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  September 24, 2014

We Need a News Network Independent of the Elites

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Paul Jay, is CEO and Senior Editor of The Real News Network. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to TRNN, Jay was for ten seasons the creator and Executive Producer of CBC Newsworld's flagship debate programs, CounterSpin and FaceOff.

Jay has produced and directed more than 20 major documentary films including "Return to Kandahar", "Lost in Las Vegas" and "Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows", a feature length documentary, that was screened in 25 major festivals and won more than a dozen awards. It's been called "one of the most acclaimed Canadian films in years" (Eye Magazine), "A tale as bizarre as Kafka and as tragic as Shakespeare" (Ottawa Citizen) and "one of the best films of 1998" (Peter Plagens, art critic for Newsweek).

A past chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada, Jay is the founding chair of Hot Docs!, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.


PAUL JAY, CEO, THE REAL NEWS NETWORK: Hi, everybody. Paul Jay at The Real News Network.

Here at The Real News, we consider it our core mission to engage viewers in solving the critical problems of our time. That means we focus on substance, not partisan rhetoric. We're trying to find real solutions. That's part of our job. We need to investigate, discuss, and debate public policy from the point of view of what's best for most people's well-being.

So we don't have allegiance to any political party or allegiances to ordinary people. We don't appeal to one side or the other of the political spectrum. We go where facts lead us.

One of my favorite quotes about all of this is from conservative pundit George Will. Here's what he said on the George Stephanopoulos show a few years ago.


GEORGE WILL, PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST: Surely in a democracy it's time for us to quit being sentimental and say the question we settle it in an election is not whether elites shall rule but which elite shall rule.


JAY: Which elite should rule? That may be the question that's settled in elections, but it's certainly not the question facing us. We need news that's independent of either section of the elite. And when we cover elections or when we cover other issues, we try to do it from the point of view of simply one criteria. That's what's most effective policy for people's well-being. When it comes to covering the 2014 elections, that's what we're going to take up as well.

If you want that kind of independent view, independent journalism, it's only possible with independent economics. We don't accept government or corporate contributions. We don't sell advertising. But because we take a position independent of both political parties--and, to be honest with you, particularly the Democratic Party--it knocks out a lot of our funding. We know that. But seeking that kind of funding is not what we're about. What makes this whole model possible is you.

So, please, if you haven't donated yet during this campaign, click the Donate button. We're halfway through the campaign. We need to raise another $25,000 before October 3 if we're going to get this matching grant.

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