Punished For the Facts

Consortium News has raised the ire of the Establishment, which has hit back. 

Nina Jankowicz on Cyber Security at the U.S. Embassy Vienna in 2019. (U.S. Embassy, Vienna)

In July of last year, The Grayzone published an article revealing that a British Foreign Office official had contacted Nina Jankowicz, who then headed the now suspended U.S. Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board, to look into Consortium News.

In an email to Jankowicz with the subject line, “Who’s behind Consortium News,” the official says he had asked  Jankowicz about CN and said, “She is going to ask around but thinks it is useful idiots rather than funding.”

Screenshot of email to Jankowicz about Consortium News. (The GrayZone)

According to this email, Jankowicz didn’t think Russia was funding Consortium News. Very nice of her. We are just “useful idiots,” said the woman who served that function for the U.S. security state.

In another email seen by Consortium News, the former British official is quoted as saying he would “look into” CN‘s editor.  

This followed our editor’s inclusion on the Hamilton 68 “dashboard,” a fake list of supposed Russian stooges that mainstream media repeatedly quoted from without skepticism during the Russiagate mania.  

It also followed PayPal permanently suspending CN in May 2022 for apparently publishing what PayPal’s using agreement says was “disinformation.”  

In August 2022, NewsGuard judged our site “irresponsible” for publishing facts about the Ukraine conflict that it and the establishment want to suppress as they seek to protect their personal interests against the public’s. 

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21 comments for “Punished For the Facts

  1. robert e williamson jr
    June 25, 2023 at 16:11

    Haters gonna hate, especially when they are exposed as being useful idiots! It’s called projection.

  2. IJ Scambling
    June 24, 2023 at 11:48

    Available this morning 6/24 Scott Ritter response to Prighozen mutiny.

    He reveals that two days ago cells were being established in Moscow, then seized, and plot indicated using the Wagner forces, with British and US intelligence working the playbook.

    The basic idea is/was that Russians in general would join Prighozen since the Wagner forces have been heroized in the country, with the idea that Putin is soft and incompetent with corruption rife will lead Prig to success.

    But soon this rebellion will be dissolved, the Wagner forces will not fall into it, Prighozen nullified.


  3. Susan
    June 24, 2023 at 10:25

    What I want to know is – “Who Is Behind Mainstream Media”?

    • Valerie
      June 24, 2023 at 13:41

      Well the stupid people who read and believe it Susan. LOL

      • Share
        June 25, 2023 at 11:05

        I had to leave my friend’s when he said he wanted to “catch a little of the news” hoping to see Putin and Wagner getting into it. I only said I worry about nuclear war and he just poo poo’d that. There’s a good reason it’s been called “the boob tube.”

  4. Steve
    June 24, 2023 at 07:25

    You always catch the most flack when you are over the target.

    Consider establishment opposition ‘feedback’ that you are addressing the right issues and targeting the right people and organizations.

  5. Rob Roy
    June 23, 2023 at 23:01

    If you think you get raked over the coals/censored by the PTB, as do other alternative news such as the Grayzone, scheerpost, mondoweiss, electronic intifada, counterpunch, mintpress, et. al., consider what they will do (already are) to candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. I recently heard the June 20 anti-war and peace speech by President Jack Kennedy from sixty years ago, one that got him killed the following November. Tuesday in New Hampshire Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., gave an anti-war and peace campaign speech which is the best since his uncle’s speech. Nothing like that comes out of the DNC and RNC who are warmongers and war profiteers. Please show Kennedy’s speech on ConsortiumNews and print a transcript so your readers can hear/read this amazing talk. His audience loved being given permission and freedom to turn into humans again, and see the Russian point of view, for example. Their cheering was genuine. The evening was stunning and hopeful.
    Your work is essential and every day I am grateful also for Bob Parry, RIP.

  6. CaseyG
    June 23, 2023 at 21:32

    I truly admire Julian Assange, and wish that people in government like, Biden, and Blinken understood the importance of HONESTY. When I read of Blinken’s trip to China, I was disappointed in how shallow people like Blinken are.It so often seems that people like Blinken act as if they are the only important ones in America—but I don’t think we’ve had many true leaders in a long, long time.

