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Sorting out Sy Hersh’s gumbo of anonymous sources

Bloged in America, Media Fails by Gutter Grunt Wednesday December 23, 2015 at about 1:39 am

Sy Hersh knows how to write award winning exposés, no question there.  But I find his reliance on spook-sources really over the top.  

Part of the problem in just following what Hersh is trying to say is that none of his anonymous sources have names, which is what makes them so durn’d anonymous.  And not havin’ names, it is just really hard to follow who says what.  Of course, one could argue that with them all being anonymous, it really doesn’t make any difference who says what because you can’t verify anything anybody says anyway.  This is not scholarship, IOW.  It is somewhere in the grey zone between journalism and comic book fiction.  I mean, IMO, any writing that can’t be completely verified must be presumed to be fiction. 

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Why today’s UNSC resolution is not the turning-point for Syria

Bloged in Middle East, America by Gutter Grunt Friday December 18, 2015 at about 10:46 pm
A LogoPhere History-In-The-Making News Alert

Today the UN Security Council unanimously agreed on Resolution 2254(2105) that should put everyone in Syria ( except Da’esh and the other salafist terrorists) on a path to peace by: 1) ending the internecine Syrian violence and 2) stitching Syria back together politically, including a process that allows the Syrians to determine for themselves who will lead their country.  This is an ambitious initiative and if it works, the Syrian civil war will come to an end and the days of Da’esh in Syria will be numbered. UN Resolution 2254(2015) can be found here.  It’s short.

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Short-Shots and Follow-ups

Bloged in Middle East, Israelis, Media Fails, Potpourri by Gutter Grunt Tuesday December 15, 2015 at about 12:38 am

  • Rami Abdulrahman, aka Curve Ball II, and The Independent’s BS Machine

  • The BBC actually sets some limits on GoY propaganda

  • The 5-yo Ahmed torched by psychopath iJews “still not doing well.”

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A Few Short-Shots

Bloged in Middle East, America, Good cop/Bad cop, Potpourri by Gutter Grunt Friday December 11, 2015 at about 11:38 pm

A few quick news-stories and observations made over the last week or so. 

 

  • Putin’s mesmerizing messing with USG answered with . . . PR
  • “HuffPo: You’re 24/7 source for amateur news reporting.” ™

  • Here come Loretta!  You Chi-cops better get straight.

  • Andy Campbell of HuffPo got this right . . . mostly.

  • Kern County, CA cops suck like no other cops in the country,
    quantitatively and qualitatively speaking.

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Deja vu: The media greases the neocons’ skids in the race to war . . . again.

Bloged in Middle East, America, Israeli Firsters by Gutter Grunt Monday December 7, 2015 at about 8:10 pm


Have no doubt about where the fight in Syria is headed. As we saw in Iraq and Libya, in USG’s neo-Machiavellian play-book, the penultimate step to bringing down the bogey-man – whoever the current one is – is to control his airspace, isolate him economically, and destroy his infrastructure, all the while citing “humanitarian” rationales for protecting his people. The “no fly zone” is the centerpiece of this neocon tactic. This is the 21st century version of the 19th century naval blockade and the 12th century siege: starve the bastard out; deprive his people of clean water, electricity, and medical necessities; destroy his infrastructure. But in the 21st century you have to make the siege look like a last choice reluctantly taken for the good of the people you are actually killing. It’s a bit twisted and more than a little ironic but the NFZ is ostensibly employed to protect the same people it ends up ravaging. Only Americans would be stupid enough to let their government and the MSM talk them into believing there is any righteousness in such a horrific military policy.  But then again if Americans weren’t so stupid, Hillary Clinton would not now be rabidly clamoring for a NFZ in Syria, thus illustrating the point of one astute political commentator: Hillary is smart enough to know how stupid her supporters are.  

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Twisted timelines as a basis for dishonest journalism

Bloged in Israelis, Palestinians, Media Fails by Gutter Grunt Tuesday December 1, 2015 at about 4:05 pm


iJew settler, price-tagger, and psychopathic prick
Yosef Haim Ben-David

Denis O’Brien, PhD 

When it comes to reporting current events, the timeline is everything.  Even if it’s not laid out in a proper linear fashion, the sequence of the facts represents the skeleton upon which everything else must hang.  When a story doesn’t quite make sense or is incomplete, the problem can almost always be traced back to an incomplete or twisted timeline.  And when you want to sniff out a bogus, biased, or dishonest piece of journalism, home in on the timeline presented to be sure you aren’t being spoofed on the basic facts and their sequence.  

Any reputable reporter knows all of this, just as disreputable reporters know that by screwing around with the timeline they can make points or take positions that are not be warranted by the facts.  A good example of using a fudged timeline to doctor a story is yesterday’s AP article by Tel Aviv-based news-Jew Daniella Cheslow regarding the trial of Yosef Haim Ben David and the convictions of his two ghoulish buddies in Israel for the torture and murder last year of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir.   

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