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Neo-Liberal paranoia is extreme, and it is everywhere

by Kit

This weekend's Nick Cohen column.

This weekend’s Nick Cohen column.

I consider Nick Cohen an unpleasant man. His columns are smug, rude, ill-informed, intellectually dishonest, hypocritical and self-righteous. A perfect example of the modern journalist, in his natural habitat. However, before today, I never considered him to be truly, literally insane.

Russian Treachery is extreme and it is everywhere!

This startlingly subtle sentiment is the headline to Cohen’s latest…offering. I haven’t changed it or exaggerated it, with the exception of adding an exclamation point that is, in the original, only heavily implied.

In the past I have written detailed, point by point refutations of pieces from the Guardian – similarly bizarre ramblings from Cohen and Natalie Nougayrede – but when the message is so rampantly hysterical…what is there to say? There’s nothing to refute here but the loud and incoherent repetitions of made up facts and establishment lies, already disproven a million different times by a thousand dedicated and honest alt-news sites. The work has been done. The truth is out there. To not see it, at this point, is an act of willful blindness.

There’s no evidence any of the European “far right” are funded by the Russian government, there’s no evidence the FSB (or whoever) hacked the US presidential election, there’s no evidence the Syrian or Russian military deliberately targeted hospitals. Corbynistas aren’t anti-semites. Brexiters aren’t neo-Nazis. Hashtag fakenews.

A year of Brexit and Corbyn and Syria and Trump seems to have pushed the whole world of establishment journalism right up to the ragged edge, and recent frothing op-eds from the WaPo to the NYT to the Guardian suggest they are due a big fall and a hard landing.

This isn’t journalism, true mainstream journalism died generations ago…if it ever truly existed. This isn’t even propaganda, the coherent and dishonest distortion of reality to suit an agenda. This is rudderless, leaderless, meaningless. It is the dying breath of a flabby king. The wild-eyed, claw-handed, scrabbling desperation of brittle delusions impacting a hard truth.

It’s a drunk muttering threats in a doorway, an old man shaking his fist at the sky. A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing. It’s almost sad.

Almost.


187 Comments

  1. I’ve read this article a few times – I followed a link a facebook friend posted on their feed – and I can’t find a single fact here. Sure, there’s a lot of sneering at Nick Cohen for being a liberal, and denying anything he’s said is true, but you don’t back it up with anything; no links to reputable news sites or academic studies, nothing.

    I was willing to take a look at what I assumed was a fact-check blog for The Guardian (after all, liberals don’t have the monopoly on facts) but this is just another right-wing blogger saying “That guy who I don’t agree with? He’s CRAZY!” and going “Nuh-UH!” for a couple of paragraphs. I’m disappointed, but by no means shocked.

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    • Alessandro says

      I think the point here, Richard S! Preston (what does the S! stand for?), is to just let Cohen’s writing speak for itself. Substitute every instance of Russian with communist, every instance of Putin for Lenin and see how the piece reads then, and who Cohen is taking his lines from.

      Also, since when did criticizing jingoism become “right wing?” This is how warped the political sphere has become. It is very possible to criticize the Guardian from the left, in fact leftists have far more reason to oppose its transformation into a voice of third way-ism than anyone on the right.

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  2. Alessandro says

    What strikes me most about this article is that there are entire paragraphs that sound like sarcasm if read outside the context of the entire piece. Take for instance:

    “Nationalism always breaks its promises because nationalists hate enemies in their countries more than they hate the enemies of their countries. Millions of American conservatives proved it when they voted for Donald Trump, even though he was an open admirer of a hostile foreign power.”

    Huh? Is the latest conclusion pulled out of the collective rear end of the liberal media that Donald Trump is a nationalist? I would like to know what that makes Barack Obama, who people seem to have forgotten so easily rode a similar populist wave to office in 2008 and used “make America great again” style rhetoric in his speeches too. Nationalism is expansionist – Obama checks off that box and then some. But it doesn’t really matter because it’s a meaningless assertion to begin with. Then:

    “If that is not enough for you, consider that the CIA once inspired fear around the world. Now it is so feeble it cannot stop a Russian plot in plain sight to manipulate a US election.”

    Uh…? Even the widest-eyed of gullible political observers couldn’t be so naive and stupid as to believe the CIA can’t stop an alleged phishing attack if it wants to, right? These and other assertions are so ridiculous I think he can’t possible be in earnest, but the entire piece makes it clear that, in fact, he is. Ignoring evidence and taking everything on faith used to be the hallmark of the right, now liberals are taking up the same banner.

