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Old 2020-04-13, 20:46   #155
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New York Times edits Biden sexual assault coverage, deletes references to past inappropriate ‘hugs, kisses and touching' | FOX: NC's Lambert Strether, a former Dem-party operative, long since reformed, adds:
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FOX is correct; I saw the whole discussion flow by. For example:

Remember the press spent a month essentially arguing that underage drinking was evidence that Kavanaugh committed sexual assault, but a long pattern of "hugs, kisses, and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable" proves Biden's innocence. pic.twitter.com/CPGr48o8nK

— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) April 12, 2020

“We saw no pattern of sexual misconduct, except for the sexual misconduct.”
And the same NYT now working diligently to reboot the repeatedly falsified RussiaRussiaRussia narrative, by yoking it to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Venal" is much too kid a word for these vile propagandists.

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Old 2020-05-05, 22:13   #156
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”China Was Right”: Academics and Democratic Leaders Call For Censorship Of Social Media and The Internet |Jonathan Turley
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The only thing spreading faster than the coronavirus has been censorship and the loud calls for greater restrictions on free speech. The Atlantic published an article last week by Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Arizona law professor Andrew Keane Woods calling for Chinese style censorship of the internet. While Goldsmith and Keane are obviously not calling for authoritarian abuse, they are advocating control over the Internet to regulate speech — crossing the Rubicon from free speech to censorship models. They declared that ‘in the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong’ and ‘significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with society norms and values.'
Naked Capitalism's Lambert Strether comments: "All the while raising the banner against the Fascist Trump administration, of course. Here at NC, we know that this means, WaPo and PropOrNot already tried to drive us out of business once." And I disagree with Turley on one thing - such restrictions as proposed are inherently "authoritarian abuse".
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Old 2020-05-06, 14:31   #157
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And I disagree with Turley on one thing - such restrictions as proposed are inherently "authoritarian abuse".
It is only bad when the Wrong People are doing it.
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Old 2020-05-17, 20:39   #158
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Latest lying-MSM-liars piece from Turley:

Washington Post's Rubin Misrepresents Emoluments Ruling In Latest Trump-Fueled Gaffe | Jonathan Turley
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Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin is being ridiculed for a column in which she claims that the “walls are closing in” on President Donald Trump. Critics have noted that in May 2017 Rubin declared the “walls are closing in” on Trump due to his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Then last October, she declared the “walls are closing in” due to impeachment. Now the walls are back as if this is one long struggle of transferred claustrophobic anxiety.

The more important aspect however is not the fear of moving walls but the misrepresentation of the recent ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. We previously discussed how some have misrepresented the ruling, but Rubin, again, appears entirely untethered by any editorial (or ethical) requirements of accuracy. Rubin’s column is based on another misrepresentation of the underlying facts.

Rubin is marketed as the Post’s “conservative opinion writer” despite a long array of controversial statements about both conservatives and Republicans. Most recently, Rubin declared Trump supporters to be as a group “primarily motivated by racism. This is why Trump does this.” It is not however Rubin’s ideological tendencies but her aversion to facts that that has repeatedly unleashed criticism across the political spectrum.

Rubin often appears to write on cases or testimony that she does not actually read. This is a case in point, literally. As I wrote earlier, the Fourth Circuit opinion

“The 9-6 opinion, below, however has been misrepresented or misunderstood by some. It is not a ruling on the merits but rather the technical standard for what is called an interlocutory appeal. It essentially blocks a Hail Mary play to shutdown the lawsuit. Nevertheless, the dissenting judges denounced the lawsuit as based on a “wholly novel and nakedly political cause of action.”

The appeal to the Fourth Circuit turned on the question of when a litigant can take an interlocutory appeal, or an appeal taken before the resolution of issues or the merits has been reached by the district court.

…In reality, for those who are seeking an exciting decision on foreign influence, this opinion will be something of a disappointment.”

