I'd written articles about him since coming to Steemit in July as perhaps one of the last truly legit journalists. I wrote this because, his articles did not tell you WHAT YOU SHOULD THINK. They simply presented facts that could be found and he encouraged you to make up your own mind and research it yourself. They were not opinion pieces like 99% of the so-called news today.
He had a habit of challenging some controversial topics. As a news anchor on a local FOX channel he coined the show term "Reality Check". This was popular. He would eventually leave FOX and become an Anchor at CBS 46 in Atlanta, Georgia. He also had his own website called truthinmedia.com. He would crowd source big investigative research and make documentaries about them. They were quite good and extremely informative.
He would talk about things such as:
Big Pharmaceutical Companies and the revolving door with the government and the agencies that are supposed to oversee and monitor them.
Cannabis for medicinal purposes, and the false claims which he proved showing patents by the government for making things such as CBD Oil a schedule 1 drug (*see the bullet point above*)
I am sure he touched on some 9/11 stuff in the past.
He also touched on controversy in numerous presidential elections.
He would point out problems with bills being pushed through congress.
He would talk about Black Lives Matter related issues.
He would talk about Terrorist related issues.
He seemed to be fine with this and kept going on about it.
Then one day he posted a Reality Check on #pizzagate. He didn't say Pizzagate is true. He pointed out how some things in the Pizzagate movement actually seemed to correspond to the FBIs own training manuals for identification of pedophiles. Ben didn't say it was true that this was the case. He noted that there had been no official investigation into this. Instead people have simply been saying "it is not true, and is fake news" without a single actual investigation occurring. He showed that there was enough indicators out there that some investigation should occur to find out if there was any truth to the situation or not. This seems responsible to me. It is a lot more responsible than saying something is not true and is fake when there hasn't even been an investigation to prove that.
The Pizzagate Reality Check was pulled fairly quickly after it aired. Another steemit user covered it here, and then a couple of days later it was gone. It has been preserved by other people and can be found all over the place now. I think they call that the Streisand effect.
Then Ben announced he was going to go dark soon and made several Tzu day references which people thought might be code for Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and he told people to Trust Him.
Not long after that truthinmedia.com and all its videos were gone, his youtube videos were all deleted, his twitter account was deleted, and his facebook page was deleted. This occurred a couple of months ago.
Those that have followed him for years and considered him one of the best journalists out there have been concerned. I post a similar post to this every so often with an up date. Before I post anything I look for any sign of activity from him.
The only activity we've seen was a brief clip right after this occurred of him at CBS 46. He is still listed as employed there, but there is no proof of activity. At this point even that brief clip might be questionable.
So the question is where is Ben Swann? What happened to him? In many places people say "they got to him", or that he has been "taken somewhere for extra rendition". Depending upon who is saying it they will of course cast the blame at different actors. As far as I can tell it is all speculation.
The concerning thing is I cannot find any activity from him for months. I cannot give you any reason for this to be the case. It is concerning.
It has had the Streisand effect on me. I was one of those waiting for some real investigation into Pizzagate, but I was not speculating about the truth. I was more a spectator. The fact that this ONE video where he didn't actually accuse anyone and simply called for an investigation was sufficient to SCRUB him from the internet makes me believe there must be something to this Pizzagate situation.
It was something that concerned them more than his exposing collusion and corruption all over the place...
Apparently the thing you don't talk about is Pizzagate. You can talk about other things. Talk about that though and you might get disappeared and wiped from history. A modern day book burning, and censorship spree.
So if any of you happen to hear something from Ben Swann please post something. I am one of those very interested. I hope he is okay and that he comes back with some explosive new information on ANYTHING he wants to talk about.
For those of you that don't know Ben Swann I point you to this old Kickstarter which was not purged. There is good information there and you might get a feel for why so many of us really appreciate him.
EDIT - Just to give you an impression of things Ben Swann would cover prior to this. I am going to look at my old steemit posts from before the Pizzagate issue and I'll share some of my titles... or perhaps the keywords in the URL for the Ben Swann documents that are no longer available. He could cover these things and not be silenced. Pizzagate was the straw that broke the camel's back.
CBS Anchor Ben Swann Goes Missing After Reporting On Pizzagate
Missing from social media, that is…
Just days after Ben Swann, a internationally-recognized news anchor for the CBS46 news outlet in Atlanta, became the first major news reporter to report fairly on the alleged Washington pedophilia conspiracy known as Pizzagate, the January 17 video segment was erased from the CBS46 website and Swann took a brief yet unexpected leave of absence from his anchoring position, before returning to his job on January 30, and then promptly informing his online followers via Facebook that he would be deleting all of his social media accounts on February 1, all the while promising, “It is all good. Trust me.”
