Elon Musk recently posted a meme about Jeffrey Epstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Twitter, the brand he’s soon (maybe?) hoping to buy. The meme says, “Only thing more remarkable than DOJ not leaking the list is that no one in the media cares. Doesn’t that seem odd?”
While Cockburn has nothing but reverence for his governmental overlords, Musk’s reference to the Jeffery Epstein/Ghislaine Maxwell client list does stand out as a particularly juicy piece of news. The mainstream media has avoided the list like the Spanish Flu. Doesn’t the average person deserve to know which of their esteemed leaders has taken a trip to the infamous Little Saint James Island? The short answer is no, because ever since the Maxwell trial (which was also subject to a media blackout), very little has occurred in the public eye.
While there are some names that everyone knows were associated with Epstein, like Bill Clinton (remember the picture of him in that dress?) and Prince Andrew (whom Epstein called a “useful idiot”), there are hundreds of other celebrities and politicians whom Epstein and Maxwell involved in their heinous activities that the public doesn’t know about.
The way Cockburn sees it, the Department of Justice has an obligation to release that information to the public, because no person, no matter how powerful, should be above the law. Just because Maxwell is in prison does not mean the problem is solved — far from it. Like the War on Drugs, jailing the dealers without criminalizing the buyers is an ineffective strategy that will lead to said buyers finding new outlets.
Instead the suppliers have been punished while the clientele walks free. Calling that “justice” seems to Cockburn like calling a swig of whiskey “breakfast” (he’s more of a rum fellow before the afternoon).
As for the news agencies, it is their responsibility to the public to provide them with truthful, accurate information about the world they live in and the people who live in it. If the media does not provide this, and does not hold their governments in check, what good are they aside from propaganda machines?