Going on Record on AntiWar.Com’s Labeling & Censoring Game, Using MSM’s Favorite ‘Radical,’ ‘Anti-Semite’ & ‘9/11 Kook’ Labels
The followers of Boiling Frogs Post know where I stand on responding to petty attacks, name-calling, and false-labeling geared towards our articles, analyses and interviews. For the last three years we have simply ignored vicious attacks and have continued our independent and nonpartisan mode of operation at this website. When we take on the Israel lobby we are labeled ‘anti-Semite.’ When we cover the Gulen lobby and movement we are yelled at as ‘Anti-Muslim.’ When we criticize President Obama we are tagged ‘racist.’ And when we go after Republican Neocons we are categorized as ‘bleeding heart liberals.’ Obviously, we can’t be all those things simultaneously. Obviously, taking on each and every one of these smear campaigns would be an act of futility, a waste of time and energy. Thus; our silence; our three-year-long track record of ignoring.
Today, for the first time, I am going on record with publicly responding to the most vicious name-calling and smearing campaign I have ever faced. When I say ‘ever’ that includes my entire ten-year battle as a whistleblower. During my ten-year long battle as a whistleblower, as the director of the largest national security whistleblower organization, and as an activist, I have never been attacked so viciously, blatantly, and nastily by any media, forum, or group. Never. What makes it worse is that it comes from a now-pseudo alternative site which I used to support, until recently. And what makes it even worse than that is the attack and labeling being targeted not only at me, but also at my partners and authors here at BFP whom I value and respect. I carefully select my partners and contributing authors and analysts here at BFP. Once selected as partners, I treat them as such, and happen to be highly protective of them. That’s me.
Last week I wrote a commentary on Antiwar.Com which I believed, and still believe, to be an attempt to salvage a website that was once-upon a time a solid alternative media site:
While we are on the topic of media I want to respond to Justin Raimondo’s appeal for more generous funds at AntiWar.Com. In the past I was one of the vocal supporters of this website. I still am a follower of Raimondo and Philip Giraldi’s articles and analyses, and respect them both. However too much has changed over there. Since their newcomers the site has strayed away from being an alternative, and has become a major promoter of the same mainstream media it was originally created to counter. In fact, if you go and check their headlines you’ll see that over 50% of their ‘news’ is linked directly to the worst culprits among the mainstream media prostitutes: Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, Fox News … Just have a quick comb through their last few weeks and you’ll see what I am talking about.
Next, I want you to monitor the Antiwar.Com website for a while. This once-upon-a-time excellent website has been going through tremendous not so pretty changes. Coincidentally, these changes coincide with recent mysterious appearances of their donor angels. What I want you to look for and keep tabs on:
1- More and more they’ve been citing articles and news from their once-culprit foe US MSM. Their updates are filled with NYT, WP, CNN, Huffington Post …created twists and spins.
2- If you remember, a few months ago they put on this publicity and PR campaign for the Soros-Rockefeller funded NGO who actually gave Obama an award for being the most transparent president of the United States.
3- Check out their author column. Do you notice my name there? Well, since the unnamed mysterious donors showed up, about 2 years ago, to round up their half a million dollars a year fund, they have decided to keep my name but completely censor anything I write on their ‘once-upon-a-time’ issues: police state, perpetual wars, secrecy, whistleblowers…
4- Contrary to their title, name, they have been loudly and repeatedly and unquestioningly reporting only the unsupported numbers killed by the Assad regime in Syria, Assad’s alleged inflicted massacres, and …Now, for a site called AntiWar, they are either willingly or unintentionally beating the war drums and spreading unconfirmed propaganda, exactly the same way our infamous MSM has been doing…
It is truly a shame. I like and have been following a few of their excellent editorial writers such as Raimondo and Giraldi. They usually have a good selection of editorials. And as I said, they used to be exemplary as an independent news roundup site on civil liberties and war related topics.
It is up to the readers’ to judge the tone and the intent of my commentary. However, I can tell you this much: I tried hard to make my points respectful and reasonable. Further, I refrained from listing or commenting on some truly troubling first-hand, direct, experiences and examples in dealing and communicating with AntiWar.Com during the last two years in order to ‘save’ the original founders and good authors over there whom I respect.
I did not include the name(s) of AW’s newcomers, managers now in charge who have been labeling and censoring/blocking well-respected reporters, authors and analysts as ‘Too radical,’ ‘Anti-Semitic,’ ‘9/11 kook’ or ‘controversial.’ Their self-admitted hardcore Zionist new manager, Angela Keaton, has been consistently blocking not only me but our well-respected authors and analysts such as William Engdahl, Rick Rozoff, Gould-Fitzgerald, William Blum, Bill Bergman … In each instance, Ms. Keaton has referred to these authors’ work when sent to her as: Anti-Semite, too Radical, and lately as a ‘substandard piece of sh..’ Readers can get a flavor of one of her responses here where Angela Keaton very nastily and falsely attacks me and our authors at BFP:
Your pieces were rejected because they are simply not good. Often the articles on your site are substandard and in one case, sub-literate.
Your reputation is also that of a highly difficult contentious prima donna who loathes women and Jews. Over the past years, I have had concluded that is an accurate assessment.
Then came the entire gang this week spending hours posting on websites and social media sites such as facebook, attacking me as Anti-Semite, ‘a woman who hates Jews, ‘ and even calling me ‘a sexist woman who hates women.’
Here is AW’s new Director and Decision-Maker responding to hundreds of e-mails and comments their site has been receiving from rightful critics:
One of the joys of working at Antiwar.com is knowing that 98% of your critics are racist garbage cans.
This is an e-mail that the Antiwar Director has been sending to many people and circulating at Facebook about me-Sibel Edmonds:
She's a Jew hating douche. She just hates Jews. Several work at Antiwar.com.
Readers can check the comments section of this article to read the truly ugly and false propaganda spread by AntiWar.Com. As I said, I usually ignore petty attacks on me. However, I have had enough, especially enough of ugly characterization of my partner authors and analysts at BFP. Not only that, by attacking these authors whom I respect greatly, they are also attacking other news forums, those better and now more credible than AW, such as Global Reasearch.Ca, that proudly feature our contributing authors’ work.
As a side note, despite all our attempts, AntiWar.Com has refused to name their newly-found corporate guardian angels who have influenced the addition of their new managers such as Angela Keaton.
It is very unfortunate to see a once-great site being destroyed and turned into rubble. But that’s what AntiWar.Com is today: a wrecked ship run by agenda-driven and anti-truth captains. I will end this commentary by advising those who have contributed to this site now operating under false pretenses to go to them and ask for their hard-earned money back. They can put that money to much better use. There are dozens of good news and views websites they can support instead. I am not talking about BFP only. There are other trust-worthy sites that maintain integrity.
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