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I.F. Stone, who never had the greatest eyesight, made it worse by spending much of his working life reading tiny-print federal documents to dig out tidbits and revelations missed, ignored or concealed by the megamedia of his time. I first encountered him in the fall of 1964 at the house of an assistant professor who subscribed to I.F. Stone's Weekly, a newsletter that never exceeded 70,000 circulation but exposed more government chicanery than hoary publications reaching far more readers. That fall, as I was trying to wrap my head around the meaning of the growing war in Vietnam, Stone exposed the lie of the Gulf of Tonkin incident when no other journalist delved or dared. After that, I read every issue of the Weekly I could. Twenty-five years later, I was fortunate to obtain a signed copy of his The Trial of Socrates just months before his death.
Stone's newsletter came about in great part because he was blacklisted from regular journalism at the height of McCarthyist hysteria. And thank goodness for it. When he died two decades ago, he came under attack from right-wingers determined to smear him and his legacy. In All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I.F. Stone, published in 2006, Myra MacPherson wrote:
Best of all, commented journalist and novelist Nicholas Von Hoffman, ''There are so few troublemakers and he was a wonderful troublemaker, He had such wonderful guts. He defied the social fears which make cowards of most of us. He was his own person in the ice age of big, controlling institutions and organizations. He could stand alone and stand apart and therefore stand for what he believed in.” Stone was nothing like today's prepackaged bloviators pickled in self-importance who offend and lampoon easy targets that feed their flocks' prejudices. An equal-opportunity deflator, when Stone perceived injustice, inequity or lies billed as truth, he sometimes turned intimate fans into intimate foes. Izzy collected countless critics left, right, and center, alienating just about everyone at one time or another. He loathed pontificating, thumb- sucking pundits and carefully crafted a breezy, provocative style. Never far from his autodidactic grounding in the classics and philosophy, Stone possessed a memory of confounding accuracy; a scholar's grasp of the past that he applied to current events with dazzling relevance; a trial lawyer's proclivity for the tough question. Coupled with these attributes, Stone's skepticism regarding the professed nobility of government intentions served him well. ...
At Stone's death in 1989, a laudatory Washington Post editorial nonetheless chided Stone for "misappraising" some societies and rulers. Scoffed Von Hoffman, "They should look to themselves and the establishment press who urged going slow on the 'Negro question' when Izzy was taking black judges to lunch, couldn't see--and even defended-- Vietnam while Izzy was seeing something else, or when they played into Cold War fanaticism and helped the China lobby to exist for years." A longtime anti-stalinist, Von Hoffman said, "On Russia, certainly Izzy can be criticized, but in so many other arenas his vision stands up far better than most establishment journalism." Stone was far ahead of the pack regarding numerous momentous and pivotal trends in twentieth- century history: the American labor movement, Hitler and the rise of Fascism, disastrous Cold War foreign policies, domestic purges, covert actions of the FBI and the CIA, the greatness of the civil rights movement, the horror of Vietnam, the strengths and weaknesses of the anti- war movement, the disgrace of Iran-contra, and the class greed of Reaganomics.
At The Nation, another Stone biographer, D.D. Guttenplan - American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone - writes:
But I.F. Stone would have loved WikiLeaks. This is, after all, the man who wrote: "Nothing makes life more interesting than outwitting censorship." Julian Assange was still a teenage hacker when Stone died in June 1989, and the WikiLeaks founder's motives and early influences are as much of a mystery as his personal life. But what WikiLeaks has achieved, in a remarkably short space of time, is nothing less than the Holy Grail of muckrakers from Ida Tarbell to I.F. Stone. Perhaps Upton Sinclair, whose novel The Brass Check was a pioneering exposé of media self-censorship, put it best: if a journalist could only "succeed in his efforts to make the people believe what 'everybody knows' then he will be recognized in future as a benefactor of his race." ...
Hillary Clinton may not like it, but when Stone observed "the State Dept. is constantly leaking material to favored reporters" back in 1945 (!) he wasn't breaking news either. Reminding Nation readers that "letting 'confidential' information leak out" is "the favorite Washington pastime," he cautioned: "If this is a crime, all but a hopelessly inefficient minority of Washington officials and newspapermen ought to be put in jail."
While Stone cherished his iconoclast's independence, joking that "establishment reporters undoubtedly know a lot that I don't know. But a lot of what they know isn't true," he also felt that, in standing up the Nixon administration and printing the Pentagon Papers, the Washington Post and the New York Times had vindicated the honor of his profession. I have no doubt he would feel the same debt to the editors of today's Times, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El País. "To suppress the truth in the name of national security is the surest way to undermine what we claim to be preserving," he wrote in 1966. "There is a is a Latin legal maxim—justitia fiat, ruat coelum: Let justice be done though the heavens fall. I would paraphrase it for newspapermen and say: Let the truth be told as we see it though officials claim the disclosure would cause the heavens to collapse upon them.
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At Daily Kos on this date in 2004:
But really, why didn't the state parties have their own paid canvassers doing the same? Instead of whining about things, why not [mimic] the DNC's success?
