Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo

It is an old journalistic trope: no one reads the correction … or the retraction. No matter how serious the error or profound the implications of the misreporting. Like, let’s say the entire range of mainstream media took the word of unnamed intelligence sources as gospel and reported that the only other nuclear superpower – which supposedly rigged our last election, and runs our current president as an “asset” – had been offering Afghan militants bounties for the scalps of dead American soldiers. Then, for the sake of argument, imagine that just two months later, the top U.S. commander for the Greater Mideastannounced that his sizable intelligence staff hadn’t found a single shred of proof “that satisfies [him].” And that the general’s comments reflected a consensus view among military leaders. One might expect an immediate, and front-page corrective-retraction, right?

Wrong. Well, maybe in a country with an actually free and oppositional press that might be the case; but this is America in 2020 folks – a place and time whence the media is basically a mouthpiece for the CIA, military-industrial-complex, and broader corporate interests. What we have is the illusion of an independent media. It operates more like a 24-hour macro version of Us Weekly or People Magazine – a celebrity soap opera offering only the veneer of political sophistication.