Finally someone has taken on the MSM……Israel gets lots of time and Palestinians get labeled as terrorists……yeah….fair and balanced…
Finally someone has taken on the MSM……Israel gets lots of time and Palestinians get labeled as terrorists……yeah….fair and balanced…
My previous post was about Rula JabreaL and her battle with MSNBC….this press is about the same network defending their action and their reporting on the Palestinian situation……
I use to respect Chris Hayes because he seemed to give both sides of an issue equal time….but after watching his handling of Ms Jabreal he is no longer on my short list of worthy reporters,.
May I suggest that if Mr. Hayes would come out from his desk and go to Gaza then maybe his opinions would be more valid….as it is now he is just an agent in the employ of Israel.
I have been bitching about the MSM for years….telling the world that they are nothing but a propaganda arm of the state….their stories are selected to drive the conversation in the direction of the “official” stand of the government.
I have ranted……I have railed…….I have bitched…….and yelled….but to no avail…..it seems that most people take the MSM as the honest brokers of the news……and that my friends is CRAP!
I have also wanted for a long time for someone in the media to grow a set and stand up for what is right….the TRUTH……that the American media is biased and only reports on items that drives American policy and word it so that the listener will believe what is told to them.
I use to respect MSNBC because they at least would have all sides of a question and the pundits to talk on it……I mean they would book liberals, conservatives and even Tea Party members to talk on the subjects. I said I use to respect them but now that is gone because of a recent occurrence…..because of what action they took they, MSNBC, will NO longer be used by me as a reliable source……..
AS written in the HufPo……..
MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal took issue with the network’s coverage of the conflict in the Middle East on Monday.
Speaking on Ronan Farrow’s show, she accused MSNBC of covering the Israeli perspective far more than the Palestinian side.
“We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal, an Italian-Palestinian journalist with dual Italian and Israeli citizenship. “Look how [much] air time Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis — Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues —”
It is official….she is my hero!
It is obvious that I have a big interest in what happens in the Middle East….and with good reason…I studied it at university and I worked in the region and now I write about it with the hope that I can help people understand that what is happening that we are told daily is not always as accurate as one would think.
I especially like the reporting done by Richard Engel and Ayman Molyeldin….they both speak Arabic and do excellent reporting from the region…..that is why NBC has made a move that I do not understand………
Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic).
Why was he removed? The article asks many questions without many answers……
Engel is a very capable reporter…the poroblem is that he was not there when the attack killed the four boys and Ayman was…….then again….why was he removed? We can postulate all we like but it looks like Ayman was removed because he was an eye witness and that would be very embarrassing for Israel…..
NBC needs to come clean on why Ayman was removed and the BS about security concerns is just that bullshit. If I were Engel I would be pissed….why/ Apparently Ayman is more important to them than Engel…….until NBC comes clean the rumors and accusations will continue….why not just tell the truth and be done with it?
I know my readers are weary of all my redundancy concerning the MSM……I hold the belief that it is the media that controls almost all our actions……no matter how they try to conceal it they are making a case for our military return to Iraq…….
What say you Professor?
In the last week or so there has been reports of ISIS or ISIL or IS (you choose the one you prefer) is turning to WMDs….kinda like the WMDs that Bush used to originally go into Iraq in 2003…….
Saddam Hussein’s former chemical-weapons stronghold outside Baghdad is in the hands of ISIS militants, Iraq said in a letter to the UN yesterday, confirming previous reports. The letter stated that on June 11, “armed terrorist groups” commandeered Saddam’s Muthanna facility, which includes two bunkers believed to hold some 2,500 sarin-filled rockets, 2,000 artillery shells contaminated with mustard gas, and 180 tons of sodium cyanide. The good news? The weapons are decades old, were bombed in the first Gulf War, and a UN report previously dismissed the sarin weapons as “poor quality” and likely to be “degraded after years of storage under the conditions existing there,” reports the AP.
While the US has expressed “concern” about the hostile takeover of Muthanna, Reuters notes that last month a Defense Department spokesman echoed the UN sentiments. “Should they even be able to access the materials, frankly, it would likely be more of a threat to them than anyone else,” he said. The Iraqi ambassador stated in his letter to the UN that Iraq would resume its mission of chemical-weapons destruction after it wrests the facility back from the Sunni Muslim insurgents.
But use is this site if there were NO WMDs found after our invasion?
There is more…….
Iraq’s Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammed Ali Alhakim has informed the United Nations today that some 40 kg of “nuclear materials” have been seized by ISIS, and “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”
ISIS apparently got the radioactive compounds at the University of Mosul when they seized the city, and while Iraq was keen to push the idea of a proliferation risk, US officials familiar with Iraq’s remaining nuclear capabilities say there is little real risk.
That’s because what was in Mosul was not enriched uranium, let alone enriched to weapons grade. That means even if ISIS somehow built a whole enrichment program for this fairly trivial amount of uranium they’d be able to produce only about 288 grams of weapons-grade uranium, far short of what is needed for a single bomb.
The attempt to equate anything nuclear with a WMD is simply not true, and while it is conceivable that any isotopes could be used in some sort of “dirty bomb,” the realistic damage of such a weapon is minimal, much smaller than the problems the US caused with its widespread use of depleted uranium munitions during the occupation.
Okay we now have the threat of a possible sarin attack and the use of a possible dirty bomb…..does any of that sound vaguely familiar?
Geez, could not wait any longer….the media is attempting to make the case for intervention by the tries and true use of the threat of WMDs.
Here we go again!
Whether you believe in global warming or not this story is just typical of how the media is manipulating the people and policy in this country……
This channel or network is a respected financial site for many investors and people interested in our economy……so now do we believe their analysis of the economic data or are they just driving the conversation?
