Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan Blasts The Media For Lopsided Coverage Of Islamic Terrorism | Crooks and Liars

“it is easy to condemn the far right nut case,” but dealing with the “soil and what’s been created, the culture of demonization, of fear, of incitement from main stream columnists, pundits, TV hosts, and politicians” is another matter entirely.

We have been conditioned to believe that a terrorist attack is only an attack carried out by a brown dude with a beard shouting something in Arabic.

Of course, statistics show otherwise. The ADL says three-quarters of terrorist deaths in the United States over the past decade were carried out by far right domestic white nationalist terrorists, a quarter by Muslims.

Can we say that the media coverage of terrorism in this country is 75 percent white nationalists, 25 percent Islamic terrorists? In face, Georgia State University did a study. They found that a Muslim terrorist gets four and a half times as much coverage of his crimes as a non-Muslim terrorist. Four and a half times.

a non-Muslim terrorist has to kill, on average, seven people more than a Muslim terrorist to get equal coverage, as a Muslim terrorist. That’s a hashtag media fail. And I’m always reminded of that old viral tweet that terrorism is one of the only areas where white people do most of the work and get none of the credit.

Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan Blasts The Media For Lopsided Coverage Of Islamic Terrorism | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump’s ‘not a white supremacist’, White House staffer says after Trump backs Fox host – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump in front of a flag

President Donald Trump’s staff have rejected any attempt to link the US leader to a right-wing terrorist who is accused of killing 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, as he defended a Fox News personality who made anti-Muslim remarks.

Making Islamophobic remarks is ok but making remarks against Trump and Trumpsters isn’t according to the White House and POTUS.(ODT)

Donald Trump’s ‘not a white supremacist’, White House staffer says after Trump backs Fox host – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Exclusive: 7 U.S. Military Members Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group | HuffPost Australia

HuffPost verified the identities of seven active-duty servicemen who posted messages on the messaging...

Leaked chat logs revealed active military servicemen with ties to the extremist group Identity Evropa.

via Exclusive: 7 U.S. Military Members Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group | HuffPost Australia

America’s Economy Is Rigged From Top to Bottom

The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children.

The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.

via America’s Economy Is Rigged From Top to Bottom

Trump Defends Fox Hosts’ Racist Remarks As White House Dismisses Reports That President Inspired Christchurch Attacker

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday denied that President Donald Trump is a white supremacist as the administration attempting to deflect reports that the suspect in New Zealand's mosque attacks last week was an admirer of the president. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc)

Expressing deep frustration and anger over President Donald Trump’s ongoing refusal to unequivocally condemn white nationalism, critics on Sunday pushed back against the White House’s dismissal of reports that the suspect in last week’s Christchurch mosque attacks admired the president—even as Trump once again expressed support for white supremacist views.

In the wake of the shooting, writer and illustrator Eli Valley tweeted that while Trump will likely continue to deny his responsibility for emboldening white supremacists, the press and other government leaders must commit to telling the truth about the president or risk being complicit in attacks like those in New Zealand.

 

via Trump Defends Fox Hosts’ Racist Remarks As White House Dismisses Reports That President Inspired Christchurch Attacker

Old Dog Thoughts- Bolt’s trying to hide in plain sight with mellowed rhetoric but he’s still Andrew Bolt

Image result for Bolt with egg on his face

Stop Advertising at SKY; Right-wing terror was constantly denied but encouraged; Morrison encouraged division as a political too; Howard used it as far back as 2001;

A spike in censorship: Israel censored on average one news piece a day in 2018 | +972 Magazine

An Israeli soldier attempts to block the view of a photographer as soldiers body search Palestinian men in the West Bank city of Hebron on June 22, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

The IDF Censor prohibited the publication of more news reports last year than in almost any other year this decade. While fewer articles were submitted for review than in previous years, the percentage of stories that were partially or fully censored was significantly higher.

