The New York Times admits it sends major scoops to the US government before publication, to make sure “national security officials” have “no concerns.” Although the Washington Post has yet to admit to the same, I suspect both primary mouthpieces of American Empire are equally guilty of serving the (corporate) state rather than the people.
I have been libeleled in both major mouthpieces for American Empire, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Defamation comes courtesy of the Los Angeles Review of Books as of 3 June 2019 with a hit piece by Roy Scranton penned under the auspices of a review of two books. I can add Great Britain’s Guardian to the list in July 2009 (and again in July 2018). The Guardian was not libeling me when I was a source in 2013. Quoting serial liar Michael Mann, Vice joins the evidence-free defamation crowd in July 2019. The BBC takes a neutral position on me while misspelling my name in its article dated 16 March 2020. I have rarely accused the corporate media of promulgating evidence, and I am certainly not surprised they prefer lies over truth.
I have appeared on the leading media outlets in Canada, Iran, New Zealand, and Russia. In contrast, I have been libeled by the foremost media outlets in the “United” States and “Great” Britain. Were I inclined toward conspiracy, I would reach a conclusion about imperialism and censorship.
I am often asked why people would mis-characterize my work, much less plagiarize it. To paint me as an extremist, instead of pointing out that we face extreme conditions, gives those who lie about me the appearance of normality. Oh, and there is money in it, too. I suspect David Wallace-Wells is benefiting financially as my work, cleverly disguised as his writing, has been picked up as an HBO series. His initial article about abrupt climate change was an epic piece of plagiarism.
I know about the dozens of weblogs, too, including pieces authored by my ex-friends. As with the corporate media, writers of the hit pieces on blogs fail to challenge the unimpeachable evidence I present. Rather, as with the corporate media, they purposely confuse the reader with a mixture of personal stories and nonsensical half-truths (i.e., lies).
Nobody challenges the evidence. Nobody discusses my professional credentials. And the conclusion is always the same: Homo sapiens, unlike every other species on Earth, is immune from extinction.
Appealing to emotions is clever and effective. Reaching a desirable conclusion along the way is brilliant. Goebbels and Bernays would be impressed.
I never intended to become a public figure. I tried escaping imperialism, only to have it rabidly pursue me. My inner love of teaching continues to overwhelm my love of living. I have built a treadmill for myself, and my daily workout on the treadmill continues despite the resulting increase in mental stress and reduction in physical fitness.
I have nothing left to lose. I have had everything except my integrity taken away. I will continue to track and promulgate evidence regardless of the personal cost.
Yes, I know better. This is what obsession looks like. After decades of daily practice, I recognize it. And yet, as long as I can provide service in a culture focused on lies, indifference, and greed, I will stay the painful, expensive course.