Saturday, November 12, 2016

Espionage and Theft? What Espionage and Theft?

The election is over but one big question remains to be answered. Is espionage against the United States of America acceptable if it accomplishes your political or media ratings goals?  

 It is undisputed that a hostile foreign actor committed espionage against our nation with the expressed purpose of influencing the outcome of the election. It did just that with Donald Trump being elected. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is an American issue that goes to the core of free and fair elections in a democratic society.  While it was Hillary Clinton and the Democrats who were the target this time, next time it may be just the opposite if it suits our enemies purpose. Yet, I see no outrage or even minimal level of concern for what happened. The silence is deafening.  

In addition to the Russian government, a known criminal and sanctimonius Julian Assange of Wikileaks, engaged in wholesale theft of private records which he had no right to by illegally hacking into a private server of the Democratic National Committee and then selectively leaked emails daily to influence the outcome of the election and ensure Hillary Clinton was defeated. The authenticity or context of the content could not be verified but that did not matter to those who saw advantage in using it to their advantage. To be clear, these were private records, not public records.

The Russians and Assange had willing, anxious partners to aid and abet these criminal acts of theft and espionage with the mainstream media who cherry picked bits and pieces of stolen emails to create the news “bombshell” of the day. The media knew full well they were complicate in carrying out an act of espionage against this country but choose to be an active partner because it was good for ratings. They betrayed Americas trust and demonstrated a total lack of integrity by being the messenger for the criminals. Their credibility is compromised in my opinion because truth is not what drives their profession anymore. They were willfully used to commit acts that undermine our democracy and they rationalize, defend and justify it so they don’t have to accept any responsibility or accountability.

 Perhaps they should review the Journalist creed written by Walter Williams, the first Dean of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri over a century ago.

  •  I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.
  • I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.
  • I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

Those guiding principles have obviously been lost in today’s world of Journalism. The current state of Journalism and the absurd influence social media has that can be totally devoid of truth is frightening. The medias role in this whole debacle can lead a reasonable person to conclude our enemies will be able to defeat us without ever firing a shot. America suffers from Pogo Syndrome, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”

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