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  • Brian Williams: Cubans Would Rather Have Donkey Carts for Transportation

    11/26/2016 6:54:06 PM PST · by bkopto · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/2016 | Trent Baker
    “It’s still one of those nations where you see donkey carts alongside cars, trucks and buses in downtown Havana because that’s exactly what they’d rather have for transportation,” Williams stated Saturday.
  • Secrets of 9/11: New Details of Chaos, Nukes Emerge

    09/11/2016 9:41:52 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/11/16 | William M. Arkin and Robert Windrem
    When chief of staff Andrew Card knelt down and told George Bush “America is under attack” 15 years ago Sunday, the words he whispered in the president’s ear in a Florida classroom launched what was supposed to be a planned, orderly response to a national emergency. But what followed instead was chaos, a breakdown in communication and protocol that risked international conflict and could have made Sept. 11, 2001, a still bigger tragedy. There were live nukes on the tarmac at U.S. airbases, a failed communications system, and a security protocol for the president and his potential successors — the...
  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 62 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/2016
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show...
  • Why Is Iran Holding Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian?

    10/13/2015 11:37:56 AM PDT · by Bratch · 12 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | October 12, 2015 | sundance
      Reports: WaPo's Jason Rezaian convicted in Iran | AP Photo   — POLITICO (@politico) October 12, 2015 For people who might not have followed the story as it unfolded there’s an easier explanation for why Iran is holding Jason Rezaian.   The underpinning is Iran knowing the U.S. State Department and CNN collaborate to use media as a tool to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives. In December 2014 CNN ran and episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown filmed in Iran. It seemed innocuous at the time, yet as with all things Turner Broadcasting, it also seemed to be another set...
  • Potemkin Occupation

    10/26/2011 5:55:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/26/11 | Thomas Lifson
    There's apparently less than meets the eye at an OWS occupation in London -- vacant tents masquerading as demonstration participants. The UK Daily Mail headlines: The thermal images that prove 90% of tents in the Occupy camp in London are left EMPTY overnight Here is one of their images:
  • 5-Year-Old Girl Breaks Through Security to Give Pope Francis a Letter on Immigration

    09/24/2015 9:44:08 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 41 replies
    People ^ | 09/24/2015 | Naja Rayne
    This morning on the White House lawn, Pope Francis introduced himself as the child of an immigrant – a position many young children in America can relate to. Later on during the papal parade, a young girl – Sophie Cruz – bypassed police blockades and just as she was being escorted back to her family, the Pope allowed her to come to the vehicle. His security detail lifted the 5-year-old to the Pope, where she received a hug and left the Pope with a gift – a letter pleading with Pope Francis to do something about immigration reform in the...
  • AP to Reluctantly Stop Calling Climate Change Skeptics 'Deniers'

    09/22/2015 7:21:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 9/22/15 | Mark Tapson
    The Associated Press announced on its blog today that henceforth it will refer to climate change skeptics less pejoratively, reports Mediaite. The AP explained the changes thusly: Our guidance is to use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science and to avoid the use of skeptics or deniers. [emphasis in original] Some background on the change: Scientists who consider themselves real skeptics – who debunk mysticism, ESP and other pseudoscience, such as those who are part of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry – complain that non-scientists who reject mainstream climate science have usurped the phrase skeptic. They...
  • Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip

    08/19/2014 4:08:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 61 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place. Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon. Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose...
  • Liberal Pundits Gather in West Wing

    05/21/2013 1:51:57 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/21/13 | Daniel Halper
  • Brian Ross

    07/20/2012 6:05:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | ABC News
    Brian Ross is one of the most honored and respected journalists in the country.
  • Exclusive: Interview With James Michael Holmes, Hispanic Tea Party Member Falsely Accused by ABC

