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Reliance on Official Sources
Prominent journalist John Pilger has observed that the media consolidation of the late 20th and early 21st centuries was associated with an abandonment of the practice of "investigative journalism", leading to an over-reliance on "official (establishment) sources". A pervasive climate of fear and subservience discourages professional journalists from questioning official narratives. Tony Gosling notes that even very popular television shows such as The Cook Report were discontinued, because they were an embarrassment to the interests of deep pocketed advertisers. It is unclear to what extent this was a deliberately engineered outcome, to what extent a byproduct of other economic trends.
- Full article: “Fake News”
- Full article: “Fake News”
Traditionally, the fact that journalists were paid professionals meant that they could be easily controlled by editors, just as editors could be controlled by publishers. In modern times, however, the apparatus of mass communication (i.e. the internet) has become accessible to people without great expenditure, and publishing requires little effort. As a result, the role of journalists has been somewhat eclipsed by bloggers or other amateurs who are more independent. This represents a challenge for the deep state control of corporate media. Beginning in 2016, the deep state introduced the phrase "fake news website" to try to scare people back towards newspapers.
“This story [of CIA drug dealing] became a sensation because of the website, not because of the story, but because people could get to it. And they could never have gotten to it before because the San Jose Media News is a small regional newspaper in Northern California that you couldn't read if you lived in New York or you couldn't read if you lived in L.A.. But this story you could read anywhere in the world.”
Gary Webb (2003) - 
Gary Webb stated in 2003 that he thought investigative journalism was being intentionally "squeezed out of the picture because it tends to ruffle feathers".
Tony Gosling stated in 2018 that he thought that investigative journalism in the UK was dramatically cut in the 1990s after the film about Operation Gladio by Alan Francovich that was broadcast on BBC2.
Lack of investigation
The general reluctance to carry out basic investigation coupled with an ability to quickly rebroadcast information has meant that confirmation bias has become a highly significant factor in shaping public perceptions. At one extreme, this has lead to miscarriages of justice on a personal level, to the extent that "a single “sexist” remark being sufficient for conviction in the court of social media." The same phenomenon allows official narratives about deep events to be widely promulgated, seemingly in defiance of common sense.
Office Holders on Wikispooks
|David Pallister||September 2011||July 2016|
|Maria Finoshina||November 2005|
|Ben Nimmo||2004||2011||Including EU and NATO correspondent German Press Agency)|
|Chris Hedges||“The crisis that we face is not so much an economic crisis but a moral crisis. The utter cynicism on the part of very well paid media who have become in essence hedonists of power (which is what courtiers are) that the truth no longer matters, that that sacred contract that a great reporter makes between the viewer or the reader to tell them the truth is no longer relevant.”||Chris Hedges|
|Walter Lippmann||“There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil - remain detached from the great”||Walter Lippmann|
An official example
|Gerald Posner||Assassination of John F Kennedy|
Martin Luther King/Assassination
|A supporter of US deep state official narratives|
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