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Another Reason to Stop Giving your Money to Z Magazine (english)
11 Oct 2002
Modified: 04:50:44 PM
Another article from Bob Feldman's excellent series on the CIA/US Establishment connections of various phony progressive or "left" media mouthpieces. In this article, Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, and Z Magazine

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Although David Barsamian's ALTERNATIVE RADIO show is aired on a number of NPR stations which are subsidized by both corporate underwriters and grants from various Establishment foundations, the Institute for Social & Cultural Change Communications Inc. (of which ALTERNATIVE RADIO is a part) doesn't appear to have yet been given grants directly from the Ford Foundation or other Establishment foundations. However, one of ALTERNATIVE RADIO's most frequently featured guests, MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, was given a $350,000 "Kyoto Prize" by the Japanese Establishment's Inamori Foundation in 1988.

The Institute for Social & Cultural Change Communications Inc. does business as Z magazine. Ironically, although it may have taken its name from a Costa-Gavras film adaptation of the novel Z (which dramatizes the uncovering of an assassination conspiracy), Z magazine has attempted to marginalize 9/11 conspiracy researchers and journalists in recent months on its web site and in its printed pages..

According to its 990 form for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2000, Z magazine takes in over $641,000 a year in gross evenues and only has annual expenses of $531,000. A big chunk of Z magazine's annual revenues goes to three members of just one family: the Albert-Sargent family. At least $120,000 per year of Z magazine's total revenues ends up in the pockets of either Michael Albert, his partner Lydia Sargent or Lydia's son Eric Sargent. All three family members are each paid an annual salary of $30,000 by Z magazine. An additional $10,000 in "rent" is paid to each family member by Z magazine for the "office space" that the Albert-Sargent family "rents" from itself, to publish its Z magazine and maintain its web site.

Although the left entrepreneur family that publishes Z magazine took in $120,000 in the fiscal year ending 12/31/2000, all the writers it published were only paid $38,700 during the year, for the articles they wrote.

Of the $38,700 which the Albert-Sargent family paid its writers in 2000, $4,400 was given to ALTERNATIVE RADIO producer David Barsamian, whose book THE DECLINE AND FALLOF PUBLIC BROADCASTING, was published, with an introduction by DEMOCRACY NOW INC's Amy Goodman, in 2000 by South End Press. Although a chart in Barsamian's book on public broadcasting indicates that the Ford Foundation was among the PBS national programming underwriters who contributed more than $1 million in 2000, the book's index apparently contains no reference to the Ford Foundation's crucial role in setting up the public broadcasting system. Barsamian's book index also contains no reference to the Schumann Foundation, although it makes 3 references to book passages that describe Schumann Foundation President Bill Moyers' Public Affairs TV programs in a favorable way.

South End Press is the business enterprise of the Institute for Social &Cultural Change publishing firm which the Albert-Sargent family started in 1984, apparently with the help of $232,956 in low-interest "loans" from various individuals and organizations, that will no longer have to be paid back. According to the South End Press's form 990 for the fiscal year ending 6/30/200, the book publishing arm of Z magazine (which markets books like PROPAGANDA AND THE PUBLIC MIND: CONVERSATIONS WITH NOAM CHOMSKY that ALTERNATIVE RADIO producer Barsamian co-authored), took in over $1 million from its book sales.

So if Z magazine/web site and South End Press were considered as one left business entitity, we would be talking about a business that takes in about $1.7 million a year from the cultural leftism market. In times of U.S. imperialist war, anti-war books by anti-conspiracy theorist Chomsky, such as 9/11, tend to sell well and even make mainstream media best-seller lists. So, even without being directly dependent upon grants from Establishment Foundations which wish to discourage public opinion from considering the evidence dug up by U.S. conspiracy journalists and researchers, ALTERNATIVE RADIO/Z MAGAZINE/SOUTH END PRESS may have a vested economic interest in attempting to marginalize anti-war journalists involved in 9/11 conspiracy research and journalism.

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All money is blood money (english)
11 Oct 2002
Yes, All of the above may be true, I haven't the time right now to check so I'll take your words at face value. The CIA and Wall street have their claws into (just about) every large and traditional financial organization (even started some I hear). I Think the very publications you speak of have said all that. So the Alperts make money on Z magazine .... So. Do you mean THEY are CIA or not legitimate and not to be listened to ? You don't come out and say it. (much like the cia would smear them). If you want to know if someone is trying to hide something or if they have 'an agenda' just listen closely to what and how they say it; is their 'proof' of some accusation really just their opinion reheated, like so many conservatives (does this sound familiar, Dude?). Or do these 'Journalists' give actual documentation, footnotes, and/or witness testimony, like Noan Chomsky. Do cranks like on FOx see footnotes in that tiny text? Most don't seem to, like the critics of Mike Moore's , Stupid white men...' , All I hear are conservatives saying 'He has no proof'. I have the book, in the back are 20-30 pages of source material.
Could you get to your point, I'd like to know if you have one. (no malice intended, I'm really curious). At least you admit you have nothing on David Barsamian, but why even mention him, he didn't make Chomsky. I am wondering if you have ever even read any of the media you criticize because you think CIA money is funding them. With the arrogance of washington it would not suprise me if the cia thinks all money is their money. Who pays you ? (that's just retorical.)

hope I spelled everything correctly,
the value of face value (english)
11 Oct 2002
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get some prospective
04 Feb 2004
Dude, you need to start reading some of Albert’s ideas and stop trying to destroy people that are actually try there damnedest to make this fucked up world to make it better...where’s you vision for a better and radical economic future? Where’s your leftist media foundations that get radical ideas out to hundreds of thousands of people?

Sometimes we have to use the system to destroy the system…if you go live in on a mountain and abandon the real world you wont be helping anyone.

Get with it and read about
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