Rubin however was not “disappointed.” She, again, simply said what she hoped the opinion said rather than what it actually said in the same breathless “Trump is a goner” language. Such erroneous legal accounts seem to be eagerly embraced by the Post and other media outlets with no apparent fact checking...
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Old 2020-06-19, 20:21   #159
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Cynicism and Warmongering - Craig Murray
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The BBC plumbed the depths of hypocrisy in dressing up the final episode of the Salisbury Poisonings as a homage to Dawn Sturgess while systematically lying about the facts of her death, yet again to cover up the implausibility of the official narrative.

As I noted yesterday, the BBC drama appeared to show Charlie Rowley fishing the perfume bottle out of the charity bin at least two months ahead of when this really occurred, to make it more plausible that it had been dropped in there after the alleged attack on the Skripals. The question of how it had managed to sit in a charity bin for three months, when that bin was emptied regularly, was thus dodged.

The next alteration of a timeline by the BBC is just as crucial. The BBC had the discovery of the perfume bottle containing novichok happening before Sturgess’s death, whereas in fact the perfume bottle was not “discovered” until 11 July 2018, three days after Dawn’s death. The extraordinary thing about this is that the police had been searching Rowley’s flat intensively for “novichok” for over a week before coming across a perfume bottle sitting on the kitchen counter. As they were specifically looking for a phial of liquid, you would have thought that might have caught the eye somewhat sooner.

The final episode was more open in its attempts to provoke Russophobia than previous episodes, with images of Putin, Russia, and Boshirov and Petrov appearing. It is of course the case that the military, security service and arms manufacturing complex needs Russophobia to justify sucking away so much of our national wealth. So we should not be surprised this kind of propaganda is produced. We should also realise that those in the service of the elites that benefit from the political system will do everything they can to maintain the propaganda. It is possible to understand all of that, and still be very disappointed that so very many ordinary people fall for it. The sad fact is, propaganda works, and always has. It is worth reminding ourselves that the Skripal incident was a propaganda initiative from day 1. The role of the Integrity Initiative and its Skripal group – in which the BBC was very much included – puts this BBC propaganda piece in its proper perspective.
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Old 2020-06-24, 19:41   #160
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NYT Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog | Slate Star Codex -- The ensuing reader discussion on NC is choice:
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JohnHerbieHancock June 23, 2020 at 9:08 am

“When I expressed these fears to the reporter, he said that it was New York Times policy to include real names, and he couldn’t change that.“

Unless it’s an anonymous intelligence official not authorized to speak on the record, reporting on the danger Saddam’s WMDs pose to the US, right?
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Exactly what I posted to the nyt editor mentioned in the piece!!!!
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Pelham June 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I worked at a (formerly) major newspaper that about 15 years ago instituted a policy that didn’t ban anonymous sources but required reporters to reveal to their supervising editors the identity of any anonymice they used.

Apparently, the directive was ignored from the get-go. I know because as a mid-ranking but non-supervising editor, I had occasion to question a reporter’s use of two anonymice — one identified as an American diplomat and another (crucially) identified only as a “Western” official of some sort. I had seen this “Western” business often enough in wire copy out of the Middle East to begin to wonder 1) why couldn’t the reporter narrow the ID down just a bit with an actual nationality, at least, and 2) are these folks really Americans who want to sound as if they’re more objective than readers would otherwise give them credit for.

So I took the story and my question to the supervising editor, who had no idea who the sources were but agreed to phone the reporter and find out. Turns out the American and the Western sources were one and the same person who agreed to be quoted twice in the story only if he was identified as a “Western” official in the second quote, which basically supported his first “American” quote. I was told this sort of thing was common practice and if reporters didn’t agree, they would risk losing all their anonymice.

