Investigative Journalism alive and well across the pond

Canada Free Press

Investigative journalists like David Jones of the DailyMail.co.uk may be “across the pond”  but the tabs they keep on Obama & Co., among others, go a long way in keeping the flame of hope alive among patriots seeking the truth.

Good, old-fashioned investigative reporting is alive and well at Britain’s Daily Mail and casts a shadow of shame on the mainstream media in America who live up to reader complaint of being “in the tank” with the White House administration.

Investigative journalism may be a dying art in North America but it’s what British reporters cut their teeth on.

No British reporter worth his/her salt needed a map to find the swamp.  Politicians and corruption are the swamp from which the British press reports.  The scoops surface from the swamp and not at the nearest bar.

There was no vetting by homeland media when Senator Barack Obama wrote his way into presidential history with a book dedicated to his father.  Not only did the America media lap up the unverified message of the book, one reporter even admitted to getting a famous thrill up his leg.

Journalism history now proves that The Daily Mail was out on the investigative trail even BEFORE Senator Barack Obama swaggered his way into the Oval office.

A drunk and a bigot—what the US Presidential hopeful HASN’t said about his father….heralded the Daily Mail back in January of 2007.

Writing about Obama’s book, Dreams from my Father,  Daily Mail reporter Sharon Churcher didn’t fall for the story line without question.

“Yet an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has revealed that, for all Mr. Obama’s reputation for straight talking and the compelling narrative of his recollections, they are largely myth,” Churcher wrote.  “We have discovered that his father was not just a deeply flawed individual but an abusive bigamist and an egomaniac, whose life was ruined not by racism or corruption but his own weaknesses.”

Remember the `Barack n Bones’ picture on the cover of the Drudge Report?  That pic showing Obama as “thin as a rail” didn’t come from the American mainstream media but from across the pond at The Mail.

So when The Daily Mail’s David Jones got me on the telephone yesterday to complain how Canada Free Press News Headlines had attributed his Saturday story to “By Editor”, I was all ears.

Jones was angry (rightly so) and could have cared less if the error happened through CFP’s blankety-blank content management system. (Now fixed).

The Jones story: Voodoo despot who bled Haiti dry is tracked down to Paris where he’s plotting to use quake tragedy is a masterpiece, and solely Mr. Jones’.

…”Once they ruled Haiti like some feudal fiefdom, plundering millions from the state coffers to fund a lifestyle of nauseating grandeur while their downtrodden subjects begged for food.

“Almost as many people are said to have been murdered during their family’s three decades in power as died in last week’s earthquake; dragged from their beds at dead of night by the sinister Tonton Macoutes, a voodoo-worshipping militia reputed to be zombies.”

You won’t see stories like this in the American press quoting one of the Clintons.  All the more reason why readers need newspapers like the Daily Mail where the truth comes unvarnished.

In America the mainstream media has, by and large, abandoned its job and thrown in its lot with the politicians of the day, forcing readers to flock to the Internet and sites like DailyMail.co.uk

Truth and investigative journalism have taken the same path to the past as the newsboys yelling, “Extra! Extra! on the street corner.

But investigative journalism isn’t dead.  It is alive and even flourishing in feisty British newspapers like the Daily Mail.

And because investigative journalism is still doing its job across the pond, it may someday return to the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free.

Godspeed.

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