Newsroom Conspiracy at Murdoch’s Sunday Times? Snowden character assassination piece passes through ‘Buying-out’ news filter
The Murdoch Dynasty’s London newspaper, The Sunday Times, just prints what is the official view of Her Majesty’s Government, says its Home Affairs reporter as a way to explain-away a character assassination piece on NSA whistle-blower, Edward Snowden. The Sunday Times front-page story “British spies betrayed to Russians and Chinese” claimed that the encrypted NSA documents stolen by Snowden had fallen into the hands of the Russian and Chinese governments.
Snoopman finds that by uncritically repeating the claims of anonymous government sources, The Sunday Times has, in effect, activated the sixth filter of the Propaganda Model, which describes how the news is filtered in the absence of official state censorship. Snoopman finds that in order for News Corp-owned The Sunday Times‘ to publish the attack piece, “British spies betrayed to Russians and Chinese”, it had to pass through the Propaganda Model’s sixth filter, ‘Buying-out’, which theorizes for collusion and conspiracy in newsrooms. He rounds off by daring news outlets to expose the Deep States’ power crimes. [15 minute read. Contains traces of sarcasm].
By Snoopman, 20 June 2015
Make, announce, type.
A recent Sunday Times’ character assassination hit-piece on NSA-whistle-blower Edward Snowden provides a clear example of a newsroom conspiring with a government to attack a perceived enemy.
The central claim made in The Sunday Times article, “British spies betrayed to Russians and Chinese“, is that the encrypted documents that Edward Snowden stole from the US National Security Agency (NSA) have fallen into the hands of the Russian and Chinese governments. This spurious allegation lays the shaky foundation for another unsubstantiated claim, namely that British and American intelligence operations have been compromised and their spies endangered.
The Sunday Times character assassination piece, typed by ‘journalists’ Tom Harper, Richard Kerbaj and Tim Shipman, provides a clear example of the dodgy routine practice of using anonymous elite sources. The slyness of quoting anonymous official sources is that it gets the news outlet off-the-hook from doing a real investigation, backed by verifiable evidence. It also means that other news media outlets are unable and unobligated to investigate the Narrative News Yarns© being spun because the anonymously-quoted sources’ vested interests, career trajectories and place in the web of power remains untraceable. (See section below: The ‘Buying-out’ News Filter).
As the journalist who broke the Snowden whistle-blowing story in June 2013, Glenn Greenwald, wrote of news outlets that routinely present what anonymous government officials claim to be the Truth, “That tactic continues to be the staple of how major U.S. and British media outlets “report”.”
After initially being repeated as Truth by British and American news outlets and gullible journalists took to Twitter to discuss the implications for Edward Snowden, the story has since collapsed under scrutiny, as a hilarious interview by CNN with one of the reporters responsible for the story shows. (See also: Al Jazera’s “Behind the Sunday Times Snowden Saga“; The Guardian‘s “UK under pressure to respond to latest Edward Snowden claims” and The Globe and Mail’s “Snowden’s lawyer slams Times story claiming leaks ‘betrayed’ British spies“; and The Huffington Post‘s “Glenn Greenwald Accuses Sunday Times Of The ‘Type Of Reporting That Destroys Journalism’s Credibility’“).
On the surface, The Sunday Times article was designed to vilify NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and justify increased mass surveillance capabilities for the British spy agency, GCHQ, which is part of the Five Eyes’ Echelon global mass surveillance network. However, the ‘Five Eyes’ spy partners – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – pose a bona fide threat to the ideal of free and open societies. (See section below: Confronting the Extinction of Privacy with ‘But, Why? Questions’).
Glenn Greenwald quickly pointed out that Snowden gave the encrypted documents to news outlets for them to decide what was in the public interest to know, and to balance that mandate with not endangering lives. Snowden has repeatedly said he did not take the stolen NSA documents with him once he left Hong Kong, where he gave selected news outlets the encrypted NSA files, in case authorities seized them. Notably, the news outlets that Snowden worked with were not owned by Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, News Corp (which owns The Sunday Times).
As Glenn Greenwald, who co-founded The Intercept online news outlet, wrote of the practice of quoting government sources who provide no evidence on the condition of anonymity, in his scathing piece:
“Ponder how dumb someone has to be at this point to read an anonymous government accusation, made with zero evidence, and accept it as true. But it works. Other news agencies mindlessly repeated the Sunday Times claims far and wide. I watched last night as American and British journalists of all kinds reacted to the report on Twitter: by questioning none of it.”
Greenwald went on to say of this journalistic practice to concede anonymity to official sources, that it is indicative of submission to authoritarianism, “It’s impossible that they don’t know better.”
Especially when The Sunday Times‘ Home Affairs reporter, Tom Harper said during ‘four minutes of farcical fumbling’ on CNN, “It’s, it’s obviously allegations at the moment from our point of view. And, it’s really for the British Government to, uh, to defend it. We just publish what we believe to be the position of the British government”. As The Huffington Post reported, The Sunday Times‘ headline, “British spies betrayed to Russians and Chinese” contains no skepticism.
Breaking! The Sunday Times admits under standard journalistic questioning that it is the Official Printer of Her Majesty’s Government.
