I can’t get the straight scoop on Gaza from The New York Times. I can’t read an embedded report from Ukraine on The New York Times either. But I can get an email from The New York Times trying desperately to sell me their one sided news. As an American who grew up believing in freedom of the press and the constitution, watching the press writh and wriggle over money, it’s painful. Being American is about the hope, the trust in a system that not only works, but one that’s right. Now I doubt.
When Barack Obama took office 6 and a half years ago, my best friend chastised me when I questioned that campaign. He and his wife were headed to a North Carolina campaign gig starring Obama and Oprah Winfrey. To be honest, my non-political childhood pal was gleeful over a candidate. “Have you heard him speak Phil?,” he asked. “He’s so charismatic man.” I though back then, “how can he possibly lose now, with my best friend and every housewife in America behind him. I prayed.
Fast forward to today. The stock market crashed, the world was cast into a hidden poverty, no one was held responsible. BP oil polluted the Gulf of Mexico out of gross negligence. The Obama administration lied about it, then BP (see spilled oil image below) got off the hook with a slap on the wrist. Obama won the Nobel Peace prize, but spent more on foreign wars and corporate programs than even George Bush before him. Iraq and Afghanistan go on. Our war on terror is not only ongoing, but lost if we equate the Middle East situation now. Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, all North Africa is unstable. Palestinians are being exterminated. America is leading an all out media and corporate attack on Russia. And it’s all Vladimir Putin’s fault. We are on the brink of World War III.
And I’m mad as hell.
Ukraine, Israel, and corporate trolls accuse me of taking rubles from Putin’s Russia. Big time PR experts who loved using me and my companies for their good PR, they “unfriend” me because they work with Obama. Once friendly media editors who needed quality news and content a year ago, they ignore Gaza and Ukraine news from me now. Either they’re scared, or they’re desperate, like the mighty New York Times. They need to survive, and the people behind the American president, they know it.
The world is burning. The EU is preparing to leverage more sanctions onto Russia over the Donbass batallions’ recent victories. NATO and Washington lie about a Russian invasion, when I know most Americans could care less if Putin crushed Kiev. The fact of the matter of American diplomacy today is, Obama and Washington pay no attention whatever to the people. Americans have NOTHING to do with American detentes. I’m made as hell because I don’t understand why we permit this.
People ask me, “what do you like Putin so much?” My answer is pretty simple actually. Most Americans admire Putin for his strength, calm, and human features. But “liking” Vladimir Putin has nothing to do with standing up for American values. Sure, Putin is a symbol of the Russian story of all this. He’s clearly a better leader than any in the west. But I know he thinks to himself, “that’s not saying much.” The reason I talk to or write for Russia Today. One reason for my editorial over bad west policies is simple. The New York Times and the BBC do want to hear the other side of these stories. They just want to Washington politician side. the other reason is, the RT people are just more accessible, more professional, and as it happens, on the right side of the story this time.
I’ve been in this “news” business a while now. All told, I guess I’ve typed 20,000 articles these last 8 years. I’ve done stories for Mashable, which now promotes Kyiv Post editors. I’ve contributed to the Huffington Post, which ignored a submission last week revealing a side to Hillary Clinton (above). I’ve sent editorial and news to The Epoch Times many times, and they’ve refused to answer even my emails over Gaza or Ukraine news. Maybe all that is bad timing? I’m sure it is. It’s not the right time for dissenting views in America. It’s time for one message.
So there it is America. The New York Times cannot have a man or woman in Donetsk, no correspondent rising a tank with the Novorossiya freedom fighters today. Where is CNN to tell us the real stories behind the battle lines? Maybe there’s no budget for that these days?
I hope you think about all this my friends. You know why? Because you nor Vladimir Putin can’t pay me to tell the big lie, that’s why. The reason he can’t is simple too. I’m not doing any of this for money.
Oh, by the way, this is my opinion. The New York Times may still be the most free and meaningful press on the planet. But you have to pay for it.
Mary Tease says
In a sea of “not worth salt” your refreshing !!
Phil Butler says
That means a lot Mary, you have no idea. Thank you.
Phil Butler says
Thx a lot Mary, how kind.