Monday, May 02, 2011

Q Tips

NPR related comments welcomed.


geoff said...

How the Spies Found Bin-Laden Rachel Martin can hardly contain her glee dutifully relating how it was only because of our Guantanamo [torture] camp that we were able to track OBL. Then she refers to OBL as "the Holy Grail." Really?

From Wikipedia: The Holy Grail is a sacred object figuring in literature and certain Christian traditions, most often identified with the dish, plate, or cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper and said to possess miraculous powers. [..] later writers recounted how Joseph used the Grail to catch Christ's blood while interring him ...

What crooked Crusade we weave when first we try to deceive.

Anonymous said...

It's in times like these that sane people find it too difficult to listen to the radio.

(CHORUS) Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason
So you had better do as you are told
You better listen to the radio

I wanna bite the hand that feeds me
I wanna bite that hand so badly
I want to make them wish they'd never seen me

informedveteran said...

I am in awe of our national celebration of 9 years of failure.


Patrick Lynch said...

The NPR war porn is just too much. Our radio has been mostly silent. Even BBC's The World was in on it.

Anonymous said...

NPR covers,with some concern, college student celebration of OBL's death. Though it's doubtful NPR is overly concerned with its own coverage of the latter:

miranda said...

I have steered well clear of NPR in the wake of the alleged extrajudicial murder of the specter of Osama bin Laden. The propaganda is too thick, I can't take it.

Linh Dinh has some marvelous insight.

"So the CIA is basically saying to us, The dog ate my cadaver. Frankly, this farce was so crudely put together, the explanation so ridiculous, that our overlords must think most of us are morons, brainwashed as we are by cradle-to-grave propaganda delivered via print or pixels. I hate to think they might be right.

Had Bin Laden been captured, and I will insist there was never any intention of catching this man alive, he would have to be tried in court, where his involvement with 9/11 must be proven, counter theories could be introduced and questions about 9/11 raised. In short, a nasty can of worms to be avoided at all cost.

Though the important questions are not being asked, the official lessons are being pounded into our heads. According to governmental bobbleheads and embedded media pundits, this virtual assassination is a vindication of America and her (evil) ways. The end justifies the means, you see, so waterboarding, extra-rendition and all the rest have been and are necessary."

geoff said...

Now is as good a time as any to remember the Amiriyah Shelter Bombing. Remember? I doubt anybody's heard of it. A little over 20 years ago the USA unveiled its smart bombs with a mass slaughter of more than 400 Iraqi civilians. Where was the twenty year commemoration with chants of "U.S.A!"?

miranda said...

Had the American public known about it, they might well have cheered that mass slaughter. Boo-yah! Naturally, the Iraqi families' lawsuit was dismissed; the bombing was done in the name of freedom! U S Ayyyyy!

editor_u said...

Another good piece at Counterpunch, this one about selective/deceptive reporting AND an NPR coverup, aided and abetted by the Ombudsman:

Corporate Crime of the Century Portrayed as Conspiracy Theory



Yesterday ATC, NPR's cycle of self promotion continues:

"Tavis Smiley: If At First You Don't Succeed, 'Fail Up'"

So NPR's Black Geraldo Rivera thinks there's nothing wrong with being an egotist?

Not a surprise.

NPR, providing free advertising for an NPR employee to sell their book.

Not a surprise, either.

Not realizing that after NPR fired Juan William, you've become bullet proof?

Anonymous said...

Tavis is failing upward.
Good for him.
He's in great company.


larry, dfh said...

Thanks for the link, Ed_ua. Wonder how poorly S-4-0 reported the rip-off CA got from enron, including arnold. Happy Cinquo de Mayo, folks.

Anonymous said...

Hey, WHYY had Tavis (Fail Up) Smiley at President's Dinner as guest of honor. And they are fund raising. Too great an opportunity to allow Patrick (Pay Up Now!) Stoner fly in from LA where he was busy getting down with (are you ready?) Johnny Depp to stay in La La Kand when he is so desperately needed here in Philly cause they "hit a wall" yesterday.

They dropped College Challenge and instead went with a "Battle of the Bands" schtick. Next they will have a "If you Were a Tree What kind of Tree would You Be?" event. And after that "If You Were a Muppet .. ." But they are as always trying to end this thing as soon as possible. Looking for 240k. I'm sure they will get there cause big Pharma has joined the fray with a 10k prize if . . .

