Your Paper and the CIA

Is the CIA editing your newspaper?

by Jonathan Cook


19 December 2016

Here is a great overview by Ed Jones of why corporate media are the arch-exponents of “fake news”. The media are overwhelming owned and controlled by billionaires and gargantuan corporations, who depend on the support of other corporations for ad revenue, and employ journalists from a narrow, privileged class whose careers depend on maintaining access to elite sources.

It would be simply astounding in these circumstances if we had anything resembling a pluralistic media.

The data concerns UK outlets, but the same principles apply in the US.

 

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Reconstructing Nixon: A Liberal Legacy Undone

Nixon’s Final Defeat

by Robert Hunziker - Pacific Free Press


December 15, 2016 

Nixon’s final defeat, now underway, can only be understood in the context of a future that is currently manifest, as prognosticated by our greatest writers.

Today’s circumstances are just as overpowering as “The World State” of Aldous Huxley’s The Brave New World (1932) with its hypnopaedic education of children and discouragement of critical thinking whilst the people bathed in an abundance of material goodies.

As it goes, the future as it currently happens is immensely, greatly in harmony with Huxley’s boldest dreams with so little pushback or objection that Richard Nixon must be turning over in his grave. But, why Nixon and why final defeat?

A quickie comparison of Orwell to Huxley explains the compelling relevance of Huxley to today:

 

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance” (Source: Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Penguin Books, 1985).
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Keeping America's Righteous War Indignation Straight

While decrying “massacre” in Aleppo, US steps up bloodshed in Mosul

by Bill Van Auken - WSWS


16 December 2016

Even as columns of green buses were ferrying the last of the Western-backed Islamist “rebels” out of eastern Aleppo Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry took the podium at a State Department press conference to describe the situation in the northern Syrian city as “unconscionable” and to denounce the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out “nothing short of a massacre.”

Kerry’s denunciations, which extended to Syria’s allies, Russia and Iran, expressed the growing anger and desperation within US ruling circles and Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus over the debacle of the five-year-old regime change operation in Syria.

Secretary of State Kerry (left) vows, 
“The fall of Aleppo, should it happen, 
does not end the war. It will continue.” 

With the driving out of Aleppo of the Al Qaeda-linked militias that have been armed and funded by the CIA, the so-called “rebels” have lost their last foothold in a major urban area, and the prospects of these proxy forces toppling Assad have largely evaporated.

 

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Scroundrels and Patriots: A Cartoonish View of the World from Newsweek

Scoundrel Time: Lessons in Patriotism and Journalism From a Master

by Chris Floyd - CounterPunch


December 15, 2016 

I had a short exchange on Twitter last night with a national journalist of some note: Kurt Eichenwald of Newsweek. In this brief encounter, I learned a remarkable fact: no one can criticize the CIA in any way — unless you actually work for the CIA! And here I thought the purpose of journalism was to, you know, serve as watchdog on government, “speak truth to power,” question, probe, dig for facts and that kind of thing.

But nope, that’s not it at all. It turns out only those in power have the right to question, uh, those in power. Everyone else should “go crawl off and watch cartoons” and let the “adults” in power do their work. I have been in journalism, directly and tangentially, for 39 years, but I must admit that I never learned this secret until now.

No wonder I never made it to Newsweek!

 

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Hysteria and Hypocrisy Root of Russia Media Frenzy

Hypocrisy Behind the Russian-Election Frenzy

by Robert Parry  - Consortium News


December 13, 2016

As Democrats, the Obama administration and some neocon Republicans slide deeper into conspiracy theories about how Russia somehow handed the presidency to Donald Trump, they are behaving as they accused Trump of planning to behave if he had lost, questioning the legitimacy of the electoral process and sowing doubts about American democracy.

The thinking then was that if Trump had lost, he would have cited suspicions of voter fraud – possibly claiming that illegal Mexican immigrants had snuck into the polls to tip the election to Hillary Clinton – and Trump was widely condemned for even discussing the possibility of challenging the election’s outcome.

Russian President Vladimir Putin answering questions from
Russian citizens at his annual Q and A event April 14, 2016.
(Russian government photo)

His refusal to commit to accepting the results was front-page news for days with leading editorialists declaring that his failure to announce that he would abide by the outcome disqualified him from the presidency.

But now the defeated Democrats and some anti-Trump neoconservatives in the Republican Party are jumping up and down about how Russia supposedly tainted the election by revealing information about the Democrats and the Clinton campaign.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Robert Jensen, Robert Parry, Janine Bandcroft Dec. 14th, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


December 14, 2016

 

In case you're forgetting what to think America, there's a new nanny in town with her sights firmly set on high falutin' higher edjumacators trying to worm their way between the tender ears of the nation's youth. Professor Watchlist is a wannabe thought-police outfit determined to, "fight for free speech and the right for professors to say whatever they wish" provided they keep well away from that there "radical agenda."

