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July 30, 2016

RFK's 1964 DNC Speech still holds the record for continuous applause ..

for a Convention Speech (22-minutes) commemorating JFK...

Peter Lloyd ?@prlloyd63 6 Jun 2015 Sydney, New South Wales

@aflashbak Who will ever forget his 22 minutes of applause he received at the 1964 #Democratic convention


Of course it was RFK himself being commemorated at the next DNC:

Charles Guggenheim film commemorates RFK @ 1968 DNC

July 30, 2016

Meme-jacking by the Breitbarts of the world ..

Given that the right dominates talk radio and cable news .. I guess we shouldn't be surprised when they serve as an echo chamber for the far right blogs ie., Breibart, Alex Jones...

Good job deconstructing and analyzing this, guillaumeb.

On The Media has an episode this weekend that deals with many of these same issues:


Shows up! Trump v. Putin, the German far-Right's media strategy, and a brand new BNCH for migration.

Here's one segment...
Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Migration Edition (Abroad)

Jul 29, 2016

Migration and refugees have been in the news a lot in the last two years; a deeper understanding of migration and refugees, unfortunately, has not. From misleading language to distorted facts to the abuse of the very term "breaking news" (when in fact emigration, particularly into Europe, tends to remain constant) -- coverage of refugees and migration is all too often predictably poor.

Brooke talks with Heaven Crawley, Coventry University's International Migration Chair, about mass migration myths and how to identify them when they crop up in the news. The result is Part One of our Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Migration Edition.


The transcript will be available Monday but you can listen at the link.

keywords: swarm, flood, wave...
July 20, 2016


Not buying it and if it were true I would think there would be a copy of that floating around somewhere.

First thing that comes to mind is that he really didn't have a relationship with the Clintons that would lend itself to that kind of banter. In fact I don't think he had any type of relationship with them. If I recall correctly during one of his last interviews he asked a reporter if Hillary was thinking of running for one of the US Senate seats in New York. JFK Jr. may have been inquiring because he was contemplating making his own run at it.

Also there was the way that Jackie made sure that both he and Caroline were raised. She purposely kept them out of some of the more elitist private schools so they could retain their humanity. It just doesn't fit with what we knew of him publicly or otherwise.

July 19, 2016

The Alsop Bros

The CIA has come a long way from having "journalists" like Stewart & Joseph Alsop on the payroll...

Alsop's Fables .. "I'm Glad the CIA is Immoral"

Thanks for posting that piece, jake.

July 18, 2016

Williams specialized in distortion and suppression of information

FAIR did a good job of summarizing the function Pete Williams served early on in his "journalistic" endeavors. Specifically his role in marginalizing Iran-Contra...

...Perhaps the most bizarre journalistic decision was NBC News‘ choice (1/18/94) to assign Pete Williams, formerly assistant secretary of defense under President Bush, to cover the release of a report that makes serious charges of wrongdoing against Williams’ former employer. As chief spokesperson for the Pentagon during the invasion of Panama and the Gulf War, Williams specialized in distortion and suppression of information. His January 18 reporting shows that he can perform the same function in the private sector.

Much of Williams’ coverage was taken up by a selective and slanted account of what the Walsh report didn’t prove about Reagan/Bush administration wrongdoing:

His report claims no proof that President Reagan authorized or knew of a scheme to take money from arms sales to Iran and give it to the Nicaraguan Contras. Or that Vice President Bush or Attorney General Meese knew of it either. And no evidence that Reagan authorized Lt. Col. Oliver North to set up the secret Contra-supply operation.

But Williams couldn’t find room to mention anything that Walsh said that Bush was culpable of, including lying to the public about his central role in the Iran arms sales, and withholding evidence from the inquiry. Also unmentioned by Williams were Walsh’s angry criticisms of Bush’s last-minute pardons. If Bush was watching NBC, he would have been proud to see how dedicated Williams was to protecting his ex-boss.

July 16, 2016


On The Media has a pretty good piece about Brazil and Globo this weekend...

Empires and Underdogs: Brazil's Media Story

Jul 15, 2016

It's a tough time for the Brazilian press. In the unfolding political drama around corruption and presidential impeachment, the mainly right-wing media is accused of deeply biased coverage and coup-mongering. Especially Globo, a giant network of TV and radio stations, newspapers, and magazines with a history that includes supporting the dictatorship.

While a corruption scandal makes huge headlines every day, trusted watchdogs are struggling to keep up at a time of newsroom cutbacks. But in Brazil, everything is complicated. Bob dives into why the country's concentrated media powers are so deeply distrusted -- and what's filling the vacuum.

-Professor Maria Immacolata Vassallo de Lopes, of the Center for the Study of Telenovelas at the University of São Paulo
-Mauricio Santoro, a political scientist with Rio de Janeiro State University
-Diego Escoteguy, editor of the Globo-owned newsweekly, Epoca
-Tai Nalon, co-founder of the independent, crowdfunded fact-checking site Aos Fatos, "To the Facts”
-Patricia Campos-Mello, a reporter-at-large at Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest daily newspaper
-Eliane Goncalves, a reporter at the national public broadcaster, EBC
-Marcelo Rafael, chief reporter for EBC
-Political columnist Celso de Barros


The transcript will be up Monday but you can listen at the link.
July 10, 2016

McCain and the POW Cover-Up


Sydney Schanberg, a former Times correspondent, has died at 82 http://nyti.ms/29DaX5Z

McCain and the POW Cover-Up

Thursday 18 September 2008
by: Sydney H. Schanberg, The Nation

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