An inconvenient book? Read Miles Goslett on the death of David Kelly – not Aaronovitch’s caricature

An inconvenient book? Read Miles Goslett on the death of David Kelly – not Aaronovitch’s caricature

A review by Peter Oborne, of a Times review by the detestable David Aaronovitch, of a book by Miles Goslet, on the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. David Kelly. In case you don’t know or don’t remember, David Kelly was a WMD expert who blew the whistle on the British government’s fake Iraq WMD claims. He was pressured to create evidence when there wasn’t any and became a confidential source for the BBC’s Andrew Gilligan, who later outed him. The official story tells us he committed suicide, but as the old saying goes, he was more likely “suicided”.

What’s interesting is how we can see the tactics of dishonest journalists at work in the Aaronvitch review.

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MoA: The Media War On Truthful Reporting And Legitimate Opinions – A Documentary”

Started reading an article entitled “The Media War On Truthful Reporting And Legitimate Opinions – A Documentary“, and they opened with this passage from Orwell’s “Looking Back on the Spanish War”. Nothing has changed.

“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened. I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.”

CJ Hopkins: The Cult of Authority

The Cult of Authority

Brilliant. Funny too. I’d never heard of C.J. Hopkins until yesterday. I can’t even remember how I got to the article that led me to read more of his work. I read an article, liked it a lot, clicked for more of his articles, and I’m still reading. This one really speaks to how I feel about the surreal media landscape we’re subjected to on a daily basis. Hard to know which snippet to reproduce here, there’s just so much I like….but….

“No, what struck me as I was suffering through this debate was how utterly divorced from reality it was, whatever “reality” might mean anymore. Watching Greenwald, Risen, and Scahill sitting there, like rational people, “debating” whether Donald Trump might be part of some convoluted Russian conspiracy to destroy America and Western democracy, I felt like I was finally having one of those apocryphal LSD flashbacks. It was as if I was watching these respected journalists debating whether the face of Jesus may have actually appeared on a breakfast taco at a daycare center in Beeville, Texas.”

And I love this:

“Now, I mean no offense to The Intercept, or Jesus, or even breakfast tacos. I’m simply trying to point out how, after eighteen months of relentless repetition, we have all been barraged with so much ridiculous “Russiagate” and “Collusion” propaganda that it is almost impossible to step back from it enough to recognize how ridiculous it is. Fundamentally. The basic premise of the narrative. Imagine for a moment, if you can, that you had never heard about “Russiagate,” and listen to the story concept as if you were hearing it for the very first time. Ready? OK, here it comes … “Donald Trump conspired with Putin to brainwash Americans with Internet ads into electing him President of the United States so he could help the Russians take over the world!” How is this story concept any more credible than the one where a radical Jewish prophet who’s been dead for over two thousand years, but who rules the universe with his omnipotent father, appeared on a taco in Beeville, Texas?

Well … OK, I’ll tell you how it’s more credible. It’s credible because “authoritative sources” say it is credible, over and over, and treat it as a “serious” story, in spite of how blatantly ridiculous it is. It’s not just the corporate media that does this. It’s also fearless, adversarial, “authoritative” organizations like The Intercept. I wish there were a more sophisticated theory I could set forth to explain this phenomenon, but, sadly, it really is that simple.”

Ed Schultz on MSNBC and His New Gig at RT

Former MSNBC Host Admits: Network Was ‘in the Tank’ for Hillary Clinton

“‘There was more oversight and more direction given to me on content than there ever has been here at RT,’ he said. Schultz said MSNBC told him “many times” what to lead his show with and what not to cover.”

Good interview with Ed Schulz and only 9 minutes.

He’s really enjoying it at RT. Never saw him on MSNBC because, well, all American cable news is toxic and I don’t watch any of it. And I haven’t seen him on RT either, but I appreciate what he has to say as an insider at MSNBC. Might even watch his RT show, though I have to say, I don’t watch any RT shows either, believe it or not. Well, maybe a little Lee Camp.

Top Down or Ground Up?

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The Guardian and the BBC are definitely top-down. They don’t have any journalists on the ground in Syria as far as I know, and yet neither of them have even mentioned the name Robert Fisk, probably the best living British journalist in my lifetime, and a man who has spent more than 40 years in the Middle East. He was in Douma on Monday and not a word about what he reported from the ground. In fact, they both tell us that on-the-ground reporters are not to be trusted.

Craig Murray: British Democracy is Dysfunctional

British Democracy is Dysfunctional

“I recall reporting on an Uzbek Presidential election where the “opposition” candidate advised voters to vote for President Karimov. When you have senior Labour MPs including John Woodcock, Jess Phillips, John Mann, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Wes Streeting and Ruth Smeeth carrying on a barrage of attacks on their own leader during a campaign, and openly supporting Government positions, British democracy has become completely dysfunctional. No amount of posing with leaflets in their constituencies will disguise what they are doing, and every Labour activist and trade unionist knows it.”

James Corbett’s Bitcoin Excellent Bitcoin Documentary

Everything you didn’t know about blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital currency, and bitcoin. This 30 minute mini-doc lays it all out quite nicely. If you’ve got the time and this interests you, watch this and pay close attention to Andreas Antonopoulos, because he’s got some very interesting things to say. As always, there’s good news and bad news.

“Yes, the blockchain is truly revolutionary. Yes, bitcoin is Tulipmania 2.0. Yes, cryptocurrency is a nail in the coffin of the bankster parasites. Yes, digital currency is a tool of the totalitarian tyrants. No, these statements are not contradictory. But don’t worry if you think they are. You’re just a victim of “The Bitcoin Psyop.”