And it’s also possible that the Mueller disappointment drove loyal viewers away in much the same way that people avoid looking at their 401(k)s when the stock market is down. Maddow, who has consistently vied for the first or second top-rated cable news program, was sixth on Monday evening, down almost 500,000 total viewers from the previous Monday, as was MSNBC’s second top-rated program in primetime, The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.
Rachel Maddow is a smarmy, snake oil salesperson. She is not the left. She supports every war in the world -- and supported the Iraq War though she tries to lie about it now.
David Stockman has a strong column at ANTIWAR.COM on the Russia hysteria. And this is from Peter Van Buren's ICH column:
Another generation of journalists soiled themselves. They elevated mongerers like Seth Abramson, Malcolm Nance, and Lawrence Tribe, who vomited nonsense all over Twitter every afternoon before appearing before millions on CNN. They institutionalized unsourced gossip as their ledes—how often were we told that the walls were closing in? That it was Mueller time? How often was the public put on red alert that Trump/Sessions/Rosenstein/Whitaker/Barr was going to fire the special prosecutor? The mass media featured only stories that furthered the collusion tall tale and silenced those skeptical of the prevailing narrative, the same way they failed before the Iraq war.
The short version: there were no WMDs in Iraq. That was a lie and the media promoted it shamelessly while silencing skeptical voices. Now Mueller has indicted zero Americans for working with Russia to influence the election. Russiagate was a lie and the media promoted it shamelessly while silencing skeptical voices.
The same goes for the politicians, alongside Hayden, Brennan, Clapper, and Comey, who told Americans that the president they elected was a spy working against the United States. None of that was accidental. It was a narrative they desperately wanted to be true so they could profit politically regardless of what it did to the nation. And today the whitewashing is already ongoing (watch out for tweets containing the word “regardless”).
Someone should contact the ghost of Consortium News’s Robert Parry, one of the earliest and most consistent skeptics of Russiagate, and tell him he was right all along. That might be the most justice we see out of all this.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:
Last week's tragedy in Iraq left at least 120 dead. What will the next tragedy be? It's a question worth asking considering the government refused to follow the policies in place that should have prevented the ferry from even being on the water last week. It's a question worth asking as Basra faces rising water.
Large agricultural areas have drowned in Basra south of Iraq due to the floods .
Flooding? In the city where clean water is something the government's unable/unwilling to provide.
That was among the reasons that protests started in Basra last July. Over 100,000 (official Iraqi government figure) were hospitalized for drinking the water.
Half of all households in #Iraq are at risk from drinking contaminated water. In spite of the attention that last year's protests and illnesses in Basra brought to the problem, it seems that weak governance is impeding efforts to address it.
The western press may not be talking about it but others are and this is a known in Iraq -- a known that is not being addressed. The government remains non-responsive to the people.
When it is a misfortune and when is it an injustice?
Political theorist Judith N, Shklar grappled with that issue in THE FACES OF INJUSTICE. She noted:
When is a disaster a misfortune and when is it an injustice? . . . If the dreadful event is caused by the external forces of nature, it's a misfortune and we must resign ourselves to our suffering. Should, however, some ill-intentioned agent, human or supernatural, have brought it about, then it is an injustice and we may express indignation and outrage.
Grasp that any misfortune that arises in Basra due to the flooding will not be a misfortune, it will be an injustice. There has been more than enough time to address this. The government continues to ignore it.
The government doesn't do much of anything, do they? They sacked the governor of Nineveh Province over the ferry disaster. Or 'sacked' him.
Dropping back to Monday's snapshot:
Alissa J. Rubin and Falih Hassan (NEW YORK TIMES) report:
In a rare show of deference to the anger of Mosul citizens over government abuses, the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to remove the province’s governor, citing accusations of corruption, self-dealing and negligence.
Although Mosul citizens had pleaded with the central government to remove the governor for more than two years, it was only after a ferry disaster brought angry citizens into the street that senior political figures decided to act.
They note that Nuafal Hammadi "had held the job since 2015." They fail to note how the previous governor departed or that this was not the first government effort to remove Hammadi.
December 28, 2017, KURDISTAN 24 reported:
So they actually sacked him in 2017 and he refused to step down? Interesting. You don't suppose he might respond in a similar way today, do you?
So he is again refusing to step down.
Hmm . . .
Oh, they're going to arrest him. Like they did Atheel al-Nujaifi?
If you just asked "who?," then you may be a member of the western press. Atheel was governor of Nineveh. He was sacked. (Replaced with the current governor who refuses to be fired.) And then? Well he's Sunni. So the Shi'ite-based government issued an arrest warrant for him like they do for so many Sunni officials (most infamously with Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi -- Atheel, by the way, is the brother of another Sunni Vice President of Iraq, Osama al-Nujaifi). He was arrested when? Never. All these years later, never.
Arrest warrants are little more than threats in Iraq. For years, the puppet government, at the request of the US government, held one on Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr. The warrant is probably sill around today but it has no legal standing at this point and everyone's long ago grasped that arresting Moqtada would result in rioting and unrest.
Will the arrest warrant be executed on the current I-am-staying governor?
History would indicate "no." However, don't put the Magic 8 Ball down just yet. Adil Abdul-Mahdi isn't have much luck with anything these days, is he?
Like US President Donald Trump, Mahdi likes to pretend that ISIS is over in Iraq. Even though this week saw an attack using suicide bombers (three). It's not over and what it might morph into next is even scarier.
He likes to pretend he can govern. But he still does not have a full Cabinet. More to the point, the security posts of Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior remain vacant. What happened the last time they were vacant? Oh, right, ISIS rose and seized Mosul. He was supposed to have a full Cabinet by the end of October. He did not. He promised it would take place in the next month. Don't know about you, but my calendar shows November to be the next month after October. Then he said it would be in the new year. April is a week away and the posts are still vacant.
He's failed to address corruption. He's failed to address the protests of the people in Basra or anywhere else.
A big for-show arrest might boost his image. So don't rule out an arrest completely.
Let's wind down with this from Burn Pits 360:
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