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    • The MSM will question Boris over the smallest little thing and yet they don’t ask him about his total change in view on Syria after his cabinet post.

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  3. Post war Italy circa the late 40’s and 50’s. My grandparents going to church on Sunday and hearing the priest state that Stalins Russia/communist’s eat their babies. NuFin changed since then the lies r just the same the people are similar the hate is palpable the ignorance is abundant. It is so sad that here in the west when so many people r supposedly educated. More access to knowledge . More post secondary educated humans than ever. No sense of history . We here in the west r dying. Morally and intellectually bankrupt in journalism in philosophy in economics. TIME FOR A PARADIGM SHIFT B4 IT IS 2 LATE

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    • Brian Harry, Australia says

      Pope Pius the 12th, was known as “Hitler’s Pope” after a deal they did allowing Hitler(a Catholic) to do what he did without interference from the Pope………..
      If/whenever you hear things like “Communists(or anyone else at all) eat their babies”, you’ve just GOT to know that it is propaganda and complete Bullsh!t………

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    • There’s a few of us who never shifted over to ‘riches for the strongest’. The golden rule (of care about others the way you would have them care about you) was just fine. A few individuals here and there may have a change of heart. But it won’t happen on any grand scale, which is why the angel told John ‘Let he who is doing unrighteousness do it’. You can try to encourage – only ‘encourage’ – people to care, but that’s all. It is a matter of choice. Then comes judgment.

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      • Give only as you would (in truth) receive. I added ‘in truth’ because in self rejecting judgement we attract and receive punishment -or interpret our experience through the lens of denial to feel denied and deprived. Guilt inherently attracts or expects punishment – even if then redefined as ‘healthy, normal or ‘someone else’s fault’ and therefore worthy of giving pain to…

        Once a false currency propagates and is accepted true – blame and hate become pervasive guilt and fear that drives a false economy and a false sense of social cohesion. False foundations operate as foundations just as an inverted map can give ‘directions’. But conflict with our true being.

        True choice is proportionate to true worth. If we neither accept ourselves or each other worthy – we will not see choice in terms of creative freedom of being – and so don’t really ‘see’ at all, but are triggered to conditioned reaction of roles and strategies of survival set in our past – that re-enact such separation trauma over the present into the future – with no real presence of shared appreciation.

        The corruption of the rule operates ‘give only to get rid of, so as to get from or at expense of’. But at the level of creative mind, giving is the way to KEEP. The worth I extend – I get to meet and live in. I can reach to your creative freedom – but I cant make you drink thereof – nor would I.

        A bankrupt world has forgotten true choice with is inherent responsibility to thought and feeling – in exchange for a managed sleepwalking existence in miser-y. Perhaps because the ‘mortal mind’ simply cannot cope with what living calls for. That’s not it’s function or capacity.

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  4. Steven Smith says

    Well, if the Syrian/Russian coalition didn’t intentionally target hospitals then they have t=some of the worst front line spotters or GPS/mapping technology because by the end all of Eastern Aleppo’s hospitals were destroyed.

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    • Laguerre says

      Hospitals wouldn’t have been destroyed had they been identified as such, rather than hidden away. In any case, how many hospitals were really destroyed, and how many were propaganda “destructions” for the western media remains highly in doubt. What is not in doubt is the rebel deliberate bombardment of the large publicly identified hospital complex in west Aleppo (of which I forget the name), because they videoed it themselves.

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    • The reason hospitals may have been destroyed is because the ISIS terrorists who took them over refused to provide GPS co-ordinates for them and – in fact – used them to house their personnel and weapons in their basements.
      They used their so-called and self-styled “white helmets” to publicise attacks on their bogus hospitals.
      We – and you – are all living in a different era, where terrorists use any ploy, regardless of the sufferings of innocent people – to achieve their goals and aims.
      Look at what they did to the poor Yazidis.
      However, they picked the wrong guy to mess with when they tried to take on Assad.
      You may have been taken in by terrorist propaganda but he certainly was not.

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    • Manda says

      Oh dear.

      I suggest you search out Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett’s reporting from Syria and Aleppo. Reverend Andrew Ashdown as well.

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    • “Hi, I’m Steven. John Smith’s brother. Tom Johnson’s brother-in-law. I’m American. We are exceptional. We disdain facts because we can. We create our own reality, because Karl Rove says we do, and Karl Rove is another American, like me, but a lot more exceptional than me in that he was educated, but not too smart by even American standards, otherwise he would have been a Democrat, not a Republican, on his own admission. Now to quote one of Rove’s created realities, so that ya’ll get with the program, “[w]e face a brutal enemy who will kill the innocent for one purpose and that is to gain control of the Middle East and to use the leverage of oil to bring down the West, and to attack us again.” So ya see, we gotta turn reality on its head, otherwise it will look like we are the ones guilty of what we are accusing others.” — Steven Smith.

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      • Good one Norman, Steven, Tom or Smith & Jones. Nearly fell off the sofa, laughing so hard. Even my dog decided to join me on the floor to better see what I was reading.
        Keep up the good work.

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    • Yes Steven and all those moderate rebels great humanitarians. The west and their oligarchs along with their representative members of various pairliament and governments r knee deep in crimes against humanity. If their is justice. Oba,ma and all his western rackateers will be tried at the Haig for crimes of aggression and crimes against humanity. Mr Steven Smith I suggeest u ask the residence of the newly liberated east Aleppo what their thoughts r on those TAKFIRI wahabbist fascist (moderate rebels). Imperical evidence ,facts and truth plus logic might lead u to some discerning insight when it comes to things of the ME.
      P>S I suggest maybe u change ur sources of information

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  5. Cohen gave the game away at the outset. The Euston Manifesto was an obvious spook front to make islamophobia (and the resource wars in the ME) acceptable to otherwise leftist leaners.

    Cohen thought he could gain the fame and fortune of that more eloquent paid windbag Christopher Hitchens.

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  6. rtj1211 says

    COhen also writes for The Spectator, the little weekly sister in the Telegraph group stable. The readership there makes Berlusconi seem like a communist, so ascribing socialist views to Cohen is a bit laughable.

    Cohen peddles his words for a fee wherever he can find punters (using terms associated with prostitutes is entirely apposite).

    The only thing to say about him is that he knows nothing about consequences, living in a London bubble far away from the deadly effects of bombs.

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  7. melanie says

    I find it amusing females are planning a protest march on Washington Jan 21. Are they protesting a crackdown on free sex from Muslim rapists?

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  8. L Garou says

    Their true colors are showing, and it’s, red red and red.
    The commies have left Russian and gone home, it seems.
    Right back where they started from – NYC..

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    • After the McCarthyite insanity, you still think there are reds under the bed?
      Wow, they must have a big set since it has taken 40 years for centrist socialism to poke it’s head above the parapets in the guise of Democrat Bernie Sanders and he sold out in deference to Clinton or was pushed out with rigged elections/threats against his life and loved ones.
      What a strange post and what an even wilder claim to make.

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  9. Seraskier says

    It is fascinating that official American announcements that they are taking steps towards the political assassination of the leader of North Korea hasn’t garnered a single qualm from the beer-fuelled berk, Cohen.

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    • Brian Harry, Australia says

      Not to mention the actual political assassination of Gadhafi, and Saddam Hussein. Cohen is only fit to be a ‘real’ Journalist’s garbage can….

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  10. Cohen’s an awful writer, and his thinking isn’t too great. How can editors let so much rubbish pass like this? I dunno, perhaps I expect too much, like minimal standards of competence? Anyway, how can the Russians be guilty of ‘treachery’? The word and concept of ‘treachery’ has a meaning, yes, I know this is a quaint idea these days, that words have meaining, instead of being twisted and turned like elastic bands to mean almost anything. Cohen seems to use it, and, Christ, this guy is paid to use language… well, as if it just means ‘super-most-bad-in-the-whole-universe.’ There’s something juvenile about his scary cartoon world. But, I agree, it’s a sign of singular desparation that he’s taken to ranting like this. For the first time in decades a political leader, and not just any one, but the coming president of the United States, is openly questioning the neo-con agenda which leads towards Moscow and war with Russia, if we don’t pull back and put a brake on the war-juggernaut that’s rolling in that direction and gathering momentum. Trump, love him or loathe him, is, at present, the best chance of slowing the juggernaut down, giving us a breathing space and time to think and act, beofre it’s too late.

    What’s sad is how few people, liberals, lefties and conservatives, understand this, letting their visceral hatred of Trump blind them to this harsh reality. In this context the use of the Rolling Stones by Trump is interesting. ‘You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.’

