Category Archives: censorship

Kiriakou gets 30 months, Convertino snitches get a pass

By Joel Thurtell They say the Obama administration has gotten really tough with federal officials who leak government secrets to journalists. For proof, look at what happened to former CIA agent John Kiriakou. He revealed names of government operatives to … Continue reading

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Lord of the Lies

By Luke Warm Professor of Mendacity University of Munchausen There comes a time in the career of every Professor of Mendacity — even those of us who have earned multiple PhDs in the fields of Duplicity, Mendacity, Deceit and Diversion … Continue reading

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Of pizzas, pools and prosecutors: or, how the ‘Free’ Press (once again) muzzled itself

The Wall Street Journal‘s revelation that my onetime employer, The Detroit [Self-Styled] Free Press, had invited advertisers to participate in the reporting and editing process came as no surprise to me. I worked at the Free Press 23 years if … Continue reading

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Who scotched the tale?

By Joel Thurtell [paypal-donation] You never know who scotched the tale, Only that it didn’t run. No space! No space! You know that’s bull. You never know why the yarn got spiked, Only that it didn’t run. No space! No … Continue reading

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Big Ed’s ghost

By Joel Thurtell [paypal-donation] We at JOTR are firm DISBELIEVERS in any kind of occult happenings, yet the appearance of an e-mail purportedly from the Other World piqued our curiosity. Its claim to have come from the late Wayne County … Continue reading

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Varnishing Detroit’s ‘Free’ Press

By Joel Thurtell [paypal-donation] There was a time back in the 1980s when The Detroit Free Press killed not one, not two, but THREE editorial cartoons lampooning then U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese. Bosses were afraid those unvarnished drawings might … Continue reading

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‘Objectivity’ vs. truth

By Luke Warm Professor of Mendacity, University of Munchausen Today, I’m going to talk about telling really huge whoppers and getting the media to go along. Myra Megahertz, Dean of Manipulation here at U of M, asked me to give … Continue reading

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Watching them die

By Joel Thurtell  I should have been stunned by today’s (October 21, 2009)  New York Times report about a journalist’s attempt at “objectivity” in the face of calculated killing, but I wasn’t. Thirty or so years working in the news industry … Continue reading

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That hole in their story, again

By Joel Thurtell According to the May 21, 2009 Detroit Free Press, five lawyers involved with last year’s Kwamegate text message scandal have been charged with violating the lawyers’ canon of ethics and some may even have committed crimes in a coverup. … Continue reading

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Judge ignores JOTR, but Convertino hears

By Joel Thurtell I was disappointed when U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland ignored my advice that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the behavior of federal attorneys and maybe even the Detroit Free Press in producing a January 2004 … Continue reading

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