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NBC Reporter Quits, Accuses Network of Anti-Trump Propaganda

Veteran journalist William M. Arkin says news outlet is pushing pro-war agenda

 on 6th January 2019 @ 6.00pm
william m  arkin quit nbc news  accusing the network of pro war  anti trump propaganda © press
William M. Arkin quit NBC news, accusing the network of pro-war, anti-Trump propaganda

A veteran news reporter has quit NBC, accusing the network of pushing anti-Trump, pro-war propaganda.

William M. Arkin accused the new outlet of having an "infatuation" with the "Trump circus," claiming it leads to journalists ignoring real stories as they push to turn Americans against their president.

Arkin, a seasoned national security reporter, made the revelations in a biting farewell message to his colleagues, in which he cited NBC's willingness to give endless war and "destructive" intelligence agencies a free pass, all while fixating on around-the-clock anti-Trump hysteria.

In what appeared to be a reference to the US "deep state," Arkin blasted the outlet for becoming “a defender of the government against Trump.”

arkin accused nbc of attempting to sabotage trump s efforts to make peace with russia © press
Arkin accused NBC of attempting to sabotage Trump's efforts to make peace with Russia

According to RT, in his farewell memo – which reads more like a manifesto than a goodbye –the veteran muckraker accused NBC of peddling “ho-hum reporting” that “essentially condones” endless American military presence in the Middle East and North Africa.

He also took the network to task for not reporting “the failures of the generals and national security leaders,” essentially becoming “a defender of the government against Trump” and a “cheerleader for open and subtle threat mongering.”



Arkin expressed concern that NBC’s infatuation with the “Trump circus” has distracted journalists from pressing stories that need to be told.

I’m more worried about how much we are missing. Hence my desire to take a step back and think why so little changes with regard to America’s wars,” he wrote.

He continued by questioning the media’s fanatical opposition to Trump’s desire to improve relations with Russia, denuclearize North Korea, and withdraw from Syria.

“I’m alarmed at how quick NBC is to mechanically argue the contrary, to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war. Really?

"We shouldn’t get out Syria?

"We shouldn’t go for the bold move of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula?

"Even on Russia, though we should be concerned about the brittleness of our democracy that it is so vulnerable to manipulation, do we really yearn for the Cold War?

"And don’t even get me started with the FBI: What? We now lionize this historically destructive institution?” he quipped.

for many  arkin is only confirming what was already suspected of the establishment media © press
For many, Arkin is only confirming what was already suspected of the establishment media

If anyone is qualified to critique NBC’s military and national security reporting, it would be Arkin.

The veteran journalist has worked for the network intermittently for the last 30 years and co-authored a seminal Washington Post investigation revealing the dangerous rise of America’s security state.


Arkin has also been a vocal critic of America’s wars in the Middle East and distinguished himself as one of the few mainstream journalists to question the fictitious WMD rolled out to justify war with Iraq.

Many on social media expressed their gratitude to Arkin for shining a light on the media’s complacency – and complicity – as America’s military and national security apparatus operate with near impunity both at home and abroad.

“Very useful to have all our well known suspicions confirmed from inside. there’s a reason revolutions make a priority to take over the tv stations,” one Twitter user noted.

Geopolitical analyst Emma Ashford noted that Arkin's letter was "a very fair criticism of most mainstream news networks."




Arkin finished his farewell roast by detailing some of his writing projects currently in the works, including an “extended essay about national security and why we never seem to end our now perpetual state of war.”

“There is lots of media critique out there, tons of analysis of leadership and the Presidency.

"But on the state of our national security? Not so much.

"Hopefully I will find myself thinking beyond the current fire and fury and actually suggest a viable alternative.

"Wish me luck.”

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