I viewed a video on the excellent Off Guardian website in which Mark Crispin Miller relayed an attack on him carried out by a VICE writer, most likely with instructions or guidance from the top of this edgy, hip (Miller’s description) organization, which Miller points out is Rupert Murdoch owned. Rupert Murdoch!
Will association with the enemy end badly here? Look at the Intercept. Billionaire and frequent White House visitor (according to Pando) Pierre Omidyar gathered together a group of stellar people’s champions, namely Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Peter Maass under his First Look media umbrella. I remember thinking at the time of the old adage, ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer’. Sure enough, Come forward to October 1, 2016 and we find The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain penning a pro USAID, pro White Helmets piece that, so far as I can see, they have not apologized for or stepped back from in any way at all. (Some info about White Helmets: http://bit.ly/2f4l9s2 and http://bit.ly/2fNZgyt) Then, Looking a little closer at Glen Greenwald’s defense of his and his colleagues’ alliance with Pierre revealed a real problem there (See the Pando account. I’ve emailed Pando to ask whether they were interested in looking at and writing about Murtaza’s big fail. Maybe they’ve come to some sort of understanding with First Look staff. I got only crickets in response from those guys who were all over Glen for his defense of Pierre Omidyar.) Contradicting his colleague Jeremy Scahill’s statements about how hands on Pierre is in the day to day journalistic operations of their organization, Glen instead insisted that there was complete independence for First Look’s writers and complete editorial separation of top management from his and other writers’ work.) So, Who owns a media org, as Glen himself once said, matters.