The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Democrats' Left Turn by Thomas B Edsall New York Times Oct 18, 2018 Today, we're going to skip the foreplay. Here's the money shot: "The dominant role of well-educated, relatively upscale white Democrats in moving the party to the left reflects the declining role of the working class in shaping the party’s ideology." Upscale … Continue reading The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Bill Clinton Called when Trump was Deciding Whether or Not to Run for President

Donald Trump talked politics with Bill Clinton weeks before launching 2016 bid By Robert Costa and Anne Gearan Washington Post August 5, 2015 Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White … Continue reading Bill Clinton Called when Trump was Deciding Whether or Not to Run for President

This Too Shall Pass: Nothing is Going to Change With US – Saudi Relations No Matter Whom They Murder

Despite the hemming and hawing we hear from credible journalists about the dismemberment of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, don't kid yourself. Nothing will be done. by O Society Oct 14, 2018 It's difficult to read his fiancée's  take on this without feeling empathy for her over the murder. Walk a mile in her … Continue reading This Too Shall Pass: Nothing is Going to Change With US – Saudi Relations No Matter Whom They Murder

The CIA, Asleep at the Wheel

Not only does the CIA undermine democracy and sow chaos abroad — according to a new book, the agency deliberately held back information about future 9/11 hijackers in the US. by Branko Marcetic Jacobin A review of The Watchdogs Didn’t Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror About the same time Bob Woodward’s Fear … Continue reading The CIA, Asleep at the Wheel

Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy

TJ Coles Counterpunch Oct 8, 2018 Algorithms are getting so sophisticated, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell which online comments are real and which are generated by “bots”; which sites are genuinely popular and which are generating fake hits. In my new book Real Fake News (Red Pill Press), I argue fake news can be traced … Continue reading Fake News and Weaponized Bots: How Algorithms Inflate Profiles, Spread Disinfo and Disrupt Democracy

“Self-Made Billionaire” Donald Trump Built Empire on Father’s Money, Tax Dodging, & Fraud

We speak with David Barstow, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and the lead author on the new investigation, “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches from His Father.” Donald Trump built his personal brand and presidential candidacy on the claim he is a self-made billionaire, whose only … Continue reading “Self-Made Billionaire” Donald Trump Built Empire on Father’s Money, Tax Dodging, & Fraud

Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn

Media Lens October 3, 2018 If there's one thing we've learned in the 17 years since Media Lens began, it's that media professionals generally hate being challenged, critiqued or criticised. This fierce antipathetical belligerence underlies the corporate media's total refusal to mention, far less discuss, a recent damning report on how the corporate media have … Continue reading Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn