The S.H.A.M.E. Project had a great first month that's exceeded our expectations—and we couldn't have done it without help from readers like you. We figured that the first month would be a period of testing out both the material and technology, but what we underestimated was just how big the response would be. Already, of the three major media figures we've covered, the biggest name of those three, Malcolm Gladwell, has contacted us and is showing signs of cracking.
Like you, we want these profiles, dossiers and reports to stand up to any and all attacks. Our work is having an effect; the pushback has been fierce at times; and that's a sign we're doing something right. Can you help? Contribute using PayPal or WePay…
As we take stock of our first month, we invite you to check out S.H.A.M.E.'s email exchange with Malcolm Gladwell, in which the best-selling author and New Yorker star journalist attempts to get eXiled editor Yasha Levine to "recognize" that shilling for tobacco is a matter of "interpretation." This is a guy who's been getting away with murder for decades, and he doesn't even know how to lie and deflect well—a sorry state for a leading corporate flak to find himself in!
"What did I do to deserve this?"
We've only just begun, and we need to be in this for the long haul if we're ever going to get some of our democratic power back, which can't happen without clearing some free space in the rotten media world.
We can't do it without your support—financial, moral, and technical—from upstanding folks like you. So keep your suggestions flowing in, keep sending out the S.H.A.M.E. reports and pushing them around. Let's make the propagandists' work a little more difficult, and everyone else's a little more interesting.
Yasha Levine & Mark Ames
"Inflict & Endure"