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Judging the New Yorker by its cover

There are two qualities about the New Yorker I find irresistible though I'm loath to praise any part of the established press. No matter how suddenly forthright or honorable their editorial might appear, it's only a feint. The Grey Lady NYT for example, has expressed accord with Wall Street's recent invaders, but otherwise will spew at best neoliberal subterfuge. The WSJ will only ever be Murdoch pretending. But I have the suspicion that some artsy pretense prevents the New Yorker from bowing to the corporatist agenda. It's the usual PUP on Israel of course, but too elitist for bourgeois self-deceit. That's my theory. As a result the most disturbing investigative journalism leaks regularly through its pages. It competes with Harper's among very few, but where the New Yorker has no peer is its cover art, which is often surprisingly subversive. The Oval Office Jihadist being a notorious example. Last week's cover illustration was a nod to the Liberty Plaza demonstrators, showing Manhattan tourists being subjected to special use sidewalks akin to the restrictions NYC reserves for protesters. This week's cover depicts Wall Street as sinister metropolis, literally an industrial behemoth, with the inhospitable accouterments of smog, smokestacks, cooling towers, and

Tom Hayden says there’s nothing to a US conspiracy against Julian Assange, and he’s got the nothing to confirm it

What an ugly hit piece against Julian Assange, by Tom Hayden in The Nation. Formerly of the American Left, Hayden used to need no introduction, now he mistakenly cross-posts assignments for the State Department (see A view from Sweden). Hayden dismisses notions of a US-led conspiracy to render the Wikileaks mastermind from the UK to Sweden and thence into the US torture system, along the logic that such accusations only anger the Swedes and make the outcome self-fulfilling. Hayden's argument is to shoehorn Assange to Sweden now, to take his licks, before you make Dad really angry.   Based on everyone he's talked to, Hayden says there's no conspiracy. Seriously, that's his logic. And he admonishes us against speculating wildly about unknowns. Whenever a writer prefaces their investigation with "some facts will never be known" I can picture them already leaning on the shovel. Even if Hayden intended to dig, it's like he's come upon a suspect's backyard full of holes. Glancing into each one he concludes, yep, no evidence here. 25487

NY Times pretends the Afghanistan War Logs is news that does not fit

Is it surprising that the US newspaper of record, the NYT which prints all the news that's fit, should declare of the Wikileaks Afghanistan War Logs: there's nothing much new there? Oh REALLY? Point me to a NYT headline that read US Death Squads, or Civilian Casualties: We DO Body-Counts, or Insurgents Armed With Heat-Seeking Missiles, or War Crimes Being Committed Daily. Are we to accept that the NYT knew about these, but thought wisest not to report them? The only revelation which has been known, Pakistan Directs Taliban, is the leak they're running with, because those reports are founded on intelligence, ie dubious conjecture, to discredit the others based on first hand accounts, and to rationalize more attacks on Pakistan. 19219

According to “liberal” MSM, Hayward fired for not being P.C.

Nothing at all about being incompetent. No, it was his insensitive but, according to the now-official story line, unintentionally Snotty Snobbish remarks. The Anti-politically correct squad will of course react with their usual convulsive tantrums about anybody in the entire world criticizing them for being deliberately rude and otherwise acting in an uncivilized manner. I don't have to point out the Usual Suspects, I'll just look in their general direction and smile. They would be, and anybody can make an inference to match the implication, the titty-babies who scream as though being skinned alive, without anesthesia and using a dull pair of nail clippers, about being "denied liberty" if anybody scolds them for being Socially Retarded Animated Sphincters. The ones who led the charge against MoveOn and the New York Times for the latter publishing, under the same First Amendment The T.B.s say is violated by scolding their churlishness... Publishing an advertisement in their newspaper, using editorial discretion and using managerial discretion, as in "It's OUR newspaper, why can't we charge exactly what we choose to charge for any service we choose to provide?" and gave the MoveOn people the same deal they had recently given the Bush Administration and... the person the

Simplifying the Omnivore’s Dilemma

The author of The Omnivore's Dilemma put together a list of eating rules for the New York Times. From 2,500 submissions made by his readers, Michael Pollan gleaned 20. If I lob cheap laughs off the top, like "Don't eat egg salad from a vending machine" and other home-spun wisdoms which help NYT editors trivialize critiques of consumerism, I'm left with eight tips to spark constructive rethinking of our eating patterns. For starters: 1. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you’re not hungry. 11002

NY Times perfumes the 18th UN condemnation of Cuban Embargo

Does this seem like an appropriate headline to you? US EMBARGO ON CUBA FINDS SCANT SUPPORT AT U.N. --that's how the NYT titled its article whose first sentence was accurate: "The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to condemn the American trade embargo against Cuba." Then the NYT dismissed the non-binding resolution as "an annual ritual" instead of the 18TH YEAR IN A ROW the US finds itself in defiance of a unanimous count of the community of nations.   You say 187 vs 3 is not unanimous? The only nation-entities voting with the US were Israel and Palau, with the Marshall Island and Micronesia abstaining -- basically all former or quasi US territories. American NYT readers are made to think their country stands as lone vanguard against the Cuban peril, instead of a gang leader bully breaking international law. And get a load of the Zionist paper's other headline: From Iraq, Lessons for the Next War.

Ward Churchill is not guilty of academic misconduct

Literary theorist and legal scholar, Stanley Fish, weighs in on the report of the "committee of faculty peers" that found Ward Churchill guilty of academic misconduct.   "The verdict did not surprise me because I had read the committee’s report and found it less an indictment of Churchill than an example of a perfectly ordinary squabble about research methods and the handling of evidence." 7288

Yes Men suggest another NYT is possible

The YES MEN strike again! Yesterday a fake edition of the New York Times was distributed around the city. IRAQ WAR ENDS, Troops to Return Immediately, Ex-Secretary Apologizes for W.M.D. Scare, Court Indicts Bush on High Treason Charge. While this issue was post-dated to July 4, 2009, there's a headline which the corporate media is already misreporting: Pressure Ushers Recent Progressive Tilt. 5520

Hate attack on US Muslims during religious service at mosque; result of newspaper spread hate dvd, ‘Obsession’?

The US newspapers have hidden away a story that underlines how disgusting and irresponsible was their spread of the anti- Muslim dvd, 'Obsession'. I am referring to an attack on a Muslim mosque in Dayton Ohio by some thugs who sprayed chemical gas into a room full of children. Chemical irritant empties Islamic Society of Greater Dayton's mosque 4935

Supposedly liberal New York Times spreads fascist filth around country

A spokesperson there said the (New York) Times last Sunday inserted 145,000 DVDs (of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West,") in its papers delivered in the following markets: Denver, Miami/Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Detroit, Kansas City, St Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee/Madison. Note: These are all in swing states... 4785

Time for Iraq to Pay the Bill? YHGTBFKM

The NYT editorial pages decry "Time for Iraq to Pay the Bill." Oh, really? Sign that editor up for charges, and every single US politician on that bandwagon. It was indeed part of the pitch to convince the public that America could pay for this war. Iraq reconstruction would be financed using Iraq's oil revenues. Sounds like a great business plan. Except it's robbery. In war-making terms: pillage. 4067

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