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We're Here to Change News in AmericaTim King Salem-News.com
Salem-News.com is News for Smart and Brave People.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - I do not think this point has been made frequently enough. Salem-News.com was launched in 2004 to redefine the way news should be followed and presented. Granted, we did not enter the fray for the financial profits, we did so because the world we live in is in bad shape, and journalists are one of the few tools available to truly serve as watchdogs of politics; governmental leaders, wars, education, the economy and myriad subjects beyond that. We are still here and stronger than ever after almost a decade. An important message exists within that.
Many still believe television news is a defining aspect of our society and sadly it is, yet we all know that the completely ridiculous advertisements from big pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies are the only things keeping an entire industry alive. Isn't it telling how their powerful, non-stop deep pocket advertising knows no bounds? It is up to media to regulate who pays for its existence.
Why? Because media is so easily compromised. Mike Wallace proved that to us with the big tobacco whistleblower fiasco, where he allegedly buckled to advertiser pressure, effectively killing the story and reducing its potency.
I looked at a story today from our local newspaper in Salem, Oregon, and they are attempting to sell general local news photos to the public, they have no shame or limitations in their pursuit of money. They lost their way, all of them.
Corporate Media = Big Government
I frequently tell people that you can't describe "the U.S. government" in any one sentence. It is too broad, too diverse; there is simply far too much government for any single description. There are good and bad elements working in thousands of roles and they do not all talk to each other. This is the same case with huge, conglomerate media that alternate attention between amusement fantasy parks and the national news.
The nation's most prominent newspaper, The New York Times has published utter fiction time and time again, ala Jason Blair. That black eye is the kind that never goes away, Blair went on making up news in a modern age for a long time until he was finally caught.
The only reason Bush was able to sell the Iraq invasion to lawmakers is because of the Judith Miller reports about WMD's in Iraq. Over a million people in Iraq died over that one and hundreds of thousands of Americans will live with the damaging effects of that war. Thousands were killed, tens of thousands maimed, hundreds of thousands left with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
This single fact- that a single newspaper greased the political wheels to allow the Iraq war to go forward, alone proves corporate media is a beast too big to trust. Plus, it was the second terrible war in that part of the world that involved the use of 'dirty' rockets and bombs and these will contaminate the region and cause cancer for at least a thousand years, experts say.
One of the constant news issues just slightly out of the mainstream, is forced vaccinations of American children. People are asking questions they have never asked before. Interestingly, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is in a mode where they are attacking the Internet over published information that is changing the way Americans see vaccines. Rather than fighting in the ring, their main defense is that 'the Internet can publish anything' and the truth is that it is nothing but press freedom at work. You will not find it in a newspaper nor will it show up on television.
The truth is that the Internet provides the most credible information that has ever been relayed to the public. This is where Salem-News.com constantly shines. We can compete with the largest mainstream press and broadcast media online; in fact it is not uncommon for our reports to dominate categories in the Google News feed, topping CNN, BBC and other major heavy hitters.
If media publishes false information in a news story, it takes about five minutes for the sirens to begin blaring and we hear about it. When we are wrong we can acknowlede it, fix it; at minimum we can at least become aware of the objection and take whatever measures are appropriate.
With Web news, we always have the ability to update and change stories; and clarify information. This is not possible with a newspaper. They publish what they decide to go with, and then perhaps there are corrections later over mistakes. How often do TV news anchors review their mistakes on air? Yet this is the system of credibility?
We in Internet news are even taken to task over credible reports about unpopular subjects; like the enriched uranium contamination showing up mysteriously in places like Fallujah and the Gaza Strip. (These reports led to a recent, still ongoing online attack against our group by a man named Roger Helbig who works with the Department of Defense in California). If we make mistakes we are called out for them, and we are also assaulted on several fronts for publishing unpopular truth.
So yeah, we're here to prove that truth is so valuable that it can be self-sustaining. What you can count on with us, is that if a mistake is made, is did not happen because it was overruled by some type of financial decision. I personally think that means a lot.
Now however, Salem-News.com has tens of thousands of dollars of unsold ad revenue and it needs the involvement of one or more parties who have funds to back this human rights news operation. We need people with funding to become involved in an extremely important operation. We seek relationships with parties that see the importance of keeping this information alive. We have done a great deal without outside help, this is poised and ready to become a fruitful venture that will reward those who help greatly.
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