John Young on Fri, 24 May 2019 13:25:05 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> The Guardian analysis/ Julian Borger on Assange's new indictment

Government-privileged press is rabidly disclaiming its role in sacrificing Assange, WikiLeaks, Snowden, Winner, Hale, et al, to maintain its hegemony in deciding what the public is allowed to know. Shame on its shamelessness of guilt-avoiding complicity.

What Assange is accused of should be seen as a starting point for what needs to be expanded well beyond where cosseted and cowed press -- overly-lawyered and profit-seeking, forever seeking official approval to protect its prestige and business -- will not venture.

So too for researchers, academics, NGOs, even, pardon rudeness, these very strutting, cowardly, verbose, media-quoting fora.

National security ideology is a long-lived pharma insistently dispensed to eagerly downed by anxious and insecure populace, especially by the highly intelligent who gain their rewards by obedience and comforting critique to assure fees, sales, perqs, medical care and pensions.

Guardian, NYT, WaPo, bigger the name, bigger the complicity in "not going too far," that is bypassing their restrictions. Oh well, press religion gets constitutional access to secretkeeping sanctums with instructions on how to massage the body politic's strictly enforced info consumption. Headlines and bylines rule the flow.

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