Archive for March, 2012

What the Indy 500 and American Journalism have in common

March 20, 2012

What do Danica Patrick and Kevin Drum have in common?

When Danica Patrick said “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions”, I thought, well, she is just an auto  racing driver. Focusing on making a “quick buck”, literally, she probably had not given much thought to George Orwell’s writings on government, assuming she ever heard of the man.

But when Kevin Drums, a  so-called “independent  journalist”- a oxymoron in the lexicon of American press, at Mother Jones writes what, in essence, amounts to the same thing, absolving Obama of a crime against an imprisoned Yemeni journalist, just because he is “our president“, then one has to wonder whether  the pit of American journalism is  bottomless:

But which do I find more likely? That Shaye is indeed affiliated with al-Qaeda based on evidence that hasn’t been made public? Or that Barack Obama is a sociopath who pressures foreign leaders to keep innocent journalists in prison based on the fact that they very slightly annoy him? Call me what you will, but I have to go with Door A. U.S. attacks within Yemen might be bad policy. The entire war on al-Qaeda might be bad policy. What’s more, Obama — along with the entire security apparatus of the United States — might be specifically wrong about Shaye. But I don’t believe that they’re simply making this story up because of a basically inconsequential piece that Shaye wrote two years ago. That just doesn’t add up.”

(Note how Mr. Drum, the “independent” journalist, not only did he not say his investigations prompted him to choose “Door A” , but also he seemed to conveniently ignore the many “other”  wars Obama is waging against whistleblowers and real journalism. It is not just about this  “inconsequential piece“, Kevin. This is only one piece of the puzzle).

Orwell must be rolling in his grave.  What is the job of a journalist if not that of a watchdog to hold government leaders accountable, investigate their actions and their statements, and publicize issues that need attention, among other things?

ekwaysan

We’re committed to justice

March 15, 2012

I love it how puritan we think we are. This is from the NYT editorial on Tuesday, 3.13.12

“According to American and Afghan officials, [the] soldier shot the civilians execution-style, including nine children, after methodically breaking into three separate houses in a district of Kandahar Province. After killing the civilians, he set some of their bodies on fire.”

The editorial recommends:

“The Pentagon investigation of a soldier’s bloody rampage in Afghanistan must be swift and thorough so that Afghans can see that America is committed to justice.”

America is committed to justice indeed.  This is the kind of justice the New York Times is talking about:

“A US marine accused over the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in the city of Haditha was demoted to the rank of private but will serve no time behind bars, a military spokesman has said”.

Or perhaps this kind of justice:

War crimes good, exposing them bad               
While military and political leaders accused of war crimes sleep soundly, one alleged whistleblower languishes in jail.”

For all the horrible crimes  we committed over the course of these never-ending wars we’re waging and  are still committing (the ones we know about, that is), no one has received more than slap on the wrist, if anything at all.

Even here at home,  bankers and investors who swindled ordinary folks out of their homes, retirement accounts, and brought the world economy down to its knees; none of those knaves have been even charge of any crime let alone convicted of one. If anything, their pay check just got fatter.

It is not surprising that establishment media outlets brag about how great our justice system is, when they know better. The fact that they get away with such blatant lies is.

ekwaysan

We love them to death!

March 11, 2012

Civilians get killed. Life happens!  But it looks like before you start protesting, you’ve got to ask yourself: Who did the killing? Is it  Us or ThemThat makes all the difference.

We in the West care about civilians, no doubt! Did you see how animated and worked up Senator McCain was a couple of days ago during a senate hearing grilling  the secretary of defense Leon Panetta? “When are we going to start bombing” (alright I am rephrasing; but that is the gist of it). Feigning concern: “They’re killing civilians”. Oh, No! That is the same senator calling to bomb Iran now and who called for Iraq bombing a few years ago.

Yes! we love civilians.

In fact, we love them so much that the UN,  NATO, US Congress and media  justify the  bombing in Iraq,  Libya, and soon perhaps Syria and Iran, mostly by saying: They’re killing their own civilians.

commendable indeed!

Only there is one minor problem. We, ourselves,  have been killing civilians  over there consistently, like clockwork,   for the past 10 years. Here is a link to an example. There are  hundred others if you care to check.

“Lawmaker: Marines killed Iraqis ‘in cold blood’ ” 

Continuing this tradition, here is an item today:

US soldier ‘kills 15 Afghan civilians’

And that is not to mention the drone killings on an almost daily basis.

Is it really the civilians being killed whom the UN, NATO, congress and the subservient US media are concerned about or who is doing the killing? I haven’t heard a call to bomb NATO, the UN, or Congress, for that matter!

ekwaysan

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Stressed hunters!

March 5, 2012

Another day, another act from the theater of the absurd, a.k.a the U.S. media.

Drones operators are feeling stressed, our media reports!

The brave operators of the drones, killers in the skies, while sitting in the comfort of their chairs in Nevada or Colorado, are showing high stress levels.

Not so the civilians who are being killed on screens, even children, half-way around the world, in front of these operators, by these operators. These civilians are stress-free now. In fact, they’re comfortably dead.  Even the mourners and the rescuers of the drones victims are not spared!

I can’t begin to imagine the terror under which the residents on the receiving end are living. Can you imagine what it feels like to be under the threat of a borg-like killer watching your every move  from the sky, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days (and a quarter!) a year? 

That there are actually living, breathing human beings behind the screens of “our brave drones operators” is irrelevant.

I guess looking at the other side of the story is not a job at which our “free and independent”  media is good. Propagandizing and  stenography for the Pentagon? Now that  is a job it excels at.

ekwaysan