First off, Ava and C.I. did two TV pieces this week:
I love both pieces. The first deals with the overpraised Meryl Streep while the second addresses last week's drama where Robert Leonard blamed his being fired from Heroes on Ali Larter and tried to say she was racist.
Robert Leonard is a joke. And Ava and C.I. outline why an actress wouldn't want to pull down the straps of her camisole and then roll around on a bed and sit up -- it would droop and drop. One of the many realities that Leonard ignored. They also drop back to their first review of HEROES -- which was published the day before the first show ever aired and how they noted the "leering" camera work with regards to Ali Larter. He ignored that history as well. He ignored so much.
And they blame Variety for that because Variety published the bad column.
It's a really great article. They wrote both of these on Sunday but THIRD didn't get it all together until Tuesday evening. That's when the latest edition went up.
Staying on entertainment, I was asked in an e-mail about Woody Allen's new movie. I like a lot of Woody's movies but I haven't seen the rainy day one. I don't plan to. Timothy Chalabee or whatever his name is grosses me out. He's a light weight who wouldn't have a career if he wasn't White. Can you imagine an African-American male with so little talent and no real looks to boast of being pimped as a dream boat. His sell-by date is ticking. He can't act and I've seen the trailer which was enough to send me running.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020. We look at standards -- or the lack of them
-- as well as the lack of compassion for the real victims of Rukmini
Starting off with two
e-mails to the public account. Shirley says two people feel I am not
noting RISING enough. There are other things to note but when Shirley
told me about those e-mails, I did go to RISING last night and look for
something else to highlight.
And then I didn't give a damn.
continue to highlight them but I do have standards. I don't care if
your commentary or interview or whatever reflects what I belive or not
with one major exception. I don't believe in promoting unethical
RISING needs to get some standards.
When I went to the website I saw yet another man as a guest. They
struggle to find women and that's really sad. But when they can't find a
woman more worthy of being a guest than Gerald Posner, that's
He's a serial liar and a plagiarist
and these are not new developments. This and his attacks on others
(especially those who demanded the government release the records about
the JFK assassination) were well known. He was fired from THE DAILY
BEAST in 2010 because he stole the work of others and passed it off as
his own. Though he claimed it was an accident, THE MIAMI NEWS TIMES
looked at his articles and found more theft. When he tried to dispute
it, they then looked at his books and found even more. He's a
Why the hell would you want him on your show?
Get some standards already.
Again you refuse to find qualified women for guests but you get a disgraced 'journalist' on as a guest?
you're also a visual medium. Meaning? Maybe tell Ryan Grimm that the
dye job's not working as is. He needs to go to a lighter shade and he
needs to do it all over his hair because the black shoe polish on top
with the white sides does not look real -- it makes it look like the
dark part is a toupee. But Gerald Posner? He's had more (and worse)
plastic surgery than Kim Novack. He should be considered a plastic
surgery victim and, looking at him before and after, you have to wonder
what look he was going for because the look he achieved was freak.
didn't promote the hideous Gerald Posner before he was outed as a thief
and that's mainly due to the fact that Michael Ratner put me wise to
him and warned me. If that had happened, I might have promoted him and
I'd owe an apology to people here as a result. (So thank you to the
late Michael Ratner who rescued me on many occasions.) But, again, you
have to have standards.
I can see you bringing
on someone like April Oliver for example. The corporate media worked to
discredit her for her CNN report but I believe her and the investigation
didn't prove her wrong because it took the attitude of a legal
investigation as opposed to what is required to report. (Which is one
of the reasons that CNN had to pay April a seven-figure settlement to
avoid losing bigger in court.) So bring on April Oliver and I have no
problem. But when you bring on a serial thief
To wit: In the past week, doctoral student Gregory Gelembiuk and New Times — using special software and perusing texts — have come up with 16 brand-new instances of stolen prose by the author in Miami Babylon
(as well as three formerly undisclosed examples from other work). We
shared the thievery with Roy Peter Clark, a senior scholar and
plagiarism expert at St. Petersburg's Poynter Institute.
[. . .]
"These look like obvious cases of plagiarism to me," Clark says. "The
fact that Posner at times changes a word or two is not nearly enough to
qualify as paraphrase."
New Times sent Posner an email detailing all of the new problems we found in Miami Babylon. He didn't respond to the email or to multiple phone messages.
on his blog, defends his earlier transgressions by arguing "there are
degrees of plagiarism" and that his is less serious because he
accidentally copied other people's work.
is not a case like Jayson Blair or Stephen Glass where there was either
wholesale copying from others or in some instances fabrication," Posner
wrote March 17. "Any sentences copied by me from published sources were
never done with the hope or expectation I'd trick others and get away
Posner, a San Francisco native and Berkeley grad, landed
a job when he was just 23 years old with the blue-blood New York law
firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, according to his Simon & Schuster
bio. By 1986, he had left to publish his first book, a biography of Nazi
death doctor Josef Mengele.
