela [regarding government control over all media] don't happen here? Another veil is lifted from our idealistic view of America.
Glenn, I am curious as to what you think the ultimate solution must be for the CIA? I have a theory that Eisenhower used "the Military-Industrial Complex" as a euphemism, because he dared not refer to Allen Dulles and the CIA directly in that farewell speech, but that he had come to regret the power they had amassed over the elected government and foreign policy in the post-war years. It has been over 70 years now that our government has been absolutely incapable of exercising oversight over the Agency, and consequently our presidents over their own foreign policy; its accounts and budget are not meaningfully auditable, which should outrage fiscal conservatives and anti-Deep Statists. I think the secrecy must be lifted from everything our foreign policy and intelligence establishment does going forward, with a carefully delineated area of the most top secret activities having maybe a five or seven year window before the sunlight floods in. Other thoughts as to ultimate remedies? "Abolish the CIA" and "Defund the Deep State" will make good bipartisan slogans going forward
The guy is a delusional madman. But that the revolving door with the media is so dangerous is NOT self-evident to everybody who gets their information from NBC, CNN and the others. As Thomas Jefferson so aptly put it, those who read the newspapers know less than those who don't.
Mark Leibovich's book "This Town" covers the blending of DC politics and media. This blending of DC law enforcement and spooks with media seems a new twist.
We need legislation that prevents national politicians and government employees from taking media positions for at least five years after their government role ends.
Keep up the good work, Glenn. The craziest thing about all this is the extreme about face within the left. They aren’t even hiding the fact that they get a bit moist when the State enters into a conversation. It’s an obsession, and a dangerous one at that. A great many progressives are hell bent on encouraging the State to protect them from themselves.
Ah the games we play!
The key to unraveling this rat's nest is who really killed Seth Rich?
We were and continue to be the victims of a disinformation operation carried out by operatives of our intelligence agencies and allied law enforcement agencies - FBI, CIA, NSA, DOJ, the Department of State and most likely the Office of the President of the United States.
Please consider this, the Mueller Team that has some 150 FBI agents at its beck and call came up with nothing. The Mueller Report concluded it could not find any evidence of Russian Collusion and too boot used illegal tactics to sweat close associates of then President Trump to rat on Trump. Nada!
Please see my earlier article at the American Thinker:
"Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Deep State: A RICO Criminal Conspiracy"
and my related articles at the American Thinker:
Please see my earlier article that laid out the Clinton "pay to play scam" as a RICO criminal enterprise on the subject of the "DNC hack":
The New World Order and the Deep State vs. We the People
. . . Consider for a moment the DNC hack wasn’t a hack at all but a leak by a disgruntled DNC worker who had physical access to the server and copied the files to a thumb drive or similar. This thumb drive was then handled directly to a WikiLeaks operative. Julian Assange continues to deny he received the DNC files from the Russians. There is no doubt the Russians, the North Koreans, and the Chinese and other intel agencies were in Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server. And yet we were assured with high confidence by our intel agencies Russians operatives did the DNC hack.
The CIA was actively involved in this coup. The CIA likely spearheaded the retargeting of the FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. How convenient to blame the Russians for the DNC hack and tie it to the Russian collusion in the effort to blame Trump. There was likely forensic evidence that the Russians were in Hillary Clinton’s server, but were they the source of the leak of the DNC files? The forensic attribution of a hack with any degree of certainty is complicated at best. The NSA and the CIA have tools to spoof others to cover for their intrusions. Are CIA Director Brennan and DNI Director James Clapper being truthful with their attribution of the DNC hack to the Russians? They have both lied in testimony in Congressional Hearings — another ruse to cover their tracks and others regarding the abuse of power.
Much of this originates with the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act, which was passed into law with the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. It basically opened the door to state-sponsored propaganda against a domestic audience. Ask James Risen, he’ll know all about it.
Figliuzzi. Makes me think of the word unctuous, as in greasy and slimy. Does this report mean we cannot trust the FBI? I am shocked! But then I recall that age old adage: If cops weren’t cops, they’d be criminals.
I offer my thanks, again, to GG. His name is on my list of journalists, along with Alex Berenson. Right off hand I can’t think of any others.
I just figured out what this is all about.
FDA/CDC/NIH bureaucrats go to work for Pharma post "government service", via the revolving door, and get paid big bucks. Obama gets $60 million book deals. And "security state" weasels get big money contracts with "news" agencies post "government service" - as long as they've done the bidding of the Oligarchy during their time in power. Arresting the "right sort" of people, etc.
We're looking at the corruption the wrong way round. This is their payday - just like Obama. For a "job well done." The "news" agencies are just money laundering organizations for Oligarchy.
Next we'll find out Trump crossed state lines with loaded Russians intending to attack peacefully protesting FBI agent-turned-reporters.
I’m nearing 60, and have been “awake” to MSM tactics, but this article combined with others written by GG, has opened my eyes to the total moral bankruptcy of our ruling establishment. Frankly, it’s quite discouraging to realize what has happened to our country over the past 50-years.