Category: MEDIA CRITICISM

What price will mankind have to pay for the collapse of the Empire? (Updated)

THE SAKER—Does anybody seriously believe that Trump, May, Macron or Netanyahu would be willing to risk an apocalyptic thermonuclear war which could kill several hundred million people in just a few hours because Assad has used chemical weapons on tens, hundreds or even thousands of innocent Syrian civilians (assuming, just for argument’s sake, that this accusation is founded)? Since when do the AngloZionist care about Arabs?! This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!

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Blunt hatchets: Guardian attempts to discredit real journalism on Syria

It should be no surprise, however, especially considering the tendentious ad hominem level of ‘critique’ to which the Guardian is resorting in its rants against anti-imperialist forces, that many people, whether right-wing or left-wing, are disgusted by the lack of honesty and integrity to be found in the British media and are prepared to ditch the high intellectual standards that Britain’s ‘most mainstream left-wing newspaper’ professes to uphold and turn instead to far more objective sources of information.

For our part, we are extremely grateful for the selfless dedication of such investigators as Vanessa Beeley, Eva Bartlett and Tim Anderson. Their work is helping to convince conscious members of the working class that the imperialist media is not to be relied upon, including such apparently liberal outlets as the BBC, Channel 4 and the Guardian.

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CIA stages gas attack pretext for Syria escalation

PATRICK MARTIN—There is no credible evidence concerning the claimed attack in the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma, a few miles from the Syrian capital. There are video clips that prove nothing, since they could have been manufactured at any time and edited to serve the purpose. The sole on-the-spot accounts come from the White Helmets, celebrated by the media as a rescue organization, but affiliated with the anti-Assad “rebels” and largely funded by the United States, Britain, Germany and other imperialist powers. This includes $23 million from the US Agency for International Development, a longtime front for the CIA.

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Independent Journalist Corner: A Conversation with Randi Nord

DANNY HAIPHONG/ Randi Nord—Although Iran does not support Ansarullah with military equipment and weapons, the US SAYS they do. The real problem is that they don’t want an anti-imperialist and anti-Zionist government on the Arabian Peninsula controlling the Red Sea and giving the civilian population in the monarchies any ideas. The mere possibility that a Yemeni government could ally with the Iran axis is enough for the US to say they already do and carry out military intervention accordingly.

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Mainstream media’s big bum steer: Orlando shooter was not a homophobe but retaliating for America’s wars

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—A recent Intercept report by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain documents how there was never any real evidence that Omar Mateen was motivated by homophobia to kill 50 people at a gay nightclub on June 12, 2016, and how new evidence in the trial of Mateen’s wife has emerged which almost certainly disproves that narrative. Though to this day that remains a widespread belief about his motives, Mateen had no idea Pulse was a gay nightclub, did not select it as a target for that reason, and had never expressed homophobic sentiments to people who knew him.

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Russia Insider editor disgusted (but not surprised) by NYTimes Editorial Still Beating the Drum for RussiaGate

CHARLIE BAUSMAN—I am continually amazed at the schizophrenia in America regarding so many things, but especially Russia and RussiaGate. It is very helpful to sometimes wonder over to the other camp and listen in. I did this by accident this morning, reading the New York Times, and could think of nothing better than to just reproduce in full what they are saying. It requires no comment and no refutation. It is perfect on its own, like a cockroach is perfect.

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OF NOTE: US Media Turn to ‘Superhero’ Pence to Combat Korean Olympic Peace Threat

ADAM JOHNSON—Nearly every one of Pence’s actions during his five-day trip to Japan and South Korea this week—his public declarations, private murmurings and scripted meetings and visits—have been aimed at combating North Korea’s shiny propaganda with gritty talk of his own. It’s hard to think of a better illustration of the concept of cognitive dissonance than the Washington Post unironically referring to Mike Pence as a “superhero” in an article about the dangers of propaganda.

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