‘When I worked at the New York Times, I don’t think I ever wrote a Spiderman story.
What’s a Spiderman story?
That now-famous meme:
A Spiderman story is any investigative piece where the side the reporter is attacking can say EXACTLY the same things about the other side.
… ad infinitum.
I wrote lots of investigative pieces (mostly about drug and other medical companies) in the 10-plus years I worked for the New York Times; I’m proud of them. Some are still quoted, more than a decade after I left.
Here’s how I viewed my job: finding, investigating, and reporting on criminal/quasi-criminal and concealed/quasi-concealed corporate behavior.
All those words matter. Executives usually try to avoid breaking the law overtly. They don’t like prison. Prison isn’t fun. They prefer golf. (I’m not entirely sure why.)
Of course, there are exceptions. A few executives, like Elizabeth Holmes, are frauds basically from the jump. Other will cross the line when the walls are cracking and they get desperate. But generally, well-lawyered companies prefer to look for loopholes.
If paying a physician directly to prescribe your drug is illegal, offer volume “rebates” for drugs administered directly by physicians.
Or create a “naturalistic” clinical trial – where the physician receives hundreds of dollars for filling out a one-page form every time she enrolls a patient.
Or offer a free, all-expenses paid continuing education seminar for physicians about “new treatments” at a ski area, and keep the schedule light. And hire “key opinion leaders” – other physicians – to give the seminars – you can pay them, they’re working. And pay those KOLs to “consult” with your marketing division about the best ways to promote your drug.
You get the idea. When the product is a pill that costs pennies to make and can be sold for dollars (or sometimes hundreds of dollars), there’s LOTS of money sloshing around. You just need to put it to work.
So criminal OR quasi-criminal.
And concealed OR quasi-concealed. Obviously, companies will not go out of their way to describe clearly illegal behavior – cash in bags, et cetera. Getting at that usually requires whistleblowers (another topic) and internal documents.
But public companies have strict disclosure requirements. And pharma companies have to provide data to the Food and Drug Administration both before and after their products are approved and register their human clinical trials prospectively with the National Institutes of Health (they didn’t always). And lawsuits and the discovery process can also be great sources, which is yet another reason the vaccine immunity is so problematic.
So the truth – some version of the truth – is out there. Getting to it is often an iterative process – write a story, people talk, more documents come out, write another story, new evidence arrives in your email, et cetera. Bethany McLean did this brilliantly with Enron 20 years ago.
But please – pretty please – note two facts about the process I am describing.
First, it is a process of finding HIDDEN facts and data.
Second, Spiderman is nowhere near it. When Eli Lilly tried to hide the dangers of its drug Zyprexa from doctors treating people with schizophrenia – among the most vulnerable people in the world – nobody said the people with schizophrenia were hiding anything from Eli Lilly.
That’s investigative reporting. Bringing hidden facts to light. Protecting people who cannot protect themselves from companies with vast resources – armies of lawyers and marketers.
What Elizabeth Dwoskin (who, by the way, did not include me in her Washington Post story today – either she or her editors must have realized how terrible that would look after what I posted late last night) – is nothing of the sort. It is opinion and argument, pure and simple.
NOTHING ABOUT WHAT I AM DOING IS HIDDEN. The opposite: I present my findings every day in as close to real time as possible. And I have no hidden financial conflicts of interest.
AND READERS PROVIDE THE VAST MAJORITY OF MY INCOME. Either directly through Substack and Amazon or indirectly through publishers like Regnery and Simon & Schuster – who offer me advances in the hope they will sell enough books to recoup them, and pay me a portion of the money they make after those advances have earned out.
Investigative reporting would be: discovering that I’m lying about this and some bad actor is funding me. (Who? I even don’t know – the Russian government, maybe?) Which would be impossible, because it’s not true.
Investigative reporting would be: discovering that I have been making up sources or lying about what the documents I present say. Also impossible, because it’s not true.
Instead these people who call themselves reporters basically say, what you are saying is wrong – and not merely wrong, misinformation – because the Centers for Disease Control says so.
I say again, WHAT?
You’re not Spiderman, I’m Spiderman!
I am reporting and have reported that public health authorities have vastly overestimated the efficacy of the vaccines for more than year and are presenting their data in a way that is effectively false. To say the CDC disagrees with me is not to shoot me down; it is to confirm what I am saying.
And it is not reporting, it is stenography of government institutions.
If these people had been covering Robert McNamara we’d still be in Vietnam.’https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/what-has-happened-to-reporters
‘Examples of twit in a Sentence
Noun Only a complete twit would insult his hosts.’https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twit
‘Only approved journalism, thank you! That appears to be Twitter’s logic behind suspending Just the News founder John Solomon for 12 hours. Solomon bashed the censorship as “outrageous and unfair.”