And why should there be a lot of comments here about the death of ObL? It is only preaching to the choir. Just hope thay don't cue up the Peace Prize instaed of the bomber jacket when FearLess Leader addresses the troops today to congratulate them on a well earned R+R. Sheeze.


geoff said...

"We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request." ?!

geoff said...

Here are a few quotes from Moist Flushable Wipe's OBL commentary:

"I covered the siege of Sarajevo," "I heard stories about a slim, tall renegade Saudi prince," "I learned he was Osama bin Laden," "I was writing a novel about the siege of Sarajevo," "I wasn't surprised to find that he traced much of what he despised back to Jews," and, finally, "linguistic lather that he thought could rinse cold blood from his knuckles."

Clearly MFW spends much time gazing into the looking glass (I-I-I) and admiring his own supple lips, sans any "grey waterfall beard." But he seems to be projecting his guilt onto the enigma of OBL. Somewhere in MFW's subconscious is a bloody Quaker's version of Lady Macbeth furiously whipping words into a lather that might hide his guilt for inciting America into massive world war.

Maine Owl said...
"NPR Ombudsman Says No Response Allowed to Mass Transit Mess Up"

"Corporate Crime of the Century Portrayed as Conspiracy Theory"


""It is not a theory," Snell said. "These are not 'unproven allegations of conspiracy.' It has been settled judicial fact for more than half a century. Beyond a reasonable doubt, as affirmed by the federal courts, and after denial of further review by the Supreme Court of the United States, it is an established and incontrovertible fact that General Motors, Standard Oil of California, and Firestone Tire conspired to replace electric transit in cities throughout America in order to effect a monopoly in the sale of buses and related products."

"To suggest otherwise is to debase and mock our revered and time-honored system of American jurisprudence," Snell said.

It is unconscionable that the NPR Ombudsman will not even consider running a response."

geoff said...

If you're interested, MFW had this to say about my remarks:

Thanks for all of the interesting comments. And, I don't want to "Report abuse" from Frumpy Demon. I can take such hectoring, and he would only use a complaint to argue that he's being censored. But whatever my endless flaws and failures, I do not believe that I merit the comparison to Osama bin Laden that he makes. It's this kind of mean, ludicrous posting that drives news organization to come up with guidelines that preclude verbal abuse. With thanks, SSS

There's that word "ludicrous," again.

From Merriam Webster:

1 : amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity
2 : meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish

Oh really? What's ludicrous to me is the demonizing of this former CIA asset OBL as a mythic boogeyman for the purpose of waging wars in which millions of civilians have seen their lives ruined by murder, famine, disease and dislocation brought on by reckless war-mongering. I guess if you're paid over $300,000/year out of public funds, then inciting people to murderous vengeance and glorying in assassination is ok.

bee-pee-eff-bee said...

Frumpy, you ludicrous meanie you. ;-)

And I hope you posted your rebuttal (re-rebuttal?) to (right) said thread.

(word verifaction rolled "breog")

geoff said...

I should have provided a link to Osama Bin Laden Joins His Own Legacy of Death. A Simon Says production.

Anonymous said...

NPR and WHYY are becoming less and less accessible to non-believers or heretics (you know which one you are F Demon lol).

Slightly off topic but only ever so slightly. I was Reading Death of the Middle Class (Chris Hedges) and you all know the litiny but then comes Scott Simon interviewing Rob Lowe. Chris Hedges spent a book but this segment only took about 8 minutes. They both re-enforce the central idea: "Liberalism" killed itself when it tried to tie itself in knots in order to accomadate the coporate/military social elites. This is the uniting of dewy eyed cheerleaders of endless war and coporate power and the media that propagandizes Americans.

But liane went one step better by interviewing a "faux" rap group. It was a faux journalist interviewing a faux culture symbol on a faux liberal news network.

Liane is leaving 5/29 so if you want to pay proper dues you can find her.


Mytwords said...

Yes, I heard that Auntie Liane faux news but 100% genuine rubbish of an interview...truly pathetic. For a while I actually thought it was some early Liane piece dredged up from the 80s when writing white-boy rap parodies was still new and ever so slightly humorous...