Joe Biden is a crook.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Starting in the US where Anthony Zenkus is addressing realities:
It would be fair. So why isn't it happening? Joe Biden.
First and foremost, these attacks are led by the Biden campaign. As we've noted before, you've got one connected to Joe bragging online about feeding Marc Caputo of POLITICO everything that went into the attack piece on Tara. THE NEWSHOUR's 'investigation' was them speaking to 74 people the Joe Biden campaign told them to speak to. That wasn't an investigation, it was a Mickey Mouse Club roll call -- "I'm Cubby! I'm Annette!"
Senator Patty Murray has nothing to say in defense of Tara? Senator Dianne Feinstein and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi insult and degrade Tara? It's Joe Biden. It's an election and we can't have the truth, we can't afford the truth, they believe.
Remember that, survivors, don't tell your story at election time. Never, ever. You're upsetting 'the process.' Most of all you're disclosing the lie that the press vets candidates.
The press hasn't 'vetted' Joe Biden. Joe has lied for decades. He's a known liar whose lying derailed his first attempt to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Stories that vetted Joe would include stories about his son Hunter and his brothers and the sweet-heart (and unethical) deals they made. Tara had trouble paying bills and that's a national story -- even though it has nothing to do with her allegation that Joe assaulted her.
By contrast, a fifty-year-old man, Hunter Biden, who has plenty of money to spend on strippers and drugs and even enough to send them out of the strip club to buy a fresh dildo to peg him with (he's a safety boy) can't/won't pay child support and that's not a major story?
Joe Biden has raked in $15 million in the short time since his term as Vice President ended. And Joe can't pay child support for his grandchild?
That's not a story?
Tara's finances are a story, somehow. She's not running to be president.
She doesn't have a history of family corruption. She doesn't have a history of lying.
Joe's campaign keeps attacking Tara and the worst part of that may be how the press refuses to get honest about that and instead just repeats Joe's on air statements. I
She is not being provided with a safe space to tell her story while Anita Dunn runs the campaign against her. That's a campaign Joe gave the green light to. They are tearing apart a woman and it's shameful that so much of the press is participating in that but it's even more shameful that, as it happens before our eyes, so many refuse to note that Joe Biden is responsible for the attacks.
And we're talking about the press and some may wrongly think I'm just talking corporate media. No, this is All Things Media Big and Small.
Look at the dumpster diver that is BUZZFLASH. Here's something from the recent e-mail that landed in the public account (it's not a private e-mail, they wanted what I'm quoting and everything else in the e-mail to go up here):
BuzzFlash wants to increase Its original reporting on the pathology of Donald Trump and, after his removal from office, advancing progressive issues.
"After his removal from office"? That's when the push to advance progressive issues will begin.
Grasp that BUZZFLASH has spent the time since the election obsessing over Donald Trump. They've been in reactionary mode. They've advanced nothing, they've led on nothing. They've made their whole lives about Donald Trump -- how pathetic. And how useless.
COMMON DREAMS doesn't have much to offer these days -- nothing of real value. With the primaries over, COMMON DREAMS isn't interested in truth about Joe Biden. Instead, they run what amounts to p.r. releases for him.
There really isn't much independent media or independence in media. Manufacturing consent? I wish that was the goal. No, it's morphed into running pep rallies for politicians.
That is why they constantly have to rebuild their audiences, by the way. It's not just that voters stop believing in the system and drop out. It's also that they stop believing in so-called 'independent' media that lies and schills. They get their feel of it and they stop visiting this or that site or following this or that program.
Ronan Farrow and Ben Smith. I haven't read Ben Smith's article (judging by what Glenn Greenwald wrote, the 'harsh' critiques Ben offered are nothing compared to David Walsh's coverage of Ronan's work that Walsh has been writing about for years now at WSWS). I like Ben, he's a media critic. He's not there to hand out flowers. Ronan? Back when he was on MSNBC, in 2014, Ava and I offered "TV: Another idiot for the idiot box" about his TV performance. I don't have time to dive into the latest controversy, nor do I want to. I did check Mia's Twitter feed hoping for some sort of coherent comment that I would post here with no comment.
'You never posted anything!' Because there was nothing coherent.
Ronan's work is flawed. That's true of the bulk of work done by anyone. Ronan's work also has strengths. Ben critiquing it is not the end of the world, it's Ben doing his job. Rose McGowan has stated that Ben misled her stating he wanted to talk about #MeToo.
I love Rose but: And your point is?
That's what reporters do. They flatter and fake and then they stab you in the back. I don't doubt Rose but, again, that is what the press does.
All of this focus on Ben Smith is amazing to me because if I had time to write about something other than Tara Reade or Iraq, I'd be writing about the rank stupidity in article that IN THESE TIMES published. The answer, for the children -- sing it, Whitney, is to give every child a $1,000 fund. That will help them in the next pandemic!
How is that equal, how is that fair -- yes. More to the point, the most likely outcome of such a venture would be harm. The little that was done this go round for We The People would be even less. Nancy Pelosi Let Them Eat Ice Cream would be saying, "Well we gave them that $1,000 trust. Can't they spend that?" In fact, that's what the stupid IN THESE TIMES article offers.
Now when Bernie was still a candidate, these outlets could hide behind Bernie and criticize the party. Democrats in Congress have done nothing for the people of America in the stimulus bills.
That's reality. But it blurs and fades as we get closer and closer to an election and so-called media believes their role is to be a DNC organ, to propagandize for the party. That's not helping anyone, it never has.
Ali Jawad (ANADOLU AGENCY) reports:
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Tuesday he has assumed power as the country's treasury was almost empty.
"When I assumed responsibility I found only an almost empty treasury and an unenviable situation after 17 years of change," al-Kadhimi said in an article published by Baghdad Today newspaper.
"Our sovereignty continued to be deficient, violated and doubted," he said.
Where did the money go? Yes, the coronavirus pandemic has led to many costs. But does the Iraqi government ever plan to address the theft carried out by various officials? Apparently, the answer is no. If the people suffer because you looted, too bad. That's what the attitude is. It's why Iraqis show up in the streets to protest corruption.
In other Iraq news, the Green Zone has been attacked.
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