Let’s kick off this Tuesday with Jon Stewart, thoroughly deflating the dishonest and hypocritical right wing fight against same sex marriage.
Jon Stewart has a great take on the Brian Williams scandal; he cuts Williams no breaks, but points out the monumental hypocrisy of his loudest critics.
For years, the Dumbest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft, has been barking at the moon that President Obama is solely responsible for high gasoline prices. Just a few examples out of dozens (possibly hundreds — I don’t have time to count them all):
Gas Prices More Than Double Under Obama… State-Run Media Couldn’t Care Less
Obama’s War on the Middle Class: Gas Prices Double - Incomes Drop - Jobs Killed
Confirmed: Obama’s Policies Have Contributed to Record High Gas Prices
Obama Hits the Gas - Prices Double in Just Three Years Due to His Failed & Insane Policies
Thanks to Democrats… Gas Prices Could Top $5 a Gallon This Year
Grim Milestone… Gas Prices Soar Under Obama - Worse Than Carter
Soaring Gas Prices Cause Obama’s Approval Rating to Plummet
And of course, the inevitable “Thanks Obama” post:
Not that it’s hypocritical or anything — OK, it’s insanely hypocritical — but now that gas prices are at their lowest in years, we find the DMOTI singing a very different tune:
Only a few months after banning oil drilling in Bristol Bay in Alaska, and a few days from pushing to ban oil drilling in an Alaskan wild life refuge, President Obama has decided that cheap gas prices are somehow because of him.
On Friday, President Obama told a crowd at the Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis that people were saving a lot of money at that gas pump so “You’re Welcome” (video below):
“A lot of families have been saving a lot of money at the gas pump which is putting smiles on folks faces. And (Crowd laughs) No, You’re Welcome.”
The absolute gall of the President for taking credit for something he honestly doesn’t support, and is not responsible for, is mind numbing.
Question for Jim Hoft (not that he’ll answer it): don’t you realize we can still see what you wrote about gas prices in the past?
(Note: after having a public falling out with Chuck C. Johnson over his vicious attack on a Tea Party heroine, Hoft is using one of Johnson’s YouTube videos in this post without credit. Wingnuts do the darndest things!)
Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, in the news recently for his associations with white supremacists like David Duke, has a very nice message at his website commemorating MLK Day: Scalise Statement on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Congressman Steve Scalise.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement in recognition of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“As we reflect upon the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., today, we also recognize how our nation has been strengthened by his legacy,” Rep. Scalise said. “Dr. King challenged our country to fulfill the promises of liberty, equality, and justice prescribed in the founding of our great nation. Leading by example, he stressed the teachings of tolerance, service, and love, regardless of race, color, or creed. Today, his writings and speeches continue to empower and inspire those who seek liberty, equality, and justice.”
A lovely sentiment, no? Reading this, you’d never know Scalise voted against making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a state holiday in Louisiana, would you?
Jon Stewart was at the top of his game last night in this segment looking at the deranged CoffeeCupGhaziGate fake controversy.
Remember when Jim Hoft, fabled Dumbest Man on the Internet, freaked out about a photograph of President Obama taking a “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial event, labeling Obama the “Narcissist-in-Chief?” And remember how this Obama-bashing meme instantly spread throughout the right wing blogs and made it all the way to Fox News?
Well, first of all, this was not a “funeral;” it was a memorial service that included lots of performers and tributes from dignitaries. And it was not a solemn event in a church; it was more like a party, a joyous celebration of Mandela’s life. And for that matter, Jim Hoft was incredibly vicious and mean-spirited toward Nelson Mandela when he died, posting several rants like this one and this one.
But the point of this post: today the DMOTI tweeted this, demonstrating once again that boorish self-absorbed right wing hypocrisy for which he’s infamous — a lovely selfie that he took with a friend at a real funeral, in a church, wearing a polo shirt and a big un-self-conscious grin.
Say “cheese,” Jim.
(I’m posting a screenshot linked to his tweet instead of embedding it, because Hoft has a long-standing habit of trying to delete stuff like this when it gets noticed.)
It won’t come as a shock to anyone who reads LGF that I have zero respect for Glenn Greenwald; the man is a raving egomaniac with no ethics or honesty who poses as the most ethical and honest person in the world, and a vicious smear artist who specializes in character assassination of anyone who criticizes him. And he’s been this way for as long as I’ve been aware of him.
And yet, the US media almost universally continues giving him a pass on his sleazy tactics, and almost never calls him out when he trips over his own feet — which isn’t really that rare.
I’d like to draw your attention to two examples of this egregiously dishonest behavior today.
