Friday, January 24, 2003

Former journalist (recently converted to Presstitute) Aaron Brown had Scott Ritter on his show the other night. I was completely disgusted by the way Mr. Brown blindsided his guest. It appeared that Mr. Ritter was aware that he'd be asked about the recently leaked story about his misdemeanor arrest in 2001 --- BUT Aaron Brown just wanted to fan the "scandal" flames, NOT discuss the entirety of the story. What I want to know (and, apparently, so does Scott Ritter) is WHY NOW? Who leaked this story? It seems remarkably similar to what happened to Jesse Jackson when he was going to go to Florida to challenge the election Bush stole. These coincidences seem to happen anytime someone challenges anyone named Bush.

First of all, let me say right from the get-go, that if the charge against Scott Ritter is true, I am NOT here to defend him --- although I'd also like to note up front that the charge was dismissed. Regardless, I certainly am left scratching my head and will do everything I can to find out who is behind this very questionably timed smear campaign. Furthermore, why is CNN not at all interested in the "Why Now" angle of this story??? This doesn't pass the smell test. Mr. Ritter doesn't seem to think so either.

Ritter cries foul at sex arrest 'smear'

Mr Ritter cancelled a trip to Baghdad on Tuesday and has instead been appearing on talk shows to defend his reputation. In an interview with CNN on Wednesday he refused to discuss details of the arrest and attempted to shift the fo cus on to who leaked the story. "The case was dismissed. The file was sealed ... Why did this come up now?" he said.


Why now, indeed. One of the most effective and knowledgeable spokesmen against Dubya's Oil War 2 is suddenly being smeared about a dismissed charge from two years ago. Mr. Ritter -- perhaps you should call Jesse Jackson and compare notes...

Finally (for now), I want to know why CNN had their lawyers digging around this story to try to trap Mr. Ritter.

Aaron Brown: Scott, we spent a fair amount of time today looking at New York law on this. There is nothing in a sealed case, zero, that prevents you from talking about it. The point of the seal is to protect you from the state, not to protect the state from you.


So, let me make sure I'm getting this straight: CNN has their lawyers combing NY laws to try to trap Mr. Ritter --- but spend (apparently) ZERO amount of time on chasing down the INCREDIBLY SUSPICIOUS TIMING of this leak.

Mr. Aaron Brown: You are a disgrace to your profession.




Wife of CNN Host Gets Airport Gun Charge

NEWARK, N.J. - The wife of CNN "Moneyline" host Lou Dobbs was arrested Wednesday at an airport security checkpoint after a loaded gun was allegedly found in her handbag.


Oops.
Here's another vastly underreported story, this time about our Bunkered and Unelected Vice President, Dick Cheney. It seems that his former company, Halliburton, quietly sold oil industry equipment to Iraq for years! HEY CNN: Think you could make time to cover it? Thanks in advance. The one and only Molly Ivins:

Excuse me: I don't want to be tacky or anything, but hasn't it occurred to anyone in Washington that sending Vice President Dick Cheney out to champion an invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein is a "murderous dictator" is somewhere between bad taste and flaming hypocrisy?

When Dick Cheney was CEO of the oilfield supply firm Halliburton, the company did $23.8 million in business with Saddam Hussein, the evildoer "prepared to share his weapons of mass destruction with terrorists."

So if Saddam is "the world's worst leader," how come Cheney sold him the equipment to get his dilapidated oil fields up and running so he could afford to build weapons of mass destruction?

Instead of personal smears of Scott Ritter (how conveeeenient, huh, Aaron?) I would like CNN to inform their viewers about "The Saddam in Rumsfeld’s Closet". Just recently, Rummy outraged and insulted Vietnam Vets by saying draftees added "no value, no advantage, really, to the United States Armed Services over any sustained period of time." But years earlier Donald Rumsfeld was too busy selling helicopters to Saddam Hussein to notice or mention that Saddam was using those same helicopters to attacked Kurdish civilians with poisonous gas.