Beyond the direct harm to freedom of the press – with 22,371 stories over the past eight years that were disqualified entirely or in part – it is likely to assume that the mere existence of a censor creates a chilling effect. Israeli journalists know what issues they cannot report on, and often simply avoid them to begin with.

via A spike in censorship: Israel censored on average one news piece a day in 2018 | +972 Magazine

New Zealand: Global idiocy reaches down under

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Putting this act of terror into perspective, in December 2018 there were at least 173 terrorist attacks worldwide, 261 in January this year, 196 in February and so far in March, including today’s despicable and cowardly attacks, 91 incidents, 422 dead and 553 injured.

Welcome to Planet Earth and what it has become in 2019.

 

So such acts “make” the day of those who peddle news for money, who peddle hits for bucks, who sell the adrenalin rush for dollars. Therefore it pays to hype up terrorist attacks with soundbites using the word “attack”, “strike”, “terror”, splashed all across the front page and on TV with the sound of screams and sirens. So much for the bottom line of the media outlet. Geopolitically, if you want to control someone, make her/him afraid and then tell her/him that your authorities are here to make you safe.

 

Is there a difference between selling weapons of mass destruction to a State or selling a machine gun to an individual, when one can murder 40 in a bombing and the other can murder 50 in a shooting? We remain silent about the first case but spread the second all over the newspapers, in turn creating impact which goads others on to perform copycat acts.

Food for thought? So let us spare a thought for New Zealand, a country today in shock. Let us also spare a thought for Yemen, and Pakistan, and Iraq, and Somalia and Afghanistan and Mali and Syria and India and Burkina Faso and Libya and Nigeria and South Sudan and India and Turkey and Cameroon and Myanmar and Chile and Colombia and Egypt and Mozambique and DR Congo and Thailand…some of the other countries affected by terrorism in the year 2019.
See more at http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/142303-new_zealand/

 

via New Zealand: Global idiocy reaches down under

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich | US news | The Guardian

Trump vetoes Congress, surrounded by law enforcement officials.

Trump sounds like Brenton Tarrant in NZ (ODT)

In an interview with Breitbart News published on Wednesday, Trump noted: “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough – until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

In case you missed it, “they” are Trump’s political opponents, including House Democrats and the mainstream media. And the “certain point” could be impeachment but is more likely to be reached if the House investigations reveal crimes Trump committed both before and after he became president.

Trump has given cover to some of the most vile bigots in America. As he grows desperate, he is giving them encouragement

“I actually think that the people on the right are tougher,” Trump warned in the same interview. “But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations] – that’s all they want to do is – you know, they do things that are nasty.”

Here we have it, in a nutshell. In Trump’s mind, congressional investigations that could cause him shame and humiliation, and quite possibly result in a prison sentence, will be countered by forces loyal to him: the police, the military, and vigilante groups like Bikers for Trump.

via Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich | US news | The Guardian

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level. | HuffPost Australia

The Christchurch massacre was built on existing far-right memes that fueled a live-streaming gunman’s viral aspirations.

Mass Shooters Have Exploited The Internet For Years. New Zealand Took It To A New Level. | HuffPost Australia

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         New Zealand Shooter’s Rhetoric Sounds Like What You Might Hear In Congress…
         Suspect Smirks, Flashes White Power Sign In Court…
         Khizr Khan: ‘Half-Baked Thinking’ On Immigration Breeds Violence.

Donald Trump: ‘I Don’t Really’ See A Rise In White Nationalism | HuffPost Australia

President Donald Trump said Friday that he doesn’t think white nationalism is a growing problem.

Like all Thugs and bullies when caught out they will be the first to say “well they started it”. We aren’t the problem. (ODT

Donald Trump: ‘I Don’t Really’ See A Rise In White Nationalism | HuffPost Australia

Right Wingers Flail About Trying To Blame Democrats For New Zealand Shooting | Crooks and Liars

Right Wingers Flail About Trying To Blame Democrats For New Zealand Shooting

 

What is the best way shallow thinkers and Right-Wing Nut Jobs can deflect blame for the awful things their words and deeds have wrought? Why, blame the Left, of course! We’re so awful, just trying to distribute power and wealth more evenly and fairly in our society, and all.

via Right Wingers Flail About Trying To Blame Democrats For New Zealand Shooting | Crooks and Liars

Why Isn’t Tucker Carlson’s Hate Speech a Deal-Breaker?

