US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

5 Mar 2019

MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders’ Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them

MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a defining attribute of a news outlet: a willingness to acknowledge factual errors, correct them, and apologize. That they not only allow their lies to stand uncorrected but reward their employees who do it most frequently – especially when those lies are directed at adversaries of the Democratic Party – proves that they are, first and foremost, a political arm of the Democratic establishment.
MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a...
6 Jan 2019

U.S. Senate’s First Bill, in Midst of Shutdown, is a Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government from Boycotts

In the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign-policy related measures, a main one of which is a provision, with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a lead sponsor, to defend the Israeli government. The bill is a top legislative priority for AIPAC.
In the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American...
18 Dec 2018

School Contractor in Texas Denied Work Over Pro-Israel Loyalty Oath

A children’s speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on that foreign nation. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas, alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech.
A children’s speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic,...
24 Oct 2018

MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice

On Thursday, the Daily Beast published an article about the Saudi/US relationship by David Rothkopf, a long-time member in good standing of the U.S. Foreign Policy elite. But, unbeknownst to Daily Beast readers consuming his commentary about Saudi Arabia, Rothkopf is something else: a paid lobbyist for the Saudi regime’s close ally, the equally despotic regime of the United Arab Emirates. Last month, Rothkopf formally registered as a foreign agent for the Emiratis.
On Thursday, the Daily Beast published an article about the Saudi/US relationship by David Rothkopf, a long-time...
5 Jun 2018

Democrats Set to Re-Nominate Sen. Bob Menendez After Preventing Challengers, Showing How Calcified the Party Is

Fresh off escaping a federal bribery conviction thanks to a hung jury, two-term Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is almost sure to win his  party’s nomination on Tuesday for re-election in New Jersey against  only token opposition. That Menendez — who has been in Congress for 26  years, and is seeking his third Senate term — is about to become the  Democrats’ nominee without any real primary challenge says a great deal  about the party and the U.S. political system.
Fresh off escaping a federal bribery conviction thanks to a hung jury, two-term Democratic Sen. Robert...
20 Jan 2018

Republicans are accusing the Obama Administraion of Abuse of Power. They have a duty to show evidence.

Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging  abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election. This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select  Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes.
Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now...
29 Sep 2017

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted  to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.
Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S....
28 Jun 2017

CNN Journalists Resign: Latest Example of Media Recklessness on the Russia Threat

U.S. media outlets have repeatedly been caught publishing exaggerations and falsehoods about Moscow. That behavior is dangerous. CNN let go of 3 prominent reporters. Several factors compound CNN’s embarrassment here. To begin with, CNN’s story was first debunked by an article in Sputnik News, which explained that the investment fund documented several “factual inaccuracies” in the report, and by Breitbart, which cited numerous other factual inaccuracies.
U.S. media outlets have repeatedly been caught publishing exaggerations and falsehoods about Moscow. That behavior is...
16 Apr 2017

Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms

Trump’s CIA Director stood up in public and explicitly threatened to target free speech rights and press freedoms, and it was almost impossible to find even a single U.S. mainstream journalist expressing objections or alarm, because the targets Pompeo chose in this instance are ones they dislike – much the way that many are willing to overlook or even sanction free speech repression if the targeted ideas or speakers are sufficiently unpopular.
Trump’s CIA Director stood up in public and explicitly threatened to target free speech rights...
8 Apr 2017

The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria

An excellent review of Trumps' motives, psychology of war, conflicting stories by various actors in Trumps administration, the history of the Syrian war, crackdown and civil war.
An excellent review of Trumps' motives, psychology of war, conflicting stories by various actors in Trumps...
25 Feb 2017

Key Question About DNC Race: Why Did Obama White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison?

The New Republic’s Clio Chang has a great, detailed analysis of the contest. She asks the key question about Perez’s candidacy that has long hovered and yet has never been answered. As Chang correctly notes, supporters of Perez insist, not unreasonably, that he is materially indistinguishable from Ellison in terms of ideology (despite his support for TPP, seemingly grounded in loyalty to Obama). This, she argues, is “why the case for Tom Perez makes no sense”: After all, “if Perez is like Ellison — in both his politics and ideology — why bother fielding him in the first place?”
The New Republic’s Clio Chang has a great, detailed analysis of the contest. She asks the key question about...
10 Dec 2016

A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of how media and Hillary Clinton camp spread fake news to discredit wikileaks stories.
Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of...
19 Nov 2016

The Stark Contrast Between GOP’s Self-Criticism in 2012 and Democrats’ Blame-Everyone-Else Posture Now

Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “the Obama years have created a Democratic Party that’s essentially a smoking pile of rubble.” One would assume that the operatives and loyalists of such a weak, defeated and wrecked political party would be eager to engage in some introspection and self-critique, and to produce a frank accounting of what they did wrong so as to alter their plight. In the case of 2016 Democrats, one would be quite mistaken.
Surveying this wreckage last week, party stalwart Matthew Yglesias of Vox minced no words: “the Obama...
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14 Oct 2016

On WikiLeaks, Journalism, and Privacy: Reporting on the Podesta Archive is an Easy Call

Glenn points out the hypocrisy of both Republicans and Democrats who have supported Wikileaks in times it advanced their agenda. He also puts out 5 principals for reporting on leaked material pointing out that once the leak is out the Journalist has a duty in reporting on what matters to the public
Glenn points out the hypocrisy of both Republicans and Democrats who have supported Wikileaks in times it advanced their...
14 Sep 2016

Hillary Clinton: Boycotting North Carolina Is Noble and Just; Boycotting Israel Is Bigoted and Hateful

Could someone explain why it’s noble, enlightened, justifiable, and progressive to boycott an American state, but hateful, bigoted, retrograde, and evil to support a boycott of a foreign country that has been imposing a brutal, discriminatory, and illegal occupation for many decades, a boycott that is led by people with virtually no political rights? How did that happen? Hillary Clinton is far from the only person espousing this bizarre distinction...
Could someone explain why it’s noble, enlightened, justifiable, and progressive to boycott an American state, but...
7 Sep 2016

The Unrelenting Pundit-Led Effort to Delegitimize All Negative Reporting About Hillary Clinton

Trump's extremism does not entitle Clinton to waltz into power without serious scrutiny. Article criticized Paul Krugman in particular for his one sided defense of Hillary Clinton critiquing her critiques.Additionally the article points that millions of dollars received by the Clinton foundation while she was in office needs to be investigated.
Trump's extremism does not entitle Clinton to waltz into power without serious scrutiny. Article criticized Paul Krugman...
1 Aug 2016

As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More

For all the chatter about animosity between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, The Washington Post reports that “a senior Israeli official will arrive in Washington next week for a final round of negotiations involving the largest military aid package the United States has ever given any country and that will last more than a decade after President Obama leaves office.” The U.S. already transfers $3.1 billion in taxpayer money every year to Israel – more than any other country by far – but the new agreement Obama is set to sign “significantly raises” that amount, and guarantees it for 10 years.
For all the chatter about animosity between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister...

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