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Confronting the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity

May 28th, 2016 By James Corbett

For me, the real danger is in assuming there is an objective viewpoint behind these fundamentally subjective editorial decisions, or even that such a viewpoint is a type of unattainable goal that is still worth striving for.

Of the many under-appreciated gems in The Corbett Report archive, my podcast episode on "The Myth of Journalistic Objectivity" may be one of the most important. Not only does it expose a few of the many examples of bias in the mainstream media (from Bilderberger Charlie Rose to World Federalist Walter Cronkite to CIA Anderson Cooper), it also lays out in detail why the idea that journalism can ever be "objective" at all is not just a pipe dream, but a dangerous delusion.

 

Following on from that expose, I was recently contacted by John Wielenga about a research project on 'Mainstream Media Bias and Propaganda' that he is conducting for a class that he is enrolled in. The Q&A that he conducted with me for that class is instructive about the ways that the media can shape and distort our view of reality, and why subjectivity in journalism is unavoidable, why it should be embraced, and how the onus is on each of us to temper our own biases by avoiding the online echo chamber. To that end, I present that Q&A here in its entirety.

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LEGO Hits the Jackpot

May 25th, 2016
By James Corbett

I'm not afraid that my son will be lured over to the dark side by violent toys. But I do worry that a constant influx of police-state centered or militaristic entertainment will make him think that mobile police units and surveillance helicopters are normal parts of the landscape.

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Obama in Hiroshima

May 21st, 2016
By James Corbett

... lest we forget, for every Hiroshima and Nagasaki there is a firebombing of Tokyo or Dresden. It is not a question of the valiant, virtuous and spotless Allies against the unmitigated evil of the Axis as the comic book version of history written by

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NATO Frets Over Libyan ISIS Problem That It Created

May 19th, 2016
By James Corbett

This farce is illustrative of the utter breakdown of Libya as a whole. Any pretence that Libya cohered as a single country was shattered along with the government that was bombed off the face of the earth in 2011.

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Count Your Blessings

May 10th, 2016
By James Corbett

...it would be borderline insane to be consciously thankful for everything that's good in your life at all times. But all too often we run the risk of the exact opposite insanity: dwelling only on our problems and focusing only on the things we hate.

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Going Going Gold

May 4th, 2016
By Alfred Adask

Again, it's too early to say for sure, but it certainly looks as if the price of gold has hit a turning point that augurs well for rising prices for the balance of 2016.

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Hastert Goes to Jail

April 30th, 2016
By James Corbett

This type of miraculous narrative of how a child abuser suddenly became a good man once getting into office would be bad enough if the media was reporting in good faith and didn't have any information on his nefarious activities in office.

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Oil Bloodbath

April 27th, 2016
By James Corbett

But it's not just the big name oil producers that are feeling the pinch. The next phase of the oil glut and crash is being felt by the petroleum engineers who were enticed by the promise of the $100000+ starting salaries that were attainable just a few years ago.

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How to Lose 9 Billion

April 23rd, 2016
By James Corbett

Given Theranos' board, it isn't difficult to determine that securing contracts with the DoD has been a part of their business plan for some time. It's also not hard to see why military contracts are such a plum prize for a medical technology company with questionable products.

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How To Re Brand The IRS

April 20th, 2016
By James Corbett

How about a picture of a typical American workplace with good worker zombies shuffling in for another day of labour underneath a giant arch that reads: Taxation Macht Frei!

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