The Internet Adventures of a Rogue Cartoonist 27

This week’s guest on Real Politik is political cartoonist Ben Garrison. In a sea of largely homogeneous editorial cartooning, Mr. Garrison brings a truly unique voice and vision. Presently a freelance commercial artist, Garrison’s first cartoons appeared in The San Angelo Standard Times in the early 1980s. He was also a graphic artist at the The San Antonio Express Newgarrison1s and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In 2008, the big banks were bailed out, which served as Garrison’s wake-up call. Like many other outraged Americans, he wrote his senators and congressman, urging them vote against the bailout, but he was ignored. The bailout marked the point where Mr. Garrison felt he had to do something. He wanted to ring alarm bells and so he became a citizen muckraker. In 2009 he began drawing editorial cartoons that skewered the Federal Reserve and the growing police state in America. The Internet made it possible for his cartoons to be seen by millions all over the world. The Internet also made it possible for anonymous entities to deface his work, libel his name and make him into the most trolled cartoonist in the world.

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Brian Williams’ Greatest Lie 41

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Williams reporting with Tom Brokaw from Iraq in 2003.

No controversy ensued when Williams and NBC colleague Tom Brokaw repeatedly upheld the Warren Commission’s “lone assassin” conspiracy theory on November 22, 2013

By James F. Tracy

NBC suspended Brian Williams for six months on February 10. The fashionable anchor admitted to lying about a being involved in a life-threatening combat situation while reporting in Iraq over a decade ago. Yet a survey of Williams’ career indicates that this isn’t the first time he’s been dishonest with the American people.

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“Media Partners” in Mass Shooting Events 29

fsulibrary2By James F. Tracy

Updated 12/10/14

Close to three weeks have passed since the mass shooting incident at Florida State University where three individuals were injured and Attorney Myron May perished in a hail of police gunfire.

Major news media consider the FSU shooting more or less a closed case. After all, what more is there to hype? Let’s see. A madman with a gun. Check. Terrified witness interviews publicized. Check. Alleged shooter’s bizarre online statements suggesting derangement highlighted. Check. Official pleas for “unity,” “strength,” and “healing.” Check. Photo op candlelight vigil providing ideal narrative closure. Check.

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The Enduring Spirit of Howard Beale 17

BealeTalk show host, comedian, attorney, and political analyst Lionel is this week’s guest on Real Politik. He discusses his participation in the origins of contemporary talk radio, a long fascination with political conspiracies, the decline of broadcast journalism, the return of Howard Beale, how courtrooms can resemble comedy clubs, and much more.

[Image Credit: MGM/United Artists]

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Is Ebola a Mass Mediated Fraud? 54

ebola_killsIs Ebola a fraud? Is it being used by certain forces for broader political purposes? Fresno State University Criminology Professor Jason Kissner joins James Tracy on Real Politik for a dynamic discussion addressing the important series of articles the former has written for Global Research dissecting the Ebola phenomenon and its accompanying media frenzy.

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Was Gary Webb Suicided to Kill New Book? 50

webbgaryjpg-0aec-c9be4Kill the Messenger, the new film on San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb, debuts in movie theaters across the United States this weekend. Questions still remain as to whether the Pulitzer Prize-winning newsman, who was betrayed by his colleagues for his brave investigative work, wasn’t “suicided” by the very forces whose crimes he endeavored to expose.-JFT

By Charlene Fassa

[This article originally appeared at Bellaciao.org in December 2004.]

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Florida Newspaper Touts “Smart Meters”, Ignores Scientific Data 36

SM_AnimationBy James F. Tracy

In a recent editorial, “Smart-Meter Phobia Sad, But Don’t Cut Power,” the Palm Beach Post hyped safety claims of Florida Power and Light / Next Era Energy accompanying the utility’s statewide “smart meter” deployment while condemning the roughly 6,000 Florida households that have declined such technology.

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The Ceaseless Torment of a Vigilant Public 32

Dees_Mind_MeltBy Jaime Ortega and James Tracy

I was recently interviewed by Jaime Ortega of The Daily Journalist to address the topic of conspiracy theories and their impact on public discourse for the site’s forum, The Expert. Ortega states in an introductory email that he contacted me not only because of my academic background, but also given the fact that major media have bestowed on me “the reputation of a conspiracy theorist”(!) Mr. Ortega produced a thoughtful set of questions to contemplate in the exchange which appears below.-JFT

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