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Subject: How We Can All Create a Buzz and Support BuzzFlash
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Subject: Corporate Media deserves our greatest contempt
Having been around long enough I can remember the days when people
on the news did not even have to be pretty to get camera time.
They used to have to have a strange qualification called the journalism
degree acquired at some prestigious university. They often times
had risked their lives early in their career covering a story
in some far off corner of the world that we never would have heard
about without their bravery.
These days our media news heads seem to be picked not by how
much they have covered but by how much they are willing to cover
up. Here we have a corporate media that is so controlled confined
cowed and just plain yellow that they would rather ignore a major
story such as the Downing
Street smoking gun memo that proves presidential lies in the
lead-up to the Iraq war than risk the wrath of this obviously
All during the Clinton-Monica scandal we were told that sex and
power stories were just too much for ratings-hungry news media
to resist. Indeed it was their justification for 24-hour coverage
for weeks and months. But a hand-picked ex gay hooker press corps
ringer with a fake name and special White House access representing
a phony right-wing news organization? Not worth covering? The
Gannon story just didn't have enough ratings elements I guess.
Story after story, from the implausible exit polls in last November's
election, to the gutting of environmental regulations, have fallen
by the wayside so that we might know every detail in the runaway
bride's called-off wedding or the Michael Jackson trial.
Stories are reported without being checked out first and when
they are found to be wrong such as when The New York Times
reported false claims about Iraq weapons systems leading up to
the war, they printed a small apology on a back page. This is
the newspaper equal to mumbling's at home watching TV.
When it is mistakenly
reported that a high-ranking terrorist is captured and then
we find out a week or so later that ok maybe he wasn't so important
a figure after all, where are the banner headlines declaring such?
Is it not newsworthy that the information flowing from this administration
cannot to be trusted? That they constantly fix, revise, alter,
withhold, and practice regularly what most civilized societies
call lying? Sure it's plain to see if you follow these things,
read blogs, British newspapers etc., that this press is what they
quaintly say on the street "Bush's bitch." But many
people do not have the time and sadly depend on the corporate
media to tell them the truth because they are under the impression
that it is their job.
They know democracy cannot survive without a vigorous and independent
free press and indeed they are right it will not. What we have
now is a rubber stamp for power pretending to be a free media
living on the vapors of its own PR.
Slowly, as the lies are exposed, it is dawning on more people
the complicity of our supposed watchdogs in the advancement of
these lies. As we slip from one disaster to another. From wars
to global climate change, we must not forget our betrayal by the
corporate media. They have sold us out for personal gain. They
are traitors and they deserve nothing short of our greatest contempt!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bill Moyers ... and Boucher
I finally got to see the Bill Moyers speech ... after reading
about it in the Post Dispatch, and wondering when in the hell
C-span would have it ... they showed the stupid Tom DeLay tribute
at least five times over the weekend.
Moyers was great and truthful and uplifting. Tom DeLay's mess
was just that. Then they have now started on this supposed "lie"
the media ... Newsweek ... has made up about Gitmo. Personally,
I do not believe it is a lie ... I just think it is more Administration
politics ... trying to stop anyone who tells the truth. I don't
care ...I still think Dan Rather was right ... and I am
getting sick of even C-span. If Brian Lamb or Pedro are the moderator
... nothing calls in but rightwingnuts. This morning ... another
moderator was on ... and it was more fair. There are more democrats
... and dissenters calling in on Rush Limbaugh than do on c-span's
Washington Journal anymore. The Media in this country ... is bought
and paid for ... and the Republicans own it! Is there one person
out there that thinks that in 1998, anyone could have prepared
and paid for a $1000 plate dinner for a tribute to Bill Clinton?
They would have been crucified!
Subject: Newsweek told the truth (5/16/05)
For over a week, the Pentagon ignored the Koran-desecration"
story. The Pentagon only spoke up after rioting broke out.
Even now the Pentagon doesn't deny the story. The Pentagon only
says they are "outraged" by it. They say they are angry
at the "SOB" who talked to Newsweek. I bet they are
angry, but that doesn't mean the guy wasn't telling the truth.
The Pentagon says there's "nothing in its files" to
support the story. Kinda reminds me of the time Bush said there
were "no war plans on his desk."
Newsweek doesn't deny the story, either. Sure, they say
they regret "publishing" the story, they don't say why.
