In a move sure to send shockwaves through the online activist community, Jonathon Elinoff—activist, researcher, and the filmmaker behind the Core of Corruption documentary series—has released a video archive of dozens of network news broadcasts detailing controversial and suppressed news stories.
The archive, compiled over a period of several years, features actual network news coverage of the Trilateral Commission, the shadow government that went into operation on 9/11, the Bohemian Grove and numerous other topics that the nightly news almost never mentions. Many of the videos (if not all) are being released online for the first time.
Just a few of the incredible videos currently available in the archive include:
A 2002 CBS report on Ptech:
A 1981 ABC report admitting Neal Bush was linked to Reagan's would-be assassin:
A 1994 CBS report on CIA drug running through Mena, Arkansas
The archive currently consists of 142 videos with many more being released each day. Announcing the release of the archive on the email subscription list at CoreofCorruption.com, Elinoff wrote: "This archive is the result of over $10,000 investment from Elinoff and even more from other individuals. I am still looking to connect with other people to get their clips. I will be uploading everything I have over the course of the next year, since I have over 4,000 clips so far and even more coming. I am labeling them but do not yet have them organized. I would like to launch a project similar to HisotryCommons.org and build a database using these clips."
The value of this archive should be immediately obvious to those activists and concerned citizens seeking to bring awareness to these controversial subjects. They serve as tools for educting those members of the public still under the spell of corporate media propaganda who refuse to believe an organization, group, problem or topic even exists unless they see it on the nightly news. Now, even those who only trust the corporate media mouthpieces can finally confront the reality of the Bohemian Grove, the BCCI Octopus, 9/11 insider trading and many other amazing stories.
For those who already recognize the importance of this archive, The Corbett Report suggests four ways in which you can help preserve and expand this invaluable resource:
Preserve: In an age where YouTube is looking more and more like the memory hole from Orwell's 1984, and where many other corporate-controlled websites and video sites aren't far behind, the most important thing anyone can do is to make sure this archive is backed up. Download important videos (or the entire archive) using software like Download Helper (FireFox extension) or websites like KeepVid.com that will download the video for you. Save copies on your hard drive or burn them to disk. Upload the videos to other video-sharing sites and even re-upload them to YouTube with different titles. If the data is spread out all over the web the censors won't be able to take it down so easily.
Inform: An educational tool like this is only of value if people know about it. Please distribute information about the archive in whatever way you can. If you have a website, blog about it. If you have an email list, send them the link to the archive or to this article. If you have friends, burn some of the clips on a CD or DVD and give it to them.
Contribute: While Jonathon Elinoff's vision and foresight in compiling and releasing this archive is commendable, it should not be seen as unique. Anyone can help to expand this archive or to create their own. Digitize any VHS tapes of old news broadcasts you may have or upload any digital clips you already possess that aren't widely available. Start recording news with an eye to preserving important news stories that slip past the editors. Send away for copies of important broadcasts from archival companies and services like C-Span Archives and Vanderbilt Archives.
Analyze: The archive is already massive and sure to get even larger in the future. No one can keep track of all of the data contained in it, and sometimes important pieces of the puzzle get lost in the flood of information. If you notice an important detail in one of the videos that no one else has, or if you have a different angle or insight into one of the stories, write an article about it. The Corbett Report would be happy to post it.