CORPORATE MEDIA

Sep 08 07:07

MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors

MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Olbermann isn't there, then MSNBC just lost me as a viewer.

Sep 08 07:04

Not Really An Interview

Looks like I need to modify the countdown widget to track the time until Sarah Palin sits down for an interview without preconditions, because as Josh Marshall observes, the Charlie Gibson interview isn't really an interview after all.

For starters, it will take place in multiple sessions over multiple days, giving Palin incredible leverage over Gibson -- if she or her handlers don't like a question, they'll just cancel the remaining sessions, all but insuring that Gibson won't ask any tough questions.

Sep 07 21:18

Report: '60 Minutes' Cut Ahmadinejad's Statement, 'Solution Is Democracy' in Israel/Palestine

The interview that Mike Wallace did of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 2 years ago was aired on C-Span recently, and a diligent blogger has reported on what "60 Minutes" cut out of the interview when it aired. When Wallace confronted Ahmadinejad with the "wipe Israel off the map" threats, Ahmadinejad said that "the solution is democracy" in Israel and Palestine, a suggestion that he favors a one-state solution.

Sep 05 17:25

Bank’s failure stings CNN’s Lou Dobbs and state senator

The failure of Alpharetta’s Integrity Bank has likely wiped out the investments of some notable Atlantans, including CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and a legislator that serves on the state Senate’s bank committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet we don't get any more "The Economy is doing fine" stories out of Lou!

Sep 05 10:21

McCain Campaign Plans To Keep Palin Away From The Press

Yesterday, McCain adviser Nicole Wallace dismissed the fact that Gov. Sarah Palin has yet to take any questions from the press. “So what?” she scoffed. Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, campaign strategist Rick Davis suggested Palin might never sit down for an interview if, he said, it’s “in our best interest” to keep her away from the media

Sep 05 09:38

Sarah Palin ‘affair’: big media stays quiet as ‘lover’ named

While America's respectable media focus on John McCain's acceptance speech to the Republican faithful, blogs and gossip sites continue to lead the feeding frenzy surrounding the National Enquirer's allegation, reported here yesterday, that McCain's running mate Sarah Palin had an affair with her husband's business partner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when John Edward's affair was the hot news story all during the time Hillary's supporters claimed that public knowledge of the affair would have shifted the nomination to her? (And remember how quickly the Edwards story faded once Hillary conceded to Obama?) Remember all the attention Edward's affair got even though he was already out of the race, and the affair unable to affect our daily lives?

Well, I am casting the gauntlet down to the corporate media on this one. Only a few days ago, I pointed out how the media went after Obama's pastor for his supposed racist views, yet seemed unconcerned with Palin's pastor's claim that terrorism in Israel was God's punishment on Jews for refusing to convert to Christianity!

And here we are. The "Family values" nominee for Vice President has her own stained sheets. Fairness and honesty demands that the media examine this story with the same intensity with which they reported on John Edwards' affair.

So, media, will you be fair and unbiased? Or will you prove that you are still the lackeys of the rich and powerful GOP? Will it be one set of journalistic standards for the Democrats, and another kinder and gentler set for the GOP?

The gauntlet is thrown. The challenge is made. The whole world watches to see what the US corporate media will do now.

Sep 05 09:19

Fox News censors Jesse Ventura: The Cavuto interview that didn’t air.

He wraps up the interview with a slight on Bill O’Reilly saying “Actually I’d like to do Bill O’Reilly but he’s too much of a coward to have me on!”

For some Reason Fox Business News failed to air the interview….

Sep 05 09:16

The Blackwater DEA photo scrubbed from the LA Times

“We heard some noise outside, and then the door literally burst in, and the DEA came in in full combat gear, told everybody to get on the floor and put their hands behind their heads,” Carey said. “It was like, literally, an episode of “24,” when they bust in on a terrorist cell.”

That’s the description of the Culver City DEA dispensary raid I blogged about last Friday. Who knew that the “terrorist cell” description would have another frightening parallel. That agent unloading DEA evidence is wearing a Blackwater t-shirt.

Sep 04 08:39

Dear Chris Matthews

I hold you responsible...for the lie that Sarah Palins speech was powerful..it was not...She competently read a speech written for her which had little substance and lots of venom..in front of her supporters..and you found that powerful?

Sep 04 08:03

"Send A Shovel To The Media" Campaign

What would joey scars, mika the waitress, wolf blitzshit and the rest do when 500-1000 shovels show up in their mailbox at MSNBC and The Cheney News Network?

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

One CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30348-5366
United States

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, I can afford to send a few of those myself! They will go out today.

Sep 04 07:50

THE EMPEROR'S SPEECH!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABCNNBBCBS tries to convince everyone who did not see Palin's speech that she did more than just read the teleprompter, pause for the queued applause tracks, and look like an aged beauty queen.

