…corporate msm, kunduz, and reality…

…just when you think that stark reality would provoke responsibility…

In the face of all evidence to the contrary, WaPo insists on finding its own truth, under the guise of quoting some ‘authority, Hospital in airstrike was ‘a Taliban base,’ Afghan official says

But Doctors Without Borders strongly disputed suggestions that any Taliban fighters were inside its hospital at the time of the attack, which killed at least 22 people and left 37 others critically hurt.

Yes, some ‘Afghan official says’, thereby implying complicity of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with the Taliban. Read the rest of this entry »

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…us and its enemy there, which is a friend here?…

…pretzelian logic of us foreign policy…

After many, many billions spent in fighting the ‘existential’ threat posed by Al Qaeda to the most powerful country in the history of the world, the US now has some recalibrating to do. And its new and ever ‘ideal’ approach will be tweaked and promoted by the ever loyal corporate media.

Robert Parry revisits the conundrum, the zungzwang, in which the US finds itself. Over at common dreams appears Parry’s post, Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria? In the process, the NYT massages the message – an excerpt from Parry,

What the Times didn’t say in that context was that Nusra Front is Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, an omission perhaps explained because this additional information would disrupt the righteous tone of the article, accusing Russia of bad faith in attacking rebel groups other than the Islamic State.

Parry arrives at what is obvious to so many, yet imperial hubris, reinforced by incompetence, refuses to entertain, Too late for a media ‘make over’ for Bin Laden.

The danger from this duplicitous approach is that Obama’s penchant for talking out of multiple sides of his mouth might end up touching off a confrontation between nuclear-armed America and nuclear-armed Russia, a crisis that his verbal trickery might not be able to control.

…that trite, much ridiculed presentation at the unga suggests that beyond presentation lies not much…


…the disinfectant of truth and the fading corporate msm…

…as alternative media gain in trust for reliability and accuracy…

The ascendancy of the blogs and other media is due more to integrity and professionalism in practicing journalism. The evidence is overwhelming – especially in the case of the US corporate media, with the establishment newspapers such as NYT and WaPo, and CNN and cable and network TV as prime examples.

In the case of Syria, Prof Gary Leupp over at counterpunch illustrates the amateurish and comical predictability of the media, A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists. An example, Read the rest of this entry »


…syrian toddler, aylan kurdi, escapes mouth of shark…

…and that was insufficient…

The US corporate media, buglers for ‘regime change’ and ‘R2P’, continue to skirt the prime cause of the waves (‘swarm‘) of refugees into Europe. Indeed, one ‘legacy’ newspaper even had the temerity to argue US populace was weary of two wars,* validating the wariness and reflexive dismissiveness toward such establishment media. As the severity of the crisis gripped the rest of the world, the media would entertain its customers with heart-warming coverage of the US President doing a jig with some Alaskan children, holding a salmon handed to him by a fisherwoman so that the cameras can show him holding the wriggling fish and making some inane remark. Read the rest of this entry »


…utter fraudulence of us msm exposed by citizen ‘nobodies’?…

…the control of the message slipping out of their grasp – too slowly, but at long last?…

The Baltimore Matter brought to light very uncomfortable truths about the US – the belief that a festering problem is non-existent once the politicians and, implicitly, the cooperating media ignore it.

As the famous (?) ‘talking heads’ proceeded to lecture the miscreant invisibles who had the audacity to appear in human (?) form, embarrassing surprises would await. Here we have that classic interview that went not the way as planned. And we have, common dreams, one of the blogs that would not disappoint, with the very aptly titled, Broken Windows, Broken Spines. Here we are treated to the total demolition of a condescending, preening voice of the status quo. A sample that indicts the ‘talking head’ and CNN, Read the rest of this entry »


…more bite than bark, this dog…

…and certainly not that ‘obligatory’ us presidential dog of jaded myth…

The unimaginative flailing about that bespeaks US policy is well captured. Here we see how barking mad ‘policy makers’ can be, and who will just go on to greater wealth leaving chaos and death in their wake. Yet increasing ridicule will be to no avail, as the too slowly diminishing majority opts for acquiescence instead of adult inquisitiveness.

First Dog on the Moon on … Isis’ letter to the west

…that poverty in the US is worse than in most OECD countries should have registered so little in the US speaks volumes…

 


…corporate msm mischief; so, parry, thrust, touché in ukraine…

 …I am in blood
Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
[Macbeth, Act 3 Scene 4]

…ah, but for the human cost of such mischief…

Robert Parry again unsheathes his rapier-like quill. And as with a previous post, he provides a lucid (and damning) analysis of the imperial predisposition of the corporate US MSM. Here again, Ukraine, he uses the reflexive bias of the NYT in its coverage of the events that continue to unfold there, and NYT’s cynical omission of the catalytic factors that now account for the ongoing instability, chaos and death. Over at common dreams his article,  Another NYT ‘Sort of’ Retraction on Ukraine, touches on some egregious lapses in journalistic responsibilities. One earlier observation to demonstrate the pattern, Read the rest of this entry »