It is simply mind boggling that our "Press" simply ignores the countless scandals surrounding this criminal, corrupt, and unelected "Administration". As a public service, CNN LIES plans to offer the occasional "road map" for CNN -- so that they have NO EXCUSE for allowing these truly amazing stories to go unreported.




Thursday, January 23, 2003



Washington, D.C., Saturday January 18. 2003: She wasn't joking. She wasn't the only Middle Easterner here worried about bombing. -- Elaine Supkis
Does anyone think CNN will do a story on this?

Google hunts down "President Bush is demonstrating genuine leadership"


Nah. Me either. It has nothing to do with bashing Democrats.

You know something: The state of our "Press" --- from top to bottom and East to West --- is simply pathetic. This letter has been published (under different names) in at least forty-one major newspapers now. It has been PROVEN that this piece of Pro-Dubya Astroturf was the creation of a GOP website that encourages readers to send the letter to different newspapers under their own names!!!

And what does our "Press" do? Nothing. Ignore it. Hope it will go away. I've written to both the Letters Editor and Senior Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (who published the astroturf) and --- guess what? No response. Such pathetic journalistic standards are appauling --- and not likely to change unless enough people start holding these bozos accountable.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

It seems AOL/TimeWarner/CNN is not delivering TruthOut.Org's newletter to their subscribers. It couldn't be petty retaliation for William Pitt's Open Letter to CNN on TruthOut. Could it? (Thanks to the reader who sent me the following email.)

Monday 20 January 2003

To our AOL readers,

With sincere regret I must inform you that AOL is currently not delivering our newsletter to you.

We know that we are sending it to you every day. We know that you are not getting it. We are waiting for an explanation from AOL as to why.

For the next few days we will attempt to send small batches of newsletters directly to our AOL subscribers from our private desktop, in the manner that this message is being sent.

We encourage any of you who have not been receiving your TO newsletters to contact us and let us know when they stopped.

Thank you for your support,

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003

I realize that this has nothing to do with CNN, but this is my blog and I need to vent. Tonight, on the radio on the way home, I heard Sean Chickenhawk Hannity and Dick "Toesucker" Morris attempting, yet again, to blame 9/11 on Bill Clinton. I'm sorry, but that is a freaking LIE. If I EVER hear one more LYING RIGHTWINGNUT try to pin the failures of the Bushies -- and "failures" is a VERY generous term-- on Clinton I'm going to go ballistic! Here are just a FEW links, for the record. I may add more later if I hear those freaking wingnuts LYING again.

Hiding Behind a Veil of Executive Privilege?


By Robert Scheer

As Newsweek reports this week, Clinton National Security Advisor Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger was "totally preoccupied" with the prospect of a domestic terror attack. He warned his replacement, Condoleezza Rice: "You will be spending more time on this issue than on any other." Problem was, she didn't. Despite many warnings like Berger's, including the recently revealed Central Intelligence Agency briefings last summer, the new administration treated the so-called war on drugs as more important than terrorism, and on that basis even made overtures to the Taliban leadership.



Who knew what when?

September 11 intelligence failures must be investigated — and the White House must cooperate

Every American deserves to know why the Bush administration ignored frantic warnings from the outgoing Clinton administration about the threats to US safety posed by Al Qaeda. In the current issue of Newsweek magazine, a devastating portrait emerges of a Bush White House bent on pursuing isolationist policies and a conservative social agenda. Former national-security advisor Sandy Berger was consumed with the possibility of Al Qaeda–sponsored terrorist attacks and warned incoming national-security advisor Condoleezza Rice during the transition from the Clinton to the Bush administration that she would be "spending more time on this issue than on any other," as Newsweek reports. Though Rice was alarmed, she was more interested in developing a missile-defense shield.


America had 12 warnings of aircraft attack


American intelligence received many more clues before the 11 September attacks than previously disclosed, that terrorists might hijack planes and turn them into weapons, a joint congressional committee was told yesterday.



