Amy Goodman should be regarded as a Left Gatekeeper (LG). Left Gatekeepers, like the journalists in George Orwell’s 1984, function to promote the official propaganda of the state. They amplify what is not credible while excluding other voices from challenging the government’s lies of the day.
The denial that 9/11/01 was an inside job is nowhere deeper than in the traditional Left and the established Left media. Respected commentators for the Left, such as David Corn of the Nation, pooh-poohed challenges to the official story of the attack, or at most suggested complicity of the Bush administration by pointing to Saudi connections to the Bush family, all while staying within the confines of the official myth of the hijackers, crumbling skyscrapers, etc.
The causes of the Left gatekeeper phenomenon are, no doubt, complex. It may be that, because of their political marginalization, writers on the Left tend to be more defensive about their credibility. Furthermore, many Left publications are dependent on foundation funding, and those relationships may compromise objectivity on conscious and unconscious levels. It is also probable that many left icons are co-opted by covert disinformation programs such as Operation Mockingbird that target the Left media precisely because people expect challenges to the official story to come from that quarter.
Hoje e como tenho configurado na conta do gmail alguns alertas, recebi no mail um site bastante interessante sobre o 11Set2001 entre outras coisas, aconselho a perderem algum tempo nele.
O artigo que me chamou à atenção e que me veio parar ao mail é BOOKS ABOUT 9/11 THAT ALL GATEKEEPERS SHOULD HAVE READ (UNLESS THEY ALREADY HAVE READ THEM AND ARE LYING ABOUT IT).
And, after having done that, I’d provide a list of books that the Gatekeepers should have read instead of parading their ignorance, putting on superior airs, and smearing other people—people who knew lots more than they did—and that would be that. Or—and worse—a list of books that the Gatekeepers had read but then went on lying just as if they hadn’t read them.
But I’ve come to see that the Gatekeeper syndrome is far more complex, far more dangerous, and far, far more corrupt than I’d ever imagined. Numbered among the Gatekeepers are some who are blissfully ignorant, others who are malevolent liars, still others who are disinformation agents (indeed, working for intelligence agencies) tasked with the putting out of lies, smears, loony-tunes and crackpot “conspiracy theories” intended to cause confusion and thereby “discredit” as equally loony all thinking and all serious research on 9/11 and related questions. Some of the Gatekeepers, true enough, are just simply ninnies and have never been anything but ninnies—for whatever mysterious reasons, the name Jane Smiley comes to mind.
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