In the 1970’s The Washington Post was the epicenter for exposing criminality in government, presidential lies and malfeasance.
However, The Washington Post has now become synonymous with “Deep State Narrative”.* Literally:*
The Washington Post’s article suggesting the Founding Fathers would “actually like” the Deep State.
So how did this happen?
Let’s first look at the critically acclaimed works of investigative journalism The Washington Post made its reputation with in the early 70s. What follows is the official Washington Post Watergate Timeline.
June 17 - Five men, one of whom says he used to work for the CIA, are arrested at 2:30 a.m. trying to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate hotel and office complex. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005111001227.html)
June 19 - A GOP security aide is among the Watergate burglars, The Washington Post reports. Former attorney general John Mitchell, head of the Nixon reelection campaign, denies any link to the operation. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005111001228.html)
August 1 - A $25,000 cashier's check, apparently earmarked for the Nixon campaign, wound up in the bank account of a Watergate burglar, The Washington Post reports. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005111001229.html)
September 29 - John Mitchell, while serving as attorney general, controlled a secret Republican fund used to finance widespread intelligence-gathering operations against the Democrats, The Post reports. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005111001231.html)
October 10 - FBI agents establish that the Watergate break-in stems from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort, The Post reports. Post Story
November 7 - Nixon is reelected in one of the largest landslides in American political history, taking more than 60 percent of the vote and crushing the Democratic nominee, Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005111001233.html)
January 30 - Former Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. are convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident. Five other men plead guilty, but mysteries remain. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005111001234.html)
April 30 - Nixon's top White House staffers, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, and Attorney General Richard Kleindienst resign over the scandal. White House counsel John Dean is fired. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005111001235.html)
May 18 - The Senate Watergate Committee begins its nationally televised hearings. Attorney General-designate Elliot Richardson taps former solicitor general Archibald Cox as the Justice Department's special prosecutor for Watergate. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005111001236.html)| Post Analysis (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/06/AR2005070600739.html)
June 3 - John Dean has told Watergate investigators that he discussed the Watergate cover-up with President Nixon at least 35 times, The Post reports. Post Story
June 13 - Watergate prosecutors find a memo addressed to John Ehrlichman describing in detail the plans to burglarize the office of Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, The Post reports. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005112200792.html)
July 13 - Alexander Butterfield, former presidential appointments secretary, reveals in congressional testimony that since 1971 Nixon had recorded all conversations and telephone calls in his offices. Post Story
July 18 - Nixon reportedly orders the White House taping system disconnected.
July 23 - Nixon refuses to turn over the presidential tape recordings to the Senate Watergate Committee or the special prosecutor. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005112200796.html)
October 20 - Saturday Night Massacre: Nixon fires Archibald Cox and abolishes the office of the special prosecutor. Attorney General Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus resign. Pressure for impeachment mounts in Congress. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005112200799.html)
November 17 - Nixon declares, "I'm not a crook," maintaining his innocence in the Watergate case. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005112200801.html)
December 7 - The White House can't explain an 18 ½-minute gap in one of the subpoenaed tapes. Chief of Staff Alexander Haig says one theory is that "some sinister force" erased the segment. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/06/AR2005070600807.html)
April 30 - The White House releases more than 1,200 pages of edited transcripts of the Nixon tapes to the House Judiciary Committee, but the committee insists that the tapes themselves must be turned over. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/05/31/AR2005112200803.html)
July 24 - The Supreme Court rules unanimously that Nixon must turn over the tape recordings of 64 White House conversations, rejecting the president's claims of executive privilege. Post Story
July 27 - House Judiciary Committee passes the first of three articles of impeachment, charging obstruction of justice.
August 8 - Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign. Vice President Gerald R. Ford assumes the country's highest office. He will later pardon Nixon of all charges related to the Watergate case. Post Story (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2002/06/03/AR2005033108821.html)
This incredible groundbreaking and seminal reporting is a far cry from the now-cozy relationships being fostered at the Washington Post between the paper and the political insiders connected to:
multiple ongoing criminal investigations
dirty dealings with state agents
fake news cover ups of serious criminality.
The Washington Post is no stranger to fake news. Seven years after Nixon’s resignation, the paper suffered a huge blow to its credibility.
The Washington Post was forced to give back a Pulitzer Prize awarded to reporter Janet Cooke in 1981 after she admitted that her story about an 8-year-old heroin addict in Washington named Jimmy was a ****fabrication (http://www.nytimes.com/1981/04/16/nyregion/washington-post-gives-up-pulitzer-calling-article-on-addict-8-fiction.html).
So we know that historically, The Washington Post (once a bastion for revealing truth) has absolutely reported fake news. But does this “rogue” reporter faking a story in 1981 account for the state of the organization today?
