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Paul Roberts, "economist" and WSJ editor, has finally gone off the rails. He's been a requent contributor at Counterpunch. I've been fascinated over the past half year by his radicalization. Today he dropped his Reagan credential like so much dirty laundry.

The Difficulty of Being an Informed American | 8 Jan 2009

It is the same propagandistic American print and TV media that have rationalized Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan based on seven years of lies and deception.

It is the same media that today provids only Israeli propaganda as "coverage" of the Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

It was the New York Times that spiked for one year the leaked information from the National Security Agency that the Bush regime, in violation of US law, was illegally spying on Americans without warrants.  The "liberal" New York Times agreed to suppress the story so that Bush would not face reelection under the cloud of his outlaw behavior.

Conservatives think the Washington Post is "liberal media" despite the fact that the  editorial and commentary pages are controlled  by neocons and their sympathizers.   ...

People who have access to television services that provide English language foreign broadcasts, such as Iran's Press TV,  Russia Today, or Al Jazeera, can get get news and insights from those parts of the world demonized by the US media.

The BBC World Service still reports facts while covering itself  by providing the views of the US, UK, and Israeli  governments.

Both the Asia Times and Israeli newspapers, such as Haaretz can be read online in English.  There are other such newspapers, and all of them provide information that Americans will never see in their own media.  Any American newspaper that was as truthful about the Israeli  government as Haaretz would be closed down.

The only US print source with which I am familiar in which some honest reporting can be found  on a regular basis is the McClatchy papers.

Americans addicted to print media must turn to alternative newspapers, which tend to be weekly or bi-weekly. However, the news and commentary provided are often superb....

I hope he feels better soon.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Jan 8th, 2009 at 10:36:49 PM EST
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There goes his career.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jan 8th, 2009 at 10:51:17 PM EST
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I don't see him dropping any Reagen credentials here. He's been writing like this for several years, and every now and then he will write about the Reagan administration as though it was perfect, claiming that the rot set in later.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 01:06:36 AM EST
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I will defer to your skepticism. The former-Treasury moniker was missing yesterday, for once.

I didn't read Counterpunch until last year, when I discovered Hudson there. Of course, I haven't read Roberts's book. So I've been inclined to interpret his choice of topics as an expression of a psychological process, rather than fee-for-output if you will.

It's been said somewhere, extreme "conservativism" and "liberalism" meet at an intdeterminate point along a circle of political expediency. If so, I nominate Roberts's for most agitated photon on the wheel.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 08:36:29 AM EST
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You can find his arguments in favour of Reagan here. He's reiterated these ideas more recently, and I don't think he's recanted. One the one hand, if he can convince Reagan fans that their hero did exactly the opposite of what they thought he did, why bother arguing with him? On the other hand, it does show you that the two extremes don't meet quite as closely as you think (and as I thought as well, when I first read Roberts).

You can find more of his writings, and similar articles, at antiwar.com, which is a right-libertarian site; the fact that a lot of articles are shared with counterpunch  does lend some support to your claim.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 11th, 2009 at 03:25:47 PM EST
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