READER COMMENTS ON
"'GREG PALAST IS DANGEROUS'"
(54 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 1:39 pm PT...
Greg & Brad ~ A HUGE Thank You for the work you are doing on election reform. This is the absolute foundation of our democracy ~ Each and every citizen should be supporting the goal of honest and fair elections where each citizen can and will participate to determine the future of their country. We The People have a critical role and thankfully someone is attempting to set right our obviously dysfunctional system as it now exists. Sen. Feinstein is introducing a Bill to address some of the problems.
But we still need to expose the manipulations of this basic RIGHT of ours - too many have died for that right for us to do otherwise. I commend your excellent work and honor your patriotism. Bless You!
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
Uncle Fester Lurks
said on 5/28/2007 @ 2:37 pm PT...
I would like to know what other people have to say about the North American Union. I commented twice about it on another site (progressive) and they banned me and said it was conspiracy b.s.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 2:38 pm PT...
Moral: "A little knowledge is dangerous."
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 2:56 pm PT...
Greg - Please continue to be a threat to deceiving and lying power hungry politicians and their corporate masters. You are a rare patriot and I am inspired by your work. You have given the veterans and current soldiers the greatest present on this memorial day. The gift of truth during a time of universal deception.
You define a true American hero and your writings, speeches, and videos have awakened millions across the globe.
Because of you, a revolution of hope has taken off throughout America. Please continue with your same energy, humor, diligence, and integrity so that this movement does not get divided or hijacked.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 3:00 pm PT...
OOOH Greg, nice teaser at the end.
I'll be looking forward to that.
Unc Fester, they are not going to admit anything about that until it's ready to roll, that way no one will complain until it's too late to do anything about it.
As far as us peons know, it's a conspiracy.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 3:39 pm PT...
"My conversation with the Drats of this world must end here. . .
Otherwise, let me spend my one weekend off this month with my kids before I fly off to Washington, Michigan and London where, for BBC, I’ll be meeting with the Justice Department, Chairman Conyers and others — on an investigation even more important than ‘caging,’ persecuted prosecutors, or anything Mr. Drat can imagine … something, Mr. Drat that makes me very dangerous indeed to this regime."
Hilarious, even Pulitzer winning journalists don't talk to readers like this. Palast's 12 minute BBC documentary is fine, but it's a pretty sad statement that a blogger's criticism got that deep underneath his skin.
Ah, that's right, Greg Palast, defender of the free world, is too busy flying around the country and overseas (color me impressed!); plus he's talking to so many important people (meaning he must be VERY important); and doing such incredibly important work (a couple books and a 12 minute anecdote filled report for BBC, very, VERY impressive!) to be bothered by the Drat's of the world. But apparently he was.
A more seasoned professional would not be surprised to find readers criticizing their work or methodology. It comes with the territory. The appropriate response is to ignore, or engage on the basis of the point of contention.
If Palast's reporting is solid, he has nothing to worry about. Dropping personal attacks on a reader, and throwing out the "I am so important defense that I am above criticism defense" doesn't accomplish much either--let along speak to the points of criticism leveled by his reader.
Among some of his readers Palast may be a God among men. But among members of his profession, who pay their dues day in and day out, he still has more than a little to prove. There's a lot more to being a journalist than flying around the country; meeting important people; and leveling sensational attacks in a news report.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 4:24 pm PT...
Where are the 500 e-mails Greg?
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 4:56 pm PT...
So, what you said here...
(at approximately two minutes into Part 3)
... does not apply?
i.e. (short version) "...turn them over to Conyer's committee..."
... did not happen?
Or did you turn them over?
Did you ask Conyers to investigate?
Did the committee decline to review the emails?
These are reasonable questions, especially as you invoke Conyers yet again at the end of your article above.
By the way...
"You can't understand without recreating our researches"
"Buy my book to understand this investigation"
... sounds more elronish than investigative... and completely overlooks what leveraging blogosphere volunteers can accomplish.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 5:24 pm PT...
My thanks to Brad Friedman and Greg Palast. By all means,keep reporting and meet with Rep Conyers and others. I agree it is not your mission to save the Democratic Party. Right now, there is a very substantial number of folks who want to kick their butts into gear and are trying to make our elected Dems see how out-of-touch they are. We need and appreciate any ammo you give us.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 5:31 pm PT...
