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.”
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.”
Long-time reporter @warkin leaves NBC & MSNBC, emails statement saying these outlets are captive to the national security state & devoted to Endless War: "defenders of the government against Trump, cheerleader for open and subtle threat mongering"- reflexively pro-war pic.twitter.com/338oI1LoYk
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 2, 2019
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?