Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FAIR:
"An analysis by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has found that the purportedly liberal cable network MSNBC did not run a single segment devoted specifically to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen in the second half of 2017, even though – or perhaps because – the U.S. government has played a key role in creating the catastrophe. During this period MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.

In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the U.S.-assisted Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history, a direct result of the U.S.-assisted Saudi/UAE war and blockade."

-->MSNBC is pretty much in the pocket of the US military empire. See, hear, and speak no evil when it comes to American war crimes.

Urge Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and MSNBC to correct their failure to report on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and the direct U.S. military role in causing the catastrophe by signing the petition:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/ 

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Common Dreams:
"GOP Tax Scam Loophole Would Let Corporations Reap Billions More in Tax Avoidance. Harvard analysis shows that Apple alone could save more than $4 billion a year unless Treasury and IRS fix rules.

While U.S. businesses have lauded the new tax law forced through by congressional Republicans and signed by President Donald Trump last month—which slashes the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent—tax experts are warning that thanks to a loophole in the law, some companies may have more cause for celebration. 

[Harvard law professor Stephen Shay] says this opportunity for tax avoidance is the consequence of how quickly the bill went through Congress and to the president's desk telling Bloomberg, 'This bill was passed on a speed train schedule with no time to think.' "

-->Maybe the NYT didn't have time to think either. It didn't print this story, proving once again how in bed the NYT is with Wall Street interests.

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Reuters:
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is nearing completion of a new 'Buy American' plan that calls for U.S. military attaches and diplomats to help drum up billions of dollars more in business overseas for the U.S. weapons industry, going beyond the limited assistance they currently provide, officials said.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce a 'whole of government' approach that will also ease export rules on U.S. military exports and give greater weight to the economic benefits for American manufacturers in a decision-making process that has long focused heavily on human rights considerations, according to people familiar with the plan.

The initiative, which will encompass everything from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery, is expected to be launched as early as February, senior officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. A key policy change would call for embassy staffers around the world to act essentially as a sales force for defense contractors, actively advocating on their behalf."

-->Reuters had to include a little propaganda in reporting this story. According to Reuters, the US has "long focused heavily on human rights considerations." Is bombing Yemen back to the Stone Age part of that human rights emphasis? Or the genocidal attacks on Gaza? At least Reuters covered the story, as opposed to the NYT. 

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