Maybe I'm naive but I tend to believe anything is possible from this fascist group. I've pretty much lost faith in Americans being able to use their minds for anything anymore. The characters that have taken over our country in 2000 have a really hard time ever telling the truth and have proved themselves to be capable of massive crimes against humanity. What does it take to believe they are quite capable of scheming to seize the power that got them into the position they're in?
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 6:47 pm PT...
Way to go, Greg. Your exhaustive reporting and analysis would have put several score of political operatives in jail in any Western country except the United States. I expect, as with voter verified paper ballots, that the Democrats will eventually come around and realize the massive vote theft committed in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and probably in 2008. Whether it is soon enough to save the 2008 Presidential election is highly questionable. The only question I'm completely unable to imagine is why mainstream Dems are in such denial and what they think could possibly be worse than having three million potential Democratic votes stolen by the reincarnation of Jim Crow? Perhaps they're afraid of being considered conspiracy theorists: However, just because a situation looks like a conspiracy, doesn't mean that it isn't one.
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 6:47 pm PT...
This may be the most precarious moment in our country's existence. How far, and to what dismal and dark extremes has this most unusual and spectacular experiment in democracy sunk to since its inception is still open to some speculation, but the evidence that has already been unearthed and vested by the extraordinary work of Greg Palast indicates a clear and present danger - a danger from within, in the form of a malignant cancer that has infested the inner tissue of this country's very existence.
If there was ever a time to perform emergency surgery, purge the current administration,. and render justice upon those who so richly deserve such, this would be that time.
High crimes and misdemeanors worthy of impeachment?
I would respectfully suggest that the activities of this administration has crossed the line, way, way beyond mere impeachment status - serious, hard prison time at Leavenworth federal penitentiary would be far more appropriate, but that's just one man's opinion.
I love this country, the theoretical ideals for which it stands, which is why I am so specific and passionate in my opinions on such.
Lady Liberty is dying, facing terminal cancer.
We must purge the cancer, rescue and cure her, and let the torch that she holds be the beacon of hope, freedom, and justice to her citizens and to the world, that it once was.
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 7:16 pm PT...
I absolutely despise the Bushd administration. I have no doubt They are hiding something as part of the US attorney scandal but I'm not going to believe these charges about Palast having Rove's e-mails until Palast turns them all over to a third party, like John Conyers, who can verify them and they can verify they are what Palast claims they are. If he has dones this work and it proves to be true then bravo. He is a hero.But if he's misleading us to sell a book well then iti is something else entirely. all he has to do is provide the 500 emails to trustworthy thrid party and let them speak for themselves. That is not to much to ask.
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 8:38 pm PT...
COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 9:25 pm PT...
Like comments #6,7,8 and 13, I wonder what the motivation for most of this "reporting" really is. I've spent some time skipping around these blogs and most of what I am finding is self-promotion masked as reporting.
I can understand someone wanting to find out all that they possibly can about a person or procedure, but when it is as one-sided as this, it tends to be thrown aside as "conspiracy b.s". Supposition and assumption do not, no matter how much it's warranted, make it a fact. If there was this mass conspiracy to steal elections, there is no way that it would have remained buried for this long. Something as inconsequential as this U.S. attorney "scandal" has stayed in the news for weeks now--for what? Something that is technically the right of any administration! How long do you suppose it would take some disgruntled,low-level staffer with copies of a secret memo to jump in front of a camera with the proof? What happens when a Democrat wins the next presidential election(which they will)-- do all of these blogs get relegated to "cyber-tabloid" status because the "top names" in the field care for nothing but who is the most important among them or how many talk shows they appear.
I enjoy reading these blogs, from all sides of the political spectrum, because, to a history teacher, it's an invaluable tool for judging the way events really effect a nation versus basing history on what show's up in newspapers or history texts. But I am finding it difficult to find any that are based on facts and not assumption.
Bush winning(technically) and a war in Iraq plus past professions of executive branch members does not equal a vast Oil Profiteering,Environment-Raping,Election stealing conspiracy. The whole thing reminds me of the vast conspiracy of Big Tobacco to dupe us with their vicious lies that cigarettes weren't harmful--when only the most moronic among us did not believe that inhaling smoke was bad for you.(yes, I am a smoker) Politicians dance with those that brung them, period. If you want to reform politics, get rid of the money, not the chosen mechanism for voting. If there is no profit in it, corporations will leave it alone.
(P.S. My entire argument up top is based on supposition and assumption-- see how easy it is to host a blog?)
