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#1 Gads, what lurid prose. Any relation between Canada Free Press and World Net Daily?
Aside from that, it's relatively accurate. There is one part, however, where the 'government insider' is a bit off:
Who is really benefitting from, say, what's going on in Egypt? Mubarek is out, and the Muslim Brotherhood is in. Who does that benefit? Saudi Arabia.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Saudis have been at odds for decades. Partly due to the differences between the origins and goals of the MB and those of the Wahhabis, but also because the Saudis consider the MB agenda to be rather subversive.
It's a rather odd statement; one that appears to be driven more by agenda of the "insider" than any sort of real inside knowlege.
Posted by Pappy 2012-11-29 14:04||
#2 I agree Pappy, strange writing style indeed. The really sad part however, is we have to get this analysis from the foreign press.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-11-29 16:57||
#3 The reason why we are getting information from the foreign press and not our MSM is that our MSM has always been leftard radicals under the surface but was not able to take the heat for letting it bubble up since for so long they were the journalists.
But with the advent of the internet up pops the citizen journalist, relieving pressure on MSM, so they realized they could now get away with taking off the cloak and letting themselves be what they trully are and not under pressure to let the world see it either.
Posted by Percy Gurly-Brown5816 2012-11-29 17:09||
#4 our MSM has always been leftard radicals under the surface
Debatable on all points. But if you were to say "since the mid-1960s," you'd be more accurate. Factor in the J-schools' save-the-world curriculum, and the limited entry into the field (plus the low starting compensation) and you get what you get.
And the advent-of-the-citizen-journalist claim is specious at best. The internet itself may have freed up the mainstream media to be more open in its biases, but more likely that was due to journalists essentially being ignorant and blabbing their views for all to see, and that nothing on the internet is really hidden (see: JournoList).
What the mainstream media has over the citizen-journalist is access. However, with more outlets competing for fewer eyes and ears, the pressure by media ownership to "put out a product" in order to sell advertising, and a media-savvy political structure - Republicans excepted - the mainstream media finds it easier politically and career-wise to break out the metaphorical kneepads.
The foreign press in this case has the advantage of not having to curry favor with, and maintain access to, the US political class. Nor do they have to cater to US advertisers. Plus there is that little 'bash America' thrill that lurks in the heart of every foreign journalist.
Posted by Pappy 2012-11-29 18:04||
#5 The Muslim Brotherhood and the Saudis have been at odds for decades
Yes Pappy, but it's now kiss and makeup time.
SA has Egypts balls in an economic vice and unless they bow to the King, like Obama did, SA will turn off the spigot.
Posted by tipper 2012-11-29 18:53||
#6 The biggest threat to the Saudis would be to move as rapidly as possible to develop energy independence in the U.S. Much of what is said by Hagmann and Michael Reagan makes sense. The prose reads like it is from someone hitting the sauce heavily while typing.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-11-29 19:08||