19 Jan 2017    9,055 views

Corporate Media Just Ran Its First Honest Report On Pizzagate

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Ben Swann may soon be the most significant truth advocate in all of American journalism.

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UPDATE: Haha! The CIA-funded Washington Post is not happy about Ben Swann's Pizzagate segment. More evidence that he's on the right track. Check their article out; all they essentially say throughout the entire thing is "He's talking about Pizzagate. Pizzagate!" As though that's a refutation in itself.

Journalism is the only job you can have where if you do it really, really well, people ask why you haven’t been fired. Such is certainly the case with Ben Swann. Where the hell did this guy come from? Calling out corporate media lies on all fronts, speaking right there on television about the way the US government has been collaborating with ISIS in Syria and questioning the integrity of the CIA with the CBS logo in the corner of the screen? How is this happening? The man’s been defending everyone from Black Lives Matter protesters to WikiLeaks to third parties from the smear campaigns of the mainstream media, and now, as if to test how far he can take this thing, he has even done an honest Reality Check on Pizzagate.

In a dicey yet laudable move, CBS’ local Atlanta affiliate appears to have cornered the market on televised journalistic integrity. This isn’t hard to do, but there’s a reason for the absence of competition in the TV truth market; corporate media conglomerates air establishment propaganda and the TV equivalent of empty clickbait instead of reporting truthfully because the advantages to doing so greatly outweigh the disadvantages. CBS 46 News Atlanta’s decision to forgo those advantages now makes it far and away the most honest television franchise in the nation, followed very distantly by the outlets that now only tell the truth out of political convenience like the Iraq invasion cheerleaders at Fox News.

I didn’t develop my acute interest in all things Pizzagate until it became clear that I wasn’t allowed to talk about it. Just by writing this article I’m signing up for a deluge of online harassment for the next few days and people citing it as evidence of journalistic incompetence and mental instability on my part for the next few weeks or months. As we’ve discussed before, corporate media has gone to great lengths to manufacture public outrage against Pizzagate conspiracy theorists, and then direct that outrage at alternative media outlets by slyly associating those outlets with the think tank-generated slogan of “fake news.” That, in my opinion, is the real reason for most of the pushback on this Pizzagate thing; it makes a bright, inflammatory flag to fly for a frightened power structure which, for the first time ever, lost its control of the narrative this last election cycle to alternative media outlets and citizen social networking. Repeat the lies often enough, with enough confidence and authority, and you’ll soon have entire civilian armies defending establishment media who believe that a professional actor shooting a pizza parlor floor is somehow worse than a possible child sex trafficking ring going officially uninvestigated. 

It’s okay to talk about Pizzagate. A lot of people will roll their eyes at best and completely reject you as a person at worst, but none of that is a good enough reason to avoid discussing the fact that something very, very weird is happening in the inner circles of powerful DC officials. Ben Swann does a fantastic job of highlighting some of the fishiest things about the people implicated in the conspiracy theory (a term we truth tellers should thoroughly co-opt so that it finally ceases to function as a baseless dismissal of valid concerns), packing a tremendous amount of information into his five-minute segment and making a solid case for why people shouldn’t feel weird for being concerned about this thing, and highlighting the fact that there has been no actual investigation into their very legitimate concerns. 

Swann’s report will go a long way toward inoculating people from the irrational shame inflicted upon them for being freaked out by a group of powerful government officials associating with a pizza parlor owner whose Instagram photos (which Swann noted could not be aired or even described on television) will give any mother nightmares. Here’s an archived link to some of them if you’re curious. I viewed them on James Alefantis’ Instagram account before he closed it, and while some parts have been circled and highlighted, I personally attest to their authenticity. If you haven’t got a strong stomach, just know that it contains strange pictures of children with weird and inappropriate comments on them indiscriminately intermixed with hardcore adult pornographic imagery, references to “kill rooms” and pictures of adults covered in what looks like blood and wearing strange masks. These are very powerful men, and we’re not weird or wrong for feeling concerned.

And we’re certainly not weird or wrong to want to talk about it, and have it investigated.  That’s very normal. The fact we’re not allowed to think or say these things — that is the elephant in the room. 

Or should I say — the Alefantis in the room?

No, I really shouldn’t, but I did, I went there, and you can too. Let’s all say things we shouldn’t, whether they be Pizzagate, or bad puns, or the extra-advanced step of combining the two like I just did. Let’s say all the things and watch everyone try to stop us. 

It’s the everyone-trying-to-stop-us that’s the weird thing. Like a zombie army, they will come at you moaning the one line that because an actor shot a bullet into the floor of a pizza shop we should not investigate signs of ongoing child abuse on a large scale. That’s a false equivalency. One weirdo firing a shot into the ground and not hurting anyone is not worse than a pedophile ring.  

It’s a false equivalency, one they have fallen for, but we don’t have to. We can just say, “No, I think it’s weird and we should look at it, and there’s nothing strange or wrong or unsafe about that.” 

Because there isn’t. 

You can choose, like the zombie army, to protect powerful men from potentially false accusations at the expense of children potentially suffering ongoing sexual torture. You can make the case that these powerful men might have their egos a little dented and that that’s more important than protecting children from child abuse. But let’s make it clear that that’s the choice here. 

I choose children’s safety over hurting the egos of powerful men. I choose to champion the voiceless and unrepresented. The powerful men have their lawyers and their connections. The kids only have a few unpaid advocates toiling away in the back corner of a Reddit alternative called Voat. They had to find an alternative to Reddit because they got personally kicked off there by the founder. Reddit has at least one active pedophile subreddit with open discussion on pedophilia, and that’s fine, but the people looking into a potential pedophile ring were kicked off. That’s how crazy this is.

So it’s worth pointing out that by chiming in with the pizzagate shamers, you are siding with the powerful over the weak. Remember that the people who are looking into this right now are risking their employment and their social status for no net gain for themselves. If they’re right, they save children; that’s the whole payoff. There is nothing for them to gain personally from this, and everything to lose.

All they are saying is “Hey, I think some kids might be in trouble, we should look into that.” That should not be a controversial statement, but that’s how powerful the shame factory is right now. To even voice that uncontroversial statement is brave. If you’re not brave, that’s okay, but please don’t drown out the brave ones. At least step aside to let them say it. Let that be your contribution. It’s a powerful one in itself.


 

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