In a perfect world, the state parties would be incubators of innovative political tactics. They are smaller and, theoretically, more nimble than the national organization. So why are they expecting handouts from the national party?
If anything, the DNC should dole out grants to fund entrepeneural projects in the states -- incubating new tactics and rewarding innovation. Those projects that show promise could then be adopted by the national party and cloned in other states.
Diplomacy is a paradoxically insular world. And most of the nation's foreign affairs get little treatment in the headlines. So I imagine that more than a few readers are wondering why we're giving such major treatment to the death of Obama[...]
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The animation/lecture lasts around 11 minutes but it's worth it when you have the time. There are no specific solutions being provided though this professor walks through many of the contributing factors that led to the current and ongoing economic crisis. An honest discussion has not yet started in Washington about this crisis though as the problem continues to drag out, it may still happen.
Our second installment of "The Pet Department" (which began here) leads off with the "letter" that furnished the name for the book in which the series was published, The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities.
The Pet Department
Q. My wife found this owl in the attic among a lot of ormolu clocks and old crystal chandeliers. We can't tell whether it's stuffed or only dead. It is sitting on a strange and almost indescribable sort of iron dingbat.MR. MOLLEFF
A. What your wife found is a museum piece -- a stuffed cockatoo. It looks to me like a rather botchy example of taxidermy. This is the first stuffed bird I have ever seen with its eyes shut, but whoever had it stuffed probably wanted it stuffed that way. I couldn't say what the thing it is sitting on is suposed to represent. It looks broken.
Q. Our gull cannot get his head down any farther than this, and bumps into things.H. L. F.
A. You have no ordinary gull to begin with. He looks to me a great deal like a rabbit backing up. If he is a gull, it is impossible to keep him in the house. Give him his freedom.
Q. My police dog has taken to acting very strange, on account of my father coming home from work every night for the past two years and saying to him, "If you're a police dog, where's your badge?," after which he laughs (my father).ELLA R.
A. The constant reiteration of any piece of badinage sometimes has the same effect on present-day neurotic dogs that it has on people. It is dangerous and thoughtless to twit a poice dog on its powers, authority, and the like. From the way your dog seems to hide behind tables, large vases, and whatever that thing is that looks like a suitcase, I should imagine that your father has carried this thing far enough -- perhaps even too far.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Our first installment of "The Ladies' and Gentlemen's Guide to Modern English Usage"
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Mad Bad Benny says: "Smile when
ya say 'Hitler Youth,' pardner!"
Last year Noah was inspired by the year 2009 to celebrate 12 Days of Christmas Scorn. This holiday season he's in reflective mood again, but his reflections are coming in less structured form. He begins with these 10 random musings. -- Ken
1. If I walk into an airport now and take off all of my clothes, will I be arrested or given a boarding pass?
2. How long before Victoria?s Secret makes use of a Chertoff Porno-Scanner in one of its advertisements?
3. I don?t know about you, but I really enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers not only lose the World Series, but do it on Fox. Listening to Tim McCarver?s attempt at game commentary is always a cringe-inducing experience. There are whole websites dedicated to his pathetic lameness (see the link), but watching the Fox camera?s long, lingering, loving looks at the Bush family in the first row while McCarver blathered was too much. Years ago, Timmy had Rush and Billo on as guests in the booth for their Saturday game broadcast on consecutive weeks. I think it was at least ten years before I, a confirmed baseball junkie, could turn on Fox baseball again. It?s even sweeter that Texas lost to San Francisco. Now I?m sure that some of the SF players are Republicans, but the sight of Texas? impotence when facing the extremely long-haired Tim Lincecum (nicknamed ?The Freak?) was a joy, and knowing that so many ?San Francisco librul? fans were happy about the result while so many god-fearin? Texas nutbags were rendered miserable just warms my bleeding lefty heart.
4. This year was the year that Pope Benedict likened atheists to Nazis. This from a former member of Hitler Youth whose current criminal enterprise helped Nazis escape to Argentina. I don?t think I?ve ever seen a better example of ?the pot calling the kettle black.? People like El Popo count on the public not knowing history. Fox takes the same approach. Why do you think the righties are so anti-education?
5. Speaking of education and crazies: Where should we draw the line between a madrassa in Pakistan where unhinged fanatics teach hundreds of children to hate Americans and a TV mental case who goes to his blackboard every day and teaches his viewers to hate his fellow Americans? Both use twisted logic, anger, and invented history to shape impressionable minds. In one case, the pupils become bombers. In another, they go shoot police in Pittsburgh or head out to shoot up the Tides Foundation. What?s the diff?
6. More of what the right likes to dismiss as isolated incidences: Back in April, in San Francisco, a crying Gregory Giusti was charged with making threatening calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The suspect?s mother, Eleanor Giusti, said her son may have gotten worked up over the health care reform debate by watching Fox ?News.? Speaking to KGO-TV, she said:
Greg frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas . . . which gets him into problems. I say Fox News, or all of those that are really radical, and he, that?s where he comes from.
How does she make her living? Why did she mislead voters about her college education? How come it took nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get a degree?