Why don’t we just admit that Grover Norquist’s work here in these United States is, well, done? Yes, the federal government is technically back in business, but only just in time to let Foster Farms continue selling salmonella-tainted chicken, JPMorgan Chase escape its latest fraud with a laughably small fine, and Sinclair Broadcast Group snap up a dozen or so more local television stations. And that’s just this week.
|By: amerigus Thursday October 24, 2013 2:05 pm|
In a galling display of disregard for the public interest, Sean Hannity has been broadcasting provably false information on radio and TV about the Affordable Care Act. Salon’s “Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare” uncovered how he distorted the stories of three couples to imply that they were worse off under Obamacare’s new rules. In fact, the couples are now able to get more coverage for less money, but Hannity did not retract his report.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 17, 2013 9:22 am|
The Washington Post has published a story relying upon more documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, which provide a glimpse at how the NSA coordinates with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate “targets.” It featured the first concrete evidence to date that Hassan Ghul, a courier for Osama bin Laden who provided intelligence that helped the CIA locate bin Laden, was killed in a drone strike. Yet, some of the main reactions to the story are troubling because it appears there’s resentment that journalists involved in this story decided to engage in an act of journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:23 pm|
The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own.
|By: Peterr Saturday September 28, 2013 11:30 am|
These are good times for those who practice wingnuttery and those who observe them, as there is plenty of wingnuttery on display. Sadly, this exacts a cost, either in the idiotic policies and practices foisted upon society (see almost anything enacted at the urging of the NRA), or in the time and energy that must be wasted to beat back these idiocies (see Krugman, Paul “the Shrill One”). No, popcorn is not an option. It’s no surprise, then, that my thoughts have been turning to Charles Pierce.
Yours should too.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 26, 2013 9:30 am|
A National Security Agency history of intelligence activities during the Cold War has been further declassified. For the first time, the names of a few of the people who were on a watch list operated by the NSA have not been withheld. The history also contains various details that are exceptionally relevant to the debate around US intelligence and privacy that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden ignited.
|By: Steve Horn Friday September 13, 2013 1:35 pm|
After The Dissenter ran a Sept. 10 interview with a member of the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY protesting former CIA Director David Petraeus’ adjunct professor gig at CUNY Macaulay Honors College, national coverage has exploded on protests occurring on his Sept. 9 first day of class.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday September 8, 2013 2:00 pm|
Struggling to win support for United States military strikes on Syria, the administration of President Barack Obama has launched an information operation on members of Congress and citizens of America, who still refuse to support engaging in an act of war in response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
|By: RH Reality Check Saturday September 7, 2013 8:00 am|
On May 1, a familiar anti-abortion story line played out on Azteca 13, a popular television channel in Mexico. In the opening scenes of an episode of Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres (What We Women Keep Silent), a Lifetime-like telenovela series about “real-life” stories, a pretty brunette with a heart-shaped face, Alondra, discovers she is pregnant when overtaken by a sudden bout of morning sickness. Her sister Sofía is concerned, but later that night, when Alondra’s boorish boyfriend comes home and she breaks the news, he asks if it’s his, then tells her to abort.
|By: firedancer Friday August 30, 2013 5:10 pm|
The Occupy Wall Street (inter) National Gathering 2013, was held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from August 21-25, 2013. NatGat2 began in the usual Occupy fashion, with the main venue and camping site lost. A moderate police presence was visible, as well.
Organizers scrambled, negotiated, and persevered.