American Leaders, Intel Hooligans, and the Mainstream Media aka “The Trump Lynch Mob”

American Leaders, Intel Hooligans, and the Mainstream Media aka “The Trump Lynch Mob”

How Glenn Beck Doctors George Soros’s Words

From the November 11th edition of Glenn Beck's program on the FOX News Channel:http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/flash/player.swf Transcript:eBECK: I want you to know and remember this: In the last three episodes, I'm not making claims, I'm not asking questions, I'm not telling you statements of fact. What I'm telling you is, watch George Soros in his own words. … Continue reading How Glenn Beck Doctors George Soros’s Words

Republicans in Disarray: Chaos Spreads to Blogosphere

Tuesday's primary victories by teabag extremists Christine O'Donnell and Carl Paladino are not the only signs that the Republican Party and conservative establishment are in chaos. Go read fringe rightie blogger Dan Riehl's latest and laugh. Here's a hint for Dan and his unhinged fellow traveler Michelle Maglalang Malkin: there is no damn way that … Continue reading Republicans in Disarray: Chaos Spreads to Blogosphere

Matt Drudge Should Set Himself on Fire

Dave Weigel was being facetious, but, by God, the Versailles Media must have blood when someone dares get snarky and jokingly suggest that repeatedly proven prevaricator Matt "Eggman " Drudge set himself on fire. I could rant, but I'm on vacation and wouldn't want to get in the way of Amanda Marcotte's brilliant takedown of … Continue reading Matt Drudge Should Set Himself on Fire

Ayn Rand’s Excellent Proposal

In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand's protagonist, John Galt, leads a strike of the "best and brightest" capitalists, and together they leave the country to set up a "new order."  The scheme offers great advantages -- to the rest of us who are "left behind." The organizer of industry who thinks he has 'made' himself and … Continue reading Ayn Rand’s Excellent Proposal

Joel Silberman: Media Creates Misinformed Americans

The Doc is for the most part no fan of RT Television (Russia Today, i.e. The Putin Channel) — but every once in a while, they run a short segment as smart and informative as the one below, and you know you'll never see such a moment from the broadcast networks, CNN, or even MSNBC. … Continue reading Joel Silberman: Media Creates Misinformed Americans

Joan Walsh Dares Say It

Via the incomparable Bob Somerby comes this gem written by Joan Walsh, echoing exactly what our founding editor, Jeff Koopersmith, was saying well over a decade ago (Bob's emphases preserved): "The Clinton Tapes" makes clear that from start to finish, President Clinton was besieged by a vicious just-say-no GOP abetted by the perversely, inexplicably, cruelly … Continue reading Joan Walsh Dares Say It

Glenn Greenwald explains the Beltway Press Rules on Torture

April 24, 2009 – New York (apj.us) – Salon's Glenn Greenwald gets it. In an early morning blog post, the legal analyst and press critic spells out three rules of the Beltway elite that are shaping the so-called media "coverage" of torture: Any policy that Beltway elites dislike is demonized as coming from "the Left" … Continue reading Glenn Greenwald explains the Beltway Press Rules on Torture

FOX News? New Network Set To Redefine News

Steve Young reports on what may be the newsiest newsy news network ever! April 11, 2009 – Hollywood (SteveYoungOnPolitics / apj.us) FOX News Release…The FOX News Adrenalin Network is meant to serve every political persuasion from the militia man who no longer wants to waste their target practice on newspaper clipping of presidents or small … Continue reading FOX News? New Network Set To Redefine News

UPS to Billo the Clown: Buh-bye, Bozo!

We learn via Crooks and Liars' Nicole Belle that UPS will no longer sponsor FARCE News Channel's marquis prime time atrocity, the Billo the Clown Hour. And while it may be too early… … to cue the fat lady, let alone pin down the date that Rupert Murdoch will ring down the curtain on Andrea … Continue reading UPS to Billo the Clown: Buh-bye, Bozo!

Astroturf Watch: Kochzilla Caught Planting Faux Seeds Again

Over at Playboy.com , Mark Ames and Yasha Levine connect the dots between Rick Santelli's bizarre rant on CNBC early last week, a couple of domain names, something called the "Sam Adams Alliance," and the oligarchic Koch family, who have been tied to previous astroturf (as in "fake grassroots") campaigns. So what's holding you up? … Continue reading Astroturf Watch: Kochzilla Caught Planting Faux Seeds Again

The Truth about the Fairness Doctrine

Click here for super-sized version.The demise of the Fairness Doctrine gave us Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, nearly 5,000 dead American soldiers in Iraq, perhaps as many dead "contractors," a “million or so” dead civilians, and a world unimaginably stricken with poverty and illness. But now, says Jeff Koopersmith, there's a new rule … Continue reading The Truth about the Fairness Doctrine

Confessions of a Bush Hater

On the eve of 43's departure, Steve Young comes clean. January 19, 2009 – Hollywood (SteveYoungOnPolitics / apj.us) – This is my final column written during the George W Bush presidency. While I have never been a fan, I was incredibly taken by this president’s ability for consistency. No matter how many opportunities to make … Continue reading Confessions of a Bush Hater

Hannity and… (Stephanie) Miller? Why Not!

Steve Young gives Roger Ailes a sugggestion that could well increase their ratings... among liberals! FoNovember 25, 2008 – Hollywood (SteveYoungOnPolitics / apj.us) – The biggest question on the FOX News poll front isn’t “How many ways do you think the economic disaster is Obama’s fault?” That’s second. Now that Alan Colmes has vacated his … Continue reading Hannity and… (Stephanie) Miller? Why Not!

What Athenae Said…

… about P.J. O'Rourke's break with the reality-based world:It's like he threw Red State in a blender and this is what came out. "Blargle blargle flap flap AYERS blargle!" Conservatism has failed, objectively, because for the past 20 years at least all conservatives wanted to talk about was presidential blowjobs, phony associations, windsurfing, faux-scandalous land … Continue reading What Athenae Said…

Just What?s Jeffrey Scott Shapiro Up To?

Jeff Koopersmith introduces you to Jeffrey Shapiro, another hard-right spinmeister from the Murdoch Wall Street Journal who whines about America's treatment of Bush the day after Obama is elected President – and merits more than a modicum of scrutiny. November 7, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Most of us have never heard of Jeffrey Scott … Continue reading Just What?s Jeffrey Scott Shapiro Up To?

Townhall.com’s Barrage of Hatred: Your 2008 Guide to the Gay-bashing

October 29, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Here is a list of Townhall.com editorials attacking gay men and women just in the past year. There are 204 of them, using their own search engine. I repeat: 204 times these freaks attack people who just want to live as they were born. Be sure to read … Continue reading Townhall.com’s Barrage of Hatred: Your 2008 Guide to the Gay-bashing

Why Berke Breathed Is Retiring “Opus”

Lauerman: Your children's books seem to appeal to your gentler, Charles Schulz side. But how -- without Opus -- will you exercise your Michael Moore side?Breathed: I'll be on my couch Sunday mornings screaming at Brokaw and Stephanopoulos to call out the blathering bastards on their stupid fucking talking points and pin the dancing, lying, … Continue reading Why Berke Breathed Is Retiring “Opus”

13,600 Google Hits on “Jerome Corsi” + “scum”

  August 14, 2008 – Geneva (apj.us) – Do you remember Dr. Joseph Goebbels? He was Hitler’s chief of propaganda and in the end he became the Chancellor of the Third Reich for less than one day after Hitler did himself in. Goebbels and his delicate wife then murdered all their children in a bunker … Continue reading 13,600 Google Hits on “Jerome Corsi” + “scum”

Book Review: “The Pornography of Power”

Jeff Koopersmith on Robert Scheer's new book: "It is a wake-up call, but more important it is a record of American history that will not disappear even though no one in advertising-related businesses wants to talk about it." Robert ScheerThe Pornography of Power:How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened AmericaTwelve (A division of the Hachette … Continue reading Book Review: “The Pornography of Power”

