Saturday, January 06, 2024

Context and history matter

Julia Conley (COMMON DREAMS) reports

CNN has long been criticized by media analysts and journalists for its deference to the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces in its coverage of the occupied Palestinian territories, and the cable network admitted Thursday that it follows a protocol that could give Israeli censors influence over its stories.

A spokesperson for the network confirmed to The Intercept that its news coverage about Israel and Palestine is run through and reviewed by the CNN Jerusalem bureau—which is subject to the IDF's censor.

The censor restricts foreign news outlets from reporting on certain subjects of its choosing and outright censors articles or news segments if they don't meet its guidelines.

Other news organizations often avoid the censor by reporting certain stories about the region through their news desks outside of Israel, The Intercept reported.

"The policy of running stories about Israel or the Palestinians past the Jerusalem bureau has been in place for years," the spokesperson told the outlet. "It is simply down to the fact that there are many unique and complex local nuances that warrant extra scrutiny to make sure our reporting is as precise and accurate as possible." 

Good for Julia Conley and COMMON DREAMS and good for THE INTERCEPT -- you know a 'but' is coming, right? 

But. . .

. . . this isn't a surprise.  To be James Earl Jones about it, this is CNN.  The real CNN.  This is how it gets to be stationed around the world.  And we learned that from Eason Jordan and his NYT column "The News We Kept To Ourselves" about how CNN (the "we" in the title) regularly buried stories about Iraq because doing so allowed their reporters to be present in Iraq and pretend that they were reporting.  Year after year, they buried one story after another -- remember that if you're stupid enough to still Jane Arraf seriously since she was CNN's Iraq 'reporter' during this time period.

That column was published in April of 2003.  If you missed it, you probably also missed another Eason Jordan revelation.  From WIKIPEDIA:

On January 27, 2005, during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in DavosSwitzerland, Jordan was reported to have said that American troops were targeting journalists. Although there is no transcript of Jordan's statement (the event was videotaped, but the WEF refused to release it, or make a transcript of the event), Barney Frank claimed Jordan seemed to be suggesting "it was official military policy to take out journalists", and later added that some U.S. soldiers targeted reporters "maybe knowing they were killing journalists, out of anger"—claims that Jordan denied.[11] However, U.S. News & World Report editor-at-large David Gergen, who moderated the discussion,[12] and BBC executive Richard Sambrook defended Jordan and claimed his remarks, though controversial, were not as extreme as they were hyped and that he did not deserve to be removed from CNN.[11][12] But U.S. entrepreneur Rony Abovitz, former CNN reporter Rebecca MacKinnon, U.S. journalist Bret Stephens, Swiss journalist Bernard Rapazz, U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, and French historian Justin Vaïsse were also present, and confirmed the essentials of Frank's account.[13] Bloggers who covered the story (most newspapers and networks chose not to) noted that Jordan had been accusing Israeli and U.S. troops of deliberately targeting journalists as early as October 2002, and had made similar specific claims about Iraq in November 2004.[14] They also noted his admission, in a New York Times Op-Ed piece, that CNN had deliberately downplayed the brutality of the Saddam Hussein regime in order to maintain CNN's access to the country.[15] For this last piece, he was harshly criticized by the New Republic's Franklin Foer, in an article in The Wall Street Journal, who said CNN should have left Iraq rather than spread the regime's propaganda.[16]

On February 11, 2005, Jordan resigned to "prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq".[11] In a press release, Jordan also stated that "I have great admiration and respect for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, with whom I have worked closely and been embedded in BaghdadTikrit, and Mosul".[11]

Both THE COMMON DREAMS article and THE INTERCEPT one miss the above facts.  They are facts that would strengthen the case they are attempting to make.  I have no idea how you forget these events.  So that's why I say "but" to the above.  

In other news, Itay Stern (WASHINGTON POST) reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing members of his government are coming under criticism, including from the military, after ministers from his party criticized the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Herzi Halevi, during a cabinet meeting.

