Sunday, August 05, 2018

Ignoring Trump's Lies

I have written posts about this event before and I'm going to do so again. On June 15, 2017 I moderated a panel discussion with Ray McGovern and Mark Crispin Miller at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. The talk was called Making News, Faking News and I urge you to watch it all at your leisure. It was a very illuminating evening for me and for everyone lucky enough to be there.

I was particularly struck by Mark's comments that begin at around 42 minutes and continue until about 47 minutes. I have transcribed most of his words here. I thought of his words again today as the corporate media felt compelled to create news where there is none.

"President Trump admits Don Jr.'s Trump tower meeting was to get info on Clinton" reads just one headline. This is not news. Not at all. Donald Trump Jr. received an email invitation to a 2016 meeting where he, his brother in law Jared Kushner and campaign aide Paul Manafort were promised "incriminating" information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer. He replied "...if it's what you say I love it." He later released the emails himself so this is definitely not new information.

The stupid Trumps lied for no reason when the intent of the meeting and Trump Jr.'s response were well known for the last year. When Trump, Sr. claimed not to know about that meeting no one believed him either because he is a relentlessly stupid liar.

Keep this in mind when reading Mark's words. Also keep in mind that the Democratic National Committee paid a former British MI6 agent, Christopher Steele, to get dirt on Trump and used it to get FISA court permission to spy on Trump aides. They did so without revealing the source of their information to the judge who approved the warrant to gather surveillance.


“Fake news is the horrible off spring of conspiracy theory. It has come to dominate many minds because of the rise of Donald Trump. Whose function has been, he has several functions, one of them has been to, I call him the deodorant in chief. Because he sanctifies the entire rest of the system. Because all of these people now think two things. They think that the CIA and FBI are on our side. “They believe in democracy. Thank God they’re there to protect us from Russia.” This is liberals now, this is liberals saying this.

And his other function has been to make people think that the New York Times and CNN and MSNBC and NPR tell the truth. And they have taken ferocious advantage of this delusion by constantly reminding us how dear to us they are because they tell us the truth, unlike Trump who is always lying.

Trump. Yeah he lies all the time. I mean If his lips are moving he is probably lying. But the lies that Trump tells are mostly trivial lies, stupid little lies. Like there was a terrorist attack in Sweden when there wasn’t one. Or he had you know 70 mill people at his inauguration when he obviously didn’t. I could go on. …

Far more dangerous than any of his flagrant and trivial idiotic lies are the whoppers that have been successfully put across by the corporate press and the left liberal press in many cases such as Putin invaded Ukraine right, such as there are moderate rebels in Syria’s “civil war” and we are protecting the Syrian people from this dictator who’s massacring all of them. Right. Those are dangerous lies. Russia hacked the election is a dangerous lie because it is war propaganda. That’s what it is. It is war propaganda.

Now I have to say this having studied the media for decades. Having grown up in the country and having absorbed what the media pumps out since I was a child I have never seen a moment like the present. I have never seen a time when the delusion is so total where the lies are so dangerous and where contradicting them is so intensely reviled and this all the doing of liberals. That’s what’s unusual about this. That’s what makes this so different from the first Red Scare not the first Red Scare but the one after WWII when it was mostly troglodyte right wingers and demented Birchers and so on.

Now its democrats and some progressives and its not just the corporate press as I say it’s the left liberal press as well.  And it’s not just the left liberal press and the corporate press but its our premier comedians. It's Stephen Colbert it’s Bill Maher its Saturday Night Live which if that’s not a propaganda instrument for the deep state or whatever you want to call it I don’t know what one is. Because they’ve done frequent bits vilifying Putin and Russians generally they’ve done parodies of Dilma Rousseff. It is non stop State Department propaganda coming from our most important weekly comedy revue show. You find stuff like this on house of cards where Pussy Riot play themselves. There’s a kind of evil Putin character who fits directly in the New York Times version and so on and the propaganda juggernaut even includes Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

So what we’re talking about is an enormously successful inescapable propaganda machine that must have Dr. Goebbels grinning ear to ear in his birth in hell because it has actually managed to determine the furnishings of countless minds of our fellow citizens. I fear to disastrous effect.

