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Reality Check/w Ben Swann – Truth in Media

After a one year absence, Ben Swann’s Truth in Media platform returns to provide quality news from fearless journalists who honour genuine, compelling reporting that transcends political, social and geographic boundaries, while Swann’s Reality Check segment continues to deliver news with integrity and impartiality.

Ben Swann is a multi-award-winning journalist in broadcast news who became passionate about truth in media while covering Mexico’s drugs war and realising the national media was not reporting what was actually happening.

In 2010, as prime time anchor at FOX 19, he produced and anchored a segment entitled Reality Check.

Swann’s bold approach to report on problems in the U.S. electoral process and two party system during 2012 elections sent him viral, creating an online following strong enough for him to leave FOX 19 and launch his own independent media platform, Truth in Media, through crowdfunding, in 2013.

Ben continued the Reality Check segment on CBS 46 until Jan 2017 when he aired a report on the Pizzagate ‘pedophile-network-in-high-places’ story asking: “Is ‘Pizzagate’ fake news?”

After presenting much of the current evidence, Ben concluded with a very good question: “Why is no one investigating this?”

Ben subsequently disappeared from CBS 46 and on Feb 2017 Truth in Media and Ben’s social media accounts shut down.

One year later, in Jan 2018, Ben Swann relaunched Truth in Media stating “for the past year, I have been in the position where I have been unable to talk about Truth in Media. I have also been refrained, if you will, from having social media and having a social media presence at all.”

Ben Swann is now sponsored by Dash, a digital crypto currency.

The Dash network is a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) which means no one owns it. As Ben explains, this allows the autonomous Dash community “to fund projects like Truth in Media and Reality Check without some corporation crushing the voices with which it does not agree. That is the power of decentralisation.”

Truth in Media is about quality critical thinking on issues that impact humanity. As well as regular articles, Truth in Media online news broadcasts examine facts the mainstream narrative ignores, such as the origin of ISIS, and the root of police militarisation, and the truth behind cannabis and CBD oil.

Reality Check is also back with new episodes asking us to critically think about the health system, gun laws, the safety of our online data, media consolidation and the war in Syria.

Ben Swann states: “The Fourth Estate, as journalism has historically been called, was derived for the purpose of holding elected leaders, legislators and public servants accountable to the people.  Nearly every major issue the United States faces today; loss of civil liberties, the drug war, foreign wars and intervention, the growing police state, the endless printing of currency, the rise and fall of the petro-dollar, drone strikes, American soil as a battlefield, total disregard for rule of law, and so on, can be directly traced to a lack of exposure by, or understanding from journalists.”

Truth in Media is for people who are interested in daring, investigative journalism from an award-winning mainstream news anchor who covers topics often also covered on the mainstream news, but presents the facts that are not.

Discussion Point

Is journalistic freedom to report the facts on what is happening (and thus hold elected leaders, legislators and public servants accountable) being restricted by the corporate controlled news outlets that the journalists work for, and could decentralisation be the solution?



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