What can be said about WSWS that isn't relevant to truth.
Like the look of their new site too.
This latest capitulation over the headline of the CIA tapes story is only one more verification of a fundamental trend: the disappearance of anything that could legitimately be described as a “fourth estate,” a genuinely independent media committed to the exposure of abuses of state power and the defense of the democratic rights of the population.
Instead the mass media, itself run by massive capitalist corporations, serves largely as a propaganda arm of the government and the ruling elite, suppressing and distorting information as needed and seeking to shape public opinion to conform to their interests.
Preaching to the choir here at tvnl - that is why Jesse started this site in 2003. Truth sites won't grow or develop because we know who has all the money and who gets it. I have been on so many truth sites today like wsws.org and consortiumnews.com asking for donations and are complaining about the lack of accountability that has led to the imbalance between critical news reporting and those that view news reporting as mere entertainment leading up to the next commercial.
Dori did a post on "Media Is the Key to Democracy" By Robert Parry- http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/122007.html
-and at the end is a plea for help-
Another hard truth is that this U.S. media imbalance continues to worsen.
Day in/day out, year in/year out, the American Right pours billions and billions of dollars into its media apparatus, with Fox News starting a second network and Rupert Murdoch adding the Wall Street Journal to his empire, not to mention an endless array of well-financed outlets in radio, magazines, newspapers and the Internet.
Meanwhile, many American progressives and liberal foundations remain locked in a dogmatic resistance to investing seriously in media.
When I talk with wealthy progressives, they act as if building honest media is someone else’s responsibility.
That is what we are up against - the people who own the money supply and their distributing agents. On the other side we see what truth does to wealth and this is what they have done-
What We’ve Done
At Consortiumnews.com, we have been at this work for more than a dozen years. But we have been perpetually hindered by the refusal of large donors to offer any consistent support. That has undermined our ability to expand and to plan ahead.
We have relied on the generosity of our readers (who have been great), but the sums we have raised simply have been insufficient. That forced us to suspend regular publication in early 2000, just as that pivotal election year was beginning.
Though we managed to keep Consortiumnews.com going on a part-time basis over the next four years, we didn’t have the impact that we should have as George W. Bush took power and veered the nation off in a very dangerous direction.
In 2004, we resumed regular publication amid assurances from some well-to-do progressives that the need for strong media outlets was finally sinking in. But again, the support was spotty at best – and now has dried up completely.
So, that has left us relying again on our readers to achieve a bare-bones goal of $50,000 by the end of the year.
More than halfway through December, we have raised $14,000, with $36,000 to go.
If you have contributed, you have our undying thanks.
If you haven’t yet, please consider a tax-deductible donation either by credit card at the Web site or by check mailed to:
Consortium for Independent Journalism; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.
You can also contribute by PayPal to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Well we know that story here at TVNL because Jesse is always on a bare bones economy as well. Choosing to stand against empire and face their barbs and agents of correction are realities that can't be denied. They show up here occasionally covertly and overtly. http://tvnewslies.org/html/an_urgent_message.html
In March of 2003, I decided to start a website that would teach the public how to spot media deception. This action was a response to the outrageous lies being sold to the American people by the corporate news media as the Bush administration was preparing to launch an illegal, immoral and unnecessary war on Iraq.
Public response to my site was so great that I left my professional career and dedicated myself to a full time battle against media deception. Since that time I have had no outside income with which to wage this vital fight. The entire cost of maintaining and operating the site is my own, and has drained me of my personal life savings. In addition, I have been without health insurance since I left my job, despite having developed severe asthma from the fallout of the 9/11 attacks.
I share this with you to emphasize the importance of my purpose, not to evoke sympathy on your part. Getting the truth to the American public has become my most important priority, and I have made some difficult choices towards that end.
So this problem is exascerbated by the fact that they
have all the money they need, to buy the people they need, to feed the news they need, to whoever they need to influence. And when you preach to the choir like Faux does, the choir just sings along. Patriots are deaf, dumb and blind before the brilliance of that truth.
So it's left up to us as individuals to help form another branch of the populace that is a force and help these people get the money they need to keep up the fight, and fill in for our 4th estate ex-friend that is so obviously absent from the fray. They suffer so that we can learn the truth. Their sacrifice for what they believe is important and they pay for it- unlike our treasonous press and their supporters do as they reap the profits from their lies, but at the same time America's reputation dies.
Support Jesse and others in their Quixotic quest against monolithic corporatocracy and all its insidious intentions.
So many good causes- too few dollars and not enough real
patriots to help! Is it too little too late?