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A terrible week for the NY Times

Posted by keithosaunders on April 24, 2017

What a terrible week last week was for the NY Times. First they had a article about how being a part of the Trump administration is helping Ivanka’s brand. You might say, that’s hard hitting news, uncovering a fresh scandal. You would be wrong. It’s simply the Times being the Times, fawning and deferring to the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Now check out last Thursday’s juicy headline:

“Obama’s silence to end, but he won’t criticize Trump.”

What’s he going to talk about, rainbows & unicorns? Who the hell cares what he has to say when his replacement is one tweet away from starting WWIII?!

And finally, on Friday,, the Gray Lady went deep with a 4,000 word article about why James Comey investigated Hillary’s emails, while not releasing to the public the information that he was simultaneously investigating the Russian hacking. Not only was the article dull as dishwater, but it wasn’t news. That’s 10 minutes of work on my fantasy baseball team that I’ll never get back.

Thanks, Times, keep twisting the knife. I’ll be over here listening to Wynton Kelly.

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The heroism of Daniel Ellsberg

Posted by keithosaunders on November 17, 2011

Last night I watched a very good documentary on Daniel Ellsberg called The Most Dangerous Man in America.  Ellsberg is the former Pentagon worker who, in 1971, leaked a top-secret document showing how five U.S. presidents lied to the nation in order to facilitate and continue the war in Vietnam.  I was eleven when this happened; old enough to remember it, but not quite old enough to grasp its enormity.

The thing that struck me the most while watching the film was the courage and integrity, not only of Ellsberg, who risked a long jail sentence, but of the newspapers that printed the documents.  The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many others printed this story in the face of threats from the imperial Nixon administration.  They did it because they realized that regardless of how bad these documents made the country look, without a free press the U.S. may as well be a banana republic.

Contrast this idealism and integrity with the New York Times (and the rest of the media) of 2002 and 2003, which enabled, even championed a war with Iraq.  You had reporters such as Judith Miller who wrote a series of articles as far back as 2001 detailing Saddam Hussein’s capacity to build and deploy nuclear weapons.  Her main source was Ahmad Chalabi, a former Iraqi politician who had close business ties to many Bush administration officials.  Much of his information, though proven false, seemingly evaded fact checking from Miller or the Times. 

My point is that in 1971 you had people within the Nixon administration willing to risk their career in order to stop an illegal war.  Fast forward to 2002 where you had reporters and Bush administration officials willing to lie in order to facilitate a war, as well as further their careers.

This is why the occupy Wall Street movement is important.  In these bleak times it is important and necessary that there be truth spoken to power.  These banks are rotten as the day is long — we all know that.  Yet what price did they pay for ruining our economy and costing tens of thousands of people their homes and jobs? 

Where is the Daniel Ellsburg of 2011?

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