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K “The article may be the single most outrageous and egregious defamatory screed in the history of American journalism.”
J “And it is irresponsible, inaccurate, unfounded, unfair and wrong.”
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J “The corporate media are now at war with independent commentators. It is all about money and power. The corporate players see a growing challenge to their hegemonic control of opinion and the profits that flow from purveying and controlling opinion.”
K “He indicted 200 sites on the basis of a website that is dubious at best. I doubt he even uploaded a dozen of the sites. Review a few of them. Charles Hugh Smith over at ‘Of Two Minds’ ventures trenchant commentary with supporting graphs and tables and light asides about life in Hawaii. Chris Hedges and the folks at ‘Truthdig’ provide more substance and depth than ‘Newsweek’ and ‘Time’ in their prime and actually ferret out the Truth. Yves Smith and the ‘Naked Capitalism’ team offer thoughtful and thought-provoking essays and commentary and have supplanted the ‘Wall Street Journal’ as America’s leading financial news source.”
J “And interject cute pictures of puppies and other critters. However, the ‘Tyler Durden’ chap at ‘Zero Hedge’ is the edgy and enigmatic bad boy who must be sampled cum grano salis. The motley assemblage occasionally strays near the truth, yet there is a dark and disturbing undertone. The right-leaning websites are also under assault.”
K “The title of the ‘Ron Paul Institute For Peace and Prosperity’ directly challenges the one political party system in America – the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ system. Wall Street is precluding and preventing Americans from achieving prosperity.”
J “Both Paul Craig Roberts and David Stockman held positions in Republican administrations and now challenge the neo-liberal economic policy and neo-conservative foreign orthodoxy strangling the Republic.”
K “The author of the article goes for the throat and challenges each author’s patriotism.”
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K “Ben Norton and Glenn Greenwald cogently and succinctly characterize the assault in their observation that the ‘Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes A McCarthyite Blacklist From A New, Hidden And Very Shady Group.’ The paper I delivered has so deteriorated over the decades.”
J “Yet something funky and disturbing is going on out there. We are in a new era of ‘antisocial media’ concocted by admixing Facebook and Google into a vile and evil brew dispensed anonymously. A journalist getting it fundamentally wrong does not aid in getting it right.”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
So many words, so little Truth
Facebook + Google = Trouble
Mass Media Breeds Mass Deception