Is The New York Times Credible After Russian Collusion and 2016?

In January of 2015, Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim became the top owner of The New York Times. Only 4 months earlier, Bloomberg News reported,

“Billionaire Carlos Slim’s contribution to the Clinton Foundation is paying off” when on September 5, 2014, Hillary Clinton was a featured speaker at the annual gala for Carlos Slim’s charity after his organization donated 250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Hillary Clinton hugs Carlos Slim in 2014 / Credit: The Telmex

 

 

 

 

Slim proudly lists Bill Clinton among his supporters on his personal website. The Clinton Foundation presented Carlos Slim with a Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2012.

Actress Eva Longoria handed the Clinton Global Citizen Award to Mr. Carlos Slim Helú because of his leadership in philanthropy.

Credit: Adam Schultz

 

 

Clinton and Slim in 2008. Credit: CGSGI/Slim

Bill Clinton and Carlos Slim’s relationship dates back to at least 2008, when, along with Frank Giustra, the three sponsored a 20 million dollar works project in Mexico called the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI). Both Frank Giustra and Carlos Slim pledged 100 million each to The Clinton Foundation in 2009.

Both Carlos Slim and Frank Giustra donated to the Clinton Foundation in 2016, Giustra recently giving 25 million.

Giustra, Clinton and Slim in 2008. Credit: CGSGI/Slim/Giustra

Of note is that in January of 2015, it was reported by Forbes, that Carlos Slim’s company TracFone Wireless was ordered to pay the Federal Trade Commission for using deceptive practices and defrauding customers.

So, while long-time Clinton friend, Carlos Slim was taking majority control of the New York Times, one of his companies was found guilty of deceptive practices and defrauding US customers to the tune of 40 million dollars.

The New York Times President and  Former BBC Director-General Mark Thompson

Another big change at The New York Times occurred on On Aug. 14, 2012.

The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced:

Today that BBC Director-General Mark Thompson will become its next president and CEO. He will also become a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Within one year, Mark Thomson was ordered to appear in the UK to answer questions about the BBC’s failed Digital Media Initiative, which was intended to retire use of tapes and digitize the BBC’s archives. The project produced no work product and was abandoned in May of 2013 at a cost of £98.4m. (over 100 million US dollars)

Around the same time, Thompson was accused of lying to MPs in July of 2013 about a £1m dollar payout to his deputy and was summoned to explain himself and defend his actions in front of the British Parliament.

Those accusations would soon be dwarfed only two months later, when Mark Thompson, was again formally accused of lying while at the BBC.

This time he was accused of lying to assist in covering up a massive, 30 year pedophile ring involving British elite, child care homes and government officials.

Mark Thompson and Prince Charles Credit: AOLNews.com

The overlapping pedophile scandal(s) involved people at every level of the British government; including more than one Knighted politician, a former Prime Minister and Jeff Epstein friend, Prince Andrew.

New investigations have revealed pedophile rings operating out of multiple UK children’s care homes with half-hearted investigations and thwarted prosecutions spanning the last 30 years.

The UK has been plagued with child care home abuse scandals with multiple coverup accusations made against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, accusations of lost evidence, even suspicions that peodphile ring whistleblowers had been murdered.

Historically, the British media silenced and attempted to cover up and obfuscate facts, before finally admitting it was true. The BBC specifically, came under fire, when the depravity of BBC superstar Jimmy Saville’s sexual assaults on children-while on BBC premises, over the course of many years (among other heinous crimes)-was finally revealed to the public.

Jimmy Saville and Prince Charles AOLNews.com

The New York Times, BBC and Wikileaks

What is WikiLeaks?

WikiLeaks publishes large data-sets of leaked official materials “involving war, spying and corruption”. To understand the connection to crowd-sourcing and crime, it’s best to think of Wikileaks as an online safe, into which huge amounts of information and data are placed all at once, commonly referred to as a data dump.

The most important part about this online “safe” is that nothing can be placed inside of it which has not been verified to be authentic.

Although no organization can hope to have a perfect record forever, thus far WikiLeaks has a perfect record in document authentication and resistance to all censorship attempts.

