CORPORATE MEDIA

Apr 17 08:17

Economy Booming Again? Seriously?

It’s hard to find anyone who’s still bearish on the economy or the market these days. Listen to the average pundit on CNBC and this is what you’ll hear:

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The credit crisis? It’s over! Quit worrying.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The real estate mess? Fixed! No problem.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The economy? Rebounding. The worst is behind us.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The markets? They’re headed to infinity and beyond! Better get on board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, but they also told us to buy Bear Stearns, didn't they?

Apr 16 08:50

Robert Fisk: How can you trust the cowardly BBC?

The BBC Trust's report on Jeremy Bowen's dispatches from the Middle East is pusillanimous, cowardly, outrageous, factually wrong and ethically dishonest.

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Apr 16 04:26

Right-Wing Becklash

It’s not just liberals who are scared to death by Glenn Beck. Prominent conservative pundits are speaking out, denouncing his hysterics before he sinks the entire movement.

Apr 15 13:03

USA TODAY- Dead Wrong on Columbine

What is Greg Toppo at USA TODAY thinking? His article is full of errors, most egregiously he writes, “Contrary to early reports, Harris and Klebold weren’t on antidepressant medication …”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently the recent article about Columbine by USA Today has not set well with the actual witnesses to the event. So, I agree, what was Greg Toppo thinking?

Trying to create a controversy as a distraction?

Apr 15 12:37

CNN Reporter Harassed at Chicago "Tea-Party"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels like a staged event, and notice that the talking bimbo still rants on the government talking points; that this is all right-wing, anti-government extremists, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Apr 15 12:26

BBC rebukes its Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen for anti-Israel comments

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen faced calls to quit tonight after he was criticised for breaching the broadcaster's rules on accuracy and impartiality in two reports about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

An inquiry found that a reference to 'Zionism's innate instinct to push out the frontier' in an article for the BBC's website breached guidelines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So apparently BBC considers it a breach of accuracy and impartiality to report what is already obvious to all just from looking at the maps?

Apr 15 09:24

READERS RESPOND TO JERUSALEM POST ATTACKS

“…But reading his site, I’ve never seen this fellow address his own sins of occupation - the one where he is part of the horde of mainland Americans who have occupied Hawaii, breaking treaties signed with the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii (http://www.freehawaii.org/)…”

Actually, Mike Rivero has several times addressed this matter, and has a permanent link to an article he wrote about it.

If this is the extent of his familiarity with What Really Happened.com, then it’s likely that he is equally ignorant about Desert Peace.

And, regrettably, such people actually get paid to produce this nonsense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The word "Petard" comes to mind right about now.

Apr 15 04:25

Conspiracy Theory - Reason vs. the Crowd - JFK Blew the Whistle

American's Journey - "A conspiracy theory is the belief that historical or current events are the result of manipulations by one or more secretive powers or conspiracies." -JFK

Don't believe any conspiracy theories?

Apr 14 16:37

Awww....Al Gore fails

Gore TV is having a hard time these days. The IPO plan has hit a snag. There's not enough useful idiots with money to invest in his child propaganda channel.

Don't feel too sorry for Al. He has plenty of other schemes up his sleeve. The one where he will really make his money is the carbon tax, cap and trade, carbon credit scam and pretty soon it will have the legitimacy of law behind it.

Apr 14 09:30

Huffingtonpost goes tabloid??????????

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I asked Claire if we should have more naked babes at whatreallyhappened and for some reason she did not like the idea.

Apr 14 09:19

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AND DESERT PEACE FEATURED IN TODAY’S JERUSALEM POST

For example, one of the premier internet anti-Semites runs his site (and home business) from the suburbs of Honolulu, Hawaii. This blogger, who claims to know “what really is happening” in the world, is a radical leftist/liberal type, whose site gets a fair amount of traffic, and seems to be a source of material for many other anti-Semitic blogs. Most of his content consists of links to “legitimate” news sites, with his commentary.

But reading his site, I’ve never seen this fellow address his own sins of occupation - the one where he is part of the horde of mainland Americans who have occupied Hawaii, breaking treaties signed with the sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which proves that this asshole never actually visited this website or he would have seen THIS PAGE.

Apr 14 07:51

Don't be fooled by the power of the blog

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blogs scoop the corporate media, and now corporate media tries to ride the blogs' coat tails!

Apr 13 14:37

Boycott the Independent on Sunday

The paper blames the dead victim Ian Tomlinson. No person with a shred of decency should buy or subscribe to Independent on Sunday. If you want to read Robert Fisk or Patrick Cockburn’s reports, do so online. Don’t waste your money on this pseudo-liberal, conformist shit-rag. Editor-at-Large Janet Street-Porter writes an execrable apologia for police brutality in today’s paper where she warns readers that ‘before we put the police in the dock, it might be worth considering what Mr Tomlinson was doing that night, and what state of mind he might have been in’. The situation, she tells us, is ‘a great deal more complicated’.

But what exculpatory evidence does she proffer?

Apr 13 04:24

Obamas' new White House pet excites US news hounds

...which explains why their sales are dropping like a lead balloon.

Apr 12 18:24

Philly cable glitch switches Vatican service broadcast to 'Girls Gone Wild' ad

A Philadelphia cable network's early morning broadcast of a Good Friday service at the Vatican abruptly changed to something wildly different — a 30-second "Girls Gone Wild" ad.

Comcast spokesman Jeff Alexander says the 2 a.m. Friday programming glitch was due to a required test of the Emergency Alert System. He says such tests are usually done in the overnight hours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hallelujah; 'he' is risen!"

Apr 12 15:53

The Rise and Rise of the Political Blogger

Despite the fringe nature of the blogosphere, though, politicians and media analysts are convinced the unregulated sector is a force to be reckoned with in 21st century Britain. "There's no doubt that the rise of the blogosphere is one of the major political developments of the last 10 years," said McNair.

Apr 12 09:42

What went wrong?

Secure in their profits, the Globe and other newspapers underestimated the impact of the Web

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More whining by the corporate media.

And again, they portray their decline as a victim of the "whiz bang" web technology and avoid the real issue.

The corporate media is in decline because the public knows that when the US Government lied to us all about Saddam's "Nookular" bombs, the corporate media stood right besides the liars and helped them do it.

The corporate media, like the US Government, has lost the trust of the people, and it is not likely to come back any time soon. Trust takes decades to build, and is lost in an instant.

Look at the USSR for an example. When it became obvious that the government was lying to the people and Pravda and Isvestia were helping them do it, Russians set up a network of FAX machines called the Samizdat, to spread the truth about what was going on on the country. I suppose the Soviet media tried to ban FAX machines the way US Corporate media is trying to ban the internet, but the end result is pretty much the same. Once the people know they are being lied to, you cannot control them any longer and the USSR is gone.

The same fate clearly is in store for the US Government.

And here is the final irony. Had the corporate media actually performed their traditional role of exposing government wrongdoing all along, we would not be in this situation. Look at all the times when the corporate media chose to side with the cover-ups, Vince Foster, JFK Jr. Mena, Saddam's 'nookular' bombs, etc. At any one of those points the media could have done their job, exposed the guilty, caused a scandal, and prevented everything that has happened to the nation in these last few years.

The corporate media could have saved this nation. And they chose not to. For that reason alone they should be driven out of business.

And they dare call us bloggers the traitors!

Apr 12 09:28

McBride Spinning for His Career

Apr 12 05:19

Google Complains Americans are Stupid - Needs Foreign Engineers to Fill U.S. Tech Jobs

The New York Times Tech Recruiting Clashes With Immigration Rules - Matt Richtel MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Where’s Sanjay?

[This is a four page corporate-propaganda article meant to justify bringing in foreign workers to work in Silicon Valley. The article laments in typical jingoist fashion that America is losing its preeminence in technology worldwide because high tech companies cannot hire foreigners at will -to take America's highest paying high tech jobs. The article says in no uncertain terms, that the profitability of these companies should take a higher priority than putting American kids to work, or, -even forcing the American educational system to start to work for American kids.

Apr 11 08:23

If I Only Had a Gun

This takes me to the next point. ABC (obviously) makes no mention of how many times every year law-abiding citizens DO use guns effectively to protect themselves. Ask those people (or, ask anyone for that matter) what they’d prefer in a life and death situation: Taking shelter under a desk with a gun or taking shelter under a desk with nothing.

Finally, there is no mention of how many of the fleeing students were struck in the exercise. If none, then clearly the highly-trained shooter used for this farce of a demonstration wasn’t trying to hit any of the others. If some were struck, why weren’t those casualties mentioned? Either way, it demonstrates the dishonesty of the piece.

Apr 10 09:43

Getting a Death Grip on Memory

"Suppose scientists could erase certain memories by tinkering with a single substance in the brain," the article began. Readers quickly learned that it's starting to happen: "Researchers in Brooklyn have recently accomplished comparable feats, with a single dose of an experimental drug delivered to areas of the brain critical for holding specific types of memory ..."

Big deal.

American media outlets have been pulling off such feats for a long time.

Apr 08 10:22

Give President Obama a grade

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't think this is going the way they want it to, even with the megaphonies at work!

Apr 08 06:22

Press Portrays Michelle Obama as Twice as Gay as ALL Previous First-Girls Combined

CNN - Michelle Obama wax figure wows adoring fans -A likeness of the first lady was unveiled at Madame Tussauds, the world-famous wax museum, with all of the fanfare that typically follows Obama in real life. A line stretched down the block outside the museum by noon, while inside, a circus of media and visitors swarmed around the exhibit for its grand opening.