Just the News released a report Dec. 28 noting that Solomon was suspended from the leftist Big Tech platform “for sharing an article about the legal distinctions between Pfizer’s fully approved and emergency use authorization (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines.” The distinction “could affect the legality of vaccine mandates.” Twitter slapped the article Solomon attempted to share with a “Warning: this link may be unsafe” label and propagandized that it “could lead to real-world harm.”
Perhaps Twitter likes vaccine mandates? “An immunologist who reviewed the article told Just the News he saw nothing wrong with it factually,” according to the report. Twitter had reportedly “limited” Solomon’s account temporarily for 12 hours because his tweet supposedly violated “its policy on ‘spreading misleading and potentially harmful information’ related to COVID.”
Activity on Solomon’s account suggests that it had been restored. “It’s Twitter’s second known suspension of a JTN staffer’s account for comments about vaccines, which it lifted after the CDC confirmed the tweet was accurate,” according to Just the News. The link to the article Solomon tried to share, however, still has the warning label.
Here was the context behind the article that Twitter apparently didn’t like:
The report noted that Pfizer and several experts have claimed that the fully approved Comirnaty vaccine has the same ingredients and manufacturing process as the EUA vaccine, known as Pfizer-BioNTech. But it also cited the FDA’s acknowledgment that the two are ’legally distinct’ owing to more stringent requirements for the Comirnaty vaccine, whose biologics license application (BLA) was approved.
The report cited two medical experts who knocked Twitter for censoring Solomon: Stanford School of Medicine professor Jay Bhattacharya and Harvard Medical School epidemiologist Martin Kulldorff. “There is nothing in the story that is not well reported or misleading,” said Bhattacharya. “‘Twitter’s censorship of COVID information has contributed greatly to the collapse in trust in public health.’”
Kulldorff added, “It is scary to live in such censorship, which also lea[d]s to self censorship.”
Solomon also slammed Twitter for the censorship:
‘It is outrageous and unfair that a story that is completely accurate and points out an important legal distinction between the two versions of vaccines gets blocked and my account suspended.’
Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at (415) 222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.‘https://papundits.wordpress.com/2021/12/31/shut-him-up-twitter-suspended-just-the-news-founder-john-solomon-for-doing-journalism/
The following is exactly what China’s Communist Party does!
‘Facebook has just permanently banned LifeSiteNews’ Facebook page. This apparently is not a temporary measure: It is gone for good.
In a quick series of notices and emails to LifeSiteNews’ marketing department, Facebook delivered the shocking news, accusing LifeSite of publishing “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm.”
Facebook also said that they deplatform Facebook pages that publish “vaccine discouraging information on the platform.”
Facebook cited an article posted on April 10, 2021, headlined “COVID vaccines can be deadly for some.”
“Much like when LifeSite was removed from YouTube, this comes with little surprise,” noted LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts. “We have known this day was coming for months now.” SUBSCRIBEto LifeSite’s daily headlinesSUBSCRIBEU.S. Canada World Catholic
“Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda,” continued Roberts. “Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots. We’ve also been tagged for the numerous articles we have shared making the connection between the COVID shots, and really all vaccines, and aborted baby cell lines.”
“This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform,” she added.
“At this time, I encourage those of you who are still on Facebook, Twitter, and other Big Tech platforms to continue sharing LifeSiteNews articles with your friends and family, please!” urged Roberts. “I also encourage you to follow us on these alternative platforms:”’https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-facebook-permanently-bans-lifesitenews-page?utm_source=featured&utm_campaign=standard
Ann Corcoran makes the point of moving to those social media sights that still allow the conservative free speech. Here are her thoughts.
‘As I am sure you are all painfully aware, conservative voices are being silenced. BIG Tech and BIG government have colluded to make it very hard for us to communicate and disseminate news. I expect it to get even harder!
And, if you are like me— OLD!—it is a challenge to break long held habits and learn new tricks.
But, before I get to that, let me mention again that right now you can follow at least three (but there are many more) websites/blogs to fill you in on breaking news throughout the day. Gateway Pundit, Conservative Tree House, and Just the News.
(Sorry if I am missing some of your favorites.)
You don’t need me to repeat what they are reporting.
For immigration news I check the news aggregator Borderhawk News that is linked in my sidebar.
So what am I doing to distance myself from BIG TECH that is working with the Socialists to change America?
First, I am dumping Google from my life. It will take time. But, know that in a few days, I will no longer be using gmail that is linked in my sidebar at both of my blogs.
And, I have gone to Brave for all of my browsing needs. Be prepared for some additional work as you may have to make changes to passwords and get notices from say your credit card company wondering if someone other than you is accessing your account.
You can read about Brave here at The Federalist:
How To Stop Using Google Search On Your Computer And Phone
You will then most likely look to Duck Duck Go for your searches.
The Federalist also published a useful piece about the right-wing witch hunt which I will get to in a minute, but which contains this bit of information on changes you should be making.
