Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Challenge of Truly Independent Global Journalism

When News Junkie Post was founded in early June 2009, many people asked us why? What was the need for yet another news site, considering the plethora of such outlets on the internet? The answer was and remains rather simple: most of these outlets, even the so-called alternative news providers, are not truly independent because they rely on donations.

Genuine independence

Objectivity in journalism does not really exist anyway, and journalists, like everyone else tend not to “bite the hand that feeds” them. Despite some genuine attempts at independence, self censorship is almost always at play wherever big donors with corporate or political agendas are involved. In fact, some even go so far as to “dance with them that brung” them, and their editorial boards often include major donors. For example, many shows on National Public Radio (NPR) are sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which makes unlikely any critique of Bill Gates’ more controversial activities. As a truly independent news site, we have no limitations or masters. In 2013, Dady Chery and Ruben Rosenberg Colorni exposed the hypocrisy, damage, and greed behind vaccination programs such as the eradication of polio that are consistently presented by NPR and other news outlets as being beneficial.

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