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NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO A FREE SOCIETY THAN A FREE PRESS:
And Nothing Is More Injurious To A Free Society Than A Corrupt Press.
It’s Interesting . . . that after Decades & Generations, for as Long as I can Remember, and much Further Back than that – The Media Has Been Dishing It Out With Total Impunity . . . BUT NOT ANYMORE & THE MEDIA COWARDS CAN’T TAKE IT.
It’s Fascinating To Hear, See & Read . . . how the Media are Claiming that Attacks on their Integrity, is somehow an Attack on the Fabric of Free Speech . . . When in all Reality – FREE SPEECH . . . or more Succinctly – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Demands an Attack on Yellow Journalism.
In The Mid 1990’s – I Took It Upon Myself to Take Action Against One English Language & Three French Language Daily Montreal Newspapers, for Publishing Quebec Government Ads, which these Newspapers Knew . . . WERE PROPAGANDA & UNTRUE.
In A Unanimous Decision By The Montreal Newspaper Editorial Council, or whatever they called themselves in those days . . . I was informed by a SECRET MEMO, that the 4-Newspapers were Indeed Guilty of Knowingly Accepting Dishonest Ads, and would be Admonished by the Editorial Council in Private . . . And I Was Not To Make This Finding Public – BS TO THAT!
The Very Next Day . . . I Went On My Daily Radio Talk Show – ”Galganov At High Noon”, and Made this Finding As Public As I Could, and also Made the Fact that the Newspaper Editorial Council . . . Wanted This Information Suppressed!
I CAN’T BE ANY MORE CLEAR . . . YELLOW JOURNALISM IS AN ATTACK ON FREEDOM:
FOR THE MEDIA TO SUPPRESS NEWS . . . Slant the News, Misreport the News, Not Report the News, Create News or Distort the News in any Way Possible, is an Absolute Assault on Every Freedom-Loving Person’s Right to Remain Free.
THE FOURTH ESTATE WAS GIVEN SPECIAL PRIVILEGES IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT:
When I Write . . . that the Fourth Estate, which at the time of the Drafting of the US Constitution was Given Special Privileges, I should also NOTE, that the Special Right Accorded to the “Media” . . . Included what is actually a Special Power Absolutely UNAVAILABLE to Anyone Else.
THE FOUNDING FATHERS WHO FRAMED THE CONSTITUTION . . . Clearly Understood that the Most Important Protection the People could Possibly have to Guarantee The People’s Freedom, was Freedom Of Expression, which Included All Manner of Expression – PLUS THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THE IDENTITY OF THE MEDIA’S SOURCES.
There’s No Other Group In The United States With This Freedom.
The Founding Fathers Who Framed The Constitution . . . Did Not Want the Government, or any Apparatus of the Government, Including Law Enforcement (Police, Prosecutors & Judges) to be able to Intimidate “Whistle Blowers”, to the Point of not Providing Information by Coming Forward, with the 100% Knowledge that they Could Spill The Beans on anyone to any Member of the Media With Absolute Anonymity.
That’s A Lot Of Power . . . So Much So – That It’s Abused Day In & Day Out.
In the United States Of America, it’s Illegal for a Government Employee to Pass-On Classified Information. However, it is NOT Illegal for the Media, Journalists & Pundits Alike to Disseminate this Information as long as the Media was not the Culprit which “Stole” it.
But There’s A Difference Between Disseminating The Truth & Promoting A Lie.
The Framers Of The Constitution Did Not Envision, Nor Did They Intend . . . That the Media Could & Should Hide Behind this Special Clause within the First Amendment, Created Exclusively for the Media – For the Media to Fabricate Information . . .
Such As . . . A Reliable Source – Or An Un-Named Source, when in all Truth, there is Neither such a Source . . . Or the Source is one of Disrepute.
When I was in the Media Grinder, as the Source Of News just Post the 1995 Quebec Referendum for Quebec to Leave Canada, and for Quebec to Literally Ban the Unrestricted Use of the English Language . . . from Time-To-Time, I would Tell a Journalist or Pundit, that I would give him or her Background Information, which they could Not Disseminate, Or could Disseminate, but could Not Attribute to Me.
Virtually All The Journalists & Pundits were Only too Happy to Accept this Deal . . . EXCEPT THE VERY FEW WHO HAD INTEGRITY! Those were the Journalists & Pundits who I Trusted, Respected & Gave the Best Information to. The Rest, were Nothing More & Nothing Less than Untrustworthy Media Prostitutes looking for a Headline.
I KNOW THE MEDIA IS REALLY HURTING BIG TIME:
I know this . . . because their Readership, Listening Audience & Viewership, with the Notable Exception of Conservative Media is Way Down, Down to the Point, where much of the Media will Not be able to Sustain its Operations.
For This . . . The Media Is Blaming Conservative Radio, Television & Internet Pundits like me for their Rapid Decline . . . which is Partially True, but only because Conservative Media is Mostly “Telling” It Like It Really Is.
THE PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING AN HONEST MEDIA:
It’s Not True that all Conservative Media are Media-Choir-Boys . . . However, the Jerks amongst Conservative Pundits, just like the Mainstream Media Won’t Last, since the People who Understand are Fed-Up with Media Dishonesty & Arrogance.
THE BOTTOM LINE . . . Is that the Media will Continue to Decline on their own Lack of Merit, While The Truth Shall Set Us Free.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov