America’s “Mainstream Media” (MSM) is now owned privately by six corporations; the public must go elsewhere to find news sources they trust.
“The real mass media are basically trying to divert people. Let them do something else, but don’t bother us (us being the people who run the show). Let them get interested in professional sports, for example. Let everybody be crazed about professional sports or sex scandals or the personalities and their problems or something like that. Anything, as long as it isn’t serious. Of course, the serious stuff is for the big guys. ‘We’ take care of that,” wrote Noam Chomsky in What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream, almost two decades ago in 1997.
After the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the failure of New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Judith Miller to report an accurate and critical analysis of the lead-up, many American’s turned to offshore news sources like the BBC, RT, Aljazeera, or to small independent producers like Democracy Now!
“In the 21st Century, Corporate and Alternative Media Sites publish news paid for by the highest bidder – without regard for facts or truth. Americans have become tired of reading yellow journalistic editorials and front page falsehoods. In a free society, people need to know what is actually happening in their country, in their county’s government and in the world.” – Justicegazette.org
The latest example of nationwide news fraud was distributed on June 6, 2016 by the AP and then published in turn by every other major news outlet, announcing that Hillary Clinton “clinched” the Democratic presidential nomination on the Monday night before the California and New Jersey primary elections. Shane Ryan explains how this took place…
“What happened is that one AP reporter, Stephen Ohlemacher, called up some superdelegates—those party bigwigs whose influence in the primary is both undemocratic and overtly stifling— and extracted their commitment to support Clinton at the convention. With these new superdelegate supporters, he padded his numbers and essentially manufactured a Monday night win hours ahead of his competitors. This all went down on the eve of the last major set of primaries, when states like California and New Jersey were set to vote and play a major role in determining the mood of July’s national convention. The AP announcement was perfectly timed, if the goal was to have a chilling effect on those voters.”
If the MSM no longer provides authentic, investigative journalism, it’s time we learn to do it ourselves…
Guerilla Media Production
With the inception of live streaming and smart phones, on-the-spot documentation and news coverage may now be done by anyone with a bit of bravado and a steady hand. Camera evidence captured by on-the-spot bystanders has become the new norm, despite efforts made to curtail their activity with threats and intimidation.
Writing “It’s Your Right to Film the Police. These Apps Can Help” for Wired magazine, Allesandra Ram says, “In 2012, the ACLU created an app that allowed anyone to film interactions between police and citizens and upload footage to the ACLU’s website. Similar apps have cropped up since then, with new features allowing for quick and automatic upload to the Cloud or to YouTube, in case of confiscation or destruction of your device.”
Here are some additional apps:
But the Cop Block project founded in January, 2010 by Ademo Freeman, takes the concept of guerilla journalism to the combat level, providing film crew strategies and other educational material, as well as a decentralized publishing network that seeks to advance their motto, “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.”
NHC’s BroadWave audio and BroadCam video streaming software led the way before Facebook and YouTube decided to extend their live streaming options. With advances in smart phone technology, live online video has exploded in popularity. If you are ready to join the ranks of grassroots reporting, Streaming Media magazine has a collection of 10 Best Practices for Live Streaming Production.
As we approach the summer of 2016, hoping to get newsworthy new coverage from the MSM, I am reminded of the classical definition of insanity that you have already heard too many times in the past. Rather than repeat the same thing that has failed in the past, it is time to get out in the street, camera in hand and begin collecting and sharing your own footage. We at DesignWise Studios have blocked out the time and made plans to be in Philadelphia for the full duration of protests and resistance expected to take place at the DNC Convention. Watch for our own grassroots coverage on our YouTube channel from July 23 – 29, 2016.