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Media Gloats Over Trump Indictment—Ignoring Dangers, Blinken Rejects Australia Demands to FreeAssange, & Worst Pro-Iraq War Journalist Promoted (Again), w/ Michael Tracey
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August 04, 2023
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Good evening. It's Wednesday, August 2. Welcome to a new episode of System Update, our live nightly show that airs every Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern, exclusively here on Rumble, the free speech alternative to YouTube. 

Before getting into the topics of tonight's show, we have a couple of programming notes. First of all, we are really starting to encourage our audience here on Rumble, here on System Update, to download the Rumble app, which is of great quality and will enable you to follow our program there and to turn on notifications. And that will in turn let the show directly notify you or email you exactly when our live broadcast is beginning so you don't have to wait. You will always be reminded. We are really thrilled, by the way, with the way this program has grown in a very short nine months. Our audience is really growing rapidly. Yet to the very large size. We are climbing the podcasting charts as well. But we do want to do more to promote the show, to spread the show. So, in addition to downloading the app and making sure you're notified, you can encourage others to do the same. 

Secondly, we are going to start introducing new features where we will begin much more frequently interacting with the commenters and the live chat feature that is here on Rumble, interacting with our audience and my readership has always been a very important part of how I've done journalism. We do have the live interactive aftershow every Tuesday and Thursday night that is devoted exclusively to interacting with comments, taking feedback and suggestions but we're going to start incorporating a lot more of that into the live program here on Rumble as well very shortly. 

For now, we just wanted to make a note that sometimes people go into the live chat and impersonate me by using various formulations of my name, and you should know that if it seems like I'm participating in the chat at the same time that I am speaking and reporting, live, here on the program, you should assume what probably is the obvious conclusion that that person is not me and is an impersonator. We've seen a few people falling for that. Don't fall for that, that is not me. But when we increase the interactive features of the chat, we will have a way for me to participate directly there, to interact on screen. We're really looking forward to that. 

And then, finally, as a programming note, although I'm not yet authorized to talk about the details, you may notice that I have here this secret new device, this device bequeathed to me great, great power. And you'll see it on my desk. You'll see me using it. As I said, I'm not authorized to speak about it. I don't want to have an indictment of the kind that Donald Trump got from Mar-a-Lago. But it is here, and I'm very ready to use it. 

For tonight's show, the fallout from Donald Trump's latest criminal indictment. His third so far, his third nightmare continues to unfold. Having had far more opportunity today than yesterday to delve into the substance of each aspect of the indictment, the frivolousness of these charges, as well as their dangers, have become much more manifest to me. But over the past 36 hours, since the indictment was unveiled, most of the corporate media, unsurprisingly, devoted very little to no time to examining or even allowing their audience to hear or read any of the criticisms of the indictment. Instead, they were in full-on gloating mode, barely trying to hide their utter glee and ecstasy over the fact that Joe Biden's principal political opponent and the man they long ago decided was the gravest threat to American democracies in decades – if not ever – was once again charged with crimes, this time in connection with an event they now regard as sacred, as having quasi-religious overtones: the “insurrection” of January 6. Some of the reactions were corrupt, but some of them are downright embarrassing when it came to the melodramatic pronouncements they were issuing about the sacredness and importance of this event. We’ll highlight both key dangers of this latest indictment, as well as the corporate media and the party they threw for itself in lieu of doing any actual criminal reporting on it. 

For that part of the show, we will talk to the supremely independent reporter, Michael Tracey, about this newest Trump indictment, about the political pressures that led to it and other topics as well, including the latest in the war in Ukraine. 

And then, Australia's Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, has spent the year publicly denouncing the Biden administration for what appears to be the United States' real determination to proceed with the extradition and prosecution of Australians. That is in Julian Assange and a series of comments that have become increasingly strident over the year. Prime Minister Albanese reflecting growing resentment among Australians over what even many Assange critics there perceived to be the now abusive and excessive persecution of him by the United States, has urged the U.S. government and the Biden administration specifically to withdraw the prosecution. “Enough is enough,” he proclaimed, in May. The Biden administration’s refusal to heed this request from an allied government and a friendly government at a center-left government is beginning to generate real tensions with this vital American ally. In a visit to the country over the weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken pointedly refused to consider dropping the charges, telling reporters in Australia that Assange stands accused of “very serious criminal conduct,” mainly journalism. In response, the Australian prime Minister, again, told reporters “This has gone on for too long, far too long. Enough is enough.” He accused the U.S. of using double standards in its treatment of Assange and prompting some rare but rather intense negative media coverage in Australia towards the United States. We'll report on these latest developments.

Then, America's corporate media loves to depict itself as the bulwark against disinformation, the heroic vanguards that keep you from being exposed to things that might deceive you. And yet, those who thrive and are most rewarded within these same media corporations are the people who lie most aggressively and casually, as long as they're lying on behalf of the U.S. security state and its agenda. The journalist who did more than any single American to convince Americans of the vital lie that Saddam Hussein personally participated in the planning of 9/11 – that lie was crucial to get Americans to support the invasion of Iraq, which ended up killing around a million people. That person is Jeffrey Goldberg. And for those lies that he told, he was promoted from the liberal journal The New Yorker, where he won journalism prizes for those articles in 2002 linking Iraq to al-Qaida, and then, became the editor-in-chief of the liberal journal The Atlantic. He should have been scorned out of decent society forever, and yet he became the editor of one of America's most influential liberal magazines funded by Steve Jobs’ widow. And, again, today, he's been promoted along with the remaining editor of The Atlantic. He'll now be the new host of PBS's Washington Week. It cannot be emphasized enough, while the corporate media endlessly warns of the dangers of disinformation to the point of demanding the power to censor the Internet to protect you from it, nobody spreads and rewards serial destructive lying more than these media corporations do. 

Finally, we have spent months telling you and reporting on the growing censorship regime in Brazil, both because it matters unto itself, given how huge Brazil is and how influential it is in our hemisphere, but also because Brazil is plainly being used as a laboratory by the EU, Canada and the U.S. to see how far Internet censorship can go. Today, Brazil's Supreme Court judge, who is the person largely responsible for the entire censorship regime, took another truly disturbing step in destroying the life and work of the podcaster who until two years ago, just two years ago, was Brazil's most popular and influential podcast host, regularly called the Joe Rogan of Brazil. His name is Monarch. We had him on the show in January to report on a censorship order that targeted him and other Big Tech platforms, including senators and Congress members who supported President Bolsonaro. And the court today opened a criminal investigation into Monarch, barred him entirely from using the Internet and find him 300,000 reais, the equivalent of $75,000 or so, entirely based on a claim that has never been tested in court, that has never been the subject of a trial, that he was spreading disinformation. That's the only allegation against him. They've now turned him into a criminal. And completely wrecked his life. It is disturbing and alarming in the extreme. And we'll show you where the censorship regime in the West is headed by looking at how despotic Brazil has become. And we are not that far away from it in the United States and certainly not in the U.S. where there are no First Amendment protections. 

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