STEP IT UP
COMMENT #16 [Permalink]
said on 5/28/2007 @ 11:20 pm PT...
Hay Nonbeliever, you are correct on one thing - two or more people working together to compile a list of voters based on their demographic and using that to challenge their vote IS a conspiracy. Oh wait, you meant to use 'conspiracy b.s.' to equate people who investigate election fraud with people who believe the moon landing was a hoax. Well then, a big fuck you to you, sir.
COMMENT #17 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 12:02 am PT...
Greg: Keep digging and we'll keep reading!
COMMENT #18 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 1:02 am PT...
It amazes me that a hypocritical con-artist whore like George Tenet can receive a Presidentaial Medal of Freedom, instead of one going to someone like Palast: a person who honestly represents the views and interests of this country, and especially the soldiers and marines who put their lives on the line in our service. This memorial day weekend I am especially grateful for the service of people who defend our freedoms: Palast is on the front lines of that battle. I'm just a regular, nobody, working class America, but I want to say how grateful I am for the people who serve in our nation's best intersts: and Palast, pursuing the truth, is in the tradition of the pamphleteers and protesters who founded this nation.
COMMENT #19 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 1:53 am PT...
... NONBELIEVER said on 5/28/2007 @ 9:25 pm PT...
"Like comments #6,7,8 and 13, I wonder what the motivation for most of this "reporting" really is."
Ah damn... y'see, Palast, this is why you need to act more professionally: the trolls are bad enough without giving them any actual ammunition to use.
As for this particular nitwit example of the breed: Well, nonbeliever... little things like over 600,000 Iraqi citizens dead for no good reason, a government run amok with secret imprisonment, torture, nonstop spying on its own citizens, and a political party self-admittedly hell bent on corrupting every last level of government... such niggling little items tend to cause people to ask questions.
And it was obvious that the mainstream commercial media wasn't going to report on anything resembling actual answers as their concept of "reported reality" exited the local light cone.
Thus: the blogs. And the bloggers are actually taking up the slack, if somewhat unevenly and in fits and starts... and their successes at reporting what the mainstream media would not seem to have irked certain parties no end.
COMMENT #20 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 3:05 am PT...
GREG SHOULD GO FURTHER
Greg's investigations are great, but he fails to say why there's such a push for government sponsored voter suppression - the answer is to hide government sponsored racketeering such as Sibel Edmonds describes, and to prevent a new investigation of 9/11.
COMMENT #21 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 5:00 am PT...
It should be obvious to everyone that if someone takes the Fifth, they know they did something illegal. And since Goodling was right out of the RNC with no experience or real qualifications for the job she was given, she was just a political rubber stamp, willing to do anything the loyal "Bushies" told her to do whether it was legal or not. And it seems that it has a lot to do with voter suppression. Even WITH immunity she took the Fifth at one point. Can't these anti-liberals see what's in front of them?
I would like to see the e-mails too. Greg seems to want to keep us in suspense. But it may be for good reason. Let's see how this plays out. It's not looking too good for Bush and Rove, especially when, so far, everyone involved in these firings of the US attorneys weren't responsible or even that much involved. Jon Stewart's take on it was right on the nose. They were immaculate firings.
COMMENT #22 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 6:15 am PT...
Greg, I went over to DailyKos via the link you provided. Here is a segment of that text:
Greg Palast is dangerous to Democrats, progressives and members of the DailyKos community
(Greg's Link). Notice that "Drat" limited the scope of your "danger" to three entities.
It struck me that Drat sees some sort of line of demarcation between "Democrats, progressives, and members of ... DailyKos". So a democrat can't be a progressive or a member of DailyKos? Vice versa?
That bit of fragmentation puzzled me, because it was included in what appears in some degree to be the work of an apologist (Drat) for none other than Karl Rove.
It reminded me of the demise of Mike Ruppert's From The Wilderness caused by a mole within his organization that brought him down.
My observation on anti-regime movements of various sorts has taken me to the realization that the American psyche can only handle a limited amount of criticism.
It seems that our psychological foundation (sanity) crumples if certain ideas challenge it. The only protection, it seems, is denial.
Americans assume we have the best government, democracy, election system, health care system, educational system, industry, and on and on. Any notion contrary to that is going to cause the denialists to run to the medicine cabinet for a quick gulp of denial.
This is so very real it needs to be considered.
