…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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…’free trade’, tpa, tpp, ttip – ahab and moby dick…

…is the us president now emulating ahab as role model?…

Clear inexperience is evident, even here. Obsessed with smiting his indomitable nemesis, the grandiloquent one has enlisted yet more allies to his cause. Unfortunately, these allies have demonstrated superb incompetence. Not only that, among the many, very experienced and well-known in the sphere of economics, are two who have rallied to the defence  of Senator Warren, the new Moby Dick of a floundering, foundering Ahab.

Paul Krugman who has to date expressed disappointment at the churlishness of the attacks against Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose education, experience and probity on the issue have caused such exasperation. This time he resorts to slight indirection to make his point. Instead of directly calling out the culprits, he takes on the messenger. with the implicit caution to the source on slavish stenography, ‘A word to the wise…’, Hypocritical SlothRead the rest of this entry »


…mayday! mayday! peacekeepers to third world city!…

…no holiday, this… it is just that, the shoe, sort of is on the other foot…

The Independent, certainly not of the mold of the corporate US MSM, has a laugh at itself, and a jeer at the sanctimoniousness of the US media. The ‘third world’, and worse, has been present for decades in the US, it is just that ignoring its existence would make it ‘go away’ – until the ‘thugs’, the ‘savages’,. the ‘Apaches leave the reservation’, that is. Yes, aside the drivel of ‘post-racial’, ‘post-partisan’, the US is in a severe state of deinial, just one big, happy, racist, exceptionalist country, if not racist, elitist and confused. A fact that no ‘USA! USA! USA!’ can dispel. Read the rest of this entry »


…us msm, all the news that’s fit to be vetted?…

…truth, lack of truth, and consequences…

Clearly, it was again premature to declare, ‘Mission Accomplished’ for that lot in the ‘Kill the Messenger’ project. That thing about the past appearing, and suddenly, all too suddenly.

The release of the movie, ‘Kill the Messenger’, instead of eliciting ‘mea culpas’ from the complicit MSM, seems to have had the opposite effect, further attacks on the messenger, Gary Webb, who had committed suicide. Unfortunately facts tend to have an inconvenient way of not disappearing from public view, despite the MSM’s best efforts.

For the MSM: Ignoring Narco-trafficking Contras even in the US, the Price of US Freedom?

The economist, Dean Baker, in his post, In Context of Accusations of CIA Drug Smuggling, WaPo Calls $10 Million a Week “Relatively Small”, of 19 Oct affirms the delinquency of the protagonists, here WaPo, then dissects the economics of the assertion made by WaPo’s Jeff Leen, Read the rest of this entry »


…portraits of an artist – as a reminder of crimes past…

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

The WaPo  and the NYT, paragons of US news, are at it again. There was the dutiful reporting of a tragedy at Fort Hood, where a troubled (why?) father and husband killed and injured several, then to take his own life. This tragic figure, even if not serving in Iraq without service in Iraq, is a victim of the lies that saw the senseless slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of US soldiers, and more. Predictably, there would be the same media casting about to find something derogatory about the man.

Not only that, ironically the same week would see WaPo extolling the virtues of the ‘warrior heroes’ of the US misadventures, bromides, flattering consolation to the duped – unnecessary for those senior officials and corporations enriched from their profitable ventures. Read the rest of this entry »


…the taming of the shrill, a stroller’s guide…

…someone has to do it — even if irony, with occasional dashes of sarcasm, is the only tool of dissuasion, with results not guaranteed…

A quick look at how WaPo continues to look at Venezuela,

At markets, Chavez successor falls short

CARACAS, Venezuela — On aisle seven, among the diapers and fabric softener, the socialist dreams of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez looked as ragged as the toilet paper display.

Socialist cleanup needed on aisle 7

Nick Miroff

An hour-and-a-half wait for toilet paper and mobs over milk? The fate of Venezuela’s revolution will be decided at the grocery store.

Shrill and insulting. Nice. As they say, ‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’. Context? Never relevant? And the US MSM would paint Argentina in a similar dire situation. But we digress. Read the rest of this entry »


…‘authoritative’ MSM ≠ factual or informative MSM…

…as if it couldn’t get worse for the continuing decline in the already battered reputation of the corporate US MSM…

Ever alert, Dean Baker over at beat the press gives a witty but trenchant ‘correction’ to economic analysis from the ‘Grey Lady’, 1.5 Million Fracking Jobs? Is Legalized Marijuana Affecting the NYT. One key observation, Read the rest of this entry »