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Friday, May 24, 2019


Headlines for May 24, 2019

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Headlines with an * are the ones we managed to fit in in our allotted time slot.
Worst, Most Misleading & Funniest Headlines for May 24, 2019

*North Korea calls Joe Biden "an imbecile" and "fool of low IQ"


Also “bereft of elementary quality as a human being.” A bit harsh, but who are we to argue?

*U.S.-funded broadcaster failing to spread fair and balanced news, independent review says
“The news organization (Radio/TV Marti) routinely allows “almost any criticism of the Cuban government and its leaders” on the air.” Can we now get this same review board to do the same review of the WaPo (and every other corporate media outlet)? Their coverage of Venezuela (and many, many other issues) is no less unfair & unbalanced than Radio/TV Martí.

*Assad just raised the stakes for catastrophe in Syria. Trump is silent.
WaPo editorial, urging Trump to come to the aid of al Qaeda in Idlib. Just imagine if al Qaeda were in control of Idaho and Russia was demanding the U.S. not attack because of innocent civilians.

*Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib
Populated by "rebels, extremists and civilians alike."
18th (!) paragraph: "The province is now largely under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a group linked to Al Qaeda that overran other armed groups there over the winter."

Tulsi Gabbard’s Campaign Is Being Boosted by Putin Apologists
The Hawaii congresswoman is quickly becoming the top candidate for Democrats who think the Russian leader is misunderstood.
"Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is being underwritten by some of the nation’s leading Russophiles." - Stephen Cohen (“a prominent Kremlin sympathizer”), Sharon Tennison, who runs an organization dedicated to improving US-Russia relations and objects to the demonization of Putin, and "Goofy Grapes", an RT employee. Even if these 3 really were supporters of Putin, 3 contributors out of 75,000 hardly represents Gabbard’s campaign being “underwritten” by them.

Gabbard calls unflattering report 'fake news'
It wasn’t an “unflattering report”. It was a *false report”, a.k.a. “Fake news”.

*Venezuela’s Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó May Negotiate With Maduro
"It was a daring gambit: Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s opposition leader, stood by a military base alongside dozens of uniformed officers and political allies, calling for a military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro." Note: Guaidó no longer President, or interim President, just Guaidó, and Maduro back to being President Nicolás Maduro. Really a remarkable development.

Iran's reach puts U.S. forces, allies in striking range
Of course U.S. forces wouldn’t be in striking range if they hadn’t put themselves there! As far as “allies”, Turkey borders Iran, and Saudi Arabia and the UAE are right across the Persian Gulf, so that’s hardly remarkable.

*Trump’s Iran sanctions are working. But it’ll take more to topple the regime.
In 1953, they only talked about toppling the Iranian regime inside the halls of the CIA. Now, they do it openly in the pages of the Washington Post, and no one bats an eye.

*Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S.
This is about an alleged "new plot to manipulate and radicalize African Americans."
"The documents were obtained through the Dossier Center, a London-based investigative project funded by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky. NBC News has not independently verified the materials, but forensic analysis by the Dossier Center appeared to substantiate the communications."
"One document said that President Donald Trump’s election had “deepened conflicts in American society” and suggested that, if successful, the influence project would “undermine the country’s territorial integrity and military and economic potential.” Really? Exacerbating racial tensions in the U.S. threatens to undermine the U.S.’ “territorial integrity”? There is actually something that threatens our territorial integrity, and its global warming which threatens to put south Florida under water, it’s not racial tensions.

And in our #FakeNewsByOmission watch, still absent from the U.S. corporate media:
The Center for Economic and Policy Research paper suggesting that 40,000 Venezuelans have died as a result of U.S. sanctions, has now been mentioned in one British paper (the Independent), and still not a single U.S. corporate outlet.
The leaked OPCW internal report which showed that not only was the alleged chemical attack in Douma most likely faked, but suggested a strong possibility that people had been deliberately killed by the jihadis and then their bodies used as part of the faked evidence. Again, the Independent in the U.K. (Robert Fisk) has now reported on this, but no corporate media outlet in the U.S., despite the incredibly significance of this report.

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