Since her husband has taken office, Obama has garnered unprecedented popularity, experiencing a level of interest in her fashion choices usually reserved for supermodels, and even drawing comparisons to royalty.

Apr 07 12:13

Frank ‘I’m A Member Of Dick Cheney’s Fan Club’ Gaffney: Obama’s ‘Respect’ For Muslims Is Code For Submission

Today on MSNBC, right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney joined in, boldly declaring, “I’m a member of Dick Cheney’s fan club,” alluding to the former vice president’s comments that Obama is making Americans less safe. Gaffney said that today, for example, Obama told our “Muslim enemies” that the United States is “willing to submit to them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Frank, if'n you think the Muslims need a good ass-whoopin', feel free to go over there yourself and try.

Apr 07 12:08

HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN ACTUALLY PUBLISHES MY LETTER ABOUT TSA SCARING AWAY TOURISTS.

Apr 07 08:27

A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content

They said they did not want to stop the appearance of articles around the Web, but to exercise some control over the practice and to profit from it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AP stood side by side with the US Government in selling the lies that led to war in Iraq. For that reason I prefer to not link to AP any longer and I am having my software engineer working on a system to go through our database and erase every article that has AP as a source (it's a small percentage as it turns out).

What is going on here is that AP's revenues are drying up because their primary customers, TV news and newspapers, are being abandoned by their audiences, precisely because they were all party to the lies of the US Government.

AP simply wants to co-opt the audiences the blogs have built over the years.

Many times when I link to an AP story it is to point out the lies and deceptions. I cannot imagine that any contracts entered into with AP to license their content will allow such unrestrained critiques.

So in the end, and I am certain most other news aggregator sites will agree with me, the simplest and easiest solution is to simply avoid all AP stories entirely.

After all, we need to move forward into the new and more truthful, not return to the past lies and deceptions.

Apr 07 07:32

AP to Aggregators: We Will Sue You

As newspaper continue to founder and fail, the clear benefit of Google especially — to direct hordes of traffic back to the original site — is increasingly blurred by the anger and envy of newspaper executives over Google's ability to monetize aggregation at all while paying nothing towards content creation.

It has become virtually a populist notion among many in the industry that aggregators who scrape a headline and a paragraph are taking something of value, if not outright stealing, and not operating under a fair use exception even if they drive traffic to the source.

"We can no longer stand by and watch others walk off with our work under misguided legal theories," AP Chairman Dean Singleton said at the AP annual meeting in San Diego.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS: PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY MORE LINKS TO AP STORIES.

I love the rant about the cost of content creation, when mostly AP just accepts press releases from the White House and corporations and forwards them as news.

Apr 06 14:55

Reflections on a Largely Forgotten Book: Herbert Schiller's The Mind Managers (1973)

Dedicated to the notion that "the flow of information in a complex society is a source of unparalleled power," his book was an important early effort to show how corporate thought-controllers" used "mainstream" (corporate) media and other means to conduct "a national communications pageant" (Schiller 1973, p.6) in support of "the state-capitalist [United States] economy" and its vast global and military reach. To a degree that I (perhaps naively) find surprising, his book is missing from the endnotes, indexes, and bibliographies of left media analysts. It disappeared in the bibliographical mist even as it seems to have anticipated numerous critical and important themes in a subsequent and impressive literature of left media and propaganda criticism in the U.S.

Apr 06 14:16

Pittsburgh shooter was fan of online conspiracy theories

Editor's note: RAW STORY regrets an early version of this article was published without an editor's approval. This article has been revised and edited.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The part that was removed from the original story was where Poplawski was concerned about zionist control of the US Government and the media. This appears to be the ONLY change from the original to the current article, which illustrates that Raw Story now bows and scrapes to their masters.

Apr 06 13:58

Why does the 'Times' only let Arabs criticize Israel?

I have noticed that, almost without exception, the only critics of Israeli policy that are given op-ed space, not only in the NY Times, but elsewhere in the mainstream media, are either Palestinians such as Rashid Khalidi, Saree Makdisi, or George Bisharat, or in the most extreme example, Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi, being given space to promote a one-state solution (an assignment that, quite clearly, was intended to permanently marginalize the idea). It has long been the same with the Times letter section, in which criticism of Israel seems also to be reserved for writers with non-Western names. I know of several people, besides myself, Jewish and non-Jewish, who have attempted, without success, to get letters published in the paper but to no avail and have since given up.

Apr 06 13:43

Something Is Rotten at PBS

But even though Reid did the reporting for the film, he was cut out of the film when it aired this week.

And the film didn't present Reid's bottom line for health care reform – don't let health insurance companies profit from selling basic health insurance.

They can sell for-profit insurance for extras – breast enlargements, botox, hair transplants.

But not for the basic health needs of the American people.

Instead, the film that aired Monday pushed the view that Americans be required to purchase health insurance from for-profit companies.

And the film had a deceptive segment that totally got wrong the lesson of Reid's previous documentary – Sick Around the World.

Apr 06 10:25

Story punches reporters in face; goes unnoticed

Dude just stood there and told reporters -- twice, and matter-of-factly both times -- that his friend who just killed three cops was motivated "by the Zionist-controlled government," and was upset, "that there was about to be military policing," and by "the fact that there was about to be a gun ban."

Zionist-controlled government. Was about to be military policing. The fact that there was about to be a gun ban.

Not a single one of these reporters says, "Hey, wait a minute. What?!?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Kos gets one right every once in a while!

Apr 05 09:13

FLASHBACK - Flirting With Fascism on CNN Headline News

Host Glenn Beck threatens Muslims with concentration camps.

Apr 05 08:42

FLASHBACK - Complaints Flood CNN After Beck Smears Ron Paul Supporters As Terrorists

Apr 04 16:41

Times Co. threatens to shut Globe; seeks $20m in cuts from unions

The New York Times Co. has threatened to shut The Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions swiftly agree to $20 million in concessions, union leaders said yesterday.
Paper reported to face $85m loss this year, as recession, Internet economy batter news industry

Apr 04 08:33

New York Times threatens to shut Boston Globe

The New York Times Co (NYT.N) has threatened to shut The Boston Globe unless the newspaper's unions agree to $20 million in concessions, the Globe reported on Friday, quoting union leaders.

Apr 03 15:59

Foreign vs. Domestic Media: Lessons from the Past

How should "Good" Americans inform themselves? Are we best served by our domestic media?

Apr 03 09:33

The Goldberg Syndrome

Jeffrey Goldberg, a writer for The Atlantic and a prominent supporter of the Iraq war, has a bone or two to pick with Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer. Reviewing their book, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy for The New Republic, he disdained "their methodological arrogance, their failure to meet any serious standard of empirical inquiry, their slavish reliance on second- and third-hand works" – this from a "reporter" who, before the invasion of Iraq, wrote two extensive pieces for the New Yorker detailing the now-debunked Bush administration talking point that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were allies.

Apr 02 14:42

Cleveland Columbus newsrooms will "pool" news

The TVNewsday and TVB/Television Broadcast trade websites report that Columbus is now the second Ohio TV market where two different newsrooms will "pool" news footage of events such as press conferences or other planned events.

Apr 02 09:28

Something is Rotten at PBS

So, Reid traveled around America, interviewing patients, doctors, and health insurance executives.

The documentary that resulted – Sick Around America – aired Monday night on PBS.

But even though Reid did the reporting for the film, he was cut out of the film when it aired this week.

And the film didn't present Reid's bottom line for health care reform – don't let health insurance companies profit from selling basic health insurance.

Instead, the film that aired Monday pushed the view that Americans be required to purchase health insurance from for-profit companies.

Mar 31 16:27

Al-Qaeda – Who Else?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An email exchange with the BBC confirms that "Al Qaeda" gets the blame for everything bad, even when there is no actual who the perp really is.

Mar 31 12:58

G20 "Terrorist Plot" Exposed As Teenagers With Plastic Guns And Fireworks

Yesterday's reports of a foiled "terrorist plot" in relation to the G20 protests in London have been scaled back after it was revealed that the house raided by police contained only plastic guns and fireworks.

Mar 31 12:02

The End of Conservative Talk Radio?

"The dirty little secret of conservative talk radio is that the average age of listeners is 67 and rising... What's more, it's the Internet that is the fast-growing and arguably more powerful political medium -- and it is the province of the young and liberal. The only sensible market view of conservative talk is that it will contract and be reduced, in the coming years, to a much more rarefied format."

Mar 31 11:02

The poetry of Glenn Beck

Every day the Fox News pundit feels the pain and suffering of average Americans. Now it's time to experience his free verse.

Editor's note: The following poems are transcribed verbatim from Beck's broadcasts.

Mar 31 10:02

Censored by the New York Times: The Story Behind a Political Cartoon that the Publisher didn’t want you to see

The Times required several changes to the cartoon so that it conformed to the acceptability standards of the newspaper. These changes were made. The Times production staff then asked for and was sent the camera-ready copy.

I paid the cost of the ad in full.

On Friday, September 19 I received notification that the cartoon’s publication was cancelled by order of the Times’ publisher. I recall simply shaking my head at the news - wryly noting that this action by the Times was validating the very point of the cartoon.

Mar 31 09:44

Six in 10 Americans back Obama on economy

The survey by the Washington Post and ABC television found that two in three Americans approve of the way Obama is doing his job. Six in 10 specifically approve of his efforts to deal with the economic crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find these results impossible to believe.

Mar 31 09:44

Do you trust the ABC/Wash Post poll showing 60% approval for Obama?