I'd regret publishing something that ended up causing riots, too,
but that doesn't mean I got the facts wrong.
Newsweek apologizes for "errors" but it doesn't
say what errors they are sorry for. For all we know, it could
be a spelling error.
Newsweek says it cannot be "sure" the story
is accurate but 100% certainty about anything is a metaphysical
question and not a matter of reasonable doubt.
In short, the Pentagon's and Newsweek's rhetoric dances
all around, but nobody really retracts the story and never says
the story is false. The only reasonable conclusion that can be
reached is that Newsweek got it right but is being pressured
by the Pentagon to cast doubt. What a tragic nightmare.
Subject: Newsweek bails out. What a surprise.
This nonsense about Newsweek backing off its (probably
accurate) story about putting the Koran in the toilets at Guantanamo
deserves a great deal of attention since it's resulted in scores
of deaths. Newsweek -- the publication that permitted
two pseudo-journalists to make a career out of the Lewinsky scandal
-- is worse than Time Magazine, its sister publication
that glorified fascism with its Ann Coulter cover story.
The Newsweek story has the ring of truth. Its retraction
has the smell of cowardice and typical Press obeisance to the
Bush party line.
I recently heard a report on NPR about a young Orthodox Jew who's
tracking down Torahs around the world. One point that was made
is that the Nazis used to desecrate the Torah in the presence
of Jewish concentration camp inmates simply to torment them, and
then throw desecrated Torahs into mass graves. Isn't this precisely
what the U.S. is doing in Guantanamo and other places to Muslim
prisoners? Whether or not the Koran has been desecrated, it is
clear that soldiers have commonly used the inmates' religion as
fuel for psychological and emotional abuse. The story, confirmed
pre-publication by the Pentagon, has the ring of truth.
Support our troops, indeed.
Subject: So now it's all Newsweek's fault!
Dear Newsweek editors,
Unfortunately the defilement of the Kuran story smacks too true
for anyone not to believe your sources. If your source can be
trusted then let the FBI bring on their investigation.
There must be logical connection in order for a story to have
the ring of truth to it. If the torture at Guantanamo and Abu
Ghraib entails such actions as the smearing of menstrual blood
and feces on the inmates, the use of dogs to bite and terrify
prisoners, as well as every kind of cultural sexual perversity
and every form of humiliation possible, why would the torturers
stop short of any kind of religious defilement? We have seen the
photographs of these abuses so there is little to negate these
allegations. So now the White House finds your reporting reprehensible?
Allegations that someone flushed the Kuran down the toilet definitely
pass the smell test when it's weighed with the facts we know.
That the White House is pounding its chest in righteousness and
innocence is what doesn't pass the smell test.
But whether the allegation is true or not will not a make any
difference any more. The Arab and Muslim world will never believe
otherwise, nor will the rest of the world for that matter. The
US crossed the Rubicon when it attacked Iraq, and blaming your
publication will not change the course of events now.
If you are able to stand by your story and verify your sources
please do so.
Subject: Back to Front
If you watched the local evening news and they reported the unimportant
news first and saved the important news for last, you would probably
tune into those newscasts halfway through their broadcasts.
That scenario exists with The New York Times and Washington
Post newspapers. Save yourselves some time getting their
important news. Read them from back to front!
Subject: Times Of India: This is 6th al-Qaeda No. 3
...There has been no sign of the al-Qaeda No 1 or 2, or, for
that matter, an al-Qaeda No.4 or 5 ...
WASHINGTON: The United States has netted another al-Qaeda
No.3, the sixth No.3 to be downed dead or alive in its war on
The latest "senior" al-Qaeda operative to fall in
the U S cross hairs is Haitham al-Yemeni, who was killed by
a CIA Predator plane on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border last
week, according to American TV networks, quoting unnamed US
nets the sixth al-Qaeda No 3 (timesofindia.indiatimes.com,
Subject: Newsweek Report on Quran matches many earlier
I just wanted to say that the Newsweek report on guards
desecrating the Quran was not based on one anonymous source alone.
Former detainees, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Center for
Constitution Rights and many other sources have verified that
just the kind of abuse that Newsweek reported on did
in fact happen multiple times. They reported on this years before
the Newsweek story ever broke.
Given this history, I think it's very hypocritical of the free
press to take part in this scapegoating of Newsweek.
