By Jerry Alatalo
r. Joe Giambrone, editor of Political Film Blog here on WordPress, has kindly agreed to participate in an interview after receiving our invitation. Thank you Joe for sharing your insights in the following words.
Question 1: What was your primary motivation for entering the world of blogging?
The main force driving The Political Film Blog (PFB) is all that wholesale lying we get from corporate media and from politicians. It’s an anti-propaganda blog. The truth is out there, but not compiled into any sort of narrative that regular people can digest. You have to pull from numerous sources over a long time to get an accurate picture of the world, and the media is expert in doing the exact opposite. Thus, the population is uninformed or misinformed about the most important issues affecting humanity: war, environmental destruction, threats to health, and the utter illegitimacy of the political system.
I began Political Film Blog (https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/) as a simple storage place for the many shocking news articles that are not propelled into the national news cycles, the facts that slip through the cracks. It has a great search feature, too, and over 6,000 posts spanning eight years. I tied in film reviews to attract more readers, as Counterpunch did with film and book reviews. I also invited other writers to post, as Counterpunch did. That was my model.
I remember a political argument with my wife’s family. My father-in-law said one of the most astounding things I’ve ever heard in a political discussion. He was an Orange County Republican, in the oil industry, and prone to fly around to oil fields globally. It was the midst of the political upheaval of 2000, the rise of the Green Party and Ralph Nader speaking truth to power. Here’s what my wife’s father said:
“Corruption is not a problem in America.”
My jaw may have hit the floor, how anyone could possibly believe such a thing when the entire system is literally legalized bribery, it is pay to play in Washington, arguably the most corrupt place on earth. They fly in from around the empire to “lobby” and bribe our politicians, the Saudis, Israelis, Turks, Stans, even the Russians, allegedly. US politicians are bribed every day of the year to betray their constituents and to act in the service of their paymasters.
While low-level bureaucrats are not openly taking bribes as in third world countries, those on television screens are only there because they take bribes to the tune of billions of dollars! Corruption is THE problem with America.
The PFB was intended to counter that sort of willful blindness. It provides easy recall of the news articles that refute such muddleheaded thinking. In the years since, I have used the blog as a research tool on numerous topics such as illegal NSA spying, the proxy wars against Syria and Ukraine, 9/11 and other hot-button controversies. The more a subject is flooded with disinformation and emotional baggage the more desperate is the need for clear verifiable facts at your fingertips. That’s why I continue to post entries.
Question 2: How would you describe yourself with regard to spirituality?
I have no imaginary friends. I’m agnostic on the question of the supernatural. It’s quite simple, to me. I can’t prove or disprove supernatural phenomena. Neither can today’s physicists. They have no absolute answers, merely more questions. That’s good enough for me. I’d prefer some sort of bonus prize for this life, but I’m not banking on it.
Question 3: What were some of the most memorable transforming points across the years (books, personal contacts, mystical experiences, etc.) in the developing of your current spiritual perspective?
In my 20s I got into psychology in an effort to heal my own mind. I noticed similarities between Zen meditation and Primal Therapy. These each end up giving adherents a more present-moment mindfulness. They calm the mind and channel attention into the current sights, sounds, tactile sensations.
In studying psychology I began to doubt the veracity of my previous religious delusions. Being introduced to religion in the 7th grade, I already had formed my own personality without a need to defer to some religious mumbojumbo in every new situation. Now a teenager, I found the Catholic religious instruction stifling, oppressive, creepy, and unnecessary. I did, however, buy into it eventually. Maturing stresses the brain, and we grasp for answers, particularly answers about death. It’s a powerful motivator to believe things that don’t have any basis in empirical research simply because everyone else is doing it. Religion is the worst peer-pressure offender.
Question 4: What is your greatest wish for readers as a consequence after reading/considering your writings?
Most of the time I’m simply a proponent of the truth, seeking to dispel lies and champion the facts. Unfortunately, Americans largely don’t care about facts. They care about propaganda that helps their cause and demonizes their opponents—and nothing more. I run into this every day.