YES - The corporate media would never lie to us about that.
10% (237 votes)
NO - I don't see 60% approval for Obama among the people I talk to.
90% (2225 votes)
Total votes: 2462
Mar 31 08:30

Chicago Sun-Times owner files for bankruptcy

Newspaper publisher is fifth to file for Chapter 11 in recent months

Mar 31 08:07

FOX NEWS BABES!

The Babes of Fox News set to music, New York, New York. Fox and Friends news babes, great smart witty women, with great sexy legs! And they love to show off in high heels, stokings, and pantyhose! Crossed legs, uncrossed legs, booty shows, hot girls! Laughing, funny, booty shaking, bouncing, breasts and cleavage. Upskirts, panties, and nylons!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To hell with serious news, let's show some SKIN!!!!!!!!!

Mar 30 13:45

VIDEO: Red State/Blue State: How the Media Tear Our Nation Apart

The founder of TvNewsLIES.org gives a brief explanation of how the establishment media create and maintain the false perception that our nation is divided into two opposing political communities.

There are hundreds of vital issues on which most Americans stand united. If the American public was aware of many of these issues they would unite to oppose our leaders and other establishment figures. By controlling the discussions of the day and by hiding the important issues, the media create an impression that Americans are divided along party lines on almost every issue of import.

Mar 30 10:00

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly boycotting Sean Penn films

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ARE THERE ACTORS WHOSE POLITICAL OPINIONS DISTURB YOU SO MUCH YOU WON'T SEE THEIR MOVIES?

O'Reilly: Just Sean Penn.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: SOMEONE WILL READ THAT AND ACCUSE YOU OF ENCOURAGING A NEW BLACKLIST ERA.

Mar 29 11:26

Washington Post Shills for Terrorists

The Bush administration -especially Dick Cheney - loved and protected the MEK because the MEK ginned up information to justify threatening to attack Iran. The Post notes that “U.S. officials credit the MEK with providing information about Iran’s nuclear program.”

The Post neglects to mention that MEK’s allegations turned out to be crap and were debunked by a National Intelligence Estimate in late 2007.

Mar 29 11:22

Who would you rather trust - the BBC or a blogger?

The best reason for wanting my colleagues to survive is that serious reporters and broadcasters offer a guarantee that what they say is true. If they stray, their editors impose journalistic standards and insist on objectivity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like this?

The BBC's 'WTC 7 Collapsed
At 4:54 p.m.' Videos

Because BBC to this very day will not "impose journalistic standards and insist on objectivity" on just why they reported the collapse of WTC-7 while it was clearly still standing behind the reporter.

This article is little more than a desperate gasp of a corporate media that knows it has committed suicide by standing together with those who lied us into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and fears paying that final dark price for its betrayal of the public trust.

Too goddamned bad!

Mar 29 11:15

Pulitzer winner Seymour Hersh reveals Cheney's assassination ring, gets no press

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is best known for breaking the shocking My Lai massacre story during the Vietnam war, in which hundreds of unarmed civilians in a Vietnamese village were slaughtered by U.S. soldiers in March 1968. His courageous reporting on this sad chapter in history won him a Pulitzer Prize. In recent years, his incisive coverage of the Abu Ghraib abuses and torture has also been widely followed and respected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(I do admire that rifle in the photo!)

Mar 29 10:42

Jewish writer raises a storm in America with his report from a 'tolerant' Iran

The newspaper, and Cohen in particular, has been accused of being too critical of Israel and an apologist for Iran and its leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Cohen's column was written from Iran about the country's small Jewish minority. His piece acknowledged the difficulties the group experienced and portrayed them as part of an Iranian society that he said was more tolerant, democratic and sophisticated than many American critics allowed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE you describe Iran as it really is, instead of how we wish it to be seen!!!!!!"

Mar 28 08:30

U.S. Ranked 36th Freest Press in the World

“The post-9/11 world is now clearly drawn. Destabilized and on the defensive, the leading democracies are gradually eroding the space for freedoms. The economically most powerful dictatorships arrogantly proclaim their authoritarianism, exploiting the international community’s divisions and the ravages of the wars carried out in the name of the fight against terrorism.

Religious and political taboos are taking greater hold by the year in countries that used to be advancing down the road of freedom.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which is why you are HERE, reading whatreallyhappened.com!

Mar 28 08:26

GIVE OBAMA A GRADE

A
6% (217 votes)
B
8% (283 votes)
C
11% (409 votes)
D
20% (736 votes)
F
56% (2058 votes)
Total votes: 3703
Mar 28 08:24

MSNBC POLL - Give President Obama a grade

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In theory there should be a bell curve centered around the most popular choice (as we see above in the WRH version of this poll) , but we do not see that on the MSNBC poll. The curve for the B, C, D, and F at the MSNBC poll is quite similar to what we see in the WRH poll. Only the A is the anomaly. Hence I think "someone" has been tinkering with the results.

Mar 28 07:48

Bill Maher: Just another shill for Empire and Israel

Mar 26 19:56

New cuts at New York Times and Washington Post

The New York Times reported that its parent company, the Times Co, plans to slash the pay of most employees by five per cent for nine months, in return for 10 days of leave, and to lay off 100 people.

The Washington Post said employees were being offered another round of buyouts, or early retirement packages - the second within a year - in an effort to cut costs.

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Mar 26 08:26

REAL LIFE EXAMPLE OF AN ISRAELI WHORE!

Mar 26 08:24

Shut Down the O'Reilly Harassment Machine

Going after O'Reilly through his corporate sponsors seems like a fitting punitive measure, considering O'Reilly's manic obsession with his imaginary enemy NBC and their parent company GE. O'Reilly even managed to use the Terkel ambush to continue his assault on his network nemesis, which was particularly strange since Terkel has nothing to do with NBC whatsoever. It was even odder when O'Reilly tried desperately on his show to make the connection between Terkel, NBC, GE, and Iran in less than one minute!

Mar 26 04:08

Obama Turns to Web to Bypass News Media

President to answer questions from the public in online town hall meeting.

Mar 25 05:15

Elitist and Racist NYC Well Served by Moronic New York Times Editors Who are Still Hyping Jobs American Won't Do

The New York Times Written by THE EDITORS - The Competition for Low-Wage Jobs In a continuing series on immigration, Room for Debate this week moves on to the issue of how the economic crisis affects immigrants — both legal and illegal. [...]

We’ve asked several experts how the recession might alter competition for lower-wage jobs between workers born in the United States, who previously shunned these jobs, and immigrants who have been willing to take them. [...]

Mar 24 14:48

How The News Networks Lie by Telling the Truth

Mar 24 14:42

Media Calls a Bottom as Credit Market Calls for Panic (Charts)

Much has been made (mostly by the mainstream media) over the recent rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Many of the usual suspects, including those that have been wrong for the past 3 years, have been quick to call a bottom. We, as technicians, tend to pay little attention to CNBC, Fox Business, etc. Opinions have little or no value to us.

The credit market shows a persistent and elevated level of fear. There will be no bull market until the credit fear eases.

Mar 23 08:08

Brit Hume and the demented world of Fox News

Respectable, "mainstream", and "serious" American foreign policy differences that are allowed to see the light of day in our media fall into one of two camps.

The first camp believes that anything more than issuing bad faith ultimatums before dropping bombs is appeasement.

The second camp believes the US should spend a little time manufacturing legalisms before commencing our wanton aggressions and also arm twist a few "allies" into blessing our murder campaigns against hapless weakling third world countries on the other side of the globe before hand.

Obama falls into the second camp. To what passes for a "right wing" in this country he is now "appeasing" Iran for sending them a video tape address in which he doesn't threaten to murder them or call them dirty Moooslim scum.

Mar 22 14:03

GEORGE WEBER KILLED

Former WABC radio news anchor George Weber was found murdered inside his Brooklyn apartment today after failing to report to work for two days, sources told The Post.

Weber, who would have turned 58 tomorrow, was discovered in his bed shortly before 10 a.m. inside his Carroll Gardens with multiple stab wounds to his neck after his bosses, concerned that he hadn't shown up for work, called cops.

Mar 21 08:02

The Internet Surging as a Major Influence in the Political Landscape

Democracy is only as good as the information that we receive. Our right to vote means very little if we don’t have enough information on which to make an intelligent choice in the voting booth.

That is why corporate monopoly control over much of our national news media, which was greatly facilitated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, has been so toxic to our democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blogs are already beating newspapers and magazines, and we are closing in on TV.

Mar 20 16:27

CNN's ratings drop!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody likes a liar!

Mar 20 13:51

VIDEO: America's Worst Enemy: The Mainstream Media - An Explanation, A Challenge & A Solution

Regardless of the issue, the one thing standing between your cause and the resolution of your cause is the mainstream media. Today's media are in place to do one thing, create and maintain a false reality. They ensure that the actions of the ruling elite, government included, are kept out of the public conscience.

In this brief video Jesse Richard, Founder of TvNewsLIES.org, explains how media deception works and shows you how to see it for yourself. He issues a challenge to the collective body of the establishment media and he provides a realistic and achievable solution to the problem.

Mar 20 08:02

Washington Post Shows Its Hand

The Washington Post is apparently losing lots of money and may close in the foreseeable future, barring a deus ex machina intervention by some foreign billionaire such as saved the New York Times. While the decline of newspapers worldwide is regrettable, the Post's troubles are really good news, and bankruptcy would be a richly deserved fate for a rag that has been an enabler of every neocon fantasy for the past 20 years.

