Ben Swann talks to Abby Martin about the mainstream media’s failure to hold the establishment accountable, being labeled fringe for asking questions and his new independent media venture ‘Liberty is Rising Truth in Media Project’.

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Ben Swann is an investigative journalist working tirelessly to dissolve the left/right paradigm prevalent in most mainstream media narratives. As a news reporter and anchor in the earlier days of his career, he has gained a wealth of experience while earning two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. In addition to heading the Truth In Media Project, Ben is the prime anchor at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, GA. He can be seen anchoring live at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. A stream is available at

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  • Max

    Thanks, Ben, for your ambition! Best journalist alive. I wish I could make it out to Athens!

  • david

    If people want real journalism they will contribute to get you there..I did!!!

  • Mitchell McAleer

    if you haven’t seen the Russel Brand MSNBC humiliation event, it better defines the individuals in front of the camera, delivering ‘ news’ as a pack of ignorant, snarky parrots.

  • Sharon

    Should have known he was a Texan!! Woot Woot Get ’em Ben

  • Elle Tee

    I like what Ben has to say

  • sthompson01

    Fantastic interview. Ben is going to kill it.

  • Thomas Denniston

    Ben brilliant interview keep rocking the truth.

  • Frank_O

    Funny how I used to distrust anything “Russian”. Now I think RT (Russia Today) is doing a much better job at telling Americans the truth than our own MSM. Ben & Abby had a great interview, one which I doubt you’d find on the US MSM. Americans would do better to tune out the MSM & search the internet for news stories on their own & check out multiple points of view & make their own conclusions.

    • jac

      Note that RT only does such good reporting on western corruption. As a FSB-owned, Putin media arm of the Russian govt, RT knows better than to point it’s accurate aim toward its own country’s shortfalls.

      • Frank_O

        I’m sure you are correct :)
        … which is why I wrote, “& check out multiple points of view…”

  • Klaatu Fabrice Aquinas

    Ben, I want to give Snowden the benefit of the doubt. However, when you should get the chance, ask Snowden about 9/11. If he has the access he claims to have,then he knows 9/11 was an inside job. A neocon operation, directed by Shin Bet, under the umbrella of MOSSAD. This is not antisemitism. This is specifically, anti-Israeli. The Israeli govt. There is nothing good about it, especially under Likud. Real professional intelligence agents have done the analysis. One being a former USMC sniper, Vietnam combat veteran. They have determined that Assange is a CIA/MOSSAD asset. Snowden fits the pattern as well. Check out Veterans Today. You need to interview Gordon Duff at first opportunity. You wish to smash this left-right (Hegelian) paradigm? VT and Duff is a good place to start. For a real expert on MOSSAD, check into Roi Tov. Former IDF, with nuclear clearance. Israel Bureau Chief at VT. Under assassination orders as we speak.

    • Chris

      Not sure about Snowden, or Assange (you may be right), but I believe you’re correct about Israel and their Mossad. Besides the fact that many people have been deceived into believing, mostly for religious reasons, that we must support Israel (no matter what they do), in general most people don’t want to say anything negative about Isreal, for fear of being called “anti-semitic”, and in the case of politicians & journalists, maybe also for fear of retaliation. Just as our government here in the U.S. is not us, the Israeli government is not the same as the people of Israel or the people of Jewish faith or heritage. Just as opposing the actions of the U.S. government is not an indictment of the American people or of any religious group, opposing the Israeli government is NOT anti-Jewish. In the main stream, it’s considered ok to be critical of any other country, but not Israel. We have to ask, “Why?”

    • Rynosaurus

      The NSA tracking program didn’t start until 2006. They would have no records from the time frame of 9/11 for him to have access.

      • Klaatu Fabrice Aquinas

        You need to look at Main Core. That is the umbrella this all started under in ’82. Call it the “slippery slope.” Why empires eventually get into trouble. Bill Odom was screaming about this while he was alive. No one listened. No one paid attention. I’m afraid Snowden is a Sun-tzuian “blown cover, as cover.” He is like Assange, a “created legend.” The oldest trick in the book on counter-intelligence. Look into Gordon Duff and friends. One of his friends, was Reagan’s Chief of Intelligence, who probably had/has more access than Odom. He is still alive. His name is Leo Wanta.

    • Lisa Liel

      So Ben, are you happy to have antisemitic nutjobs like this as your fans?

  • Savage99

    Great interview! A polished, professional, true, investigative journalist to join and lead the other torch bearers!!

  • Tiffany Madison

    Beautiful. You are my hero, Ben!

  • OutTheFed

    Larry King needs to retire…and the honest real journalists like Ben Swann and Abby Martin will make him irrelevant shortly. Ugh..seeing LK again ruined my appetite for my late dinner.

  • Yanksta

    Validation may be a motive for some viewers. But I think there are some who simply want to be told what to beleive rather than examine the TRUTH and make a moral decision based upon that examination. Its moral laziness.