After the airing of this report, Swann took a leave of absence from work and shortly thereafter posted the following message to his Facebook:
“Hey guys, everyone is asking if things are OK. They are. I will be heading back to CBS46 on Monday but there are going to be some changes. The biggest one will be that this social page will go dark f/n on Tzuday, Feb 1. We’ve been building this project for 6 years and those who have come to know me.. I hope you have also come to trust me.”
(Note the spelling of “Tuesday,” which Swann spells as “Tzuday.” Many internet researchers point out that this is almost certainly a reference to Sun Tzu’s infamous novel “The Art of War,” one of the most famous military strategy books of all time. Also of note is that February 1, the day Swann said he would go dark, was actually a Wednesday, not a Tuesday, as he stated.)
Just minutes later, Swann posted an identical message and picture on Twitter, but with one glaring addition: a small logo which appears to be the symbol for the Rebel Alliance from Star Wars, which is the group of good guys who fight against the evil Galactic Empire and Darth Vader. The Rebel Alliance logo can be seen just under the date “Feb 1, 2017”.
And a zoomed-in screenshot of the added Rebel Alliance logo:
Here’s the Rebel Alliance logo for comparison:
And then, *poof*, the entirety of Ben Swann’s social media presence was erased from the internet, including all of his YouTube videos which covered topics other media outlets wouldn’t dare touch. His independent news website, www.truthinmedia.com, was also taken offline, now requiring a password to access the site.
It’s also interesting to note that prior to deleting his social media presence, Swann announced via Facebook that he would be cancelling a crowdfunded project about the creation of ISIS and to what extent the U.S. government and their allies were involved in its establishment and rise.
Swann wrote on Facebook: “Hey guys, Ben Swann here… I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the ISIS video crowdfund. Unfortunately, we are not going to be moving forward with that project at this time. EVERYONE who contributed WILL BE REFUNDED THEIR FULL DONATION”
So, what exactly does Swann’s sudden social media blackout and cryptic messages mean? As of yet, no one knows…
After Years Of Stagnation Under Obama Household Income Hits 50-Year High
Former President Barack Obama got plenty of praise for shepherding us through the recovery from the 2008 economic crisis. However, those on Main Street, USA, knew the truth — things weren’t any better than they had been when George W. Bush left office.
As The Weekly Standard reported in 2016, median household income when Obama came into office in 2009 was $56,731. In 2015, six years into his presidency, that number was $56,516 — a decrease of just over $200.
By the time he left office, it’s true that media household income had risen to $59,471 — but that was essentially the same as it had been in December, 2007, at the end of the “Great Recession” and just a few weeks before Obama took office, when it was $59,549.
So, how’s The Donald doing?
Well, as Investor’s Business Daily reported, a new study from Sentier Research found that the median household income in April was $61,483 — a 50-year high.
That’s up from $59,471 in January of 2017.
The firm tracks income using census data and adjusts for inflation — so even a slightly weaker dollar doesn’t account for the increase.
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Bad News For Dems: Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump … And He's Getting Credit For It!!!
Household Income Hits All-Time High Under Trump, And He's Getting Credit For It
A new report shows that the median household income has climbed 3% since President Trump took office. It's another sign of a strong economy, and at least one poll shows the public credits Trump for...
That’s great news for the country, but maybe not the best news for Democrats.
“This is just another indication that the economy has notably strengthened under Trump. And polls show that the public’s mood has brightened considerably as a result,” Investor’s Business Daily reported.
“The latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index is 53.6. This index has been in positive territory (anything over 50 is optimistic) since Trump took office. The Quality of Life Index, meanwhile, hit a 14-year high in May and the Financial Stress Index is at an all-time low.”
That economic data is followed by a lot of polls that seem to show that the “blue wave” expected in the November midterms breaking and rolling back into the sea.
A new Reuters poll found that a generic Republican would beat a generic Democrat by six points. Back in March, the Democrats were up by nine points. A CBS poll found that Democrats had a two-point advantage on the generic ballot — hardly “wave” material.
The CBS poll also found that 68 percent of Americans believed Trump’s policies deserved at least some of the credit for the economic situation, with 35 percent saying he deserved a “great deal” of the credit.
Sixty-four percent of respondents rated the economy as “somewhat good” or “very good.” In a CNN poll, 57 percent of voters said that “things are going well in the U.S.” In February, that was 49 percent.
Perhaps the most important figure: Under Obama, when Gallup asked whether it was a good time to find “a quality job in the U.S.,” the highest number that administration ever achieved was 45 percent. Under Trump, that number is 67 percent — the highest number in the 17-year history of the poll.
While Trump’s personal numbers haven’t seen the same bounce, they’re still up — and that’s the important thing. Thanks to the relentless campaign of personal attacks against him, Trump’s stated approval rating has always been a lot lower than it probably is.
Don’t believe me? Just ask Hillary Clinton. For all of the personal barbs and attacks, 2016 ultimately came down to the economy. So will 2018 — and that’s not good news for the Democrats.