Mar 19 08:35

Rush Limbaugh - MIAC Missouri Information Analysis Center, Ron Paul, Bumper Stickers, MIlitia

Rush Limbaugh on the MIAC report, Obama's mad marching army, cap and trade, Ron Paul...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am in total shock. I actually agree with Pills on this one.

Mar 18 21:55

Six Jewish Companies Own 96% of the World’s Media

“You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can’t criticize Israel…”

Mar 17 13:49

Washington Post Shows Its Hand

The Washington Post is apparently losing lots of money and may close in the foreseeable future, barring a deus ex machina intervention by some foreign billionaire such as saved the New York Times. While the decline of newspapers worldwide is regrettable, the Post's troubles are really good news, and bankruptcy would be a richly deserved fate for a rag that has been an enabler of every neocon fantasy for the past 20 years. Imagine no longer having to enjoy Charles Krauthammer, Fred Kagan, John Bolton, Bill Kristol, and Robert Kaplan with your morning coffee.

Mar 17 12:36

Rise of the Recessionista

SomethingCool.ca - A caller into CBC’s Sunday afternoon talk-radio show, Cross-Country Checkup, said that men like Stewart were doing the job the media should have done before the financial meltdown. “This is just like the war in Iraq,” the caller complained. “The media were asleep at the wheel and didn’t do their job.

Yes, leave it to MSN/Sympatico Finance to give us the crucial facts about how image plays a part in these troubling times. “What does appearance have to do with personal finance?” this outlet asked in a recent article entitled Why It Pays to be a ‘Recessionista. “At first glance - nothing. After all, what do hemlines have to do with home equity loans?”

The answer? “More than you think.” Oh man, this oughta be good.

Mar 17 07:39

Seattle Post-Intelligencer halts print edition

The Hearst Corp. announced Monday it will publish its last print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Tuesday and shift the operation of Seattle's oldest business wholly to the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It isn't paper versus the net that determines readership. It is whether you give the people what they need to know versus selling corporate and government lies to them.

See I AM BLOGGER, HEAR ME ROAR!

Meanwhile, you can buy a copy of the last edition HERE

Mar 16 09:09

So eager to call CNN 'Communist News Network,' Fox fudges name of Latin American leader

But Fox was so eager to tie CNN to communism that they couldn't get the name of Venezeula's leader right when making an unsourced allegation.

A second Fox pundit pointed out that Funes' party, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, is liberal and said it was essentially communist. He then declared that FMLN "allegedly" has ties to Caesar Chavez.

Except that Caesar Chavez doesn't lead a party in Latin America. He was a Mexican-American farm worker and labor activist who died in 1993.

Mar 15 17:26

No teleprompters for Prez at dinner

No Teleprompters, No Gridiron Club Dinner
March 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Obama won’t be appearing at the Gridiron Club dinner this year —only the second president in more than 150 years to miss this wonderful opportunity to schmooze with our fine class of journalists. But as we saw all through the campaign, the media whores need no schmoozing from their American idol. They have been Obama’s lapdogs all through the election season licking his stinky feet and continue to be.

Mar 15 13:49

WPost Is a Neocon Propaganda Sheet

The sad truth appears to be that the Washington Post can no longer be counted on to be anything like an honest broker, especially when it comes to issues near and dear to the hearts of neocons. Rather the Post’s role is now to set the parameters for whatever debate the neocons find acceptable.

Mar 15 12:45

Listening to the show and all the rest that you have read, do you believe groups that lobby on behalf of Israel have too much influence? Or do you think this is a bogus, even scurrilous charge?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drop FareedZakariaGPS@cnn.com a quick note and let him know what you think of the Israel lobby's influence in Washington DC.

Mar 15 09:34

It's All Good: Media Reports for Duty as Militarists Plan More Wars

Surely there is no one who still needs to be apprised of the fact that the New York Times is one of the chief organs of the American Empire, operating in a semi-official fashion to disseminate the intentions and wishes of our rulers. The fact that the paper also publishes some excellent reporting -- and can even, on occasion, assume an adversarial stance against one faction of the elite or another -- in no way undermines its essential function in the imperial power structure. After all, Pravda and Izvestia did the same under the Soviets.

Mar 15 08:59

Partial list of corporate lickspittles who are allowed to know what s in the secret copyright treaty the Obama administration claims is a matter of "national security"

Mar 15 08:02

Stewart exposes Cramer (pardon the commercials)

Mar 14 11:34

Washington Post to cut business section

The Washington Post will stop publishing a business section six days out of the week and move business news to the front section of the paper at a time when finance stories dominate world headlines.

The decision, which the Post's editors explained in a memo obtained by Reuters, means that the paper will save money on newsprint when newspaper advertising revenue is plunging.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe your readership and ad revenues would return if you didn't spend all your time sucking up to Israel.

Mar 14 11:33

'Washington Post' urges dismissal of AIPAC espionage case, asks for counter-argument, and promptly rejects same

The other day the Washington Post editorial page--which I am harping on because it has been on the pro-neocon track at least since declaring that the Iraq war was "essential to American security"-- ran an editorial urging the Justice Department to drop the "misguided" espionage case against former AIPAC staffers Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman.

The editorial was followed by this statement: "Do you have a different view of this issue? Debate a member of the editorial board in the Editorial Judgment discussion group."

Mar 14 09:02

Jim Cramer admits to manipulating the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We had it down to a science in 1992: my wife would pick stocks that technically looked ready to go up, or she would keep track of merchandise to see what was down to tag ends. She would then generate a list of stocks that could move quickly on good news. Jeff would then go to work calling the companies to try to find anything good we could say about them. I would call the analysts to see I they were hearing anything. When we found a stock that looked ready technically to break out, or where the supply had been mopped up, and Jeff found something positive at the company, and I knew the analyst community didn’t know anything positive, we would load up with call options and common stock and then give the good news to our favorite analysts who liked the stock so they could go do their promotion. That would get the buzz going and we would then be able to liquidate the position into the buzz for a handsome profit." (Confessions of a Street Addict, page 61).

Mar 14 09:00

MSNBC producers told ‘not to incorporate’ Cramer’s Daily Show interview into their programming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sour grapes...

Mar 14 08:53

Washington Post Columnist Gives Private AIPAC Talks

Journalists should be allowed to make money from speaking engagements, but I find Beinart's appearances unseemly. AIPAC is a "controversial" organization (the adjective routinely used for Walt and Mearsheimer's book in the mainstream media). Or anyway, it's an important advocacy group on a central issue in the election. I wonder what a Time and Washington Post columnist is advocating to advocates about.

More important, Beinart's 2006 book, The Good Fight, urged Americans to make their country great again by going to war against terror in Iraq and elsewhere and in doing so utterly suppressed the Israel/Palestine issue.

Mar 13 06:29

Jim Cramer admits to manipulating the market.

Mar 12 13:48

Columbia Journalism School professor: ‘F*ck new media.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Painting animals on cave walls was good enough for my parents and it is good enough for me!!!!"

Mar 11 06:27

You WILL Believe! - Nano-treatment to torpedo cancer - Science by propoganda bites

BBC Health News - Nanotechnology has been used for the first time to destroy cancer cells with a highly targeted package of "tumour busting" genes.

"Gene therapy has a great potential to create safe and effective cancer treatments but getting the genes into cancer cells remains one of the big challenges in this area.

"This is the first time that nanoparticles have been shown to target tumours in such a selective way, and this is an exciting step forward in the field.

"Once inside the cell, the gene enclosed in the particle recognises the cancerous environment and switches on. The result is toxic, but only to the offending cells, leaving healthy tissue unaffected.

Mar 10 09:53

Rep. Conyers wants science to be secret… or you will pay

Recently, government-sponsored agencies like NIH have moved toward open access of scientific findings. That is, the results are published where anyone can see them, and in fact (for the NIH) after 12 months the papers must be publicly accessible. This is, in my opinion (and that of a lot of others, including a pile of Nobel laureates) a good thing. Astronomers, for example, almost always post their papers on Astro-ph, a place where journal-accepted papers can be accessed before they are published.

Mar 09 10:29

Steeped in taxes and ready for tea

Protesters invoked tariff-weary Colonists, blasted Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan at rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I tagged this under Corporate Media because all morning I am getting these stories about major tax protests (I loved the "Off with his head" chant in Fullerton; made me proud to have gone to school there) over the internet and yet have not seen a single such protest reported on ABCNNBBCBS. MSNBC led off with a video tour of the home from where a young girl was kidnapped some time ago. Yeah, it's a shame, but the girl isn't there; just furniture and it doesn't actually affect my life directly.

Taxes affect my life. Taxes have wrecked my life, to be honest, and I find stories about my fellow Americans getting pissed off and chanting "Off with his head" far more relevant to my life than stories about the homes of missing girls, Chandra Levy, or Michael Jackson.

Mar 08 10:10

Our society suffers if newspapers fall silent

As a kid, the first thing I did each morning was read the newspaper. My teenage children today have no such interest. Their disinterest mirrors that of their generation. Television watching and Internet surfing have supplanted newspaper reading. Newspapers, unfortunately, are becoming relics; a victim of our society's shortened attention span.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WRONG! Newspapers are becoming relics BECAUSE THEY HELPED THE GOVERNMENT LIE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE into a pointless war of conquest.

Nobody likes a liar.

See I AM BLOGGER,
HEAR ME ROAR!

Mar 08 03:59

Discipline of Military Redirects Dropouts - Teaching kids to kill provides leadership skills!

