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Cable News Blew It! US Soldiers Charged – Murder, Cover-Up, Trophies, Skulls, Fingers!

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Victoria Jones
Talk Media News | September 15, 2010

American soldiers charged with keeping a skull, finger bones and leg bones from Afghan corpses as trophies. Twelve American soldiers charged with a total of 76 crimes, including the premeditated murders of three Afghan civilians (possibly for sport) and the beating of one or more fellow soldiers. Sounds like an outtake from Predator.

It’s not.

This story didn’t knock a pathetic “pastor” with a half-baked scheme to burn the Qu’ran off cable news? This didn’t make it to the front pages of the web sites of the major cable TV news outlets by midnight Saturday?

The admirable Army Times had the story, which they’ve recently updated. The AP had the story on the 8th. The Guardian, the AP and McClatchy had extensive, horrifying stories on the 9th. Huffington Post covered it on Friday, as did the Daily Mail in the UK. Slowly, print has picked it up. All these stories were factual, well researched, responsible with different narratives. The Drudge Report picked up the Daily Mail’s story. So I guess now Drudge has it, 23 year old TV bookers will notice it.

It may not have been up to the young bookers not to cover what is clearly a massive story. They may have brought it up in editorial meetings and been knocked back. Told “we’re on a roll with the lunatic pastor, the ratings are way up, we already have reporters in the field, it works with 9/11, nobody cares about Afghanistan, it’s a downer, don’t get in the way of our story, get me some more coffee”.

OK. A couple things. It’s BODY PARTS. If all you care about is the ratings, then you’ve got skulls, finger and leg bones as trophies, 76 crimes including the murder of three Afghan civilians, hashish smoking, guys ratting out each other, the cover-up, kill teams, killing for sport, hitting, kicking, strangling, dragging and spitting, gruesome photographs (good visuals), Wasilla Alaska (really), desperate, failed attempts to whistle blow on Facebook and a young, green hero.

Early Sunday, four days after the AP had it, this story was absent from the web sites of the major US news organizations. Instead, on their front pages under top stories we had: CNN “Tiny gal eats 181 wings in 12 mins”; MSNBC “Americans still skipping fruits veggies”; Fox “Massive iceberg crashes into island splits in 2”. The BBC and al Jazeera English both had the story, not on their front pages, but under the US, and Central and South Asia respectively. Funny how you often have to go outside the US to find negative stories about the US.

Is it an excuse that Saturday was 9/11? No. It’s actually possible to tell two stories. Oh, get this, we’re in Afghanistan because of 9/11 – sooo – linkage?

There’s been a lot of hand wringing and forehead smiting this week about playing into the hands of al Qaeda by talking about a former hotel manager turned cult leader blackmailer who was going to burn Qu’rans. (There was almost NO talk on TV about his very shady past in Germany and in Florida, extensively documented in print, and nicely summarized by TPM.) What really plays into the hands of al Qaeda is American soldiers murdering Afghan civilians for sport, keeping body parts as trophies and covering it up. (These soldiers have only been charged. They have not been convicted.)

The American public has a right to know about the heroism of its soldiers, like Sgt Salvatore Giunta, the first living serviceman from the Iraq or Afghan wars to receive the Medal of Honor, as well as the atrocities committed by men and women in uniform. The media have the obligation to report it.

Cable news will give this hideous story some coverage now as it becomes “mainstream” and hard to ignore. If the cable networks decide to go all out on the story, will it be because it’s important, or because it’s a ratings grabber? Or will they stay away because it’s Afghanistan and “nobody cares”, or because it would be “playing into the hands of al Qaeda”?

There are very responsible journalists and editors at cable news, as well as people whose job is just to make money for the network. That’s the business. I’m in the radio end. Who wins the coverage war? Agony, forehead smite, hand wring, chest beat.