Sep 03 17:14

O’Hanlon: Bush deserves credit for Iraq being free of WMD.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring the little fact that there were none to start with.

Sep 03 16:44

NY SUN PRESSED FOR CASH

The sun appears to be setting on The New York Sun some 6½ years after it began.

Investors are said to have given founder and Editor Seth Lipsky until the end of the month to find new angel investors - or else the plug will be pulled.

Sep 03 14:14

What Noonan and Murphy Really Think Of Palin

Two conservative commentators on MSNBC, after they're off the air, say what they really think about the veep choice.

Sep 03 10:36

US Jewish radio personality: Republican Jews have a monopoly on wisdom

Speaking at the "Salute to GOP Governors" sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition Tuesday in Minneapolis, Jewish radio talk show host Dennis Prager said that though "Republican Jews don't have a monopoly on nice people, we have a monopoly on wisdom - to discern the difference between good and evil, and how to fight it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not that we're being racist or anything tacky like that, of course!

Sep 03 10:00

Hannity’s Bullyboy Pique A Sure Sign Sarah Palin Is In Trouble

Sean Hannity seems to be getting it that Sarah Palin’s candidacy is in trouble. Hannity & Colmes was broadcasting from the Republican National Convention last night (9/2/08). Could there be any place Hannity should feel happier and more comfortable? But the exuberance of the night before was gone and replaced with a bullyboy pique. Even more telling was that Hannity spent more time talking about Barack Obama than about Palin and McCain.

Sep 03 09:41

Picture imperfect: German mag shows its true colours

A photographer with the German magazine Der Spiegel says images he took on an assignment in Tskhinval were censored by editors. However, the magazine did reproduce pictures showing the Georgian side of the story in an article called "Tragedy's Chronology".

Sep 03 07:57

Limbaugh Watch: Palin Pregnancy Talking Points

Limbuagh hammered away on a handful of themes: 1. The Left's ridicule of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family will backfire. 2: Gov. Palin's daughter, Bristol, made a classic "average American" mistake, endearing her to born-again Christians. 3: Gov. Palin is energizing heartland Middle Americans and "values voters." 4. Leftists are sexists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is typical "Pills" Limbaugh. And I will tell you one thing right now. Bristol is NOT an icon to born-again Christians, who will view her Pregnancy (regardless of when it actually occurred) as a poor example to expose their own children to.

Sep 02 11:45

What is a “Georgia”?

In a court of law, once you are caught lying, you are through. The judge is no longer listening to you, for you have ruined your credibility in his eyes and you will never regain his trust again. Case closed, you lose.

Aug 31 19:36

Sarah Palin hit by internet rumours over fifth child

Teams of Democratic operatives and investigative journalists descended on Alaska yesterday to delve into the private and public life of Sarah Palin, the new and little-known Republican vice-presidential nominee, as fresh questions arose over whether she had been vetted properly by the John McCain campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Times UK wades in on this story, even if only to call it "unfounded", then the US corporate media is going to have to deal with this issue.

Aug 29 20:04

'Star Tribune' Latest Paper Planning to Drop AP

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis has become the latest, and so far the largest, daily newspaper to inform the Associated Press that it plans to drop the service in two years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody likes a liar.

Aug 29 08:48

VIDEO - Cindy McCain's Despicable Lie About Mother Teresa

You can read the story for yourself here, including the part where the McCain campaign revises their story to admit Cindy McCain never met Mother Teresa on that trip. And this story has the timeline of when they started to lie about their daughter and Mother Teresa.

Aug 28 18:19

ABC News Producer Arrested in Denver

ABC News producer Asa Eslocker was arrested in Denver, Colorado and charged with trespass, interference, and failure to follow a lawful order. He and a camera crew outside of the Brown Palace Hotel taking pictures of Democrat Senators and VIP donors in town for the DNC.

Aug 27 13:18

What reporters are doing at the DNC

14,000 are wearing terrible suits.

7,500 aren’t doing much at all. This isn’t surprising. Only a small number of reporters actually have a reason to be here. The rest are conventioneering—seeing old friends, eating Democratic-themed menu items (“Barack Obama’s Turkey Chili”) in pandering local restaurants, brandishing their press passes at all comers, looking for free things, and spending about 14 percent of their time trying to rustle up enough stories to justify their presence to their editors.

Aug 27 11:43

Malkin Stooge Caught On Tape Attempting To Frame Alex Jones

One of Michelle Malkin’s stooges is caught on tape lying to police in an attempt to frame Alex Jones, claiming that Alex punched her bodyguard and shouted death threats, when in reality Malkin’s bodyguard assaulted Alex and his crew, and the death threats were made by provocateurs completely unaffiliated with Alex Jones.

