But this Nation Magazine gong is shared with Julian Assange, impresario of WikiLeaks. Yuck.
A friend just compared hero Assange to Daniel Ellsberg. Oh, please!
Ellsberg let out the truth about the War in Vietnam with a noose around his neck. He was arrested and, he told me, he expected to spend the rest of his days in prison. (Lucky for Ellsberg, this was well before Bush and Obama repealed the Constitution.)
Question: Do you remember the reporter who put his byline on the story of Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers? Of course not; because the Times reporter didn't risk a thing. Julian Assange didn't risk a thing either - except excess TV exposure and an excess of blonde groupies. The hero of the Wikileaks/Guardian/Times/Spiegel exposure is Pvt. Bradley Manning.
NO ONE gives a fruit fly's rectum about this heroic man now rotting in Obama's prison cell, facing a 52-year sentence. That includes Mr. Assange, who did nothing to protect Bradley and doing nothing now.
That's from Greg Palast's "Wiki-Creep Assange, The Scamp; Pvt. Bradley, the Champ" and I would add to that when Assange finally was forced to contribute money to Bradley Manning's defense -- this month, after claiming since April that he was financing Bradley's defense when he wasn't -- it was a tiny amount especially when you grasp this is a man walking into a meeting with his own picked press outlets but taking three lawyers with him.
Julian Assange is a creep. I'm so tired of all of those rushing to his rescue and ignoring Bradley Manning who is accused and is behind bars and is facing the wrath of the US government.
C.I. mentions Greg Palast in today's snapshot and I knew one thing he'd written about Bradley but was looking for more (and found it, the above was new to me).
Okay, Friday on Talk of the Nation, the guests were John Wallace, Hilary Mason, Jillian York, Howard Markel, Will Harcourt-Smith, Stephen Morgan, Hank Shocklee and Kembrew McLeod. That's 8 guests, only 2 were women.
Does NPR even monitor this? I know Alicia Shepard covers for her pets, but is there no one else at NPR that can monitor the imbalance and fix it? I've now been charting this show for basically a month. Women are no where near equal guests. I have a real hard time believing that, before I grabbed this show, no one ever noticed that.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"