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Friday, February 07, 2020


Headlines for Feb. 7, 2020

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Headlines with an * are the ones we managed to fit in in our allotted time slot. Just one because this was the 1000th broadcast of Loud & Clear, so it was a special format with dozens of regular guests talking about the importance of Loud & Clear and independent media in general.

Worst, Most Misleading & Funniest Headlines for Feb. 7, 2020

Trump meets with Venezuelan opposition leader Guaidó at White House

Even Fox News won’t go along with calling Guaidó “President”, even though he was called “the true and legitimate President of Venezuela” during the SOTU and given a standing ovation as such by Dems & GOP alike, and the next day called the “Interim President” by Pelosi.

Current headline: How Pete Beat Joe
Original headline: How Pete Won
Oops. Written at a time when just 70% of the vote had been counted. Apparently the author didn’t watch the Super Bowl.

Caucus Results: Pete Buttigieg wins most national delegates in Iowa
Lead paragraph: The margin between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic caucuses was small, but with 100% of precincts reporting, as of Thursday night, Buttigieg ends up with the most delegates.
Next paragraph: According to The Associated Press delegate count, Buttigieg and Sanders have each won at least 11 national delegates, with a handful of delegates still to be awarded.
Today’s AP headline: AP: Buttigieg, Sanders to win most national delegates in Iowa

Bernie Sanders wanted outright victory in Iowa. But he will have to settle for this
Written Wednesday afternoon, at a time it was still quite possible Sanders did win outright victory in Iowa.

The Iowa caucuses disaster was democratic socialism in action
Like Iowa? You will love Medicare for All (Mercury News)
A ludicrous headline, made especially ironic by the fact that the app was a product of Clinton staffers and Buttigieg’s money. The ridiculous “logic” of the right-wing. First, the caucus system has been working fine for years. Second, the disastrous app was designed by Dems *opposed* to Medicare for All. And third, it’s our current system of health “care” that’s “complicated and unmanageable”, not M4A.

*The Lessons of 2016
“When we learn important things, to not publish is a political act,” said Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times. That statement is the perfect encapsulation of #FakeNewsByOmission — the choices the NYT and the rest of the corporate media make about what not to cover are deliberate, political choices. Whether it’s the OPCW whistleblower story, or the general strike in France, or Tulsi Gabbard being denied a NH Town Hall by CNN, none of those absences are just accidental, or caused by the lack of good footage, or any other such excuse.

FBI director warns of ongoing Russian ‘information warfare’
Wray says Russia is running a “covert social media campaign aimed at dividing American public opinion and sowing discord” based on “disinformation” and “fake news”. There is not a single example or even a concrete allegation in this article. That Russia is using “disinformation” and trying to “divide” Americans and spread “discord” are just to be taken on faith. I guess they were behind impeachment, the latest thing to divide Americans?
“They identify an issue that they know that the American people feel passionately about on both sides and then they take both sides and spin them up so they pit us against each other,” Wray said. “And then they combine that with an effort to weaken our confidence in our elections and our democratic institutions which has been a pernicious and asymmetric way of engaging in affect information warfare.” Particularly ironic in light of the Iowa debacle, or the fact that the current President was elected with three million fewer votes than his opponent.

NATO Eyes Troop Reductions in Afghanistan as U.S. Draws Down
The US is talking about drawing down, if only from 12,000 to 8,500, but they also talked about drawing down in Syria. We’ll believe it when and if  it happens.

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