Not long after this I was booted out of the profession along with many others for unrelated reasons (the newspaper business outside NY and DC was dying). But I take minor solace in no longer being required to take part in such routine mainstream deceptions. (I could relate others, but the banality of this one was striking to me.)
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Old 2020-06-24, 20:56   #161
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As the NYT continues to terlet their reputation as newspaper of record, does anyone have a recommendation for nationally recognized, authoritative reporting? Pre-Murdoch, I thought the WSJ wasn't too bad. Same with WaPo, pre-Bezos. USA Today seems a little less penetrating, but perhaps, fair?
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Old 2020-06-24, 22:27   #162
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As the NYT continues to terlet their reputation as newspaper of record, does anyone have a recommendation for nationally recognized, authoritative reporting? Pre-Murdoch, I thought the WSJ wasn't too bad. Same with WaPo, pre-Bezos. USA Today seems a little less penetrating, but perhaps, fair?
AFAICT all media outlets that may have at one time qualified as "nationally recognized, authoritative" are now owned by an ever-shrinking list of mega-corporations, and have been thoroughly co-opted by the establishment/imperial/corporate propaganda complex. Even supposedly 'liberal' NPR get derisively mocked on lefty sites I frequent as e.g. "National Pentagon Radio". I only find old-fashioned skeptical-of-money-power-and-authority journalism going on these days on alternate blog-style sites (counterpunch, naked capitalism, etc) which the establishment media of course tar as "fake news", when it's really their own quasi-monopoly on the latter which they wish to maintain. More or less all reporters of the old-school variety have been drummed out of the MSM ... classic example is Seymour Hersh of the Vietnam War era My-Lai-Massacre-exposé fame ... he used to write for the New Yorker, but it has become an example of the aforementioned propaganda-organ-ization. Multiple other formerly-somewhat-decent outlets such as The Atlantic and even Mother Jones are similar. One of the few decent journos who still publishes in a semi-mainstream venue is Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, who has been chronicling the demise of US journalism on an ongoing basis, his latest in that vein (on his blog, not in RS) was The American Press Is Destroying Itself.

But I look forward to what my fellow readers of a skeptical bent have to say.
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I agree with that. They choose to be partisan to sell what they peddle. which IMO, only makes the partisan divide worse. News has been replaced by opinion. Anyone that wants to take a hard and unbiased look at politicians is immediately blasted as partisan by one side or the other, if not both. It would be refreshing to see the hard-liners actually admit that they are wrong (without a wink) and take responsibility for the harm they do to this country.
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Default Are Swedes Shunned for High Covid Rates—or Is It Really ABBA?

I won't try to explain the ABBA thing except that it is part of a Swedish response that the closed borders are just jealousy of Sweden's 'hegemony' in Scandinavia.

https://fair.org/home/are-swedes-shu...t-really-abba/
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The New York Times reporter who offered “Sweden’s apparent success in handling the scourge without an economically devastating lockdown” (4/28/20) as a model for other nations grappling with the coronavirus is now writing about how Swedes are no longer allowed to visit other Scandinavian countries—and explaining it in a way that minimizes having to acknowledge how much he sold deadly snake oil to New York Times readers.

Back in late April, Times reporter Thomas Erdbrink was reporting (with Christina Anderson) that “Sweden does seem to have been as successful in controlling the virus as most other nations,” even though it “defied conventional wisdom and refused to order a wholesale lockdown to ‘flatten the curve’ of the coronavirus epidemic.” Erdbrink and Anderson painted a glowing portrait of “younger Swedes throng[ing] bars, restaurants and a crowded park last week, drinking in the sun”:
They laughed and basked in freedoms considered normal in most parts of the world not long ago, before coronavirus lockdowns, quarantines and mass restrictions upended social norms. As other nations in Europe begin to consider reopening their economies, Sweden’s experience would seem to argue for less caution, not more.
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Jump forward two months, and those neighbors have gotten their Covid-19 outbreaks under control, while the pandemic still rages unabated in Sweden. The result is that Scandinavia’s traditionally porous borders have been closed; as Erdbrink writes, in “Sweden Tries Out a New Status: Pariah State” (6/22/20):
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This year, Swedes are forbidden to enter Norway.And Norway isn’t the only Scandinavian neighbor barring Swedes from visiting this summer. Denmark and Finland have also closed their borders to Swedes, fearing that they would bring new coronavirus infections with them.

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See my post https://www.mersenneforum.org/showpo...&postcount=885 in the Pandemic thread about an examination of Sweden's practice and how it is not a model to be followed by other countries or most states.

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