Pro-war ‘Trump circus’: Veteran reporter quits NBC with biting critique of corporate newsroom

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[ Editor’s Note: This was quite a New Year’s gift, to see a veteran national security journalist leave a major corporate news platform with a goodbye letter to his colleagues reviewing his being fed up with the free pass the powerful now get from most media.

Some would expect he was a VT plant, but alas he was not, just a kindred spirit that bemoans how far our third estate has sunken. The Founding Fathers would be most disappointed.

Don’t expect to see the other networks give this much play, as the last thing they would want to start is an open discussion between their journalists and the public about the state of fake news in the US and most everywhere, due to various pressures, not just one by any means.

We will have to see if Arkin will be doing any interviews. We will wait, as he would probably want to see if NBC competitors might pick him up. But I suspect they would be wary of others following in his steps, so they will probably stiff-arm him.

We shall try to make contact to see what his plans are, as in doing second-tier media interviews. When he walked out, he knew his path would not be strewn with roses, but we would like him to know that we greatly respect what he did, and hope more follow the example.

It is long past due for a revolt from the inside US media Jim W. Dean ]

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What are Arkin’s plans now?

– First published … January 03, 2019

NBC News has given endless war and ‘destructive’ intelligence agencies a free pass, all while fixating on around-the-clock Trump hysteria, a veteran national security reporter wrote in a biting farewell message to his colleagues.

William M. Arkin had a number of pointed words to share with his fellow reporters before his last day of work at NBC on Friday – 2,228, to be exact. In his farewell memo – which reads more like a manifesto than a goodbye –the veteran muckraker accused NBC of peddling “ho-hum reporting” that “essentially condones” endless American military presence in the Middle East and North Africa.


He also took the network to task for not reporting “the failures of the generals and national security leaders,” essentially becoming “a defender of the government against Trump” and a “cheerleader for open and subtle threat mongering.”

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Long-time reporter @warkin leaves NBC & MSNBC, emails statement saying these outlets are captive to the national security state & devoted to Endless War: “defenders of the government against Trump, cheerleader for open and subtle threat mongering”- reflexively pro-war

Arkin expressed concern that NBC’s infatuation with the “Trump circus” has distracted journalists from pressing stories that need to be told.

“I’m more worried about how much we are missing. Hence my desire to take a step back and think why so little changes with regard to America’s wars,” he wrote.

He continued by questioning the media’s fanatical opposition to Trump’s desire to improve relations with Russia, denuclearize North Korea, and withdraw from Syria.

“I’m alarmed at how quick NBC is to mechanically argue the contrary, to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war. Really? We shouldn’t get out Syria? We shouldn’t go for the bold move of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula?

Even on Russia, though we should be concerned about the brittleness of our democracy that it is so vulnerable to manipulation, do we really yearn for the Cold War? And don’t even get me started with the FBI: What? We now lionize this historically destructive institution?” he quipped.

If anyone is qualified to critique NBC’s military and national security reporting, it would be Arkin. The veteran journalist has worked for the network intermittently for the last 30 years, and co-authored a seminal Washington Post investigation revealing the dangerous rise of America’s security state.

William M. Arkin@warkin

Even if one hates @realDonaldTrump Mattis’ resignation letter and the tsk tsking of near everyone is bad news for democracy. Mattis shouldn’t have taken the job, was never the savior, and did nothing but continue long standing go nowhere policies.

William M. Arkin@warkin

My guess is Mattis 2020. On Syria and Afghanistan (and North Korea) Trump has the right instincts. And on national security stagnation, both in warfare and in thought. Again, he has no ability to implement or even learn but the enemies of Trump shouldn’t become the war party.

Arkin has also been a vocal critic of America’s wars in the Middle East, and distinguished himself as one of the few mainstream journalists to question the fictitious WMD rolled out to justify war with Iraq.

Many on social media expressed their gratitude to Arkin for shining a light on the media’s complacency – and complicity – as America’s military and national security apparatus operate with near impunity both at home and abroad.