A tactic that has worked well in the face of hateful rhetoric in the media is a pressure campaign against advertisers. This is exactly what a March 13 protest called “Drop Fox” was designed to do. Even in the lead-up to the protest, more than a dozen advertisers had already dropped their sponsorship. Gertz shared that “This is all happening at a very dangerous time for Fox News,” and that Fox organized the meeting in March rather than in May—the more traditional time for ad buys—because of a “series of advertiser boycotts against their major hosts over a series of months.” In their call to “Drop Fox,” Media Matters and other organizations and activists are demanding cutting ties with the worst elements in American society.

That is not a big ask, but in Trump’s America morality has been distorted and hate continues to have a place on television and in the White House—until the nation chooses another way.

via Why Isn’t Tucker Carlson’s Hate Speech a Deal-Breaker?

Rush Limbaugh suggests New Zealand shootings might be a false flag attack committed by a leftist to smear conservatives

Limbaugh: “There’s an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may in fact be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies”

Rush Limbaugh suggests New Zealand shootings might be a false flag attack committed by a leftist to smear conservatives

Christchurch: Sky New Zealand Removes Sky News Australia Over Footage

New Zealand police have asked for the disturbing footage not to be shared.

A number of media outlets in Australia and the UK used some of the footage in their coverage, including Sky News Australia.

A Sky spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald: “We made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform while disturbing footage of the shootings was being shown to avoid causing any distress to our viewers.

“It will remain off air until we are confident the footage won’t be shared.”

via Christchurch: Sky New Zealand Removes Sky News Australia Over Footage

What’s the matter with kids today? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Other than in the headline I have managed not to use the word “kids”. I tried not to do so because it would insult the adult behaviour shown by them during the Climate Strike. Frankly, I don’t give a flying pig if they stayed away from school to give their protest its full weight.

via What’s the matter with kids today? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thoughts- Milo, his Trump’s and the media’s radicalisation was caused by Muslims

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,17/3/19; Where is Andrew Bolt? Hiding since Friday; Abbott’s back in Warringah; Milo explains his and Andrew Bolt’s radicalisation;

If Australia is to move forward, we must dump the Howard legacy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The fact that the Liberal Party consider John Howard some sort of elder statesman with great knowledge to impart, the fact that they wheel him out every election like he has some relevance to the contemporary electorate, shows just how bereft of ideas they are.

The blame for pretty much every problem we have can be sheeted squarely at the feet of the Howard era, exacerbated by his disciple, Tony Abbott.

via If Australia is to move forward, we must dump the Howard legacy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dear Tony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Despite your image management – the macho man in red sluggos, the lycra-clad warrior, the hero with a hose, it is obvious to all except the gormless and callow that you are phoney, Tony. The staccato cackle, the clammy, tight-skinned visage of a carp wrapped in cling film, the sleazy smile, the ludicrous bow-legged affectation bringing to mind a rodeo cowboy leaving a port-a-loo; it’s all counter-productive Chuckle Head and subliminally reminds us of your ape-like swaggering approach to unsuspecting victims – the lunatic grin and manic chuckle, the far-too-close, double-handed deathgrip cutting off easy escape. We could read the minds of the hapless recipients of this faux chuminess, Tones, we could see it in their eyes – “Fuck, I want to turn away but if I do he may kiss the back of my head. But if I don’t he may go for the mouth.”

You’re King Midas in reverse, Tones – everything you touch turns to shit. For your own self-respect, it’s not too late, give it away.

Gratuitously yours

Grumpy Geezer

via Dear Tony – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Freedom of Speech: An Insidious Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After the New Zealand Terrorist attack, it is evident that every single politician who does not show democratic leadership to unite us and instead plays to the politics of fear and division will soon learn the transactional cost at the ballot box in May. We will no longer tolerate divisive politicians.

Furthermore, many suggest that Bill Shorten will become our next Prime Minister. Bill Shorten stands out head and shoulders as a leader who does seek to unite us. The current Government has a sordid history of politics of fear and division, particularly the Prime Minister. It is clear that Bill Shorten will be the next Prime Minister of Australia.