Yes, I know….everyone is aware of what is happening in Iraq and each one of us has an opinion of just how to deal with the situation. I have been monitoring the media very carefully….after they played an important part n selling the original invasion of 2003…..I just wanted to see what they will do this time around…….
The prez has said that there would be no American combat forces sent to Iraq……..and then he announced that there would be 300 “advisers sent to help the Iraqi army……(say that to a Vietnam vet and see the smile creep across their face)………
Here is why they are smiling…..Special Forces are combat troops…..that is their main function……so it is a lie to say that NO combat forces will be sent to Iraq.
As the first time Americans went into Iraq…..the media is playing the public like a two dollar drum……..the one story that I was following………
The facility outside Baghdad where Saddam Hussein cooked up his chemical weapons is now in the hands of extremists trying to take over the country, reports the Wall Street Journal. The good news is that the al-Muthanna facility has been mothballed for so long that US officials don’t think militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will be able to make any use of it. The takeaway quote from a State Department spokesperson: “We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.” (Saddam is believed to have made sarin, mustard gas, and other poisons there during his war with Iran in the 1980s.)
The UK Telegraph talks to an expert of its own with a similar take, along with a sliver of worry: “It is doubtful that ISIS have the expertise to use a fully functioning chemical munition, but there are materials on site that could be used in an improvised explosive device,” he says. “We have seen that ISIS has used chemicals in explosions in Iraq before and has carried out experiments in Syria.” US officials tell the Journal that remaining chemical weapons stocks are sealed in bunkers at the site and would be useless even if accessed. Still, one Pentagon official says the US might have tried to remove them had it known the Iraqi government would so swiftly lose control. The site is about 45 miles northwest of Baghdad.
In case they need to make a good reason for intervention…..WMDs would be a good place to start….it was a good start in 2003…..it may work yet again if handled properly…….
Now let’s look at just how the Iraqi government was caught off balance for this situation to have a great start……a story that most have not heard…..it is important and should have been reported immediately…………
Atheel Nujeifi, who headed Nineveh province, accused the Shiite premier of causing widespread anger at the central government that allowed the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant to capture the provincial capital last week.
He said Mr Al Maliki “never listened” to repeated warnings about the deteriorating security situation around Mosul.
In an interview with The National, Mr Nujeifi painted a picture of escalating chaos in the days before Iraq’s second-largest city fell to the militants.
Widespread Sunni anger burst into the open in January when militants captured the western city of Fallujah, another Sunni stronghold.
That enabled ISIL militants to stage a blitzkrieg takeover of Mosul that began on June 9 and ended with the militant group seizing control of the city and looting more than US$400 million (Dh1.47bn) from banks in the area, Mr Nujeifi said.
He claimed to have warned Mr Maliki and his military advisers “several times” about ISIL’s rise, including during a meeting of provincial governors in Baghdad in January, at about the time Fallujah was seized by militants.
During the meeting, he slipped the prime minister a note urging him to reconsider his approach to handling Nineveh’s deteriorating security situation and listen to military commanders near Mosul who were raising alarms about the security situation.
Maybe someone is listening in Washington….there seems to be a push to make Maliki more inclusive in his government to bring in more Sunnis……but now I would like to hear an answer to the question…..what are the choices if Maliki does not succumb to the pressure from DC?
I do not know your feeling about what should be done to contain the situation in Iraq….but I suggest that you keep an eye on the media…..they will lead the way to whatever decision is made……and the selling of whatever action they decide is appropriate……
I should be back to normal, if that is possible, tomorrow….thanks for bearing with me…….
I said from the beginning of this situation that the media was not doing anyone any favors….that hey were misinforming the public and they were convicting this man without the benefit of a trial….all in all it is disgusting….every person deserves a fair trial, at east that is what the Constitution says…..do you people remember that document?
Geez, there can be no more accurate statement on the coverage of this story……
Opinion from the desk of the Editor
Today I started off with international relations and now I will do a 180………….
By now even the densest yahoo has heard of the idiot Sterling and his problems with black people……of course he is not a racist because some of his close friends are black, always a good statement to make when you are finally outed.
And once again the country is having that conversation that we are told we need to have every time some screws up and makes a lame brain statement……..and the beat goes on…..unfortunately the MSM will not lets this go…..they cannot…it is worth its weight in gold in ratings.
Is there any more that can be said? Of course there is.
When speaking about the sterling situation the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, made a statement……
“I know I’m prejudiced and I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways. If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and tattoos, I’ll move back to the other side of the street. None of us have pure thoughts; we all live in glass houses.”
After he made his statement the MSM was all over it and made it into a statement of the Trayvon Martin situation……..and Cuban had to back track on what he had said……..
“In hindsight, I should have used different examples. I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that. Beyond apologizing to the Martin family, I stand by the words and substance of the interview,” Cuban said in a series of tweets.
“I think that helping people improve their lives, helping people engage with people they may fear or may not understand, and helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries. We have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it.”
My question is why did Cuban have to apologize? he was speaking to truth……but the MSM had to have something to keep the Sterling issue going…..if not they would have to wait until the NBA ruling and that could take awhile and they did not want to lose the news.
My opinion is that Cuban did not owe anyone anything. He spoke his mind and someone took offense and he did what he had to do……..this situation illustrates why we can NEVER have the conversation that all pundits say we need to have on race.
NO one wants that conversation to take place…..especially the MSM…….people are afraid of this conversation…..why? You cannot be honest without hurting someone’s feelings or your words are turned back on you……..
The much needed conversation is doomed……it will never take place…..thanx to FEAR!