Howie Hawkins was the 2020 presidential candidate for the Green Party. Angela Walker was his running mate. I am a Green. One of the things I repeatedly lament is that we tend to get a bump in national presence during a presidential election year and then the other three years we don't really seem able to get traction. I'm talking traction within the national conversation. And that's because we don't really have a follow through.
Howie and Angela are doing weekly conversations online. The election ending didn't mean they went away. They're raising real issues and offering Green perspectives on a weekly basis. Here's the latest that they did Tuesday night.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Media, media, media . . .
Let's start with media. At the end yesterday's snapshot, I noted that Eric London's appearance on THE CONVO COUCH was bad manner at the very least:
We're going to note Eric London's appearance last week on THE CONVO COUCH.
Fiorella and Craig were smart to have him on and Eric was smart not to pull a Jerry White -- or rather a full Jerry White. Jerry made an ass out of himself -- a point Ann made at WSWS before WSWS pulled her comment -- on THE JIMMY DORE SHOW -- by having a fit over a previous guest. See "The WSWS embraces censorship and derangement (Ava and C.I.)" for the'outrageous' comment that WSWS pulled. Eric didn't have a fit but he wasted everyone's time.
Unlike Eric, I've been on talk shows -- nationally broadcast ones -- and I've never felt the need to say, "Dave, before we get into the new project, let's just have Paull and the band take it down a notch because r just need to go back a moment because the guest in the segment before me said . . ." No one cares. It's rude. it's outrageous. If you're on a talk show to promote something -- film, music, ideology, whatever -- use your time wisely.
I get it, Eric, I do. You and WSWS painted yourself into a corner and don't know how to get out of it. You launched crazy conspiracy nonsense in the fall of 2020 and never let up. You used it -- let's be honest -- to try to steep people into voting for Joe Biden. That's what it was about and that's why your magazine's lousy candidate Joseph Kishore all but closed his presidential campaign over a month before the election.
You need to let it go. It's done too much harm to WSWS. People walked away and some are not going back. "I was wrong" or "What was I thinking" -- two easy phrases to get out of the mess you are currently in.
Two e-mails to the public account insist that if Eric hadn't brought up another topic, people would have thought he agreed with THE CONVO COUCH. No, they wouldn't. That topic was not a part of his segment. If Steve Martin tells a joke or does a bit I don't agree with and I follow him or I don't care for the band that follows and find their music to be offensive due to whomever they're ripping off, I don't have to stop my segment to tell the host just how much I disagree with another segment I was not in.
It wasn't Eric's place. He wanted to lecture Fiorella who was actually on the ground in DC, he wanted to tell her what she saw. I like WSWS but they do that from time to time. Trina took them on -- and she likes them as well -- when they were falsely reporting on her city (Boston) and doing so with no correspondent in Boston. If WSWS wants to be known as the outlet that picks fights whenever they are a guest, they'll quickly find that they won't be invited guests anymore.
WSWS went off the nutty cliff with regards to Donald Trump in the fall of 2020. They have refused to admit that they were wrong. They have used the DC protest and the riot that followed it to argue that they were right. No, they were not right. They're embarrassing themselves.
They should have apologized for that coverage. Instead, they now appear on other programs to attack people who observed first hand what went down. It's nonsense.
Especially the "other programs" aspect.
Does no one get that?
Because if Eric London wants to froth at the mouth over Donald Trump -- who is not in the White House -- he can do so . . . at the WSWS YOUTUE channel. But that would mean actually creating content and goodness knows that they aren't very good about doing that.
They posted a video 2 days ago, 6 days ago, 1 week ago, 1 month ago . . .
They have how many correspondents and they can't even do any videos?
If they're that worried about what's on YOUTUBE, they should get off their lazy ass and post content to their YOUTUBE channel.
