“If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people— including me— would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.“
—Hunter S. Thompson
Those of you who have an involvement in the dangerous game of politics, it may be of interest to know who’s telling the truth these days, and, whether the articles we read are real or imagined disinformation, emanating directly out of a governmental PR department. No genuine journalist would ever rely on such a source for the truth. As publisher of the SoHo Journal, through personal experience, take it from me that it is possible to become a political target for simply writing about the truth. And the mainstream media and writers eat their own for sales— as well as take orders from their masters— corporate, financial and political masters. Always pay attention to the agenda. Read between the lines. That is the basis of real reporting and political comprehension. Not the rehashing of a press release. OWS had a handle on this reality as well.
Pay attention to the current daily blog written by Gary Tilzer. His True News is one of the few remaining sources for political investigative reporting. His fearless reporting of the truth in political circles is worth noting. His web address is http://truenewsfromchangenyc.blogspot.com/.
Tilzer is a political consultant, writer and blogger whose articles have appeared in the New York Sun, the Village Voice as well as his own blog True News. Tilzer's blog is heavy on muck- breaking, investigative stories as well offering analysis and the breaking news of the day. True News has broken stories about corruption involving both the Brooklyn and Queens county leaders and other officials that that have been picked up by the city’s old media including the New York Times. Tilzer was nominated by the Village Voice for an investigative series of articles about landlords that used block busting to qualify for federal housing grants called the “Lords of Flatbush.” As a political consultant has specialized in taking on incumbents and the political machine. He is the only one in over 100 years to elect a Surrogate Judge in Brooklyn against the party bosses -- which he has done twice -- 2005 Margarita Lopez Torres and in 2007 Diana Johnson. Tilzer also ran the campaign for the first Orthodox woman to the City Council, the first Sephardic woman and the first Asian-American to the Assembly.