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Today Glenn Greenwald at Salon does a good, but still not exhaustive, job of cataloging all of the reporters who have, in nearly identical language, rushed to the defense of John O. Brennan, frequently citing unnamed CIA figures close to him, and using nearly identical language to disparage “left-wing bloggers” who “ignorantly” criticized him. None of these stories actually quote these critics.
The backlash from the “intelligence community” over John Brennan’s withdrawal–which pro-Brennan sources are now claiming was actually forced on Brennan by the Obama team –continues to intensify. Just marvel at how coordinated (and patently inaccurate) their messaging is, and–more significantly–how easily they can implant their message into establishment media outlets far and wide, which uncritically publish what they’re told from their cherished “intelligence sources” and without even the pretense of verifying whether any of it is true and/or hearing any divergent views.
Consider that for a moment. Brennan’s press rolodex must be positively bulging, and he and his team have little compunction about accessing it. You’d think someone seeking a Washington post where keeping secrets is of tantamount importance would take a different approach to lobbying for the job.
More from Scott Horton:
No Comment — March 28, 2014, 12:32 pm
On CIA secrecy, torture, and war-making powers
No Comment — November 4, 2013, 5:17 pm
An expert panel concludes that the Pentagon and the CIA ordered physicians to violate the Hippocratic Oath
No Comment — August 12, 2013, 7:55 am
How will the Obama Administration handle Edward Snowden’s case in the long term?
Discussed in this essay:
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Henry Holt. 352 pages. $28.
The extinction symbol is a spare graphic that began to appear on London walls and sidewalks a couple of years ago. It has since become popular enough as an emblem of protest that people display it at environmental rallies. Others tattoo it on their arms. The symbol consists of two triangles inscribed within a circle, like so:
“The triangles represent an hourglass; the circle represents Earth; the symbol as a whole represents, according to a popular Twitter feed devoted to its dissemination (@extinctsymbol, 19.2K followers), “the rapidly accelerating collapse of global biodiversity” — what scientists refer to alternately as the Holocene extinction, the Anthropocene extinction, and (with somewhat more circumspection) the sixth mass extinction.
Ratio of husbands who say they fell in love with their spouse at first sight to wives who say this:
Mathematicians announced the discovery of the perfect method of cutting a cake.
Indian prime-ministerial contender Narendra Modi, who advertises his bachelorhood as a mark of his incorruptibility, confessed to having a wife.
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Science’s crisis of faith