Aug 27 07:48

Militarism and a Uni-polar World

The Trilateral Commission was founded in 1973 by David Rockefeller as an off-shoot of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). David Rockefeller was chairman of the CFR in 1970 and subsequently became the founding chairman of the Trilateral Commission. Soon the membership of the Commission had grown to 300 members, including prominent political figures like Zbigniew Brzezinski. Most members of the Trilateral Commission are bankers, media moguls, or corporate CEOs, primarily from North America, Europe and Japan, while all members of the CFR are U.S. Citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They don't control this media!

Aug 27 07:38

Media Runs False Flag On Alex Jones

In the middle of the video these guys wrap their arms around Alex Jones, they were loud and claimed to be "big fans", they were not. At one point they scream, "kill Michelle Malkin" over and over. A message of hate and threats, just the type of tactics Alex warned that they would use in the days prior to the DNC on his radio show. It sounds less like a message from a truther, and more like a message from a provocateur, similar to the guys caught at the SPP meeting in Canada last year, they turned out to be cops dressed up like anarchists armed with rocks ready to incite a riot.

Aug 26 16:00

Provocateurs Call For Violence To Demonize Legitimate Protesters At DNC

Media reports attempt to link individuals who screamed “Kill Michelle Malkin” to talk show host Alex Jones

Aug 26 09:29

Their Cheatin' Hearts

Submitted by a reader with the following letter to the editor.

To the Editors of the NY Daily News:

Why no mention of presumptive Republican nominee for president, John McCain, in your "Their Cheatin' Hearts" slideshow about politicians who commit adultery?

McCain is a self-confessed adulterer who ran around on his first wife, Carol Shepp McCain, after she was severely injured in a car accident. He also got a marriage certificate to wed his second wife, Cindy Hensley McCain, before his divorce from his first wife.

"Liberal bias" in the media? I think not.

Best,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reminded of how Bill Clinton was forced on us all when the media decided to conceal Bill's extramarital dalliances from the voting public. Quite a contrast to the way Gary Hart was brought down by the same media.

Excerpt from The Clinton Chronicles

NARRATOR: THE 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW HAD BEEN DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO
SAVE CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN, NOT NECESSARILY TO GET TO THE TRUTH.

DON HEWITT (Executive Producer, "60 Minutes"): And they came to us
because they were in big trouble in New Hampshire. They were about to
lose right there and they needed some first aid. They needed some
bandaging. What they needed was a paramedic. So they came to us and
we did it and that's what they wanted to do. When I told Tim Russer
that I was persona-non-grata at the White House, he said, "Why?" I
said, "The Gennifer Flowers interview." He said, "You got him the
nomination." I said, "I know that." As far as I know from the
conversations I've had, Bernie Nussbaum knew that, Gergen knows that,
Lloyd Cutler certainly knows it 'cause Lloyd had a hand in his coming
on that night.

You know it was strong medicine the way I edited it but he was a very
sick candidate. He needed very strong medicine, and I'm not in the
business of doctoring candidates but he got up out of a sick bed that
night and walked to the nomination and as I said to Mandy, "You know
if I'd edited it your way, you know where you'd be today? You'd still
be up in New Hampshire looking for the nomination." He became the
candidate that night.

Aug 26 09:02

Denver Democratic Convention Protesters chant "F**k Fox News!!!" ON LIVE TV

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FOX News is clearly irrelevant to today's youth.

That is a good thing.

Aug 26 08:01

Obama assassination plot story looks like bullshit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am not the only one with doubts.

Aug 25 14:37

Chris Matthews Denies Calling Clinton a 'She-Devil'

Matthews says his critics at Media Matters took the two words out of context as they built a website around the host's sometimes outrageous comments. "This stuff has been cooked up," he says, "to build a case." Media Matters isn't backing down. Spokesman J. Jioni Palmer says the TV star has a pattern of "sexist comments," adding, "Chris Matthews speaks for himself."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You got a problem with that?

Aug 25 08:31

Will Authorities Stage Riots In Denver?

The major question hanging over the Democratic National Convention, which starts in Denver today, is whether or not authorities will follow the lead of previous mass protest events, and actively stage violence to justify a brutal crackdown on legitimate demonstrators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Hillary steals the nomination, they won't need to worry about setting off riots!

Aug 24 16:22

VIDEO - Fox coverage of DNC protest quickly cut as activists turn on their reporter (w/video!)

Aug 23 07:48

LA TIMES - Obama chooses Gov. Tim Kaine for VP slot

Aug 22 08:32

McCain's Housing Crisis. Who's the Elitist Now?

Funny how a black guy from a poor broken family who made his way through school on scholarships and owns one home is attacked as an elitist by a silver-spoon fed Navy brat with 7+ mansions and condos who portrays himself as everyman. And to listen to Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the sorry right-wing attack dogs, you'd think everyone's been piling on poor old Johnny out of the blue. Hannity's indeed right: people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. But it's McCain whose fragile house is shattering now. And now he and his mob are whining like little beeyaches about it. What a joke.

