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Americal liberals unleashed the Trump monster

The earth has been shifting under our feet for a while, but all liberals want to do is desperately cling to the status quo like a life-raft. Middle-class Britons are still hyperventiliating about Brexit, and now middle-class America is trembling at the prospect of Donald Trump in the White House. And, of course, middle-class Americans are [...]

No, Hillary Clinton is not less evil than Trump

Tomorrow Americans get the chance to vote for a system – resource-hungry, war-peddling corporate capitalism – in two iterations: one has funny hair and a permatan, the other wears lipstick and trouser-suits. Yes, there are some policy differences too, or rather emphases – and Hillary Clinton’s supporters are desperately exploiting them to try to persuade [...]

Guardian plays Robin to MI5’s Batman

Today the Guardian offers decisive confirmation that it is only too willing to serve as an establishment mouthpiece. It proudly announces that it is the venue selected by Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, Britain’s FBI, to receive the agency’s first-ever newspaper interview. If the Guardian were a proper independent newspaper, it would regard this [...]

Adam Curtis: another manager of perceptions

Adam Curtis’ new, near three-hour documentary HyperNormalisation, showing on BBC iplayer, is being garlanded with predictable praise from liberal commentators. As ever, Curtis joins the dots in interesting, and sometimes compelling, ways. But HyperNormalisation also continues a trend by Curtis of using his insights to present a deeply conservative, disempowering and ultimately false impression of [...]

Guardian front page channels Orwell’s 1984

Reading the "liberal" press has become a truly Orwellian experience. What was true yesterday is a lie today. What was black today will be white tomorrow. Two reports on today's front page of the Guardian could easily be savage satire straight from the pages of the novel 1984. Report one: The Guardian provides supportive coverage of the beginning of a [...]

Amanda Knox: a story of media depravity

I thoroughly recommend the new documentary Amanda Knox to anyone interested in either human nature or the role of the media – which should include most of us. Here is the chance to hear the main protagonists tell their stories. Don’t be put off by the lukewarm reviews. Journalists don’t much like this film because it [...]

How we let the media damage our psyches

Ostensibly this 4-minute video is about the way publishing corporations design women's magazines to damage the psyches of half the population. These magazines' content, most of it formally advertising and the rest of it advertising in all but name, has one aim in mind: to make women neurotic about their appearance and life choices – and [...]

Israel lobby confects another Labour racism row

It is difficult to ignore the shared agenda of the Blairites and Israel's uncritical supporters in the Labour party as they seek to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership at every turn. The confected anti-semitism "row" - claiming that the Labour party became a hotbed of anti-Jewish hatred the moment Corbyn took over – would look preposterous if [...]

Facebook will follow in Murdoch’s footsteps

The row about Facebook censoring the iconic photograph of a naked Vietnamese girl, Kim Phúc, fleeing a US napalm attack has led to justified outrage. But it is also helping to solidify deeply misguided assumptions about the supposed differences between "new" and "old" media. That view is illustrated in this article today by Norwegian prime [...]

The Guardian’s master of cognitive dissonance

Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian proves himself once again the master of cognitive dissonance. He berates the progressive left for its failure to match the emotional power of the political right's slogans. The left lacks an answer, he says, to the rise of a Donald Trump. It is hard (for once) not to agree with Freedland when he [...]

Study exposes BBC’s deep anti-Corbyn bias

A fortnight ago the London School of Economics published a report showing that uniformly the British press had misrepresented and denigrated Jeremy Corbyn from the moment he won the Labour party leadership last year. It was not that he had failed as leader; he was never given a chance to succeed. LSE researchers found that [...]

Guardian tries to silence Democrat leak scandal

The pattern is unmistakable in both the UK and US - and I apologise for sounding like a stuck record. Liberal mainstream media prove over and over again their aversion to telling us the news straight. They conspire – I can think of no fairer word – with the political elites in Washington and London to [...]

Why Corbyn so terrifies the Guardian

Political developments in Britain appear more than a little confusing at the moment. The parliamentary Labour party is in open revolt against a leader recently elected with the biggest mandate in the party’s history. Most Labour MPs call Jeremy Corbyn “unelectable”, even though they have worked tirelessly to undermine him from the moment he became leader, [...]

Guardian: Iraqis think Blair made a ‘mistake’

It will be no surprise to readers of this blog that I believe Tony Blair should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for assisting George Bush in attacking Iraq in 2003. The Chilcot inquiry, however compromised its members were by their establishment ties and however cautious they were in their use of language, [...]

Guardian sinks into gutter on Corbyn – again

This is way beyond a face-palm moment. Jeremy Corbyn today launched a review into the Labour party's supposed "anti-semitism crisis" – in fact, a crisis entirely confected by a toxic mix of the right, Israel supporters and the media. I have repeatedly pointed out that misleading claims of anti-semitism (along with much else) are being thrown at Corbyn [...]

Israeli MPs try to assault Haneen Zoabi

This 9-minute video, showing Israeli Jewish MPs' reaction to a speech by Haneen Zoabi today, offers a very revealing insight into how Israel's tribal democracy works. And it isn't pretty. Even in the British parliament, which is imploding at the moment, it is impossible to imagine scenes like these. Zoabi made the speech after Israel agreed this week very belatedly to pay compensation [...]

Too many heads stuck in the sand on Brexit

There are some heads stuck deeply in the sand at the moment. Typical were the dismissive responses to my piece Brexit and the diseased liberal mind. I had focused on one exceptional piece by one Guardian writer, it was claimed. I chose Zoe Williams' article because it is fully representative of liberal reaction to Brexit in the British media. [...]

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