Loud whistleblowers and blowhard obsessive progressives

A letter to the editor

The recipients of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes have just been announced, with various prestigious honours going to those who work in publications in the USA. The international prize is split between Associated Press for their coverage of the war in Yemen, and Reuters correspondents who are presently in Myanmar prisons for their coverage of the crackdown on that country’s Rohingya Muslims.

Those jailed reporters represent the whistleblowers who would probably most please Joseph Pulitzer, having left a legacy in his will 102 years ago for New York’s Columbia University to establish the prize along with a school of journalism. Mr. Pulitzer was a renowned publisher who revolutionized the newspaper business, and was known for being a loud whistleblower himself. When the Panama Canal was being built, he published allegations about $40-million corruptly going to some of President Teddy Roosevelt’s friends and family members. A huge controversy ensued, with indictments for criminally libelling the President and his cohorts, and Pulitzer was labelled as a purveyor of Fake News, a term he often aimed at other prominent publishers at the time. The case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, and was finally adjudicated just before Mr. Pulitzer died. He was fully exonerated, and recent events makes one wonder just how much has changed in a century of publishing.

For example, last week another prominent publisher and whistleblower named Julian Assange was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and arrested for breach of bail in UK. He’s wanted in the USA for publishing a huge amount of classified information on his WikiLeaks website almost a decade ago. It is alleged that he conspired with a US serviceman, Private Bradley Manning, who was subsequently found guilty of computer fraud and espionage, and sentenced to 35 years in the slammer. However, thanks to President Obama’s pardon, Private Manning was freed after serving about four years, during which time Bradley trans-gendered into Chelsea.

As if those facts are not complicated enough, while a refugee at the Ecuadorian Embassy in 2016 Mr. Assange published a dossier of emails and communications that were property of the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign. Many blowhard obsessive progressives in the USA would relish having Mr. Assange testifying under oath as to whether those emails came from a Russian source, and if Donald Trump’s 2016 Election Campaign had knowledge of their procurement and publication. After a mind-numbing twenty-two months of Robert Mueller’s investigation, the aforementioned blowhard obsessive progressives are deeply dissatisfied that there was no finding of collusion between President Trump and Russian agents. They simply cannot accept Mr. Mueller’s ruling nor the result of the 2016 Presidential Election, and now see Mr. Assange as their best bet to explain why Hillary Clinton is not sitting in the Oval Office. If politics and publishing were fraught with intrigue and danger in Mr. Pulitzer’s days, they are just as intriguing and dangerous with Mr. Assange in the spotlight today.

Bernie Smith


Just Posted

On a journey with Forest Grove artist Neil Pinkett

Art by Neil Pinkett will be on display at Parkside Art Gallery from May 17 - June 15

South Green Lake VFD busy with live fire training, runaway grass fire and garage sale

SGLVFD busy with live fire training, runaway grass fire and May 19… Continue reading

Convicted animal abuser to return to B.C. court May 21

Catherine Jessica Adams is facing a breach of probation charge

100 Mile House’s Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School Gets Loud for Mental Health Week

’Students can benefit from knowing that they aren’t alone in their feelings’

The Magic of Q takes guests on an artistic journey

This little known gallery is just off of Highway 97 near Lac La Hache

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Rescue crews still searching for Okanagan kayaker last seen three days ago

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

B.C. residential school survivor’s indomitable human spirit centre of school play

Terrace theatre company plans to revive Nisga’a leader Larry Guno’s Bunk #7 next year

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Most Read