Q: How did The Washington Post actually become an agent* for *the State?
A: “Follow the Money”
Trust-fund wunderkind, Jeff Bezos started his company with $300,000 from mom and dad in 1994.
He founded Amazon at 30 with a $300,000 loan from his parents, working out of the garage in his home in Bellevue, Wash. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/washington-post-to-be-sold-to-jeff-bezos/2013/08/05/ca537c9e-fe0c-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html?utm_term=.72e79ed7a9b8)
Amazons Profits in Perspective
Why is Amazon not making money? In part, it's because the company invests a large share of its revenue for the future, saving little for investors. In 2012, the company spent nearly $3.9 billion on building data centers and fulfillment centers around the country. President Barack Obama visited one such fulfillment center in July, using it as an example of new job creation.
Jeff Bezos purchases The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/details-of-bezos-deal-to-buy-washington-post/2013/08/05/968a2bc4-fe1b-11e2-9711-3708310f6f4d_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.59f71a119a56)
Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon
Amazon, ‘The Washington Post’ and That $600 Million CIA Contract (https://www.thenation.com/article/amazon-washington-post-and-600-million-cia-contract/)
Amazon Wins Ruling for $600 Million CIA Cloud Contract
Amazon Wins Best Cloud In CIA Bake-Off - Information Week
CIA $600 Million Dollar Washington Post Contract
Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post
News media should illuminate conflicts of interest, not embody them. But the owner of the Washington Post is now doing big business with the Central Intelligence Agency, while readers of the newspaper’s CIA coverage are left in the dark.
“Bezos personally and publicly touts Amazon Web Services, and it’s evident that Amazon will be seeking more CIA contracts. Last month, Amazon issued a statement saying, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”
As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers.
Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment. The media watch group FAIR pointed out what happened after WikiLeaks published State Department cables: “WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon’s webhosting service AWS. So at the height of public interest in what WikiLeaks was publishing, readers were unable to access the WikiLeaks website.”
Institute for Public Accuracy:
When the main shareholder in one of the very largest corporations in the world benefits from a massive contract with the CIA on the one hand, and that same billionaire owns the Washington Post on the other hand, there are serious problems. The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media. Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself.
If some official enemy of the United States had a comparable situation—say the owner of the dominant newspaper in Caracas was getting $600 million in secretive contracts from the Maduro government—the Post itself would lead the howling chorus impaling that newspaper and that government for making a mockery of a free press. It is time for the Post to take a dose of its own medicine.”
From the Petition, by Norman Solomon
“A basic principle of journalism is to acknowledge when the owner of a media outlet has a major financial relationship with the subject of coverage. We strongly urge the Washington Post to be fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. The Washington Post’s coverage of the CIA should include full disclosure that the sole owner of the Post is also the main owner of Amazon -- and Amazon is now gaining huge profits directly from the CIA.”
The Washington Post, Political Insiders, CIA Contracts and Fake News
C.I.A.- connected Washington Post hires former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta (https://www.intellihub.com/cia-connected-washington-post-hires-former-clinton-campaign-chairman-john-podesta/)*
To recap, the openly CIA connected Washington Post has hired long-time Clinton shill John Podesta while continuing to be a key part of the deep state run operation to take out the sitting president in what would amount to the end of American democracy.
- John Podesta And Podesta Group Under Investigation By FBI And DOJ (https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2016/08/23/john-podesta-and-podesta-group-under-investigation-by-fbi-and-doj/)
Washington Post Adds ‘Clarification’ Noting That Ned Price is Clinton Donor (http://freebeacon.com/politics/washington-post-adds-clarification-noting-that-ned-price-is-clinton-donor/)
Price wrote in his Sunday column that he had decided to quit the CIA and that his decision "had nothing to do with politics." …By Thursday, the paper had appended a clarification noting that it should have disclosed Price's partisan activity when the column was initially published.
Washington Post Report Linking Russian Government to Trump & Election Hacking Is “Outright Lie” (http://truepundit.com/cia-washington-post-report-linking-russian-government-to-trump-election-hacking-is-outright-lie/)
The CIA sources’ collective assessment that the Washington Post purposely and brutally misrepresented the CIA’s findings is the third blow to the embattled newspaper in the last week, having been busted writing two other high profile fake stories on national security that were quickly proven to be problematic and ultimately bogus.
A veteran beltway journalist, author and award-winning professor said very little has changed at the Washington Post since he worked as a Beltway journalist covering politics in Prince George’s, Maryland. Sadly, he said, the Washington Post’s recent practices are not the exception but the rule at the newspaper.
“They just make news up, fabricate whatever news was required at the time, especially when they were scooped or embarrassed by other publications,” said Gregg Morris. “Sometimes they did it because they believed they were entitled. Nothing has changed.”