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LZ Granderson is a regular CNN columnist and contributor, and has written a column this week that — no joke — urges Americans to stop being so “nosy” about all the bad things the U.S. Government does. You just have to read it to believe it: We are a nosy country. CNN journalist: don’t be nosy
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WASHINGTON -- The White House has some advice for reporters writing about President Barack Obama's recent comment on the health of the private sector: "Do your jobs." Obama has come under fire from Republicans for saying on Friday that "the private sector is doing fine" during a press conference on the economy. Obama later clarified his remarks to reporters, saying that "the economy is not doing fine." But Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been trying to score political points off the comment ever since, even releasing a minute-long video with ominous music that asks, "Has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?" White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Monday downplayed the idea that there is anything to talk about here, saying that reporters should know better than to miss the broader point Obama was making with his comment: that public sector job cuts are hurting the economy. White House To Press: 'Do Your Jobs' When Reporting On Obama's Private Sector Remark
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Media, drones and rank propaganda (updated below – Update II – Update III) Several items today relate to the issue of gross U.S. media propaganda and Obama’s national security policies: (1) I have an Op-Ed in The Guardian today on how the American media has been repeatedly and willingly coopted in the Obama administration’s propagandistic abuse of its secrecy powers, with a focus on the recent high-profile, Obama-flattering national security scoops from The New York Times. (2) In yesterday’s Guardian, the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer and Nathan Wessler have a superb Op-Ed on how the Obama administration — by simultaneously shielding its conduct from scrutiny through broad secrecy claims and then selectively leaking — is deliberately distorting the public understanding of its drone attacks (“First the ‘targeted killing’ campaign, then the targeted propaganda campaign”).
NYT: Drone Strikes 'Combat Militancy' by Increasing Militants In today's New York Times article (6/6/12) about the apparent drone killing of Al-Qaeda "deputy leader" Abu Yahya al-Libi, Declan Walsh and Eric Schmitt write: If his death is borne out this time, it would be a milestone in a covert eight-year airstrike campaign that has infuriated Pakistani officials but that has remained one of the United States' most effective tools in combating militancy. That's revealing. It's inarguable that the drones kill people the U.S. government wants to kill, and some it doesn't intend to kill. But does this really qualify as "combating militancy"? In Yemen, the increase in drone attacks has resulted in a doubling of the ranks of the local branch on Al-Qaeda.
NYT: How Can We Be No. 1 if Pentagon Budget Is Cut by 1/12th? Part of the 2011 Congressional debt reduction deal called for automatic cuts to social spending and military budgets over the next 10 years. The idea was that a deal to avoid these cuts would be struck, because Republicans wouldn't want to cut the Pentagon, and Democrats would try to protect safety net programs. That didn't happen, so these so-called "sequestration" cuts are prompting some alarm bells in the corporate media–ringing loudly at the mere thought of cutting the military budget.
Ed Klein, an author whose latest book, The Amateur: Obama In The White House, said to Fox’s Brian Kilmeade that he believes Hillary Clinton will seriously consider running for president in 2016. Klein commented “I don’t want to sound anti-feminist here but she’s not looking good these days. She’s looking overweight and she’s looking tired…” Kilmeade chimes in with “Looks like she’s not trying, to be honest.” Klein goes on to say“ I think she’s going to take some time off, get back into shape and if her health holds out and that’s a big if…she and Bill, two for the price of one, will run in 2016.” Ed Klein Makes Sexist Remarks About Hillary Clinton: ‘She’s Looking Overweight And She’s Looking Tired’
Drone Kill List: Not News? The New York Times' lengthy report (5/29/12) on Barack Obama's drone "kill list" should provoke serious questions: Is such a program legal? How does it square with Obama's criticism of the Bush administration's "war on terror" policies? Is the White House covering up the killing of civilians by labeling them "militants"? Why is the United States continuing an assassination policy described as Al-Qaeda's top "recruiting tool"? But those questions have been raised only in fits and starts around the rest of the media. One of the co-authors of the Times piece, Scott Shane, appeared on the PBS NewsHour and on NPR's All Things Considered (5/29/12).
Deliberate media propaganda (updated below) Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration, in order to conceal civilian deaths caused by their drone attacks, “counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants.” Although I wrote at length about the NYT‘s various revelations, I wrote separately about that specific disclosure, in order to emphasize the implications for media outlets reporting on American drone attacks: What kind of self-respecting media outlet would be party to this practice?
It is a very good thing that the Nation's Chris Hayes has a weekend show on MSNBC. The panelists are smart and the lively conversations dig deeper than virtually anything else on cable news. (The same can be said for MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry.) In other words, sounds like a recipe for trouble. And trouble arrived after a Memorial Day show that aired on May 27. Here's the clip that caused the controversy. On Chris Hayes and Heroism
George Will, Grasping at Something George Will (cc photo: Keith Allison) If you tuned in to ABC's This Week (5/27/12) to hear the panel of pundits discussing the economy, you may have George Will say this about Barack Obama: He's made clear what the choice is this fall, and it really became clear, I think, this week. The president wants capitalism without casualties.
On Sunday, there were reports of a NATO airstrike in the eastern Paktia province of Afghanistan. The early reports said that a family of eight was killed, as the New York Times reported: The casualties took place in eastern Paktia province on Saturday night when the family's home was hit by a bomb, said Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the governor of Paktia. Six children were killed, four boys and two girls, as well as their mother and father, whose name was Safiullah. Those Children Weren't Civilians–Says Nobody
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(UPDATE: See the video of Matthews' comments here, along with some discussion of what it all means.) Reporting from the big cable TV industry event this week, Broadcasting & Cable's Andrea Morabito writes (5/22/12): Hardball host Chris Matthews argued that because of the rise of opinion-based news networks, the non-critical aspect of the media is gone, going as far to say that the reporting that verified the U.S. administration's claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002 would not happen today because of cable news."I would like to think there would be a reckoning we didn’t have then because of modern media," Matthews said. "24/7 is good because it's not only breadth, it's depth. Without cable, it is just network [television] thinking, embedded thinking, which is dangerous in a democracy." Chris Matthews: Cable News Would Have Stopped Iraq War Lies
Reporting From Outside Party Lines MEDIA ROOTS — A pair of internet archivists who call themselves ‘Neuro Linguistic Programming’ have uploaded Part one out of forty US corporate media print publications from the immediate days and weeks following 9/11. The duo plans to post multiple full issues of Time and Newsweek as well as other timely magazines that are filled with blatant fearmongering and propaganda about terrorism. Following 9/11, news media accelerated at an amazing rate, and most companies soon adopted internet versions of their paper or magazines.
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Erin Burnett: Worst of the worst - Glenn Greenwald (updated below – Update II [Sat.]) I’m finishing up a long investigative article that will be posted later this morning, but I just could not let go unnoted this commentary on The Iranian Threat by CNN’s Erin Burnett (“frightening,” she observed). I barely know what to say about it — the critiques of media fear-mongering I wrote the last two days apply in spades to this — but it really just mocks itself. It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs!
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