From Omission to Non-Denial Denials
On November 5 I published a piece on David Swanson’s well-made case in an interview on voting independent, with a few deservedly strong words on ‘The Real News’ sharing common characteristics with way-too-many pseudo or semi-alternative news outlets backed by the same-alphabet-soup of foundation backers and tainted by the same-divisive & destructive-partisanship. You can watch the interview clip in question and read my commentary here.
This morning I received a rant-full and long-winded e-mail from Mr. Paul Jay- the founder and host of this not very real ‘Real News’ network- filled with lawsuit threats against me, poorly-argued points, omitted facts, non-denial denials, and a few plain old lies. Per his request and happily I just posted his e-mail response in the comment section of my commentary post here. Okay, now I want to further highlight and elaborate on my factual statements and assessment of Mr. Jay and his enterprise ironically (and uncreatively) called ‘The Real News.’ In order to do this I am going to take one point at a time, put each in context, provide real examples and parallels, and let you assess each one’s validity.
One of the major points I made in that commentary had to do with the classic case of so-called independent alternative news outlets being funded by the same small group of agenda-driven corporate foundations either to the Right or the Left of the illusionary political spectrum. This fact, call it a phenomena, I’d call it a disease, applies equally to many Non-Profits (sold and marketed as grassroots activism non-profit non-governmental organizations.). Last year I wrote a comprehensive series on this topic: Corporate-Foundation Sugar Daddies & Their Lap Top NGOs. I know my pieces are long, but they are filled with facts, statistics and citations, and considering the applicability to this post I urge you to go and read them- at least glance over the facts and analyses: Click here.
In my criticism of the not-so-real ‘The Real News’ I emphasized the significance of the partisan corporate-foundation backing of news outlets- whether by those on the wrongly-named ‘Right’, or, completely-misguided ‘Left.’ I always ask my readers to ask and answer the following question: Why do corporate foundations such as Rockefeller-Ford-Soros-Carnegie-Packard … (you name it) dish out millions of dollars in funds to particular organizations (news or NGO)? How could there be no string(s) and expectations (and influence) attached? How could the recipients ever go against the hands that feed them? Well, all these points and questions apply to ‘The Real News’ and its founder Paul Jay. Here is how:
In his threat and rant-filled e-mail Mr. Jay did not go as far as denying his mega-dollars funds coming from mega corporate foundations and mega corporate families and individuals. In fact, he openly admitted to a few (only a few; we are yet to be provided with others-the complete list)-[All Emphasis Mine]:
“…we have received money from three corporate foundations. In 2005, we received $250,000 from the MacArthur Foundation. The same year we received $100,000 from Ford Foundation. … The only other corporate foundation grant we received was $250,000 from the Knight Foundation in 2010 for improving our website… TRNN funding comes from two primary sources. About a third from small donors, and the balance from small family foundations or large donor individuals.”
Interestingly, nearly one million dollars of Mr. Jay’s ‘Real News’ funding comes from some of the same foundations we covered and talked about in our series last year. Now, Mr. Jay is careful not to mention the names of his ‘small family foundations’ or ‘large donors.’ You see, when we covered DC lapdog NGOs funding sugar-daddies (and Mommies) we talked about several Rockefeller and Rockefeller-like owned and operated ‘small-er family foundations’. How many of such ‘small family’ foundations fund this ‘Real News’? … well, we don’t know. How many of these very wealthy individual donors are active mega-corporate heads and or in charge of Democratic Party HQ operations? … hmmmm, we don’t know that either. In fact, here is a glaring fact:
If you visit ‘The Real News’ website, click their ‘About Us’ section, and then click the ‘Financial Information’ button, aha, then you see … NOTHING. Comb their entire sanitized website and you won’t find a single piece of information on corporate foundation backers such as Ford, MacArthur or Knight. You will find zilch on Mr. Jay’s tiny-meeny-miny-moe family foundations that may (highly possible) include Rockefeller, Carnegie, Soros or the like.
When you are clean, and when you are not hiding anything, you don’t ‘omit’ information like that. I am proud to say, and as clearly indicated on our website, we have received ‘Zero’ dollars from any foundations whatsoever - whether mega-corporate foundations such as Ford or tiny-meeny-miny-moe family foundations such as Rockefellers. We have never accepted any donation above $500 by any individual ‘wealthy’ donor. As for Mr. Jay, if he sees nothing wrong in accepting mega bucks from mega foundations, as indicated in his e-mail, then why is he hiding these facts and donors and sanitizing his website from any of their traces? Contradiction, ey? Filled with omissions, and non-denial denials, ey?
