In Spectator World, James W. Carden explains the agonizing reality that “many media outlets are now de facto agents of the national security state.” He writes:
The tacit alliance between operatives of the national security state and corporate media burst into view last week when the New York Times and the Washington Post did the FBI’s job for it by tracking down the leaker of documents that detailed, among other things, the extent of American and allied involvement in the Ukraine war.
That Bellingcat, the shadowy, government-funded open-source intelligence group, played a role in helping to identify the twenty-one-year-old Air National Guardsmen Jack Teixeira proves (once again) that many media outlets are now de facto agents of the national security state.
The idea that these open-source sleuths at Bellingcat, the Times and the Post are simply reporters acting in good faith is belied by their long history of, in the case of the Washington Post’s Evan Hill, writing a hatchet job on an American combat veteran turned politician, and Bellingcat’s subterfuge in the service of a cold war against Russia and a hot war against Syria.
The leaked documents show beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Biden administration, from the president on down, has been rather less than truthful about the war in Ukraine. Yet instead of taking the administration to task for, as some critics have charged, recklessly prolonging the war, the media has worked overtime to shift the focus from what revelations the documents contain to the identity of the leaker.
There was a time when journalists in this country treated official pronouncements with skepticism and saw their role as challenging entrenched interests. Today, as the Teixeira story shows, they work to protect those interests — as those interests align with their anonymous sources inside the national security apparatus.
To see how far in the wrong direction the media has traveled, imagine the case of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Only now, instead of the Times and the Post heroically running the Papers, they instead launch a campaign to out the subversive to the FBI.
With their reporting on Teixeira, the mask has fallen away. To the hacks at the Times and the Post, the crime isn’t so much the leaking per se (after all, anonymous leakers from the intel community and federal law enforcement were the lifeblood of the now-discredited Russiagate story, which netted both papers Pulitzer Prizes) as it is what the Teixeira leaks revealed. That is, that the Biden administration has repeatedly misled the American public about the alleged progress that Ukraine (and, importantly, the US) are making in the war with Russia. And this in turn may erode support for the war effort in the US.
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