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November 14, 2011 | by James Arger

Reality Check

The Tyrants Foe, The Peoples Friend

I used to believe in the power of the press. I used to believe that our role was to inform, educate, and in our own, limited way, affect change in the world. I used to believe. But not anymore. Over the past decades, the power of the Fourth Estate has been much challenged and attacked, and is now left battered and broken. Corporate interests and political influence have taken the stage. Where journalists used to investigate, they now report. Where they used to reveal and expose, they spin. It used to be about the news — now it’s only the views.

Very few actually recognize that. It is far easier to pretend things have not changed, and that being “fair and balanced” or showing a “liberal bias” does not refrain one from accurately portraying the world we live in. I might sound like a disappointed, rejected lover. Maybe I am. But I have lost faith in a system that is now too compromised to fill in the role we praised it for. We used to have a Fourth Estate. Today, all we have is the Fourth Branch.

Yet, there is some hope. In a strange, unexpected way, the Internet has given the power back to the people. Speech had become a rare commodity. It is now free again. Obviously, the media does not like it. They hate to see themselves being robbed of what they had become to see as their prerogative. They criticize, they accuse, they cultivate fear. Because they hear it — the sound of Democracy at work. Long forgotten, but now back in full swing.

A few weeks ago, I was approached by a source who claimed to have access to confidential documents. We met, we discussed, we went over the files. I could not believe what I was looking at. And I felt there was something to dig into — a story, maybe. I took some of those documents home, and spent some time reading, investigating and crosschecking. And when the time came, I decided I did not want this story to be buried under some dubious editorial line, or lost among the numerous non-stories that feed the frenzy of a media with a dramatically short attention span. I wanted this story to be heard.

And so, here we are — trying something new. Putting out what we found for the world to see. Giving you, our readers, access to the documents we collected and selected. I am pretty sure the ride will be a rough one. There will be some murky waters to navigate, dark corners to explore, shady characters to meet. Corporations, politicians, governments — they all have secrets they want to keep out of the spotlight. The stuff you are about to see is not the kind that usually makes headlines. But when the media fails, we all need to get involved.

Welcome to Warmongers, inc.
Welcome to the real world.

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  1. The concept of the Fourth Estate (or fourth estate) is a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized. The Fourth Estate now most commonly refers to the news media; especially print journalism, referred to hereon as “The Press”.

    Source : Wikipedia

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