Bill Shorten, you have a huge responsibility ahead of you. Huge. You need to lead the way and be the voice that will be the emotional contagion to drive the eradication of stigmatisation, discrimination and racist culture in this country.

Bill Shorten – All eyes are on you.

via Freedom of Speech: An Insidious Monster – » The Australian Independent Media Network

After New Zealand, Politicians Must Stop Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

whether conservatives or liberals, politicians or pundits, are directly responsible for this heinous crime. (The alleged shooter does, though, praise Donald Trump “as a symbol of white identity and common purpose,” and claims that “the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” an “alt-right,” social media superstar. Again, this may or may not be shitposting.)

In fact, since the 9/11 attacks, the right has demanded that progressives and Muslims crack down on “preachers of hate.” Remember the so-called conveyor belt that leads from nonviolent rhetoric to violent acts by Muslims? Remember how “ideology matters”?

Isn’t it past time for conservatives to take their own advice?

And what of the rest of us? What lessons will we learn from this latest hate-filled atrocity in New Zealand? Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Will we call out vile anti-Muslim rhetoric when we see it on cable news, or in our newspapers and magazines — or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer?

I doubt it. “People who can only condemn racism and Islamophobia — being ‘horrified’ and ‘shocked’ — only when so much blood is spilled are part of the problem,” the Cambridge academic Priyamvada Gopal observed on Twitter on Friday. “Because the rest of the time, they are busy normalising & minimising them.”

via After New Zealand, Politicians Must Stop Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Fraser Anning Is A Human Being! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Anger and outrage just feeds the publicity machine which sets an agenda of “us” and ”them”. It’s hard not to be angry, but it’s what the terrorists want. Anger stops us thinking.

And, if you don’t believe that’s bad, just take a long hard look at Fraser!

via Fraser Anning Is A Human Being! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

New Zealand: Is Trumpism now replacing ISIL as a major Cause of Stochastic Terrorism?

Thursday’s bloody massacre of peaceful Muslim worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, appears as I write to be the be work of an expatriate Australian cell of white supremacists who wrote on the internet their admiration of Donald Trump. In his manifesto, the alleged ringleader called Trump the “symbol of renewed white identity.”

But this phenomenon of white nationalists inspired to violence by Trump is hardly new or unusual. The Charlottesville white terrorist who killed Heather Heyer, and his colleagues among Neo-Nazis who chanted “Jews will not replace us,” were in part celebrating that Trump had come to power. He declined to condemn them, insisting that there were very fine people “on both sides.” One side was Nazis.

The 2018 white terrorist who shot up a mosque in Quebec City spent the hours before his murders scouring the internet for Trump quotes and was obsessed by an imagined threat from immigrants.

After 9/11, America’s challenge was al-Qaeda-style asymmetric terrorism. Today, almost all terrorism in the United States has a white nationalist character, and the person promoting stochastic terrorism by the Far Right is the president of the United States.

via New Zealand: Is Trumpism now replacing ISIL as a major Cause of Stochastic Terrorism?

‘Dangerous and reckless’: Trump issues first veto of presidency

US President Donald Trump says he is prepared to use his veto power to push ahead with funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border.

Donald Trump has issued the first veto of his presidency, rejecting a resolution that would have stopped him from funding a wall on the US-Mexico border without the approval of Congress.

On Thursday, local time, 12 Republican senators sided with Democrats to reject Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.

Trump said that the nation’s “immigration system is stretched beyond the breaking point” and that only a physical barrier could stop drugs and dangerous people entering the country.

Democrats have accused Trump of manufacturing a border crisis in order to fulfil a campaign promise to build a wall.

via ‘Dangerous and reckless’: Trump issues first veto of presidency

Old Dog Thoughts – How much responsibility do Right-Wing media, spruikers of hate and division have to bear for Nationalist terror?

