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Health Care & Environment
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
MEDIA IGNORES WAR CRIMES BY AMERICA'S FASCISTS:
NYT's American Blind Spot15 April 2009
On Tuesday, the New York Times ran two editorials that staked out sound positions – on the need for the American Bar Association to resist right-wing pressures in evaluating judicial nominees and on the value of holding tyrants accountable. But in both cases, the Times demonstrated blind spots about parallels to itself and the U.S. media.
For instance, the Times likes President Barack Obama’s decision to restore the ABA to its traditional role of assessing the fitness of nominees to the federal bench after years of George W. Bush dismissing the ABA for its “liberal bias” and opting for ideological judgments from the right-wing Federalist Society.
However, the Times notes that the ABA – in a futile effort to get itself back into the good graces of the Republican administration – began to give unwarranted high marks to right-wing nominees as a way to shake its “liberal” label.
“The group regularly gave ‘well qualified’ and ‘qualified’ ratings to some of President George W. Bush’s most deeply flawed nominees,” the editorial said. “Conservatives will undoubtedly keep trying to intimidate the ABA. The group’s screeners should evaluate the Obama nominees based on their qualifications, judicial temperament and views of the law – without imposing any ideological litmus test.”
Yet what the Times described about the ABA’s pandering to the Right is exactly what the New York Times and other mainstream news organizations have done for almost three decades.
Tired of the Right’s accusations about “liberal media,” the Times and other news outlets bent to the Right to “prove” they weren't liberal, which translated into being much tougher on Bill Clinton’s administration and on Al Gore’s presidential candidacy than on Ronald Reagan and the two George Bushes.
As with the ABA’s readiness to give high marks to unqualified right-wing judges, the Times and other outlets violated their standards for fairness by applying an easier standard on Republicans than on Democrats – and like the ABA never succeeded in appeasing the Right anyway.
In other words, the Times might have included the self-critical observation that it followed the same futile course as the ABA, trading its reputation for honesty and objectivity for a hoped-for seat at the Republican table.
A South American Mirror
In the next editorial, the Times hailed the people of Peru for holding ex-President Alberto Fujimori accountable for unleashing a death squad that killed 25 people, including an 8-year-old boy. The Times noted that a court “found that it was Mr. Fujimori who failed to distinguish between authoritarian excess and the rule of law. ...
If you were waiting for next obvious paragraph – that the American people should take the Peruvian example to heart and hold ex-President Bush accountable for his far bloodier crimes – you would be disappointed.
It’s one thing to pat the Peruvians on the head or recognize the value of a world court judging crimes in weak countries like Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone. It is something altogether different to expect that an American leader should be dragged before the bar of justice.
Everything the Times said about Fujimori could apply to Bush in spades, both in regards to his blatantly illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 – an aggressive war that left a great many 8-year-old boys and girls (as well as children of all ages) dead or horribly maimed – and to his torture of prisoners captured in his “war on terror.”
Indeed, there is really no serious rebuttal to the evidence that Bush and many of his senior aides are war criminals. All that protects them is a lack of political courage on the part of the Obama administration and a lack of integrity on the part of the major U.S. news media.
Instead of facing the obvious facts, American politicians and editorial writers have chosen to put on blinders that allow them to lecture other countries about the rule of law while ignoring it themselves. In this collective cowardice, the U.S. Establishment also may be selling the American people short.
One could write, for instance, that “however popular Mr. Bush may once have been in the United States, by the end of a trial on his many crimes, public-opinion polls might well find that a large majority of Americans would agree that he was guilty as charged – and that no one, not even a President of the United States, is above the law.”
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.
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This story was published on April 16, 2009.