    07/20/2012 11:26:26 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 99 replies
    Big Government ^ | July 20, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    Breitbart News spoke to James Michael Holmes, the Tea Party member falsely identified this morning by ABC News' Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America as the possible suspect in the mass shooting early this morning at a screening of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. He is a 52-year-old Hispanic conservative who joined the Tea Party after becoming disillusioned with the Republican party. "It was freaky," said Holmes, describing his reaction when ABC News speculated that he was the culprit who entered a crowded theater and opened fire on dozens of innocent men, women, and...
  • "Psychic" Sends Houston Police On Search For 30 Dismembered Bodies -- Gets Reported Everywhere

    06/07/2011 6:43:02 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/07/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    And the weirdest news story of the day goes to this weird blast about police being on the search for a mass grave of dismembered bodies in Houston that every news organization wrote about. Turns out... Houston Chronicle: A state law enforcement source later Tuesday afternoon told the Houston Chronicle that deputies had been directed to the site by a psychic. "All we know is the sheriff department received a call about a mass grave, or something like that, with several bodies," the source said. "They went and checked it, and there was nothing there. The caller went back and...
  • Psychic's mass grave tip proves false

    06/07/2011 6:39:21 PM PDT · by avg_freeper · 51 replies
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | June 7, 2011, 8:18PM
    Authorities converged on a residential property near the Liberty County town of Hardin on Tuesday night after the sheriff’s office received a phone tip from a self-professed psychic that 25 to 30 dismembered bodies were buried there. By 8 p.m., Liberty County Judge Craig McNair said that no bodies were found inside the house. Cadaver dogs were inside and found nothing. A preliminary search by law enforcement officers earlier in the day found evidence of what they believed was blood, but no sign of anything else, leading them to suggest the call may have been a hoax. A search warrant...
  • Palin's 'One Nation' Tour Bus Vandalized In New York

    06/01/2011 7:36:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    PIX11 ^ | 6/1/11 | Staff
    NEW YORK — Fresh off her Times Square pizza summit with Donald Trump, Sarah Palin carried on with her tour of the Big Apple Wednesday, paying visits to such treasured landmarks like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Although Palin was greeted with hand shakes and smiles from local admirers, her visit to New York wasn't immune to some hometown detractors. While Palin and company met with top brass at FOX News headquarters in Midtown, an unknown vandal managed to tag the former Alaska governor's patriotic-themed "One Nation" tour bus. "I, the media whore," read a hand
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is passé.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • (Newsbusters)-Flashback:MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Touted False Limbaugh Quote in June

    10/14/2009 10:49:36 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies · 2,080+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10-14-09 | Kyle Drennen
    On the June 3, 2009 Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow cited a false quote attributed to Rush Limbaugh in which the radio host supposedly said he wanted to award Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin the Medal of Honor. Since Limbaugh expressed interest in becoming part owner of the St. Louis Rams in October, several MSNBC hosts have repeated that and other false quotes. Reacting to Limbaugh calling then Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist, Maddow declared: “When you get called racist by the guy who says the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. should get the...
  • Moody's: Denver Post owner has higher risk of loan default

    12/12/2008 7:34:09 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 422+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 12, 2008 | John Rebchook
    Moody's Investors Services on Thursday said that William Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group faces increased risk of defaulting on its loans, as it downgraded almost $1 billion of the debt for the parent company of The Denver Post. Moody's said it is concerned that the "downturn of the company advertising sales will be significantly more protracted than previously anticipated, further straining the company's liquidity profile and heightening the probability of a covenant default." The rating downgrade comes a week after E.W. Scripps announced that it is placing the Rocky Mountain News on the sales block, as well as its 50 percent...
  • Why gun owners are running scared [while their wives visit male strippers]

    11/25/2008 6:01:32 PM PST · by SJackson · 108 replies · 3,822+ views
    Gazette Extra ^ | 11-25-08 | JOEL MCNALLY
    When deer hunting season opens this weekend, Wisconsin’s poor deer hunters are going to be at even more of a disadvantage than usual in their annual attempt to match wits with highly intelligent animals. This year, deer hunters are going to be burdened by carrying heaping armloads of guns into the woods with them. Deer hunters and other gun lovers have been absolutely terrified ever since Nov. 4 that President-elect Barack Obama is going to swoop down on their homes and confiscate all their guns. In a panic, thousands of gun owners have raced to their nearest gun dealers to...
  • Murdoch to media: You dug yourself a huge hole [condescension, arrogance, complacency ...]