During Thursday night’s meeting, three cabinet ministers criticized Halevi and the army, opposing the Israel Defense Forces plan to establish a committee to investigate perceived failures of the war. Netanyahu did not stop the attack, which was interpreted as his direct support for them.

The incident, which dominated Israeli news coverage Saturday, has led to criticism from other cabinet members and the military. Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s partner in the government since the beginning of the war, told journalists: “What happened in the cabinet is a politically motivated attack in the midst of a war.”

In a post on X, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant also seemed to criticize the incident. He said he was appealing to “all members of the public to stop irresponsibly using the IDF and its commanders for political gain.”

Former IDF chief of staff Bogie Ya’alon posted support for Halevi on X, saying: “I don’t envy you for having to deal with such a messianic and irresponsible cabinet.”

Netanyahu is embroiled in a corruption trial and is facing calls for his resignation over the Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel by Hamas, as well as his government’s handling of the hostage crisis. The militant group killed about 1,200 Israelis and took about 240 hostages, according to Israeli officials.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden's longterm nut holder Antony Blinken continues to disappoint.  Why is he still in the government?  I don't care that Joe trusts him.  He's never produced results throughout his long association with Joe -- an association that goes back to the US Senate. He failed with Iraq back then, he followed Biden to the White House when Barack was elected president and he failed there year after year as well.


He is the worst Secretary of State the US has ever had and he's currently in the Middle East where he's not arguing for a cease-fire.  He's again schilling for the government of Israel.  This time he's meeting with various Middle East leaders begging for help to keep the slaughter of Gaza from spilling over to the rest of the region.

First off, nut job, it already has.  That's what going on in Iraq and elsewhere.

Second off, Recep's your answer?  Recep who was on US soil and his bodyguards attack Americans?  This is your answer?  And Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not Arab.  He's a Turk.

I get it, Joe Biden's been an idiot about the Middle East.  Only an idiot goes there in 2010 and tells them to accept Nouri al-Maliki in a second term as prime minister after Nouri lost the election and goes off on this long-winded speech about Ireland to justify their accepting Nouri.  Ireland?  The Iraqi leaders looked at him like he was nuts and, as soon Joe left the room, they were asking other Americans present to explain what that long-winded story about the IRA and Ireland had to do with Iraq.  British officials present didn't even make half-hearted effort to justify Joe's ridiculous and off topics remarks.


For those who are as ignorant of the Middle East as Joe, refer to this from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee:

Who is an Arab?
"Arab" is a cultural and linguistic term. It refers to those who speak Arabic as their first language. Arabs are united by culture and by history. Arabs are not a race. Some have blue eyes and red hair; others are dark skinned; many are somewhere in between. Most Arabs are Muslims but there are also millions of Christian Arabs and thousands of Jewish Arabs, just as there are Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Americans.
What is the Arab World?
The Arab World consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Iran and Turkey are not Arab countries and their primary languages are Farsi and Turkish respectively. Arab countries have a rich diversity of ethnic, linguistic, and religious communities. These include Kurds, Armenians, Berbers and others. There are over 300 million Arabs.

Did that explain to the Joe Bidens of the world?  "Iran and Turkey are not Arab countries."

Blinken has failed again and that's all he ever does. 

He's declaring that Recep is "committed" which means more money -- more US money -- just got handed to Recep who carries his own genocide in Turkey on the Kurds -- when he's not violating Iraq's sovereignty by launching attacks in Iraq.

What are we supposed to say to that?  "That's good diplomacy"?  It's not.  Blinken needs to resign and that's the feeling of the majority of people working in the US State Dept.

While Idiot Blinken does Biden's bidding, others are tired of objecting in private.  They're tired of the stress and they're tired of what's happening to the Palestinian people.  This goes beyond the State Dept and includes cabinet members.  If Joe can't find a way to demand a cease-fire, you're about to see an administration splitting apart.  

People are not going to make themselves sick supporting this genocide.  You've had staff protest outside the White House and two letters published.  That's nothing compared to what's going to happen next.  

There's talk right now of one prominent member of the administration not only thinking of coming forward with opposition but also declaring a run for the Democratic Party's nomination.


EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell sounded the alarm on Saturday about Lebanon being dragged into a regional conflict in a spillover from Israel's war with Hamas.

Mr Borrell, on a visit to Lebanon, said it was imperative to avoid a regional escalation in the Middle East, and warned Israel that "nobody will win from a regional conflict".

He was commenting at a conference with caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati following talks with top government officials on events in and around Gaza, including the war's impact and the situation at the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Protests continue around the world.  Lincoln Tan (NEW ZEALAND HERALD) notes:

Tensions were high as protesters marched in Auckland calling for ceasefire in Palestine, with a strong police presence preventing a clash with pro-Israel counter-protesters.

Several hundred people gathered in Aotea Square in Auckland on Sunday morning calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict which had been going on for almost four months.

They marched from Aotea Square along Queen St to Quay St where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was, but were met along the way by counter-protesters.

Organised by Palestinian Youth Aotearoa, the group chanted to “free, free Palestine” and “we don’t want your bloody war” as they marched.


New Yorkers calling for a free Palestine have rallied in what is known as “Little Yemen” in The Bronx, despite wintry conditions.

The “Flood the Bronx for Gaza” protest was organised by Within Our Lifetime (WOL), a community organisation that has been organising regular pro-Palestinian events throughout New York City.

NBC's KING FIVE Seattle station reports:

Protesters calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war shut down all northbound Interstate 5 lanes in downtown Seattle on Saturday afternoon. The freeway reopened after about five hours, according to Washington State Patrol.

As of 5 p.m., all of the protesters had left the freeway, though 12 vehicles were abandoned by drivers during the hours-long backup, according to Washington State Patrol. 

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In 2023, Senator Baldwin Delivered for Wisconsin


In 2023, Senator Baldwin Delivered for Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a new year begins, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is reflecting on her year fighting for the Badger State and delivering results for Wisconsin in 2023.

“Every year, I’m proud to work with Democrats and Republicans to deliver real results for the people of Wisconsin. Looking back on 2023, I’m proud to say we did just that, investing in Wisconsin Main Streets, fighting the opioid and fentanyl epidemic, and protecting our veterans’ earned benefits,” said Senator Baldwin. “Wisconsin communities are starting to feel the real impact of historic legislation I was proud to support, upgrading our roads, bridges, and broadband, growing our Made in America economy, and cutting prescription drug costs. While there’s more work to do, I’m proud of the progress we made in 2023 to ensure every Wisconsin community keeps moving in one direction: forward.” 

In 2023, Senator Baldwin was working for Wisconsin, including:

Growing the Made in America Economy

  • Baldwin’s Build America, Buy America Infrastructure: In August, the White House released final guidance to boost the use of American-made goods in infrastructure projects — standards that Senator Baldwin successfully fought to include in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to ensure taxpayer dollars are supporting American businesses, workers, and economic growth.
  • New Jobs in Wisconsin: Because of Senator Baldwin’s Buy America provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Nokia announced they are bringing up to 200 manufacturing jobs to Kenosha County to produce key components for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. Senator Baldwin also joined President Biden at Ingeteam in Milwaukee to celebrate the facility beginning to manufacture electric vehicle chargers to meet the needs of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Regional Tech Hub: In October, Senator Baldwin announced with her support that Wisconsin has been designated by the Biden Administration as a Regional Technology Hub (Tech Hub), an initiative created by the Baldwin-backed CHIPS and Science Act. Wisconsin’s designation as a Tech Hub has the potential to bolster the state as a leader in personalized medicine and biohealth technology.
  • Protecting Main Streets: After years of advocating, Senator Baldwin successfully pushed the Securities and Exchange Commission to finalize a rule that cracks down on predatory activist hedge funds and better protects Main Street economies. The change mirrors key provisions of Senator Baldwin’s Brokaw Act, legislation named after a small Wisconsin village that went bankrupt after an out-of-state activist hedge fund bought up the Wausau Paper Company and shuttered the community’s main employer, the Brokaw mill.
  • Country of Origin Requirements: In July, Senator Baldwin’s Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Online Act passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with bipartisan support. This legislation would ensure that all goods sold online list their country-of-origin in order to protect Americans’ right to know where the products they buy are made and promote American-made goods for online shoppers.

