The Information War: Veteran Journalists Discuss Media Repression
Veteran Journalists Discuss Media Repression
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Publication date: 2022-05-08
Update 2022-07-13: A Democracy Now! interview of Joe Lauria is added to sources.
This publication coincides with the 77th anniversary of the Victory in Europe celebrations of WWII. The clock had moved to May 9th in eastern Europe and Russia which explains why their celebrations of the victory of the Great Patriotic War occur the day after. To defeat 80% of Nazi Germany's armed forces, Russia lost over 25 million citizens during the war. The USA suffered 0.43 million.
Robert Scheer published Ramparts. His decades long pedigree in journalism, including being sacked by multiple outlets, qualifies him to discuss the current state of media repression with Joe Lauria. Lauria inherited the late Robert Parry's Consortium News. Parry himself was a pioneer in independent journalism. Sick of having his stories spiked, he saw the opportunity which the Internet offered. Scheer and Lauria have lived a life of migrating away from establishment media. They understand the territory of media control which they discuss during their interview.
Discussion is Inescapable
A new generation of independent journalists in the English language, empowered by the information delivery of the Internet include: Aaron Maté, Eva K Barlett, Richard Medhurst, Kevin Gosztola, Kit Klarenberg, Alan Macleod, Ben Norton and many, many more. (See Sources below for full links, including RSS feeds.)
Principled reporting by those who also understand history is not going to vanish. However, attacks on the idea of independent thought and media are a focus of the powerful. As the brilliant commentator Caitlin Johnstone reminds us (paraphrasing):
Narrative control is the power centre.
Enough Time to See
The interview between Scheer and Lauria covers decades of topics. Scheer was alive during WWII. Lauria was born during the McCathy witch hunts. They each have more than half a century of experience. As journalists, their minds are trained towards significant historical events. They connect history, politics, economics and changes in society over the period of their lives.
Please excuse Scheer for some rambling; the topic inspires his passion. Lauria's commentary commands attention.
Ramparts Magazine Archives, The Unz Review, (14 Years, 131 Issues, 1,566 Articles, 9,250pp)
Joe Lauria: No Such Thing as Dissent in the Age of Big Tech, Robert Scheer interviews Joe Lauria, ScheerPost, 2022-05-06
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No such thing as dissent in the age of big tech, the same interview, Apple Podcasts, no date of publication shown
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Referenced Young(ish) Journalists
Kit Klarenberg submits to varying publications including The Grayzone and The Dissenter, so no single reference is available. Here is an article published at The Grayzone by Kit.
As U.S. Funnels Money to Ukraine, Independent Media Faces Pressure to Parrot Official Narrative, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez interview Joe Lauria, Democracy Now!, 2022-07-12
(This interview was published a few months after the article. It covers similiar ground and reinforces the article.)
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