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…