Protecting Reproductive Rights and Lowering Drug Costs

  • Cutting Seniors’ Prescription Drug Costs: In August, Medicare announced the first 10 drugs selected for price negotiation under the Baldwin-backed Inflation Reduction Act. The law, which allows Medicare to negotiate the price of dozens of drugs with manufacturers for the first time ever, will cut out-of-pocket costs for seniors, save American taxpayers billions of dollars, and reduce the deficit. In 2022 alone, approximately 9 million seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries spent over $3.4 billion out-of-pocket on the 10 drugs selected for negotiation.
  • Capping Cost of Insulin: On January 1st, 2023, a $35 cap on out-of-pocket costs for insulin for seniors on Medicare went into effect because of Senator Baldwin’s Inflation Reduction Act. Had the insulin caps been in place in 2020, nearly 32,000 people in Wisconsin would have saved roughly $630 per year in lower out-of-pocket costs.
  • Increasing Transparency in Drug Pricing: Senator Baldwin’s Fair Accountability and Innovative Research (FAIR) Drug Pricing Act, bipartisan legislation to require basic transparency for pharmaceutical corporations that increase drug prices, advanced in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) in May. 
  • Restoring Abortion Rights: Senator Baldwin led 48 Senators in introducing the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2023, legislation to guarantee access to abortion, everywhere across the country and restore the right to comprehensive reproductive health care for millions of Americans.
  • Protecting Access to Contraception: Senator Baldwin fought to pass legislation that would put into law Americans’ right to contraception and also improve access to contraceptive products, including over-the-counter birth control.

Addressing Public Safety and Taking on the Fentanyl and Opioid Epidemic

  • Supporting Law Enforcement: Senator Baldwin announced in October that Wisconsin had secured nearly $90 million to strengthen crime prevention efforts, invest in community resources to reduce recidivism, and assist victims, funded by the Senator Baldwin-supported Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill.
  • Addressing the Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis: Senator Baldwin championed multiple provisions of the SUPPORT Act, bipartisan legislation to address the opioid and fentanyl epidemic. The legislation advanced in the Senate HELP Committee in December. Senator Baldwin successfully included provisions in that legislation to train first responders to prevent overdoses, combat opioid-related infectious diseases, and improve the health of expecting mothers and their children. She also fought to ensure that funding could be used for emerging substances of concern, like xylazine.
  • Keeping Fentanyl Out of Our Communities: In the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act legislation, Senator Baldwin successfully helped include the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, bipartisan legislation to combat the country’s fentanyl crisis by targeting the illicit fentanyl supply chain, from the chemical suppliers in China to the cartels that traffic the drugs from Mexico.

Working for Wisconsin Veterans

  • County Veterans Service Officers: Senator Baldwin’s Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously in November. Baldwin’s bipartisan legislation would expand and support Tribal Veterans Service Officers and County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO), the community-based employees who work directly with veterans to inform them of eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and services, file pension and compensation claims, and help them enroll in job, housing, disability, and education benefits.
  • Delivering for Veterans at Tomah VA: After more than a year and a half of advocating on behalf of Wisconsin veterans, Senator Baldwin successfully pushed the VA to address a disturbing pattern of a doctor misdiagnosing neurological conditions at the Tomah VA Medical Center and to properly compensate those impacted. As a result of the misdiagnoses, these veterans were denied proper benefits and compensation.

