The so-called "Panama Papers" are a bombshell, but who will die from the bomb fragments? For those of us who have heralded and supported whistle blowing efforts such as those from Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks, news today these "leaked" intrigues may or may not be legit. The so-called "Panama Papers" are hitting mainstream headlines this week. If my suspicions are right though, the crooked chaos game's real villains may soon be revealed, and Vladimir Putin won't be on that list. Better still, our football heroes may still be heroes after all.
Ten days ago my research team notified my presidential press secretary to Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov was about to announce another "hatchet job" by mainstream media on the Russian president's character. At the time my reaction was, "What's new?" If I had only known about these Panama Papers at the same time as The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the German public broadcasters NDR and WDR, and more than 100 international media outlets, then perhaps my suspicious nature would not have arisen. Judging from the well crafted and tailored preparations of some of these media outlets, quite a bit of time, money, and creativity has been paid to "evangelizing" these "revelations". Me and my colleagues, the hundreds of independent journalists who've invested heavily in the dissenting view on western hegemony, we take umbrage here. But this is not the central issue I bring before you today. Questionable storytelling is.
Two stories illustrate the seeming bias, and the continued media reverb of "probably" instead of fact.