Sunday, November 13, 2011

Anti-American Propaganda Outlet Fox News Still Doesn't Know Public Sector Jobs Hit Harder In Recession

Anti-American Propaganda Outlet Fox News Still Doesn't Know Public Sector Jobs Hit Harder In Recession

Fox again attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for noting that "it's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine. It's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers." But Reid is right: Since the Recovery Act took effect, the private sector has gained more than 1.5 million jobs, while the public sector has lost more than 500,000.

But Reid Is Right: Since Stimulus Passed, Private Sector Has Gained Over 1.5M Jobs, Public Sector Has Lost Over 500,000

Since July 2009, When Stimulus Began To Take Effect, Private-Sector Jobs Have Grown By Over 1.5 Million While Public Sector Jobs Have Fallen By Over 500,000. From, a project of Media Matters Action Network: see chart above.

Fox Previously Attacked Reid For Accurate Statement

Fox Figures Mocked Reid's Claim, Falsely Claimed It Was Untrue. In October, several Fox figures attacked Reid's claim. On his Fox Business show, Eric Bolling claimed, "Public-sector jobs have increased by 160,000 since President Obama took office." On her Fox News show, On the Record host Greta Van Susteren said, "If [Reid] truly thinks ... that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine, I'm thinking to myself, where in the world has he been?" [Media Matters, 10/20/11]

Why does conservative right-wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch and Fox News President Roger Ailes hate America and keep feeding America right-wing propaganda instead of the facts? Having journalistic integrity would interfere with their agenda of promoting Anti-Americanism in U.S. culture.

Iran's Nukes: Old Lies in New Bottles

 The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) long awaited, much ballyhooed report on Iran’s nuclear activities has been thunderously greeted here as conclusive evidence that Iran is working on nuclear weapons.

Both Tehran and a 2007 US combined intelligence assessment deny such claims.

[Dolphin-class Israeli submarine, capable of launching cruise missiles carrying nuclear warheads] Dolphin-class Israeli submarine, capable of launching cruise missiles carrying nuclear warheadsThere’s little new in this report, and a lot of déjà vu. We read the old story floating around since 2002 about a mysterious laptop stolen from Iran and passed to US intelligence. It allegedly contains scientific material about explosive compression methods to trigger a nuclear explosion, and designs to shrink nuclear warheads to fit in missile nosecones.

The UN and western powers say this stolen computer’s contents conclusively proves Iran has violated the UN’s non-proliferation treaty, to which Tehran is a signatory. Israel and its American partisans are raising a hue and cry about an impending nuclear attack on the Jewish state by Iran’s “crazy” leaders. Republicans are baying for war against Iran.

The US and UN also claim a Russian scientist who supposedly worked on Iranian nuclear weapons explosive technology defected and revealed all to western intelligence.

But it now transpires that the scientists actually worked in Russia on explosive technology to produce industrial diamonds, not weapons. Remember “Curveball,” the key Iraqi defector whose phony claims were the basis for the US invasion of Iraq? Well, welcome Russian scientist, “Curveballski II.”

Last week, Israel launched a new missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead anywhere in Iran and Pakistan. Israel’s German-supplied submarines lie off Iran’s coast, ready to launch nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, again claimed last week that Iran was about to deploy nuclear weapons and threatened war. But Israel’s respected former Mossad intelligence chief, Meir Dagan, warned striking Iran would be a “stupid idea.”

In 1992, Natanyahu claimed Iran would have nuclear weapons in 3-5 years. Shimon Peres, now Israel’s president, insisted Iran would have nukes by 1999.

In 1995, the New York Times claimed Iran was only 5 years from nuclear weapons. In 1998, US Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld claimed Iran was fielding a nuclear-armed ICBM that could hit the United States.

And so it has gone, a steady drumbeat of false claims.

This war hysteria comes on the heels of US charges of an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, a claim laughed at by many Mideast experts.

In fact, it’s possible the US FBI mixed up Iranians: the plot’s alleged mastermind may not have been a member of Iran’s elite military forces at all but of the violently anti-Tehran People’s Mujahidin, which Washington still calls a terrorist organization even though it is now in bed with the pro-Israel Republican hard right and Israel.

The IAEA tried to buttress its shaky claims against Iran by insisting, “nine other nations came to the same conclusion about Tehran’s covert nuclear efforts.” We heard the same refrain from Washington over its false claims about Iraq’s non-existent weapons.

When Bush 43 and conservatives lied the nation into war in Iraq ( while bungling victory in Afghanistan) it worked. Many Americans fell for the lies and thought those who were against it were unpatriotic. It turns out the war mongers were the ones being unpatriotic, but hey the lies worked once, maybe with enough repetition the lies will work again.