- Now the facts are in the open but the way in which the revelations are reported is questionable and taints an important story.
- Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders
- Part 1: Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem
- Part 2: 'Corruption' as a Propaganda Weapon
- Related: Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending April 9, 2016
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: Freedom Rider: The Panama Papers Problem, Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report
- The Panama tax haven leaks reveal a lot about the lawlessness of the rich, as well as the ideological bias of the western press. “Vladimir Putin’s name appears nowhere, but the corporate media used his image repeatedly to drum up interest in what is an otherwise newsworthy story.” Americans are conspicuous by their absence from the story. That’s because rich people in the U.S. can avoid taxes “legally in Wyoming, Delaware or Nevada.”
- “The goal of revealing secrets instead turns into a plan to keep more secrets and to tarnish certain reputations based on bias and mysterious criteria.”
Tue, 04/05/2016 | The worst criminals on earth are not the poor who sit behind bars in jails and prisons. The biggest thieves are found among the rich. The 1% can buy legislation, politicians and the media to carry out and hide their dirty work. If they can’t change the laws to benefit themselves in their homelands they simply send their money elsewhere through shell holding companies. This transfer of wealth, much of it diverted from what ought to be tax payments, is an open secret. Panama, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Luxembourg and Switzerland are known for securing the money and secrets of the rich and the well connected.
The leak of 11.5 million documents from the Panama based Mossack Fonseca law firm brings into the light of day what was long known but passively accepted. Now the facts are in the open but the way in which the revelations are reported is questionable and taints an important story.
Margaret Kimberley is editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report. Her column, Freedom Rider, appears weekly in Black Agenda Report, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog.
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Part 2: 'Corruption' as a Propaganda Weapon, Robert Parry, Consortium News
Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of “corruption” stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders
Related: Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending April 9, 2016
05 April 16 | Sadly, some important duties of journalism, such as applying evenhanded standards on human rights abuses and financial corruption, have been so corrupted by the demands of government propaganda – and the careerism of too many writers – that I now become suspicious whenever the mainstream media trumpets some sensational story aimed at some “designated villain.”
Far too often, this sort of “journalism” is just a forerunner to the next “regime change” scheme, dirtying up or delegitimizing a foreign leader before the inevitable advent of a “color revolution” organized by “democracy-promoting” NGOs often with money from the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy or some neoliberal financier like George Soros.
Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is America’s Stolen Narrative.
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Special Report | The Panama Papers Scandal, Week Ending April 9, 2016, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.
- A huge leak of documents has lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. The files were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, a Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.
- 5 New items including:
- Panama Papers Q&A: What is the scandal about?
- Five key figures implicated in the 'Panama Papers' scandal
- Americans Included in ‘Panama Papers’ Leak
- The Names in the Panama Papers
- Massive Leak of Secret Documents from Panamanian Firm Reveal Movement of Billions of Dollars in Suspect Transactions