Thursday, February 14, 2019

Common Dreams:
"The US government acknowledges that it is knowingly, consciously driving the Venezuelan economy into the ground, but US media make no such acknowledgment, which sends the message that the problems in Venezuela are entirely the fault of the government. ...

Sanctions have kept the Venezuelan government from accessing financing and dealing with its debt while hamstringing its most important industry [oil]. Given that US media are writing for a principally US audience, the damage done by Washington and its partners’ sanctions should be front and center in their coverage. Exactly the opposite is the case. ...

-->The U.S. government admits to collapsing the Venezuelan economy with sanctions. Now it wants to "save the population" from the hardships that have resulted. And our media buys all this propaganda completely. So it goes in the empire's media.

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Common Dreams:
"As Energy for Medicare for All Soars, Pelosi Aide Reportedly Assured Insurance Industry That Democratic Leaders Remain 'Allies.'

As Medicare for All advocates point to surging grassroots energy behind the bold policy and argue that the key question now 'is not if we will win, it is when,' a report by The Intercept on Tuesday intensified concerns that the Democratic leadership will continue to resist the rising tide of enthusiasm for single-payer even as it is embraced by a growing number of lawmakers, 2020 presidential candidates, and 70 percent of the public.

According to The Intercept, Wendell Primus—the top healthcare adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—reassured Blue Cross Blue Shield executives during a private meeting shortly after the November midterm elections that the Democratic leadership 'had strong reservations about single-payer healthcare and was more focused on lowering drug prices.' "

-->And why wouldn't the NYT report this story of Pelosi's betrayal? Because our newspaper of record has always been in the pocket of the big insurance companies and against universal healthcare.

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The NYT:
"It happened again last month in Detroit. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage of the National L.G.B.T.Q. ... 'From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,' they chanted — the tediously malign, thinly veiled call to end Israel as a Jewish state.

They were met with sustained applause by the audience at what is the largest annual conference of L.G.B.T.Q. activists in the United States. Conference organizers did nothing to stop the disruption or disavow the demonstrators.' "

-->The article goes on to whine about poor Zionists hounded from colleges and reviled by Blacks who love Louis Farrakhan. Just how long will our country put up with equating criticism of Israel with antiSemitism? Congress has been bought and paid for by the Israel Lobby, but perhaps the people of this nation have finally had enough.

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