Comments: God Damn The God Damn Liberal Media

The US media have always been fiercely dedicated to speaking half-truths from power.

Cheney was right about one thing: it took people with no brains to conclude that torture was acceptable. In fact "no-brainer" is a good description of the Bush administration's policies in general.

Posted by John Caruso at November 20, 2008 08:11 PM

could someone please check the BBC? it's possible bush and cheney have already been impeached and the news was blacked out.

Posted by hapa at November 20, 2008 08:11 PM

Another question would be "Why didn't Mr. Horton talk about the administrations torture policy despite the warning?". Why not talk about it sooner? Not saying that it would change a whole lot, but.....

He recounts the episode in a footnote, and goes on to say that now (2008) everyone--Obama, Biden,...-- is referring to it as torture.

I came across an article in Swans on the CIA - http://www.swans.com/library/art14/barker08.html

that took me further away from what passes for casual conversation with my friends--could be that I need some new people to hang out with.

So I thought I'd leave the link in a blog comment.

Posted by Bruce F at November 20, 2008 09:47 PM

Is there anything more cynical than the disparity in coverage of the news between CNN and CNN International?

Why yes, yes there is. Richard Parsons, former CEO of CNN's parent company Time Warner (he resigned at the end of 2007), has a seat on the Obama transition team.

Yet more hope we can change for.

Posted by jm at November 21, 2008 09:30 AM

could someone please check the BBC

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Don't get your hopes up too much - they're really not much better:

http://danielsimpson.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/how-news-works-part-94/

Posted by Daniel Simpson at November 23, 2008 01:48 PM

Daniel Simpson:
I did not mean to give the impression that BBC is the best and always right. I was comparing CNN ( domestic) and BBC. If foreign viewers have to choose between what is seen in USA, they would reject it so CNN has to have a different ( CNN Int ) slant on the news.

I can not speak for other countries but I know for a fact that in India, there are mutiple sources of news and information ( TV channels and newspapers and magazines with wide spectum of political views ) so the population is not dependent on only one or two sources. And in commonwealth countries, even today, rightly or wrongly, BBC enjoys trust in terms of providing high quality news, though of course, it can make erors or toe govt line. However, local audiences ( in those countries ) will have other sources of news which may contradict what BBC says if it is not true. It may surprise some but India has a more open and freer press than in the USA.

ps I read your entry on your website and I agree with you. Everyone who was reading nonMSM and blogs, knew exactly what had happened in South Ossetia and who was the aggressor. Also, we know, MSM tend to insult the intelligence of their audience and underestimate how much the audience knows.

Posted by Rupa Shah at November 23, 2008 03:35 PM

CORRECTION:
If foreign viewers have to choose between what is seen in USA, they would reject it so CNN

It should read..
If foreign viewers have to choose between what is seen in USA and BBC, they would reject CNN, so CNN has to have a different ( CNN Int ) slant on the news.

Posted by Rupa Shah at November 23, 2008 03:48 PM