You have a duty to stand up for facts and cut through the hype
to the truth of the matter. Instead, many in the media are complicit
in cannibalizing one of their own in order to avoid the wrath
of the far right-wing. Our free press was once the envy of the
world. Please consider returning to those roots once again, because
I fear the neutered beast that this new media machine has become.
P.S. I found this piece to be helpful in sorting out fact from
fiction in this debate:
Subject: OFFICIAL APOLOGY AT GITMO FOR DESECRATION OF KORANS
(WHY IS NY TIMES NOT STANDING UP FOR NEWSWEEK???!?!??!)
reported by NY Times, May 1, 2005
A former interrogator at Guantanamo, in an interview with the
Times, confirmed the accounts of the hunger strikes, including
the public expression of regret over the treatment of the Korans.
Finds Abuses at Guantanamo Bay (Neil A. Lewis and Eric
Schmitt, New York Times, May 1, 2005)
Got Gitmo Right (antiwar.com)
Subject: Koran desecration with many sources--don't be misled
by the spin!
Ehsannullah, 29, said American soldiers who initially questioned
him in Kandahar before shipping him to Guantanamo hit him and
taunted him by dumping the Koran in a toilet. "It was a very
bad situation for us,"’ said Ehsannullah, who comes from
the home region of the Taliban leader, Mohammad Omar. "We
cried so much and shouted, Please do not do that to the Holy Koran."
(Marc Kaufman and April Witt, Out
of Legal Limbo, Some Tell of Mistreatment,
Mar. 26, 2003.)
Also citing the toilet incident is testimony by Asif Iqbal, a
former Guantanamo detainee who was released to British custody
in Mar. 2004 and subsequently freed without charge:
The behaviour of the guards towards our religious practices
as well as the Koran was also, in my view, designed to cause us
as much distress as possible. They would kick the Koran, throw
it into the toilet and generally disrespect it. (Center for Constitution
Rights, Detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, (Aug. 4,
The claim that US troops at Bagram airbase prison in Afghanistan
urinated on the Koran was made by former detainee Mohamed Mazouz,
a Moroccan, as reported in the Moroccan newspaper, La Gazette
du Maroc. (Abdelhak Najib, "Les Américains pissaient
sur le Coran et abusaient de nous sexuellement", Apr. 11,
2005). An English translation is available on the Cage Prisoners
web site (which describes itself as a "non-sectarian Islamic
human rights website"): http://www.cageprisoners.com/print.php?id=6862
Tarek Derghoul, another of the British detainees, similarly cites
instances of Koran desecration in an interview with Cageprisoners.com,
available at: http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=1611
Desecration of the Koran was also mentioned by former Guantanamo
detainee Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost and reported by the BBC in early
May 2005. (Haroon Rashid, Ex-inmates
share Guantanamo ordeal, May 2, 2005).
The Rovian machine is trying to suppress real journalists who
actually dare to publish information critical of this administration.
It is critical that media organizations like yours stand up for
embattled journalists that are in the cross hairs of the Bush
administration's fight to shift the blame away from their own
policies. Report the WHOLE story, please, and not just the White
Subject: Base Closings
A big story around here is that the Willow Grove Air Force Base
has been slated for closing. Almost 1900 people will lose their
jobs. It's a very large and bustling center. Hard to believe that
they actually want to close it. It's been in existence what seems
like forever to me. It's the general feeling around here that
it's simply a political ploy to bolster Rick Santorum's reelection
chances when he steps in to save the day, as he most certainly
I wonder whether or not other bases around the country slated
for closing also can be tied to the same republican political
Subject: Grim Humor
Watching the WH/Pentagon react to the Newsweek item
about desecrating the Koran at bush's Gitmo Gulag has a sort of
grim humor to it. This administration can sidestep blame and accountability
faster than Indiana Jones can get out of the way of a rolling
boulder. Usually their tactic is from the "little heads will
roll over this" template. But this time they want big heads
to roll - at Newsweek. Feigning deep concern about damage
to America's image abroad - that's worth a chuckle just by itself
- they're now ready to rebuke even one of their own, General Eikenberry,
for daring to suggest that the violence in Afghanistan might not
be related to the Koran flushing incident. This poor blind-sided
bozo is probably wondering what the hell just happened? Oh well,
when you're playing fast and loose with the truth bush shit happens.
