John Kiriakou: US Government Lacks “the Guts” to Face Its Crimes

By: Saturday February 21, 2015 4:00 pm

“I don’t think our government, no matter who is president, would ever have the guts to charge someone at the level of a Dick Cheney or of a CIA director … with crimes against humanity,” Kiriakou told Minkovski.


Real Fiscal Responsibility: What Chris Hayes Said

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 7:12 pm

I’m interrupting my series on US Government Real Fiscal Responsibility since the Carter Administration to write about something Chris Hayes said relating to Real Fiscal Responsibility. Back in February of 2014, he tweeted:

“If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of veterans.”

Ed Schultz Responds to NBC Worker Controversy ‘I Support Workers Everywhere’

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 12:19 pm

So why is Ed Schultz telling viewers to look him in the eye as he pledges fealty to workers rights? The answer is due to a little known labor dispute going on within the NBCUniversal/Comcast media empire that has some on the left questioning Schultz’s commitment to workers.

Secrecy Games: Obama Had Official Policy to Not Acknowledge Drone Program Existed

By: Monday February 25, 2013 11:30 am

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs appeared in his new role as MSNBC contributor on Sunday and acknowledged it was official policy within the administration of President Barack Obama to not acknowledge the existence of a drone program.

How Coverage of Julian Assange Provokes Liberal Outrage

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 4:00 pm

Most liberals in the United States seem to prefer ignoring what is happening with WikiLeaks, particularly its founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Either they are totally repulsed by Assange as an individual, they do not consider WikiLeaks to have provided a valuable service by releasing previously classified documents, the way the United States government is pursuing WikiLeaks founders, owners, managers, staffers and others connected doesn’t bother them or the story at this point is so complicated that they do not have the patience to sort out all the details to figure out the truth.

These various viewpoints inevitably lead to a contention that the era of WikiLeaks is over and, perhaps, the organization never really mattered that much at all.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Chris Hayes, Twilight Of The Elites: America After Meritocracy

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 10:59 am

If, like me, you have been following Chris Hayes on Twitter for an extended period of time, you’ve been aware of his book project on the loss of faith in institutions. He’s engaged in a public display of the writing and publishing process for over two years. And for all that time, I have pictured him responding to the steady drumbeat of institutional failures with emergency rewrites. Wait, the debt limit deal! Hold page 73! What, a coach at Penn State molested young boys for years and nobody did anything about it? I’m going to need another chapter! (Indeed, the saga of Jerry Sandusky does eke its way into the narrative.) We chat with author Chis Hayes about is new book.

How Coverage of Obama’s Role in Drone Executions Provokes Liberal Outrage

By: Sunday June 3, 2012 6:45 am

This morning, Chris Hayes did a segment on his show that examined President Barack Obama’s reported “kill list,” whether the number of civilians being killed by drones is being hidden from the American public, and whether the program is, in fact, legal as the Obama administration claims. The segment aired just days after a major story by the New York Times on the “kill list” catapulted US drone policy into the national conversation. It also was one of the few segments that MSNBC aired on the Obama administration’s drone program all week.

Colonel Jack Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst, Hina Shamsi from the ACLU’s National Security Project, Jeremy Scahill of The Nation magazine and Josh Treviño of the Texas Public Policy Foundation appeared on the program for the discussion.

The War on talkin’ about War…oh, and women

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 1:30 am

On Memorial Day, as I learned from one of Bill O’Reilly’s “for kids” books, there is something that occurs but once a year (ok, twice). GI Joe comes from the D.E.W. Line in his magical tank and bestows gifts upon military veterans for their service (“hope you weren’t counting on the ‘Dream Act’ but here’s the gift of PTSD José“). Hey, it’s right there on page 1, 29, or 187, look it up.

NBC Willfully Undermines Chris Hayes With Today Show Segment

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 2:50 pm

I haven’t fully weighed in on Chris Hayes’ segment from Sunday about the use of concepts like heroism and valor when discussing the US military, and I’m not sure I have to. Conor Friedersdorf, a conservative, says most of what needs to be said here. Meanwhile, NBC shamelessly invited guests to attack Hayes while misrepresenting what he said.

Democrat Jim Clyburn Dodges Question Whether Deficit Reductions Will Hurt Jobs, Economy

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 9:19 am

It you want to see how badly led and captive the Democratic leadership has become over mindless deficit hysteria, just watch Jim Clyburn dodge Chris Hayes’ questions on MSNBC’s Last Word.

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