John Pilger interviewed by Cindy Sheehan + Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

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February 21, 2010

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John Pilger

Once again, Cindy still ♥s the Pacifica Network  and will begin uploading her new half-hour format interview show to the Pacifica affiliate, starting with Venezuela’s Hugo Chaves on March 14th.  However, today Cindy hosts famous and prolific Australian journalist John Pilger.  John has a highly relevant and informative blog at  Cindy and John have a deep and particularly insightful conversation, touching on Barack Obama’s actual rightwing orientation (contrasted with his characterization by the corporate media as a “socialist”), to the suppression of “forbidden” un-authorized viewpoints.  Ya gotta hear this to get it.


Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Back in the day, during time of war, messages were delivered by a person to the opposing camp. What a job to have, huh? Many times the messenger was killed after the message was delivered out of rage, revenge, or just because.

Today, during times of war, the messages are delivered quite differently, but being in the business of delivering messages is still risky, especially if some people very vehemently do not want to hear the truth.

Now, “Attacking the Messenger” is a subdivision of the ad hominem logical fallacy, and boy, did I get attacked last week for having Glenn Greenwald on my show and exposing the Presidential Assassination Program. I haven’t been so roundly, thoroughly or more vilely attacked since I started to publicly say that the war in Iraq was based on lies–but this time from the other “side.”

I got called “liar”, and things that the rightwing reactionaries usually call me that can’t be printed in polite company–for just pointing out the truth.

And like my guest said, “Where’s the outcry” against this administration for ordering the assassinations of U.S. citizens–and many times their families and neighbors? There was a huge outcry from the Democratic base when we found out the that the Bush Admin was spying on our phone calls, but not even a peep when we find out that the Obama regime is targeting U.S. citizens in this extra-judicial crime spree. It’s not a comfortable fact, but it’s a fact, and anger should be directed properly. Your government is a rogue government–facts are facts and truth is the truth no matter who warms up the presidential chair in the Oval Office.

Anyway, I will keep telling the truth, and I don’t “lie” about anything. If I ever get my facts wrong, I always correct that, but you can all be guaranteed if I say something, it has been researched through credible sources! And of course, you can always research whatever I say yourself.


Please listen to today’s show with amazing truth-teller, Australian Journalist, John Pilger (pictured here with Pres. Chavez of VZ)–it’s probably one of the best ever–listen at the website.

Next week, the show will have another amazing truth-teller, whistleblower, Colleen Rowley, who was also a Time Mag Person of the Year! (Colleen’s the one in front)


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4 thoughts on “John Pilger interviewed by Cindy Sheehan + Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

  1. Unfortunately, the sneering that Pilger does early in this interview about ‘conspiracy theorists’ is REALLY beneath him. I’m so sick and tired of lefties sneering about ‘conspiracy theorists’ because they are so damn afraid of being labeled as such. Wake up, Pilger, Chomsky, et al: you are labeled that way no matter what you do!! What you need to do is refuse to help those who seek to demonize ‘conspiracy theorists’. STOP HELPING THEM. Conspiracy theorists are just like all critical thinkers: some are better, some are worse; some arguments are stronger, some are weaker; some points attach more directly to evidence and some are more speculative; etc.. It is absolutely vital that sincere critical thinkers STOP helping establishmentarians and gatekeepers demonize conspiracy theory. This is not optional. It’s absolutely necessary. You cannot say to people ‘search for the truth, but don’t go near the stuff that the establishmentarians label as kooky’. The contradiction in that is deadly to any hopes that we can build a movement for progressive change. When you stick the knife of demonization into the search for truth, you kill any movement based on truth, and you leave the field wide open for the power-surfing oligarchs you pretend to oppose.

    • Not all conspiracies are theories, nor ‘right wing’.
      Some crimes obviously need to be REINVESTIGATED.
      I too don’t get the ‘left wing’ deniers who try to appease the right, good man Maher among them, as is the Nation. Debunking or denial?

  2. Thankyou Pilger for saying what isn’t acknowledged enough: that Cindy has carried an ENORMOUS burden for the rest of us for years now. Let’s appreciate her and learn from her. TEACH US, CINDY!

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