Thursday, April 20, 2017

Liars, Liars, Pants On Fire

What is wrong with these headlines from the Mainstream Media, which got to billing in Google News?   A lot. They are false. Yes, "fake news" writ large. Goebbels would be impressed.

France’s elections are just the latest in Russia’s shadow war in a wary Europe

Fears of Russian meddling in a French vote reflect an overt and covert influence campaign


There is no evidence that the Russians are meddling in the French vote, only that some candidates would prefer to do business with the Russians rather than wage a proxy war for the Americans.   So, nope Russia is not waging a shadow war in Europe.  The Americans and NATO, however, waging a cold war.  Not that the term "meddling" is ubiquitous in almost every Western publication, which implies that the term is being copied over and over again stenographically.

Venezuelans are still demonstrating. What happens next for the dictatorship of President Nicolás Maduro?

--Washington Post

Maduro was democratically elected by a majority of his people -- unlike Donald Trump. The elections were monitored by 170 foreign observers and considered considerably fairer and more democratic than those of the U.S.
 From Wikipedia:

Since 1998 elections in Venezuela have been highly automated, and administered by a non-partisan National Electoral Council, with poll workers drafted via a lottery of registered voters. Polling places are equipped with multiple high-tech touch-screen DRE voting machines, one to a "mesa electoral", or voting "table". After the vote is cast, each machine prints out a paper ballot, or VVPAT, which is inspected by the voter and deposited in a ballot box belonging to the machine's table. The voting machines perform in a stand-alone fashion, disconnected from any network until the polls close.[9] Voting session closure at each of the voting stations in a given polling center is determined either by the lack of further voters after the lines have emptied, or by the hour, at the discretion of the president of the voting table.
As part of the election administration the National Electoral Council planned a post-election audit of 54% of polling places, comparing the electronic records with the paper trail.

Syria chemical attack: Authority finds 'incontrovertible' evidence of Sarin


No, the OPCW did not find "incontrovertible evidence of Sarin -- but of an unspecified chemical agent, which could have been "Sarin-like"  -- most likelyh phosphine or some similar toxic substance.  Since victims were being treated with bare hands,  weapons grade Sarin is unlikely. The foul odor reported is not characteristic of Sarin, which is odorless.

When you read Google News -- write off anything from WaPo, Salon or CNN.  They lie.

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