Thursday 9th of February 2023

gardering assange.....

I could be wrong, but I think this was one of our first mention of George Monbiot… in opposition to his “relatives” — the ridiculously awful GLOBAL WARMING DENIALISTS — THE Moncktons and THE Lawsons. 

 

On 31 Jan 2010 - 7:36pm Gus Leonisky's blog … 28294 reads

https://yourdemocracy.net/drupal/node/8985

(nearly) all in the family…

 

 

Meanwhile we’re not fond of “The Guardian”

 

….SEE:

 

https://yourdemocracy.net/drupal/node/35882

 

https://yourdemocracy.net/drupal/node/36125

 

GUSNOTE: IT SEEMS The Guardian HATES JULIAN ASSANGE… THUS FROM a relatively sane MONBIOT TO THE OTHER NUTCASES WRITING FOR THE GUARDIAN SUCH AS Luke Harding, THE GUARDIAN JOURNALISTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE A SINGLE DECENT TEAR ABOUT THE GUY IN PRISON. 

AS FAR AS WE RECOLLECT, THE GUARDIAN DID THE DIRTY ON WIKILEAKS, AFTER PUBLISHING THE INFORMATION WIKILEAKS RELEASED. THE GUARDIAN IS PART OF THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA THAT SUPPORTS THE ESTABLISHMENT. IT IS A MORE SOPHISTICATED VERSION OF SAY, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH — PUBLISHED TO CAPTURE THE “WORKERS” AND MAKE THEM VOTE RIGHT WING... THE GUARDIAN IS PUBLISHED TO CAPTURE THE BOURGEOIS, AND MAKE THEM VOTE FOR THE CAPITALIST ESTABLISHMENT, WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE LOOKING LIKE A CAFFE LATE. IT IS NOT A NEWS OUTLET FOR “THE LEFT”… 

MEANWHILE, Monbiot is a bit limited in his journalistic scope. Whenever it truly matters, from Assange to Corbyn, this Guardian journalist, George Monbiot aligns with the corporate media herd, writes Jonathan Cook:

 

BY Jonathan Cook

 

Guardian columnist George Monbiot is, by his own admission, a very busy man. Dedicated as he is to issues such as soil loss, he has yet to find the time to throw his weight behind the campaign to free Julian Assange.

When thousands of supporters poured into London from all over the world at the weekend to besiege the British Parliament, creating a human chain around it, Monbiot, like his newspaper The Guardian, ignored the event.

Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has been rotting in a U.K. high-security prison for years, as the United States works through a series of lawfare strategies to extradite him and lock him up indefinitely in a maximum-security jail on the other side of the Atlantic.

Assange’s crime is doing real journalism: he published incontrovertible evidence of U.S. and British war crimes in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. That kind of journalism has now been reclassified by Washington as espionage and treason, even though Assange is not a U.S. citizen and did none of the work in the U.S. Plots by the C.I.A. to murder and kidnap Assange have also come to light.

Should his oppressors succeed, a very clear message will be sent to other journalists around the globe that the U.S. is ready to come after them too if they disclose its crimes. The chilling effect on investigative journalism is already palpable.

So, you might imagine, even a journalist like Monbiot — one primarily concerned about soil loss and other environmental concerns — should be worried by Assange’s fate. In the circumstances he might consider it worth publicising this threat to the most fundamental of our freedoms: the ability to know what our governments are up to and hold them to account.

After all, Monbiot’s columns exposing the threats to our soil will be all the poorer if investigative journalism of the kind Assange excelled in before his silencing continues to be snuffed out by the U.S. and U.K.’s joint terror campaign on whistleblowers and those who offer them a secure platform.

How will we ever know what is being done behind our backs by governments and major corporations, or how they are keeping us in the dark about their political and environmental crimes and misdeeds, if fighters for transparency like Assange can simply be disappeared?

But Monbiot is apparently not persuaded. He is yet to find the space or time for a column on this, the biggest threat to media freedom in our lifetime.

When The Guardian columnist did take a week off from writing about soil loss and related topics, Assange’s plight, sadly, was still considered of insufficient import. As I have noted before, Monbiot decided it was more important to fill his empty slot in the paper’s commentary pages with denunciations of journalists like John Pilger for failing to be vocal enough in condemning Russia for invading Ukraine.

 

Monbiot, it seems, felt he had to prioritise defending journalism from the menace posed by independent journalists on the left over any threat posed by the combined force of the U.S. and British national-security states.

But maybe the issue for Monbiot really is, as he has openly worried before, that he does not have anything sufficiently interesting to add to the topic because Assange’s persecution is already being detailed so fully by … a handful of independent journalists — those like John Pilger he wishes to bully into silence.

Monbiot apparently does not need to dedicate a column to Assange, one that might alert millions of Guardian readers to the continuing persecution of a Western journalist and the related assault on journalism, because independent leftwing writers — ones being algorithmed into oblivion by social media platforms – are covering the issue already.

Breaking the Rulebook

Those unsure whether Monbiot is arguing in good faith — and whether, aside from matters that touch directly on his environmental brief, he actually represents anything that can be seriously called “the left” — might consider his latest astounding tweet.
He issued this one at the weekend, presumably adding so much to the burden of work that he could not find time to express his support for the human chain trying desperately to draw attention to the endless procedural and legal abuses at the heart the Assange case.

 

Nonetheless, we should celebrate the fact that Monbiot took time from his busy environmental schedule to watch the first of The Labour Files, Al Jazeera’s explosive four-part documentary. The programmes draw on a huge cache of leaked internal Labour Party files that show how the party’s rightwing bureaucracy broke Labour’s own rulebook — as well as the law – to surveil, smear, bully and expel members that were seen as leftwing or supporters of Corbyn.

Current leader Sir Keir Starmer appears to be colluding with, if not directing, this horror show.

 

 

READ MORE:

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/10/13/crippling-the-left/

 

FREE JULIAN ASSANGE NOW.