If you’re reading this site, it’s probably safe to say that you have a healthy distrust of the mainstream media. And with good reason. There have been numerous cases where the mainstream national media have been caught intentionally slanting information in reporting to support their preferred narrative and other cases of simply refusing to report on a newsworthy situation that doesn’t fit their preferred narrative.
Now, the Federal government is making this whole situation even worse and is raising fears that they are looking at rounding up citizen journalists who are not part of the mainstream media wall of noise.
What is causing this concern? The Chicago Sun-Times gives us the details:
The Department of Homeland Security wants to track the comings and going of journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database.
The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan, which was first reported by FedBizOpps.gov, would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”
The database would be designed to monitor the public activities of media members and influencers by “location, beat and influencers,” the document says.
The chosen contractor should be able to “present contact details and any other information that could be relevant including publications this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous coverage published by the influencer.” [hat tip to here for the lead]
The Sun-Times story goes on to say that the DHS database would be able “to track 290,000 news sources including online, print, broadcast and social media.”
Now, why would the DHS even need this tracking ability? There seems little doubt that, if they even bother to try to justify it, the DHS will say that it’s to protect us from fake news and from media manipulation by other governments.
The problem with that is that the Federal government is already one of the worst about producing fake news. For proof of that, all we need to do is look at the controversy over the idea of Russian interference with the intention of electing Trump in the most recent Presidential election even though the entire FBI investigation was based upon admittedly unverified and intentionally biased information provided indirectly by the Hillary Clinton campaign to the FBI.
Love Trump or hate Trump, this whole FBI investigation is, in essence, a witch hunt cooked up to make Trump look bad and get him removed from office. Even if you hate him, you should be looking for truthful news stories for that purpose.
So, even after this giant FBI mess, now the DHS wants to go after independent journalists because they might be reporting fake news? That’s simply the pot calling the kettle black, and history says that it will be used to censor dissenting opinions. The round up of those dissenting voices often isn’t far behind the implementing of the initial censorship.
If you care about independent media, you should contact your representatives and the White House to demand that this database doesn’t happen.