ONE-TIME JOURNALIST AND FULL TIME CONSPIRACY THEORIST ROBERT PARRY ANNOUNCED HE IS "POSITIVELY GLOWING" FROM HIS PREGNANCY.
AND IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- MUST CREDIT BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIG MIX -- HE REVEALS THAT FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O IS AWARE HE IS ABOUT TO BE A FATHER AGAIN.
"BUT I TOLD HIM," PARRY DECLARED, "THAT WE'RE GOING WITH A RESPECTABLE NAME FOR THIS CHILD. LIKE 'BLANKET' OR EVEN 'SODY POP.' MAYBE 'TEVO' IF IT'S A GIRL."
ASKED WHEN HE WAS EXPECTED TO DELIVER THE LOVE CHILD, PARRY SAID, "I THOUGHT IT WAS THIS MORNING BUT THAT JUST TURNED OUT TO BE HARD GAS."
There was enough to convict without using questionable evidence. Questionable evidence leads to rulings. On appeal, any charge could be struck down. Hopefully, the prosecution didn't cut corners or else the justice many feel was handed out today could be at risk of being pulled away.
It should also be noted that the four weren't rogue.
They were acting in a manner Blackwater encouraged, in a matter the US government encouraged.
This is not to say the four are innocent or that they should have walked.
This is to note that the guilt didn't stop with the four convicted today.
Mark Ruffalo Tweeted:
It should also be pointed out that the government official being 'protected' in the attack remains a mystery.
His or her name or names should have been revealed long ago.
And trend stories should have died long ago.
The media loves them -- loves them enough to create them.
Susan Faludi documents this very well in the journalistic classic Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.
One of the most famous examples in the book is Faludi taking on Newseek's 'trend story' about how women of a certain age were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to get married. The 'support' for that story? It was a comment a reporter made and that was enough to kick off a trend story -- a lie spread around the world.
The trend story, which may go down as late-20th-century journalism's prime contribution to the craft, professes to offer "news" of changing mores, yet prescribes more than it observes. Claiming to mirror public sentiment, its reflections of the human landscapes are strangely depopulated. Pretending to take the public's pulse, it monitors only its own heartbeat -- and its advertisers'.
Trend journalism attains authority not through actual reporting but through the power of repetition. Said enough times, anything can be made to seem true. A trend declared in one publication sets off a chain reaction, as the rest of the media scramble to get the story, too. The lightning speed at which these messages spread has less to do with the accuracy of the trend than with journalists' propensity to repeat one another. And repetition became especially hard to avoid in the '80s, as the "independent" press feel into a very few corporate hands.
Husna Haq is the latest unable to resist the bait of 'ISIS recruits!' To Haq's credit, there is no nonsense of trying to turn this into a 'young girls are joining IS!' nonsense we've already seen.
But this paragraph in the Christian Science Monitor article gets at all that is wrong with these 'trend stories:'
According to CIA estimates, about 2,000 Westerners have traveled to Iraq and Syria (many via Turkey) to join ISIS. Of these, more than 100 have come from the US, at least 500 from the UK, and more than 700 from France, according to estimates from authorities in those countries.
Oh my goodness!
That's like a tenth of the country!
Because we only have 1,000 people in the whole country, right?
No, there are 316.1 million people in the United States.
So that's 316,100,000 people and of that huge number 100 have joined the Islamic State.
Are you getting how useless these stories have been?
There is no trend story here.
And with the numbers so small you really could profile everyone in a report.
But it might not carry the alarm and create the frenzy trend stories live to do.
Margaret Warner tried to jump on the bandwagon with a dopey story for The NewsHour (PBS -- link is video, audio and text) about this so-called trend.
Even worse, she and her dopey guests pretended that the Islamic State thickens its media as a result of a social media.
They may get a message out via media but what has thickened their membership is attacks on the Sunni population -- in Iraq, where they are the minority, and in Syria, where they are the majority.
Stop the persecution of the Sunnis and you end the need for anyone to get behind a group that argues it can protect the Sunni population.
It's an obvious point so many miss. Take the State Dept's Brett McGurk.
That's not addressing anything. Human Rights Watch's Kenneth Roth points out:
RECOMMENDED: "Iraq snapshot"