imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles


by paul Sunday, Jul. 24, 2005 at 3:05 PM

Time Magazine’s decision to surrender the name of a Deep Throat has been one of the most fatalistic blows to media freedom and a major coup for a political and corporate system determined to protect itself against scandals and whistleblowers.

July 19, 2005


by Uli Schmetzer

Time Magazine’s decision to surrender the name of a Deep Throat has been one of the most fatalistic blows to media freedom and a major coup for a political and corporate system determined to protect itself against scandals and whistleblowers.

No matter what justifications and diatribes armchair analysts invent, the fact remains: The media has caved in. The jailing of Judith Miller may be an attempted redemption for Miller’s bogus war reports but no redemption for the media. Time’s decision, like all corporate decisions these days, was prompted by money, their fear of a salty fine for failure to reveal the source.

So what’s new? This kind of slavery to revenues has been guiding our mass media for years and is a main reason why the public is losing faith. Editors and executives have quashed controversial stories, dropped explosive investigations and edited out galling contentions to ensure as little backlash as possible from powerful lobby groups, advertisers and political parties.

Reports are heavily weighed in favor of the status quo which means in favor of those who can do harm to one’s balance sheet. Few editors or executives are willing to jeopardize their cash-gilded future. Their idealism died with their first promotion. Most of them have long ago sold their souls to Mammon. Now they are hiding behind a cloak of cynicism, idealistic nihilism and the ready-tailored public excuse of national security and patriotic duty.

But editors and executives keep justifying themselves or inventing new moral issues that fall to their competence. Some are now suggesting we should distinguish between good Deep Throats and bad Deep Throats. One of these moral paragons recently wrote that some Deep Throats are ‘creeps’ (one could argue some public editors are ‘creeps’) and do not merit a promise to keep their name anonymous. This means: Reporters can promise anyone anonymity but if they later qualify that person as a ‘creep’ they can break their promise. Ingenious! No?

In turn this translates into a new empowerment for our intrepid reporters. Now they must adjudicate for themselves (or with the help of public editors) who is a ‘creep’ and who is not. On the basis of this judgment depends the anonymity of a Deep Throat.

The qualification of ‘creep’ pointed to a Deep Throat in the White House, apparently one of those officials who daily use gullible media lackeys to discredit critics of the administration. In this case the victim was ambassador Wilson who had debunked the Bush administration’s bogus charges Saddam was buying nuclear material from Nigeria ( another scare crow put up to frighten the public.)

The Deep Throat’s revelation Wilson’s wife was a CIA operative was of no consequence to the ambassador’s report that the administration had either lied or had it wrong. In fact any discerning journalist should have realized Deep Throat’s ‘leak’ of the CIA connection was a vindictive attempt to discredit Wilson. What a savvy publication should have written was this: ‘Senior White House official commits felony to punish Bush critic.’ This would have safeguarded the informant’s anonymity but turned his information against him, serving as a warning the media is not a vehicle to settle political scores, nor is it as gullible as certain officials (and a large segment of the public) believe, nor a willing tool of ‘official sources’ (read: manipulators).

Sadly this kind of intuitive reporting could only happen in an ideal world in which the media does not kowtow to the System or lick the boots of its officials.

Now to the problem of who is a ‘creep’ and who is not. In my book a promise of anonymity is still a promise, whether it was made to right hand of a President or to a guerrilla, a freedom fighter or ‘a defender of the faith’. Both talked only after a solemn pledge not use their name. To some both may be ‘creeps’. To others both may be heroes. Some may judge their information as misleading, others as worth printing. There is no obligation to write or print what they say.

The point is this: If we want the media to function as it was intended to function it remains worthwhile to be jailed for that pledge of anonymity, even to lose one’s job (as I did). This is definitely not an issue to trifle with or plop on a scale of worthiness, a scale where the weights favor our own prejudices and indoctrinations. And it is certainly not a matter for an editor to decide who is worthy and who is a ‘creep’. It wasn’t the editor who made the promise of anonymity in the first place.

Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy