The truth, and nothing but the truth, will set you free, Part I

The credibility of  mainstream media has diminished so rapidly in recent years that I don’t think there are many ways to even measure such a drop. The one thing that does certainly stand out is the rise in independent and alternative media outlets. With the advancement of technology and social media, the proverbial “perfect storm” has been created for the real truth seekers to be heard and get their message or story out to millions with minimal cost. Without getting into content, I’ll just note what it takes to cover a story and deliver it. A local television news station needs to send a news van, usually with a giant antenna, a cameraman, and a reporter, at the very least. Then, there are other crew members at the station who take the footage and cut and mix it, to get ready for the “hit time” where they will have other reporters talking amongst themselves about the story. In contrast to all that, it is now possible for one person with a decent cell phone to shoot a video, upload it to the internet, and have it spread across the world in seconds. That’s not even including the ability to live stream. Live streaming technology provides the means to record something using a cell phone or another device with internet access and have it broadcast on the internet in real time, also with the capacity to reaching most of the world. I think it goes without saying that these capabilities make it very difficult for big news outlets to compete. These are the conditions that are leading to the downfall of “mainstream” media and the spike in independent media.

Why would someone watch a pre-approved message with an agenda, delivered via corporate-owned talking heads that are just doing their jobs, when they can watch someone who doesn’t have to worry about losing their job and is on scene because they believe in the truth? That footage will be delivered—uncensored—straight to the viewers’ eyes with no agenda other than what really happened, and absent the controlled media spin.

Even when the mainstream outlets attempt to live stream they still have the FCC to worry about. Nothing is worse to the orchestrated propagandists than to be in an environment that is not 100 percent controlled, and where there’s a chance of being asked a question that wasn’t scripted and which they don’t wish to answer. I’m sometimes accused of “ambush journalism,” usually by people who don’t truly understand the machine we are up against. These people claim to understand that the media is orchestrated and biased, but obviously don’t truly grasp the concept. How am I an “ambush journalist,” in a derogatory sense, for taking the time to find out where the events are that these “elite” will be appearing, pre-registering, asking for an interview, and then going to the event and watching as they will only give a couple minutes to the repeat journalists who they know will not ask hard questions? I’ll finally position myself where I will be face-to-face with one of the key speakers , and as I’m eventually pushed away by his—or her—handlers, I still try to ask real questions (which never get answered). The times I do put one of them on the spot and they have nowhere to hide, they either pace back and forth not saying a word or tell me it’s not the place for important questions.

So, to those who think I’m not doing it right, tell me how I can sit down with one of these elites and talk, or if they’ll come on my show to have a civilized conversation. The truth is, ladies and gentleman, that these politicians and “high ups” only talk when they know it’s a completely controlled environment. The American Revolution was won partly because of a change in tactics in fighting a war; the country is in a cold revolution and right now we are fighting a war of information, so I have no problem doing things others won’t do because it’s “not the way things are done.” Every time someone goes up to a politician and asks a question and is ignored, they are exposing that person and the system. The same goes for the mainstream journalists. Every time you give them important information and they willfully ignore it, you are showing people that said journalists aren’t really in it for the truth, or that their priorities are so askew that they shouldn’t even be in this field. Either way, they’ve been exposed. If you think you’re going to change a corrupt system by trying to impress the elite and play by their rules, then you’re fighting a losing battle.

  • Anthony Antonello
  • Following six years in the military, and much time as a medic and firefighter, Anthony Antonello has witnessed the ups and downs in life. From spending time fighting for the United States military, to the everyday horror covered on the local news, Antonello was there, witnessing events most only see from the comfort of their homes on a TV screen.Not allowing those images to simply absorb in the noise of the mainstream media, there was only one thing left to do for the man from Northeastern Pennsylvania: become politically active. Antonello now travels the country, covering stories and events to show people firsthand what the mainstream media refuse to show —and asking questions the mainstream media refuse to ask using whatever means possible to get people thinking.

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