First, as most people know by now, Edward Snowden’s claim that he sent numerous emails to the NSA reporting abuse and “whistleblowing” has now exploded. It turns out that the only email he sent to the NSA General Counsel has absolutely nothing to do with whistleblowing; it was an innocuous question about a legal point that was already publicly answered on the NSA’s website. Furthermore, Snowden sent the email in April 2013; at that point, according to his own accounts, he was already stealing as much top secret material as he could, was already committed to fleeing the country, and was already in touch with Greenwald — which renders absurd any claim that he was “whistleblowing” or trying to go through channels.
On the night of Edward Snowden’s interview with Brian Williams, NBC News claimed to have “confirmed” that Snowden sent emails reporting abuse, causing Glenn Greenwald to exclaim triumphantly:
Biggest news from NBC/Snowden interview: NBC confirmed Snowden filed written concerns with NSA - something USG has vehemently denied.
The “biggest news!” But unfortunately for the Mighty Greenwald, this turned out to be completely false. So how did he respond when it became clear the email didn’t “confirm” his (and Snowden’s) claims at all? Well, now it suddenly becomes “irrelevant.”
From “biggest news” to “irrelevant” in a single day. I think Greenwald has set a new world record for speed of hypocrisy.
Our second example of Greenwaldian sleaze: remember when he got into a huge, very public fight with Julian Assange of Wikileaks about redacting the name of a country from one of his reports? Greenwald said he was completely convinced that revealing the name of the country would “cause deaths.” And since Greenwald’s default position is to assume everything the US government says is a lie, the argument they made for redacting the country must have been very compelling indeed.
Then, Wikileaks carried out their threat to reveal the country. Since Greenwald said he was utterly convinced that doing this would cause people to die, you’d think he would condemn Assange for being so incredibly cavalier with human lives.
You might think that, but you’d be wrong; Greenwald has not said a single word about this subject since Wikileaks revealed the country. No condemnation, not even mild protest. Nothing.
This has been your public service announcement for today, trying to blow the whistle on a destructive, malignant libertarian extremist masquerading as a journalist.
The Onion’s AV Club zeroes right in on the Mighty Greenwald: Glenn Greenwald Loves Sony, Now That They’ve Bought the Rights to His Edward Snowden Book.
This is how you do “scathing.”
“I’m very happy to be working with Amy Pascal, Doug Belgrad and the team at Sony Pictures Entertainment, who have a successful track record of making thoughtful and nuanced true-life stories that audiences want to see,” said Greenwald of the same executives he had previously accused of producing “the ultimate hagiography of the most secretive arm of America’s National Security State” when they made Zero Dark Thirty, but now heartily endorses, because they’re giving him lots of money.
“We are extremely proud that […] Glenn chose Sony to bring this riveting story to the big screen,” added Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, the Sony subsidiary Greenwald likened to the Nazi propaganda machine a year and a half ago, but which now owns the rights to Greenwald’s book.
Have you noticed that every second or third article by Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept is explaining and/or defending something awful he’s done, or viciously attacking his critics for pointing it out? It’s really striking. At least half of Greenwald’s time these days is taken up with trying to justify his very obvious anti-American agenda, with reams of verbiage and insults.
Here’s the latest example, in which the most moral and honest journalist who has ever lived frantically attempts to justify the New York Times story on NSA spying against China: Some Facts About How NSA Stories Are Reported.
I thought it might be fun to extract out just the ad hominem attacks, sarcasm and insults from this typically over-long series of excuses.
Several members of the august “US Journalists Against Transparency” club…
Echoing the script of national security state officials…
True to form, however, these beacons of courage…
… one must congratulate the US Government on its outstanding propaganda feat of getting its journalists to lead the war on those who bring transparency…
…beyond the abject spectacle of anti-transparency journalists…
…cowardly refusing to criticize the media outlets that actually made the choice…
…don’t mislead people…
The jingoistic view of what is “newsworthy” is baseless and warped.
Who created the uber-nationalistic standard…
…are American journalists (and whistleblowers like Snowden) supposed to keep the public ignorant of anything and everything the US Government does to people provided those people aren’t blessed with American citizenship?
…massive deceit and hypocrisy by US officials…
If you’re a US government official, or a devoted loyalist to the US government, then it makes sense that you’d be angry that has been revealed.
…jingoistic government loyalists…
That’s just a quick once-over — there’s plenty more ad hominem where that came from. But perhaps the best line in the whole rant:
Now, obviously, anyone is free to agree or disagree with Snowden’s framework for how these materials be handled and reported.
Sure, you’re free to disagree, you uber-nationalistic devoted loyalist hypocrite jingoistic shill for the national security state!
As Vladimir Putin shuts down dissenting media outlets, cracks down on dissidents and brings Europe to the brink of war, some observations on Glenn Greenwald’s very noticeable evasiveness when the subject turns to Russia’s propaganda machine:
And there’s Glenn Greenwald ducking and dodging questions about Russia and spewing insults at those who ask: https://t.co/yJoez1Wl9I
Greenwald absolutely refuses to say a single negative word about Russia. It’s incredibly revealing.
Make of it what you will.