Frankly, I don’t think the corporate media will listen. Or draw conclusions from the main finding of the Mueller report. At the moment they seem too busy shifting goalposts and denying they ever promoted a collusion narrative.
This week we have the extraordinary spectacle of Paul Thomas, A NZ Listener journalist, cherry-picking his own articles to deny he ever promoted the collusion myth (See “The Cult of Trump,” NZ Listener, April 13-19, 2019). This “journalist” – and the Listener – pushed weekly articles promoting the myth to the extent of regularly including photographs of Russian President Putin in his articles about Trump. He let his naive partisan anti-Trump rhetoric get away so badly he even wrote an article linking the Christchurch Mosque shootings to Trump (see “Follow the leader“, NZ Listener). At a time when the rest of the nation was grieving.
It seems to me a whole raft of “journalists” abandoned the ethical basis of their profession and simply promoted an “official” narrative handed to them from above. I cannot respect such people.
In contrast, there were evidence-based independent and alternative journalists who got it right. These journalists were ignored, and worse – vilified, by corporate media. We should draw some lessons from their experience.
Fortunately an article in Fair – Tips for a Post-Mueller Media from Nine Russiagate Skeptics – gives a much-needed start to the needed examination. Generally described as “Russiagate skeptics” (not all independent journalist or alternative media followed the evidence) nine of these journalist offer advice to the media.
I will summarise their advice in a single sentence for each journalist but urge readers to read their full comments in the linked article. Their explanations are valuable
1. Encourage debate and dissent, not conspiracy theories and clicks.
—Aaron Maté, journalist, The Nation
2. Stop playing into Trump’s hands and stop smearing reporters.
—Matt Taibbi, journalist, Rolling Stone
3. Stop spreading Russophobic paranoia.
—Yasha Levine, journalist, S.H.A.M.E. Project
4. Talk to people with an actual understanding of history and Russia, not fake experts and uninformed pundits.
—Carl Beijer, writer
5. Don’t manipulate the truth to justify war.
—Rania Khalek, journalist, host of In the Now
6. Be skeptical toward government officials and other authorities.
—Branko Marcetic, journalist, Jacobin
7. Focus on the many actual crimes.
—Esha Krishnaswamy, lawyer, host of historic.lypodcast
8. Pay attention to whom Trump is actually colluding with.
—Kyle Kulinski, host of the Kyle Kulinski Show
9. Stop fear-mongering and engaging in “acceptable” bigotry.
—Jimmy Dore, comedian, host of the Jimmy Dore Show
These people need to be listened to.