    11/17/2008 3:46:07 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 53 replies · 2,127+ views
    CNet ^ | November 16, 2008 | Charles Cooper
    With newspapers cutting back and predictions of even worse times ahead, Rupert Murdoch said the profession may still have a bright future if it can shake free of reporters and editors who he said have forfeited the trust and loyalty of their readers. "My summary of the way some of the established media has responded to the internet is this: it's not newspapers that might become obsolete. It's some of the editors, reporters, and proprietors who are forgetting a newspaper's most precious asset: the bond with its readers," said Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp. He...
  • McCain discovers plumber no ordinary Joe ( Media says McCain screws up with Joe the Plumber)

    10/16/2008 11:08:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 91 replies · 2,633+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/16/08 8:00 PM EDT | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN & AMIE PARNES |
    NEW YORK – John McCain hung his final presidential debate performance on an Ohio plumber who campaign aides never vetted. A day after making Joseph Wurzelbacher famous, referencing him in the debate almost two dozen times as someone who would pay higher taxes under Barack Obama, McCain learned the fine print Thursday on the plumber’s not-so-tidy personal story: He owes back taxes. He is not a licensed plumber. And it turns out that Wurzelbacher makes less than $250,000 a year, which means he would receive a tax cut if Obama were elected president. McCain likes to say that he isn’t...
  • We're not on the schoolyard anymore

    09/22/2008 5:42:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 177+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/22/2008 | Eve Pearlman
    I know, I can't believe it either: Karl Rove, the legendary Republican strategist whose name has become synonymous with hard-ball campaign tactics, has asserted that both presidential campaigns have wandered too far from truth. "McCain has gone in his ads ... one step too far," Rove said on Fox News Sept. 14. "Sort of attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100-percent-truth test." In recent weeks the McCain campaign has accused Barack Obama of advocating sex education in kindergarten. (In reality, Obama voted for a bill that called for warning young children about sexual predators.) The McCain...
  • Who dressed Sarah Palin last night? (Desperate Cattiness Alert!!)

    09/05/2008 5:21:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 167 replies · 689+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/5/2008 | Joanna England
    <p>When it comes to GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, one thing both Democrats and Republicans agree on is that she's an attactive lady. So, when watching John McCain's acceptance speech last night, when the camera panned across Ms. Palin's seat next to her husband, Todd, My jaw dropped.</p>
  • The surprising truth about Rage Boy, America's hated poster-boy of Islamic radicalism

    11/11/2007 4:29:47 AM PST · by gridlock · 82 replies · 173+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/10/07 | Patrick French
    Don't you hate Islamic Rage Boy? 'MoBlows', writing on the Jihad Watch website, certainly does. "I just want to put my fist down his throat," he says. The 'boy' in question rose to prominence earlier this year when he was photographed at a demonstration in Srinagar, capital of Indian-administered Kashmir. Later, he was spotted waving his fist at another camera during a protest against the awarding of a knighthood to author Salman Rushdie. With his straggly beard and big shouting mouth, Rage Boy certainly looks like a threat. His scary face now appears on boxer shorts and bumper stickers, and...
  • Media myths about the Jena 6 (A local journalist tells the story you haven't heard)

    10/23/2007 10:58:14 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 107 replies · 640+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 24, 2007 | Craig Franklin
    By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics. There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing...
  • U.S Soldier, Former Captive, Speaks Out Against Limbaugh

    10/04/2007 10:50:18 AM PDT · by r-q-tek86 · 175 replies · 5,099+ views
    Patriots Hopeful Of Next Election Year ^ | 10-4-2007 | Pfc. John Adams
    While serving in Iraq, I was captured and tortured by an insurgent group. As they say, I have "been there, done that". After my time in the service and after seeing the true nature of this occupation, I now am speaking out against this war and this administration. Rush Limbaugh calls me and my comrades that have chosen to take this stand "phoney soldiers". I urge Rep. John Murtha, Sen. Harry Reid and all true partiots in the Congress of the United States to pass legislation removing Mr. Limbaugh from the public airwaves... by force if necessary. Pfc. Adams during...
  • Newsweek cracks up with 'woman' priest top story