Aug 21 17:35

COVERAGE OF THE SAILING OF THE FREE GAZA SHIPS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jazeera reports where US media fears to go.

Aug 21 12:57

Mainstream Media Commercial

A commercial for "The Mainstream Media." By comedian Jon Lajoie.

Aug 21 10:09

Discussing Obama, Limbaugh suggests Dems, media believe "you can't criticize the little black man-child"

"On the August 20 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh asserted of attacks by Sen. John McCain against Sen. Barack Obama: "See, there are Democrats -- the drive-bys" -- a term Limbaugh uses to denote the national media -- "are just so upset with these so-called 'ferocious attacks.' These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign." He later added: "It's -- you know, it's just -- it's just we can't hit the girl.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shut up and take your pills, Rush.

Aug 21 09:37

Why is Liberal Radio So Inept?

Let's get right to the point: liberal radio is a disaster. It's un-listenable. While the right-wingers are out there relentlessly bashing the hell out of Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in an effort to tear him and it down in their quest for the presidency, our compadres on the left are indulging themselves in sophomoric humor and inane blabbering about nothing in particular. All you need is a 30-second listen and you'll realize just how dreadful and unfocused it is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I GUESS I BETTER KICK ASS A BIT HARDER!

Aug 20 11:54

LIMBAUGH: “I REALLY HOPE IT’S BIDEN”

“I really hope it’s Biden. You don’t want to say that too loud, but I really do hope that it’s Joe Biden, because we’ve got a mountain of archival audio on Joe Biden.”

Aug 19 22:04

A steady diet of trash 'news'

If I hear the name John Edwards used in the same sentence with "love child" again I think I am going to throw a TV set out of a third story window. Who really cares about this story that has captured the news for the last two weeks? Apparently somebody. Maybe a lot of bodies. But does it really affect any of us personally?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know the feeling.

Aug 19 16:53

Muslims, Jews and the free speech debate

Last year, a Spanish court found two cartoonists guilty of offending the royal family by drawing a caricature of the Spanish crown prince having sex with his wife. They were fined €3,000 each.

“I don’t see the world up in arms defending freedom of expression,” my editor told me after listening to the news on the radio.

Aug 18 08:44

Sky News lies: Tskhinvali ruins used to smear Russians

Falsely claiming that Russians had flattened Gori by showing pictures of the aftermath of the shelling by Georgian Troops of Tskhinvali. The Sky Clip is preceded by a road sign that shows Gori and the Presenter says he is reporting from their BUT the footage is clearly the same footage that was shown two days previously in a report about Tskhinvali

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What amazes me is that the controllers of the media still haven't realized that the old methods of lies and propaganda no longer work. The internet gives humanity a collective memory and consciousness that exists outside governmental and corporate control, and the average life span of a media lie is measured with an egg timer these days.

Aug 18 07:45

AP's Iran-Trained Hit Squads Story: Iraq News Nadir?

Hess' lede announces what appears to be a significant development in the otherwise waning U.S.-Iran conflict over Iraq. "Iraqi Shi'ite assassination teams are being trained in at least four locations in Iran by Tehran's elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah," she writes, "and are planning to return to Iraq in the next few months to kill specific Iraqi officials as well as U.S. and Iraqi troops, according to intelligence gleaned from captured militia fighters and other sources in Iraq."

Aug 18 07:43

Biased broadcast? Moscow accuses U.S. TV of gagging victims’ stories

Moscow has accused an American TV network of bias after a channel broke off from a live interview with victims of Georgian violence in South Ossetia. A 12 year old girl and her aunt were describing how Russian soldiers saved them from the Georgian attack – but were bizarrely cut off after just two minutes.

Aug 17 21:48

No Cone of Silence

Pastor Warren, the host of last night's forum was just on CNN. In an interview with Rick Sanchez the pastor admitted McCain was not even at the Church for the first half hour of the event. This admission comes as a surprise to those of us who watched the event and were told many times that McCain was at the Church and in isolation.

CNN says they talked to McCain's camp and they said no one in his camp was listening. The honor system, are you kidding me?

I think it is pretty clear at this point McCain did indeed know the questions in advance.

Aug 17 21:47

ExxonMobil owns the media’s convention coverage.

Aug 17 09:07

Gannett Is Cutting 1,000 Newspaper Jobs

Gannett Co. is eliminating 1,000 jobs, including 600 layoffs, across its newspaper operations, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

USA Today, the largest-circulation newspaper in the country, wasn't affected by the latest round of cutbacks, but had 45 job cuts of its own last November.

The latest cuts will affect Gannett's other newspapers, which include 84 dailies such as The Arizona Republic and the Detroit Free Press as well as nearly 900 non-daily publications.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Aug 16 18:57

Moscow accuses U.S. TV of gagging victims' stories

News August 16, 2008, Biased broadcast? Moscow accuses U.S. TV of gagging victims' stories.