“Is it going to be bigger than Abu Ghraib? Guantanamo? Hey, maybe we could get General Petraeus to come on and ask us not to cover it, then when we do anyway, Secretary Gates comes on. Then Robert Gibbs gives a rambling reply to a question from the front row about it, Secretary Clinton gets in on the act somehow, and, maybe, if we get really bad protests and flag burnings and an accidental death if we’re lucky, the President will weigh in. Then we can blame him for stirring it up. Big Sis raises the threat level. We get family members of the soldiers – there’s 12 of them, should be able to find someone, maybe a pregnant, crying wife. This could run and run. It’s a ratings bonanza – it could put Afghanistan back on the map for us. We’ve spent enough effing money on it already.

Get that cute little booker back in here.

http://www.talkradionews.com/news/2010/9/15/cable-news-blew-it-us-soldiers-charged-murder-cover-up-troph.html

Dick Cheney’s Right-Hand Man

” … Ken Buck (Colo. gubernatorial candidate): worked for Dick Cheney during the Iran-Contra investigation; later worked at the Department of Justice and as a local district attorney and U.S. attorney. … ”
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/09/20/daily-debunk-the-myth-of-the-inexperienced-tea-partiers.html

Buck: “Social Security is a Horrible Policy”

Huffington Post: “Republicans on Tuesday night experienced the third leg of what is being pegged as the ‘Tea Party Triple Crown’ when local Attorney General Ken Buck pulled off an upset over former Lt. Gov Jane Norton in the Colorado Republican Senate primary. … Opposition researchers quickly provided reporters with instances in which Buck echoed some of the more outlandish positions that have come to define his Kentucky and Nevada Republican counterparts respectively. … He has called Social Security a ‘horrible policy’ that would ‘bankrupt’ the country within a 10-to-25 year window. ‘I don’t know that the federal government should be involved in a retirement plan,’ he said at a Constitutionalist Today Forum in March 2010. ‘It should be a plan that certainly, once people pay into it, they have an expectation of getting a retirement and they’re entitled to that. But the idea that the federal government should be running health care or retirement or any of those programs is fundamentally against what I believe. … ”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/11/ken-buck-is-third-leg-of_n_678504.html

“Let’s Rewrite the Constitution to Throw Out Pesky Citizen Voting Rights”

GOP Insider in Tea Party Drag Yearns for a Theocracy

” … Buck’s rise to political prominence doesn’t seem easy to distill into conventional definitions. While he has embraced the Tea Party label, his biography reflects more of an insider elitism than anti-establishment sentiment. He graduated from Princeton University, where he wrote his thesis on Saudi Arabian history. From there he was recruited to serve under then-Congressman Dick Cheney to work on the Iran-contra investigation in 1986. After that stint he essentially stayed on the taxpayer’s payroll, working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado before he was a D.A.

“He has been a government attorney since 1988. … His wife was a vice chairman of the [state] Republican Party for eight years. …

“Having establishment ties isn’t the only anti-Tea Party feature in Buck’s personal resume. Though he doesn’t go so far as to call for state-sponsored religion, Buck has called for a ‘much closer relationship’ between church and state … ”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/11/ken-buck-is-third-leg-of_n_678504.html

Oops!

” … Then there was the late primary snafu, when Buck, caught on a live mic, urged ‘those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on camera.’ … “
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/11/ken-buck-is-third-leg-of_n_678504.html

“… Researchers surveyed nearly 60,000 women at the midpoint of their pregnancy. … The women who drank one artificially-sweetened (carbonated and non-carbonated) beverage daily were 38% more likely to give birth prematurely than women who didn’t drink these beverages. …”

by Tasha Gerken
FYILivin | September 17, 2010

Being pregnant in 2010 seems more complicated than ever, with the list of food “no-nos” getting longer. A recent Danish study suggests that you should also add diet soda to your list of unacceptable indulgences. Researchers surveyed nearly 60,000 women at the midpoint of their pregnancy about their eating habits. They found that the women who drank one artificially-sweetened (carbonated and non-carbonated) beverage daily were 38% more likely to give birth prematurely than women who didn’t drink these beverages. What’s more astounding is that drinking more than four servings of artificially-sweetened beverages led to a 78% increased risk of preterm delivery.

