|Sibel Edmonds, founder of Newsbud|
Edmonds, who publishes the Boiling Frogs Post blog, is founder of Newsbud, which is 100-percent funded by viewers. That means it presents the kind of independent reporting, with no corporate or political control, that we desperately need in this age of a frayed and timid journalism landscape.
That's why I was so pleased to be a contributor on one of Newsbud's earliest presentations. My segment focused on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the bribery convictions of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell. Peter B. Collins and I discussed the following questions: What impact will the McDonnell ruling have on the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who remains in federal prison on charges similar to those in the McDonnell case? And why did the Supreme Court hear the McDonnell case after passing on multiple opportunities to review the Siegelman matter, which has become known as perhaps the most notorious political prosecution in American history.
Below is Newsbud's full Episode 5, which includes my segment starting at about the 11:00 mark. I think you will see immediately that this is a professional news operation, which is likely to live up to its motto -- "Newsbud: Where Media Integrity Matters."
What is Newsbud's mission, how does it plan to shake up journalism in the 2000s. For one, it's reaching out to an underserved audience. Says one promotional item: "Support the alternative-alternative media by getting involved and joining us, the irate minority."
It's the alternative-alternative media for the irate minority. I like the sound of that. Check out, for example, Newsbud's treatment of the Dennis Hastert pedophilia/hush money scandal. You will see what the mainstream media was not willing to report, by clicking on this link.
Here is more about Newsbud's mission and vision, from an article by Sibel Edmonds:
Now is the time to stand up for your right to be informed and help create a news and multimedia network unlike anything else online, in print, or on TV. Newsbud will produce original stories, investigative reports, video-podcasts, editorials, and discussion forums, and it will be a real independent alternative because it will be 100% people funded. . . .
Solely people-funded media means no corporate advertisement gunk. It means no marketing gimmicks imbedded in the information presented. It means no strings attached to billionaire sugar daddies- be it Soros, Koch, Rockefellers or Carnegies. It means a media outlet only accountable to you-to we the people. This means integrity. It means ethical and agenda-free journalism. It means making we the people relevant, and taking the 0.0001% out of the equation, thus making them irrelevant. And most importantly, it means that it is up to you and me, up to us the people, to do what it takes to create NEWSBUD-Where Media Integrity Matters. Thomas Jefferson put it simply and eloquently: "An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy."
Here are links to other Newsbud episodes produced so far:
* Synthetic Terrorism: The Uncanny Parallels from 9/11 to Istanbul Airport Attack
* The Telling Travel Log of NATO Chief Stoltenberg: Is NATO Getting Desperate for a Conflict?
* U.S. Foreign Military Sales to Lebanon
* ChemTrails: The CIA and Weather Modification
* Meet Operation Gladio B’s New Terror Mastermind: Akhmed Chatayevbr
Newsbud is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign, and if you would like to help a promising journalism enterprise take flight, we invite you to check out the following link:
Below is the new episode, featuring Peter B. Collins and I discussing the Don Siegelman case, in the aftermath of the SCOTUS ruling in McDonnell. Our segment starts at about the 11:00 mark.