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Roger Stone’s Defense Of Daily Caller Calls Attention To Stone Himself

9:41 pm in banality of evil by Phoenix Woman

The latest turn in the implosion of the Daily Caller‘s months-long effort to smear US Senator Robert Menendez has been the sudden self-injection of none other than Roger Stone into the public debate on this topic, via a series of somewhat desperate-sounding late-Sunday night tweets, all done in the space of an hour:

Why does Sen Menedez campaign spend so much on DC Hotel Rooms? Apt staked out? — Expand

Menendez? WaPo will be proven wrong- Daily Caller/Tucker Carlson will be proven right- Menendez banged hookers in DR — Expand

ABC NEWS skype interviewed current DR Govt official who attended Menendez Sex party- Suppressed? — Expand

WaPo full of shit- 3 girls who said they were paid for sex with Menendez are being paid to lie NOW- Not the same girls in Daily Caller — Expand

ABC NEWS skype interviewed current DR Govt official who attended Mennedez Sex party- Suppressed? — Expand

A few things spring to mind:

– Really, Roger? Still pretending that the Washington Post is the only entity that’s called the Caller‘s smear job into question? When the FBI found it baseless? When ABC, the New Jersey Star-Ledger, and the Associated Press have all publicly cast doubt on it? Did all of these entities somehow interview the wrong hookers, Roger? Are they all paying hookers to trash the Caller? Really? Read the rest of this entry →

Recycling Old Lies: The Climate Change Deniers’ Last Stand

4:11 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

So let’s assume you’re part of a very-well-funded corporate stooge cabal with the job of making sure nothing stands in between your well-heeled bosses and their desire to squeeze every last bit of profit out of the earth without having to give a rip about the long-term effects this might have, particularly on the masses.

Your problem, lately, is that some of your most valuable operatives — the bought-and-paid-for academics who your bosses pay to trash the scientific evidence showing the grievous bodily harm the bosses have inflicted and are inflicting on the planet — have, for whatever reason (such as growing spines, brains, or consciences), decided they don’t want to be denialists anymore. Worse yet, they’re appearing before the United States Congress to say that the science does indeed confirm that humans are causing climate change. What do you do to distract from this?

Simple: You try to revive an old smear, and hope nobody remembers that the smear was discredited:

Two years ago, much was made about the unauthorized release of thousands of emails featuring private conversations between a group of climate scientists. Dubbed Climategate, these emails showed a few climate scientists being irritable and clubby, and – in the eyes of some – controlling and even deceptive. Some research suggests the Climategate episode lowered the public’s trust in climate science and their belief in man-made global warming

Yet multiple inquiries, while calling for more openness in data sharing, found no evidence of scientific misconduct on the part of the involved scientists. And new scientific assessments and studies have re-affirmed the Earth is warming and human activities play a key role.

In a seeming effort to take another swing at the integrity of climate science, a second crop of emails was anonymously released Tuesday, apparently from the same place as 2009: Britain’s University of East Anglia.

The “new” emails (not new in that they are from 2009 and earlier) – while trumpeted by some climate skeptics as “spectacular” and draining life from the manmade global warming movement – mean little substantively from a scientific standpoint, just like the set that preceded them.

If we were living in a world where money couldn’t be used to smother truth, then the effort to revive old and previously-debunked smears wouldn’t work. But luckily for the denialist hacks, they have the hacks of the establishment press in their corner:

Writing on the Washington Post’s website, Juliet Eilperin quotes an email exchange that she said was about “whether the IPCC has accurately depicted the temperature rise in the lower atmosphere”…


Astoundingly, Eilperin does not tell readers that these email exchanges took place in February 2005 and were about the first draft of a chapter of the IPCC report released two years later. The emails depict the authors of the chapter hashing out what should be included — exactly what you would expect this process to look like.

Pretty hacktacular, eh? It gets worse:

Raphael Satter of the Associated Press also has a premature report, which has been published on the websites of countless news outlets, asserting that the emails “appeared to show climate scientists talking in conspiratorial tones about ways to promote their agenda.” What agenda is that? The article doesn’t say. Satter admits that the context of the emails “couldn’t be determined” because the “Associated Press has not yet been able to secure a copy” of the documents.

Was Satter looking in the mirror when he typed that bit about promoting an agenda? Sure looks like it to me.

“Obama wants to gas the Jews!”

12:19 pm in Uncategorized by Phoenix Woman

Just when you thought the McCain backers couldn’t get any more disgusting, we see this:

During the October 30 broadcast of his Cincinnati-based radio show, Bill Cunningham asked "Randy Furman," a fictional Jewish character voiced by fellow WLW-AM host Scott Sloan: "Did you hear about this [Columbia University professor of Middle East studies Rashid] Khalidi tape where [Sen. Barack] Obama is toasting a guy who wants to gas and fry Jews? … This Obama guy loves the PLO [Palestinian Liberation Organization]. Can’t you figure that out?"

Cunningham later added, "Jews for [Sen. John] McCain because Obama wants to gas the Jews, like the PLO wants to gas the Jews, like the Nazis gassed the Jews. You got Obama introducing Arab terrorists, and the L.A. Times won’t release the story."

I’m astonished that these gents aren’t attacking the hard-right and McCain-backing Jerusalem Post for daring to point to a story in the Huffington Post about McCain’s heading the International Republican Institute when it gave grants to an organization co-chaired by Professor Khalidi (who, by the way, is a respected academic – Juan Cole lists his books — and not the evil demon the righties make him to be). But I digress. Read the rest of this entry →