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posted by janrinok on Saturday August 26 2023, @09:09PM   Printer-friendly

The ScheerPost has published a sermon which Chris Hedges gave on Sunday Aug. 20 in Oslo, Norway at Kulturkirken Jakob (St. James Church of Culture) where the actor and film director Liv Ullmann read the scripture passages. Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who has worked for many years at the New York Times, NPR, and several other publications. In his sermon he expounds on the long-standing problem of speaking truth to power.

Julian exposed the truth. He exposed it over and over and over until there was no question of the endemic illegality, corruption and mendacity that defines the global ruling class And for these truths they came after Julian, as they have come after all who dared rip back the veil on power. "Red Rosa now has vanished too," Bertolt Brecht wrote after the German socialist Rosa Luxemburg was murdered. "She told the poor what life is about, And so the rich have rubbed her out."

We have undergone a corporate coup, where poor and working men and women are reduced to joblessness and hunger, where war, financial speculation and internal surveillance are the only real business of the state, where even habeas corpus no longer exists, where we, as citizens, are nothing more than commodities to corporate systems of power, ones to be used, fleeced and discarded.

Given the massive quantities of disinformation spread over a longer period of time against Julian Assange, and the media blackout on coverage of his case and how it effects journalism as a whole, this is a difficult case to find a concise and accurate summary to link to. The bottom line is that, regardless of what one thinks (or has been told to think) about Julian Assange, the case hinges on factors which will determine whether or not there is a future for investigative reporting.

Previously:
(2023) Australian Lawmakers Press US Envoy for Julian Assange Release
(2023) No NGO Has Been Allowed to See Julian Assange Since Four Years Ago
(2022) Biden Faces Growing Pressure to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange
(2022) Assange Lawyers Sue CIA for Spying on Them
(2021) Key Witness in Assange Case Jailed in Iceland After Admitting to Lies and Ongoing Crime Spree
...
(2015) French Justice Minister Says Snowden and Assange Could Be Offered Asylum


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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26 2023, @10:13PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26 2023, @10:13PM (#1321992)

    Was the information the rapist Assange revealed useful? Of course. But he is not a "journalist" nor is he a god.

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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26 2023, @10:53PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26 2023, @10:53PM (#1321994)

    I see this is going to be an ass kissing thread.

    • (Score: 2) by ls671 on Sunday August 27 2023, @04:33PM

      by ls671 (891) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 27 2023, @04:33PM (#1322080) Homepage

      Here is my part then:
      From TFS:

      the case hinges on factors which will determine whether or not there is a future for investigative reporting.

      I feel confident I would have a great future doing investigative reporting on Donald Trump so, I guess it depends what you do investigative reporting on.

      --
      Everything I write is lies, read between the lines.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26 2023, @11:40PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26 2023, @11:40PM (#1322002)

    He's from a different time. Back when there was some semblance of sanity or decorum.

    Back when leftists were against big pharma and corporations instead of their cheerleaders.

    >New York Times, NPR, and several other publications.

    These same outlets spread establishment propaganda with a socialist facade.. and the best part is: former "liberals" have all bought in and try to stone you when you point it out.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by therainingmonkey on Sunday August 27 2023, @11:57AM

      by therainingmonkey (6839) on Sunday August 27 2023, @11:57AM (#1322054)

      There are no leftists allowed in the US media.

      The American overton window stretches from centre-right liberals to far-right conservatives.

      Remember that everhywhere else, "liberal" and "leftist" are completely different ideologies; it's only in America that they've been squashed together.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Sunday August 27 2023, @05:14AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 27 2023, @05:14AM (#1322021) Homepage Journal

    For the record, there was no rape. Both of the "victims" have stated as much. If Julian was guilty of anything, he violated a social more. Sexual interactions were consensual, but Julian had no condoms on hand when he went back for seconds. Same story with both "victims". If you bother to read up on the encounters, it's interesting that the two stories are so very similar.

    Of course, cave hermits can't be expected to understand the subtleties here. Which is exactly the reason American media characterized Assange as a rapist. You've been had, one more time.

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    Through a Glass, Darkly -George Patton
    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 27 2023, @10:47AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 27 2023, @10:47AM (#1322050)

      They didn't even complain until later when they were comparing notes and found out he bonked both of them The initial statement to the cops was just an inquiry to ask if they could force him to have an STD test.

      Pretty sure that out of town prosecutor who went after him is a CIA asset.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Sunday August 27 2023, @02:19PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 27 2023, @02:19PM (#1322069) Journal
    The revealing of said information is what makes him a real journalist by definition. And I doubt anyone is shaken by this startling revelation that Assange may be slightly impaired on the deific front.