The way these guys can dodge and weave makes me think they're
fine candidates for a forced deployment to Iraq. Try envisioning
Karl Rove's fat ass bouncing down the road to Baghdad airport
and tell me you can suppress a grin. If you can you've got a lot
more self control than I do. To get myself under control I have
to think how deeply I'd regret every life lost in the chicken-hawk
brigade. 21st century humor kinda sucks.
Subject: Newsweek on Nightline
Nightline on in the background. They have a Newsweek
editor, Mark Whittaker. "Yes, we made a mistake. But we showed
it to the government first, and they didn't say anything."
Kopple-clone: "But did you flag the item?" Newsweek:
"It was ten sentences ... they read the entire story before
it went to print."
When the anchor asked, "But did you flag the item?"
Whittaker should have asked: "Are you saying you don't think
the Administration can read?"
The anchor just keeps pressing for Newsweek to say "it's
all our fault," and Whittaker keeps saying, "Hey, the
Administration didn't see anything wrong."
The anchor seems extremely stupid, but he is good-looking and
non-threatening, so you can't say he's not qualified.
Subject: Media Reform
I beg everyone to really ask themselves these questions:
1) If we do not have a media that allows real discussion of facts
by the end of this year, will the 2006 elections be anything other
than a "surprise" win for the BushBots?
2) Can you name for me any leverage on the media we have greater
than our money?
We are, after all, funding Democracy's executioners.
All the other stuff--establishing alternate networks, fighting
the FCC, organizing local pressure, complaining loudly to the
media, and to Congress, etc.--has its merits. None of it will
be in time to change the already-known 2006 election results.
Can we live with that?
We can pull literally billions out of their coffers by the end
of this year. We can make it clear to them that the days when
ordinary people, and connected facts, are excluded from public
view, are over.
If you know, please tell me: What means, other than a boycott,
can rapidly change the media's treatment of us?
Subject: Send your complaints to the SPONSORS
Dear Buzz --
This looks like a much more productive way to go rather than
trying to influence TV and radio station programming directly by
writing to the stations: SEND YOUR COMPLAINTS TO THE SPONSORS
Greenwald also responded to an audience comment during a panel
at the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis. the
commentator said: "I don't have time, with three kids and
a traveling job, to create content. [But] I urge people who
aren't journalists and can't get involved at that level to be
a conscious consumer and try to buy products from companies
and support companies who are supporting this movement."
Greenwald said that in his years of working in the commercial
Hollywood environment, he was amazed how as few as seven letters
to a sponsor would cause a sponsor of a television program to
worry about backing a show. "It's amazing, amazing how
few letters scare these people off. [So], instead of sending
a letter to your friends, send a letter to a sponsor."
Greenwald is the producer/director of a series of political
documentaries, including "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War
on Journalism," and "Unconstitutional: The War on
our Civil Liberties."
May 13, 2005 in A
National Conference for Media Reform | Permalink
Subject: Fwd: CORRECTION IS NEEDED AP
AP NEW YORK - Newsweek magazine, under fire for publishing
a story that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan, said Monday
it was retracting its report that a military probe had found
evidence of desecration of the Quran by U.S. interrogators at
Pardon me, but you are writing as if there is solid proof that
Newsweek published a story that led to deadly protests
in Afghanistan....as if you have documented proof. Either you
publish the proof that you have - or you retract this guilty verdict
on Newsweek. There is no ""alleged or "could
have" or "maybe," your writers are writing that
it is fact. Have you read the Joint Chief of Staff's comments?
I think not...Even they do not say that Newsweek caused
anything. here is that story:
Riots Not Tied to Report on Quran Handling, General Says: Army
investigating allegations of mishandling at Guantanamo Bay facility
Subject: Newsweekgate ... on Countdown
On one show [Monday] ... the Keith Olbermann show ... this, and
the Memo from England was discussed quite a lot! Both Keith and
Craig Crawford said it smelled. That was exactly what they said
... a week ago ... apparently ... and even in your heading ...
Myers said that the rioting in Afghanistan had nothing to do with
the story in Newsweek. Now, suddenly with the help of
the little McClellan munchkin ... making himself available to
all media outlets, today they have decided to blame the messenger!
This story likely had a lot of truth to it ... and in order
to once again divert attention away from the worse case scenario
... the Memo from #10 Downing St. ... they are going to
once again ... get everything stirred up. It was almost funny
to me today to see Myers ... McClellan ... Rumsfeld ... and whomever
else it was ... mentioning that people have died because of this!