The "moderates" many times are what happens after the gulp of denial takes effect. Their eyes then gaze upon the landscape outside their cherished notions and they see "radicals" and "conspiracy nuts" everywhere.
Even the majority (e.g. the anti-Iraq war folks) sometimes are "radicals" to these "moderates".
The bottom line is that some solutions require a radical approach, others a moderate approach, and yet others a liberal approach. For example, Scooter Libby's lies required a radical approach in the form of a criminal prosecution.
So does the AttorneyGate matter, and thus I think your approach is the better reasoned. Drat is a "moderate" who is in denial and can't quite handle any notion that our government could do these bad things to Americans.
Yet the evidence leads overwhelmingly to the opposite conclusion.
COMMENT #23 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 7:12 am PT...
In effect you echo the words of John Kerry when he was rationalizing why he should not respond to the Swift Boat slime.
Greg gives a compelling reason for his prompt and lengthy (albeit not-yet completed) reply:
about ten times as many people will read the posting of Drat written in his jammies one night as have read Armed Madhouse. The book, unlike the blogette, is based on the work of many diligent souls over three years on three continents.
Such is the world. I won’t complain. But the speed of slanders is so fleet, and the work of our investigation so vital, I want to explain our methods in summary, not as a replacement for reading the book, but as a supplementary guide to our team’s work and professional process.
(ibid., emphasis mine). John Kerry realized his mistake too late, Greg didn't. That is a sign of being aware of the reality around us isn't it?
COMMENT #24 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 7:31 am PT...
The more trolls, the more you know you're dangerous...to those who want to keep what you've uncovered under wraps! Trolls = you're on the right track! If someone wasn't dangerous by uncovering the truth about a scam, there wouldn't be any trolls.
COMMENT #25 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 7:32 am PT...
Let me finish their sentence for them:
"Greg Palast is dangerous..."
(rest of sentence below)
"...to our voter suppression schemes!"
COMMENT #26 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 7:56 am PT...
Good to see Greg's book getting some attention.
COMMENT #27 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 8:22 am PT...
Drat at DailyKos,
Here is an example of dangerous:
... the 425-pound woman ... was fired ... ran for one judgeship ... in 2006 won ... her contemptuous behavior toward her staff ... the judge's behavior was "vile, angry, degrading to anyone within her path" ... called "the evil one" and "the anti-Christ" by the judge ... the demeaning way she talks to her husband, Ed, referring to him as a "bitch" (and worse) ...
(445 Pound Judge, emphasis added).
COMMENT #28 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 8:51 am PT...
To JP in comment # 6. Yea, you can only call yourself a journalist when you get that contract for 16 million dollars. Just ask Katy Couric.....
COMMENT #29 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 9:09 am PT...
My heartfelt thanks to Brad, Greg, Bev and the great folks who regularly comment on this blog.Off topic, but not. Just read the definition of a majic act. Divert attention while you do the trick. Diverting attn. is Bushco while our govt. has been taken over by a fascist coup.All the outrage now at the horrible things OUR govt. is doing...And the almost total black out on so called progressive blogs of the fundamental issue of election fraud, which has enabled a dictator to sit in the WH. And the democrats in the house and senate who just want to make it look like they are addressing election fraud. When Bushco was trying to do away with overtime for nurses, fire fighters and the police, there were only a few in the senate fighting for US. Throw the rest of the bums out. They were Harkin, Dorgan and Kennedy.
COMMENT #30 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 9:15 am PT...
"As far as us peons know, it's a conspiracy."
The biggest conspiracy theory of ALL is the 'official story'. Always remember that and never, EVER, trust your government.
COMMENT #31 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 10:39 am PT...
#30, and it shouldn't be that way either
I really should have added 'according to them' to the front of your quote "As far as us peons know, it's a conspiracy." (them being the 1%ers).
My favorite humorous take on "them" is from the Simpsons
Springfield's Republican party
COMMENT #32 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 10:54 am PT...
Brad - Whether dangerous or not, there's growing concern about whether Greg Palast is legit. Have you, Brad, personally vetted this? This same post appears on DKos with over 500 comments and no reply from Palast.
It's a common sense question that everyone is asking: If Mr. Palast has incriminating Karl Rove emails, why hasn't he published them or provided them to Congress. It doesn't make sense, and there's never a satisfactory response.
In other words, Brad, what you're posting here is one side of a DKos flame war, and the other side, DRat, is far from having been disproven.