The researchers didn’t adjust their results to accommodate the fact that more than 12% of pregnancies result in preterm birth and didn’t point fingers at any one sweetener. However, these results remained unchanged even when age, weight status, other dietary habits, and other major variables were factored in. The study also found that sugar-sweetened beverage intake was not independently associated with preterm birth when the same outside factors were taken into consideration.

Based on this study and previous animal studies, the researchers hypothesize that the results are related to the breakdown of artificial sweeteners as follows: aspartame –> methanol –> formaldehyde (yikes!) –> formic acid. Large amounts of formic acid may have a toxic effect on a woman’s uterus, and ultimately explain the link between diet drinks and preterm birth.

The FDA believes it is safe for women who consume saccharin (Sweet n’ Low), sucralose (Splenda) or acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One), but not aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) pre-pregnancy to continue in moderation while with child. Either way, many experts agree that it’s better to take the safe route when it comes to keeping your unborn child healthy.

Try to avoid artificial sweeteners, and if you simply cannot do without the fizzy drinks, opt for smaller amounts of sugar sweetened beverages on occasion. Moderation is important, though: after all, studies have shown that all (artificially or sugar) sweetened beverages have been linked to elevated blood pressure, type-2 diabetes risk, and obese weight status, all of which can lead to more unwanted pregnancy complications.

http://fyiliving.com/nutrition/general-nutrition/womens-health/diet-drinks-linked-to-premature-birth/

By Elise Foley
Washington Independent | August 31, 2010

One of the major complaints against immigration — both legal and illegal — is that non-Americans take jobs that could be occupied by citizens during a time of high unemployment. But immigrants actually boost incomes and productivity over time, according to a paper released Monday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The study’s author found immigration has no “significant” effect on the number of jobs available to U.S.-born workers.

The main reason, economist Giovanni Peri argues, is that U.S. and immigrant workers tend to take different jobs, particularly because immigrants often face language barriers that make them less likely to take higher paying jobs requiring strong communication skills. This allows U.S.-born workers to shift toward these jobs, Peri writes.

Interestingly, this means lower language skills among immigrants actually help American workers, writes Kevin Drum at Mother Jones:

What’s really striking about this is that the very mechanism that provides the productivity boost — the fact that immigrants don’t speak English well and therefore push native workers out of manual labor and into higher-paying jobs — is precisely the thing that most provokes the immigrant skeptics. They all want immigrants to assimilate faster and speak English better, but if they did then they’d just start competing for the higher paying jobs that natives now monopolize.

Many other economists have come to the same conclusion as Peri: Immigrants help the economy to grow and therefore create jobs and increase average wages for American-born workers.

The trend is true overall, but not necessarily for every worker: Economists say some workers, particularly in low-skilled jobs, could see lower wages due to an influx of immigrants. Some argue the exploitation of undocumented workers drives down wages for everyone in certain sectors — which they say is why comprehensive immigration reform is vital.

http://washingtonindependent.com/96261/fed-study-immigrants-dont-steal-american-jobs

Media Matters | September 20, 2010 — The Toronto Sun issued a correction to a column they recently published claiming that George Soros, as a child, “collaborated with the Nazis.” This smear has long been popular among conservatives attacking Soros for his support of progressive causes.

Sun column smears Soros as Nazi “collaborator,” paper apologizes

Columnist claimed Soros “collaborated with the Nazis” to survive Holocaust. In a September 5 Toronto Sun column (accessed via Nexis), Ezra Levant wrote of Soros:

“When the Nazis took total control of Hungary in 1944, the Holocaust followed. In two months, 440,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to death camps.

“To survive, George, then a teenager, collaborated with the Nazis.

“First he worked for the Judenrat. That was the Jewish council set up by the Nazis to do their dirty work for them. Instead of the Nazis rounding up Jews every day for the trains, they delegated that murderous task to Jews who were willing to do it to survive another day at the expense of their neighbours.

“Theodore hatched a better plan for his son. He bribed a non-Jewish official at the agriculture ministry to let George live with him. George helped the official confiscate property from Jews.