Next, Mr. Jay says he’s been covering all sides, independently, and with no partisan flavor. I spent a couple of hours and checked his website. I don’t have lots of time to spend in such tainted sites, and I would like for our readers to double-check this:
I don’t see any libertarian-leaning guests or analysts in Mr. Jay’s so-called ‘Real’ news site. I don’t see any analysts or reporters or distinguished guests with conservative views either. News is supposed to be news. Paul Jay seems to be regularly wiping out over 60% of our nation’s view points, beliefs, stand, arguments … Hmmmm, what’s the difference between FOX & Paul Jay’s ‘Real News’? What’s the difference between Paul Jay or Daily Kos operators? I don’t see any. I don’t see the ‘real’ in ‘The Real News.’ There ain’t nothing real with highly-partisan, one-sided, and completely tainted sites like this.
Let me give you an example: This morning I posted a podcast episode by Eric Draitser on Sandy-Obama-National Healthcare. I may disagree with 50% of the viewpoints in this particular episode, but we present all sides at Boiling Frogs Post. That’s one key of the ingredients of a ‘real news’ site. We have libertarians, we have conservatives, we have ultra-liberals, and we have no-body-in-particular - like me.
Mr. Jay also engages in what I have to call plain lying. He claims his network had invited me for interviews several times but that I had always refused. This is completely, utterly, 100% false; this constitutes a major lie. Until 2011 I kept Mr. Jay’s e-mail and his website e-mail on my list for press-release/news/activism and whistleblower related developments. Every single attempt to get their coverage of very significant issues under the Obama administration has been rebuffed by the site. Let me give you a few examples:
Obama receives ‘Transparency Award’ given to him by a handful of partisan NGOs supported by the same foundations who support Mr. Jay’s ‘Real News,’ despite being the worst president in history when it comes to whistleblowers and secrecy. Please watch the following clips on our attempts to bring this to light:
Now, please go find ‘The Real News’ coverage of this significant news and the even more significant consequences and implications that come with it. Well, this was NOT due to Mr. Jay personally not knowing or not being asked to provide ‘real’ coverage. I guess it was due to having a ‘wrong party president’ to criticize. I am certain that if it was George Bush who received this award we’d have had a real ‘Real News.’
Other examples include the shunning of Bradley Manning by Corporate-Foundation Lapdog organizations such as POGO. Ooops, Ford, MacArthur, Knight, happen to sponsor and fund both ‘Real News’ and ‘Lapdog Organizations.’ Never mind. Let’s see, Obama’s Justice Department classifying my entire book manuscript. Oooops, this news would have contradicted Mr. Jay’s fund-ers’ award to that same president. Never mind. I could come up with several other significant examples, but rest-assured Mr. Jay’s Real News was not going to allow the airing of that kinda real news.
I say it again: No. despite many past attempts we received never an invitation from The Real News to help air the truth. Never.
Mr. Jay claims that he only plays the devil’s advocate with his guests such as David Swanson who advocate for real change. I want you to watch this clip from his interview and tell me how you view it? Let me give you one glaring example- This ugly disgrace to the news broadcasting profession reduces Obama’s wars to ‘Afghanistan’, and willfully omits his many other ongoing wars: Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Daily Droning of Pakistan, Syria, and his prelude to war on Iran (sanctions, false-flag setting, and more in place already): Watch here.
I hate to keep going on and on, making this post longer and longer, so I will combine a few other points in response to Mr. Jay’s e-mail attack:
I stand by my words: I consider The Real News utterly and willingly blind and partisan. They are one-sided. They are funded and supported by agenda-driven mega-corporate foundations, and un-named (secret) dynasty-wealthy partisan family foundations. Many ‘Real’ news and issues related to the Obama administration have been regularly censored by this website, including: Obama’s mock award, DOD burning of whistleblower books, DOJ censoring and blacking out whistleblower’s book, Obama’s not-so-secret perpetual and many-fronted wars (no Paul, it ain’t only Afghanistan) …
And finally, I have my personal definition of ‘Ugliness.’ It’s quite unique-it is my personal view/outlook. It is neither all physical nor all spiritual. I never intend to insult but state my view- as I see it. With that said I truly consider you and your likes ‘Ugly People;’ utterly ugly-inside and out. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; may your beauty shine in the eyes of your masters-funders, Mr. Paul Jay.