“Very useful to have all our well known suspicions confirmed from inside. there’s a reason revolutions make a priority to take over the tv stations,” one Twitter user noted. Geopolitical analyst Emma Ashford noted that Arkin’s letter was “a very fair criticism of most mainstream news networks.”

There are journalists out there doing great work on these issues, but this strikes me as a very fair criticism of most mainstream news networks.

Too much attention to the “Trump circus,” not enough to covering or challenging American wars abroad. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/02/media/william-arkin-departs-nbc-news/index.html 

NBC News veteran warns of ‘Trump circus’ in 2,228-word farewell

Arkin finished his farewell roast by detailing some of his writing projects currently in the works, including an “extended essay about national security and why we never seem to end our now perpetual state of war.”

“There is lots of media critique out there, tons of analysis of leadership and the Presidency. But on the state of our national security? Not so much. Hopefully I will find myself thinking beyond the current fire and fury and actually suggest a viable alternative. Wish me luck.”


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12 COMMENTS

  1. Well, we know what papers such as the N.Y. Times and WaPo are nothing more than echo chambers for the CIA and Pentagram.
    The media in America, electronic and print ,are owned by just 6 corporations. Guess who owns and controls them?
    To make matters worse are the tech giants out to censor anybody who doesn’t toe the leftist/marxist agenda and it’s getting even worse with companies like Pay Pal and certain credit card companies now hopping onto the bandwagon and refusing to allow individuals to either use their services or locking their accounts.
    How soon before someone is denied electricity, or water or food because of their poor “social credit”?
    Freedom of speech is under attack from all sides now.

  2. Reminds me of the Lewinski and Clinton affair and the seemingly never ending saga that ended in President Bill being impeached . ….Many times there are False Flag Events created just to turn our direction from up to down while behind the main curtain there is a greater show being played out but we are not supposed to know about that …

  3. i missed the part where he criticizes tRump for giving israel carte blanche to what many claim is the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people.

  4. ‘Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” Thomas Jefferson.’

    I think Jefferson got that wrong, WJ, for all that he was on the right track concerning the mendacity of the press. In the UK, at least in more or less modern times, our courts even condone advertisers mendacity up to a point, designating their hyperbole as advertsing ‘puffs’.

    On the other hand, the more cynically-percipient Frenchies opine that only the stated date of can be relied upon.

  5. Always be ready for the ones who turn, and in fact, it should be robustly encouraged. Remember Stubblebine, saying, “It never occurred to me my own government would do such a thing”,.. and then Cheney himself went on a tour of newsrooms, accusing Stubblebine of being crazy, and nobody called Albert for an interview.
    Instead we have clips of him, on his porch, or in an airport shot with cellphones.
    “Too few are they who would give up luxury for truth’.

  6. “CNN doesn’t do news anymore, they do Trump.” Larry King
    The CMMM is responsible for the dumbing down of Americans. Nothing but the latest celebrity gossip and sports scores and I wouldn’t trust them for even that much. The N.Y.Times along with the WaPo have been in bed with the CIA forever. They always have been and will always be echo chambers for the CIA and the Pentagram.
    Journalism in America is nearly dead. Reporters are nothing more than hand puppets for the PTB, only there to repeat the latest propaganda to the masses. Investigative reporting is almost illegal, the First Amendment being nearly trashed. Confidential sources are punished and reporters sent to prison.
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition congress for redress of grievances.”
    “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people, they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of liberty.” Thomas Jefferson.
    ” I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.” Thos. Jefferson.

    • Excellent statement by JohnZ. Every whore in Congress should be forced to read aloud these great quotes from our Constitution and the genius Thomas Jefferson. So far as I know the word secrecy does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. We take only one newspaper because my wife loves crossword puzzles even if repeated. We dropped our television in a garbage can over 25 years ago. This country is gone with the wind. Just look at all the criminals from 9/11/01 still free as birds enjoying the good life as parasites living off others with no worries about any indictments or prosecutions for their crimes by the lying lawyer whores in the Injustice Department of the totally corrupt secret dictatorial totalitarian government of the U.S.

    • Here is another great quote:

      “Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” Thomas Jefferson

      Quoted from “IBM and the Corruption of Justice in America” by Earl Carey, 1992, page 303.

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