New York Times ERIK ECKHOLM - FORT GORDON, Ga. — By his own account, Donte’ A. Dungey had no motivation in high school, sleeping through classes and sometimes showing up only for the free lunch to reduce the burden on his mother, who was struggling with nine other children. Held back three times and scheduled to enter the 10th grade at nearly 18, he knew that “high school just wasn’t going to work for me,” he said.

But he was also ready to change. More than five months ago, Mr. Dungey took up residence in a program for dropouts called Youth Challenge, run by the National Guard, that is proving effective at using military atmosphere and discipline to turn around at-risk teenagers.

Mar 07 16:06

Bailout for The Mainstream Media May be Next

Does the News Industry Deserve a Bailout? That was the headline in a recent article written in Time Magazine. Written by Douglas A. McIntyre, the article argues “the strategic value of the print media comes from the centuries that it has served as a check and balance to the central government both in the United States and elsewhere ...Politicians have every reason to want to see print media fail. That can be said tongue in cheek, but too many governors and congressmen have lost jobs after newspaper investigations to make the relationship between Fourth Estate and politicians a comfortable one. A neutered press would benefit a number of elected officials.

Mar 06 13:41

Fox Admits To Planting Political Brainwashing In Popular TV Shows

A corporate video currently being showcased on another part of Murdoch’s media empire, MySpace.com, shows Fox executives and stars of its universally recognized shows bragging about how they use the platform of hit shows that are broadcast globally to implant messages about the supposed threat of global warming.

This is not the first time Fox have been enthusiastic in propagandizing for the establishment. In 2003, Rupert Murdoch himself admitted that the corporation had “tried” to help the Bush administration sell the war in Iraq.

Mar 06 10:12

A public stoning in Germany

A few days later, Dierkes gave an interview to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), a conservative paper based in the nearby city of Essen. He explained the demands of the World Social Forum, and requested that the published interview should stress that this had nothing to do with anti-Semitism -- a qualification that invariably needs to be made in Germany, except when there is suspicion of Islamophobia. Predictably, his precautions were in vain; scenting a political coup, the reporter published his article without including the qualification.

Mar 06 08:26

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE ECONOMY FOLKS, WE HAVE BREAD AND CIRCUSES AND JACKO FOR YOU!!!!!!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and maybe we can get O.J., Robert Blake, Robert Wagner, and Bill Shatner to do a chorus line for you!

Mar 06 06:28

Undisclosed Losses at Merrill Lynch Lead to a Trading Inquiry - But No One Ever Goes to Jail

The New York Times LOUISE STORY and ERIC DASH March 6, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Merrill Lynch trader apparently gambled away more than $120 million in the currency markets. Others seemingly lost hundreds of millions on tricky credit derivatives.

But somehow all this red ink did not spill into plain view until after Merrill earmarked billions for bonuses and staggered into the arms of Bank of America.

Merrill hemorrhaged $13.8 billion during the final three months of 2008 alone.

Mar 05 17:39

Dow Tumbles 4% to New 12-Year Low - Well, duh?

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker Aaron Task Thur March 5, 2009

The Hits Just Keep on Coming: Dow Tumbles 4% to New 12-Year Low

The Dow shed 4% to 6594, its lowest close since April 15, 1997, while the S&P lost 4.25% to 682.55, its lowest close since 1996.

[The same news outlet yesterday shouted "Stocks jump after 5 days of heavy selling" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Stocks-jump-after-5-days-of-apf-14547422... and in between then and now the collective markets paid a fine of a quarter billion for stealing from investors. Maybe the markets aren't the place for your money. The DOW is down 50% in the last year, and all those people running the 401k swindle made money on your losses all the way down. Can you say, SUCKER! - I knew you could.]

Mar 05 09:08

Obama Officially Picks Genachowski To Chair FCC

One of Washington's worst-kept secrets -- that Julius Genachowski would be the next Federal Communications Commission chairman -- ended Tuesday when President Barack Obama formally nominated Genachowski for the position.

After Obama won the presidential election, Genachowski was an immediate odds-on favorite for the FCC position given his background that is steeped in technology and that included a stint as legal counsel to ex-FCC chairman Reed Hundt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Genachowski is also the son of holocaust survivors, so I think we can write off the First Amendment on any broadcasts related to Israel or the history of WW2.

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 09:39

Video - The N3TWORK- Big Media Exposed! (Remember - it's not against the law for them to lie to you.)

The N3TWORK is an independent media organization that explores issues not typically discussed by the mainstream because we are not swayed by corporate, political, or religious influences. Our only influence is the interest of the people. At the N3TWORK, we hope to generate inspiration and empowerment through awareness. Instead of assigning blame, we encourage individuals to become responsible and active citizens.

Mar 04 08:56

The Rush to Kiss Rush's Ass

Something funny is happening in Washington. Within the Republican Party. Something that's music to Democrats' ears. It seems that desperate and disillusioned conservatives, not having learned their lessons from the November election--or worse, still reeling from it--are allowing the rabid right wing talking head Rush Limbaugh to hijack the party.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Pills has decided that if Sarah Palin can be a candidate, that so can he! I think Pills is exploring running in 2010.

Mar 04 08:35

Payday as the Enemy of Truth

It is a rule of thumb in the life of the freelance journalist, almost as sure as the law of gravity, that the more you get paid for an article, the greater likelihood it will turn to mush at the hands of too many people paid to “edit” the work. We might even work out a financial equation for this degenerative process: for every cent-increase in per-word payment, there will be a meaning-decrease in every word. Or, rather, the words will take on all sorts of meanings you never thought they had. Or the words will pop their heads into scenes where they had not been meant to pop. Or the editors will attach like ticks to the ideas of the people quoted and suck out entirely, perfectly, inanely, the meaning of what the person really said.

Mar 03 08:29

White House Lets Limbaugh Be Voice Of GOP Opposition

After the radio host delivered a raucous red-meat speech Saturday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said on CBS's "Face the Nation" the next day: "He is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party, and he has been upfront about what he views, and hasn't stepped back from that, which is he hopes for failure."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs added his voice yesterday, saying reporters should ask Republicans "whether they agree with what Rush Limbaugh said . . . in wishing and hoping for economic failure in this country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is where this will blow up on the GOP face.

1. "Pills" Limbaugh and his ditto heads, in chanting "I hope Obama fails", are showing that winning at political contests is far more important to them than the welfare of their fellow Americans. Apparently millions of homeless Americans is not too great a price to pay to score points for the 2010 elections.

2. By openly taking a stance of wanting the current administration to fail, "Pills" had given the Obama administration the perfect scapegoat to blame for that inevitable failure we know is coming, "Pills" himself, and by labeling "Pills" as the voice of the GOP, the GOP as a whole.

Limbaugh's ego has led him into a trap.

Good.

Mar 03 07:51

Broadcaster ITV 'Set To Lay Off 500 Staff'

Broadcaster ITV is set to announce it is laying off at least 500 workers, according to Sky sources.

Mar 03 06:57

Cutting the Cable as the Economy Pinches - Something Positive in the News

The New York Times City Room - Ken Belson

For most New Yorkers, moving into a new home means calling Con Edison, Verizon and the cable company. But some younger New Yorkers are no longer paying for cable television [...]

“So many of my friends treated cable as a utility, that it wasn’t a home until it was set up,” said Nick Jackson, 24, who lives on the Lower East Side and works in publishing. “I basically chose Internet over the cable.”

Mar 03 06:48

Prosecutors Fight Release of Spitzer Records - Huh? What are they up to?

The New York Times March 2, 2009 William K. Rashbaum

Prosecutors of the prostitution case that exposed Eliot Spitzer as a client are appealing a court order directing them to unseal records that may shed light on the origins of the investigation.

The prosecutors, from the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, filed a notice in court on Monday saying that they would appeal Judge Rakoff’s ruling to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a decision that was made by senior Justice Department officials in Washington.

Mar 02 20:09

Crews Take Name Of Closed Newspaper Off Building

Workers from a sign company on Sunday removed the name of the Rocky Mountain News from the Denver Newspaper Agency building it shared with The Denver Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We the blogs made an earnest and sincere effort to share the information we had developed that the claims used to kick off the war in Iraq were fictional.

The newspapers made the choice to stand with the government and help sell those lies to the people.

And the people, who do not like being lied to, took their business elsewhere.

Sic Semper Mendicium!

Mar 02 12:55

This chart RIGHT NOW shows the pathetic volume in the DOW.

The collapse is nearing capitulation.

Soon enough, there will be no buyers at any price.

Mar 02 07:51

Why I believe the theory of the Israel lobby

The issue is not that these people have backward views of the Middle East. There is not much anyone can do about that. Iraq, where terrorists are now part of the government, has taught them nothing. The issue is that they are routinely granted access to mainstream publications. The realists whom Chait despises don't get that access; Mearsheimer has been out at the New York Times ever since he made the mistake of opposing the Iraq war. Nor do leftwing critics of Israel get access--Glenn Greenwald, Tony Kushner. Nor do Arab-Americans. It is true, as Chait observed some time ago, that Steve Walt has a blog at Foreign Policy. Great. And yes, I believe that things are softening, and we are winning, under Obama. But Walt's perch is still the exception that proves the rule.

Mar 02 05:21

Joe the Janitor Brought Out to Take a Bow, While AIG Gets Another 30 Billion

Actually the guy's name is Mark. It's the same political fraud. He's touted as having had a salaried position ($70k per year, certainly not a job with Merrill). He's now working as a janitor to make ends meet! Such sacrifice is indeed noble, were it even probable. If the janitor-job were advertised in any city in the country, you'd start a major riot among the frantic applicants, and bus tickets to the scene of the mayhem would be difficult to come by.