Indeed, The Intercept‘s co-founder, who relished the fun of lacerating The Sunday Times over it’s jingoistic story-telling passing as ‘news’, quoted comedian Stephen Colbert’s satirical attack speech at a White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006, as a way to slam-dunk this “pure stenography of the worst kind“:
But, listen, let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works. The President makes decisions. He’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put ’em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration? You know, fiction! – Stephen Colbert
Indeed, we argue that not all journalists are born equal dumb-dumbs and do know that what they type is fiction. [Many are smart, hilarious and good-looking, so it must lead those lacking all three features to concede their personal power to authoritarian regimes as an easy route to satisfy the attention-seeking tendencies detectable in all journalists. – Ed]
In the next section, we explore how collusion and conspiracy can occur in large news outlets on a routine basis among personnel who have likely incorporated an ideological prejudice that collusive or conspiratorial behaviour among elites is non-existent or unprovable.
The ‘Five Eyes’ mass surveillance spy network that NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden blew wide open, is in breach of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Furthermore, the USA American-dominated propaganda media system fails to provide the necessary context regarding the most coveted secrets of the USA American-NATO-Transnational Corporate Empire. Our intrepid Editor-in-Chief Snoopman argues this failure is due in no small part because key insiders of the USA American Media Complex are actively complicit in constructing the necessary subterfuge to maintain the White House-Pentagon-NATO-Hollywood-Think Tank narrative that the NSA-led ‘Five Eyes’ global surveillance system is needed to catch terrorists. This narrative ignores another inconvenient truth, that the United States of America is the world’s leading terrorist-sponsoring state.
Sometimes, what comes in black propels us on
The Echelon global mass surveillance network, that is comprised of the ‘Five Eyes’ spy partners – the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – poses a bona fide threat to the ideal of free and open societies. Thanks to US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the world has been able to learn that these five Anglo-Saxon countries have constructed an important technological component of a totalitarian system.
Indeed, the ‘Five Eyes’ spy network is in breach of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. Article 12 of this declaration, to which all Echelon ‘Five Eyes’ spy partners are signatories, states: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence…”
In response to this breach, Snoop Monster (pictured) grew three more eyes. This means as a grown-up monster of the genus, Monster Monster, Snoop Monster now has five eyes too. “Da better to snoop da powerful with”, said Snoop Monster.
To date, the news media has failed to highlight this breach to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, this human rights provision was written as a protection for citizens against the fascism that had occurred under Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.
Perhaps if it was by now common knowledge that IBM made the Nazi’s twelve year reign technically possible and more horrific than it would have otherwise been, the world would fully realize that an important technological component of fascism has been implemented. IBM not only supplied their computing machines and punch card systems to the Nazis, so that Jewish, gypsy and gay people could be efficiently rounded up, transported across Europe and worked to death. As Edwin Black proves compellingly in his book, IBM and the Holocaust, the solutions company also maintained its own leased machines, constantly redesigned the cards in full knowledge of their customers’ purposes, and collected on the profits, as per arrangement, after World War II and the Final Solution.
A major justification for the Five Eyes’ state spying apparatus is terrorism.
Yet, journalists such as John Pilger and Naomi Klein, along with US foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky, have shown that the US-NATO alliance has routinely conducted acts of terror since World War II. These Black Operations, as they are called, were often conducted to topple democratic socialist governments. Indeed, Eugene Jarecki’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Why We Fight compellingly shows that America fights wars to make the world secure for its corporations.
As it is clear that these five ‘Western’ powers have constructed a totalitarian system by stealth, it is critical that their breaches of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are confronted before democratic institutions are stripped of their vital functionality.
It is also crucial that we defend our minds from the psychological warfare (or Psy-Ops) emanating from the White House-Pentagon-CIA-NSA-Wall Street-Hollywood-News Propaganda-Think Tank Complex. Because just six US-based global media conglomerates – Time Warner, Disney, NewsCorp, NBC Universal, CBS and Viacom – dominate the USA America propaganda media system – they are able to present a relentless barrage of subterfuge as black and white truth, with near-impunity. While the US news media has been critical of the US government in regard to NSA mass surveillance, they are yet to provide the broader context that is touched upon here.
So, Snoop Monster implores you to face the black inky lies of the USA American dominated propaganda media complex. He cajoles, prods and goads you to join the rebellion, whether it be: as ‘paradigm warriors’ making formal objections to institutions; creatively demonstrating on the streets; or by screening stonking documentaries on sports club ceilings, town hall walls and church, chapel and cathedral altars.
Consider yourself Snoop-propelled!
Snoopman is the Founder of Snoopman News and is Editor-in-Chief. Snoopman is the alter-ego of Snoop Monster. The Snoopman News website (http://snoopman.net.nz/) publishes well-researched, referenced articles that investigate power-crimes (conspiracies for political power and collusion for economic gain). Because the articles are backed with credible source references, they are not ‘conspiracy theory’. As Snoop Monster put it, “Snoopman leave writing of conspiracy theory to dark satirists that script material for ‘the news’ at six broadcast to woolyvisions in sheople’s homes everywhere on Planet Earth”.
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