As Ray McGovern says the only real salvation that we really have is online. It’s in those websites that have somehow managed to maintain a certain amount of journalistic integrity and it’s in the young people who now have a tremendous amount of facility with the internet and have discovered that you can find the other side of the story in seconds. I take great hope from that and I hope that you can share that hope with me. Thank you.”

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Vigil for Julian Assange


"We (Black Agenda Report) have to support Julian Assange and others like him."

I was invited to participate in a 50 hour online Vigil for Julian Assange. The Ecuadorean government recently said that he will have to leave its London embassy. He is in grave danger of being arrested by the U.S. government as soon as that happens.

You can see my comments here. The online vigil lasts until midnight, eastern time, on Monday, August 6th. You can see all of the #Unity4J online vigil interviews here.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Syria: the Cartoon

I'm enjoying this animated video made in 2017. It tells the story of the war against Syria carried out by the United States and its allies. Syria has still not conquered all of its territory so the happy ending is still premature. Aside from men trying to speak as women and children it is interesting and a welcome change to see world events told from a different point of view. Enjoy.



Sunday, July 15, 2018

Black Agenda Radio with Glen Ford

Glen Ford and I had a great conversation on Black Agenda Radio. We discussed the systemic separation of black families, the primacy of anti-black racism, hypocritical white liberals, and the compromised and dangerous Congressional Black Caucus. Well worth 18 minutes of your time.




Saturday, June 16, 2018

Presstv Immigration Debate

I was a guest on Presstv debating the issue of immigration and Trump's policies of separating families. I sat in a studio in New York staring into a camera with a guy talking in my ear. An interesting experience. I hope I did the subject justice.


Saturday, June 09, 2018

"Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad" - Left Forum

On June 2, 2018 I participated in the jointly sponsored United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) panel, Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad, at Left Forum.
I was joined by Joe Lombardo, Ajamu Baraka, and Efia Nwangaza. We talked about the Philippines, the recent election in Venezuela and other topics. Take a look.

"The Death of Principled, Non-Partisan Journalism" - Left Forum

I was honored when Joe Lauria invited me to participate in a Left Forum panel entitled, "The Death of Principled, Non-Partisan Journalism." Joe Lauria is Editor in Chief of Consortium News and the panel was held in honor of that site's founder, the late Robert Parry. We had a great conversation and good audience participation. Please enjoy at your leisure.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Russiagate: Muzzling the Black Left and the March to War - Left Forum



The Black Agenda Report team was once again at Left Forum. You can see our panel Russiagate: Muzzling the Black Left and the March to War. Glen Ford, Bruce Dixon, Nellie Bailey, Ajamu Baraka, Paul Street, Danny Haiphong, Raymond Nat Turner, Marsha Coleman Adebayo and yours truly. We all raised different issues regarding the democratic party instigated Russian collusion story. Enjoy.

P.S. Use this link if you want to watch one speaker at a time.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Windrush and Britain's Crimes Against Black People



The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland committed numerous genocides and wars of aggression over many centuries. The British role in the trans Atlantic slave trade and the existence of its Caribbean economies are some of the worst crimes against humanity ever committed.

We must keep this in mind as the scandalous treatment of Caribbean migrants is exposed. The events surrounding the so-called Windrush generation are part and parcel of that criminality. It was the subject of my latest column in this week's Black Agenda Report. Please read it here.

Presstv Interview





I was asked to comment on the annual State Department report on human rights around the world. The United States has a dreadful human rights record but it always escapes notice. China and others point out the hypocrisy of the U.S. daring to criticize others in this regard. I'm grateful to Presstv for inviting me once again.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Syria, Western Propaganda, & U.S. Imperialism





I had a great conversation with Solomon Comissiong of Your World News. We discussed the propaganda which makes the case for the continued war of aggression against the Syrian people. I also wrote about this issue in my most recent Black Agenda Report column, Syria and Press Propaganda.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

American media wrong on Syria coverage – NYU professor


"The American press does a more efficient job of propagandizing its people than RT could ever do because RT's connection to the Russian government is explicit. It is Russia Today. It is like Voice of America or BBC. We know about the state connection. What makes the American propaganda so much more compelling and persuasive to countless Americans especially the best educated ones is the myth that we have a free press and that there is no connection between the state and these corporate outlets." 
Mark Crispin Miller


I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Crispin Miller when I joined him and Ray McGovern on the panel Making News, Faking News last year. He is a professor of media studies at New York University and is always worth listening to. Miller appeared on RT yesterday and
made very important points. Please watch.