How does this relate to journalism?

Because of Wikileaks’s method of dumping huge piles of information online all at once, it becomes the work of researchers and the public-at-large to mine this information for anything which may or not be of relevance regarding events, illegal or otherwise, “involving war, spying and corruption.”

At the end of 2016, a story began to unfold online in the US referred to as “pizzagate”. The term “pizzagate” specifically refers to code language researchers believe they found in emails Wikileaked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. Researchers believed the language alluded to organized pedophilia in elite US circles.

The New York Times and BBC published contemporary articles alleging the American pedophile scandal was fake.

It was revealed by researchers and other sites that Mark Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of the NY Times -which was denying the evidence of pizzagate- was the very same Mark Thompson, Former Director-General of the BBC, accused of lying to cover up the British Pedophile scandal.

Therefore, because of Mark Thompson’s reputation, when The New York Times called “pizzagate” fake, this had the effect of proving to researchers that it was true.

Who is the “Pizzagate Shooter”?

While pizzagate investigations were unfolding online, an event took place in Washington DC on December 5th 2016 that became known as the “pizzagate shooter” incident. A man named Edgar Maddison Welch claimed to be on a mission to “free children” from a DC pizzeria named Comet Ping Pong, connected to the Podesta/Clinton friend group. He apparently walked in, shot a rifle in frustration when he found no children to “free”, and was arrested shortly thereafter.

“Pizzagate Shooter Edgar Maddison Welch” Credit: The New York Times

The New York Times and the BBC’s coverage over time, merged the terms “pizzagate” and “pizzagate shooter” with the term “fake news”.

Nov 21 2016NY Times pizzagate: “fake news”

Dec 2 2016BBC pizzagate: “fake story” and “conspiracy theory”

Dec 5 2016NY Times pizzagate: “conspiracy theory” with “pizzagate shooter”

Dec 5 2016NY Times pizzagate: “fake news” with “pizzagate shooter” shooter

Dec 10 2016NY Times pizzagate: “conspiracy theory”

For online researchers, after the Mark Thompson revelation, The New York Times-itself- had become synonymous with “fake news”. Once this intellectual shift occurred, people began openly researching The New York Times stories for evidence of fakery:

Who is “pizzagate shooter” Edgar Maddison Welch?

With an “uncredited extra” part in The Bleeding, (2009) Starring: Armand Assante, DMX, Michael Madsen and famous British footballer, Vinnie Jones, people have been wondering why The New York Times failed to mention it.

Who is Edgar’s Father, Harry L. Welch, Jr?

Edgar Maddison Welch’s father, Harry L. Welch Jr. also has an IMDb page. One of Harry Welch’s companies is a film production company called Forever Young Productions, Inc. so it’s not unusual to see he also has an IMDb page. However, the things listed on his IMDb page are so far afield of film making, that they sound like a spy novel.

All of the items listed on the Harry L. Welch Jr. IMDb page, he confirms on his personal website:

  • Harry has been a NRA firearms instructor for over 35 years. He is rated as a Fire Arm Training Counselor, which enables him to train others trying to get their instructor’s rating. Harry has taught hundreds of civilians, military, and law enforcement officers in the tactical use of firearms and CCW classes. He is recognized as an expert firearms witness by the North Carolina Supreme Court.
  • Elected President of the North Carolina Crime Stoppers Association (two terms). Served as Executive Director for Protect-A-Child, a national, non-profit organization to prevent abuse and abduction of children. Appointed by Governor Jim Martin to the Governor’s Commission on Child Victimization.
  • In 1988, President Ronald Reagan selected Harry to join 15 other broadcasters to visit US Military Installation in Colorado. They received national clearance from the US Defense Department to visit the Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Bunker the alternate command center for NORAD.
  • Harry worked on federal, state and local task forces fighting the war on drugs. He served five years with the Rowan County ABC police. Duties included: stakeouts, watching illegal stills, patrolling the county for suspected bootleggers transporting non-tax paid whiskey, working undercover to purchase illegal liquor and participating in raids on stills and gambling houses. Their agency also worked with the U.S. Treasury Department’s local office of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms which increased their coverage area to eight counties.
  • Harry is a special deputy with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department.