I don't claim to be an expert on this dispute, nor am I ready to take on side or the other, but I would appreciate a forthcoming and complete analysis from BradBlog that clears up the confusion.
COMMENT #33 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 10:58 am PT...
To take back our country we need to Impeach Cheney and then Bush!
Please print out the form to get signatures to Impeach Cheney!
COMMENT #34 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:01 am PT...
Obsessed #32, I would like to ask a favor from you. Can you go back to drational's original diary on how Palast is dangerous, and elucidate for me, the precise concerns and criticisms he had?
COMMENT #35 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:02 am PT...
Don't trust the corporate media either, the fourth estate in conjunction with electronic voting machine failures, and all this corruption is what is leading us down the path to hell on earth, all while watching their noise about Ann Nicole, Britney, all the tween star druggies, these stupid whales, and all the rest of these regurgitated old non-news stories.
The attacks on Greg Palast in my opinion are just more of the war on truth, the cyberwar on folks that tell the truth, and another noise that clouds up the fact of the matter that our Constitution is gutted by a bunch of oath breakers, who are about to completely control everything.
I really don't see how "We The People" are going to do anything about this until such time as the fourth estate is set straight again and all the electronic voting machines are place into electronic recycling chippers. Without those two things it isn't going to matter WHO you vote for. We'll never get our country back.
Start putting the blame where the blame belongs.
COMMENT #36 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:15 am PT...
BVAC #34: Can we start with my concern? Palast claims to have received Rove-related emails because they were inadvertantly sent to him because of an error in the domain.
QUESTION: Why are we not reading these emails? It's a simple question.
COMMENT #37 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:19 am PT...
COMMENT #38 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:23 am PT...
Obsessed #36: Is the basis of your question a sense of entitlement to read those emails, i.e. Palast releasing them publicly such as on this blog? Or are you wondering why they haven't worked their way through the proper channels and made a big splash in the news yet?
COMMENT #39 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:27 am PT...
Obsessed, now.. I would like to get back to your other concern. You said "the other side, DRat, is far from having been disproven."
Do you want to revise those remarks?
COMMENT #40 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:44 am PT...
Did someone up there say "never trust the government"? Sounds bigoted to me. Without the government, we'd all be dead from DDT.
COMMENT #41 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:55 am PT...
COMMENT #42 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 12:06 pm PT...
I'm not interested in whatever it is the DRat and Palast are arguing about. I'm interesting in getting rid of Karl Rove and I'm sick of getting jerked around. If you've got something on Rove, use it - and use it NOW - people are dying. This whole mess reminds me painfully of the Jason Leopold debacle.
And especially on THIS blog. This blog is the front line for voting and voting machines and it needs to have absolute purity in its credibility. If Brad starts looking like the tin-foil hatter, we're all screwed.
COMMENT #43 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 1:24 pm PT...
Obsessed, okay I see. It's okay to baselessly question someones credibility, but not to expect anyone to call you on it? May I ask what threatens to make Brad look like a tin-foil hatter?
In other words, Brad, what you're posting here is one side of a DKos flame war, and the other side, DRat, is far from having been disproven.
So you claim drational has not been disproven, and then when I try to start a discussion as to why he clearly has been.. you are no longer interested?
COMMENT #44 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 1:33 pm PT...
"Brad - Whether dangerous or not, there's growing concern about whether Greg Palast is legit"
...where is there a growing concern about Greg Palast being legit?
You know, they put a quack scientist on corporate TV, and they say, "There's a growing concern that global warming doesn't exist", when 99% of legit scientists agree there's global warming...I don't go for that "growing concern" just by citing one person!
COMMENT #45 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 1:34 pm PT...
There is a "growing concern"...that YOU are a shill!
COMMENT #46 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 1:38 pm PT...
"Growing concern"...MY ASS!!!!!!!!!!
COMMENT #47 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 2:00 pm PT...
Big Dan: I hereby retract the implication that I am defending DRat, about whom I know nothing, other than the fact that among his now apparently disproven criticisms of Palast, was my issue, which I've now made clear and which has not been disproven. Sorry for the confusion. I would like nothing more than for Palast and Leopold to be proven right on all counts.
The tinfoil hatter danger stems from the fact that most people don't want to believe that the electoral process is compromised. If Palast's claims turn out to be false, and he thus besmirches this website's reputation, people will be quick to say that it follows that all the legitimate points about Diebold et al are also bogus.