  7. Pam
    June 23, 2023 at 21:06

    Glad to support you for many years now!!

  8. June 23, 2023 at 18:29

    Private Profit Public Loss Capitalism Must Go And Democracy Must Come

    We need a radical restructuring of the economic, political and value system that treats all of nature, earth, air, water and human beings as commodities to be bought, sold, rented in pursuit of enormous private profit for an ever shrinking number while increasing the hundreds of millions who sink lower economically while bearing the public loss that is the outcome of all private profit.

    Frank Scott

  9. Nathan Mulcahy
    June 23, 2023 at 16:26

    Don’t blame the authorities – blame the idiots who call themselves “American citizens”. That’s because they continue to support the two parties and the authorities in every way they can. Thanks to these idiots we now live in an INVERTED TOTALITARIAN system.

  10. Anaisanesse
    June 23, 2023 at 13:49

    Democracy and free speech seem lost among the “advanced Western nations ” of today .

  11. Skip Edwards
    June 23, 2023 at 12:12

    All one has to do is look back at the hell Daniel Ellsberg was put through to begin to understand what is occurring to Julian Assange and his family. Powerful governments play for keeps.

  12. June 23, 2023 at 12:11

    The British Foreign Office official: ”And I see a few very familiar names on the board” . . .

    I wonder if this might just happen to relate to Pilger’s profound axiom;

    ‘Hidden history is always the key to the truth’ . . . ?

  13. Peter Loeb
    June 23, 2023 at 11:11

    “You cannot hear or smell the truth of what you see…” (Ralph Ellison in “The Invisible Man” (Chapter 3)

    We depend on CN and while we are forced to use media and government reports (we have no other access),
    we know we are being manipulated. (Information from Russia is often blocked.)

    We look forward to our manipulative reports f the official narrative but with the help of writers for CN (and “Grayzone”
    and others) will form our own opinions.

    (Full disclosure: After reading about the recent report of the UN Secretary General, I sent around once more the report
    in “Grayzone” by Jeremy Loffredo, provided to me thanks to CN. When official lies are repeated again and again one “forgets”
    —or is forced to “forget” other views.)

  14. Maricata
    June 23, 2023 at 10:34

    All real opposition is being tracked, filed and investigated.

    At a meeting of top Turkish and US officials in Ankara in 1975, after Kissinger suggested that the Nixon administration could arrange to have allies provide critical military supplies to Turkey after a congressional vote banned US aid, the US ambassador blurted out, “That is illegal.” 

    Kissinger replied, “Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings,

    ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.’ [laughter] But since the Freedom of Information Act, I’m afraid to say things like that.”

    The secret transcript of this meeting was only made available by WikiLeaks in 2011, 36 years later.


    The ruling class is a sysnarchy.

    And yes, they are compiling lists of those they claim are ‘subvrsive’

    In “Writing the Truth: Five Difficulties”, Bertolt Brecht stated:

    “Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties.

    He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the cunning to spread the truth among such persons.

    These are formidable problems for writers living under Fascism, but they exist also for those writers who have fled or been exiled; they exist even for writers in countries where civil liberty prevails.”

    • vinnieoh
      June 23, 2023 at 16:46

      Fantastic comment. Thank you so much for that.

  15. Larry McGovern
    June 23, 2023 at 10:23

    AHAH!!! The truth finally out! Come on, Joe – come clean. Let us all see those transfers of many thousands of dollars into CN’s coffers directly from Russia’s Alpha Bank!! And, how’s life in Putin’s pocket?! He let you out for any R&R?

    On serious vein, Joe, your rejoinder to NewsGuard was nothing less than masterful and informative, and should be read/reread by all. Could I suggest you reprint it on CN?

    We should thank our lucky stars for “useful idiot” Joe Lauria and Consortium News.

  16. JonT
    June 23, 2023 at 07:08

    They are upset. Good. You are making a difference. Keep it up.

    • Carolyn L Zaremba
      June 23, 2023 at 10:28

      Agreed. You (and we who support you) are doing something right.

    • WillD
      June 23, 2023 at 23:01

      Yes, only a real idiot would think that the people behind CN are idiots. I’m intrigued by the ‘useful’ adjective they used, and to whom, apart from us the readers, they think CN is useful.

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