Posner has been journalism royalty since 1993, when he made best-seller lists and was a Pulitzer finalist for his fifth book, Case Closed, which attempts to prove Oswald acted alone in killing JFK. Since Case Closed, Posner has added to his resumé six more nonfiction works on topics from 9-11 to Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
In 2004, records show, Posner and his wife Trisha bought a $385,000 condo in SoBe's South of Fifth neighborhood.
Tina Brown started her Daily Beast website in 2008, she hired Posner as
chief investigative reporter. His writing included local stories about
Fontainebleau heir Ben Novack Jr.'s death and national pieces on Michael
Jackson's last hours. His 454-page book about the sordid history of his
new hometown, Miami Babylon, debuted to positive reviews last year.
Everything began unraveling this past February 5, when Slate's media columnist, Jack Shafer, nailed him for stealing seven sentences from the Miami Herald in a Daily Beast piece. Posner said he was "horrified," apologized, and promised it was "inadvertent."
when the doctoral student, Gelembiuk, became involved. He's an unlikely
journalistic sleuth. A 48-year-old who studies zoology at the
University of Wisconsin, he teaches biology and researches invasive
For years, Gelembiuk has been using a website called Turnitin.com
to catch students who plagiarize. In his experience, Gelembiuk says,
plagiarists "never do it just once." After reading Shafer's column, he
didn't buy Posner's apology. So he ran a half-dozen of the author's
Daily Beast stories through the plagiarism site — as well as through
software called Viper and Copyscape — and quickly came up with 11 more
lifted sentences in three other Beast stories.
another column, and on February 10, the Daily Beast accepted Posner's
resignation. He again apologized, blaming the "warp speed of the Net"
for his problems. He later explained he'd stolen only "the most mundane
information." Shafer didn't buy it.
"You don't have to rob from
Proust to qualify as a low-down plagiarist," Shafer wrote. "Even mundane
information takes time and energy to collect and type up — sometimes
more time and energy than it takes to toss off an original sonnet."
But even that excuse went out the window March 16, when New Times published Owen's discovery of eight stolen passages in Miami Babylon.
Posner again admitted he stole them. But again he had a scapegoat: a
new system of "trailing endnotes" that led him to undercredit Owen's
Now comes the new evidence turned up by New Times and Gelembiuk. For Miami Babylon, it seems Posner also borrowed from this publication, PBS, the Herald, Ocean Drive, and Men's Vogue. The pilfering seems to include both stand-alone sentences and longer passages.
Fourteen of the new problems were found by Gelembiuk, who purchased an ebook of Miami Babylon
to run it through plagiarism software when Posner's second apology also
rang hollow. In our own review, we found two passages that seem to be
lifted from one New Times story.
Why would you bring someone like that onto your program? Stephen Glass wasn't available?
RISING needs to work at developing some standards. Their efforts at rehabbing Gerald Posner are disgusting.
let's note one more time, it's a visual medium. In an earlier time,
some may have (wrongly) insisted that Ponce de Leon discovered The
Fountain of Youth but all the 66-year-old Posner de Plagiarist
discovered was The Fountain of Freak.
on the e-mails, Martha counted numerous e-mails to the public account
about how dare I trash Glenn Greenwald for supporting the new Judith
Miller Rukmini Callimachi. At first, I thought they meant the posts at
other community members' sites:
But Martha explained they came in before those went up so people are talking about yesterday's snapshot
I didn't write anything new about Glenn. I did want it established
that I'd been calling Rukimini out for years and I quoted from a March
2014 snapshot. Yes, Glenn was criticized in that snapshot -- he was
promoting her. With the exception of her theft of Iraqi records that
belonged to the Iraqi people and that the Iraqi government lodged a
protest over, any snapshot would have likely included Glenn because he
was forever praising her.
That's from 2014 before he left THE INTERCEPT learn to read.
have been very supportive of Glenn over the years. I don't like him. I
don't like some of the positions he takes -- and were he set up better
currently, I would explain that at length. But when he broke the Ed
Snowden story, I praised him repeatedly. When he broke from THE
INTERCEPT, I praised him repeatedly.
Glenn's never done anything for me so I don't get why some people are
telling me in e-mails Martha read that I ''owe him." For what?
Hayes? I owe Chris and that's why I refrain from watching his show
because I don't want to criticize him. Ava and I have on two occasions,
I believe, at THIRD. But a number of journalists and left figures
(including the disgusting Matthew Rothschild) were asked by me to please
cover Iraq Veterans Against The War's Winter Soldier presentation. I
got a lot of promises. And Chris was the only one who kept it. I've
disclosed that before. I do not forget that. I praise Chris for
To be clear, the others who promised
did not pan the hearings, they just ignored them. And you could pan
them. We did a whole edition at THIRD and we covered some great
hearings. We also called out the hearing on gender assault. They had
people who weren't assaulted. Deciding to dance with someone is not an
assault. You made the decision to dance with him. In addition, they
had men on the panel who were not assaulted but wanted to talk about
what ifs . . . That was an embarrassment and we weren't the only ones
who felt that way, a member of IVAW who had been raped stopped me at
that convention and expressed to me how outraged she was. I shared that
ourage. We called out that panel -- and got a lot of cry babies with
IVAW slamming us for that -- ignoring all the praise we heaped them,
ignoring that we all -- every community site -- covered the hearings.