Aug 15 19:32

FLASHBACK - Troubling Anthrax Additive Found; Atta Met Iraqi

In this one article, ABC put out two claims, both of which eventually were proven to be complete fabrications.

Aug 15 11:34

VIDEO - The Truth about Georgia gets censored again on TV

The Truth about Georgia gets censored again on TV. A reporter makes a comparison to the US reaction to 911 to Russia's reaction to Georgian attacks and the satellite feed drops off in the middle of his question. TV is censored every day and every hour but sometimes the censorship is plain to see.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

pull the plug!!! PULL THE F**ING PLUG

Aug 15 07:59

47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV

Nearly half of Americans (47%) believe the government should require all radio and television stations to offer equal amounts of conservative and liberal political commentary, but they draw the line at imposing that same requirement on the Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would interpret this result as signaling that the public views the blogs are already far less biased than radio and TV.

Aug 14 10:02

Dan Rather Says Flight Recorder RECOVERED From Ground Zero

In this rare video Former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather reports that New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is holding up what he says is "one of the flight recorder boxes recovered from the debris around the World Trade Center". It just so happens that the tape malfunctions and isn't able to play. He also says they'll try to show the video shortly, but he never does.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock!

Aug 13 10:01

As The Media's Case Against Bruce Ivins Seems to be Going from Bad to Worse...

The case against the supposed "Anthrax Killer," Bruce E. Ivins, a researcher who worked at the Army lab confirmed by the government as being the source for the dry, powdered anthrax used in the letters targeted mainly at Democrats and other perceived "liberals," is going from bad to worse. At least the coverage of it from mainstream outlets such as AP is.

Aug 12 17:31

Laughable propaganda from Murdochs SKY: Georgia Winning

Rupert Murdochs Sister channel to Fox News, Sky news broadcast this interview with a defence anaylyst Pavel Felgenhau. Don't laugh now it really did happen, and don't forget if you don't agree with Murdoch you are an enemy of your state!

Aug 12 08:49

London's Jewish radio station closes after Galloway sues

Mr Galloway sued the station after one of its presenters played a spoof character based on the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, and implied he was anti-Semitic. It was also ordered to pay Mr Galloway's court costs, thought to be £5,000. Mr Galloway said that the judgment had "categorically crushed the slur of anti-Semitism".

Aug 12 08:41

Media war against Russia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did the media get caught using more staged propaganda pictures?

Aug 12 08:39

America's Israeli-Occupied Media

There should be little doubt that the Israeli government is making every effort to jump-start a war against Iran sooner rather than later. Many Israelis not surprisingly believe it is in their interest to convince the United States to attack Iran so that Israel will not have to do it, and they are hell-bent on bringing that about. Unfortunately, their efforts are being aided and abetted by a U.S. mainstream media that is unwilling to ask any hard questions or challenge the assumptions of the Israeli government.

Aug 12 07:55

Russian Cameraman: CNN Aired Misleading Footage

The Russian cameraman charged that CNN had used his footage of Georgian forces attacking Russian civilians in Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of South Ossetia, but then claimed it showed Russians attacking Georgians in the Georgian town of Gori.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CNN? Lie to the American people?!? Piffles!

Aug 12 07:38

Why the BBC and FOX Can No Longer be Believed

Like a cornered dog, the BBC has lashed out at a growing movement of organized critics of Bush 'conspiracy theories' of 911. How credible is this offensive? BBC reporting of 911 is at the very least 'questionable', at worst, 'dishonest'. I suggest that the BBC is trying to save face, having blown almost every opportunity to report honestly with regard to the events of 911.

Aug 11 08:30

Media Go Wild Over Edwards' Infidelities, But Continue to Ignore Those of McCain

Aug 11 07:28

OKay, forget Iran., How about Russia? Can we have a war with Russia? Huh? Can we? Huh?

THE OUTBREAK of fighting between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia was sudden but not surprising. Conflict has been brewing between Moscow and its tiny, pro-Western neighbor for months. The flashpoints are two breakaway Georgian provinces, Abkhazia and South Ossetia -- the latter being the scene of the latest fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Washington Post fails to mention the initiating event, which was the shelling of Russian positions and the death of ten Russian peacekeepers. This first attack has been blamed on Georgia, but Georgia denies the attack. This actually makes sense, because it would have been a stupid thing for Georgia to do. Meanwhile, one of the Israeli units working in Georgia is an advanced artillery unit, and Israel has a long history of false-flag attacks to trick other nations into fighting each other (and killing each other off).