Presstv April 14, 2018

Last night Donald Trump announced that the United States, France and Britain carried out missile strikes against Syria. I was asked to comment on Presstv Iran. They were having audio and video problems but you can hear and eventually see me. You can hear me for about the first minute. I return at 5:00 minutes until about 9:00 minutes audio and video.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Black Agenda Report and CPR News: Yaser Murtaja and Marie Colvin

This week I covered the stories of Yaser Murtaja and Marie Colvin in my Black Agenda Report column. Yaser Murtaja was a Palestinian journalist who was clearly identified as such when Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shot and killed him. Marie Colvin was an American reporter embedded with the Free Syrian Army in 2012 when she was killed by missile fire. Her family filed a $300 million lawsuit against the Syrian government claiming that she was deliberately targeted.

One person is minimized and eventually erased while the other is elevated. One is inconvenient and the other presents an opportunity for war propaganda. I also discussed with Don DeBar on CPR News.

No war on Syria! Spring Actions 2018

No war on Syria! Or anywhere else for that matter. There are actions across the country this weekend. Find them on the Spring Action 2018 website. Join me in New York City on Sunday, April 15.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Black Agenda Radio Interview with Glen Ford

Tomorrow is Wednesday, otherwise known as Black Agenda Report day. I spoke with Glen Ford on Black Agenda Radio about police murder, the evil concept of American exceptionalism, internet censorship of the left, gun violence and state violence. Twenty minutes of a wide ranging discussion.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

King's Legacy Betrayed

I was honored when Joe Lauria, the new Editor in Chief of Consortium News, asked me to write about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. In King's Legacy Betrayed I point out a very sad truth.

Black people in this country are worse off, by every measure, than we were in 1968. We have fewer living wage jobs, a 700% increase in the prison population, the destruction of the social welfare state and the resurgence of United States imperialism. All of these setbacks were deliberate and were intended to undermine the gains of the liberation struggle.

By the way, 700% is no typo. When King was alive the total number of incarcerated persons was just 300,000. It is now more than 2 million.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Popular Resistance Interview

I had the pleasure of talking to Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance recently. We discussed the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the increased militarization of Africa. Margaret and Kevin also spoke with Maurice Carney from Friends of the Congo about that nation's role in African history and the consequences of its colonial and post-colonial subjugation. Great conversations.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cities Race to the Bottom for Amazon

Amazon announced with great fanfare that 20 cities are finalists for its new headquarters. But the winner will be the loser. That is because Amazon requests and gets huge subsidies of public land and money. I analyzed the grand theft in my latest Black Agenda Report column, Oligarch Jeff Bezos.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Black Alliance for Peace: AFRICOM the Invasion of Africa

I was on the Black Alliance for Peace panel at the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases conference held recently in Baltimore. Ajamu Baraka, Netfa Freeman, Maurice Carney and I spoke about various aspects of United States involvement in Africa.
Please take time to watch videos of all the panels. You can find them here.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

President of the United States calls African countries "shithole"



My take on Trump's comments in a Presstv interview.

Political Gingervitis: Episode 19-Margaret Kimberley and Dr. Tony Monteiro





I talked to Andrew Stewart on the Rhode Island Media Cooperative podcast Political Gingervitis. On the day we spoke Erica Garner was alive but unconscious. She passed away two days later.

Andrew and I discussed black politics, the dismal failure of the democratic party, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Russiagate. A good convo.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

No Foreign Bases Conference


The No Foreign Bases Conference is happening January 12 through January 14th in Baltimore, Maryland. We begin with a rally on Friday, January 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Centre Street and N. Charles Street. 


Interview on State of the City

Listen to "S0C SAT 1-6-18" on Spreaker.

Today I was honored to appear on the Baltimore based program State of the City with Daren Muhammad. We talked about my latest Black Agenda Report column on the life and death of Erica Garner. We also touched on charter schools, the black misleadership class, commemorating Martin Luther King, the need to resist the democratic party, Obama/Clinton foreign interventions, police killings, Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson duplicity, Russiagate, and the upcoming No Foreign Bases conference.