Why You Should Consider Donating to Support ThisCantBeHappening! (and not Truthout!)
Have you even noticed that you don't see articles from ThisCantBeHappening! running on the Truthout site?
There's a reason for this. Truthout, over a year ago, decided to ban this publication from its pages.
They took this ridiculous and incredibly lacking-in-alternative-media-solidarity step not because our work is flawed. Not because we had made some embarrassing mistake. Not even because we demanded payment for their use of our work.
No. They banned us because I had the temerity to question their news judgement when they ignored some breaking stories that we wrote and published.
ThisCantBeHappening!, for news you can't find at Truthout!
Examples? Well, let's see -- there are so many! -- let's go back to April 10, 2012, when we ran The Potential Killers All Around Us, about the wide-spread use of killer hollow-point bullets by police. It got ignored by Truthout, so nobody read it who didn't read our publication. I specifically called the attention of several TO editors to the piece, sending it to them, too, individually, and got no response. Or how about A Conspiracy of Whores, a piece by our war-and-peace beat journalist John Grant which we ran on April 20. John reported on the blacked-out info that the right-wing president of Colombia was calling the U.S. Drug War a bust. Important news right? But because we were the only ones reporting it, and Truthout blacked us out, even when we specifically wrote them and suggested they run it, Truthout readers, like the Americans who only watch the mainstream media, didn't learn about it.
When Alex Cockburn, cofounder of Counterpunch.org, died after a long secret fight with cancer, I noticed that TO was ignoring his tragic and untimely death, and so on July 22 I sent them an obit that we ran. That time I did chastize them for ignoring the passing of such an important journalist of the left. They ignored my submission, and only later ran some much less informative obit, written by a columnist for the Nation, a publication that had repeatedly undermined and insulted Cockburn, despite his being the most popular writer for the magazine.