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What media coverage omits about U.S. hikers released by Iran - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Unlike the U.S. media, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer present the full picture of what happened
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The meaning of political rituals like 9/11 Day - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Ceremonies of this sort aren't "apolitical," as Krugman's critics claim.  They're the ultimate propaganda festival
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The Libya War argument - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Gadaffi's predictable demise no more resolves concerns about the Libya War than Saddam's fall did about Iraq
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Why "business needs certainty" is destructive - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Businesses have had at least 25 to 30 years near complete certainty -- certainty that they will pay lower and lower taxes, that they' will face less and less regulation, that they can outsource to their hearts' content (which when it does produce savings, comes at a loss of control, increased business system rigidity, and loss of critical know how). They have also been certain that unions will be weak to powerless, that states and municipalities will give them huge subsidies to relocate, that boards of directors will put top executives on the up escalator for more and more compensation because director pay benefits from this cozy collusion, that the financial markets will always look to short term earnings no matter how dodgy the accounting, that the accounting firms will provide plenty of cover, that the SEC will never investigate anything more serious than insider trading (Enron being the exception that proved the rule).

    So this haranguing about certainty simply reveals how warped big commerce has become in the US. Top management of supposedly capitalist enterprises want a high degree of certainty in their own profits and pay. Rather than earn their returns the old fashioned way, by serving customers well, by innovating, by expanding into new markets, their 'certainty' amounts to being paid handsomely for doing things that carry no risk. But since risk and uncertainty are inherent to the human condition, what they instead have engaged in is a massive scheme of risk transfer, of increasing rewards to themselves to the long term detriment of their enterprises and ultimately society as a whole.
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The misery of the protracted presidential campaign season - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Nothing distracts the citizenry and distorts political reality like the spectacle of the race for the presidency
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The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of "Terrorism" - Glenn Greenwald - Salo... - 0 views

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    That Terrorism means nothing more than violence committed by Muslims whom the West dislikes has been proven repeatedly.  When an airplane was flown into an IRS building in Austin, Texas, it was immediately proclaimed to be Terrorism, until it was revealed that the attacker was a white, non-Muslim, American anti-tax advocate with a series of domestic political grievances.  The U.S. and its allies can, by definition, never commit Terrorism even when it is beyond question that the purpose of their violence is to terrorize civilian populations into submission.  Conversely, Muslims who attack purely military targets  -- even if the target is an invading army in their own countries -- are, by definition, Terrorists.  That is why, as NYU's Remi Brulin has extensively documented, Terrorism is the most meaningless, and therefore the most manipulated, word in the English language.  Yesterday provided yet another sterling example.
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The great generational threat - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledges how puny is the Al Qaeda menace even as the War on Terror escalates
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Iraq War veteran on Manning, the media and the military - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    A former Army Specialist in Baghdad explains why the leaker of the WikiLeaks documents is a hero
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Speech on media propaganda - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    The 30-minute speech I gave last month at the Symphony Space in New York is now available on video, and is posted below in three YouTube segments (the first segment also contains the 4-minute introduction of my speech). The speech pertains to the evolution of my views on media criticism, the nature of media propaganda and what drives it, and what can be done to combat it. A DVD of the entire event -- featuring the three other speeches: from Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore -- is available at FAIR's website.

    I want to note one example, from today, that vividly illustrates many of the themes I discussed in that speech.  It is found in the following passage from this Reuters article on Obama's escalation of the covert war in Yemen and his targeting of U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki for assassination:

    A U.S. official confirmed to Reuters that a U.S. strike last Friday killed Abu Ali al-Harithi, a midlevel al Qaeda operative, which followed last month's attempted strike against Anwar al-Awlaki, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

    Whether Awlaki has any operational role in Al Qaeda at all is a matter of intense controversy.  The U.S. Government has repeatedly asserted that he does, but has presented no verifiable evidence to support that accusation.  But what is not in dispute is the notion that Awlaki is "the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula."  He unquestionably is not, and never has been, as multiple Yemen experts have repeatedly noted.  The Reuters claim is factually and entirely false.

    Whatever one's views are on Obama's assassination program, targeting U.S. citizens without due process obviously raises extraordinary and vitally important questions.  As The New York Times' Scott Shane put it when confirming Awlaki's inclusion on Obama's hit list: "The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen. . . . It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an America
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Sen. Benjamin Cardin's impressive feat - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    But what makes Cardin's conduct special is that he wasn't merely condemning exactly that which he does; that would just be garden-variety nationalistic hypocrisy.  It's that he went a step further by specifically denouncing those who hypocritically defend values they simultaneously subvert: it's a double, meta form of hypocrisy that is really difficult to construct.  That's what makes it impressive.
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The military/media attacks on the Hastings article - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Last June, when Rolling Stone published Michael Hastings' article which ended the career of Obama's Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal -- an article which was just awarded the prestigious Polk Award -- the attacks on Hastings were led not by military officials but by some of Hastings' most celebrated journalistic colleagues.  The New York Times' John Burns fretted that the article "has impacted, and will impact so adversely, on what had been pretty good military/media relations" and accused Hastings of violating "a kind of trust" which war reporters "build up" with war Generals; Politico observed that a "beat reporter" -- unlike the freelancing Hastings -- "would not risk burning bridges by publishing many of McChrystal's remarks"; and an obviously angry Lara Logan of CBS News strongly insinuated (with no evidence) that Hastings had lied about whether the comments were on-the-record and then infamously sneered:  "Michael Hastings has never served his country the way McChrystal has."  Here's Jon Stewart last year mocking the revealing media disdain for Rolling Stone and Hastings in the wake of their McChrystal story.
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How propaganda poisons the mind - and our discourse - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Politico are just some of the outlets in need of a real retraction
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John Burns' "ministering angels" and "liberators" - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    A new investigation of the media's false reporting of the Saddam-statute story reveals ongoing press pathologies
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What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010 - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    Throughout this year I've devoted substantial attention to WikiLeaks, particularly in the last four weeks as calls for its destruction intensified.  To understand why I've done so, and to see what motivates the increasing devotion of the U.S. Government and those influenced by it to destroying that organization, it's well worth reviewing exactly what WikiLeaks exposed to the world just in the last year:  the breadth of the corruption, deceit, brutality and criminality on the part of the world's most powerful factions.

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The merger of journalists and government officials - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    On CNN last night, I debated anchor Jessica Yellin and Bush official Fran Townsend and their views were identical
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The media's authoritarianism and WikiLeaks - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com - 0 views

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    The willingness of leading media outlets to amplify clear falsehoods highlights their true allegiances
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