Mar 01 10:39

How Radio Wrecks the Right

Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty intellectual fare.

Feb 28 14:57

911 WTC7 CBS Breakthrough

Feb 28 11:53

Gallup: Obama approval rating rises to 67% OMFG! THIS IS FRAUD!

The Oval Tracking and Observing the Presidency - Feb 27, 2009

Gallup attributes the week's improvement to Obama's address to Congress Tuesday night and a sharp rebound among Republicans, from 27% approval to 42%.

The latest rating is based on polling conducted Tuesday through Thursday. Reaction to Obama's new budget proposal should be reflected in coming days.

Feb 28 09:39

I AM BLOGGER, HEAR ME ROAR!

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... just because Bill Maher pissed me off!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 27 15:00

Senate bars FCC from revisiting Fairness Doctrine

The Senate has barred federal regulators from reviving a policy, abandoned two decades ago, that required balanced coverage of issues on public airwaves.

The Senate vote on the so-called Fairness Doctrine was in part a response to conservative radio talk show hosts who feared that Democrats would try to revive the policy to ensure liberal opinions got equal time.

The Federal Communications Commission implemented the doctrine in 1949, but stopped enforcing it in 1987 after deciding new sources of information and programming made it unnecessary.

President Barack Obama says he has no intention of reimposing the doctrine, but Republicans, led by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., say they still need a guarantee the government would not establish new quotas or guidelines on programming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course the GOP would fight to maintain their monopoly over the corporate media, but I wan to know why Democrats went along with this.

Feb 27 08:46

Noam Chomsky On Corporate Propaganda

Feb 27 07:46

In Revision, G.D.P. Shrank at 6.2% Rate at the End of 2008

The New York Times CATHERINE RAMPELL Feb 27, 2009

The economy at the end of last year contracted at a far faster rate than initially estimated, a government report released Friday said.

[...] the last quarter of 2008 was the worst since the 1982 recession [...]

Feb 26 22:10

The Sun: We Made "False Allegations" Against Muslim

According to the Sun the story went something like this: Muslim bus driver in London kicks passengers off his bus in order that he can pray. Keeps them waiting and then lets them back on after he has done his "Muslim thing."

Anyway it transpires that the story was a fabrication by the Sun. That's right it never really happened as the Sun claimed.

Feb 26 20:32

This Domain (wakeupfromyourslumber.com) Has Been Disabled

Let's hope this is temporary....

Feb 26 15:36

Rocky Mountain News Is Shutting Down

The Rocky Mountain News in Denver will cease publication on Friday.

E.W. Scripps, which owns newspaper, known locally as The Rocky, announced Thursday that it had failed to find a buyer for the daily. Scripps’s chief executive, Rich Boehne, said in a statement that The Rocky was “a victim of changing times in our industry and huge economic challenges.” Scripps said the newspaper lost $16 million last year.

Feb 25 14:21

The Anchorwomen of Fox News

Conservative watchdog groups are giving Fox News flack for their gratuitously hot anchorwomen and their short skirts.

Feb 25 14:21

Fox News Anchor or Porn Star?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can you tell the difference?

(I flunked this one.)

Feb 25 10:42

Maine Man Tries to Build Dirty Bomb, No One Cares

A leaked FBI report states that a man named James G. Cummings was trying to build a dirty bomb when he was shot and and killed by his wife last December 9th in Belfast, Maine. He had plans, parts, explosive ingredients, and small quantities of radioactive material, though nothing that could not be purchased legally within the US. Cummings was a white supremacist who was reportedly very upset about Obama’s election.

Feb 25 10:13

San Francisco Chronicle may shut down

San Francisco may lose its main newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, as owner Hearst Corp cuts a "significant" number of jobs and decides whether to shut or sell the money-losing daily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Corporate Media

I will make you a deal.

Start telling the people the truth about what is going on. Tell them the truth about 9-11, the truth about the lie of Saddam's "nookular" weapons, the truth about what went on an Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the truth about how FDR suckered the Japanese into the attack on Pearl Harbor, the truth about no torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, the truth about USS Liberty. Tell the public the truth about MOCKINGBIRD and COINTELPRO and the 16th Amendment and the Federal Reserve. And I don't mean twenty years after the fact when it no longer matters, tell the people the truth when they need to hear it, like right now about how Iran does not have a clandestine weapons lab under their power station but Israel does.

You all start telling the public the truth and I will gladly shut this blog down and let your readers go back to you, because frankly after 16 years I am tired of doing your job for you for no money while listening to you whine about how your ad revenues have declined because of us mean old bloggers.

Deal?

Deal?

Deal?

Hello?

Feb 25 09:33

War Reporting and Propaganda in Iraq and Afghanistan

Feb 25 09:28

Hollywood to make 30 anti-Iranian movies

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, has said that Hollywood film makers have thirty anti-Iranian movies in the offing.

"Hollywood has thirty anti-Iranian movies in the offing with the subject of hostility towards Iran's historical and Islamic identity," Qashqavi told reporters at a weekly news conference in Tehran on Monday.

"The subject of making various movies has directly targeted not only Iran's religious and historical identity but also the country's social values including hospitality in an attempt to show hostility towards the Islamic Republic," he added.

"There are certain political objectives behind a number of movies under the pretext of creating art," he explained.

Feb 24 16:02

Study: Israel "retaliates" to Palestinian "provocation" in UK press

The study, the first to investigate this aspect of British press coverage of the conflict, examined a period from January to June 2008. It found that when the British press represents a party as retaliating or responding in the conflict, that party is Israel 72 percent of the time. The tabloid press showed a particularly marked bias, representing Israel as retaliating in 100 percent of all representations of "retaliation."

Feb 24 12:21

Documentary to Air About Lynching of Jewish Businessman

Frank was accused and convicted of killing 13-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913.

Phagan worked in a pencil factory Frank managed in downtown Atlanta.

The governor at the time, John Slaton, commuted Frank's sentence from death to life in prison, but he was kidnapped from the state prison in Milledgeville in 1915 and taken to Phagan's hometown of Marietta where he was hanged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interestingly enough, Leo Frank, like Rubashkin, based his defense on claims that his accusers (and ultimately the jury) were anti-Semites.

The Leo Franks case gave rise to the Anti-Defamation League whose mission, as the name suggests, is to suppress any and all negative reporting on individuals who happen to be of the Jewish faith, even if the reporting is factual.

Feb 23 09:35

HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST HITLER HOLOCAUST

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You will feel sorry for and cease criticizing Israel, dammit!

Feb 23 09:27

Philadelphia papers owner files for Chapter 11

Philadelphia Newspapers and Journal Register, which publishes several small papers in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, join the much larger Tribune Co, publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, in a growing line of U.S. newspaper publishers seeking bankruptcy court protection to stay afloat while they restructure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

START TELLING THE TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE AND THE READERS WILL RETURN!

I for one would gladly shut down this blog and spend the rest of my life chasing Claire around the shop if the corporate media could be relied upon to tell the people the truth about what the government is up to, as its traditional role is supposed to be.

But until the corporate media starts telling the truth and stops acting like the government's ministry of propaganda, blogs like this will remain and we will continue to take your readership and advertisers away from you.

It's simple; if you lie, you die!

Feb 23 09:18

Philadelphia Inquirer seeks bankruptcy protection

The publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer has become the second US newspaper group to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in two days, succumbing on Sunday to vanishing advertising revenues and an unmanageable debt burden.

Feb 22 19:39

Fresh BBC row after reporters asked not to cover Gaza demo

SENIOR BBC Scotland managers were plunged into a new row over trust last week after it emerged the corporation's journalists felt they could not report on a demonstration held inside their own building.

Last month more than 20 demonstrators occupied the foyer of BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters in protest at the corporation's decision not to broadcast an appeal from the Disasters Emergency Committee on behalf of the people of Gaza. More than 40,000 people complained to the BBC about its decision.

According to one BBC Scotland source, radio journalists were told by editors not to include the demonstration on Radio Scotland's news bulletins - even though other branches of the corporation were reporting the story in full.

Feb 21 09:23

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ ANGRY NEW YORKERS PROTEST RACISM AT THE NEW YORK POST

Feb 21 08:13

Money for Idiots - We are indeed into some very deep shit

The New York Times Op/Ed Columnist David Brooks Feb 20, 2009
Money for Idiots

Our moral and economic system is based on individual responsibility. It’s based on the idea that people have to live with the consequences of their decisions. This makes them more careful deciders. This means that society tends toward justice — people get what they deserve as much as possible.

[.........................]

[...] The greedy idiots may be greedy idiots, but they are our countrymen. And at some level, we’re all in this together. If their lives don’t stabilize, then our lives don’t stabilize.

Feb 21 08:11

WSJ & Dow Jones Are Blaming ME For The Bank Stock Slide!

Dow Jones traces today's pre-market hysteria back to ChartingStocks.net, which claimed last night that "Bank of America and Citigroup won't live to see May."

Feb 20 19:34

Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa
by John Mbaira

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity.

Feb 20 11:20

Senator to Force Vote on Bill Banning Fairness Doctrine

DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, said on Feb. 19 he will offer the Broadcaster Freedom Act as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill next week. The Broadcaster Freedom Act was introduced by Republican lawmakers last month and prevents the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We bought up all the radio so we could force everyone to listen to us and WE'RE NOT GIVING IT UP!!!"