Aug 10 20:52

Send Bill O'Reilly Back to School

Aug 10 16:55

Fox News Host Refuses To Talk About Russia-Georgia War, Insists On Covering Edwards’

ERBE: The American public have told pollsters, this political season they want substance. Both these candidates have expressed support for allowing Georgia into NATO. … We could have been on the verge of nuclear war. Those are the kinds of the things that the American public wants to see discussed.

JARRETT: Right. You know, but getting back to Edwards, during the Monica Lewinsky affair, Edwards absolutely ripped into Bill Clinton.

Aug 09 08:16

Spying on the terrorists, err, journalists...

"WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday that it had improperly obtained the phone records of reporters for The New York Times and The Washington Post in the newspapers’ Indonesia bureaus in 2004.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see if the New York Times and the WaPo have the balls to make a stink about this.

Aug 08 13:16

John Edwards admits affair

Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a woman he met in a New York City bar in 2006, ABC News reported on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, now I don't really give a flying foxtrot uniform charlie kilo about John Edwards. But ABCNNBBCBS is running this all over the place like it is the hot story of the year.

Folks, you are being CONDITIZED!

Back in early 2001, when the US Government was already informing other governments of plans to invade Afghanistan in October 2001, the corporate media had turned the sordid tale of Gary Condit and Chandra Levy into the one and only story for the TV sets of America. There were very few reports of the war being planned for Afghanistan, so when the invasion actually happened, right after the convenient events of 9-11 angered America into a war-fever, it was a surprise to nobody bu the American people.

Well, here we are again. The TV sets are tossing John Edwards' love-child right into our faces non-stop, with only the briefest of pauses to shout "RUSSIA INVADES!" so it doesn't look like they are hiding anything from you.

But think. The fact that John Edwards knocked up his mistress is not something that actually affects your life in any material way. It's tabloid scandal at best, yet to ABCNNBBCBS, this is the important news to shove at you. But the outbreak of war gets barely an insert and a screen crawl, and those are actually lies! Russia did NOT invade. The initiating event was the shelling of a Russian installation, presumably by the Georgians, but in fact we really do not know.

But a real war with Russia does affect your life in very material ways. The US is already at economic death's door from the existing wars. Once again we see Israel working to kick off a war they will expect our sons and daughters to clean up.

And the other side actually has nuclear and biological weapons of mass destruction, and faces an enemy they already know has the willingness to use such weapons unless preemptively attacked.

Aug 08 06:08

Study: Strike on Iran nukes just a delay

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find this headline very troubling, because while the rest of the article uses the intentionally vague phrase "nuclear facilities, this headline is clearly intended to sell the idea that Iran has nuclear weapons right now; a claim that serves the purposes of the war profiteers and neocons but which (like Iraq) is completely unsupported by any evidence whatsoever.

Aug 07 13:53

Israel considers military option for Iran nukes

The Jewish state has purchased 90 F-16I fighter planes that can carry enough fuel to reach Iran, and will receive 11 more by the end of next year. It has bought two new Dolphin submarines from Germany reportedly capable of firing nuclear-armed warheads — in addition to the three it already has.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There you are. Without a single shred of proof, Associated Press goes ahead and reports that Iran is building nuclear weapons. If you needed any more proof that AP is just a propaganda organ for Israel, there it is, in that sentence.

Aug 07 13:40

Article Casting Doubt on 'Anthrax Killer' Scrubbed

While their top story on page A1 today is headlined "Scientists Question FBI's Probe of Anthrax Attacks" and sub-titled "Ivins Could Not Have Been Attacker, Some Say," the paper nonetheless managed to scrub from their website --- or at least completely replace --- a story they ran originally on Friday afternoon questioning the same points (whether Ivins had the means, ability, or access to the dry, weaponized anthrax used in the attack letters against senior Democratic Senators and other perceived "liberals") with another that greatly softened concerns about those questions.

Aug 05 16:34

The Antisemitism Incitement Craze

Here’s the question that we are all asking: when is satire deemed offensive or malicious? When the New Yorker published a cartoon on the magazine’s cover depicting Obama as a Muslim, the cartoonist was praised, not fired. The banner of free speech was held high, while the New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, tried to convince everyone that the intent of publishing the cartoon was to “satirize misconceptions.”

Aug 05 08:33

Some things you should know about the Associated Press

AP’s West Jerusalem bureau is a mouthpiece for the hard-line, genocidal Israeli government and its illegal settler movement.

Aug 04 13:01

Officials: Sorority obsession seen in anthrax case

The top suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks was obsessed with a sorority that sat less than 100 yards away from a New Jersey mailbox where the toxin-laced letters were sent, authorities said Monday.

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But if you read further in, they admit that they cannot place Ivins in Princeton on the day the anthrax letters were actually mailed.

The smear goes on, with the usual anonymous sources, the "therepist" who actually is only a substance abuse counselor (with a history of DUIs), and gag orders on all the actual witnesses.

