FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS COMING UNDER CRITICISM FOR FAILING TO NOMINATE SOMEONE TO SERVE AS THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRELAND FOR OVER 18 MONTHS.
ONE CRITIC SAYS, "IT'S TOO MUCH GOLF AND NOT ENOUGH WORK. . . . IF HE KNOCKED OFF ONE ROUND OF GOLF HE COULD TAKE CARE OF IT."
AN ANGRY BARRY O RESPONDED TO THAT CHARGE TODAY, "WHAT'S NEXT? ASKING ME TO FORGO MY WEEKLY MANI-PEDI!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The Nation magazine needs to stop begging for money to everyone who visits the website. They don't do anything worth paying for. They don't report, they just have a lot of commentary. We now know it's not truthful commentary thanks to Journolist revealing that Katha Pollitt who attacked Sarah Palin was actually impressed with Sarah Palin. She could say that in an e-mail list but she wouldn't say it at her outlet.
It's empty talk from empty minds.
As we noted yesterday, there was no report on Iraq filed in the US Monday. So when an e-mail says, "The Nation's covering Iraq," I'll check it out.
The Nation isn't covering Iraq. Greg Mitchell pulled from his bad book and p.r. release from seven years ago. There's nothing new in his trash can.
He can dig through it as long as he wants, but there's nothing new there.
He doesn't look smart copying and pasting the same tired paragraphs.
He looks even more foolish as The Nation has a pop up begging for your money , "Support us with a digital subscription" -- why?
So Greg can publish every week -- publish something already in the archives that he's added nothing to.
That's not even journalism. That's repurposing.
He lives in the past, he's consumed by it.
He whines that the media lied in the lead up to the illegal war (2002 through this month in 2003).
Can someone please take him out of the room because grown ups need to talk.
The US media didn't cover Iraq correctly in 2002 and early 2003?
What a shocker.
Meanwhile, in the real world, there's this.
That's Al Mada.
As we have noted repeatedly since Saturday, cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq on Friday to lead that protest against Nouri al-Maliki.
No one else has written about it in the US. Not USA Today, not CNN, not the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, McClatchy . . .
This is news. What Moqtada did was news. What the US media has done with it (ignore it) is news as well.
But Greg Mitchell keeps interrupting adult conversation to walk in the room desperately jerking on his limp dick that's apparently never ever going to get hard and fantasizing about 2002 when he had a real job at Editor & Publisher.
If you've got nothing new to offer, retire. Stop boring everyone by repeating your writing from a decade ago. You're not helping anyone.
Do we get that he can't even beyond March of 2013?
The lead up to the war reporting is not what kept US troops over there.
As we repeatedly noted in real time, the war porn of John F. Burns and Dexter Filkins (a War Hawk that 'left' outlets like MSNBC work to rehabilitate) kept US troops there.
Because they lied.
Filkins was present when White Phosphorus was being used on Falluja.
He never wrote about it.
Iraqis struggle with cancers and birth defects right now because of that.
But no one else can call out Filkins?
On the third day of this site in 2004, I wrote "It's just another day, another episode" about Filkins' awful propaganda -- which he'd go on to win an award for -- one he wouldn't today. In that piece, I noted Dexy got the military's approval, he let them vet his copy. That's why the Sunday paper included Dexy story's on the front page -- Dexy's several days old story: "The rah-rah piece carries the dateline "Nov. 18" in this story published in the November 21st edition. Allowing for the time needed to put together a Sunday edition, I'm still questioning that. The story was filed on the 18th (Thursday) and pops up on the 21st (Sunday). And there's the added detail, not provided in Dexter Filkins story, that Lance Cpl. William Miller died November 15th (http://icasualties.org/oif/prdDetails.aspx?hndRef=11-2004)."
Are we the only damn people who can call him out for that?
Danny Schechter gets credit for calling him out once. That's not a whole lot but it's one more time than Greg Mitchell ever did.
Even now, Greg Mitchell can't.
To be really honest, I consider people like Greg to be useless bitches.
They have neither the brains nor the spine to speak up when it's needed. They jerk off to nostalgia and pretend they made a contribution. They didn't even try.
Dexter Filkins lied repeatedly. When we started calling him out here, what did he do?
Started speaking sotto voice on campuses about how the paper wouldn't let him write about this or that. (He's now at The New Yorker.)
And, if true, I care why?
The New York Times has been a cesspool for most of its life. You didn't need Iraq to learn that. Yes, Gore Vidal was much more caustic critiquing that rag among friends but he wrote strong enough criticism about the paper to explain it was an arm of the US State Dept. So forgive me for not being impressed with Greg Mitchell's early onset of dementia.
If people had held Filkins accountable instead of offering excuses for him (I'm being real damn kind here and not calling out _____ because I remain friends with his father), he would have had to have gone public with the truth instead of spending years on campuses telling what he should have been writing about.
If the American people had known how poorly the illegal war was going, they would have turned against it sooner. Liars like Dexy and Burnsie prolonged the illegal war. We pointed that out repeatedly. One example, "2006: The Year of Living Dumbly (Year in Review):"
What Miller (and others -- including Gordo) did in the run up to the war is important, is historical. But in 2006, if you're going on a radio show to talk about the war and the press or doing so in print, you need to be able to cite something a bit more contemporary than articles that ran in 2002 and 2003. As we've long noted here, if (IF) Judith Miller and her crowd got us over there, it was the Dexter Filkins that kept us there. But, outside of Danny Schechter, name a media critic that addressed Filkins.
If it was depressing in 2006 to see the limited space granted the topic of Iraq be wasted on pre-war conversations, it's shameful that eight years later, lazy asses think they can go to the well yet again.
It's tired, it's old, it's moldly.
You write it because you're too damn lazy to do any work. You're writing the same damn article over and over for over a decade. It's not journalism, it's Groundhog Day. It's not even bad journalism and it's certainly not worth anyone digging in their pockets to try to pay for this garbage.
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