• Scary Headline That Has Little To Do with the Article

    October 28, 2013

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    Provocative one-sentence paragraph that asks a question like “Did you know?” or “You’ll be shocked to learn!”

    Paragraphs that do not offer much information about the subject but end with tease that if you click NEXT they will.

    Dramatic quote from someone on one side of the issue. Facts used to support side left unchallenged even when stupidly inaccurate.

    Dramatic quote from someone on the other side of the issue. Facts used to support side left unchallenged even when stupidly inaccurate.

    Summary paragraph that says no one is right or wrong.

    Italicized section saying the writer has a new book or whatever out now. Follow him on Twitter!


    Journalism done for today.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Dramatic quote from someone on the other side of the issue. Facts used to support side left unchallenged even when stupidly inaccurate.”

      The House Intelligence chief emphatically told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday that the NSA’s foreign intelligence gathering operations keep allies “safe.”

      Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the vision being presented to the American public of a nation spying on its closest allies does not jibe with reality. According to Rogers, the U.S. counterterror operation abroad “keeps the French safe.”

      “If the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks,” Rogers said. “This whole notion that we’re going to go after each other on what is really legitimate protection of nation-state interest, I think is disingenuous.”

      Rogers faulted the media for misrepresenting the information given to them by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, claiming that overseas news outlets such as Der Spiegel in Germany and Le Monde in France are guilty of “smash and grab” reporting.

      The US Today – Fairly mentally unbalanced. T

      10/28/13 2:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Facts used to support side left unchallenged even when stupidly inaccurate.”

      The release of further allegations of National Security Agency surveillance efforts caused the Spanish government to summon the U.S. ambassador Monday, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House ordered a halt to some eavesdropping on foreign leaders after learning of it this summer.

      The truth – apparently – is the United States government is packed with pathological liars. How else to explain the endless and brainless lies it spews out with each passing day.

      Quoting unidentified U.S. officials, the newspaper’s website said the wiretapping of about 35 foreign leaders was disclosed to the White House as part of a review of surveillance programs ordered by President Barack Obama after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the NSA’s phone monitoring systems.

      The White House ordered a halt to the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and unspecified other leaders, the newspaper reported. The Journal report did not specify who gave the shutdown order or the date it was issued.

      The officials quoted by The Wall Street Journal said it was understandable that Obama did not know about the phone tapping of Merkel and other leaders for nearly five years of his presidency. Because the NSA has so many eavesdropping programs, it would not have listed all of them for the president, according to the officials.

      “The president doesn’t sign off on this stuff,” one official was quoted as saying. But the official said that policy was under review, the Journal reported.

      Bullshit. The Gov got caught red handed. If Obama was left out of the loop, then he should fire every one in the loop but he won’t because he lied to US.

      If we had the balls, we should fire him.

      10/28/13 3:10 PM | Comment Link

    • bluefalconpoacher said...

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      Provocative one-sentence paragraph: Did you know that DoS has a penchant for double-standards?

      Proof:
      http://nypost.com/2013/10/20/state-department-scandals-swept-under-rug/

      (flashback) http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/13/memo-details-state-sex-secrets/2419797/

      If you don’t like your oxygen intake try looking at this site for a list of cases underscoring the double-standards:
      https://www.fsgb.gov/Grievances/Forms/ByYear.aspx

      Officers get promoted or left in their current positions even after the above allegations. Others get prosecuted, left in a dark room, fired – or if really lucky, all of the above. So kiddies, if you want to work for there know that if you play by the ever changing and often opaque rules you’re alright. If you do anything ‘they’ don’t like, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Always amusing to have people with their own misconduct or dark pasts judging coworkers. Must be nice to have a shatter proof glass sh-t house. Can’t wait to see this latest OIG inspection.

      10/29/13 3:53 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      Since most Americans read at the same level at which Sarah Palin speaks, this phenomenon of nonsense printed as news goes completely unnoticed. A nation of dolts led by the mendacious.

      10/29/13 7:38 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Hill-arious!

      The White House and Hillary Clinton signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.

      “Professional” staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.

      And the NSA has the recordings to prove it.

      10/29/13 11:28 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      10/29/13 11:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Efforts to defend the surveillance efforts against their closest allies have proven muddled, with German media quoting unnamed NSA officials confirming that President Obama knew about the schemes, and the White House insisting Obama was entirely in the dark about the surveillance. Apparently seeking to avoid further confusion, President Obama refused to comment at all on whether or not he knew about NSA surveillance, insisting the truth of the matter was “classified.”

      Now these are the NSA leakers Obama should go after.

      10/29/13 11:37 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The empire as Peeping Sam. “Officer, I was just looking in on her (the babe next door) to make sure she was safe and that no one had broken in or that she wasn’t making kiddie porn…………?
      Surveillance is peeping. The American sexual pathology is in full bloom.

      10/29/13 12:12 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Dear Rich, this is an excerpt from the above link from rawstory:

      “A classified directive signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered US diplomats to spy on the highest-ranking officials in the United Nations, according to documents obtained from the latest WikiLeaks document dump.

      The targets of the spying reportedly included UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as the ambassadors of the permanent members of the UN Security Council — China, Russia, France and the UK.

      Even as its servers were under a denial-of-service attack Sunday, making it virtually impossible to reach its Web site, the whistleblower group WikiLeaks began releasing the first batch of US government documents — many of them State Department cables — expected to cause embarrassment or even a straining of relations among the US’s diplomatic partners.”

      Gotta love the denial of service attack. About the denial-of-service attack that kept Wikileaks down almost a week, a CNET article says “..the range of IPs used is huge. Whoever is running it controls thousands of machines or is able to simulate them.”

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57492527-83/wikileaks-endures-a-lengthy-ddos-attack/

      Do denial of service attacks really work though? It seems just temporary service disruption, not sure where there is a long term victory buried in there. A week of expended energy by the defensive side and the sites in general seem to be back up. Even Estonia was up and running after a cyber attack. Other than malicious fun for a few days probably from the view of the attackers, what’s the point?

      As for spying on highest ranking UN officials, what was that point too?? That’s something the neo-cons would do, and am guessing Mrs. Clinton was extending this order not initiating it but whatever happened to leadership 101 and the buck stops here, blah blah blah?

      It’s an excellent example where the “change” we were promised became the kinda of change that was sacrificed and a neo-con policy that should have been reformed or ended, was instead endorsed and continued.

      I can understand spying on Russia and China, State’s cable system for years may have been compromised by one of these countries. But Ban Ki Moon?? Clinton’s husband practically handed the UN leadership to Ban Ki Moon after Butros Ghali was unceremoniously booted out when he showed signs of independent thinking.

      All Mrs Clinton would have to do, and should have done, is pick up the phone and call Moon’s office. The future administration of happy smiley faces should be just as heartily defensive of democracy and rights as she is when she or one of her inner circle is attacked. Handing out awards at State is very different than signing off on spying on US citizens and allies. And its not just because the latter is not as good a photo op as the prior can be

      10/29/13 1:06 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”The truth – apparently – is the United States government is packed with pathological liars.” unquote

      Naw, it’s just packed with the least UN-truthful.

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      10/29/13 3:21 PM | Comment Link

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