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Friday, June 14, 2019


Headlines for June 14, 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 June 14, 2019

‘Executed’ North Korean pop star back from the dead — and by Kim Jong-un’s side
A new story, but after being reported (by the infamous Chosun Ilbo) as executed in 2013, Hyon Song-wol, “came back to life” in 2014 (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/17/north-korean-singer-rumoured-executed-appears-tv).
According to Wikipedia she has even been a member in the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea since 2017! But we need another reminder that Kim is a monster, hence this story.

And if that wasn’t enough…

*Kim Jong-un executes general by throwing him in piranha-filled fish tank
Kim Jong-un has become a real-life Bond villain
“Sources said”

*2020 Campaigns Remain Vulnerable as Signs of Russian Hackers Re-Emerge
“Microsoft Corp.’s threat intelligence team in recent months detected Russian attempts to hack U.S. think tanks, academics and nongovernmental organizations that may be involved in U.S. politics or become advisers to campaigns.”
“The attempts, waged by a group known as Fancy Bear that is believed to have ties to Russia’s military intelligence, may be routine espionage.”

*Man killed by U.S. Marshals in Memphis was wanted for violent car theft
Typical smear the victim headline. Even if were wanted for murder, that doesn’t give cops a license to kill him, but that’s the implication of the headline.

*The World’s Malnourished Kids Don’t Need a $295 Burger
Nick Kristof misses the point. All he says is “If some distant planet sends foreign correspondents to Earth, they will be baffled that we allow almost one child in four to be stunted, even as we indulge in gold leaf cupcakes, $1,000 sundaes and half-million-dollar bottles of wine. Something’s wrong with this picture.” Indeed. But the problem isn’t the $295 burger. It’s capitalism, a system that allows the 1% to have enough money to afford $295 burgers while others starve.

*Journalism sheds light in Russia and China. No wonder their despots hate it.
WaPo runs this editorial literally the day after Russia dropped charges against Golunov and the US finalized its extradition request for Assange. You can’t make this stuff up.

Queen Elizabeth II, master of soft power, celebrates her 93rd birthday with a massive parade
”Master of soft power”? The only actual accomplishment she can take credit for during her so-called “reign” is keeping the monarchy popular enough to avoid its abolition. Otherwise, nada. The Post even admits that: “she is still a master at the game of this kind of diplomacy, in which there are no real “deliverables,” no overt advancements of any particular policy, but instead a gloss of warm feelings, mixed with awe.”

*Trump still owes D.C. $7 million in inauguration costs as he plans July Fourth gala
Do Presidents have to pay the costs of their own inauguration? Of course not! "Trump" doesn't owe D.C. anything, as the article finally informs the reader, it's "the Trump administration and Congress" that owe the money.

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