VT is an un-censored independent alternative foreign policy media; a place for intelligent civil discourse focusing on U.S. Foreign Policy and Military Issues around the world.
VT operates as de-centralized virtual media providing fully 100% independent writers from the USA and around the world a free and open platform to present the news and their points of view without censorship in the spirit of press freedom and democracy.
We are proudly 100% USA-owned and operated. Period! We are 100% pro-USA. We just want a better free USA and a better world. It really is that simple.
Founded in 2004 by Johnny Punish, VT runs through a private U.S.-based Limited Liability Company (LLC). VT is fully 100% independent and maintains no other owners, partners, or assigns. VT maintains NO official brick-and-mortar offices.
Editors and Writers
All editors and writers contributing content on VT are 100% fully independent.
To post on VT, editors and writers must follow simple yet clear posting rules insuring all is posted legally and within the law and, even more importantly, discloses clearly all sources of content so that readers are very clear on where the content is coming from and what’s the nature of the content.
Editors and writers are NOT employees or contractors of VT. They receive NO salary or fee for their content. They control all their content. VT does NOT censor or vet their articles.
In other words, the copyright for all editors’ and writers’ content is owned by them and NOT VT. Editors and writers are 100% responsible for the accuracy of their posts.
VT makes NO ownership claims on content and maintains NO control over editors’ and writers’ time, hours, and efforts. VT does NOT sponsor travel for writers. VT does not pay for content generation. Content belongs to the writers and editors exclusively; plain and simple!
VT has always invited new up-and-coming proven writers to contribute. Over the years since 2003, there have been hundreds of writers who have contributed. Some with just a few stories and some have been posted in the thousands.
The writers’ roster changes periodically depending on who’s active, what area of expertise they are covering, and the current events shaping our world.
VT has NO official, unofficial, or contracted media partners and takes NO monies from any outside media sources, governments, or sponsors. Period!
However, many of VT’s independent editors and writers do maintain other media relationships in the USA and around the world. Many editors and writers post their content on other media around the world and engage in professional relationships outside of VT. VT does NOT and cannot legally control those relationships. Those relationships are entirely owned and controlled by the fully independent editors and writers individually.
In lieu, when posting from other media or relating to other media, editors and writers are required to source their information so that readers are fully aware of where it originates.
Revenue: Impact on VT Integrity and Content
VT is simply funded by advertising and small reader donations; plain and simple! Neither advertisers nor donators have an influence over VT’s media.
There are NO secret backers. There is NOTHING! PERIOD! And since our inception, there have NEVER been any financial backers! Period!
However, due to the nature of our content and its open non-antiseptic truth qualities, the majority of ad networks cannot do business with VT. Those mainstream networks need anti-septic sites so that their corporate clients are not on sites where their customers may get offended. VT cannot guarantee anti-septic posts that don’t challenge thus ad bidding for our ad space is severely impacted.
The majority of ad networks have policies to satisfy their advertisers who do NOT want their names associated with showing dead bodies in terrible wars or criticism of certain state policies that are NOT in line with mainstream agendas. This is just the way the commercial ad business works.
So a long time ago, VT had to decide between maximizing ad revenue and telling the public what is actually going on. It was a super easy choice. VT chooses truth and freedom of expression over revenue. VT is simply NOT a profit-first motivated media. It’s based on principle-centered values of providing an alternative view to mainstream corporate paid-for media.
For example, GoogleAdsense, the king of all ad networks, banned and canceled VT. They put VT on the publisher blacklist due to many posts that criticized Israel’s State Policy.
Many lesser ad networks follow Google’s lead and thus, the blacklist seriously impacts VT’s ability to offer competitive ad bidding.
In short, VT does NOT make much on ads. So to assist in paying for servers and tech work to keep the doors open, we do have a donate button placed on every page for readers who can and want to contribute.
Nevertheless, VT has NEVER been about profits. At its core, it’s always been about truth, liberty, and justice. So while it is truly disappointing being on any blacklist, it has virtually no impact on VT’s ability to survive and thrive under its freedom ethos. It just makes VT work a bit harder.
Ad networks ie… Google may attempt censorship by cutting off financial legs but, at VT, it won’t work because, unlike mainstream media that is beholden to the big corporations and boards filled with investors who press for profits, VT has no such dynamic!
VT has NO corporate board and no investors. There is no corporation, government, group, or person who can impact the existence or content of VT. Plain and Simple!
SPECIAL STATEMENT on Racism, Bigotry, and Violence
VT stands 100% against racism, bigotry, hate speech, and violence. Period! However, some may take criticism of their favored state policies as such and that would be completely incorrect and frankly, inappropriate. There is a big difference so let’s make that 100% clear.
VT criticizes public individuals, policymakers, and governments. VT does NOT condone or accept racism, bigotry, hate speech, or violence from its writers. Period.
With over 60,000 articles published, there may be some racism, bigotry and violence in posts that VT editors may have NOT seen or slipped by. If any reader sees such a thing, notify VT immediately so we can address it.
With over 500,000 people commenting on VT media, there are definitely racist, bigoted things said by commenters who clearly are racists and bigots. We allow these commenters to express themselves because, while we 100% opposed racism and bigotry, it’s absolutely a position that many people worldwide take. While we are disgusted by their positions, we extend them the right to freely express themselves. We don’t have racism and bigotry hidden. We prefer it open so that we can counter it. We want true discourse and, if there are racists and bigots who comment on VT posts, so be it. They stand for themselves in the open.
One thing VT won’t accept is any commenters advocating for violence. So if you see that on VT, report it immediately.
SPECIAL STATEMENT on WIKI PEDIA lies about VT
Lots of people believe in Wikipedia thinking it’s info is credible. But it’s not. As it stands, around 2010, we were attacked by the ADL and SPLC. They posted a bunch of non-sense about VT on Wikipedia. We tried to give WIKI the facts but they said we cannot because we are too close to VT? Close? We are VT and we know ourselves! Geez us! Why do they allow this non-sense! Anyways, you can read our response posted publically on our site here.
Back in 2003, the Bush II war in Iraq was ramping up. A high school friend serving combat duty asked VT founder Johnny Punish, at the time retired from the U.S. national newspaper business, if he could help soldiers and veterans in some way, somehow. Through conversation and sit-downs, that combat soldier (on the special forces team who later captured Saddam Hussein) inspired the founder to move forward and VT was born. There was NO business plan. It was purely an altruistic patriotic endeavor by the founder.
So with help from a friend who knew PHP code, the founder created, developed, and launched the first rudimentary VT in January 2004.
VT was originally constructed using obscure PHP code from a now-defunct CMS. After several years, the site was switched over to the new easier low cost and more efficient “WordPress’ platform that VT operates today.
As VT’s growth went through the roof, the plan to monetize it and bring in ad revenue was launched so that VT can cover the increasing costs involved with running a bigger more involved effort.
And that’s really it…..
So if it sounds like the editors and writers are self-motivated passionate humanity patriots who care deeply about the welfare of the USA and our fellow brothers and sisters around the world, that’s because they do and they are…
And it’s something we are all very proud of…..