BLURRING THE IMAGES: CNN AND THE CORPORATE MEDIA IN AFGHANISTAN

CNN is showing video of piles of dead and injured people in the sewage ditch just outside the Kabul airport. They are blurring the image. That seems to me to be highly symbolic. The corporate media has been blurring the images coming from Afghanistan for twenty years. Also, why should Americans have the reality ofContinue reading “BLURRING THE IMAGES: CNN AND THE CORPORATE MEDIA IN AFGHANISTAN”

I Hope I’m Wrong: Afghanistan and biden

From an interview this morning with Leon Panetta, it seems likely that members of the corporate Democratic Party elite are advising Joe Biden to come out and take responsibility for the decision to precipitously withdraw from Afghanistan, and to admit that it was a mistake. It has been reported that when Joe Biden was ViceContinue reading “I Hope I’m Wrong: Afghanistan and biden”

“it was not the outcome we had anticipated”: afghanistan

During the past few weeks the corporate news media has been studiously ignoring the disastrous military and humanitarian crisis shaping up in Afghanistan.  They have been doing so, I think, because the crisis makes Biden look feckless, ruthless, and incompetent.  For so long, there was almost nothing on the corporate news, but every day itContinue reading ““it was not the outcome we had anticipated”: afghanistan”

The boot of authoritarianism: if they thought for one minute they could get away with it

Dereck Chauvin put his knee on the neck of George Floyd, stared into the camera and dared us to do anything about it.               Donald Trump did exactly what Chauvin did – he put his knee on the neck of democracy, decency, legality. He stared into the camera and dared us to do anythingContinue reading “The boot of authoritarianism: if they thought for one minute they could get away with it”

Economic rape and the republicans

The Republicans are turning a massive failure of infrastructure and privatization in Texas into a condemnation of renewable energy.  Even the Governor of the State is on national television spewing lies and disinformation.  Gov. Greg Abbott, on Fox News, said that the problem was caused by renewable energy systems. Officials were told in 2011 thatContinue reading “Economic rape and the republicans”

DEMOCRACY OR AUTHORITARIANISM, YOU CHOOSE

147 Republican members of Congress voted against seating Joe Biden’s electors.  They moved against accepting the votes of the people in this country based on no evidence that there was a significant problem with the voting system.  These 147 Republican members of Congress did not win, but they tried to.  There are not 147 Trumps. Continue reading “DEMOCRACY OR AUTHORITARIANISM, YOU CHOOSE”

putting together the pieces: reality winner, chris hayes podcast

If you are new to the Reality Winner story, this is an excellent place to begin. There are a number of things I disagree with in this podcast, especially the assumptions and analysis of Chris Hayes at certain points, but it is well worth listen to. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/explaining-why-reality-winner-still-prison-kerry-howley-podcast-transcript-ncna1119756

essential podcasts: majority report interview with jared yates sexton

This is by far the best podcast out there. I know the corporate media is seductive, but your time would be better spent giving this a listen. Sam Seder puts together some of the most interesting and pertinent interviews available. Sam Seder interviews Jared Yates Sexton https://majorityreportradio.com/2020/12/08/12-8-american-rule-how-a-nation-conquered-the-world-but-failed-its-people-w-jared-yates-sexton From the Majority Report Website: “Sam hosts writerContinue reading “essential podcasts: majority report interview with jared yates sexton”

What Could Go Wrong?

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, has crafted and circulated to legislators a new “anti-mob” piece of legislation.  This legislation is an expansion of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.  The law would: allow armed citizens to shoot suspected looters or anyone engaged in “criminal mischief” that disrupts a business; allow vigilantes to justify violent actions against protesters;Continue reading “What Could Go Wrong?”