Yes, I'm being sarcastic, but accurate. This newly formed Group Think "organization" actually hopes by "watching" professors they, it, or he, can wrest control of America's post-secondary curriculum away from its centuries-old, well-worn course of unbiased, sober, and scientific investigation of knowledge and nature of the universe - or at least deflect it in the right direction.

Listen. Hear.

Robert Jensen is an author, essayist, social commentator, activist, and professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His articles are found across the internet, and at his website, RobertWJensen.org. His latest book is, 'The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men,' set for publication in the New Year.

Robert Jensen in the first half.

And; though the US election is all but over, the "fake news" scandal marking its last days lives on. You remember? Vladimir Putin ginned the system, while fifth newspaper columnists and "useful idiots" on the internet carried water for the Ruskies.

At its outset, the allegations were ludicrous, so much so, few serious commenters paid much mind to it; but from tiny acorns mighty oaks grow, and this little media brush fire, assiduously fanned by America's Number Two newspaper, the Washington Post, has the potential to create a firestorm the ends of which are terrible to consider.

Robert Parry is an author, journalist, and founding editor of the pioneering online news site, Consortium News, recently named by anonymous web troll outfit, PropOrNot as a Russia stooge. Parry is an old-school investigative reporter, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. His latest book is, 'America’s Stolen Narrative,' and is available either in print or as an e-book.

Robert Parry and the 'Hypocrisy Behind the Russian-Election Frenzy' in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of some of what's good going on on our streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Robert Jensen and professors watching the professor watchers.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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America, Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?

It's 2016. Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling? The Forgotten War in Yemen and the Unchecked War Powers of the Presidency in the Age of Trump
by Rebecca Gordon - TomDispatch
 
December 11, 2016   
 
The long national nightmare that was the 2016 presidential election is finally over. Now, we’re facing a worse terror: the reality of a Trump presidency.

Donald Trump has already promised to nominate a segregationist attorney general, a national security adviser who is a raging Islamophobe, a secretary of education who doesn’t believe in public schools, and a secretary of defense whose sobriquet is “Mad Dog.”

How worried should we be that General James "Mad Dog" Mattis may well be the soberest among them?

Along with a deeply divided country, the worst income inequality since at least the 1920s, and a crumbling infrastructure, Trump will inherit a 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war. While the named enemy may be a mere emotion (“terror”) or an incendiary strategy (“terrorism”), the victims couldn’t be more real, and as in all modern wars, the majority of them are civilians.

On how many countries is U.S. ordnance falling at the moment? Some put the total at six; others, seven. For the record, those seven would be Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and, oh yes, Yemen. 

 
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Uranium Don: Nuclear Industry Sees Trump Revival Prospects

Trump Could Fuel a Nuclear Energy Boom in 2017

by James Stafford - Oilprice.com

December 8, 2016

Nuclear Future So BrightWith Trump at the helm, sentiment gives way to practicality in the energy industry. For the vast untapped potential of the nuclear energy industry and the uranium that feeds it, this could contribute to a market-disrupting revival that no longer bows to fear and the politics of economy.

While there have been some oversupply issues keeping uranium prices down, the bigger problem has been negative sentiment rather than real fundamentals, but the Trump presidency will see through that.Trump’s take on nuclear energy is quite simple. As he noted after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan:

 

 “If a plane goes down, people keep flying. If you get into an auto crash, people keep driving.”

 

 Now more than ever, demand for uranium appears to be assured. But more than that, it’s about to truly explode as a number of situations combine to form the new era of nuclear power.“

If you are going to acquire uranium assets, now is the right time,” IsoEnergy Ltd. CEO and President Craig Parry told Oilprice.com.

 

“If it’s not the bottom yet, you can certainly see it. And on that front we see the market at the early stage of what will become a roaring bull market.”


Parry might be onto something, and IsoEnergy is indeed in high acquisition mode, targeting the discovery and development of high-grade uranium deposits in and around the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan—home to some of the world’s biggest high-grade deposits.

 

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High Costs of "Health" Another Way to Kill Obama Care

Profits and Patients: High Health Costs Killing Americans

by Linn Washington Jr. - This Can't Be Happening


December 8, 2016

When she opened the letter and saw it was a $1,471 bill for her recent visit to a hospital emergency room – a visit that lasted around four hours from admission to discharge – she got sick.

That bill made her physically sick: triggering an intense headache, upsetting her stomach and leaving her with an overall queasy feeling. The $1,471 bill came weeks after she received a copy of the $14,000+ bill submitted to her medical insurance company by the hospital in New Jersey where that few hour ER visit occurred.

