Sue W on WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb: "The decline in its investigative powers reflects its changing role into one of pandering to the prejudices of its readers."
Yup. I see that in almost all media. Probably they were always corrupt, with a few exceptions. Lying is just part of the process.
I'm surprised that I'm disappointed, I must be getting soft :-)
Sue W on The truth about evil: Although propaganda and speeches of the West talk about good and evil, nation building, reconstruction, etc., turning opponents' territories into "anarchic hell-holes" can't be described as accidental or unexpected.
pete on WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb: The reputation of the Washington Post rests on it's investigation of the Watergate break in. There has been very little since then to recommend it. Its financial problems are ongoing, print media is a Dinosaur waiting to die, even Rupert Murdoch knows that.
Accuracy in Media reported in 2012 regarding an insider trading scandal:http://www.aim.org/special-report/scandal-at-the-washington-post-fraud-lobbying-insider-trading/ It's a symptom of the sickness at the heart of a business slowly ossifying. The decline in its investigative powers reflects its changing role into one of pandering to the prejudices of its readers. Look at the comments on http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gary-webb-was-no-journalism-hero-despite-what-kill-the-messenger-says/2014/10/17/026b7560-53c9-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html and try to tell me Jeff Leen is not servicing his clients.
Sue W on Revenge of the Unforgiven: The "select few" have already been given all kinds of bailouts, financial and otherwise. And they have mostly got away with it. We are told that they are worth it :-)
chas on How Nigeria Stopped Ebola: Hard to believe Nigeria is more efficient than the US when it comes to protecting people. I guess being PC isn't as important there.
Rob on Revenge of the Unforgiven: I don't dispute anything you say, Sue. I'm just saying debt relief is a tough sell. When just about everyone, everywhere has some debt, giving relief to a select few is just not going to play well. It's not just "righteousness" as the original post contends or lack of compassion, it's also "we can't afford it" and "we have our own problems".
Sue W on Revenge of the Unforgiven: @Rob: Again with all due respect to Mr. Clinton, things can be a bit more complicated than slogans such as that imply. Frankly, I'd rather people had the welfare "way of life" than see them starve, become criminals or slaves, sell their children or other extreme manifestations of poverty and deprivation. It might be the price of social order. Plus they still contribute to the economy - in general they spend everything that they are given.
In the timeframe you mention, Argentina went from such difficulties to a military dictatorship to mass murder of political opponents to provoking a war with Britain. Didn't end well but who was to blame? I don't know enough to say how it could have been avoided.
The present debt default was caused by speculators buying up already-distressed bonds then refusing to agree to the haircut that the rest of the owners had agreed upon. Result: no-one got anything and the Argentine govt. gets to blame the greed of the U.S. in general, and a hedge fund and a NY judge in particular, for any problems. And of course, more hardship for the poor.
Rob on Revenge of the Unforgiven: In his first Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton said about welfare that it was "meant to be a helping hand, not a way of life". Argentina has been in financial trouble since I was in high school 40 years ago when we were hearing about 60% inflation. I think that qualifies as a way of life.