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,16/3/19; The world of Brentan Tarrant and the preachers of right-wing thought; Fraser Anning was given air time on Sky; Gun laws in an extremists world;

President Donald Trump ‘not above the law’, New York judge says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump is seen during the bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Key points:

Judges find the US Constitution doesn’t bar a sitting president from state prosecution
Mr Trump is being sued for defamation by a former TV show contestant who claims he groped and kissed her without consent
Dissenting judges said the lawsuit would interfere with Mr Trump’s job as President, and should wait until he left office

via President Donald Trump ‘not above the law’, New York judge says – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tucker Carlson’s Show Is Hemorrhaging Ads | Crooks and Liars

Tucker Carlson's Show Is Hemorrhaging Ads

Tucker Carlson’s show is getting great ratings as people who don’t usually watch his show tune in to watch the train wreck and add up the lack of national advertising.

Womp womp.

via Tucker Carlson’s Show Is Hemorrhaging Ads | Crooks and Liars

Free speech or troll-bait? Why university campus provocateurs lean to the right – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Protesters raise their fists in protest towards the front of a lecture theatre.

John Stuart Mill said that we need to hear the very best arguments on behalf of views that we reject,” he points out.

“I’m not going to learn a lot from having an encounter with a professional troll.

“The argument has to be with someone who sees my anti-racist position and disagrees with it, but disagrees with it in something other than just an angry, trying-to-start-a-race-riot kind of way.”

Given that Yiannopoulos describes himself as a “troll” who “gets off … when people are yelling in the streets”, it seems difficult to argue that his contribution to campus debate is a positive one.

via Free speech or troll-bait? Why university campus provocateurs lean to the right – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Climate change student strike inspired by politically correct teaching, academic says – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Students protest climate change inaction at SA Parliament House

The youth of Australia marched against the Vietnam war and were called much the same by conservative academics. As if too young to know better. Where was Kevin Donnely then studiously preparing himself to make remarks like this?

Donnelly seems to believe in the art of “training” but then  he had a strict Catholic education by priests being judged  for their training methods today. Where obeying as the pillar of education success rather than the art of defining a problem and attempting to solve it in real life. Being able to say ‘no’ is a learning experience. The Donnely’s throughout the history of education seem to have always found themselves outdated if his beloved  Institution the Catholic Church is an example and result of good education practices. (ODT)

via Climate change student strike inspired by politically correct teaching, academic says – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity

I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.

They know certain possibilities have already been stolen from them by the older generations. Rather than trying to hold onto dominant cultural narratives about their future, striking students are letting them go and crafting alternatives. They are enduring the pain of the climate crisis, while labouring to generate desirable and possible, though always uncertain, futures.

By connecting with other concerned young people across the world, this movement is creating a more collective and ecologically attuned identity.

via The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity

Politicians are making themselves irrelevant – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The more politicians lie to us, the more they think advertising replaces substantive debate, the more they rely on talking points rather than considered informed opinion, the more they use their position to reward their mates, the less relevant they become.

Scott Morrison can say until he is blue in the face that we will meet our emissions reduction targets but we can actually look up the facts for ourselves.

Tony Abbott can keep spinning on his arse doing the Paris hokey pokey – no-one is listening to him.

Matt Canavan and George Christensen can pray for more coal-fired power stations but no-one will put up the money.

Peter Dutton can cry wolf till he is hoarse but the citizens of Melbourne continue to enjoy its culinary delights.

The “better economic managers” myth is a persistent one but how long can they even hang onto that when we are in a per capita recession because of stagnant wage growth and increasing cost of living?  I know company profits are high, but companies don’t vote.

Trade unions are habitually attacked because we can’t have the workers having a voice about the value of their labour. Groups like GetUp! and Greenpeace are likewise vilified. They seem to fear ordinary people having a say.

But our children have had enough. Girls are fleeing the oppression in Saudi Arabia. Schoolchildren in America are fighting for gun laws. They are bemused by the intolerance of some adults to diversity. And around the world, children will march tomorrow to demand that we put the health of the planet before profit.

More power to their arm. Politics is not confined to the Canberra bubble boys much as you may have fought to keep it that way.