Delivering for Wisconsin Infrastructure

  • Roads and Bridges: Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Senator Baldwin has so far secured $3.4 billion for Wisconsin’s roads and bridges. She also helped deliver $11 million to improve safety on roads including in Chippewa County, River Falls, and Milwaukee, and $15 million to replace Madison’s John Nolen Drive. 
  • Airports: In 2023, Senator Baldwin secured $38 million through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for over 80 airports and over $23 million through last year’s funding legislation for Wisconsin airports like Appleton International, Dane County, and Rhinelander-Oneida to invest in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, terminal upgrades, airport-transit connections, and roadway projects.
  • Rail: This month, Senator Baldwin announced five new routes in Wisconsin have been selected as priorities for passenger rail expansion and will be receiving $500,000 each in planning and development grants for a total of $2.5 million statewide through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including new Hiawatha service from Milwaukee to Green Bay, Milwaukee to Minneapolis via Madison and Eau Claire, and Chicago to St. Paul via La Crosse.
  • Ports: In addition to securing over $15 million for the Port of Milwaukee in 2020, Senator Baldwin brought home over $9 million for the Port’s Agriculture Maritime Export Facility this year.
  • Broadband: This year, Senator Baldwin delivered over $1 billion in federal funds through the BEAD program to connect more Wisconsinites to high-speed internet. The award was based on maps Senator Baldwin fought to have updated to reflect where in Wisconsin reliable broadband was not available. Senator Baldwin also fought to secure additional investments for rural broadband in Southwest Wisconsin, pushing for and bringing home over $14 million for Dairyland Power Cooperative to expand high-speed internet.  
  • Public Transportation: The City of Madison will be receiving $38 million with Senator Baldwin’s support to improve public transportation, accommodate growth, and further the City’s commitment to clean energy.

Supporting Our Farmers and Rural Communities

  • Dairy Businesses: Wisconsin received $23 Million for their Dairy Business Innovation Initiative to support Wisconsin dairy’s with business plan development, marketing, and branding. Senator Baldwin authored the bill creating the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative program, successfully shepherding its passage in 2018 and securing funding in the subsequent years since.
  • Strengthening Food Supply Chains: Through the American Rescue Plan, which Senator Baldwin supported, Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new partnership to strengthen the Badger State’s food supply chains through $27 million in grant funding for projects designed to build resilience.
  • Value-Added Grants: As then-chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees rural development, Senator Baldwin delivered $1.3 million announced this year to help Wisconsin farmers, distillers, and processors add value to their businesses by generating new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Recipients included businesses in Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Polk, Marathon, and Waukesha Counties.
  • Cutting Energy Costs: By supporting the Inflation Reduction Act, Senator Baldwin helped bring home nearly $6 million for over 50 Wisconsin farmers and rural businesses in every corner of the state to upgrade to renewable energy investments, lowering their energy costs, generating new income, and strengthening the resiliency of their operations.

Investing in Clean Water, Public Lands, and an Environment Free of Toxic Chemicals

  • Upgrading Critical Water Infrastructure: With support from the Baldwin backed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Wisconsin’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund received a total of over $200 million in 2023 to make essential drinking water infrastructure upgrades across the state, including replacing lead service lines and addressing emerging contaminants like PFAS.
  • Cleaning Up the Milwaukee Estuary: Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Senator Baldwin helped deliver $275 million to clean up legacy pollution in the Milwaukee Estuary to remove the site from the list of 25 remaining U.S. Areas of Concern – highly environmentally degraded areas found across the Great Lakes basin.
  • Revitalizing Polluted Sites: In 2023, it was announced Wisconsin would receive $9.5 million from the Baldwin-supported Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites, former industrial sites where legacy pollution has hindered future use and poses environmental risks, including in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Calumet County, and Milwaukee. Senator Baldwin also announced she helped deliver $5 million for the City of Green Bay’s Shipyard Project, a development to transform a former brownfield site for recreational use.
  • Ice Age Trail: In December, Senator Baldwin announced Wisconsin’s Ice Age and North Country Trails would receive Unit Status under the National Park Service, unlocking additional federal resources to maintain and publicize the trails. The announcement is in line with Senator Baldwin’s Scenic Trails Parity Act, which she’s introduced since 2014. 
  • Expanding Access to Green Spaces: Wisconsin will receive a total of $13.5 million in Inflation Reduction Act funding Senator Baldwin helped deliver to support two projects to combat climate change, expand access to green spaces, and create healthier communities in the City of Milwaukee and Dane County.