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Old 27-12-2017, 09:07 PM
Buck
 
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http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/2522...mber-beat-down

Good article touching upon the difference in attitude to reporting on Obama, following a Politico journalist's extensive report detailing the inner workings behind the Obama administration's Iran deal which isn't very complimentary at all.

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A week after Josh Meyer’s Politico expose,“The Secret Backstory Of How Obama Let Hezbollah Off the Hook,” former Obama officials are still berating Meyer for his 13,000-word article detailing how the Obama administration killed a nearly decade-long DEA effort to stem a global Hezbollah cocaine-smuggling-and-organized-crime ring to help secure its nuclear deal with Iran. “This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” former Defense Department analyst David Asher explained in the article. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

Asher helped establish and oversee the project, codenamed Cassandra, that looked into Hezbollah’s wide-range of illicit activities across the globe, including weapons procurement, drug trafficking, and money laundering. Senior Obama officials, according to Asher, ignored the legal and financial instruments that he and others had provided to target a terrorist organization with American blood on its hands and was still plotting against the United States.

In response, a Twitter mob of mid-level bureaucrats and former intelligence officers orchestrated in the usual fashion attacked Asher in tandem with the media echo chamber used to sell the Iran Deal, with former political operatives from the Obama White House supplying the usual talking points to their hatchet-men. Meyer’s “on the record sources have undisclosed anti-Iran deal bias,” tweeted former Obama speechwriter Tommy Vietor, who has remade himself as a podcast host. Meyer’s “entire piece,” tweeted Obama lieutenant and former CIA officer Ned Price, “is based on pure speculation by these ‘1 or 2 sources’ w undisclosed anti-Iran deal bias.”

The catchphrase, “undisclosed anti-Iran deal bias,” is an extended replay version of the catchy slogans Team Obama used to market the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Opponents and critics of the nuclear deal were “warmongers” beholden to “donors” with “agendas” whose concerns were shaped by their loyalties not to America but rather to the Jewish state. Now, the echo chamber insisted, Meyer’s sources aren’t to be trusted because they were against the Iran deal, or have associated with think tanks that opposed the Iran Deal—which means that they are secret neocon slaves of Israel, of course.

Twitter mob attacks by a name-calling scrum of mid-level bureaucrats, “security correspondents” for instant news outfits like Buzzfeed, interns at various NGOs and their self-credentialed “expert” bosses, partisan bot herders, and their Lord of the Flies puppet-masters are part of the price of doing journalism these days. Write something negative, and you’ll get dirtied up—and maybe some of the dirt will stick, who knows. These attacks are intended to be punitive. Brave or foolhardy reporters who deviate from the party line—the party in question being the Democrats, of course, since the representation of conservatives in newsrooms is generally reported to be somewhere in the single digits—and especially their colleagues watching from the sidelines, are meant to absorb a simple but all-important lesson: Get on the team, or else shut up. Watching even seasoned pros succumb to this kind of adolescent pressure game and publicly suck up to bullying flacks while throwing shade on members of their own profession is a depressingly normal occurrence, which shows that the two once-separate professions—partisan flackery, and reporting the news—have merged into a single, mindless borg.
You don't have to like Trump to be irked by the fawning over Obama. It's not that he's inherently a bad person or had poor ideals. It's the fact he gets put on a pedestal for what....being a figure of pop-culture?

The accountability isn't there by the mainstream media. We're fed all these unnamed sources who supposedly know the truth behind Russia-gate or been in the presence of the current liar-in-chief while he says something inflammatory. And these get taken as gospel yet a Washington reporter who dares to speak out and shed light on the previous administration [including direct quotes] gets shut down by his fellow peers and former Obama aides turned Trump resistors who cry 'unsubstantiated speculation'....

I appreciate when Trump is alleged to have said 'Haitians bring AIDs' it doesn't sound unTrump-like. Which is a mockery of the Presidency to have to say that. But this image of 'no scandals' Obama and his 'transparent' administration is a result of careful media manipulation based around his and Joe Biden's fun and cool personas.
 
Old 27-12-2017, 09:14 PM
rubbernecker
 
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Add Jerusalem ,drone assassinations and spying on your own people to the list.

If you don't conclude that's one serious rogue state then there's something wrong
 
Old 31-12-2017, 10:30 AM
Arnold Muhren
 
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Interesting look at an interview Trump had recently with The New York Times:
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-polit...new-york-times
 
Old 02-01-2018, 11:54 PM
Bunker Buster
 
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Really strange guy

 
Old 02-01-2018, 11:59 PM
armchair
 
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might help you make sense of it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madman_theory

i'm not endorsing it btw
 
Old 03-01-2018, 12:01 AM
Bunker Buster
 
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Originally Posted by armchair
might help you make sense of it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madman_theory

i'm not endorsing it btw
Dangerous game to play......

Also in 2018 it makes you look a bit of a weapon....like having waynes Ears in charge of a country..
 
Old 03-01-2018, 01:07 AM
Buck
 
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Nuclear codes change regularly and even if he authorises it the vice president and cabinet hopefully have the senses to declare him unfit and overrule him.

Can't remember for sure but I think it was Clinton who left the nuclear codes by accident in his jacket which was sent to a laundry.
 
Old 03-01-2018, 06:54 AM
windy waffles
 
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Originally Posted by Buck
Nuclear codes change regularly and even if he authorises it the vice president and cabinet hopefully have the senses to declare him unfit and overrule him. .
Ay up Jack Bauer is in...
 
Old 03-01-2018, 07:14 AM
Child of Darkness
 
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Originally Posted by Buck
Nuclear codes change regularly and even if he authorises it the vice president and cabinet hopefully have the senses to declare him unfit and overrule him.

Can't remember for sure but I think it was Clinton who left the nuclear codes by accident in his jacket which was sent to a laundry.
How can he do that when they are in a case handcuffed to the officer who follows him around .

Nuclear football
 
Old 03-01-2018, 08:11 AM
Sparky***
 
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He’s 72 years old. Have we ever considered the possibility that he’s just a senile old c***?
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