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 mainstream 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 evidence, Ben concluded with the 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 sponsored by Dash, a decentralised cryptocurrency, 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”.
The Dash network is a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) which Swann explained means no one owns it, allowing 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”.
In August 2018, Reality Check with Benn Swann, now sponsored by community-led, privacy-focused decentralised cryptocurrency SmartCash, began reporting on the internet purge targeting independent news media.
Facebook, in particular, has begun deleting respectable Pages that dissent against the mainstream narrative, including The Anti Media, Right Wing News, Reverb Press, Reasonable People Unite, and Cop Block – “a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability” by documenting wrongful police action with a camera.
In response, Swann launched Isegoria, an uncensored, decentralised, blockchain-based news platform which states:
Facebook has been banning pages with millions of fans and followers for no stated reason. Twitter has already been shadow banning content creators for years but is now outright banning dissenting voices from its platform. YouTube is deleting channels without warning on a regular basis. Meanwhile, mainstream media is becoming increasingly consolidated and centralized. In the 1990s, around 50 corporations owned all the media in the US, whereas now only 6 corporations control 90% of all media in the United States.
Truth in Media is about quality critical thinking on issues that impact humanity. As well as regular articles, Truth in Media’s 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.
Meanwhile, Reality Check asks us to critically think about the health system, gun laws, the safety of our online data, media consolidation, the war in Syria, and now advancing social control via social media platforms like Twitter and Apple.
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 fact-based 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.