I tend to post videos here without streaming them and the reason is because I don't want to be Eric London. A writer I enjoy, three weeks ago, repeated a falsehood that had been fact checked and found to be false. I posted the video and didn't feel the need to comment. The video was about more than that one falsehood.
I usually post Glenn Greenwald but I won't be posting his latest interview because there are just too many falsehoods. There's the claim that he was tough on Barack. When, Glenn, when? When you and Jane were going around trying to get him the nomination? Was that when you were hard on him? When he failed to end the Iraq War? Help me out on when you started being hard on Barack -- or even skeptical of him?
I've told you for years he's a sexist. Listen to his comments about Sady Doyle in that interview and you'll see what I'm talking about.
I'm not going to post that video.
I like Glenn and he's an important voice but he's a real struggle with honesty when it comes to him. His blog that he self-describes? It was a pro-war blog, specifically pro-Iraq War. He tends to erase that -- and did in the interview with ZERO BOOKS -- the one I'm talking about above.
Fiorella and Craig's work on the DC incident is well known as is their stance. If it made Eric that uncomfortable, he shouldn't have gone on the show. Just like I won't be posting ZERO BOOKS' interview with Glenn because I made the mistake of listening and there's just too much in there that I know to be false.
As for Noam Chomsky, I don't lie whores and Noam's a whore. Glenn talks about poor Noam. Not poor Noam. Others have been doing "Noam Chomsky admits he was wrong" type reports about Noam admitting he made a mistake in urging people to vote for Joe Biden. I'm not four years old. I have a good memory. Every four years, Noam endorses a Democrat and then, after the election, oops, I was wrong. I'm sick of it. He's a whore. His endorsements go against his body of published work over and over again. I'm sick of it and I'm sick of him.
Ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris' appearance, we called it out. I forgot to return to it to make a point. Jimmy addressed the appearance yesterday.
Did he talk about The Clinton Foundation? I don't know, I'm asking because I haven't streamed it.
But Kamala should not have appeared at that event.
I have not attacked Kamala, I've not made this a site for Kamala hatred. I know her. Not very fond of her but I try to be fair.
I can't be fair on this.
The Clinton Foundation has had serious problems with transparency.
After she's out of office, if she wants to appear there, fine. But presently she is the Vice President of the United States and she needs to take that role seriously. That includes not allowing yourself to be whored by Bill and Hillary Clinton to prop up their troubled foundation.
Bill left office in disgrace.
That is reality.
The Supreme Court stripped him of his ability to practice law. Al Gore blamed his 2000 loss in part on Bill and Bill's scandals.
There's no need for a sitting Vice President to be whoring for Bill Clinton.
It was cheap, it was tacky and it was embarrassing. It should never happen again.
The problem is donors have been asking for stuff. Emails disclosed due to a lawsuit by the conservative group Judicial Watch reveal a number of instances where people who gave money to the foundation used foundation contacts to funnel various requests to Clinton’s State Department staff.
For instance, a wealthy West Coast sports executive asked a Clinton Foundation official for help in getting a visa for a British client, a soccer star denied entry to the US due to criminal charges. The Crown Prince of Bahrain asked a foundation official for help getting a meeting with Clinton.
“Good friend of ours,” noted foundation official Douglas Band when forwarding the request.
At least 85 people from private interests who had donated to the Clinton Foundation met with Clinton while she was secretary of State, according to an Associated Press review of her calendars.
Kamala needs to be above reproach. Rubbing shoulders with Bill at a Clinton Foundation event doesn't allow her to appear that way.
It was bad optics, it was bad in every way possible.
We'll talk about the garbage CNN is offering next time.
ADDED: We'll talk about it now -- 1:41 EST 4/6/21 because a number of you are asking for it including KeShawn who pointed out that Iraq is just a mention in the snapshot without talking about it.
From the CNN article:
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, a frequent critic of Biden administration nominees for supporting the Iraq War and other "forever wars," himself wrote in support of the Iraq War prior to becoming a senator in newly uncovered blog posts.
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