Aug 04 12:50

A lesson in propaganda

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Everything in this article is designed to portray Iran as the bad guy, even the carefully chosen photo of their spokesman caught in a smirk.

To read this article, you would think Iran was on the verge of nuking the rest of the world. That is, of course, the intention.

But the hard facts remain...

1. Iran, which like the US has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has a legal right to build nuclear power stations and to construct the fuel rods for those power stations.

2. Nobody has produced any evidence that Iran is doing anything else with its nuclear research than building power stations. All 16 of the United States Intelligence Agencies are unanimous in concluding that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and has not had one going back to at least 2003.

3. George Bush has decided to ignore all 16 US Intelligence agencies and rely on Israel for all intelligence regarding Iran's plans. This despite ...

4. Israel made the same accusations against Iraq, then bombed the power station at Osirik claiming it concealed a clandestine weapons factory. An examination of the ruins following the US invasion of Iraq failed to produce any evidence to support Israel's claims.

5. Israel, through its spy operation inside the Pentagon provided much of the now-discredited claims that Saddam had nuclear and biological weapons in the run up to the invasion in 2003.

6. Of all the nations in the Middle East, only one nation is known to have a (formerly) clandestine weapons factory under a supposedly peaceful reactor and that is Israel itself.

What Iran has actually said is that they anticipate a US attack on Iran since Iran (like Iraq and Afghanistan) does not actually have nuclear weapons and is therefore an easy target. In response to such an unprovoked attack, Iran will strike back where it can, closing off the flow of oil to the rest of the world.

If I were Iran, watching Israel whip the US into a pit-bull frenzy to send after my people, I would probably do the same.

Aug 03 17:47

Washington Post Scrubs Own Story Questioning Case Against 'Anthrax Killer'

After a Friday story from Washington Post raised series questions about the ability of Bruce Ivins to have carried out the anthrax attacks -- he reportedly "had no access to dry, powdered anthrax," according to experts quoted in their report -- the paper inexplicably spiked their article, without explanation or notice, and replaced it with a wholly different story. Yet, on Sunday, the paper revived the same troubling questions. What the hell is going on here?

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It is an online battle between truth and lies.

The last one to stand back up, wins.

Aug 03 16:06

When Extremists Attack

I have now been called antisemitic and intellectually unstable and a whole bunch of other silly things by the folks over at the Commentary blog. They want Time Magazine to fire or silence me. This is happening because I said something that is palpably true, but unspoken in polite society: There is a small group of Jewish neoconservatives who unsuccessfully tried to get Benjamin Netanyahu to attack Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, and then successfully helped provide the intellectual rationale for George Bush to do it in 2003.

Aug 03 08:29

'Anti-Semitic' satire divides liberal Paris

The young man, Siné wrote without a shred of evidence, was planning to convert to Judaism before marrying Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, the Jewish heiress of a huge electronics chain. 'He'll go a long way in life, this lad!' Siné commented. The piece was published without controversy - until several days later, when a radio presenter referred to it as anti-Semitic. The families of those concerned were said to be 'sickened'.

Aug 02 08:54

Anthrax suspect would have gotten vaccine royalties

Bruce E. Ivins, the government biodefense scientist linked to the deadly anthrax mailings of 2001, stood to gain financially from massive federal spending in the fear-filled aftermath of those killings, the Los Angeles Times has learned.

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This is a classic propaganda smear. If you read the article all the way through, you find out that the deal fell apart. Nor are Ivin's co-inventors, the ones who would actually now be GETTING the money from the deal, named!

The press is really trying to hard sell this guy as the villain, and this article illustrates how desperate they are to do it.

Aug 01 19:48

Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News

During the last week of October, 2001, ABC News, led by Brian Ross, continuously trumpeted the claim as their top news story that government tests conducted on the anthrax -- tests conducted at Ft. Detrick -- revealed that the anthrax sent to Daschele contained the chemical additive known as bentonite.

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They lied. Pure, plain, no-kidding, LIED!

Aug 01 08:22

IRAN: IT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MEDIA, PAST AND PRESENT

This episode of The Listening Post takes an in depth look at Iran and its relationship with the media, past and present.

Jul 31 15:01

Newspapers in a Crisis: Switch to the Web or Perish, says Former NY Post Editor

More bad news for newspapers this week: The New York Times Co. reported disappointing second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, with profits down 82% and the stock at roughly half its price from a year ago. That's just the start:

* Overall newspaper circulation is down.
* Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs.
* Newspaper control of local online ads is down nearly 9% from 2006.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sure, now that we bloggers proved online news can work, and corporate media decides they'll just leap right in and take over!
Except that it isn't the method that is drawing readers here, it's the content.
Who told you Saddam had 'nookuluar' bombs? ABCNNBBCBS
Who told you it was all a war-starting hoax? The blogs!
The corporate media will fare no better here in the online world unless and until they start giving the American people the FACTS about what is going on in their government.