Bush briefed on hijacking threat before September 11




WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's daily intelligence briefings in the weeks leading up to the September 11 terror attacks included a warning of the possibility that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network would attempt to hijack a U.S.-based airliner, senior administration officials said Wednesday.




Revealed: The Taliban minister, the US envoy and the warning of September 11 that was ignored


Weeks before the terrorist attacks on 11 September, the United States and the United Nations ignored warnings from a secret Taliban emissary that Osama bin Laden was planning a huge attack on American soil.


Why would Osama bin Laden want to kill Dubya, his former business partner?



I knew that bombshell would whip your heads around. So here's the straight scoop, folks.

In June 1977, Dubya formed his own drilling company, Arbusto Energy ("arbusto" means "bush" in Spanish), in Midland, Texas. Like his father before him, Dubya founded his oil business with the financial backing of investors, including James R. Bath, a Houston businessman whom Dubya apparently first met when they were in the same Texas Air National Guard unit. (Interestingly, both Dubya and Bath were both suspended from flying in August and September 1972, respectively, for "failure to accomplish annual medical examination.")


Heads-Up To Ashcroft Proves Threat Was Known Before 9/11

Don't let them fool you, folks: They knew.

They might have been surprised by the ferocity of the attacks, but the highest-ranking members of the George W. Bush administration knew before Sept. 11 that something terrible was going to happen soon.


  Bin Laden’s Relatives Evacuated From NYC

Egypt Warned U.S. of a Qaeda Plot, Mubarak Asserts

U.S. Ignored Warnings From French

Whopper of the Week: Condoleezza Rice

US agents told: Back off bin Ladens

US special agents were told to back off the bin Laden family and the Saudi royals soon after George Bush became president, although that has all changed since September 11, it was reported today.


Anyway, YOU GET THE PICTURE. There is PLENTY more where that came from, Wingnuts... So STOP LYING. The PUBLIC RECORD condemns your beloved Shrub! Too bad our "Media" won't tell us the truth. But even if CNN won't "Connect the Dots" -- I WILL.
Surfing Television News For Antiwar Demonstrations

Nearly an hour and a half after the demonstration began, CNN has not reported on the event. Its focus is on the coming war: a retired military General (who, like all retired Generals paid by the media, never saw anything the Pentagon did that was wrong) and a live report from Baghdad.


Finally, CNN turns to the antiwar demonstration and interviews a Hollywood celebrity, actor Mike Farrell, pairing him with a radio talk show host, i.e., an attack dog. This is balance, CNN style. The result is a vicious personal attack on Farrell, putting this quiet, reasonable man on the defensive. This is a debate?


They ALL do this -- ignore and then belittle the protestors -- but CNN (and Faux News) are the worst. It's shameful.
How the Press Downplayed the Protests: Deceptions and Illusions

This is not just shoddy journalism but willful disinformation being perpetrated by corporate newspapers that want to curry favor with the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon.
Okay, so much for the Kudos. Unfortunately, this TRUE ATROCITY from Wolf Blitzer is more typical of the pro-war, anti-truth drek being served up night and day on The War Channel.

Wolf Blitzer for the Defense (Department)


On the rare occasion when a mainstream news program interviews a forthright critic of U.S. policy, the interviewer often seems less like a journalist and more like a government spokesperson. That's what happened when CNN's Wolf Blitzer (11/7/02) interviewed Dr. Helen Caldicott, a nuclear critic (and a member of FAIR's advisory board), about the connection between the U.S.'s use of so-called depleted uranium in anti-tank shells during the 1991 Gulf War, and the dramatic rise in birth defects in southern Iraq.

Blitzer at first challenged her facts, appropriately enough: "Dr. Caldicott, let me interrupt and point out what the Pentagon has said repeatedly over these years. That in all of their testing of these depleted uranium shells, they found no scientific evidence whatsoever that any rates of cancer, any kinds of cancer are higher when subjected to these areas as any other areas."

