perhaps the delights of CNN madness have obscured the pleasures of MSNBC insanity

Eager for WW3 on MSNBC
Eoin Higgins, FAIR, Jun 21 2017


If we’re heading toward WW3, let’s hope that some episodes of MSNBC‘s Andrea Mitchell Reports survive the nuclear winter to provide future civilizations with some clues as to how we got there. Mitchell’s Jun 19 show was a typical example of the current mentality of the Pindo security state. A short segment in the show featured Jeremy Bash, currently a military consultant and formerly the chief of staff for both the DeoD and the CIA under Leon Panetta in the Obama administration. In just over four-and-a-half minutes, Bash recited an alarming number of pro-war propaganda talking points that went unchallenged (and were even egged on) by Mitchell. Bash and Mitchell began their conversation by addressing Monday’s escalation of the Syrian War, when Pindo forces shot down a Syrian government warplane. Mitchell wondered if taking the action was “basically getting us into a conflict with Russia,” while Bash blamed the whole thing on the Russians refusing to tell Assad to stand down. Presenting military conflict in a way that shows Pindostan to be the hard-luck victim of good intentions is of course not unique to MSNBC, or even cable news. As FAIR’s Adam Johnson pointed out on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Pindostan shooting down an Iranian drone in southern Syria was blamed on the unmanned robot’s apparent display of “hostile intent,” reasoning that was then uncritically repeated in the headline of The Independent. Mitchell asked Bash if the dispute could result in all-out war. From there, the conversation devolved into Bash and Mitchell doing everything short of calling for war between Pindostan and Russia, countries with stockpiles of around 7,000 nuclear weapons each, Bash implying it would be a good idea to target a country that only months ago was reported by Newsweek to have a bomb that could flatten Texas. Bash added:

Pindostan hasn’t done a very good job pushing Russia out of the way. We’ve let Russia have too free a hand, in my view, in the skies over Syria.

That Pindostan should have full control over the skies in Syria is not a position unique to Bash. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton expressed support for no-fly-zones over the country during the presidential campaign. But to hear it stated so openly in the context of “pushing” a major nuclear power “out of the way” is still startling. Mitchell replied:

The criticism is that the president is reluctant to go after Russia.

Of course, that’s largely in line with the marching orders from her colleagues at MSNBC, who see Russian conspiracies and machinations everywhere, presenting the imperial rival as an existential threat. Bash agreed, telling Mitchell:

The big issue here has been an inexplicable lack of resolve regarding Russia … We have not been willing to take them on.

It wasn’t all Russia and Syria. Other Mideast conflicts were topics of discussion as well during the segment. Mitchell and Bash placed resolving the Israeli/Palestinian “way down the list” of things for Pindosi diplomacy to do in the region, far below the dispute between Toads & Thanis and the latter’s perceived closeness to Iran. Bash said that solving that crisis was a top priority, tying all the continuing conflicts in the Middle East together in one neat package with Russia in the middle, naturally. He said:

If you look at the regional dynamics, Russia has been providing cover for Syria, for the Assad regime and for their friends in Iran, and that is a dangerous development.

Mitchell said as the show cut to commercial:

Jeremy Bash. Not a reassuring Monday message.

Bash agreed:

A lot to worry about.

A lot to worry about indeed, if Bash and Mitchell are indicative of corporate media’s enthusiasm for going to war with another nuclear-armed nation.

But then again, CNN have the edge:

CNN Deletes ‘Fake News’ Story About Russian Investment Ties To Trump
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 24 2017

Thursday afternoon, CNN posted a story, by none other than Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Thomas Frank, claiming that “Congress was investigating a Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.” The story was perfect fodder for ‘The Left’ as it provided yet more ‘confirmation’ that sources ‘confirmed’ Trump and his team were up to something nefarious with The Russians. Highlights included:

Congress is investigating a little-known Russian investment fund… The fund CEO met in January with a member of the Trump transition team… “If you’re going to get your nose under the tent, that’s a good place to start,” said Ludema, a Georgetown University economics professor. “I’m sure their objective is to get rid of all the sanctions against the financial institutions. But RDIF is one [sanctioned organizations] where a number of prominent U.S. investors have been involved.” A fund spokeswoman says there was no discussion about lifting sanctions… Scaramucci’s comments alarmed Demagog Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Ben Cardin of Maryland, who asked Mnuchin investigate whether Scaramucci sought to “facilitate prohibited transactions” or promised to waive or lift sanctions against Russia.

Sounds great right? Well, despite the ‘facts’ they reported, 36 hours later (quietly late on a Friday night), CNN decided to delete the story and issue a retraction, apologizing to Mr Scaramucci (presumably for lying?)


Mr Scaramucci responded via Twitter…

Despite their deletion of the story, thanks to The Wayback-Machine, we can see what the original story said:


This seems ironically apt:

Bernie Sanders & Wife Under FBI Investigation For Bank Fraud
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 24 2017

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane have lawyer’d up amid an FBI investigation into a loan obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president. As we noted just over a year ago, Burlington College, a small Vermont private school once led by Bernie Sanders’ wife, said Monday it will close later this month, citing “the crushing weight” of debt incurred during the presidency of Jane Sanders who was in charge of the college until 2011. According to WaPo, the college which enrolled 224 students as of fall 2014, said it faced financial troubles connected to its 2010 purchase of 32 acres of lakefront property from the Archdiocese of Burlington, according to the Burlington Free Press. The college said it had sold property to reduce its debt to a manageable level, but it was placed on probation in 2014 by its accrediting agency and it faced cash flow problems due to the imminent loss of a line of credit. The reason for the small liberal school’s terminal financial trouble is that to fund the property purchase from the Catholic diocese, Sanders took out $10m in loans. As HeatStreet reported last year, the college almost immediately fell short on its financial obligations as fundraising pledges and commitments Mrs Sanders cited in the loan agreements never materialized. Less than a year after leading Burlington College into massive debt, Mrs Sanders resigned, taking with her a $200k severance package. By 2014, because of its shaky finances and running deficits, Burlington College found itself placed on probation for two years by the regional accreditation agency. Jane Sanders was president of the college from 2004 to 2011. Jane Sanders stepped down in 2011 amid a dispute with the college’s board. After her husband launched his presidential campaign, news stories emerged that scrutinized her role in a loan application for the lakefront ­real-estate purchase. Jane Sanders has dismissed those stories as politically motivated and said the issue was not a factor in her departure from the college. A Burlington College news release issued this morning called these financial hurdles insurmountable at this time. And now, as Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders have hired lawyers to defend them in the probe. Sanders’ top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents’ allegations from a Jan 2016 complaint accusing Jane Sanders, of distorting donor levels in the 2010 loan application for $10m from People’s United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution. According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Senator Sanders’ office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan. Brady Toensing of Burlington, the man responsible for the claims filed to the federal attorney for Vermont, was a chairman for the Trump campaign in his state. He said in an email to CBS News:

I filed a request for an investigation in Jan 2016 and an investigation appears to have been started right away. It was started under Pres Obama, his AG and his Federal Attorney, all of whom are Demagogs. My only hope is for a fair, impartial, and thorough investigation.

Weaver told CBS News that Toensing’s claim that Sanders used his influence to lobby for the loan is a “political charge” that is “baseless” and “false.” Interesting that a growing number of people around Hillary Clinton are suddenly under FBI scrutiny?

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