The Post Millennial's editor-in-chief Libby Emmons and editor-at-large Andy Ngo joined journalist Tim Pool's podcast on Monday alongside Project Veritas' James O'Keefe and discussed their work as independent journalists.
On why it's important to support independent news outlets like The Post Millennial, Project Veritas, and Timcast, Emmons said that leftist cultural dominance has taken over mainstream media and there needs to be other avenues to get information.
"It's so important that the outlets that we're involved with continue to speak out and continue to speak the truth...we need more outlets like this. We need more venues for this kind of conversation and for an expression of reality as opposed to this dogmatic intolerance," TPM's Emmons said.
On the difference between independent media like The Post Millennial and corporate propaganda like The Washington Post, Emmons and O'Keefe said that corporate media acts as a political arm for the left and the elite.
"Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013," James O'Keefe said. "After Google and Facebook snatched up most of his advertising models, hedge funds like Alden Global Capital, everythings been consolidated, newspapers are gone, investigative journalism is gone. ABC News cut their whole investigative bureau. And Jeff Bezos, in an extraordinary admission of the power of narrative amplified by Big Tech through his ownership of The Washington Post, said, 'My ownership of The Post is something I will be most proud of when I'm 90 and reviewing my life.'"
O'Keefe said that Bezos' greatest achievement is owning The Washington Post instead of his other business ventures like Amazon and Blue Origin provides "great insight into the power of narrative."
"I think The Washington Post and The New York Times are more powerful than all three branches of government," O'Keefe said. "Government speaks through them, Big Tech prefers them in their algorithms."
Emmons explained that she finds it fascinating when individuals target independent outlets for going against the mainstream narrative.
"I kind of think of us as the anti-dote to fear," Emmons said about The Post Millennial. "We're not corporate. We're a small outlet. And what's really interesting is we get attacked by these activists who are saying we are aligned with specific interests and we're not. They're defending the big outlets, the big corporate media outlets, that are aligned with specific interests."
The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo explained that corporate journalists use anonymous sources to spread lies about their political opponents to destroy their reputations.
When Antifa militants brutally attacked Ngo in 2019 while reporting on the ground in Portland, Ngo said he was "naive" to think that he would receive support from mainstream media outlets. Ngo explained that journalists who initially condemned the attack, like CNN's Jake Tapper, made retractions after receiving backlash.
"All the hit-pieces came out in a way that seemed sort of coordinated," Ngo said about corporate media's coverage of the Antifa attack that left him with a traumatic brain injury. "I was watching in real time in fascination at how they can destroy someones reputation."
"There was an initial outpouring of support for me and then what happened was a local blog in Portland interviewed somebody and gave this person a pseudonym, so I have no idea who this person is that accused me of being in collaboration with this far-right group in Portland," Ngo explained.
Ngo said that because the accuser used a pseudonym he was unable to verify their identity which prevented him from being able to file legal claims.
"Then this damning story and headline which is false that was published in the Portland Mercury and then was repeated in other publications like Slate and Vox–and then that is cited in your wikipedia. And then when someone googles you who doesn't know who you are that's the first thing they see," Andy Ngo explained.
Watch the full Timcast episode here.
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