Feb 20 07:01

New York Times Stock Now Costs Less Than Sunday Paper

Shares of NYT (NYT) dropped 29 cents today to close at $3.77. The Sunday paper goes for $4 at the newsstand.

Maybe they could save costs by printing the paper on their stock certificates.

Feb 19 12:48

Hollywood's New Censors

None of this, of course, was new; it was how Hollywood created the myth of the Wild West, which was harmless enough unless you happened to be a Native American; and how the Second World War has been relentlessly glorified, which may be harmless enough unless you happen to be one of countless innocent human beings, from Serbia to Iraq, whose deaths or dispossession are justified by moralizing references to 1939-45. Hollywood's gooks, its Untermenschen, are essential to this crusade – the dispatched Somalis in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and the sinister Arabs in movies like Rendition, in which the torturing CIA is absolved by Jake Gyllenhal's good egg.

Feb 19 12:39

CBS Falsely Portrays Stanford as Democratic Scandal

On Wednesday, federal authorities reported they did not know the whereabouts of Texas banker and scammer Allen Stanford. But what we do know for certain about the financier whose frauds may yet rival the $50 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme is that he donated generously to both political parties in Washington. Of course, that would be news to viewers of CBS Evening News. Because while Stanford gave early and often to Texas Republicans John Cornyn, Tom Delay and George W. Bush, CBS portrayed the fleeing financier as a bagman for Democrats alone.

Feb 18 14:43

NY Post Cartoon Depicts Shooting The Obama Ape?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The apes should be insulted.

Feb 17 13:48

"Worst Is Yet to Come:" Americans' Standard of Living Permanently Changed

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker | Posted Feb 17, 2009 |

An Interview with Howard Davidowitz

But "the worst is yet to come," according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, who believes American's standard of living is undergoing a "permanent change" - and not for the better as a result of:

* An $8 trillion negative wealth effect from declining home values.
* A $10 trillion negative wealth effect from weakened capital markets.
* A $14 trillion consumer debt load amid "exploding unemployment", leading to "exploding bankruptcies."

The end of rampant consumerism is ultimately a good thing, he says, but the unraveling of an economy built on debt-fueled spending will be painful for years to come.

Feb 16 09:55

Firestorms and Deep Freeze: Climate Change May Bring Both

Global warming deniers keep pointing to snowstorms as proof that climatologists are wrong. But both extreme heat and cold are on tap.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cult, still eager to get their hands on your carbon tax money, are trying to equate those who question the science behind their claims as "deniers", apparently to put them in the same class of people as "9-11 deniers" or (horrors) "Holocaust deniers."

But as the cult changes their name from "global warming" to "catastrophic climate change" this is in effect an admission that their earlier prognostications have not come to pass. The attempt to claim that the severe cooling weather is the result of human caused global warming may look good in the science fiction film from which they apparently stole the idea (along with scenes used in Al Gore's movie), but it is not really science.

The bottom line is that this is all about creating a new crisis as an excuse to take more money and freedom from you.

Feb 16 09:26

Why We Must Restore the 'Fairness Doctrine'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because Pills Limbaugh didn't tell you about the attempted economic 9-11 that happened last September. THAT'S why!!!!

Feb 16 09:08

The Dark Side of the Moon: 40 years after moon landing the doubts persist

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Man, they really MUST be desperate to distract the public from what is going on if they are dusting this crap off and waving it around again!

Feb 15 12:52

Toothless: The Watchdog Press That Became the Government’s Lapdog

An AP investigation had just revealed that the Pentagon budget for “influence operations” this fiscal year is at least $4.8 billion, with about 27,000 civilian and military personnel assigned to information dissemination.

Feb 15 09:55

“Beware the Inventor”

" Well informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over wires, as may be done by dots and dashes and signals of the Morse Code. " -– Boston newspaper, 1865, quoted by Edison's assistant Francis Jehl in Menlo Park Reminiscences, 1937

Feb 14 18:32

Anti-Semitic ups and down

The Community Security Trust, which is responsible for the safety of Jews in the UK. reports that the number of anti-Semitic attacks in 2008 went DOWN from 561 to 541.

How does the BBC news site choose to headline this?

'Rise in attacks' on British Jews

Feb 14 15:49

Glenn Beck Tells O'Reilly Depression & Revolution Are Coming - And the Masses Will Hang BILL FIRST!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My moment of fame at 2:48. :)

Feb 13 10:30

27,000 Work in Pentagon PR and Recruiting

Forget the drone stuff. Here is your eye-popping statistic of the day: "This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department."

Feb 12 08:20

Emerging global elite to use new global media to educate 'global citizens'

Elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, recently considered a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of “global governance.” The concept strikes some as authoritarian, even totalitarian. But the parent company of Fox News was one of the sponsors of this year's gathering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Making FOX News global doesn't mean people will trust it any more than they do now.

Feb 12 08:07

BBC should not keep Israeli bias report secret according to Lords

A four-year battle by lawyer Steven Sugar to make the 20,000-word report about alleged anti-Israeli bias at the BBC, is now expected to become public when a final decision is made by the High Court.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a joke, right? I mean after the BBC ban on the Gaza fundraiser any report claiming an anti-Israel bias is just lipstick on a pig.

Feb 11 11:21

Fleischer: I kept Bush from calling on 'dotcoms and oddballs'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now I am pissed!

Feb 11 08:34

SA TV make 'Bush is dead' blunder

A South African TV station mistakenly broadcast that former US President George Bush had died during one of its news bulletins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wishful thinking, but even if true, far too late to accomplish anything.

Feb 11 08:20

Fox News Producer Arrested For Child Pornography

A Fox News Channel producer has been arrested and arraigned on child pornography charges in a federal courthouse in Washington.

Aaron Bruns appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. According to charging documents, investigators say Bruns had been sharing pornography on a social networking Web site.

Feb 11 06:21

Fox passes off GOP press release as its own research -- typo and all

Summary: In purporting to "take a look back" at how the economic recovery plan "grew, and grew, and grew," Fox News' Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods -- all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release.

Feb 10 14:28

O'Reilly Overboard

Last night Jon Stewart brilliantly lampooned Bill O'Reilly for his ambush on Columbia Journalism Review editor Mike Hoyt, who was followed onto a bus by an O'Reilly Factor minion because CJR ran a piece by someone who once wrote for--gasp!--The Nation. Here's the video:

Feb 10 11:12

Gaza Television Ad

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the ad DirectTV refused to show.

Protest HERE

Feb 10 09:45

SICK AUSTRALIAN MURDOCH JOURNO EXPLOITS BUSHFIRE TRAGEDY TO PUSH ISLAMOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA.

The recent disastrous bushfire in Australia, which have killed some 180 people and destroyed nearly 800 homes, has been callously and cynically used by ‘Sydney Daily Telegraph’ senior journalist and right-wing blogger at that paper, Piers Akerman, to push his extreme anti-Islam hate mongering by claiming that Islamists may have deliberately lit the fires as a terrorist act.

Feb 10 09:36

New Bailout May Top $1.5 Trillion

In announcing the plan, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will not ask Congress for more funds than the roughly $350 billion that remain in the Treasury Department's original rescue package for the financial system, though congressional sources said such a request could come later if the new programs are unsuccessful. The rest of the money would come from other government agencies, such as the Federal Reserve, as well as private-sector contributions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The federal Reserve is NOT a government agency. It is a private company, no more "Federal" than "Federal Express."

Drop a note to the Washington POst and remind them of that.

Feb 10 07:52

Desperately seeking $4 gasoline

The New York Times | Tue- Feb 10, 2009 | Stephen Labaton and Edmund Andrews

Geithner Set to Make Public Case for Bank Bailout Plan Google article title Citing ‘Lost Faith’ in Banks, Geithner to Push Bailout NY Times article title

Feb 09 21:24

O'Reilly just called Helen Thomas the Wicked Witch of the East...

Feb 09 10:01

NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST NAZI HOLOCAUST !!!!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THEY ARE OUT TO DROWN YOU IN THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE LAST CENTURY TO KEEP YOU FROM THINKING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE LAST MONTH.

Feb 09 09:42

Jewish Community of Venezuela Fears for Their Safety

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"FEEL SORRY FOR US! FEEL SORRY FOR US! FORGET ABOUT GAZA!!!!"

Okay. Here is the part FOX isn't telling you. All this "Anti-Semitism" in Venezuela was kicked off by the attack on the synagogue where a bunch of guys ran through and spray-painted the walls. This was headline news around the world (while the six totally destroyed Mosques in Gaza did not rate a mention on ABCNNBBCBS). Yesterday, the Venezuelan police arrested the vandals, who turned out to be other police officers AND THE SECURITY GUARD FOR THE SYNAGOGUE ITSELF!

Feb 09 08:17

Muslims furious at Gaza 'bias'

AUSTRALIAN Muslims are "seething with anger" at what they perceive as the Australian Government's one-sided treatment of last month's Israeli incursion into Gaza, a Melbourne leader said yesterday.

Feb 08 19:18

Reporters Without Borders and Washington's Coups

British press baron Lord Northcliff said, "News is something that someone, somewhere wants to keep secret, everything else is advertising." If this is true, then U.S. government funding of Reporters Without Borders must be news, because the organization and its friends in Washington have gone to extraordinary lengths to cover it up. In spite of 14 months of stonewalling by the National Endowment for Democracy over a Freedom of Information Act request and a flat denial from RSF executive director Lucie Morillon, the NED has revealed that Reporters Without Borders received grants over at least three years from the International Republican Institute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the record, WhatReallyHappened has received no grants whatsoever to operate. We survive on private donations and advertisers.