    09/14/2007 7:30:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies · 1,288+ views
    Spero News ^ | September 14, 2007 | William Donohue
    Send in the straightjackets - Newsweek has cracked up. Of all the stories in the entire world to cover, Newsweek's website is flagging as its "Top Story" an insane piece about a woman (complete with photo) who thinks she is an ordained Catholic priest. They found her in Missouri, though had Newsweek reporter Karen Springen walked into the nearest asylum, she would have found some who think they're the pope. Springen's discovery is Jessica Rowley. Jessica thinks she's a Catholic priest because some crackpot group said they ordained her. Springen, whose contempt for the Catholic Church is rivaled only by...
  • Like a Suppository, Only Stronger - A Short Primer on Firearms for the MSM (HILARIOUS!)

    08/27/2007 12:15:08 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 84 replies · 3,050+ views
    The Dissident Frogman ^ | 8/22/2007 | The Dissident Frogman
    I definitely lost my ability to be bothered, shocked or amazed by the depth at which some of the greatest Western news agencies and media outlets are prepared to sink in their support to the enemies of their own civilization, last year almost to the day, when Reuters and its stringers cast smoke on Lebanon, and produced some of Hezbollywood's greatest blockbusters.
  • CNN Explores Religious Fundamentalism

    08/19/2007 9:39:18 PM PDT · by doesnt suffer fools gladly · 44 replies · 1,204+ views
    CNN Explores Religious Fundamentalism By DAVID BAUDER NEW YORK (AP) - Christiane Amanpour's work on the documentary series "God's Warriors" took her directly to intersections of extreme religious and secular thinking. She watched, fascinated, as demonstrators in San Francisco accused teenagers in the fundamentalist Christian group BattleCry of intolerance in a clash of two cultures that will probably never understand each other. Understanding is what Amanpour is trying to promote in "God's Warriors," which takes up six prime-time hours on CNN this week. The series on religious fundamentalism among Christians, Muslims and Jews airs in three parts, 9 p.m. EDT...
  • Former CNN Correspondent Suggests that Hurricane Dean is God's Wrath for President Bush

    08/18/2007 6:46:54 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 98 replies · 3,241+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 18, 2007 | P.J. Gladnick
    One can get an idea of just how far severe Bush Derangement Syndrome has spread in the MSM by reading this blog posted by Charles Feldman, a CNN correspondent from 1983 to 2004. Now freed from the constraints of pretending to be unbiased in public, Feldman lets his BDS hang out for all to see in The Feldman Blog edition of August 17, Hurricane Dean: God’s Wrath For President Bush? Hurricane Dean, soon to be up graded to a full blown Category 5 hurricane, is taking aim at Texas…the state that gave us George W. Bush. In fact,this could be a...
  • Rove Incident Causes Editor to Declare: Keep Political Views to Yourself

    08/15/2007 12:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies · 2,752+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | August 15, 2007 | Staff
    No matter what you think of Karl Rove -- or anyone else in politics -- please keep it to yourself, or at least falrly quiet. That was the message in a note sent to staffers at the Seattle Times by Executive Editor Dave Boardman after what he called "an awkward moment at yesterday's news meeting." What happened? According to Boardman in the latest email installment of what he calls "Dave's Raves" it was this: "When word came in of Karl Rove's resignation, several people in the meeting started cheering. That sort of expression is simply not appropriate for a newsroom....As...
  • HEH: The AFP photo editor must have been fresh back from happy hour . . . .