  • Joseph C. Carbone III

    Why is my comment awaiting moderation? This is wrong!

    And, it is a guilt-before-innocence action against speech. To add to that, of all my history on the World Wide Web, I have never posted anything objectionable.

    As of this post, my first comment is still missing.

    Sincerely, Joseph C. Carbone III; 26 June 2013

    • Sam

      Hi Joseph,
      Your first post was picked up by our spam filters that automatically queue comments with links in them for approval. Your comment has been approved.

      • Joseph C. Carbone III

        Most thoughtful people will agree there are better ways to stop spam than to disruptively query comments with links.

        As a heavy-handed method, it will bury time sensitive contribution and truly discourage.

        Trust should be earned, but reputation should influence that trust.

        28 June 2013

  • Joseph C. Carbone III

    Dear friends at the Truth in Media Project,

    This was excellent. Keep up the excellent work, and check this out.

    Rand Paul Tries to Have Abby Martin Fired From RT for Daring to Ask Him Questions: youtu be/osg0RYAP2cs

    ( ( Put a dot after “youtu,” no spaces, to see the interview. ))

    Sincerely, Joseph C. Carbone III; 26 June 2013

    • Tarik H

      For some reason that youtu link on Rand Paul has been deactivated???

  • JayBee

    Thank you Ben for bringing up the “Truther” attack the braindead use on us seeking Truth. It’s 1984 doublespeak. Taking a word that means a good thing and distorting it and trying to make it mean something completely different.

  • HypeandFail

    Thanks to Ben (and to Abby Martin) for this piece. What I especially like is Ben’s assertion that we should ALL be ‘Truthers’ in this day and age. Kudos to you both!

    Gleefully shared on Hype and Fail on FB. Come visit us, and see the FAIL that we point out every day!

    BTW, the consulting company that suggested you begin a fact-checking show that eventually became ‘Reality Check’? They deserve a Gold Star! 😉

  • George E. Tarrant III

    Truth is treason in the empire of lies. Keep up the good fight.

  • Wayne

    Ben, thank you for so well articulating the major challenges with media today and what a great platform to do it on! Everything above was very well said.

  • jac

    Keep in mind that RT is a Putin-controlled Russian Intel operation with a libertarian face also capitalizing on the same media market share you enjoy. It’s not the free-market channel it purports to be, far from it.

  • Kyle Kendall

    Im sorry, I know, I think, how Ben feels on politics, but his reporting is NEVER opinionated…it is factual! And Ben, I love and support all that you do, but the bottom lip stache HAS to go :)

  • Kyle Kendall

    One more comment, around 6:40 exactly what he should put on everything he does. The problem with current media is that people don’t go to it for facts, they go to be validated in their own opinions!!! PERFECT!

  • Mike

    At least truthers don’t aspire to be liars. It figures that now in this country “truther” is some type of insult. Go figure.

  • jac

    Defectors such as VIktor Suvorov, Anatoliy Golitsyn, Vladimir Bukovsky, General Ion Pacepa, Oleg Gordievsky, Pavel Zacek, Robert Buchar, Pavel Stroilov, the late Juri Bezmenov and Colonel Sergei Tretyakov, aka Comrade J, have all warned on what I merely touched on above.

  • theirreverent1

    Our Country and the foundations it was built upon (The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and Bill of Rights) are being destroyed.
    Those responsible, ignore the people’s wishes, give money and support to our enemies, carry out mass murder as well as assassinations on the public, carry out mass spying of the public, they have created a police state while depriving us of our liberties, all while telling us the goals of government are to protect us, and this is why they want to disarm us. We are doomed because of our greed and apathy and willful ignorance.
    On this course, our future is at best, slavery and at the worst, genocide of not only our nation but the entire world. The real conspiracy theorists are our government and it’s mouth piece media.

    • Warren Mclachlan >

  • Joseph C. Carbone III

    …thank you!

  • Rod Martin, Jr.

    Think BIG, folks. Get Alex Jones and James Corbett helping to promote this. Get Ron Paul to promote this to his base. Let’s KICK this into orbit.

  • Pete Cox

    Ben and Abby are the two best reporters in the world.Keep speaking the TRUTH.The people can not UNhear what you report.Keep up the GREAT work.
    Also this guy LOVES Abby.Just putting that out

    • Warren Mclachlan

  • Pheonix

    It is incredibly hard to take this paper serious with how poor the grammar and sentence structure is.

    • Pheonix

      Ah, never mind. I see this a money making scam for yourself. Best of luck to you.

  • Truther33

    We love you Ben! Don’t worry, the freedom fighters will perform their pledges!!! And I wish they would hurry it up already!

    • Warren Mclachlan
  • don’t be a dick Morris

    RT is government run, Russian propaganda. Its pushing an agenda for its own interests, and using Ben to validate a whole different truth.

  • JohnS

    Two anti-Semites hanging out together