The Repetition Compulsion for War — and How It Might Fail This Time

By: Monday September 9, 2013 5:45 am

No matter how many times we’ve seen it before, the frenzy for launching a military attack on another country is — to the extent we’re not numb — profoundly upsetting. Tanked up with talking points in Washington, top officials drive policy while intoxicated with what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism,” and most media coverage becomes similarly unhinged. That’s where we are now.

 

Jane on MSNBC With Tamron Hall Discussing Bradley Manning

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 2:25 pm

I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall discussing the sentencing of Bradley Manning (prior to the announcement that henceforth she would like to be called Chelsea).

Jane on MSNBC Talking About Bradley Manning Verdict

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 4:10 pm

I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall talking about the Bradley Manning verdict.  The sentencing phase begins today, and Kevin Gosztola is reporting live from Fort Meade.

Melissa Harris-Perry Is Tired of Having to Cover Edward Snowden—So She Wrote an Open Letter

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 4:00 pm

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry can no longer bear former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s effort to travel to a country that will grant him asylum for blowing the whistle on massive secret surveillance by the United States government. She wrote an “open letter” for Snowden, which she read on her weekend cable news program, urging him to come back home to the US.

A posting on her show’s page reads, “Espionage. International intrigue. Secret government surveillance. Bad airport food. The Edward Snowden saga continued on Friday, when the leaker–who revealed information about the NSA’s surveillance of phone and internet records–spoke out from the Moscow airport, where he’s been holed up for three weeks, to demand that the U.S. stop interfering with his attempts to escape prosecution.”

This setup suggests that Harris-Perry finds Snowden’s belief that he must seek asylum from the United States to be trivial and unreasonable and that is exactly the case.

MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry’s ‘Beef’ with Edward Snowden is a Total Distraction

By: Monday July 1, 2013 2:00 pm

One argument that has become prevalent among commentators is that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s act of revealing secret US government surveillance programs is not “noble” or “heroic” or the act of a whistleblower because he fled the country for Hong Kong. Those who engage in civil disobedience historically have faced the consequences and not run when they broke the law.

Not In Front of the Servants

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 8:00 pm

Many years ago, my friend Marcus delightedly brought over his latest purchase, along with the usual two six-packs: an early twentieth century etiquette book.  As we got drunker, he kept finding ever more hilarious admonitions in its yellowed pages, reading them out loud in his thick German accent.  “Don’t ever discuss personal topics in front of children or servants,” he recited, giggling and gesturing with his finger on his lips toward my friend Judy’s boyfriend, who was going through a rough spot in his career and was then cleaning Marcus’ and my apartments each week.

Poor Mitt Romney evidently spent too much time with the Book of Mormon and not enough with Amy Vanderbilt, and somehow missed this important lesson.

Now That Brennan Is Confirmed, How Limitless Are President Obama’s Targeted Killing Powers?

By: Friday March 8, 2013 1:42 pm

On first glance, it is a simple question to be laughed at or outright dismissed because someone with a lack of knowledge on the Global War on Terrorism would think it could never happen. That is how a number of people who consider themselves to be “serious” individuals reacted to the question of whether the president could authorize a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil, which Senator Rand Paul forced Attorney General Eric Holder to answer without equivocation. However, when considering all the powers both President George W. Bush and now President Barack Obama have claimed and embraced in the Global War on Terrorism to target, isolate and sometimes even neutralize individuals without probable cause and only on mere suspicion, it seems much less looney to ask with a straight face.

Jeb Bush’s Rapid Flip-Flop on Pathway to Citizenship

By: Tuesday March 5, 2013 4:00 pm

In what is probably one of the fastest flip-flops in political history, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) now says he is actually open to creating a pathway to citizenship as part of comprehensive immigration reform, even though he literally just published a book that called only for creating a pathway to legal residency.

Sunday Late Night: Ben Domenech, MSNBC Un-Person

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 8:01 pm

We all know there isn’t much you can do to get exiled from the Village Media circuit. If being wrong about war, weapons of mass destruction, the Clinton impeachment, the Catholic church’s child rape scandals, and Team Obama’s drone-assassination policy were bannable offenses, all we’d have for cable channels would be test-patterns (remember them?)

But it used to be, back in the days of standards that mattered.

MSNBC Doesn’t Cover Bradley Manning’s Statement or Guilty Pleas At All

By: Saturday March 2, 2013 9:11 am

Pfc. Bradley Manning pled guilty to elements of ten of the twenty-two charges he faces on February 28. Manning also read a statement he typed up himself that explained his thoughts about the documents and video he disclosed and when and how he transmitted the information to WikiLeaks.

A review of three major United States cable news networks shows MSNBC did not mention Manning once .

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