We wrote multiple pieces on that presentation. But some of the cry
babies on that panel were so upset and demanded that we unpost the piece
on that panel. We didn't.
But the Matthew
Rothschilds who promised they'd cover it? They didn't. And I was very
clear in my request that the coverage had to happen while the hearings
were taking place so that people would know about them and could tune in
-- KPFA broadcast them in full.
his name, Phil Donahue's friend. Jeff Cohen? One of those FAIR
refugees. He covered Winter Soldier. After the fact. And still got it
wrong. And that pissed me off. He said that WBAI and others offered
live coverage of all the hearings.
didn't. KPFA did. PACIFICA stations could have carried it. Instead,
WBAI offered their tired Saturday programming including a canned program
hosted by Dead MUNSTER Grandpa. They aired crap and garbage when they
could have aired live programming. So, Jeff Cohen, don't write your
garbage praising people who didn't do what they were supposed to. KPFA
broadcast the entire thing and they broadcast it live.
never done anything for me except piss me off with his support for the
Iraq War, his ongoing sexism and his praise of Rukmini among other
Despite that, I do note him here.
Despite that, I did defend him when he was attacked for the NSA
reporting and when he was (and continues to be attacked) for his
departure from THE INTERCEPT and all that came with that decision.
west is not getting this story. You've got idiots Tweeting junk like
'everybody gets something wrong.' The problems go beyond her heavy
drama podcast. Her podcast had nothing to do with the paper's DC bureau
telling everyone there to fact check anything she offered that they
included in their articles. The warnings from TIMES reporters came long
before the podcast. I was getting e-mails from her colleagues in
2014. Then there are the whiners trying to make her a face for
feminism. This is not Bash The Bitch. This is her being held
accountable (finally) for the damage she did.
in you're White centric, Anglo, possibly Christian worlds, you're not
getting how much damange she did. You're not grasping why Arabs
complained for years about her coverage. It was offensive.
as someone who knows Rukmini's work, don't try to play the feminist
card. That liar never gave a damn about Iraqi women and she didn't
cover them. So it's a little late for her defenders to pretend that
somehow she's a feminist.
She needs to be fired. Not reassigned, fired.
the idiots praising her for the stolen documents? What she did was
unethical. And she only returned them because the Iraqi government
demanded they be returned.
Talk about Western
entitlement, all these idiots praising her for raiding and stealing
documents. You have no respect for national sovereignty and your
entitlement is showing.
She has caused serious
damage in the Middle East but, hey, you really enjoyed that plate of
nachos while you listened to her dramatic podcast so what do the lives
of 'others' matter anyway, right?
you. You're disgusting. You place no value at all on an Arab life but
you rush to rescue a serial liar when she's finally put on the hot
seat. Shame on you.
The lack of compassion for
the Arab world is especially sad when we stop a minute to think that
this is Christmas. We are three days away from Christmas. Yet no one
wants to address the way Rukmini victimized Arabs, the western
commentators just want to play the girl-card and pretend like we owe a
non-feminist who refused to ever cover the problems facing Iraqi women
something because she has a vagina. I don't owe Rukmini a damn thing
the Iraqi government now speaks of shuttering displacement camps where
tens of thousands of these internal refugees have been sheltering since
then and returning them to their villages, the prospect of retribution
back home awaits.
Islamic State is gone, and we’re still living in their wreckage,” said
Kadhim al-Khazaraji, a local Shiite Muslim sheikh as his gaze settled on
a house that had collapsed like a half-melted candle. “If I see someone
here who was with ISIS back then, I will kill them. They killed my
hostility represents one of the largest obstacles to the government’s
plan, announced in fall, to move ahead with the camp closures as part of
a program of “safe and voluntary return.” Prime Minister Mustafa
al-Kadhimi has made the shutting of the camps one of his marquee
More than three years after the Islamic State was ousted from its
territory in Iraq, at least 1 million mostly Sunni civilians remain
displaced and communities they hail from remain divided, the
psychological scars of war often as fresh as those still etched into the
facades of Dujail. There is no ready answer for how to stitch society
Baghdad-based government is forcing them out -- something we've been
calling out here since October. In the KRG, they are not closing the
camps. Elsewhere in Iraq, they are. This is not about helping the
Iraqi people. This is about saving money -- Iraq's got budget issues.
(So does the KRG but, again, they are not moving to close the camps.)
It is not safe for these people to return home. Use your brain and
you'll grasp that returning home as opposed to living in an open-air
camp? Anyone who could would gladly return home.
This is a punitive measure, it is not about helping anyone. It needs to be called out.
Finally, tomorrow's snapshot may be later in the day that normal. That's your heads up.
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