Fahrenheit 11/9—Filmmaker Michael Moore clings to the Democratic Party

DAVID WALSH—Fahrenheit 11/9 is Moore’s attempt to make a “leftist” film. He does this under the Republicans. He was essentially silent for 8 years under Obama, whose victory in November 2008 he greeted in this fashion: “Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.” The “hope” now Moore expresses near the conclusion of the work that we might “get rid of the whole rotten system that gave us Donald Trump” is empty and meaningless, in so far as he continues to support one of the principal props of that “rotten system,” the Democratic Party.

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Is Trump Bringing Fascism Or Removing the Liberal Facade from it?

JONATHAN NACK—There is a portion of the ruling classes, perhaps about half, probably less, which is opposed to this harsher form of corporate domination. It may offend their sensibilities, but this is not the real reason they oppose it. They believe this harsher brand of rule not only threatens their wealth and power, but that it could bring down the entire system of corporate control. They would much rather hide behind a facade of democracy. This is why some gigantic multi-national corporations, such as those that own NBC, CBS, and CNN, are engaged in a propaganda war with Trump and the Republicans. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such mass media giants attack virtually every utterance and action of a sitting President.

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New York Times’ fraudulent “election plot” dossier escalates anti-Russia hysteria

BILL VAN AUKEN—While they may be attempting to signal that their reporting could bring down Trump, the comparison is as ludicrous as it is self-serving. Mazzetti and Shane have produced a poorly written propaganda potboiler, parroting the unsubstantiated allegations of US intelligence agencies and making the case for the criminal prosecution of Julian Assange for exposing similar crimes. Mazzetti is notorious for his secretly passing to the CIA in 2011—prior to publication—a piece written by Times columnist Maureen Dowd, along with a note reading, “this didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read.” Shane was the author of a 2012 article titled “The moral case for drones,” that attempted to justify the assassination program being run out of the White House that claimed the lives of thousands in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere. The authors are, to put it bluntly, a pair of broken-down hacks, embedded with the US military and intelligence apparatus and held in contempt by serious journalists.

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Putin Keeps Cool and Averts WWIII as Israeli-French Gamble in Syria Backfires Spectacularly

By virtue of the fact that the French and Israeli forces were teaming up to attack the territory of a sovereign nation, thus forcing Syria to respond in self-defense, it is rather obvious where ultimate blame for the downed Russian plane lies. “The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies squarely on the Israeli side,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”

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