Tweets by adversarial journalists #3

Jason Cherkis of HuffPo, being a good Clinton loyalist, spends most of his time on twitter trying to whip up your fear of Trump.

Other than that he enjoys logical fallacies.

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And he likes to argue that his candidate’s corruption is OK as long as others have engaged in it.

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Best of all, he uses this tried-and-true blanket excuse for all wrongdoing, wherein he takes down all accusations of corruption by calling the accuser a crazed “purist.” This has worked to good effect at Daily Kos.

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Wedged into his litany of anti-Trump and anti-anti-Hillary tweets are his Terrified-of-Jill-Stein tweets. He retweets some tasty red-baiting right here:

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And red-baiters don’t care if their bogus charges have been debunked again and again.

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Cherkis is devoted to his task. Adversarial journalism: adverse to facts, critical thinking, and logical arguments. This is Amurka in the 21st century.

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I wonder what he would make of this investigation at The Intercept.

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/08/dems-tactic-of-accusing-adversaries-of-kremlin-ties-and-russia-sympathies-has-long-history-in-us/

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Somehow I think he will avoid tweeting about it.

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Tweets by adversarial journalists #2

If there was ever a True Adversarial Journalist, it is Jamie Kirchick of the esteemed Daily Beast. He is adversarial to Russia and to freedom of speech, and he is trying to out-McCarthy McCarthy with his twitter denunciations. Oh! He is a shining beacon of light, reaching out to his 9200 Twitter followers.

First, the low-hanging fruit.

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Next, he sets his sight on noted Anna Chapmanesque Russian spy, Rania Khalek of Electronic Intifada.

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And finally, he righteously denounces those hacks at Fox News, who are so very unlike him:

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Kirchick understands that we must all vote for Hillary and that if we consider anyone else, we are traitors to our country. We must fear Trump as an obvious Russian dupe.

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He takes his cue from Hillary in denouncing other journalists.

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He is the very model of the modern American journalist.

 

Jeremy Corbyn, translated

Here is what Jeremy Corbyn, who is running for leader of the Labour Party, recently said about Osama bin Laden’s murder:

There was no attempt whatsoever that I can see to arrest him and put him on trial, to go through that process. This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy.

The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died. Torture has come back on to the world stage . . . Can’t we learn some lessons from this?

. . . and the next stage will be an attempted assassination on Gaddafi and so it will go on. This will just make the world more dangerous and worse and worse and worse. The solution has got to be law not war.

The Daily Mail provided a reinterpretation for readers:
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Responding in particular this part of the header, “Critics called it ‘frightening’ that Mr Corbyn called for bin Laden to be tried,” Glenn Greenwald tweeted:

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It is obvious that Corbyn’s words are so complex and so far out of the mainstream that voters are unable to grasp them. Thus, Google has provided a Corbyn to UK Headline translator.

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“What the hell are you going to do about it?”

Former Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman has a band called Yellow Cake. I bet a lot of people think he would be a nice guy to have a beer with.
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He left the DOE a few months ago and took a job with Centrus Energy, which processes uranium and sells nuclear fuel. Poneman and the company claim the job “came quite unexpectedly.” But Poneman was instrumental in getting the company hundreds of millions while he was in office, propping it up for years; it went though bankruptcy in 2014 and is still suffering huge losses. Part of the millions paid for by taxpayers included a no-bid contract to the company (formerly named USEC) to clean up their own waste at a Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant they had operated in Piketon, Ohio.

The Yellow Cake band member has said there is nothing inappropriate about his new job, where he will make 700 times his salary at the DOE. He is thumbing his nose at all of us, believing he will never be held accountable.

The lawlessness and arrogance of these people is breathtaking. The Center for Public Integrity has done an in-depth piece on Poneman and Centrus/USEC, which is a primer on the ways that Congress transfers wealth from those who need it to those who don’t. Well worth reading.

Former Energy Department official wins huge pay raise after moving to firm with deep ties to DOE