Caldicott responded by pointing to evidence in her recent book, The New Nuclear Danger, that the Pentagon was well aware of the dangers of depleted uranium: "You'll find in the chapter on Iraq, Pentagon documents that were written before they went into Iraq, warning that none of the troops should be exposed to radiation from these depleted uranium shells. They had to wear total body suits, respirators--the whole thing. They shouldn't go near it, because it's carcinogenic, can cause cancer of the bladder, the lung, the kidney, and the like."

The CNN anchor then moved the topic to the question of sanctions, which Caldicott had mentioned as making it more difficult to treat birth defects. Blitzer again presented the official line: "The Pentagon also points out, the Bush administration also points out very, very strongly that the Iraqi regime itself is to blame for all of these problems. If they simply complied with U.N. Security Council resolutions and disarm, there would be no sanctions, there would be no problem getting medical supplies, doctor, pediatricians, to all parts of Iraq."

When Caldicott tried to tell Blitzer that the main issue with birth defects was not the sanctions but the fact that the U.S. left radioactive uranium 238 all over Iraqi battlefields, he cut her off and pointed out that the Iraqi government has used torture. "Do you feel comfortable, in effect, going out there and defending the Iraqi regime?," he asked--a line similar to CNN colleague Connie Chung's suggestion (10/7/02) that a congressmember who questioned George W. Bush was telling people to "believe Saddam Hussein" (Extra! Update, 12/02).
In my effort to be TRULY "accurate and balanced," I fully intend to report *non-atrocities* as I see them on CNN. After all, that is what I am asking of them -- fair and HONEST REPORTING. I am also hoping that, in giving the occasional Kudos, when deserved, CNN will try harder to *do the right thing*.

This CNN Sunday Night interview with Peter Turnley is exactly the sort of thing Americans need to know and understand as Georgie and The Warmongers push us into this tragic war. Thank you, CNN, for having the courage to air this interview. More, please.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Twelve years ago, most Americans viewed the Gulf War through Pentagon briefings and cockpit video of Smart bombs, honing in, surgical precision. It was antiseptic, to say the least, detached. Those bunker busters rarely penetrated the calm of daily life here in America.


Well, the view of the ground was something altogether different. Veteran war photographer Peter Turnley was there. You witnessed and recorded the reality in a presentation called "The Unseen Gulf War." And we want to caution you, these images are not so easy to look at. Some are quite graphic. You can view them yourself at www.digitalphotojournalist.org.

During last night's Crossfire interview with the incredibly brave Susan McDougal Tucker Carlson yet again shouted down the conversation, just as it was getting really good... James Carville says that The Washington Post spread Ken Starr's LIES because they were "bought off" -- and says "I'll tell you about it". BowTie Boy couldn't possibly allow that and shut down the discussion, going to a rushed commercial break.

We know that Steno Sue Schmidt lapped up Ken Starr's leaks for YEARS and reported them as truth. But I want to know what Carville was attempting to say. Don't you?

An aside: Why do the most interesting comments on Crossfire always seem to get transcribed online as (CROSSTALK) or (UNINTELLIGIBLE)???

Monday, January 20, 2003

I got a kick out of this story. Is big bad Corporate CNN afraid of IndyMedia?

IndyMedia in a Snit With CNN


---snip---

Apparently, CNN was "censoring" its chat rooms, Schlosser decided, because -- as he later wrote in an article that appeared on the Indymedia site -- the cable channel wanted to "protect its interests from the likes of nasty, decentralized, non-profit organizations like the Independent Media Center that are composed of regular, working people."

A new leader vows to keep CNN's name ahead of the field

---snip---

One matter that seemed to concern Isaacson during his tenure was the perception in some quarters - sentiments stoked by the Fox News Channel - that CNN was a bastion of liberal media tilt. Walton said flatly that the bias charge was not an issue with him. ''What I would tell you is I will always push CNN to be accurate and balanced.''


Accurate and balanced. Hmmm. Sounds strangely familiar...