“By collaborating with the Nazis, George survived the Holocaust. He turned on other Jews to spare himself.”

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Levant distorted the conduct of Soros, who was 14 years old at the time. As Media Matters has noted, Soros, who discussed his childhood in Nazi-occupied Hungary in a 1998 interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, was only a young teen during the Holocaust and was under the care of a Hungarian Agriculture Ministry employee, posing as his godson. On 60 Minutes, Soros said that he accompanied his “godfather” as he went to oversee the confiscation of property from Hungarian Jews.

As biographer Michael Kaufman wrote in Soros: The Life and Times of a Messianic Billionaire (page 37):

This is what actually happened. Shortly after George went to live with Baumbach, the man was assigned to take inventory on the vast estate of Mor Kornfeld, an extremely wealthy aristocrat of Jewish origin. The Kornfeld family had the wealth, wisdom, and connections to be able to leave some of its belongings behind in exchange for permission to make their way to Lisbon. Baumbach was ordered to go to the Kornfeld estate and inventory the artworks, furnishings, and other property. Rather than leave his “godson” behind in Budapest for three days, he took the boy with him. As Baumbach itemized the material, George walked around the grounds and spent time with Kornfeld’s staff. It was his first visit to such a mansion, and the first time he rode a horse. He collaborated with no one and he paid attention to what he understood to be his primary responsibility: making sure that no one doubted that he was Sandor Kiss.

Sun issues correction, apologizes to Soros. In a September 18 correction, the Toronto Sun, Sun Media, and Levant retracted the false Nazi collaborator claim and apologized:

On September 5, 2010, a column by Ezra Levant contained false statements about George Soros and his conduct as a young teenager in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

Upon receiving a letter of complaint from Mr. Soros’s legal counsel on September 13, 2010, Sun Media Corporation always intended to publish a retraction and apology for this column. Despite constant efforts on both sides, Sun Media and Mr. Soros’s counsel were unable to reach agreement on the content of a retraction.

The management of Sun Media wishes to state that there is no basis for the statements in the column and they should not have been made.

Sun Media, this newspaper and Ezra Levant retract the statements made in the column and unreservedly apologize to Mr. Soros for the distress and harm this column may have caused to him.

Soros-Nazi smear a favorite of right-wingers

Ann Coulter: Soros “a Nazi collaborator, literally.” From the March 2, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Glenn Beck:

COULTER: And the other thing, I wanted to say about what you were saying – this obsession with is Russia our leader? Is Russia our leader? I finally figured out why that bugs me so much. Right-wing and conservative power has always bubbled up from the bottom.

You – Rush Limbaugh came out of a strong legal family. He goes on radio. He gets fired. He gets fired. He gets fired. Free Republic. Just some guy out in California. Joe the plumber – it’s always been bottom up.

BECK: Sure.

COULTER: Not with the Democrats. Oh, no. They have a Nazi collaborator, literally, international financier George Soros funding their phony grassroots organizations. So they look at Rush and say, “Who is funding you?” Well, Rush Limbaugh is funding Rush Limbaugh.

Coulter: Soros “did well under the Nazis.” From the March 26, 2009, edition of Fox News’ Hannity:

COULTER: I don’t think George Soros’ name should come out without pointing out that this is not the first crisis he’s done well in. He collaborated with the Nazis in Hungary, as he admitted, so he did well under the Nazis.

Human Events Online: “A Nazi collaborator.” From a March 10, 2009, Human Events Online column:

Soros is a behind-the-scenes despot. He is an evil man who has used his wealth to further all the causes the Democrat Party holds dear.

He was also a Nazi collaborator. In his autobiography, entitled “Soros on Soros,” he blithely describes how as a teenager he helped cart off the possessions of Hungarian Jews after they were sent to concentration camps. Soros wrote that this never bothered him, even though his father was Jewish and he grew up in a Jewish home. He says he has no regrets for his actions. “Somebody would have done it,” he wrote.

Investor’s Business Daily: Soros a “former Nazi sympathizer.” From a March 11, 2009, Investor’s Business Daily editorial (accessed via Nexis):

If, as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says, Rush Limbaugh “is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party,” it is only fair to ask: Who is his Democratic counterpart?

