We have to take account from whence information is sourced. For example, much has been written about MH17 on this site, and recently we covered the spat between Australia’s 60 Minutes and Robert Parry – with Parry criticizing Michael Usher’s “stand-up” journalism over the way they used the evidence (from Bellingcat) to accuse the Russian President.
The findings of Bellingcat (from founder Elliot Higgins) has been discussed here in many of the comments, and must be considered. Higgins analysed the BUK missile launcher’s movements in Eastern Ukraine, implying that it was most likely the cause of the downed plane.
On January 29, 2015, Murdoch’s News.com.au said the following about Mr Elliott:
“Using a combination of ‘open source’ techniques including social media and satellite images, he (Elliott) tracked the movement of the missile launcher in a convoy from Russia into Ukraine, producing “undeniable evidence” it was unloaded in the area three hours before the plane crashed, killing the 298 people on board.”
But, it is not so simple. Countless eye-witnesses talk of fighter jets departing the area, just after the crash.
In any murder, one must determine an outcome from ALL the evidence: motive, fingerprints, CCTV or other footage, eye witness accounts, etc – not just the footage. We must also take into account “planted” evidence. We have all watched enough television to understand that it is quiet easy to prosecute the innocent.
An article in Vicenews asks: Why there are 120,000 innocent people in American jails? “The (legal) system isn’t geared to discover innocence or guilt…”
And so it is in the mainstream media. The reporting is not about innocence or guilt. It is about geopolitics, government agendas, selling papers/advertising and keeping jobs.
Why does the mainstream media rely on citizens?
I applaud citizen investigative journalists in pursuit of information. But I asked the question here in this report: Why does the mainstream media have to rely on Mr Higgins working out of his modest flat in the UK (while looking after his child) to find out what happened to MH17?
This just does not add up.
The intelligence agencies have billions of dollars, the best satellite and surveillance equipment and thousands of smart “Elliott Higgins types” working in high-tech dens.
Where is their analysis and information?
It may be deemed secret – for a “secret investigation”. Why?
This is really all about the mainstream media (MSM) manufacturing the “truth” and reality prescribed by a controlled political agenda. But with the clutter and noise on the internet (of which we are part) – the truth is exceptionally hard to establish.
Situations are so complex and information heavy, we have to rely on other people. But how do we know whom to trust?
I am impressed with Higgins’ investigative techniques and persistence – but have been equally wary of his conclusions that have been determined from afar.
His data on Syria, and now Ukraine is extensive, but one has to be cautious of the “enemy” using YouTube to create false evidence. What happened to the allegedly fake video of the rebels talking about how they downed MH17. That damning evidence appeared very quickly – but is no longer referenced to by the mainstream media.
One Event – Different Conclusions
Here is an example of opposing points of view and methodology of investigation.
In the UK Telegraph, Patrick Radden Keefe wrote a long article in the Telegraph about meeting Higgins (March 2014). In his article “The blogger who tracks Syrian rockets from his sofa“, he writes:
“The proof that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons came from an unemployed blogger working from his sofa in Leicester.
…He (Higgins) compared background details – the field, a series of low buildings, a distant road – with aerial satellite images. On August 26 Higgins posted an analysis studded with photographs, video stills and satellite images. Like a detective in the final chapter of a mystery, he laid out how he had cracked the case.” (That the al-Assad regime had used chemical weapons)
U.S. warships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea are ready to strike Syria.
Their article August 29, 2013) was entitled: “EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack” – that Rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing chemical weapons to an al-Qaida linked rebel group.
…The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was “a judgment …already clear to the world.”
However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel (anti-al-Assad) fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack.”
Thus – I was interested to read from Russia Insider, sourced from deepresource, an article entitled: “The So-Called ‘Bellingcat’ Is a Western MSM Shill Posing as an Alternative Truth Crusader” – about the financially-strapped independent crusader, that just happened to be recommended personally by the head of NATO.
He seems to be a truth crusader – and, yes, the mainstream media have latched onto him.
“The blogger Elliot Higgins conveys an image of a goody chap …A fine pro bono example of civic journalism in action. Every now and then he tears himself away from his laptop screen to feed his cat, rock the cradle of his third child…. and people in general are more inclined to believe a British nerd than representatives of the Ukrainian secret service or the CIA.” (my emphasis)
…Let’s cut the crap. Higgins is not an unconnected loner with a strange hobby at all. He is part of the The London Project Investigation media network, a partnership of hackers and journalists of the Financial Times. Additionally there exist ties to the much greater OCCRP, The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.”
“Open-source investigations site Bellingcat today launched a new project to investigate global networks of crime and corruption. The London Project Investigation is a collaboration between Bellingcat, Hacks/Hackers London and OCCRP.”
So maybe that’s the point: people are more inclined to believe a British nerd than an intelligence agency.
People have a desire to understand and be told what is happening. But distrust is rampant. For example, confidence in the US Congress is at an all time low – if you can believe a gallop poll. In 2014 only 4% of Americans said they have a great deal of confidence in Congress. What a disaster. With the secrecy over the TPP it might be even lower.
Any coach or Captain in a sports team would be instantly side lined.
So who keeps these squeaky wheels of power turning. Organisations like News Corp – and people like Rupert Murdoch. Every day they are perpetuating this awful deception.
These profit hungry media organisations are in bed with corporations and government. They are dictated to by advertisers; push trivia and gossip over truth; report unquestioningly, and are not concerned with freedoms or freedom of the press.
The public are slowly waking to the one-sided debate. The agenda. The lies and control.
And that is why people like Elliott Higgins become useful to the MSM. They are working away providing some evidence that is then distorted to fit a political agenda.
We need constant vigilance and objectivity.