The news has long been weaponized, and we have the “liberal” news and the “conservative” news. Neither of which is the news at all, but that’s what people want, the only thing they want.
I don’t play that game. I’ve said many times: Trump bad don’t make Clinton good. I have yet to meet a Democrat who could compute that statement. The US political system is a glaring sham, and I’ve got the thousands of articles tagged and bagged on the blog to prove it.
So, my wish at the blog is always to set the record straight and dispel the delusions that make up people’s warped imperial worldview. The blind nationalism is a huge component. They actually believe that America can bomb the world with impunity if only their team is in charge. This is a Nazi view. This is what World War Two was fought over. This is why we hung people at Nuremberg: Crimes Against the Peace. But in the imperial delusion, none of that, no history matters to them. They are the ones controlling the big military now, and as long as people like themselves push the buttons it’s perfectly acceptable for them to kill… Millions?
We are surrounded by immoral people in an immoral, rapacious military empire, and that’s not okay with me. It should not be okay with anyone.
Question 5: Can you offer any advice to people having a difficult time dealing with government and media lies, especially as it pertains to so many average citizens who hold erroneous perceptions on important events and situations around the Earth?
I remember the film compilation, “What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy.” (https://youtu.be/V8POmJ46jqk) This should be what children study in grammar school, what the US actually does around the world, today, the real world. That is not what is on the agenda, however. Americans don’t learn much relevant to our military empire at all. I find the average American completely ignorant of the most important events of the past fifty years. Current events are clouded by propaganda with foundations and paid henchmen spinning them endlessly for money and power. The CIA is also an interested player in giving a one-sided history of the world as things like Project Mockingbird and Udo Ulfkotte’s admissions revealed.
You can prove US corporate media censorship, unequivocally, with two words: Operation Gladio. You cannot find one investigation by any US corporate media entity regarding this forty-year long spree of false flag terrorism attacks across Europe! The US press is completely under the control of US intelligence, on certain topics. This happens to be the ugliest, and it was exposed by nation states and buttressed with major investigations, such as–surprisingly–by the BBC. So there is no counterargument to spin it away. The CIA blew up civilians across Europe to demonize European Leftists. That happened for four decades (at least)! But, no one in America, save for a handful of the types who read my blog, know anything whatsoever about it.
If the public knew that the CIA engaged in false flag terrorism regularly, as a matter of statecraft—they also did it in Iran in 1953 and elsewhere—would they be so quick to dismiss accusations of state-sponsored false flag terrorism today? Does anyone think the CIA and the true Deep State suddenly found morals? When did that happen exactly?
These are foundational concepts. The “Strategy of Tension” is how it is sold as a good thing, to keep the public in a state of “tension” so that they approve of new state measures, power grabs, to combat the terrorism that the state itself allows to occur. It’s so sick, and yet here we are. It’s why even though we’re in a purported “war on terror” the US government and its allies/arms customers can protect and help terrorists in Syria, Libya and elsewhere. It’s only “terror” if they kill an American. That’s their practical working definition.
The US tends to play both sides, or multiple sides in conflicts. That’s why it’s so difficult to decipher their policies. They bomb ISIS, for example, in some places, but not in others. They have repeatedly bombed the Syrian government forces who were fighting against ISIS at the time, thus helping those ISIS units. After a major research initiative in 2015, I began to make sense of their Syria policy. That one is here:
But getting back to the question: what advice?
Be suspicious of any breaking news stories, spread widely, which demonize one of America’s official enemies: Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Russia. When the news machine acts in unison they are being guided by the US Deep State. That is a certainty, and the contrary facts tend to emerge over the next several days or weeks. Take everything the media screams loudly about with a grain of salt.
I’ve seen it discredited over and over again, such as with Bashar Al Assad “gassing his own people.” Assad has never gassed his own people, not once in the entire war, and no credible evidence proves that he did. It was America’s proxy allies using the gas. Those revelations were not screamed about in the media, but instead censored out.
Thank you again, Joe. Peace.