Jul 31 07:12

Newsweek Magazine Covers Up McCain’s Mob Ties

Although Newsweek said Mrs. McCain’s family “is deeply rooted in Arizona,” and that her late father, Jim Hensley, “was one of the most prominent men in the state,” who was “a World War II bombardier . . . shot down over the English channel,”—in other words, a war hero just like McCain—Newsweek did not even hint of the racketeering and corruption (and murder) associated with Hensley and his patrons in his rise to power.

Jul 30 09:45

Gallup's "Likely Voters" Poll: A Snapshot Or A Hypothesis?

As the Huffington Post reported Monday, the Gallup/USA Today poll's results among "likely voters" raised more questions than they answered. By showing a lead for McCain that contradicted Gallup's own independent tracking results, the poll prompted Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz to ask how Gallup and USA Today selected the "likely voters" who purportedly now favor the Arizona Republican.

Jul 26 13:38

Who Funds the Progressive Media?

The antidemocratic nature of liberal foundations is epitomized by the long history of collaboration (that formerly existed) between the largest major liberal foundations (like the Ford Foundation) and the US Central Intelligence Agency. Moreover, recent research has demonstrated the key leadership role that liberal foundations played in developing the means by which powerful elites could manufacture public (and elite) consent.

Jul 26 13:16

Fox News Busted

Ex-White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan exposed Fox News as a propaganda tool for the White House on Chris Mathews Hardball.

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Jul 26 09:17

Judge tosses Savage's suit against Islamic group

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage against an Islamic civil rights group over its use of a portion of his show in which he called the Quran a "book of hate."

Jul 25 17:14

LA Times gags its own bloggers

In a move that has apparently stirred up some internal discontent, the Los Angeles Times has banned its bloggers , including political bloggers, from mentioning the Edwards/Rielle Hunter story. Even bloggers who want to mention the story in order to make a skeptical we-don't-trust-the-Enquirer point are forbidden from doing so.

Jul 25 08:04

"Holocaust Denial" and Double-Standards

The Cap Times regularly informs its readers that the estimated number of Iraqi civilian deaths due to the US invasion and occupation is under 100,000. As of the most recent print edition, the number listed was 89,900. The sources listed are the Defense Department, iraqbodycount.org, and nationalpriorities.org.

Jul 24 14:44

Nov. 22, 1963

And right here -- in just the fifth paragraph! -- you already have the overwhelming desire to take him by the collar and shout: Max!!! Buddy!!! SNAP OUT OF IT!!! Abort, abort! Entire human beings have disappeared in Dealey Plaza!! It's the Bermuda Triangle of pop culture!

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I'll go you one better, between JFK rehashes and UFO stories, there seems to be an awful lot of DISTRACTIONS in the American media all of a sudden!

Jul 24 09:28

Mosley wins court case over orgy

World motorsport boss Max Mosley has won a legal action against a Sunday newspaper over claims an orgy he took part in had Nazi overtones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I would not cover this kind of crap. What two (or in this case six) people do in the privacy of their own home is not news, because it does not affect our everyday lives.

The lesson here is that Rupert Murdoch, in trying to MAKE it news (so as to avoid reporting on those things that really do affect our everyday lives) got well and truly burned.

As he should have.

Jul 24 09:21

Newspaper misspells its own name on front page

No media organisation can claim to be immune from spelling mistakes, but a local paper in the United States may have set a new standard for most glaring typo.

Jul 24 07:17

Source: Novak's Victim Worse Than First Thought

Bono dismissed Novak's assertion that he never saw the struck pedestrian.

"There was a pedestrian splayed on his windshield -- I don't think there is any way you can miss that," Bono said.

Bono also said that the pedestrian was in a crosswalk and had the right of way.

Jul 23 16:29

New York Times to raise newsstand price to $1.50

New York Times to raise newsstand price to $1.50

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The New York Times just does not get it! Their revenues and ad rates are in decline because nobody likes a liar, and the New York Times stood up to be counted with every other media outlet which helped the US Government lie this nation into a war of conquest.

Raising their rates will just accelerate the flight of readers away from the
wood-pulp prevaricators and to the blogs.

See I AM BLOGGER,
HEAR ME ROAR!

Jul 23 08:22

There is TOO Global Warming! There is, there is there IS!!!!!

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Long on insults and mercifully spared the ravages of any actual facts, George Monbiot offers to burn those heretics who dare doubt Saint Al of the Gore

Jul 22 08:56

SELECTIVE ‘JOURNALISM’

Jul 22 07:41

Free Expression; Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

I went to a news item about John McCain and it didn’t make sense to me. He was talking about Iran threatening Israel. I never see Iran threatening Israel. I do see Israel threatening Iran but, once again, I must be missing something. I see something about Barack Obama at the same site.

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