    08/15/2007 7:46:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 353 replies · 12,744+ views
    AFP/Wissam al-Okaili ^ | August 15, 2007 | Glenn Reynolds
    Terrorist Propaganda Picture of the Week. An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.
  • Mirror Reporters Held Over Fake Bomb Attempt

    07/25/2007 3:53:41 AM PDT · by gridlock · 58 replies · 2,877+ views
    The Guardian (of London) ^ | 7/25/07 | Lee Glendinning
    <p>Two Daily Mirror journalists were arrested yesterday after attempting to plant a fake bomb on a train in what the newspaper called a "legitimate and justified journalistic experience". The reporters were arrested at Stonebridge Park depot in north-west London after railway staff noticed the men carrying fake equipment and approached them to ask what they were doing on the site before contacting the British Transport police to report the trespass.</p>
  • "Juba" the Baghdad Sniper Captured!

    11/30/2006 6:42:30 PM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 2,260+ views
    jawa report ^ | November 30, 2006 | na
    The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior announced that it has captured the Baghdad sniper known as Ali Nazar al Jubori. The name sounds eerily familiar. al Jubori....could this be the original Juba sniper? That is the claim being made. Let me remind my readers that the "Juba the Baghdad sniper" does not exist--at least, not in the heroic sense that the jihadi crowd has painted him as. He's a myth. A piece of fictional propaganda produced by terrorists. A heroic superman for the al Qaeda supporters of the world. This is not to say that there never was an al...
  • Vietnam communist spy-reporter dies

    09/21/2006 10:16:34 AM PDT · by bnacat · 12 replies · 739+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 21-Sep-06 |
    Hanoi (dpa) - Vietnam's most famous war-time spy Pham Xuan An, who worked as a trusted reporter for Western news agencies in Saigon by day and sent secret reports to Hanoi by night, has died at age 79, his family said Thursday. During the war, An was known as a "dean of the Vietnamese press corps," a crack reporter who brought fantastic contacts and keen political analysis to his work for news organizations including Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor and finally TIME magazine.
  • Benedict blunder shows he has failed to master media machine

    09/15/2006 3:04:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 119 replies · 2,816+ views ^ | Sep 15 10:45 AM US/Eastern | Staff
    By unwittingly angering Muslims with his comments on Islam, Pope Benedict XVI has shown that he has yet to shake off his academic theological roots and master the global media machine with the same deftness as his predecessor. In clinging to theology and orthodoxy, the bookish Benedict has shown little regard for media management in getting his message across, unlike the communications-savvy John Paul II. Benedict railed Muslims when he quoted a 14th-century Christian emperor who said the Prophet Mohammed had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things, portraying the Islam he founded as a religion which endorses violence,...
  • Newsman to Tony Snow: 'Don't Point Your Finger At Me!' (David Gregory)

    09/05/2006 3:35:58 PM PDT · by Peach · 349 replies · 10,524+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | September 5, 2006 | EP Staff
    NEW YORK A not especially eventful press briefing at the White House today turned rancorous with NBC's David Gregory telling Press Secretary Tony Snow, "Don't point your finger at me," and Snow accusing the newsman of being "rude" and delivering Democratic talking points. Earlier, speaking to reporters, Snow, continuing the administration's media focus on the war on terror, accused "some in the Democratic Party" of saying "we shouldn't fight the war" and "we shouldn't apprehend al-Qaeda" or even "question al-Qaeda." Snow got into a tussle with Gregory after the NBC journalist told him, in a lengthy remark, that the public...
  • LEX 18 officials shocked by Emmy Awards’ plane-crash spoof intro

    08/27/2006 6:23:17 PM PDT · by SLB · 140 replies · 5,161+ views
    Hearld Leader ^ | 27 Aug 06 | Jamie Gumbrecht
    LEX 18 News ended an evening recap of yesterday’s coverage of the Comair Flight 5191 crash for the live broadcast of the prime-time Emmy Awards. The annual TV awards show opened with shots of host Conan O’Brien bouncing inside a plane before it crashed on an island in a spoof of ABC’s hit show Lost. WLEX’s president and general manager, Tim Gilbert, who was home watching the telecast with his family, was “stunned” by the intro; if station managers had known about the intro before the broadcast, Lexington viewers wouldn’t have seen it, he said. “It was a live telecast...
  • Pentagon Spokesmen Say Soldiers Justified In Barring Reporter From Attack Scene

