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VIDEO: As US Funnels Money to Ukraine, Independent Media Faces Pressure to Parrot Official Narrative

By Democracy Now!

As the Pentagon authorizes an additional $400 million for Ukraine’s defense on Friday, bringing estimated total U.S. security spending on Ukraine under President Biden to a staggering $8 billion, we speak to Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News, about the pressure on news media to follow a single approved narrative on the Ukraine war. The independent media outlet recently had their PayPal account shut down and received notice from NewsGuard, a fact-checking group, that they are under review for publishing fake news. “American and European audiences have been fed the idea that Russia has been failing in this war and that Ukraine still has a chance to win, but I think we’re starting to see reality seep into the reporting,” says Lauria.

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  1. This DN has slid slid slid. Millionaire Amy and her Soros handlers, well, it was such a decline when I was working in radio in Spokane for a Low Power community stattion.

    Check out these old but highly relevant interviews. On all topics. And, of course, I was a peer, more in the know than old Amy. I saw her struggle with “climate change,” and she brought on the usual suspects, and that includes McKibben and then her love of Greta. Never hard hitting and asymetrical thinkers.

    Joe is Wall Street Journal, Joe. and while this isn’t surprising that Amy’s War and Peace Report, or her Pandemic Report — Mask Up and Boost Boost Report, is getting Joe on.

    Remember Aaron Mate’s year or so tenure there at DN?

    IN any case, whoopee.

    1. To Paul +,
      Here’s the problem – when I see your name at the head of a comment, I can pretty much know what you are going to say, including the words/phrases you use and the “usual suspects” you blame – maybe you figure if you say it often enough …
      In this case it is interesting because often you source stuff that often agrees with the tenure of this segment – so why you insist on trashing it is beyond me – does it go far enough, no, but is it going in the right direction – yeah …

      But the other thing is that if someone disagrees with you on anything, if you respond, it is usually with the same invective – there is no “respectful discussion” – it is that you “know it all” and anyone who disagrees with you doesn’t know s*** . The problem is that you wind up throwing out the baby with the bathwater – and there is always (almost always) a baby in the sometimes ocean of bathwater – that is what we need to cast our nets for … So I look for that baby in your bathwater – would be nice if there wasn’t so much of it to sift through ….

      1. So, the question is, SH, why don’t you just skip my comments? And, well, you now have your long litany of things (sic) you take issue with, and you have pigeon holed my responses to everything and anything.

        Drats. I thought I was fooling you all.

        Oh, darn, we also can’t nuance, or we can’t carry two opposing ideas in our heads at once. I think I know Amy to a point, since I had been on some of the Pacifica Radio planning for low power community radio, including ours in Spokane (I don’t work there anymore). There are some good things she gets to on DN only because of the guests and their powerful minds and invetigations. So, easier to listen to her, sometimes, than National Propaganda Radio, or NPR a la National petroleum/pharmacy/pentagon radio. But, rats, let some of us criticize who and how we might! t

        And, SH, you saw you see my name and pretty much know what I am going to say? Then, my advice is to pass it over. Pass me over. Disregard writing advice or commentary about me and my words. Enjoy the work posted here and the discussion groups that seem to be threaded. Join them. This is not a place of real discourse, at least for me, as you can tell. I have other outlets, as in face to face discussions with people, many of whom I disagree with since I am a communist in a corrupt capitalist land.

        So, another bit of advice for you, since I seem to be traumatizing you or triggering you: pass me up. I am not in this for a pure rhetorical bunch of fun, and my discursives are mine alone, but certainly reactions to some of the things in these rather (most of the time) pretty lame articles. Reposts from Commondreams and Tom Dispatch and, well, you well know all the junk Sheared Off Post posts!

  2. It’s about time …
    Lauria deserved more than his “15 minutes” – but it was a crack in the “progressive” media wall of failing to deal with “the other side”
    I have oft been “disappointed”, as they say, in DNs’ coverage of several issues – and wonder if this is just “a token” to ward off criticism – but the fact remains there is too little coverage of this stuff on “TV” – and she does have widespread exposure – so I’ll take whatever i can get in stuff like this – with some encouragement perhaps we can get her to do more …

  3. Joe held back a bit, and it was the Young Lords, Juan Gonzalez, who had the more pertinent things to say. But still, Joe looks beat down.

