Pando Firings Over CIA Revelations

Posted: June 27, 2014 in -
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So you thought Pando might be different?

Ted Rall:
Why Are 6000+ Reporters Keeping the Government’s Non-Secret?

Until last week I was working this story for Pando Daily, where I was a staff writer and cartoonist. We intended to publish the name — not to endanger him (which in any case would not have been possible since Langley had yanked him off his post), but to take a stand for adversarial media.

Journalists ought to publish news wherever they find it, whatever it is, damn the consequences. Credible media organizations don’t protect government secrets. They don’t obey spy agencies. Real journalists don’t cooperate with government — any government, any time, for any reason. My editor and I believed that, by demonstrating a little fearlessness, we might inspire other media outfits to grow a pair and stop sucking up to the government.

There is no longer a “we.” Pando fired me over the weekend, along with the investigative journalist David Sirota.


  1. timethief says:

    This is a test comment made due to support forum report.

  2. Editor says:

    What are you talking about?

  3. The Bush Regime effectively removed two admirable journalists from their jobs: Dan Rather and Connie Chung. The result is that nobody wants to talk Truth to Power nowadays.

  4. Editor says:

    I don’t consider either of those “journalists.”

  5. Not any more, of course. But what happened to them was enough to scare anyone who otherwise might have had the courage to confront those in power.

  6. Editor says:

    Dan Rather was a shill from the moment he was sent to investigate the Zapruder film in the early 60s.

  7. Whatever.
    He was still head-and-shoulders above anything today’s “journalists” represent, having held Bush’s feet to the fire.

  8. Editor says:

    Whatever? He appears to have been a knowing liar as far back as the 60s. Not whatever in my book.

  9. Whatever.

    That’s not pertinent to the discussion concerning today’s climate. :)

  10. Editor says:

    Lying media assholes who fool the masses into thinking they’re telling the truth aren’t pertinent?

  11. You have made accusations that are not supported by facts. Anybody can apply the label “liar” to anyone else, but that doesn’t make it factual. Plase back up those accusations, if you can.

    IMHO, Dan Rather was a responsible, honorable journalist whom I respect for his willingness to stand up to the Bushes. Support your claims with facts; I might be persuaded.

    What isn’t pertinent is that his supposed lies (which you have yet to substantiate) have contributed to the current situation where nobody is willing to contradict the government.

    What’s pertinent? Rather’s supposed lies do not correlate with Pando’s firings of Rall and Sirota. That’s the point.

  12. Editor says:

    You’re the one who brought Dan Rather into it. If you don’t care to read about the Zapruder film lie, then don’t. Operation Mockingbird was big back then, and Rather appears to be a compromised journalist, compromised by CIA. That would account for his rise to a high position as a major anchor and safe voice for keeping the public in the dark about numerous issues.

    If you want to know how the media is contorted into a propaganda organ full of hired guns who never meaningfully question officialdom and empire read Manufacturing Consent.

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