In this video from a European Central Bank press-conference in Ireland, journalist Vincent Browne demands that the ECB representative explain why the ECB required the Irish people to bail out a bank’s uninsured creditors. The bureaucrat mouths bland reassurances, then asserts (despite all appearances to the contrary) that the question has been resolved. Browne doesn’t let up.
I can’t imagine any of the carefully coiffed MSM puffballs who masquerade as journalists here in the States attacking lies and evasions like Vincent Browne did. The difference is, Browne doesn’t want to be in the 1% club or enjoy the insider status of compliant journalists. This makes him immune from being corrupted, compromised, and castrated, like too many of our faux reporters are.
Excuse me, but aren’t journalists supposed to piss off the powerful and make them uncomforable, exposing their lies when need be? That the NYT is even asking this shows how craven and captured our media is.
I.F. Stone, a superb reporter and muckraker, is spinning in his grave.
If you’re a supporter of Wikileaks, or even a relatively dispassionate observer, you likely find these actions to be offensive, or even downright criminal. How dare the US move so arrogantly, so aggressively, against Wikileaks for what seems to be nothing more than the second coming of the Pentagon Papers? We believe in free speech, in transparency and accountability for our government. It’s outrageous that Washington would move so decisively to crush a project like Wikileaks.
But are Wikileaks’ supporters actually feeding this response from the government? In our rush to rationalize and defend Wikileaks and their actions, have we inadvertently opened the door to attacks by the US government?