    02/11/2002 2:26:03 PM PST · by Lady In Blue · 72 replies · 247+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 11,2002 | Matt Kelley
    Feb 11, 2002Pentagon Spokesmen Say Soldiers Justified in Barring Reporter From Attack Scene By Matt KelleyAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon said Monday that U.S. soldiers were justified in keeping a newspaper reporter away from the scene of a deadly U.S. missile strike in Afghanistan. The officials said they didn't know if soldiers had threatened to shoot Washington Post reporter Doug Struck, as the Post reported. "We don't know the circumstances of what happened on the spot," Defense Department spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said at a news briefing. The newspaper reported Monday that U.S. soldiers held Struck at ...
  • House Speaker Not Under Investigation: Justice (Hastert Victim of Drive-by Media)

    05/24/2006 5:39:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 256 replies · 7,661+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, May 24, 2006
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday denied a report that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI in connection with a corruption probe.ABC News, citing high level Justice Department sources, said information implicating Hastert had been developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.But department officials, who asked to not be identified, said the story was not accurate and that Hastert was not under investigation. "The story is wrong. Hastert is not under investigation," one official said.
  • White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks. Sources, Reporters Could Be Prosecuted

    03/04/2006 9:27:25 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 104 replies · 2,619+ views
    WP ^ | march 5, 2006 | Dan Eggen
    The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws. In recent weeks, dozens of employees at the CIA, the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies have been interviewed by agents from the FBI's Washington field office, who are investigating possible leaks that led to reports about secret CIA prisons and the NSA's warrantless domestic surveillance program, according to law enforcement and...
  • The Cheney drama

    02/27/2006 10:48:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 790+ views
    New York Times via Neshoba Democrat ^ | February 22, 2006 | JOHN TIERNEY
    Harry Whittington tried to calm the furor on Friday, but we must not let him. Leaving the hospital, he expressed regret for Dick Cheney’s troubles over what he considered a simple hunting accident at a friend’s ranch. But it was so much more. It was a violation of the public’s right to know. Apologists for Dick Cheney argue that the public was informed of the accident, but it took almost 20 hours — almost an entire news cycle! The Sunday morning talk shows, deprived of what was rightfully their story, were tragically forced to discuss the National Security Agency and...
  • Report probes US custody deaths [BBC on the attack]

    02/21/2006 4:04:03 PM PST · by aculeus · 9 replies · 265+ views
    BBC News on line ^ | February 21, 2006 | Unsigned
    Almost 100 prisoners have died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, according to US group Human Rights First. The details were first aired on BBC television's Newsnight programme. Of the 98 deaths, at least 34 were suspected or confirmed homicides, the programme said. The Pentagon told Newsnight it had not seen the report but took allegations of maltreatment "very seriously" and would prosecute if necessary. The report, which is to be published on Wednesday, draws on information from Pentagon and other official US sources. Torture Human Rights First representative Deborah Pearlstein told Newsnight she was "extremely...
  • Our Military Remains Ever Loyal And Strong. Much Of Our National Media Does Not.

    02/20/2006 3:38:18 PM PST · by GreenEggsNHam · 11 replies · 782+ views ^ | 02/20/2006 | Bill Cathcart
    Our Military Remains Ever Loyal And Strong. Much Of Our National Media Does Not. Said President Eisenhower, fifty-years ago: “History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.” We Americans can sleep safely in our beds, to paraphrase George Orwell, because freedom’s defenders, our courageous military members, are neither weak nor timid. They are the most powerful, yet most compassionate, military force on the planet. Add to that: individual courage, pride and a voluntary commitment to serve our great nation, regardless of sacrifice. Here are but a few examples of America’s finest. Voices of...
  • Chambering another round..