    Oh, that UN!!!

    A good one from BAP,

    The United Nations became an occupying force in Haiti after the U.S.-France-Canada-led 2004 coup d’état against Haiti’s democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Following the coup, the UN took over from U.S. forces. Under Chapter VII of the UN charter, the UN established the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (or MINUSTAH), for the tasks of military occupation under the guise of establishing peace and security. The Workers Party-led Brazilian government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva then betrayed the Haitian people and undercut Haiti’s sovereignty by agreeing to lead the military wing of the UN mission in Haiti.

    The history of the UN in Haiti has been a history of violence. An expensive, multi-billion dollar operation, MINUSTAH had between 6,000 and 12,000 military troops and police stationed in Haiti alongside thousands of civilian personnel. Like the first U.S. occupation (1915-1934), the UN occupation under MINUSTAH was marked by its brutality and racism towards the Haitian people. Civilians were brutally attacked and assassinated. “Peace-keepers” committed sexual crimes. UN soldiers dumped human waste into rivers used for drinking water, unleashing a cholera epidemic that killed between 10,000 and 50,000 people – and to which the UN has still not been held accountable.

    The Core Group — an international coalition of self-proclaimed “friends” of Haiti — came together during the MINUSTAH occupation. Non-Black, un-elected, and anti-democratic, the goal of the Core Group is to oversee Haiti’s governance. Meanwhile, as with the first occupation, the United States and MINUSTAH trained and militarized Haiti’s police and security forces, often rehabilitating and reintegrating rogue members. The United States, in collusion with MINUSTAH and the Core Group, also over-rode Haitian democracy, installing both neo-Duvalierist Michel Martelly and his Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK), alongside Martelly’s protege and successor, the late Jovenel Moïse.

    It is claimed that this occupation officially ended in 2017 with the dissolution of MINUSTAH. But the UN has remained in Haiti under a new acronym: BINUH, the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti. BINUH has had an outsized role in Haitian internal political affairs. For example, soon after Moïse was assassinated, its representative, Helen La Lime, asserted that Claude Joseph would be installed as Haiti’s leader. Later, the “Core Group” switched gears and demanded that Ariel Henry should be president. And this is exactly what happened when a “new” Haitian government was announced on July 20, 2021, with Henry as leader. This, without any say from the Haitian people, without any pretense of a democratic process, without any concern for Haiti’s sovereignty.

  4. Lauria, presented litany of what MSM got wrong and how they act to cover up the truth. However he was kind enough not to mention that Amy was wrong on most major events of last 15 years at least.

    DN was wrong on Obama Wall Street bailout 2009-2011, wrong on Assange portrayed as a criminal and sexual predator in 2010 after DN published “Collateral Damage” video , wrong on Putin 2012 return to power, wrong on Maidan 2013 and CIA Kiev coup 2014, wrong on Nazis in Ukraine, wrong on nonexistent Russian Invasion in Donbas and Crimea in 2014, wrong on LDPR and Donbas war 2014-15 , wrong on Russia allegedly shutting down of MH17 airliner, wrong on Minsk agreements, wrong on Ukrainian lobby on DC, wrong of US role in preparation for war with Russia, wrong on Russia-gate, wrong on Sanders backing Hillary in 2016, wrong on Trump as source of all evil (Hedges told her that directly in interview) wrong on Libya, wrong on Serbia, wrong on Syria, wrong on independent media censorship, wrong on freedom of speech , wrong on CDC and WHO, wrong on pandemic, vaccinations, wrong on devastating lockdowns and persecution of Doctors for their professional opinions, wrong on patient autonomy, wrong on economic crisis 2019-2020 and now wrong on Russian 2022 intervention in Ukraine to protect Donbas and end Nazi ideological control over Ukrainian government. and wrong on Ukrainian war crimes just to name few important issues wrongly presented by DN that shaped last decade internationally and domestically.