And coffee.

We could not survive without that finest kind Kona coffee.

Strong.

As in, "the spoon won't lay down after we stir it" strong.

As in, "that dark brown coffee mug was actually white when we bought it last week" strong.

Feb 08 15:04

Forget about Gaza; let's wave NAZIS! NAZIS! NAZIS! morning noon and night it's non-stop NAZIS! NAZIS! NAZIS! Here a NAZI there a NAZI everywhere a NAZI NAZI ee-eye-ee-eye-oh!!!!!

Feb 08 10:18

Scottish politicians urge BBC to take Clarkson off air over Brown jibes

Top Gear presenter condemned after calling prime minister a 'one-eyed Scottish idiot'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oooooh, here is another chance for the BBC to show us how "impartial" it really is!!!!!!!!!

Feb 08 10:16

Dems May Hold Talk Radio “Accountability” Hearings

Democrat senator Debbie Stabenow has told nationally syndicated talk host Bill Press she will push for talk radio “accountability hearings” in order to impose government-mandated “balance” in the radio marketplace. According to the Gladwin, Michigan, senator the airwaves are “dominated by one view” that “overwhelms people’s opinions — and, unfortunately, incorrectly,” and said that “right-wing conservative talk hosts” are “trying to make people angry and saying all kinds of things that aren’t true and so on,” Radio Ink reports on February 5.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NO! You're @#$%ing kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(And for any radio executives reading this, who need to balance their points of view, I am available!)

Feb 08 00:31

Australian paper suspends columnist over slur

A London-based columnist who blamed Israel for the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks was suspended by the Australian newspaper that published his article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And don't you DARE say we control the media either, you putz!"

Feb 07 23:20

Columnist banned for approaching the truth: Is the truth anti-semitic?

Michael Backman, an Australian writer now living in London, was effectively booted from the pages of The Age, a Melbourne paper, for supposedly penning an “anti-semitic” column.

Below is the column in question. Is the truth anti-semitic?

Feb 07 09:20

Give the irreligious a turn at the holy microphone

The BBC won't allow non-religious opinion to be expressed in Thought for the Day. In the name of common sense, why?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For many years the "impartial" BBC has refused to permit non-religious opinion to be expressed in Thought for the Day.

Feb 07 08:39

Robert Fisk: War reporters used to prefer morality over impartiality

It's not just the power of the writing I'm talking about here; the screaming soldiers, the dying Communard, the condemned men, the woman wanting to sell her car, the death of an age, the flowers. These reporters were spurred, weren't they, by the immorality of war. They cared. They were not frightened of damaging their "impartiality". I wonder if we still write like this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some of us do.

Feb 07 08:20

More Nazis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a continuation of the "Dr. Death" story started by BBC a few days ago. Here we have a guy given a catchy name, whose crimes (whatever they were) occurred in the first half of the last century, and who died 17 years ago Yet right now, with the economy melting down (and at a time when Israel openly admits a campaign to improve their post-Gaza public image) the AP decides that WAG THE NAZI is an important story to shove at you.

We get it, already. The Nazis were jerks. It's time to move on! We have monsters today we should be dealing with.

Feb 06 22:04

To USS Liberty Survivors

I started calling radio stations across America, not just in America actually, when I was in other countries I called radio stations there too. I noticed that there was a specific subject nobody wanted to talk about.

If I said Muslims bombed someone I was welcome all day long, but if I said if there was even a chance that jews bombed someone I was hanged up on immediately or sometimes allowed on to be ridiculed and then hanged up on.

Feb 06 14:25

The Corporate Media's Dying Breath.......

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, the decline of the corporate media is all the fault of the bloggers, and has NOTHING to do with the fact that the media has been lying to us all along!

Feb 06 12:25

Rush Limbaugh Loses a Popularity Contest

An October 24, 2008, poll conducted by the Democratic research firm Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner has Rush Limbaugh enjoying a public-approval rating of just 21 percent among likely voters, while 58 percent have “cold” feelings toward the right-wing radio-talk-show host.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can I have his job? :)

Feb 06 08:05

Murdoch hints at job cuts after News Corp records $6.4bn loss

News Corporation slumped to a $6.4bn (£4.37bn) loss in the last three months of last year, marking what Rupert Murdoch, the company's chairman and chief executive, last night called "a direct reflection of the grim economic climate".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Rupe, it is a reflection of the fact that people don't like being lied to.

Feb 05 22:33

Fox host: 9/11 truthers are 'mentally ill'

On Thursday's Fox and Friends, Greg Gutfield, provocative host of Fox's late night program Red Eye, called individuals like Sunjata, who question the events of 9/11, "mentally ill."

"[Sunjata] believe that 9/11 was a preemptive strike by a neoconservative government," said Gutfield. "I think that means Bush. What angers me about this is people are treating it with respect."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, FOX was convinced that Saddam had 'nookular' bombs, so it's not like you guys are an authority on reality.

Feb 05 18:36

Media Gunning For Obama and Democrats

I just got laid off at ABC

and my best friend works at CNBC.

They don't want Democrats on air. We've been only booking Republicans because "everybody already knows where the Democrats stand"

After all, what are the Democrats going to do? complain? It's the liberal media, right?

I was in a meeting last week where our producer flat out said we needed to "bring Obama's approval ratings down"

Everyone who got laid off this week was an Obama supporter.

Surprised?

Feb 05 11:56

Who Runs the Media?

Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask; by whom has it been elected and to whom is it responsible?
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Feb 05 10:37

Gaza Television Ad

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DirectTV, after first agreeing to air the shorter version of this ad, suddenly pulled out of the deal without explanation.

Feb 05 10:35

Take Action: DIRECTV Censors Our Gaza Strip TV Ad!

After detailed discussions with DIRECTV, including agreement on rates, times, and network placements of the ad, when we gave them the final product, they abruptly decided not to do business with us.

Feb 05 09:53

FBI reopens Tylenol tampering case

The FBI on Wednesday searched the suburban Boston home of a man convicted of extortion in the 1982 Tylenol tampering killings, saying they had reopened the investigation into the seven unsolved murders because of advances in forensic technology and new tips to law enforcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a tip. Check out the companies that became rich selling tamper-proof seals right after the Tylanol scare.

Meanwhile, the fact that they are going back into this case suggests a desperate attempt to manufacture more news (like the re-opening of the Jon Benet Ramsey case a few days ago) rather than have to report what is going on today in Europe and Gaza.

... or to set the propaganda stage for a false flag terror attack in which retail products are tampered with by the Joker, I mean "The Toilet."

Feb 05 08:51

Flashback: Blitzer vs. Finkelstein '89

Blitzer is sickening. Finkelstein calls him on it.

Feb 05 08:06

The Bank Loan's Connected to the Zen Koan.

The worst thing about wearing a tin foil hat is that it makes your head itch and your teeth sing. For some people it’s like being caught between a rock and a hard on. For me it’s more like somebody else can’t find my ass with both hands and which is probably what makes me Les Visible and I like that okay.

I guess you can see that there is a problem of some sort here and that the problem would only be that bad things are happening because of it which is what makes it a problem in the first place and what also makes it a Zen koan and why I keep getting hit in the back of the head with a bamboo stave… grasshopper.

Feb 04 16:18

Nazi camp doctor 'died in 1992'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But we'll report it today just so we can wave the holocaust in front of your nose just one more time!

Feb 04 15:28

It's all in the edit ~ BBC bias

Why is the BBC obsessed with making working-class people seem racist?

Feb 04 10:21

Torture Chic: Why Is the Media Glorifying Inhumane, Sadistic Behavior?

When photographs of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib appeared in 2004, Bush's approval ratings sank, yet torture themes multiplied in film and TV. From 2002 through 2005, the Parents Television Council counted 624 torture scenes in prime time, a six-fold increase. UCLA's Television Violence Monitoring Project reports "torture on TV shows is significantly higher than it was five years ago and the characters who torture have changed. It used to be that only villains on television tortured. Today, "good guy" and heroic American characters torture -- and this torture is depicted as necessary, effective and even patriotic".

Feb 03 15:05

'NYT' refused to run Bill Moyers's letter intact

A fine column by Eric Alterman in the Nation, echoing David Grossman's outrage over Gaza (see bottom of excerpt) and saying that the New York Times refused to run intact Bill Moyers's letter defending himself on Gaza after he was slagged by Bill Kristol. I don't think this would happen on the internet, by the way.

Feb 03 14:34

Does the BBC still have a reason to exist?

The BBC's decision to boycott the DEC Gaza appeal is a new low in the corporation's history. Many Muslims believe the BBC has a history of being pro-Israeli. Now, as a result of this cowardly decision, we know it is. It is a rare occurrence indeed when the BBC takes a position that unites not only all the main political parties but most of the country against it.

Feb 03 14:08

FLASHBACK - DAILY DOSE OF BOOGA BOOGA!

"Blah blah terrorists blah blah blah blah Hezbollah blah blah blah blah Iranian-backed blah blah blah HAMAS blah blah Islamofascists blah blah Did I mention Iran? blah blah blah blah Israel suffers blah blah blah blah Are you SURE I mentioned Iran? blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah!"

Feb 03 13:18

Neo-Nazis plan Gaza 'Holocaust' vigil in Berlin

The National Democratic Party (NPD), a German neo-Nazi party, announced on its Web site Monday that it will hold a solemn vigil on January 27 in downtown Berlin to "stop the Israeli holocaust in the Gaza Strip."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Ooh, let's remind everyone one more time that only NAZIs oppose Israel's actions!"

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