    02/19/2006 12:56:28 PM PST · by pickrell · 7 replies · 983+ views
    19-February-2006 | Ron Pickrell
    In a planned move to head off the Administration's efforts to suppress the investigation of the Cheney shooting, Time and Newsweek magazine are planning to extend coverage of the shooting for as long as their creditors are willing to postpone foreclosure. In a moment of candor, Editor Mark Whitaker conceded, "As long as we have a few dollars left in the petty cash box, we can afford ink. Who needs circulation, anyway? We are doing [the generic deity]'s work...]". Writer Jonathon Alter's hard hitting piece plans to draw attention to the U.S. Navy coverup of the experimental, special powder rumored...
  • A Terrorism Raid in Puerto Rico Makes Waves in New York City

    02/13/2006 12:43:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 59 replies · 1,987+ views
    NY Sun ^ | February 13, 2006 | DANIELA GERSON
    An FBI sweep launched in Puerto Rico to prevent a "domestic terrorist attack" is eliciting widespread outrage on the island - and as far away as New York City - with critics accusing the agency of trying to use terrorism as a guise to turn public opinion against Puerto Rico's independence movement. The Friday morning raid on the U.S. commonwealth, which targeted five private homes and one business, was launched to prevent attacks from the Boricua Popular Army, the FBI said. The special agent in charge of the San Juan Division of the FBI, Luis Fraticelli, said the searches were...
  • Former Triangle Resident Accused Of Aiding Terror Suspect (Terror Suspect?)

    02/08/2006 8:23:48 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 6 replies · 335+ views
    NBC ^ | February 8, 2006
    An American with ties to the Triangle is about to face an Iraqi court for allegedly conspiring with terror suspect Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. According to a high-ranking U.S. Military Officer, when Shawqi Omar was captured in his home in Baghdad, he was in possession of numerous weapons -- materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) -- and harboring Jordanian freedom fighters.
  • Major Terror Plot Against US Ignored By US Media

    01/13/2006 12:31:08 AM PST · by tgambill · 23 replies · 2,630+ views
    The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups. News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media. Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S. Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the planned attacks would have targeted stadiums, ships and...
  • The full grovel (NYT Public Editor covers for Pinch)

    01/01/2006 3:22:40 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 1,384+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 01-01-06 | Thomas Lifson
    The full grovelBy Thomas LifsonJan. 1,2006 Byron Calame, public editor of the New York Times, addresses his newspaper's role in publishing leaked classified information about the NSA's surveillance program. As the Department of Justice has launched an investigation of the probably criminal leaking and possibly criminal publication of the data, interest in the matter could not be higher. Shockingly enough, his superiors stonewall him when it comes to explaining why they waited a year to publish the revelations. Moreover, their story about the actual time interval of the delay has certain inconsistencies. Usually, when those under investigation for possible criminal...
  • Media idiocy in time of war: Pat Boone whacks reporters who try to get president to reveal plans

    12/31/2005 1:41:00 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 37 replies · 1,614+ views ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2005 | Pat Boone
    "Well, coach, the big day is almost here; you and your team are in the Super Bowl a week from now, and your opponent is mighty rugged. In fact, most experts and the odds-makers are making them the favorite, figuring you got here on a series of flukes and last-second miracles. They say you really shouldn't be in the Big Game at all. "What is your response and how in the world do you plan to win this one?" "Son, I know a lot of folks think we don't have a chance, but I have a strategy. I think we...
  • Mr. Bush's Storm [“ ...president deserves blame”]

    09/08/2005 3:35:37 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 61 replies · 1,442+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 8, 2005 | Editor
    PRESIDENT BUSH'S response to Hurricane Katrina has been, to put it kindly, faltering. He has fallen short both rhetorically and substantively. The rhetorical failure is less important but perhaps more surprising for a politician with his strong communications skills. One of the highlights of Mr. Bush's presidency, and one of the keys to his reelection, was his ability to rally a country stunned by the Sept. 11 attacks -- perhaps most vividly in his visit to the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center. President Bill Clinton rose to an earlier challenge after the Oklahoma City bombing, using the bully...