    I believe none of those blunders were ever corrected. Or perhaps they were not blunders but results of certain consistent political agenda of progressive imperial neoconservatism. DN used to be outlet for investigative journalism. Not anymore.

    DN has a right to be wrong, but that doesn’t not preclude listeners or viewers to reach their own judgments about DN credibility or complete lack there of.

    1. DN lost me permanently when they brought on Adrian Zenz.

    2. Nice work, that’s a proper comment post; a hard statement of the bottom line, followed by a litany of evidentiary examples.

      DN is the special sort of broken clock that’s not even right twice a day. They deserve to be clobbered, Lauria was not kind he was too weak. 15 years of lying up the party line is far far too long. The milquetoast approach of “yeah but there’s another side that maybe we should mention …” implies that the whole cloth package of lies that is DN actually has standing when it does not, except when explained as an intentional disinformation process.

  5. Part of the problem with media itself, independent or otherwise, is that the information can become a commodity, like anything else in our society. A quote from a Canadian activist, Elizabeth May, comes to mind” “thought without constructive action is demoralizing”.

    Collectively, Scheerpost and its readers are not organizing a community or a resistance movement to the problems that Chris Hedges and other writers describe. We’re trying to inform one another, find explanations for the way things are, but do we help each other with food, clothing, shelter, energy, sustainable or otherwise? Do I break bread with any of you?

    I’m not expecting Scheerpost or any reader to fill an organizing role, or solve practical problems, but that is the next step we face, if we’re trying to be honest. If greed and waste continue to dominate our culture, I think most, if not all of us know where the future is heading. I don’t have an easy answer, and I don’t think there is one: do we try to fight the waves or enjoy the sun on the beach for as long as we can?

    1. Agree, reading and commiserating, unfortunately, tends to deescalate the problems for us
      I have no answer either
      the democrats used to represent the “herd of cats” but no more or at least, not at this time

  6. It’s about time something like this is reported on the so-called “Free Speech TV Network”.

    I hope they keep doing journalism.

  7. DN often aligns w US ruling class propaganda—likely is funded by corporations and CIA…they must sometimes act like they are dissidents when it doesn’t matter—hand wringing over climate

  8. Censoring and shutting down someone’s PayPal account for disagreeing with you simply proves that you are lying, and you can only defend your position with force.

  9. All the hoopla about a freedom of expression. This is what Tocqueville observed in 1833:
    “America is a country where they have freedom of speech but everyone says the same thing.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

    1. Watch the hour long documentary on RT DOcumentary channel before more of the barbarians of the West delimit even more thought.

      ‘Dark, barbaric and savage’ is how rulers and philosophers in the West have portrayed Russia throughout history. The image lives on and flourishes in the media and popular culture. The documentary traces the origins of the anti-Russian narrative and explores who benefits from the idea of an ‘irrational and dangerous nation’. It also takes a look at how anti-Russian sentiment spread across Europe. Researchers, historians and writers talk about the shaping of Western disdain for Russia from the Great Schism to contemporary anti-Russian hysteria.

      This creep, de Tocqueville, right in line with Russophobia, and boy, does he get America wrong, doubly wrong and plain wrong. Quote:

      “All other nations seem to have nearly reached their natural limits, and they have only to maintain their power; but these are still in the act of growth. All the others have stopped, or continue to advance with extreme difficulty; these alone are proceeding with ease and celerity along a path to which no limit can be perceived. The American struggles against the obstacles which nature opposes to him; the adversaries of the Russian are men. The former combats the wilderness and savage life; the latter, civilization with all its arms. The conquests of the American are therefore gained with the ploughshare; those of the Russian by the sword. The Anglo-American relies upon personal interest to accomplish his ends, and gives free scope to the unguided strength and common sense of the people; the Russian centres all the authority of society in a single arm. The principal instrument of the former is freedom; of the latter, servitude. “

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