Huh?? People have been innocently dying since the war started!
I feel, and Keith said, it smelled, and so did Crawford. That
memo is getting way too close. They will lie and lie and lie ...
but, eventually ... it will come out. I think that Blair ... or
one of his aides ... or someone involved ... who knew ... maybe
Jack Straw? ... will say one little thing ... and it will blow
wide open! The Memo has been presented to Bush ... according to
the Countdown show ... Keith said that the white house was called
in regard to the Memo ... and they said they could not comment!
We are back to "Diversions" folks ... in a big way.
This Newsweek thing will blow over in a few weeks ...
days ... hours, even! If you remember, Michael Isikoff was the
one who was involved in a lie with the Lewinsky thing ... and
Linda Tripp ... someone is getting paid off!
Shirley .............St. Louis
Subject: Newsweek, Gitmo and your editorial
Dear Mr. Gailey:
I just read your article titled "Pass
the Crow and Take Your Best Shot" (St. Petersburg Times),
and I must say that you have some valid points.
I, for one, would love to see more responsible journalism, and
would like to see reporters actually VERIFY what they are told
before publishing it as truth. (Judith Miller of the NYT immediately
comes to mind here.)
Did it ever occur to you, and to other critics of Newsweek,
that if you had all done the job you are now admonishing Newsweek
for not doing - that is, verifying reports from "unnamed
sources" - that we might not even BE in this situation now?
Did it occur to you that if reporters, editors and publishers
were not so lazy and willing to accept everything that some shadowy
administration official told you in 2003, we might have done the
ultimate in "support [of] our troops" by NOT sending
them to invade a sovereign nation that posed no threat to us?
And finally, has the St. Petersburg [Times] been giving the now
famous "Downing Street Memo" the front page coverage
it deserves, and done any investigation into how the administration
repeatedly lied to the American public and the world in order
to justify the invasion of Iraq?
People living in glass houses, Mr. Gailey, should not be throwing
Subject: The Newsweek Diversion and The Oil For food
I think we pretty much nailed this one ... as your headlines say!
It made page A9 in the St. Louis Post Dispatch!
I am now watching a member of the British Parliament ... a George
Galloway ... give Norm Coleman a dressing down ... he is irate
... he is mad! I did not get to see it all, but he said the real
scandal here are the lies that got us into this war to begin with.
He is literally letting them have it with both barrels. This could
have been a mistake of mammoth proportions!
Coleman is intimidated ... and they all should be!
Subject: The How and Why of the Nuclear Option
With Senate Majority Leader Frist poised to trigger the nuclear
option in a matter of days, PFAWF has released a brief memo explaining
how the nuclear option could be employed and why its use would
violate Senate rules and precedents.
There's more than one way to break the rules, and Frist and his
Radical Right allies seem to have considered them all. We list
the mechanisms they're likely to employ and detail the central
fact of the nuclear option in all its forms: it would break the
If Frist is successful in bypassing the Senate parliamentarian
and trampling the rules in this unprecedented fashion, any 51-vote
Senate majority could likewise end the right to filibuster on
any other matter before the body – or break any other rule of
the Senate. Evidently Frist wants the Radical Right’s support
for president so badly that he’s willing to nuke the Senate in
You can find the memo at:
People For the American Way Foundation
Subject: Mission accomplished, sir!
Personally, I feel the administration hoopla over the Newsweek
report is a diversionary tactic of the Boosh crew to draw attention
away from the [secret British memo.] We’ve seen these tactics
over and over.
And here we are again witnessing Bush’s schoolyard bully actions.
The bully doesn’t like something that was said and started strong-arming.
Bush doesn’t care about the 16 that were killed in riots. He doesn’t
think anything of the tens of thousands Iraqi deaths attributable
directly to him. Characteristic of bullies, he signaled the bully
allies and they began harassing and carrying the message. In this
case, the bully allies are the mainstream media. Cable and network
television pounded unmercifully. The print media snapped to attention
on command and began writing like the good bully soldiers that
they are. ABC’s May 16 Nightline even added a little hot pepper,
referring to Newsweek as a Liberal publication. All the
good media soldiers responded with, “Mission Accomplished, Sir.”
As the Newsweek story took center stage in the media,
any follow-ups on the secret British memo evaporated. That was
the real mission accomplished!
secret Downing Street memo: SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK
EYES ONLY (London Times Online)