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The BBC and Annie Machon

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is grim and frightening. Though nothing has been proven, eyes have inevitably turned on the murky world of Russian intelligence.
Careful, balanced, and informed people who know the murk very well are best-placed to provide analysis.
That said, such people are of course deemed entirely undesirable in [...]

“Lie after lie after lie”

What George Orwell was to the Stalinoid Left of his day, Shepard Smith is to the Fox News Right.
Shep Smith: "The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling…why are we getting told all these lies?"
Chris Wallace: "I don't know what to say"
— Leanne Naramore (@LeanneNaramore) July 14, 2017

And not for the first time.

“Jared Kosher”?

"Jared Kosher"
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) July 12, 2017

Two possibilities:
– The antisemitic alt-Right has infiltrated “Fox and Friends.”
– The people who work at “Fox and Friends” are every bit as stupid as co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.

Shepard Smith calls out Trump

As he has in the past (here, here and here) Shepard Smith cuts a singular path at Fox News:

Even though President Trump didn’t mention Fox in his latest unhinged tweet, I suppose it’s fair to call Smith an honorary “enemy of the American people.”
The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not [...]

Israeli Apartheid watch

Mazal Tov! Mabrook! // Journalist Furat Nassar becomes first Arab Israeli to anchor Israel's most-watched newscast.
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) August 7, 2016

Prurient Interest of the Public

I’m seeing lots of stupid headlines, like this one in The Guardian today:
“Injunction ruling enables celebrities to hide sex lives, says top lawyer”
Is anyone asking why celebrities should not – like any other person – be able to keep their sex lives private? What concern is it of anyone’s how Mr X or Ms Y [...]

The Indie and the art of forgetfulness

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
After selling The Independent and The Independent on Sunday to Johnston Press last week, Yevgeny Lebedev announced that the paper would cease its print run in March, but would continue as a digital newspaper. Part of me is saddened by the news, but not quite as sad as the former [...]

Press TV reporter records sexual harassment by boss, flees Iran

After releasing recordings of the news editor sexually harassing her over the phone, Sheena Shirani– a reporter for the Iranian-state propaganda channel Press TV– has fled the country.
This is not the first time that Hamid Reza Emadi [the news editor] has made news headlines. In March 2013, the European Union blacklisted him and his boss [...]

Goretzki’s latest

Do Corbyn’s supporters really denounce the “MSM” (mainstream media)? I thought that was the provenance of the American Right.

Qatar PR fail

BBC reporter Mark Lobel was invited to Qatar to report on brand new showcase accommodations for foreign workers laboring on construction projects for the 2022 World Cup.
However when Lobel and his crew ventured off on their own to cover some of the still-disgraceful living and working conditions for foreign workers, they were arrested and thrown [...]