Modify Your Online Presence. One of the most important steps you can take is to modify your online presence by jumping out of Google, Facebook, and iChat and into technologies that are less intrusive. Here are a few to use:
These are all examples of ways that you can search and communicate on the internet without having intrusive data collectors follow you around the whole time!
I don’t know Element and am staying on Facebook as long as I am able to reach the thousands I am reaching now with my Refugee Resettlement facebook page. Or, LOL! Until they dump me. I will eventually move to MeWe.
As I reported Twitter has blocked me from reaching my account there and I refuse to give Google any more information. Why stay at Twitter as they work to diminish your reach. I am on Gab (@Refugeewatcher), but not super active and don’t have many followers yet.
Who knew there were so many Americans of all stripes who don’t think it is a joke to be ready to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
But, LOL! Beware the Lefties think you are planning to overthrow the government because you have a stash of canned beans in your basement!
And, God forbid, we don’t want the government coming for our toilet paper trove as Biden forbids the destruction of trees ….’https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2021/01/28/making-the-moves-time-to-get-your-communication-house-in-order/
Being a conservative and a Christian will have its times now that Sleepy Joe and the Devilcrats are in the WH and pretty much control Congress. Here is an old senile tottering white man that has been in Congress for fifty years now lecturing others on how good things will be since he’s in charge! Hmm!
Well, here in Australia the Left love him and continue to hate President Trump. What’s new!? Well, here’s the latest from the Socialist New Daily Down Under.
‘After weeks of pro-Trump demonstrations, failed legal battles, a deadly riot at Capitol Hill and a second impeachment, it’s finally happening.
Joe Biden has taken over as the 46th President of the United States.
In the eyes of millions of Americans, the Democrats leader represents a new dawn for America after a whirlwind four years of unpredictable leadership under Donald Trump.
When news of his election was announced, crowds of Americans were seen dancing, crying and singing in the streets, overjoyed that Mr Trump was on the way out.’https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/us-news/2021/01/21/biden-inauguration-agenda/
Communism is alive and many of the news and media outlets with which we are acquainted are working for them. ‘The full list follows a National Pulse exposé on the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), founded by the Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which has been identified by the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission as a key component of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Work Front.
The effort, according to the U.S. government report, aims to “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”
Evidenced through the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings, a relationship spanning over a decade between establishment media outlets and CUSEF can be discerned.
With the assistance of BLJ, CUSEF has sponsored trips to China for the following outlets with the explicit goal of “effectively disseminat[ing] positive messages to the media, key influencers, and opinion leaders, and the general public” according to FARA filings.
Dubbed “familiarization trips,” the criteria for participants included “effectiveness and opportunities for favorable coverage” in order to secure “favorable” coverage”
In order to develop favorable coverage in key national media, BLJ will continue to organize and staff “familiarization trips” to China. This includes recruiting top journalists to travel to China, selected for effectiveness and opportunities for favorable coverage.
- Boston Herald
- Boston Globe
- Huffington Post
- The Atlantic
- Fox News
- New York Times
- Los Angeles Times
- Baltimore Sun
- Chicago Tribune
- The Guardian
- The New Yorker
- The Financial Times
- Foreign Policy
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- New York Magazine
- Yahoo Finance
- National Journal
- Washington Post
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
- U.S. News & World Report
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- Harvard Business Review
- The Hill
- Chicago Magazine
In addition to CUSEF-sponsored travel, outlets also met with CUSEF officials and the BLJ CEO in various U.S. cities including New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Often times, the meetings were described as “private dinners” in FARA filings.
- Washington Post
- Associated Press
- TIME Magazine
- New York Times
- The Atlantic
- The Economist
- Wall Street Journal
- Financial Times
- National Journal
- Chicago Tribune
- Los Angeles Times
- Agence France Presse
- McClatchy Newspapers
- Congressional Quarterly
- The Hill
As some of you may know Tom Hanks is here in Australia in quarantine for Coronavirus. Well, he put too much Vegemite on his toast and took a picture of it for Twitter. NOW THAT’S NEWS! If you are really interested here is a portion of the article.
‘The photo was met with shock and disgust from Hanks’ Aussie fans who felt obliged to educate the actor about the correct Vegemite to toast ratio.
“Gee, that’s a lot of Vegemite,” tweeted ABC News Breakfast host Michael Rowland in response.
Some of the other replies Hanks received included:
• “Oh my, Mr Hanks, not even the bravest Aussie would put THAT much vegemite on a piece of toast!”
This is what someone else sent saying how much you really should put on. https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/celebrity-selfies/tom-hanks-mocked-for-excessive-vegemite-in-coronavirus-photo-update/news-story/3dd5005a34e4584ac8b09d7873756549
Now that we have the Vegemite Tom Hanks situation solved we can get down to real business. Hmmm, what’s that?