…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…

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…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 »


…us msm, ensnared in its webb of deception?…

…and headed, herded to a zero, dark, dark future?…

Journalistic integrity, protean concept to the MSM. As if any further evidence were needed on the role of the corporate US MSM in not fully informing, ‘misleading’ (?), the public on matters on which the public should be dutifully and truthfully informed, now comes a movie. Immediately coming to mind are thoughts like ‘dereliction of duty’, ‘gross irresponsibility and culpability’. First, the irony of that word, ‘democracy’, takes us on a journey, and Glenn Greenwald is the guide, WHAT ‘DEMOCRACY’ REALLY MEANS IN U.S. AND NEW YORK TIMES JARGON: LATIN AMERICA EDITION. An excerpt that will inspire the journey.

One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of “democracy” in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country’s democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez. Rather than describe that coup as what it was by definition – a direct attack on democracy by a foreign power and domestic military which disliked the popularly elected president – the Times, in the most Orwellian fashion imaginable, literally celebrated the coup as a victory for democracy:

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…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 »


…ukraine echo chamber, cacophony?…

…and not a moment too soon…

Hold the ketchup. The US Secretary of State and War Hero (Vietnam) has his knickers in a knot, his ‘Irish’ dander up. Not just the blogs are exposing the deliberate propaganda, misinformation and disinformation, from the corporate MSM, now comes RT which always invites its readers and viewers to ‘Question More’. RT TV is failing to be obsequious, to unquestioningly issue the exceptionalist decrees as holy facts − not good.

And what did the Diplomat of the ‘international community’ have to say?

Risible. Such alarm RT has caused with the respect it continues to harvest as the ‘echo chambers’ fall into increasing disrepute and ridicule that the Chief Diplomat of the US finds it critical to publicly denounce RT. Forsooth, the noble diplomat doth protest too much? Read the rest of this entry »