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US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture

A group of U.S. intelligence veterans chastises the mainstream U.S. media for virtually ignoring a British newspaper’s account of the gripping inside story on how the CIA tried to block the U.S. Senate’s torture investigation.

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September 16, 2016 | MEMORANDUM FOR: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: U.S. Media Mum On How Your Committee Faced Down Both CIA and Obama

We write to thank you for your unwavering support for your extraordinarily courageous and tenacious staff in (1) investigating CIA torture under the Bush/Cheney administration and (2) resisting CIA/White House attempts under the Obama administration to cover up heinous torture crimes like waterboarding.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) is a group of former officers of the United States Intelligence Community. It was formed in January, 2003, as a "coast-to-coast enterprise" to protest the use of faulty intelligence "upon which the US/UK invasion of Iraq was based."

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How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street

  • Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow.
  • It’s not just Fox News.
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Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 | As the Obama administration enters its seventh year, let us examine one of the era’s greatest peculiarities: That one of the most cherished rallying points of the president’s supporters is the idea of the president’s powerlessness.

Today, of course, the Democrats have completely lost control of Congress and it’s easy to make the case for the weakness of the White House. For example, when Frank Bruni sighed last Wednesday that presidents are merely “buoys on the tides of history,” not “mighty frigates parting the waters," he scarcely made a ripple.

Thomas Frank is a Salon politics and culture columnist. His many books include "What's The Matter With Kansas," "Pity the Billionaire" and "One Market Under God." He is the founding editor of The Baffler magazine.

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Stop Whining About 'False Balance' Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?



Stop Whining About 'False Balance'

Donald Trump speaks to reporters in 2015. Scott Olson/Getty

Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work.  September 16, 2016 | News media outlets are increasingly coming under fire for the sin of "false balance" or "false equivalency." The New York Times, one of the outlets most often accused of this offense, recently defined the term:

"The practice of journalists who, in their zeal to be fair, present each side of a debate as equally credible, even when the factual evidence is stacked heavily on one side."

The crime of The Times, according to some of its readers, has been its coverage of the Clinton email and Clinton Foundation stories. As one Times reader put it, "There's too much at stake in this election for the media to stoke the belief that Hillary's mistakes (which she has definitely made) are even close to par with Trump's."

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What the Ryan Lochte Fiasco Tells Us about the News Media and Selective Outrage

  • This whole fiasco seems like a classic case of the news media suddenly doing their job in a way that actually exposes how and why they so rarely do so when it really matters.
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John Ziegler, Mediaite August 21st, 2016 | Ryan Lochte is a dope and liar who, if the world was universally just, deserves every bit of criticism and of the consequences which are coming his way for the inaccurate story he told at the Olympics a week ago. However, in my view, there is also little doubt that, had the circumstances been only slightly different, the news media would have given him a pass, or maybe even made him into some sort of hero. The selective outrage over Lochte’s lies tells us a lot about how the news media works (or, often, doesn’t) in these situations and how they decide who gets destroyed and who does not.

To be very clear, what Lochte did warrants condemnation. What happened at that Rio gas station, as he has belatedly admitted, was started by him. His dramatic distortion of the story caused a lot of damage for which he is solely responsible. He put his teammates in a horrendous position not of their making and damaged the reputation of the city of Rio and this Olympic Games. As a price for all of this, he has been tortured in the news media and his swimming, media and endorsement career are all, very likely, effectively over.

John Ziegler is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and documentary filmmaker.

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
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