Note: I'm not saying that Palast is bogus - I'm saying that it defies reason that he would claim to have these emails, be challenged on it, and not produce them. I'm from Missouri. Show me.
COMMENT #48 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 4:59 pm PT...
The problem is simple: Some people pryed at apparent inconsistencies in Palast's statements and Palast responded with a surprisingly unprofessional statement: "Go away kid, ya bother me!"
Some answers have drifted out since... amid the debris of the resulting "discussion"... but nothing that resembles the output of an extensive investigation reasonably formatted for public consumption.
So Palast is stirring up a lot of noise via blogs but apparently he doesn't actually want our attention. (Then whose attention is he seeking?)
Whatever. With the repeated invocation of Conyers, however, Palast has himself limited the scope of how far this silliness can go. Within a week or so we should know if either of the House or Senate judiciary committees has or wants the emails.
If either of the committees say they have the emails then that's that.
If either of the committees say that they don't want the emails then that's that... and World War VIII erupts because folks will suspect it's actually because the Dems are caving in advance this time.
If the committee(s) say "What emails? We're waiting." then we hold the first annual 'Palast's Entrails Roast and Giblets Sale' here.
COMMENT #49 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 5:20 pm PT...
I hope these 500 e-mails will be used for more than a book advertisement. I hope the information they contain prompts the appropriate response from those in a position to investigate further and apply the proper justice. And I hope those who have them do their best to ensure that this is what happens.
COMMENT #50 [Permalink]
said on 5/29/2007 @ 11:35 pm PT...
I think Greg said it best--think the BBC and Robert Kennedy Jr. would take a bite of something with no teeth?
COMMENT #51 [Permalink]
said on 5/30/2007 @ 5:33 am PT...
Actually... things like that do happen. People make mistakes and sign on to things with no teeth, no legs, no pancreas... concepts that sound good but desperately need organ transplants under the hood. But that's actually irrelevant to the matter at hand.
Yes, "teeth" or not is irrelevant... the matter at hand is reconciling Palast's public statements with his professional role and with his tendency to blur references and spin things a little to hard when just stating the facts would have served him as well.
He fucked up. Not necessarily a big deal, but it happened.
Now we wait a bit while we alert the committees.
And remember: Overseers need oversight most of
all... and will actually welcome it if they're on the ball.
COMMENT #52 [Permalink]
said on 5/31/2007 @ 4:11 am PT...
"Why haven’t I turned over the evidence to Congressional committees? Who said they’d accept it? Bobby Kennedy’s tried to get their attention. The Congressional White Caucus is pointedly uninterested. I’m told, “Griffin’s just an interim appointment.”
Yes, “interim” through the 2008 election.
Well, as a journalist, it’s not my job to save the Democratic Party from itself."
How about saving a country? How about just seeing that criminals are brought to justice? I'm sorry... I'm a long-time fan of Mr. Palast's writing but 'that's not my job' doesn't cut it with me.
COMMENT #53 [Permalink]
said on 6/17/2007 @ 10:29 am PT...
Shorter Greg Palast: buy my book and then you'll see the truth!!
Palast is and will be a hack who makes money off poor gullible souls, just like Alex Jones and all the rest of the conspiracy theory mongers.
All Palast does is carefully frame a set of facts to make his claims seem credible - until you find the rest of the facts that he conspicuously left out.
Just like his claim that the Bush administration set out about privatizing the Iraqi oil. A careful check of what he quoted shows that he took a quote out of context to make it seem to apply to Iraqi oil rather than what it stated: privatizing the oil services industry in Iraq - not the oil itself.
Palast is just like Jason Leopold and all the other frauds out there trying to make a big name for themselves by appealing to peoples' biases and prejudices in trying to fool them into believing sensational stories of which only they understand the importance.
Oh, and don't forget, buy Palast's book, because if not, Palast will personally attack you as a pajama-wearing child as he did here to drational. Palast doesn't even have the integrity to answer his critics with their full pseudonym, adopting instead to twist the pseudonym into a personal attack.
And don't forget to buy Palast's book! The Most Important Story of Our Time cannot be revealed for free on the Internet!
COMMENT #54 [Permalink]
said on 6/29/2007 @ 6:55 am PT...
This is now very embarassing. Please, please update to reflect the correct information or all of your other reporting will be questioned. It is always better to acknowledge mistakes and move on. Please, please, please.