Ben Swann has spent 20 years working as a journalist in broadcast news, behind and in front of the camera. Swann began his journalism career in El Paso, Texas as a news photographer, quickly working his way up to prime time anchor. Along the way, Swann’s investigative reporting transformed the laws in New Mexico regarding child abuse resulting in death, leading Governor Bill Richardson to recognize him for his tireless work on behalf of children. Swann also became a two-time Emmy Award winner and two-time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. It was while covering Mexico’s drug war, Ben Swann discovered the national media was not reporting the truth of what was actually happening in Mexico’s drug war or the problems associated with the failed “War on Drugs” in the United States.
In 2010, Ben moved north to Cincinnati, Ohio, taking the prime time anchor seat at FOX 19 and soon became the producer/anchor of a viral segment titled “Reality Check.” Covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, Swann confronted problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and the suppression of voters’ choices by mainstream media. During this time, Swann became the first journalist in the nation to interview and confront President Barack Obama face to face regarding the Constitutionality of his “kill list” and is the only journalist to confront Mitt Romney about the railroading of duly elected delegates during the 2012 Republican National Convention. Swann’s groundbreaking Reality Check was praised by journalism professors and publications such as The Atlantic as being “more than just a fact check.”
Swann’s bold approach created an internet firestorm strong enough for Swann to venture from his position as anchor at FOX 19 in Cincinnati, launching his own independent platform. Upon establishing the Truth In Media Project at BenSwann.com in June of 2013, Swann’s brand met immediate success.
Swann launched the Truth in Media project through crowdfunding and has created two seasons of “Truth in Media” videos that examined subjects such as the truth behind cannabis and CBD oil, the origin of ISIS, the roots of police militarization and more. These videos have millions of combined views online.
Ben Swann is now the industry leader for independent journalists, shattering the “Left vs. Right” paradigm, with a sharp focus on restoring Truth In Media. With over 750,000 combined social media followers, 120,000 YouTube subscribers, and monthly pageviews surpassing 2 million per month, Swann’s impact and influence is undeniable.
In May of 2015, Benswann.com expanded its role as a disruptive force in American media and made the transition to TruthinMedia.com, partnering with even more voices across the political spectrum. Also in 2015 Swann became the prime-time anchor for CBS46 in Atlanta. Swann brought his Reality Check series to Atlanta and saw unprecedented success. His Reality Check segments saw over 110 Million video views on social media, with engagement and viewership higher than CNN, Fox News and Vice News on Facebook.
In 2018, following a hiatus from Truth In Media and Reality Check, Swann revived both with thanks to an exclusive sponsorship from the network of Dash, a digital currency system. Swann became the first independent journalist to fund a news program exclusively with cryptocurrency. Dash’s revolutionary, decentralized network harmonizes with Swann’s longstanding commitment to objective and independent reporting. With this historic partnership, Swann, Truth In Media and Reality Check are continuing to speak truth to power. Today, Ben is a contributor on news and cryptocurrency issues for RT America as he works to build a free speech platform for news and entertainment sources.
Midnight Mike from the Our Big Dumb Mouth show, Sam Tripoli from the Tin Foil Hat podcast, Charlie Robinson from the Macroaggressions podcast, & I come together again for another episode of The Union of The Unwanted, an Alt-Media round-table hangout show.
On this episode we are joined by Graham from The Grimerica Show, Jason Bermas, Jeff Wilson from The Conspiracy Farm, Whitney Webb from UnlimitedHangOut.com & The Last American Vagabond, Mel Krell from wwww.ManicinManhattan.com, Dean Reiner from the Up Is Down podcast, Billy Ray Valentine from The Infinite Fridge, Joe from the OBDM show, and Megan, Ed & Scott from the Truthzilla podcast.
Patrick Lovell is the producer of 5 part docu-series The Con. The Con is an in-depth investigation into the 2008 financial crisis nine years in the making, Who did it, why it happened and how our country went from “of, for and by the people,” to “of, for and by the corporation.” And what’s past is prologue: The heist of our democracy that includes fraudulent practices, massive credit card debt, student loans, auto loans, and the revolving door between finance and government, is still going on, and will become even worse than before.
Sean Dustin from the Nowhere To Go But Up podcast, co-hosts with me. I was recently interviewed on Sean's show, so please also check out that conversation.
Darren and Graham are hosts of The Grimerica Show. A loose cannon podcast featuring casual conversations with whomever they deem interesting, often on the fringe, like Coast to Coast, but on demand. The podcast features guest from fields ranging from UFOs, to conspiracies, to psychedelics, meditation, consciousness, Spirituality, Paranormal, Folklore and more.
Dennis McKenna, an ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer & author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss about his and his brother Terence's life and journeys together. His brother Terence McKenna is well-known psychedelics proponent.
Dennis is also the founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.
Also Check out his new project called The McKenna Academy (www.McKenna.Academy).
Dennis has also been in two great documentaries worth checking out, Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines, and DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
Midnight Mike from the Our Big Dumb Mouth show, Sam Tripoli from the Tin Foil Hat podcast, Charlie Robinson from the Macroaggressions podcast, & I come together again for another episode of The Union of The Unwanted, an Alt-Media Round-Table Hangout.
On this episode we are joined by the hosts of The Grimerica Show, Jason Bermas, Jeff Wilson from The Conspiracy Farm, Tony Merkel from The Confessional Podcast and Chrissie Mayr host of the sex/dating/relationship show Wet Spot & the Chrissie Mayr Podcast.
Douglas Valentine is an author, journalist & historian. Douglas has lectured and appeared on TV and radio talk shows, testified as an expert witness, served as documentary film consultant and worked as a private investigator. His previous books include The CIA As Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam, and The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA. He is also the editor of the poetry anthology With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century.
Darren Van Dam is the creator & host of the Flick Connection YouTube channel.Every Monday, watch the Live/Uncut episode that includes our movie picks of the week, what Darren watched last week and a discussion on one specific movie or topic of the week. Every Wednesdays, Darren posts a list of the best movies to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu. Darren occasionally posts a satire video like "A Quiet Place.. but with Farts" or a rant on why the new Batman movies suck. You might even find deep movie analysis videos like ending explained, except he will actually explain the ending and all details of movies like Annihilation and the Netflix Original Movie, The Ritual.
If you watch movies online or on streaming services, Flick Connection will change your life and put an end to the endless search for good movies to watch.
Whitney Webb is an independent journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute, 21st Century Wire, MintPress News & the Last American Vagabond, among others. She has made many radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.
Ryan Cristián is the founder and editor of alternative independent media website, TheLastAmericanVagabond.com, and as a recent recipient of the Serena Shim Award For Uncompromising Integrity In Journalism. You can also find Ryan's The Last American Vagabond shows on YouTube and all podcast apps. Whitney Webb and past guest Derrick Broze are also contributors & staff writers for TheLastAmericanVagabond.com
Brett Veinotte is an educator, creator of The School Sucks Project - a podcast, YouTube channel and Web community dedicated to self-knowledge, self-teaching and self-development. Brett returns to the show to discuss nothing specifically, and everything generally. We have a fun causal conversation, discussing anything and everything. Enjoy!