Yellow Journalism At It’s Finest

I enjoy watching and listening to alternative media—this includes podcasts and late night radio shows. One of my favorites is Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.

Clyde is outspoken and has provoked some pretty powerful people in the past. He has received death threats and even had a close call with a car bomb. He has no qualms mentioning these facts on his show, but so far, remains vague as to who threatened him.

I mention this fact to illustrate how important the first amendment rights are to Clyde. You might even say its a hot button for him.

So, when Brandon Turbeville, wrote an article on antimedia.org about a publication just released by the Pentagon that seemed to be targeting journalists, of course it caught Clyde’s attention.

According to Brandon, within the document, journalists were being labeled Unprivileged Belligerents, an odd phrase at least, but chilling in its deeper meaning.

So, Brandon Turbeville was booked for an interview on Ground Zero.

When the interview with Brandon Turbeville started I was all ears. I listened for the document’s title and a website where it can be downloaded. I was thinking that this would make an interesting blog post. I continued to listen as I downloaded the file, all 1200 pages.

Clyde and Brandon were discussing this document as if freedom of the press was being stomped on. Journalists were being marginalized. Here were two journalists, one a broadcaster, the other a writer, watching, what they deemed to be, the end to freedom of the press, free speech.

I never write an article until I do some research. And this would be no different. I was not going to take Brandon Turbeville’s word as gospel.

The first thing I did was perform a key word search in the document. Since it is a PDF file, that’s a very simple task. I searched for ‘journalist’ I got several hits and read all the sections that were flagged.

I kept looking for something nefarious. I didn’t find it.

But what I did discover was surprising, and a bit disappointing, to say the least. There was no story here. At least not the one that Brandon was telling.

The real story wasn’t in the document at all. The real story was playing out on the radio as I listened. Clyde Lewis was being lead down a rabbit hole, and didn’t even know it.

I don’t know if Brandon Turbeville is stupid or clever. But this man used Clyde Lewis’ radio program to get his 15 minutes of shame. There was all this hubbub over a document, yet, all it says about journalists are the differences between embedded journalists, military journalists, and independent journalists. It also explains what rights each category has under the Geneva Convention in time of war.

The term, Unprivileged Belligerent, on which Clyde and Brandon based their whole conversation, isn’t even describing a journalist. It is the term for someone pretending to be a journalist so he can blow up stuff and kill people.

If anyone was pretending to be a journalist, it’s Brandon Turbeville. Was he out to kill the credibility of Clyde Lewis?

Gentlemen, I believe we have discovered an Unprivileged Belligerent in our ranks!

But don’t take my word for it. Search the document yourself.

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