The Whoring of America, if you missed it, is what C.I.'s calling our so-called left outlets which are ignoring the WikiLeaks while working overtime to whore for the Democratic Party. Possibly the AP article indicates why WikiLeaks is so ignored? You can't whore to get out of the votes for the Dems while also admitting the reality that Barack and Bush are one and the same.
Matthew Rothschild wants to maintain -- in his minute long radio spot -- that the WikiLeaks revelations reveal "just how immoral the Iraq War has been." First, I don't use "moral" or "immoral." I'll use "ethical" and "criminal" as terms but I'm not part of the morality police. Second, if Rothschild thinks it's "immoral," here's what twice as "immoral" the refusal of him and everyone at his magazine to write a damn thing on the WikiLeaks.
He's the one tossing around "immoral." So why can't he write about it? Why can't he have everyone write about it, everyone at the magazine?
That would tear away from The Progressive's efforts to turn out the vote for the Democratic Party in next Tuesday's elections.
I'm sick of The Whoring of America and sick of The Progressive and The Nation dropping the ball over and over because they're too damn busy whoring for the Democratic Party.
"The Secret War Between Wikileaks And The Pentagon (And Some Media Outlets)" (Danny Schechter, ZNet):
“Reading the NYT's stories about the Iraq War logs, I was struck by how it could get through such gruesome descriptions fingers chopped off, chemicals splashed on prisoners without using the word 'torture.' For some reason the word is unavailable when it is literally meaningful, yet is readily tossed around for laughs in contexts where it means nothing at all.” Oddly, the New York Times- owned Boston Globe had no reservations in using Torture in its headline.
The New York based Columbia Journalism Review surveyed global coverage and, weirdly, criticized Al Jazeera for a video it produced, “All in all, Al Jazeera's coverage of the secret files is straightforward, “except perhaps” (my emphasis) for a six-and-a-half minute documentary video posted prominently throughout the site, a video that is awkwardly edited and features weird, cable-TV-style reenactments and dramatic readings of some of the reports.” This condescending comment betrays a lack of insight into the differences between TV coverage and newspaper formulas.
While all of the press seems to be reporting the story, few media outlets are going back to their own coverage and acknowledging how they had failed at the time, to report many of the atrocities we now know the US military knew about, and covered up. One glaring example: The killings that took place in Fallujah where Al Jazeera correspondents were banned.
Much of the media, as we now see, especially leading American media outlets, were complicit in a multi-year cover-up of truths and crimes that continue to this day, not just in Iraq or Afghanistan, but in our living rooms at home.
I appreciate that Danny wrote on the topic and have linked to him. He wrote at length to his credit. He can't -- for various reasons -- show C.I.'s bravery and go after The Nation and The Progressive and other outlets who refuse to address the WikiLeaks. So he goes after the MSM. I agree with him on CJR. I'm not so sure on the Times. John F. Burns is an ass and has been for some time. I believe C.I.'s been the leading critic of Burns while Burns covered Iraq. (Danny criticized Burns somewhat, he also had one day of strongly criticizing the paper's Dexter Filkins.) But did the critics read beyond Burns' Sunday piece? I skipped that. I knew it would be crap. I wish that we had what Al Jazeera was doing but I'm not seeing a wideworld of difference between NYT and the Boston Globe -- and I read both papers (I was a Trina's on the weekend, in Boston). Sabrina Tavernise and others did some strong work.
Where's the other paper strong on WikiLeaks? The Globe stories -- remind me if I'm forgetting one -- actually about the WikiLeaks documents were NYT stories with different headlines. Again, I appreciate that Danny weighed in on the issue, hope he does again. Agree 100% regarding CJR. Confused as to what reporting the Boston Globe ran and feel that some online reading of NYT took place but not real sure anyone actually purchased a newspaper.
Libby Liberal has a new piece at Corrente. When I'm aware of one, I will link. As noted before, we believe she's sincere in her writing and you can't say that about a lot of people.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):