Saturday, October 23, 2010

W.I.W. Atika Shubert, 2000 - 2010

Today TV personality Atika Shubert disgraced herself but don't look for CNN to discipline her, she did what government officials wanted, attacked Julian Assange and turned a supposed interview about WikiLeaks into a smear against his person with unfounded rumors. There's no whore like a corporate whore. Danny Shea (Huffington Post) has video of the character attack here. Katherina-Marie Yancy (AP) notes the WikiLeaks documents demonstrate that the body count was far higher than the US government admitted to -- the documents, remember, are US military documents. That would mean, to say what the AP won't, the US government lied. Wikileaks notes: "The reports detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, comprised of 66,081 'civilians'; 23,984 'enemy' (those labeled as insurgents); 15,196 'host nation' (Iraqi government forces) and 3,771 'friendly' (coalition forces). The majority of the deaths (66,000, over 60%) of these are civilian deaths.That is 31 civilians dying every day during the six year period. For comparison, the 'Afghan War Diaries', previously released by WikiLeaks, covering the same period, detail the deaths of some 20,000 people. Iraq during the same period, was five times as lethal with equivallent population size."

Atika Shubert could have addressed that, instead she wanted to go smutty, she wanted to go whory. It won't be forgotten. News Whore Atika was too damn lazy to do the work required for a real character assassination. Not only is she a whore, she's a damn lazy whore.

If someone's denied charges (that were dropped), you either get the records or you get the witnesses. That's how you do a character assassination. But apparently whores are very limited in the number of tricks they can be taught. Atika Shubert just destroyed her image today. There will be no rebuilding of it. She will not be trusted by large numbers of the public. CNN will have to use her 'sparingly'. Not because they doubt she'll whore for them, she so obviously will. But she's now a known whore. We've all seen her whoring. She can't play journalist now and be believed by many. She had a number of revelations to explore but instead she decided to whore.

Global Research posts a video from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism:

Male announcer: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has had unrestricted access to the WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs, the biggest leak of files in military history.

George W. Bush 2003: We are taking unprecedented measures to spare the lives of innocent Iraqi civilians

Male announcer: They reveal the story of what really happened in the war. We have uncovered the devastating toll on human lives by US air attacks, al Qaeada in Iraq's repeated use of child suicide bombers, and the abuse of power by US forces.

And that's what Atika chose to ignore when she decide to walk the streets as a whore. Robert Mendick and Richard Spencer (Telegraph of London) report:

The greatest controversy will be over the apparent complicity of the American forces in covering up the widespread and brutal torture of Iraqi civilians.
A senior United Nations official said there should now be an investigation into allegations that US commanders had ignored evidence of widespread abuse by Iraqi authorities.
Manfred Nowak, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, said: "There is an obligation to investigate whenever there are credible allegations torture has happened – and these allegations are more than credible -- and then it is up to the courts on the one hand to bring the perpetrators to justice and also on the other hand to provide the victims with adequate reparation for the harm they have suffered."

Laura Strickler and Catherine Cannon (CBS News) use the documents to zoom in on one week (November 25th through December 3, 2005) to examine the reality on the ground versus the spin issued by the US government. There's no way to really excerpt from their piece which requires you follow it through from start to finish. It's strong reporting and good for them. James Glanz and Andrew W. Lehren (New York Times) use the logs to examine the effects of contractors/mercenaries on the Iraq War:

The archive, which describes many episodes never made public in such detail, shows the multitude of shortcomings with this new system: how a failure to coordinate among contractors, coalition forces and Iraqi troops, as well as a failure to enforce rules of engagement that bind the military, endangered civilians as well as the contractors themselves. The military was often outright hostile to contractors, for being amateurish, overpaid and, often, trigger-happy.
Contractors often shot with little discrimination -- and few if any consequences -- at unarmed Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security forces, American troops and even other contractors, stirring public outrage and undermining much of what the coalition forces were sent to accomplish.

There were any number of ways you could go. For example, Adam Weinstein (Mother Jones) reports that the logs document an Iranian drone which the US military brought down:

What would an unmanned Iranian camera plane want to record in that region? Plenty. COP Cobra is just a few kilometers from Iraq's Camp Ashraf, which since 1986 has been a refugee camp for persecuted members of Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian leftist group that advocates the overthrow of the Islamic government in Tehran. Liked by neither Iranian nor Iraqi officials, MEK refugees at Camp Ashraf have essentially relied on US troops for protection sice 2003, enduring a series of attacks that the MEK insists originated in Iran.
They may have a point. Other reports released in the WikiLeaks logs show Iranian elements, including the nation's crack Revolutionary Guard Corps, have provided training, assistance, and munitions to anti-US forces within Iraq. When the February 2009 shootdown was finally acknowledged by US officials, they raised the possibility that Iran's drone was "trying to scout routes to smuggle Iranian weapons into the country." (Since the UAV incident last year, Iran has unveiled a new unmanned aircraft capable of flying at longer ranges and delivering bombs on a target. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the plane an "ambassador of death" for state enemies.)

Many ways to go, but a whore only knows how to walk the streets, hence Atika's disgraceful performance. Years from now, the few who remember her, will look back on today as the day when her career as a TV personality died.

W.I.W., Atkia Shubert, W.I.W, you will not be missed..

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