Our nominee is George Soros, the Hungarian billionaire and former Nazi sympathizer who helped fund MoveOn.org, the radical group that smeared Gen. David Petraeus with its “General Betray Us” ad last fall.

Through his Open Society Initiative and personal contributions Soros has funded many liberal causes and many Democratic candidates with the intent of undermining democracy and capitalism. His ultimate goal is to create a global socialist collective where we hand over our money and/or freedom and sing “Kumbaya.”

For our part, we’ll take Rush over Soros.

KSFO radio hosts: Soros “very cheerfully and willingly, went to work for the Nazis.” From the February 8, 2007, broadcast of KSFO’s Morning Show:

LEE RODGERS: Now, here is the inconsistency problem that Mr. Soros, like so many Democrats, displays. Given his personal history, a cynical person might think George Soros would be delighted to see the Nazis in charge, because in 1944, when the Germans invaded his native country, Hungary, and took over, Mr. Soros hid the fact that he’s a Jew — you can’t really blame him for that —

OFFICER VIC: No.

RODGERS: — it’s about survival; a lot of people did it. But then, he, apparently very cheerfully and willingly, went to work for the Nazis, as other Jews were being killed or shipped off to the death camps, he ran around Hungary with Nazi officials, serving eviction notices to people who were going to be shipped out on the death trains —

OFFICER VIC: Oh, my God.

RODGERS: — so his Nazi buddies could come in and confiscate their property. Now, if you doubt this — any of you whiny liberals — “Well, I heard that on a conservative program. They had to have made it up” — just do a little Internet search of your own, go to Yahoo or Google or whatever you want, and write in “George Soros,” plus the word “Nazis,” plus “1944.” Take a look. See what comes up. See for yourself.

KSFO apologized for “not accurate” attacks on Soros. On February 26, 2007, KSFO’s program director issued a correction to the Morning Show hosts’ smears of Soros, saying that their comments were “not accurate” and that the station “regrets that they were broadcast.”

Media Matters staff

http://mediamatters.org/research/201009200038

By John McBeth
Asia Times | September 22, 2010

JAKARTA – In May 1964, five Air America pilots were called into the clandestine airline’s Vientiane station manager’s office and asked if they would fly interdiction missions against communist Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces east of the Plain of Jars in northeast Laos.

Also present at the meeting was a “Mr Jones”, an operative of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which had financed Air America from its inception as Civil Air Transport (CAT) in 1950 and would continue to do so until its closure following the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.

“We were recruited based on our previous experience, apparently because the local pilots were not then up to the task,” said John

Wiren, one of the recruits. “This was an urgent request because a large concentration of NVA were massing for a pre-monsoon advance into Laos.”

Because of the potential fallout if they were shot down or captured, the five were asked to submit written resignations to protect the Laotian and US governments as signatories of the 1961 Geneva Peace Accords, which supposedly guaranteed Laos’ neutrality.

Flying Thailand-based T-28 bombers with Laotian markings, Air America fliers continued in that role for four more years and were subsequently also responsible for the rescue of numerous US pilots downed over Laos, including three officers who were later to become admirals.

Thirty-six years later, now newly-retired from his post-war job with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Wiren applied for additional civil service retirement benefits based on his record of flying those combat missions for the CIA and the US embassy in Laos.

After Wiren had spent almost a year answering correspondence and filling in voluminous forms, a lower court judge finally informed him that his request was denied because he had been a soldier of fortune working for the Laotian government.

Wiren’s experience is no different from that of a dwindling band of fellow Air America survivors who have fought for two decades to secure benefits that have been legally denied them and the widows of dead colleagues because, by the nature of their secret work, none had held a formal government position.

Just as the CIA walked away from the thousands of Hmong tribesmen who made up its irregular army in Laos in 1975, so it is now dragging its feet over helping the civilian fliers who provided the agency with invaluable air support in some of the world’s most difficult terrain. …

CONTINUED

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LI22Ae01.html