Ya know, it would be funny if it weren't so sad. I can understand a brainwashed Dittohead believing in the Myth of the Liberal Media, but for the HEAD of CNN to even respond to such Hooey is simply mind blowing.
Not much to report today, as I kept to my word and refused to watch any further LYING from CNN regarding the anti-War demonstrations. I was informed by a reader that he tuned in for an hour and saw about 40 seconds of protest coverage. That doesn't surprise me in the least...

Sunday, January 19, 2003

CNN/Time Poll: Bush Approval Rating Plummets

Sorry for linking to Drudge -- but, oddly enough, I can't find a mention of that poll on CNN's website. (snerk) I suggest CNN do an hour long panel discussion on why Georgie's numbers are nosediving. The atrocious economy? Tax cuts for the rich? The endless warmongering? The fact that our global allies are scurrying away from us like rats on a sinking ship? All of the above?

For the "roundtable" discussion I suggest: Molly Ivins, SF Gate columnist Mark Morford, author Mark Crispin Miller, and CNN's token liberal, James Carville. Note to CNN: Please, leave Ann Coulter out of it. And please stop putting that insane woman on your shows altogether. It's embarrassing.
Found via Eschaton...

Reno war protesters tie rally with MLK weekend

---snip---

Not all veterans support the war.


Navy veteran Robert McHaney of Reno made a sign, “Vet for peace: I served. Bush deserted.”


“We have a president of the United States who didn’t serve his time in Vietnam. He went to the Texas Air National Guard and disappeared,” McHaney said. “If he didn’t have his daddy in place, he would have been arrested for desertion and gone to jail.”


Heh. You won't hear that news on CNN. But call them anyway and ask them why they refuse to tell the country that Commander Bunnypants went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard.
For a bit of International perspective, here is a report from the UK in The Sunday Mirror:

WORLD UNITES AGAINST CONFLICT: NO TO WAR


THEIR message could not have been clearer. In a signal so simple even George Bush could understand it, people across the world poured onto the streets yesterday to protest against a war on Iraq.


From London to Tokyo and Syria to Pakistan, they carried toy guns filled with flowers and anti-war banners .


---snip---

Despite the huge wave of opposition, President Bush last night insisted he would lead a "coalition of the willing" to force Iraq to give up weapons of mass destruction.


Unbelievable. The entire world is lining up against us, and Georgie and his willing Handmaidens at CNN just keep on pushing this ridiculous war.
Here is some honest coverage of the protest march in Portland, Oregon.

More than 20,000 attend Portland peace march


Here is some honest coverage of the protests in Tucson, Arizona.

Event sponsors pleased with turnout


---snip---

Hudson said that, in spite of a lack of information, the public is still beginning to see another side.


"The American people are indeed waking up," she said.






Hey! I LIKE THIS MAN!

Call to impeach


Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. attorney general and strident critic of U.S. foreign policy, announced a campaign on Saturday to urge Congress to impeach Bush.


Call or write CNN and ask them to book Ramsey Clark for a long, in-depth interview! (...but don't hold your breath...)

Well, CNN LIES again. Of course, they couldn't completely avoid covering the massive anti-war protests yesterday, but they covered it very incompletely, and with an unbelievably obvious bias. Corporate Presstitute Carol Li went so far as to say that "some would call the protestors traitors". SAY WHAT??? Hey, Carol -- it is you and the Lying Corporate Psuedo-Journalists of CNN who are traitors to your country! YOU are LYING to the American public as you FLOG your unwanted WAR. How the hell do you sleep at night?!?!

Today, CNN is simply pretending these history-making protests never happened. "Nothing to see here, move along." I tuned in CNN and kept waiting for more protest coverage and watched in disgust as some Anchor Woman was blathering excitedly about some new mascara that will, apparently, change the world. Simply revolting. I turned it off. I suggest EVERYONE do the same. Starve them of viewers, cost them revenue. THAT is all that matters to them.