…assorted MSM jottings and jettisonings…

…where to begin, so many beginnings…

US Cable News? Filip Spagnoli is chagrined – he could have saved on his electricity bill with the TV off,  The Garbage That is U.S. Cable News, A Collection of Images

So, then, TV, of what use? Football,clearly, maybe some documentary and drama. But quite good, off. “What about news?” When?

Optimism on the Titanic?  Over at Moyers & Co, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship discover the long discovered, Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent.

Thing is, Moyers and Winship remain optimistic that the corporate US political class will heed the long unheeded and very intimidated US citizens. The US society is one where unionising is a thing of the past; social groupings have  been diminished into monitored electronic collectives with ‘individuated’, isolated, harried individuals with smartphone, alone or in human company – the fate of OWS, a caution. Is such boundless optimism then the definition of US ‘liberals’? [And, no, the evidence of inequality in the US has not been mounting – unless we speak of adding to an existent mountain of evidence?]

Why is Putin such a bad guy, a Hitler (what else?), and the US such a good guy, God’s Chosen? Well, for starters, once upon a time there was the break-up of the Soviet Union. Advance to the arrival of Boris Yeltsin, hero of the ‘international community’, to the civilised world a tragic, pathetic figure. Why not let some experts put in their view, and some detailed analysis. Names like Andrei Schleifer, Larry Summers (ubiquitous aint he?), and a cast of characters with some ensuing oligarchs in Russia, and we can only cringe, retch at the thought of what these wretches wrought. From Institutional Investor, we get, How Harvard lost Russia. [And the US MSM in defense of liberty and justice for all is now hot on the trail of Putin’s ‘hidden billions’ – as 95% of the world is left in utter bemusement.]

Democratic elections under US benevolent guidance? The corporate MSM would have the world believe that real democratic elections are being held in Afghanistan, Afghanistan, of suitcases-of-dollars-and-all-that fame. To have belief formed by reality, we look at one place called Iraq. We have this item from the New Yorker which seems to not have received that RT memo from the US CD (Chief Diplomat),

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND From that headline, we have a look at this,

…Frustrated, Khalilzad turned to the C.I.A. analyst assigned to his office, a fluent Arabic speaker whose job was to know Iraq’s leaders. “Can it be that, in this country of thirty million people, the choice of Prime Minister is either Jaafari, who is incompetent, or Ali Adeeb, who is Iranian? Isn’t there anyone else?”

“I have a name for you,” the C.I.A. officer said. “Maliki.”…

Anybody remembers that the esteemed Khalilzad was once bruited as candidate for the Presidency of Afghanistan, loyal and patriotic and flag lapel pin US citizen, he? And, yes, anybody remember a fellow named, ‘Yats’, Kiev Freedom Fighter and Instant Prime Minister? So much for selecting candidates. Case closed.

Elections results, especially if unpalatable to US corporate interests? We let Eva Golinger assist us with one case, The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy in Venezuela

Anti-government protests in Venezuela that seek regime change have been led by several individuals and organizations with close ties to the US government. Leopoldo Lopez and Maria Corina Machado- two of the public leaders behind the violent protests that started in February – have long histories as collaborators, grantees and agents of Washington. The National Endowment for Democracy “NED” and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have channeled multi-million dollar funding to Lopez’s political parties Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, and Machado’s NGO Sumate and her electoral campaigns.

Anybody remember those snipers in Caracas some years back? There the ruse had failed, only to succeed in Kiev. Then again we would not know that would we – if had we relied on the unreliable corporate MSM, especially WaPo and NYT?

On journalistic responsibility? We have transgressions even from The Guardian. Let’s see. From Luke Harding and Oksana Grytsenko, Kidnapping of Ukrainian patriots has Russia’s full support, says Kiev

What leaps out in that headline: no quotation marks around patriots – suggesting that the editor must have been disoriented by events at ManU? Still The (former Manchester) Guardian remains leagues ahead of US MSM.

[Luke Harding’s reporting still remains well above that of that Rory Carroll whose articles on Latin America often drifted into the sophomoric and ill-informed, and stayed there – to be charitable.]

Another Harding report, The billionaire parachuted in to run Ukraine’s most troubled region, from which,

…He [Serhiy Taruta] was one of several oligarchs parachuted in to take over the leadership of the country’s rebellious provinces, at the request of the new government in Kiev. Taruta got Donetsk, the Russophone region at the centre of a smouldering anti-Kiev, pro-Russian insurrection…

[bold added for emphasis]

Harding mentions ‘new government’, instead of ‘interim’, instead of  ‘coup-imposed’ – an editorializing reporter? Yet to his credit he does report on, even if not saying so, a band of brigands who are also billionaires. And the good news is that this US Ostrovsky fellow must have been insufferably worse, as a reporter that is.

Yes, from most recent data the GDP per capita of that country ranks at, where, 99th of 180 countries, the poor Ukrainians not quite rich.Yet the only Ukrainian officials we read of are at worst millionaire oligarchs supported by violent and unapologetic neo-Nazis. Clearly, a ‘minor’ detail omitted by corporate MSM. We cannot but imagine what the bonus, incentive pay, for good old Yats will be – one of Victoria’s Secrets?