Hammer of the Hawks

Nukes are here to stay! Arch-conservative, carrion-chomping columnist Charles Krauthammer says efforts to end proliferation are dead. Jeff Koopersmith offers his own deterrent to today's silliness from the "Hammer of the Hawks." April 18, 2008 – Lugano (apj.us) – If you think Charles Krauthammer has a problem because he looks like a hawk, you might … Continue reading Hammer of the Hawks

Book Review: “The Nuclear Jihadist”

Jeff Koopersmith reviews an important new book about one of the most dangerous men alive – and finds far more of interest within than the mere biography and exploits of Dr. A.Q. Khan. The Nuclear JihadistBy Douglas Frantz and Catherine CollinsHachette Book Group, 2007Oct. 23, 2007 – Geneva (apj.us) – Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins … Continue reading Book Review: “The Nuclear Jihadist”

The Petraeus Panic Continues!

Neocons crybabies can’t take a ribbing – but they can, as always, tell lies! Sept. 24, 2007 –GENEVA (apj.us) – One of the delightfully entertaining things about living in Europe part of the year is that FOX News – the American version – is available 24/7 on satellite – the satellite owned of course by … Continue reading The Petraeus Panic Continues!

CNN News University Presents: Media Overkill 101

TODAY'S WOLF BLITZER MEMORIAL LECTURE:“How to handle a bridge collapse” Most of us woke up this morning to news that a large bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota collapsed without warning.Turning on the television after a shower, I found CNN fully engaged in the usual nonsense that passes for broadcast journalism:Helicopter circling, taking pictures that showed the … Continue reading CNN News University Presents: Media Overkill 101

In the Wake of Cho Seung Hui

What do the murders in Blacksburg mean for America? April 19, 2007 -- Geneva (apj.us) -- I am struck speechless by the cell phone video captured by Virginia Tech graduate student Jamal al Barghouti from outside Norris Hall where Cho Seung Hui was committing mass murder. That video, which features the deafening sounds of 27 gunshots, … Continue reading In the Wake of Cho Seung Hui

Jodie Foster, Suspected Terrorist?

February 3, 2007 (apj.us) -- How would you like to know what our crack customs people were up to today? Here's what they did: Jodie Foster, probably America's finest film actor, was on her way back from vacation in the Turks and Caicos, She was, as many of us have been, in the huge immigration lines … Continue reading Jodie Foster, Suspected Terrorist?

It’s Time to Go After Michael Ishikoff

Jeff KoopersmithI've just finished reading Joan Didion's latest tome that is a republished version of her best work, and was reminded of my disgust with so-called media stars the likes of Bob Woodward, Mike Ishikoff, and others who seem to have escaped retribution from their publishers for the damage they did during the last decade, and … Continue reading It’s Time to Go After Michael Ishikoff

Another New York Times Cover-up?

It sure looks that way... and this time around, brought to you by John Burns John Burns, the bearded little blonde troll that seems to appear magically on PBS's NewsHour now and again, has penned what seems to be either a sign of his naiveté or simply the usual New York Times dross about the … Continue reading Another New York Times Cover-up?

Why Al Jazeera Is Not Taken Seriously

Their coverage of the Iranian Holocaust "Conference" is but one example Dec. 19, 2006 -- Lugano (apj.us) -- While in Europe, I have the opportunity to watch Al Jazeera television for an hour or so nearly every evening.I must say that the coverage Al Jazeera gives to the Middle East and, of course, the war … Continue reading Why Al Jazeera Is Not Taken Seriously

Lessons for Today From Fritz Stern

Book Review: A New Book on Germany Has Much to teach Today's Decision-makers Fritz Stern: "Five Germanys I have Known" -- 2006, Farrar, Strauss, Giroux [ISBN 0-374-15540-2]December 13, 2006 -- Philadelphia (apj.us) -- As I savored the five-hundred-plus pages of Professor Fritz Stern's new book, "Five Germanys I Have Known," I couldn't help but notice … Continue reading Lessons for Today From Fritz Stern