I‘m writing this to the dedicated readers of the Ghion Journal and the audience of the Ghion Cast as well as future members of the Ghion circle. Over the past two weeks, I have been in secret negotiation with the Washington Post’s management as an offer was made through an intermediary for the Ghion Journal, and all affiliated entities therein, to be acquired by the Jeff Bezos media conglomerate. Though the negotiation process was arduous and induced a few moments of soul searching; in the end, we were able to reach terms and I’m announcing today that the Ghion Journal will henceforth be an arm of the Washington Post empire.
The final offer was $10,000,000. Though there was a lot of initial reservations, I decided in the end that I could do more to spread the message I care about and to reach a broader audience with the cash infusion that comes along with the Ghion Journal being part and parcel of corporate media. No longer will Ghion Journal be dependent on contributions from readers and viewers alike; we now have the largess of Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post to count on. Consequently, this means a change of format as the Ghion Journal will now make ad space available for benevolent and wonderful corporations like Northrop Grumman and Wells Fargo to tell us how they bless all of us with their kindness.
I will retain my position as the editor emeritus and founder of the Ghion Journal, but the stories will now be cleared through a editorial staff whose job entails that the content of Ghion meets corporate standards. These minders, or as they are called governance board, are tasked with ensuring that we do not offend the sense and sensibilities of our corporate sponsors first and foremost followed by making sure that we are constantly “growing the business”. Think of North Korea level type of censorship with the iron fist of dictatorship covered in the velvet glove of capitalism. This means our focus going forward will be to get a year over year increase in readership and likewise to get a year over year increase in ad revenues. Reporting news and speaking truth to power and stamping out corruption through objective reporting? Pashaw! Ain’t nobody got time for that! We trying to make money and swim in more cheddar than Wisconsin!
The good news is that I will be taken seriously, since the Washington Post has put their imprimatur behind the Ghion Journal brand and endorsed our content, what has heretofore gone unnoticed by many outside of a few who realize the gem that was once Ghion will now be embraced by millions of eyeballs. Even though we love to bash corporate media and our ludicrous mainstream media, we nonetheless glom on to what is embraced by the elites and disregard what comes from us—the people.
*the previous paragraph was redacted for not meeting the “guidelines of the Washington Post ~ corporate minders
It has been a wonderful ride as it has been an amazing couple of months since I started the Ghion Journal on December 27th 2016. I will now spend the day “modifying” my previous articles as I now have to be a bit more “nuanced” with my analysis of news. With the acceptance of the status quo comes “responsibilities”; I mean I can’t very well bash the very same people that I am now going to be sipping Merlot and eating foie gras with now can I? So instead of bashing the powerful,
I will now be aiming my ire at Republicans only and report news through the prism of partisanship only to hang out and get drunk in the evenings with the same Republicans I pretend to be bashing.
No more being an observer, I am now a “professional” journalist. This means I will be reporting more sensationalism and less in depth analysis of the very divides that gnaw at our community. I will also start interviewing more politicians who are Satan’s left testicles and focusing less on the heroes in our community who are truly making a difference. The good news is that I will be making a difference by being a part of the very evils I’ve been writing against—I mean this is how one makes change happen right!
This is how Obama gave us change, by going into the system and changing it within even as he was more scripted than the manuscript for the movie “Manchurian Candidate”. This is how Trump is making America great again right, by being a politician so he can drain the swamp that is DC even though Mara Largo is a swamp made from Lucifer’s piss.
Well, it’s been a heck of a ride everyone but just know that I will not let money change me a bit. Excuse me for a second, I got distracted by this order I just placed for a Chinchilla coat on Amazon (Amazon, a company of the people by the people, a kiss from Jesus himself). You can expect the same level of in depth reporting and we will continue to hold the feet of Republicans to the fire, oh and make sure you vote for Democrats this year because Democrats are the party of saints and heroes who care so much about us working schmucks). The frequency of my writing will ebb considerably as I will now be spending more of my time as a pundit on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News hawking my books (“Serendipity’s Trace” and “Soul to Soil”)
and being a shill to the corporate agenda.
The good news is that I did not sell out! Excuse me, I was just taking a phone call from the governance board; I have to cut this article down because long articles do not sell well and do not retain the attention of readers who go outrage hunting instead of searching for depth and meaning. From now on, I can only write 500 words or less and I no longer have creative license to select the pictures or the title of the articles I write, that will be done by a
corporate hack ombudsman Johnny Walkerz who has been assigned as the head minder of the Ghion Journal. Imagine that; $10,000,000 has a cost, I am now part of the corporate agenda. At least I am now embraced as a “journalist”; you can catch me on TV at the White House Correspondence Dinner on April 29th eating foie gras and pretending to be upset with Trump as I count my millions. Ain’t life grand! #GhionSoldOut
“Corporations are people my friend” ~ Mitt Romney
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Though the origins of April Fools is debatable, some attribute it to France and others to England others yet ascribe it biblical times, the holiday is one that celebrates the essence of fooling someone into believing that something false is actually true. Oh wow, that describes the state of our mass media as a bunch of 365 days a year fools pretend to be pundits and scions as they deceive all of us with propaganda they peddle as news. Except, sadly, we are the fools as we are programmed through media (the most powerful weapon known to humanity) to accept lies as truth and to dismiss lies as theories. The only way out of this rabbit hole is to trust independent media and disavow corporate yellow press hyenas and their corporate patrons.
So don’t worry Ghion readers and viewers, it will be a cold day in hell before you see me or this publication sold out and giving my soul over to the corporate devils who bleed the world and casting my lot with the vacuous so-called journalists who are nothing more than professional whores. No worries, Ghion Journal will continue to bring the light, money is not our aim, our purpose is to make a difference. At times we revert to satire in order to speak truth to power and reveal the fraudulence of the powerful.
O! One last thing, share this article on Twitter and Facebook and tag/mention your favorite pundit/journalist, shame these frauds into acting with morality instead of chasing retweets and status.
If you really do want to support independent media, you know, us folk who actually write and report on news based on passion instead of profit motives, below is the Patreon page for the Ghion Journal. You can either contribute once or on a monthly basis, as it moves you. When we at Ghion Journal depend on our readers instead of corporate interests, we retain our souls and refuse to be silent in the face of corporate injustice. Thank you Angie Rhoten for suggesting Patreon and for your contribution to Ghion Journal. Your support of independent writers and thinkers is noted and noticed!
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Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.
Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
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