Curiously, this Washington Post article written extensively about Edgar Maddison Welch’s parents and home-life, also never mentions that Harry Welch Jr. works in law enforcement, has done under-cover operations, was a broadcaster hand-picked by Reagan, is an expert in fire arms, has national security clearance from the Department of Defense, or that he:

  • Served as Executive Director for Protect-A-Child, a national, non-profit organization to prevent abuse and abduction of children.

This seems like an obvious connection to the story about his son rescuing children- yet it is never mentioned.

What is Forever Young Productions, Inc.?

Edgar Madison Welch, his father Harry L. Welch Jr. and his mom Terri, all work for their family-owned film production company called, Forever Young Productions, Inc.

They make films with and about children. The public Facebook page of their film “Mermaid Treasure”, shows Edgar acting and assisting in the production, tagged in these behind the scenes production photos-which are the same photos on the website of Forever Young Productions.com.

Public pages on Facebook are in the Public Domain.

Credit: Facebook/Mermaid Treasure/Forever Young Productions, Inc.

Credit: Facebook/Mermaid Treasure/Forever Young Productions, Inc.

Credit: Facebook/Mermaid Treasure/Forever Young Productions, Inc.

Credit: Facebook/Mermaid Treasure/Forever Young Productions, Inc.

All photo credits: Facebook/Mermaid Treasure/Forever Young Productions, Inc.

Why is this significant?

If the New York Times had reported the story of a troubled actor from a family of child-rescuers, whose father was the president of an anti child abuse organization, there would be no issue. If they had reported it as the story of a troubled actor whose father works in law enforcement and who also owns and operates a film production company which makes films about children, there still might be no issue.

In reality, Edgar Madison Welch is an actor and marksman who walked into Comet Ping Pong Pizza and shot the computer. Charges filed against suspected “Pizzagate” gunman

Welch fired the rifle inside the restaurant, and rounds possibly hit the walls, door and a computer, all of which were damaged, police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal said.

A computer?

If I wanted to hire someone to give me plausible deniability to destroy evidence of criminality on a company hard drive- while creating a wave of sympathy for me as the victim rather than a perpetrator, I would hire Edgar “Maddy” Welch to do exactly what he did.

It’s impossible to prove from that Edgar Madison Welch was just an actor, paid to play the “pizzagate shooter role” in a piece of “news-theater”.

Because of this uncovered information, it is also impossible to disprove.

What is real news and what is “fake news”?

Formally, the term “fake news” in popular language, as a descriptor- was not in use until recently. Researchers, suspicious of mainstream media by this time, wondered if the term “fake news” was manufactured and pumped out into “bogus” articles specifically in response to pizzagate- in order to “popularly discredit” the allegations without an investigation.

Google Trends appears to corroborate this notion and show a bump in “fake news” just ahead of “pizzagate” at the onset.

Credit: Google Trends/Google Image

Credit: Google Trends/Google Image

Researchers started to notice and track multiple waves of bots posting online in social media forums and added them to their “executive summaries” involving pizzagate itself:

Credit: Fully Sourced Executive Summary of Pizzagate Evidence | pizzagate /pbs. twimg dot com

Credit: Fully Sourced Executive Summary of Pizzagate Evidence | pizzagate /img safe dot com

What effect, if any, have these events had on the American public’s perception of media overall?

September 14 2016

Two months before the 2016 US Presidential Election a Gallup Poll taken revealed the lowest confidence in mainstream media in the entire 75 years of Gallup Poll history:

Credit: Gallup Poll

While it is clear Americans’ trust in the media has been eroding over time, the election campaign may be the reason that it has fallen so sharply this year. With many Republican leaders and conservative pundits saying Hillary Clinton has received overly positive media attention, while Donald Trump has been receiving unfair or negative attention, this may be the prime reason their relatively low trust in the media has evaporated even more.

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