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Friday, November 15, 2019


Headlines for Nov. 15, 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 Nov. 15, 2019

*Visit to Arlington Cemetery reminded Donald Trump Jr. of all his family’s ‘sacrifices,’ he writes
Did he lose an uncle in the Vietnam war perhaps? Um, no. The sacrifice he’s talking about is “voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off the office’”.

Not one corporate newspaper used the word “coup” in their headline to describe what happened in Bolivia. Most used some variation of “Morales resigns” (WaPo) or “Morales steps down” (NYT). Not one even used the phrase “Morales is forced out”; I guess that’s too close to saying coup.

The NYT print edition:
*Bolivia’s Leader Resigns, Heeding Protesters’ Call
‘The End Of Tyranny”
That quote comes from Carlos Mesa, the man who just lost to Morales
That subhead was only in the print edition. Online, the subhead is just as bad in a different way: “A leftist who had served longer than any other current head of state in Latin America, Mr. Morales lost his grip on power amid violent protests set off by a disputed election.” No mention of the role of the military or police.

*Morales, supporters reject interim president, deepening Bolivia’s crisis
So it wasn't someone appointing themselves President with no Constitutional authority whatsoever that deepened Bolivia's crisis, but the fact that Morales and his supporters reject her.

*Evo Morales’ power grab would be a great Netflix series. Call it ‘Emperor of the Andes’
Winning an election with 47% of the vote is now a “power grab”. Another brilliant insight from Andrés Oppenheimer,  the guy who wrote “Castro’s Final Hour”…in 1993.

But the worst headline goes to the Express in the UK:

*Putin suffers crushing blow to South America dominance as Bolivia President ousted

*Flaming arrows and petrol bombs: Inside Hong Kong protesters' 'weapons factories'
(Reuters article)
From this article glorifying violent protesters: “The protesters say their non-violent efforts have been met by brutal police tactics, & their weapons are needed to protect themselves.” Sorry, flaming arrows, petrol bombs & bricks aren’t defensive weapons! And of course, no mention that one of those “non-violent bricks” just killed a 70-year-old man, or that the fire they love has put another man in the hospital fighting for his life.

Hong Kong Protester Shot by Police as Clashes Escalate
Opening paragraph: “one of the bloodiest days of unrest so far left two people critically injured—a protester who was shot by police and a man set on fire after arguing with demonstrators.” But only one of those made the headline. And, not coincidentally, that was also the only one mentioned on my local TV news.
Then on Wednesday, a 70-year-old street sweeper was killed after being hit on the head by a thrown brick. Coverage in the Western media? ZERO. No headlines, no stories, nothing.
Two days later, today, finally one headline, but only from the BBC:
*Hong Kong protests: Man dies after being hit 'by hard object' during protests
But even the article tries to mislead: “A man has died in Hong Kong after being hit on the head during clashes between government supporters and protesters.
The government said the 70-year-old cleaner was on a lunch break on Wednesday when he was struck by "hard objects hurled by masked rioters".

Meanwhile In the WaPo https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/holed-up-in-university-hong-kong-protesters-issue-demands/2019/11/14/d7d171de-0754-11ea-ae28-7d1898012861_story.html, a brief mention in the tenth paragraph of an article on developments in HK. Likewise in the NYT https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/11/15/world/asia/15reuters-hongkong-protests.html, a brief mention also in the tenth paragraph.

*Mars shock: Space race erupts as China unleashes devastating plan to find life before NASA

‘I’m Full Tulsi’: Inside Tulsi Gabbard’s Wild Bid to Make Trouble in 2020
Imagine describing her very serious campaign as a “bid to make trouble”. And by the way, that quote in the headline comes from a supporter expressing her total support for Gabbard, although the way the headline is written, you can easily imagine it’s Gabbard bragging about how she’s in this race for herself.

Israel Kills Islamic Jihad Leader, Prompting Gaza Rocket Attacks
Original headline: Gaza Militants Fire Rockets Into Israel After Islamic Jihad Leader Killed

Bannon testifies Trump campaign viewed Stone as access point to WikiLeaks
Bannon: Stone was Trump campaign link to WikiLeaks
But the testimony is that he was, in fact, *not* a link, just a bs artist.

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