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Archive for May 24th, 2008

Saturday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 24, 2008

— Funny how the IMF’s neocon/neoliberal violence-inducing disaster-capitalist grip weakens when its victims are doing well, or at least than when the IMF held full sway.

— Bush and his minions are so toxic overseas that Mideast nations, which historically would never have carried on negotiations without US representatives present, now increasingly avoid us.

— Bush is so toxic at home that a fundraising event for John McCain that featured Bush had to be moved to a different and smaller venue as it was feared that the number of protesters outside would be greater than the number of attendees inside. Oh, and get this: The fundraiser was in Phoenix, Arizona. You know, John McCain’s alleged home state?

Posted in 2008, Bush, capitalism as cancer, John McCain | 2 Comments »

F–k The New York Times

Posted by Charles II on May 24, 2008

The New York Times gave us Judith Miller’s War and withheld until after the election James Risen and Eric Lichtblau’s proof that Bushco was engaged in massive, illegal spying. It transmitted the disinformation of military officers from the assembly line in the Office of Special Plans to your doorstep. It also bore special responsibility for installing the Crawford Napoleon in the first place, having covered up his infidelities to the National Guard and for inventing malicious stories that weakened his opponent, Al Gore.

Now, Alessandra Stanley continues the tradition of state propaganda masquerading as journalism by her review of the HBO presentation, Recount. She claims:

In 2001 painstaking postmortems of the Florida count, one by The New York Times and another by a consortium of newspapers, concluded that Mr. Bush would have come out slightly ahead, even if all the votes counted throughout the state had been retallied. But both studies also issued caveats about the varying standards used in different counties to count and reject ballots, including late-arriving votes from abroad, noting that had they been included and counted accurately and by the same standard, they probably would have given Mr. Gore the edge.

That’s a lie. The New York Times found that if all the votes had been counted, Gore would have won. The only caveat was that the judge in charge would have had to order a re-examination of the overvotes.

Stanley also says:

The grievances that colored the Florida recount are ancient and deeply rooted, and as in the Balkans or a rancorous divorce, each side is reading a different history book. Republicans were still obsessed with the 1960 election, when, in their telling of it, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.’s money and Mayor Daley’s machine “stole” the election from Richard M. Nixon and gave it to John F. Kennedy.

But of course in 1960 due process was followed to the end. There were investigations, which failed to find any evidence that there had been fraud, so Republican allegations of election theft are pure mythology. In Florida 2000, the only investigation allowed to reach its conclusion was the US Commission on Civil Rights, which found that there had been denial of voting rights. But by the time it made its referral for prosecution to the Department of Justice, that had become the notoriously corrupt Bush Justice Department, with an even more notoriously corrupt Civil Rights Division.

Stanley also says,

Many Democrats are still suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from the way they remember Republican strategists steamrolling over fairness and fair play to unman Michael S. Dukakis in 1988.

This is a remarkable and contemptuous statement, equating defeat with PTSD with castration. I wonder how many Iraq veterans twitched when they read that line.

Let’s ignore how horrid Stanley must be to pitch that kind of rancid agitprop. Michael Dukakis wasn’t “unmanned.” He was smeared, with the willing collusion of the nation’s media.

Most Democrats figure that if Dukakis couldn’t fight for himself, he wasn’t likely to be up to the presidency and deserved to lose the election. But also, Lee Atwater, on his deathbed, apologized for his conduct of that campaign.

Now if only Alessandra Stanley and the rest of the journapparatchiks at the New York Times would repent.

F–k the New York Times.

Posted in anti-truth, beat the press, corruption, Florida (where magical things happen), history, liars, mediawhores, propaganda | 10 Comments »

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