Her medical insurance covered that initial $14,000+ bill. But she was supposed to cough up the $1,471 herself. That $1,471 bill also made her emotionally sick: a sickened anger that compounded her being sick-&-tired of being sick-&-tired about outrageous medical care costs that surgically dig deeper into her pocketbook above the money paid monthly for the medical insurance coverage through her spouse’s employer. By the way, that four-hour stay did not result in that hospital’s ER staff making a determination of the cause of her medical issue or offer a course of care. These bills – for $14,000+ and $1,471, are more vivid examples of the acute toxicity in the veins of America’s health care system.


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Anti-Semitism Canadian-Style: Nazi Holocaust as Oppression Reinforcer

The Nazi Holocaust and Anti-Semitism in Canada Today

by Yves Engler  - Dissident Voice


December 5th, 2016

Is “remembering the Nazi Holocaust and where anti-Semitism can lead” a good thing? Unfortunately, thanks to people who constantly cite this horrible genocide in order to justify the illegal, immoral and anti-human behaviour of the Israeli state, one must answer, “it depends.”

Drawing attention to the Nazi Holocaust and anti-Semitism in Canada today often reinforces, rather than undermines, oppression and discrimination.

This perverse reality was on display at two recent events in Toronto.

At a semi-annual Ryerson Student Union meeting a Hillel member pushed a resolution calling on the union to promote Holocaust Education Week in conjunction with United Jewish Appeal-Toronto, which marked Israel’s 2014 slaughter in Gaza by adding $2.25 million to its annual aid to that wealthy country.

 

 

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Insinuation But No Answers in Vancouver Aquarium Whale Deaths

Vancouver Aquarium's Case for Captive Whales Flounders

by Jeff Matthews  - Pacific Free Press


December 6, 2016

Talk about a whale of a tale. At least, that seems to be what Vancouver Aquarium's headline-grabbing suggestion that activists poisoned its whales was designed to have you do.

Unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the deaths of their last two remaining belugas, the aquarium was left to speculate. And speculate they did, deftly pointing their finger at the critics of whale captivity that have been an ever-present thorn in their side. Then, perhaps just to make it all seem a little more real, they stated that police had been contacted in the matter.

It was a possibility, the aquarium was keen to emphasize, that they weren't ruling out.

Except, there was never any evidence for it.

There have been over 40 whales and dolphins die at the aquarium over the years, not one of them caused by a murderous gang of animal lovers. No suspicious characters on their surveillance video. No traces of a toxin in their pools or in their dead whales. No evidence whatsoever to indicate foul play, say Vancouver Police.

 

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Melvin A. Goodman, Dave Lindorff, Janine Bandcroft December 7th, 2016

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


December 7, 2016

 

If November was the "stepping off" point, then December is the "hurtling towards the hard landing" of January's Trump presidency. Libertarians, and what remains of the Left who took cold comfort in the candidate's expressed wish to draw in America's military talons must today be nervously eyeing Mr. T.'s Manhattan aerie as one after another military man is added to his foreign policy cast of hawks; even as the bellicose Commander-in-Chief to be runs roughshod over diplomatic norms and protocol niceties.

Melvin A. Goodman is an essayist and author whose articles are featured online at such "usefully idiotic" sites as Consortium News, GlobalResearch, and CounterPunch.org, where he serves as in-house national security columnist. Mel is too a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, and professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.

 

Listen. Hear.

A former CIA analyst, Goodman's book titles include: 'Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,' 'National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism,' and his latest, 'A Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence'. His recent article at CounterPunch, 'Trump’s Campaign of Militarization' may prove a splash of cold water in the face of hopes for a Trump ebb in America's militarist tide.

Melvin A. Goodman in the first half.

And; while "fake news" is in the news lately, you may have missed investigative reports on the Secretary of State's office utilizing the hype over Putin's alleged mass manipulation of the American electorate to hive off a $160 million amendment to the 2017 National Defense funding Act to "investigate foreign propaganda in US media." It all adds to a chilling international atmosphere, reminding of those not so good old McCarthyite days.

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster, and founder of the award-winning web news site, This Can't Be Happening.net. His book titles include: ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ and ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.’ You can tune in Dave's This Can't Be Happening radio program Wednesdays at 5pm eastern time on PRN, the Progressive Radio Network.

Dave Lindorff and, "Is it just me, or is it getting a little Cold Warish in here?" in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of some of the good things planned in the coming week for our town and beyond. But first, Mel Goodman and Trump’s Campaign of Militarization.

 

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Wednesday, 1-2pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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