| Jeremy Scahill |
|Born||Jeremy M. Scahill|
October 18, 1974
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Founder of||The Intercept|
Founding editor of the online news publication The Intercept, a "whistleblower" news outlet funded by deep state billionaire Pierre Omidyar; made "exposé" documentary film on the war on terror.
Jeremy Scahill is an American journalist, documentary film maker and writer.
He was one of 3 founding editors of the online news publication The Intercept, a "whistleblower" news outlet funded by deep state billionaire Pierre Omidyar, which secured the rights to and then suppressed 98% of the material released by Edward Snowden.
After dropping out of college, Scahill started his career as an unpaid intern at the nonprofit news program Democracy Now! in 1992. Scahill became a senior producer and correspondent for Democracy Now! and remains a frequent contributor. He has covered the War in Kosovo, the impact of the sanctions on Iraq, and Chevron Corporation in Nigeria. He is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.
At [the Intercept]], Scahill made $349,826 in 2015, the last time his compensation was included in a disclosure, a salary unheard of other places in the world of shoestring-funded "independent media".
His book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield was published by Nation Books in April, 2013. In June the same year, a documentary film of the same name, produced, narrated and co-written by Scahill, was released.
Douglas Valentine wrote scathingly:
"Dirty Wars is a post-modern film by Jeremy Scahill, about himself, starring himself in many poses...In my drinking days, we referred to this type of behavior as grandiosity....His carefully crafted Wiki bio furthers the legend...The CIA is mentioned maybe twice in the film. Apparently it is so covert it escaped his notice...Haunted by the horror of Gardez, he files FOIA requests and discovers that William McRaven is head of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He’s stunned. He’s been a national security reporter for over a decade, and he’s never heard of JSOC before. It’s covert. The story has been hidden in the shadows, he says. This was the turning point of the film for me. For a National Security correspondent, this is an admission akin to a botanist saying he’d never heard of flowers. It’s an admission that fairly sums up the sorry state of reporting in America today. Has JS ever read a book?....Ultimately, the film is so devoid of historical context, and so contrived, as to render it a work of art, rather than political commentary.
James Corbett stated:
The documentary has already won raves, predictably enough, from Scahill’s colleagues at the Nation and Democracy Now, as well as other sympathetic mainstream "progressive" outlets....Why does the CIA — the organization that has been the lynchpin of all such operations in the past and has a documented history of military assets for plausible deniability in denying involvement in such actions—get off scot-free in this 90 minute "exposé" of the war on terror?
Scahill has dismissed doubts about the official narrative about 911, saying that "it is destructive to what is intended to be an honest dialogue in this country about US policy. I don't buy it for one minute, and I think it is insulting to the people who died on 911"