Moyers’ willful ignorance

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Number 226
April 27, 2007
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I recently sent you all a heads up about the Bill Moyers special that aired last night on PBS. (Transcript and replay HERE.)
For this I am deeply ashamed, and I apologize.
I told you that this would be a good thing to watch, that it would shed some needed light on the media industrial governmental conspiracy to sell the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Well, I was wrong. Wrong squared. I suspended my disbelief for one minute, put my bullshit detector on pause, and bammo.
The Moyers show was a gigantic crock of shit.
He committed precisely the same egregious errors he so piously attributed to the bad guys. He sold us a lie.
Only ONE sentence of anything approaching the real truth was allowed to stick its head outside the sheets of complicity that shrouded Moyers’ whitewash.
Only Phil Donahue said it: “It’s good for business.”
Moyers played the same game which got us into Iraq, and has gotten us into myriad wars of overthrow and regime change since the nineteenth century.
(The concept of the “embedded” journalist was in fact created in the nefarious Mexican War of 1848.)
Moyers limited his sources to the same major media co conspirators (CBS, CNN, Wash Post, NY Times) who colluded last time, and have colluded every single time the Government and their big business bosses have decided it was “good for business” to have a war.
He paraded Dan Rather and many similar pimp media Meas who Culpa’ed all over the screen, but Moyers never got to the true story.
The war, as all others before it, was begun solely to further the venal and rapacious interests of American business and power.
The war was justified on totally mendacious grounds, invented by the government, and spread like fungus by major media.
The major media depends on the kindness and advertising of the very people who benefit the most from the war, and it participated with great vigor in the selling of the war and its justification, moral and otherwise.
The business interests that wanted the war, paid the government, and elected officials to create a scenario where the war could be justified and prosecuted.
The business interests that wanted the war, paid the media and its journalists to not just go along but play a strong and active role in selling the lie.
One so-called “progressive” voice was heard- that of Norman Solomon, ( of the so-called Progessive Democrats, if your stomach can take it) who got the job of explaining gosh how did this all happen ? Solomon appears to be angling to run for something pretty soon. He has turned to a Politicians’ Ptolemaic Progressiveness– perchance he will run on the Ostrich Party ticket.
Well, Norman explained, “we were all bamboozled.”
Bam f—-cking boozled !!!!!!!!!
Well, that sho nuff splains that one Lucy.
Never mentioned: the hundreds, the thousands of anti war blogs, organizations, newspapers, monthlies, writers, and just plain folks, who saw and loudly and demonstratively spoke the truth and who were purposefully ignored, derided– and often persecuted- for their actions.
Never even whispered: the fact that millions of people marched and demonstrated and fought to stop the wars.
Moyers did exactly what he accused the bad guys of doing- he pursued a willful ignorance, refusing to recognize or reveal that many of us were right, and were loud and were ubiquitous, and were purposely ignored by ALL of those who benefited from the war.
The facts were all out there. WE were not bamboozled. WE were ignored, vilified, and hounded by Homeland Security.
The press did not snooze. The press was not fooled, nor bamboozled nor tricked.
It is not enough that these whores apologize.
Apology NOT accepted.
What are they gonna DO about it ? Thass what I wanna know.
Selling us another pile of doggie poop and telling us its Mount Ararat is NOT gonna be OK.
Moyers and PBS proved to be two more allies in selling us the big lie, and should be hounded outta town for it.
Even better, they should be ignored.
We have serious and brilliant sources for truth available to anyone and everyone.
They are NOT on network or cable TV.
They are NOT printed by giant corporations.
You KNOW where to find the truth, and ignorance is no excuse.
Shame on Moyers, and shame on me for suggesting you watch it.
Time to go and read something real.
You know where to find it, but if you don’t, I’ll be very happy to send you a list.
It’s all free. Our lives depend on it.
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7/7 Bombing

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Did MI5 miss the London bomber?

MI5 surveillance footage of the meeting

Why weren’t the leads followed up?

Britain’s biggest terrorism trial has just ended with the conviction of men who conspired to build a massive homemade bomb. But with the lifting of reporting restrictions, Panorama reveals the truth about what MI5 really knew about the July 2005 London bombers.

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Haven’t Read Carefully Yet

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George Tenet on the staircase with the neocons

In his book and on TV, former CIA Director George Tenet remembers all the things he should’ve said before we invaded Iraq but didn’t.

Apr. 30, 2007 | The French call it “the spirit of the staircase” (l’esprit d’escalier), the clever reply to someone that comes to you on your way up to the bedroom after a cocktail party. In his new book, released Monday, former CIA Director George Tenet has delivered himself of hundreds of pages on the staircase, imagining what he should have said or could have said to Richard Perle, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice and the other neoconservatives who marched the country to war in Iraq using the pretext of Sept. 11. In his April 29 interview with “60 Minutes” touting the book,

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Which Is It?

As one reads Buckley’s latest, in which he will be seen by some as adopting a rational “reality based” world view, the reality is, of course, this:

1) He is completely out of the loop about what really happened on 9/11 (Inside Job), and he really believes his analysis is fair and high minded.


2) His ability to artfully lie is so well-practiced and ingrained that he emits nary a shudder as he pretends to believe the horrible distortion of reality he presents.

The Waning of the GOP

The political problem of the Bush administration is grave, possibly beyond the point of rescue. The opinion polls are savagely decisive on the Iraq question. About 60 percent of Americans wish the war ended — wish at least a timetable for orderly withdrawal. What is going on in Congress is in the nature of accompaniment. The vote in Congress is simply another salient in the war against war in Iraq. Republican forces, with a couple of exceptions, held fast against the Democrats’ attempt to force Bush out of Iraq even if it required fiddling with the Constitution. President Bush will of course veto the bill, but its impact is critically important in the consolidation of public opinion. It can now accurately be said that the legislature, which writes the people’s laws, opposes the war.

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Web Of Lies

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A Loser’s HistoryGeorge Tenet’s sniveling, self-justifying new book is a disgrace.

George Tenet. Click image to expand.Former CIA Director George Tenet
It’s difficult to see why George Tenet would be so incautious as to write his own self-justifying apologia, let alone give it the portentous title At the Center of the Storm. There is already a perfectly good pro-Tenet book written by a man who knows how to employ the overworked term storm. Bob Woodward’s 2002 effort, Bush at War, was, in many of its aspects, almost dictated by George Tenet. How do we know this? Well, Tenet is described on the opening page as “a hefty, outgoing son of Greek immigrants,” which means that he talked to Woodward on background. Further compliments are showered upon him. We discover that his main protector on Capitol Hill, Sen. David Boren, who represented Oklahoma until 1994, had implored President-elect Bush to retain this Clinton-era head of the CIA and if he had any doubts, to “ask your father”:

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Count Me as Skeptical

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American says he trained terrorists, cheered videos of 9/11

LONDON, England (AP) — An American computer programmer who later became an FBI informant told a British court during 17 days of testimony that he ran training camps in Pakistan for Islamic militants and nurtured a generation of homegrown British terrorists.

Mohammed Junaid Babar’s testimony in the yearlong trial of five men convicted Monday of a plot to bomb targets in London revealed how disaffected Britons were trained for terrorism in Pakistan, where many have family ties.

Flanked by U.S. marshals on the witness stand, Babar — who prosecutors said is the first FBI informant to testify in a British terror case — described how the plot developed in the cramped mosques of suburban England and the hills of Pakistan’s tribal belt.

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