In case you missed it, here's what happened to the Weiner campaign yesterday: the New York Daily News ran a cover story written by a former Weiner campaign intern named Olivia Nuzzi, who had less-than-flattering things to say about her former employer. Among them: that Weiner called her "Monica" (get it? Because she is an intern and Monica Lewinsky was also an intern and blow jobs and also it's 1998 and you're Jay Leno.) and that most people working for the campaign were doing it so they could become BFF's with Huma Abedin, who would then hire them to work for an as-yet-unannounced Hillary 2016 campaign. When TPM asked spoke to the campaign's communications director Barbara Morgan yesterday (on the heels of a move that was kinda sleazy and opportunistic on Nuzzi's part), they received an obscenity laden anti-Nuzzi rant so filthy it made Pulp Fiction sound like Reading Rainbow. Morgan called Nuzzi a "fucking slutbag," a "twat," and a "cunt" who would NEVER WORK IN THIS TOWN AGAIN. Morgan later released a statement claiming she thought the conversation was off the record and that she called that slutty twatcunt Nuzzi to apologize. Wonder how that conversation went.
The journalistic practices of the Washington Post and Walter Pincus -
Fifteen hours after acknowledging that an innuendo-filled article is factually false, the Post still has not corrected it. In short, Pincus wrote a bullshit laden screed and Glenn Greenwald went after him and the Washington Post, a once great newspaper/current collection of media whores, for printing said screed and failing to correct obvious errors that he pointed out to them, repeatedly. No surprise. What is fabulous is that Greenwald, because he is unrelenting, is performing a service as great as giving Snowden a forum. Namely, calling out the main stream media/village assholes as the whores that they are. And he is naming names, going after the offenders, and not giving up until he gets what he wants. Thank you, Glenn Greenewald. The media needs to be reminded of what their role should be. If we had had a functioning free press in the last 15 to 20 years, maybe we would have an actual liberal/progressive president in the White House who would be wondering how he or she should spend that peace dividend, instead of wondering whether Jamie Dimon will get him a good gig after he's done giving Wall Street and the military industrial complex everything they wanted.
Bug found at Ecuador's embassy in London. The subhead reads: A hidden microphone is found in the ambassador's office, during routine security search, Ecuador foreign minister says. At one time the U.S. was envied and admired, now we are the world's monster. Thanks, Obama! I mean, Reagan, Poppy Bush, Clinton, Cheney, and W all played their part, but you took the ball and dunked it. Change you can believe in...that was a stroke of [mendacious] brillance.
Snowden healthy and safe, says Assange. While things may seem dire, what with Assange holed up in the Ecudorian embassy, Manning on trial, and Snowden in flight, that they exist, that brave people are willing to step forward to counter the the criminal acts of this government and the corporate monsters that feed off of it gives me hope. Real hope, not that cheap branded bullshit that was shoved down our throats in 2008. I hope Snowden takes the time to write a very complete book.
What does ring true, however, is his assertion that a driving force from Tahrir Square to Occupy is a redefinition of notions of both what "freedom" means and its relationship to governments that seem ever more distant. It is significant, too, that many recent protests have taken place in the large cities that have been most transformed by neoliberal policies.
I hope President Neoliberal is reading this and realizing that with a turning tide his "legacy" can quickly turn from being the first black president, to being a "poor negotiator, to being realized as the monster whore for Wall Street and other monied interests. I mean most of us recognize this, but what happens when his desperate fan base does (or maybe they don't)?
Something is going on. The answer may come from elsewhere, because the powers that be are trying to keep use yoked but relatively well fed. Still, we don't need a majority to affect change. A lot of people are happy being sheep. We need to replace the sheperd with the stick with a sheperd with the carrots.
Jail reckless bankers, standards commission urges. Eric Holder has this under control, so no worries. Hahahahahahaha. The article is about a British commission. And may I add, nice timing. I mean, what is the statute of limitations on the actions leading up to and causing the man-made fiscal crisis? That is, are these ongoing crimes? Because there are fairly tight statutes of limitations period in this country. Just saying.
More Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as 'patriot' than traitor. Obama has a problem. Good, he earned it. I bet I'm not the only person on the left who wouldn't care if the republicans wanted to impeach him over this. Hell, I'd support it. But they won't, because they want that power when the next republican is in the White House, which, after all of the damage Obama has done to the democratic brand, will be in 2016. Unless...?