We are people hear us roar

In numbers too big to ignore

Cause we know too much to go back and pretend.

via Politicians are making themselves irrelevant – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting – The Intercept

Erik Prince, the founder and CEO of the world’s most notorious mercenary company, Blackwater, landed in hot water during a recent interview with Mehdi Hasan at the Oxford Union in the U.K. Prince repeatedly claimed to have disclosed an August 2016 meeting at Trump Tower to the House Intelligence Committee—a claim not backed up by the official transcripts of his testimony before Congress. On this week’s show, Mehdi Hasan speaks with Jeremy Scahill, author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” about Prince’s career and possible future plans. Mehdi also speaks with Rep. Joaquin Castro, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, about the possible fallout from Prince’s contradictory statements. The two also discuss Castro’s bill to cancel Trump’s emergency declaration, which will be taken up by the Senate this week.

via Erik Prince, Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting – The Intercept

Wall Street billionaires join forces to create $670b powerhouse

Brookfield chief Bruce Flatt.

Isn’t this against all investment principles that the greater the diversity of shares the lesser the risk? That there’s safety in numbers. Doesn’t this principle apply to management of investments? It wasn’t that long ago the people of America had to bail out the Chase Manhattan Bank the worlds biggest bank. Has 2008 been forgotten? (ODT)

More deals ahead

Billionaire bond trader Jeffrey Gundlach is also an indirect part of this universe. Oaktree owns 20 per cent of his DoubleLine Capital LP after spending about $US20 million for its stake in 2009.

Such constellations of billionaires are likely to become more common as the world of finance consolidates. Marks expects plenty more deals.

“The industry is continuing to drive toward concentration of greater amounts of money in fewer groups,” he said. “Strategic partnerships are going to be a theme for the future.”

Wall Street billionaires join forces to create $670b powerhouse

“There Are Innocent People on Death Row”

A corrections officer removes handcuff from an inmate in his cell at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. San Quentin, home to the state's only death row, houses 725 condemned inmates. On the November 8th California ballot voters have the chance to abolish the death penalty or speed up the process. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In remarks that emphasized racial disparities and the risk of executing innocent people, Newsom described his decision as the culmination of “a 40-year journey” that began when he was just a child. His grandfather introduced him to Pete Pianezzi, who came close to receiving the death penalty in 1940 after being set up by the mob. Pianezzi was eventually pardoned in 1981, at the age of 79. But wrongful convictions remain a profound danger. “You had someone just last year that was released from death row after serving 26 years in San Quentin,” he said, referring to the case of Vicente Benavides, exonerated in April 2018.

via “There Are Innocent People on Death Row”

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort jailed for 7.5 years for conspiracy and fraud – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How is Manafort linked to Trump?

Key points:

Manafort faced up to 10 years in prison, on top of an earlier four-year sentence
Mueller’s Russia probe exposed Manafort’s covert lobbying for pro-Kremlin politicians in Ukraine
Manafort apologised to the court, which heard Manafort “engaged in crime again and again”

The possibility of a presidential pardon — a prospect Trump has not ruled out — will likely continue to hang over the Manafort situation, lawyers said.

via Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort jailed for 7.5 years for conspiracy and fraud – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Right-Wingers: Carlson Gets A Pass Since Media Matters Used… Research! | Crooks and Liars

Right-Wingers: Carlson Gets A Pass Since Media Matters Used... Research!

Media Matters has now released clips and transcripts of Tucker Carlson making racist remarks on a shock-jock radio show, a day after exposing Carlson’s misogynistic and pro-pedophilia remarks on the same show. But according to conservatives, everything Carlson said should be ignored by the public — not because the clips and quotes are fake (they aren’t), and not because they’re out of context (they aren’t), but because they were discovered using (gasp!) research.

Here’s Mike LaChance at William Jacobson’s blog, Legal Insurrection:

These audio clips didn’t just fall out of the sky. The people at Media Matters went looking for them. They sat and combed through hours of audio looking for something to use to target Tucker and his Fox News show.

So these clips are fruits from a poison tree! They should be stricken from the record!

via Right-Wingers: Carlson Gets A Pass Since Media Matters Used… Research! | Crooks and Liars

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

What do you do when the polls are against you and you don’t have a climate change policy? Start a fake internal war over coal, that’s what.

THE MEDIA suggests the Coalition is at war with itself over coal.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal