New and noted:
- On the Meaning of Journalistic Independence | The Intercept
- How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations | The Intercept
It took some time for The Intercept to make its way onto my personal Open Source Bloomberg Box — a huge Gmail inbox full of keyword alerts that is in need of some serious pruning, but here it is, Ctl-Ded and filed under OSBB after the Brazilian journalism “watchdog” — “observatory” — site cast the issue of oligarchy-funded journalism in a sensible light.
Glenn Greenwald — painted by foes as a lackey of Chairman Omidyar of the People’s Republic of e-Bay, writes
Let’s leave to the side the laughable hyperbole that Omidyar is now the mastermind who has secretly engineered the Ukrainian uprising. Let’s also leave to the side a vital fact that people like this Pando writer steadfastly ignore: that there are numerous media entities in possession of tens of thousands of Snowden documents, including The Guardian, Bart Gellman/The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ProPublica, rendering absurd any conspiracy theories that Omidyar can control which documents are or are not published.
The real falsehood here is that Omidyar himself has any access, let alone “exclusive access”, to “the NSA secrets.” This is nothing short of a fabrication. The writer of this article just made that up.
Pando’s Paul Carr had cited a story from the Christian Science Monitor, which declares
Mr. Greenwald [....] a very popular guy on Twitter, with about 320,000 followers. And he has earned a reputation for bullying people who don’t share his views, frequently using his megaphone to launch unfair and frequently dishonest personal attacks. It will be interesting to see if he keeps this up at the $50 million news venture he’s starting that’s being bankrolled by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar.
Yes, it will be interesting — a harmless enough remark, with perhaps a soupçon of skepticism.
A certain polarization in the area of “transparency” has always struck me as deeply surreal.
Every FAIR and PR Watch seems to have its doppelganger digging dirt on those who insist that Fox News: Fair and Balanced is Newspeak of the most nefarious kind. Swift brought us his Battle of the Books. Two centuries one, we have now arrived at the Battle of the Think Tanks..
Looking over my –still sloppy — notes on Brazilian infowar, Mídia sem Máscara stands out as an endless font of diatribes against every bit of news coverage or opiinion to the left of Adolf Hitler.
Brazilian journalist Carlos Castilho writes with admirable clarity. Continue reading
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