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    • Brian Harry, Australia says

      “How can editors let so much rubbish pass like this? I dunno”

      Because they get paid by the owners of the Guardian(in this case) and they know that(as Rupert Murdoch famously said years ago, “My editors know exactly what I want them to say”) The Piper calls the tune.

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      • @Brian ,Australia. They allow debate and conversation . The rubbish will always sink and relevant discussion will always garner weight on this website. Thats why it’s called ”OFF THE GUARDIAN”

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  11. Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:

    UK mainstream media is just as much a splurge of garbage as in the US. Russian haters rule the MSM and keep up the pretense of so-called Russian Aggression totally skirting round the giant elephant in the room to the extent that they may as well be babbling on trying to convince people black is white. It has left the Guardian looking like a shabby has been – which it is, but worse, the wheels have come off including the steering wheel. Once upon a time, the Guardians readership thought it was a sad joke, now they just consider it a joke, as with so many other MSM toilet rags and still they ponder why there has been such a massive drop off in their ratings.

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  12. michaelk says

    Cohen is, really, a piece of work. Assange isn’t ‘cowering’ in the embassy, he’s been granted political asylum by Ecuador. Cohen states that Assange is facing ‘charges of rape’ in Sweden. This is completely untrue and is probably a libel. Assange hasn’t been charged with anything, let alone rape. There are accusations and rumours, but not charges. It’s odd that Sweden hasn’t actually charged Assange with something, after so many years, which, surely, has to tell one something about the strength of the case against Assange. Why let him leave Sweden in the first place if the authorities believed he’d raped two women?

    Cohen mentions, in passing, Assange’s lack of honour for not coming out to face the ‘charges’, suppsedly this is what real men, like Cohen, men, like Cohen who apparently have honour to burn, would do. The grotesque irony here is hard to overlook, or forgive. I dunno about the rest of you, but the thought of men like Cohen occupying positions of influence in UK public life fills me with disgust.

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      • Brian Harry, Australia says

        He was interviewed several years ago, and was allowed to leave Sweden with no charges laid…..The women themselves have apparently said they weren’t raped.

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          • Brian Harry, Australia says

            If Assange had broken Swedish rape laws, he would have been charge by the Swedish police, when he was interviewed by them all those years ago. But, they didn’t lay charges, and Assange was released and allowed to leave Sweden, by the Swedish Legal System.
            The “Allegations” of Assange’s guilt are Politically motivated, probably by the USA, bullying the Swedes.
            But, the European countries won’t ‘stand up’ against the USA, who seem to Bully any country that ‘disobeys’ them.
            And yet, the USA cannot run their own country in any sort of reasonable way themselves.

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            • Yonatan says

              The two women went to the Swedish police to ask if Assange’s actions constituted rape – a classic way of avoiding being charged with making false accusations. The act is even more blatant given that the older of the two women was a hardcore Swedish feminist and was fully aware of Swden’s rape laws. The younger women eventually said she wanted nothing to do with the persecution of Assange and disappeared without a trace.

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              • Brian Harry, Australia says

                “The younger women eventually said she wanted nothing to do with the persecution of Assange and disappeared without a trace”
                Are you serious? “dissapeared without a trace”?
                In this day and age, the only people who “dissapear without a trace”, are those being ‘Liberated’ by the Military Industrial Complex……….

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            • Sweden doesn’t need any bullying from the US & is happy to bash Russia, Putin and Assange if it will serves against Russia. One of the biggest anti Putin US NGO funded organisations in Russia is Sweden based. The woman running the campaign is an avid detractor of Putin’s and a right wing Russian elitist. Victoria Nuland paid her a visit to congratulate her on her sterling work of stirring up opposition to Putin.
              Information from the Swedish Govt. is not very forthcoming precisely because they do not have a case against Assange and most of it’s ministers who oppose Russia would rather not admit it.

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          • Frank says

            ”The definition of rape in Sweden is much broader and includes things that would be considered sexual assault in other countries.”

            Yes, you might be absolutely correct, but of course this is irrelevant since Assange hasn’t been CHARGED with anything. Moreover, the fact that Cohen asserts that Assange is facing ‘rape charges’ if he returns to Sweden, which he isn’t, is a prima facie case of outright slander. The fact that the Guaran’s editors let this pass speaks volumes about their respect for the rule of law.

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      • michaelk says

        Actually, that’s not correct. It’s perfectly possible to charge someone under Swedish law with an offence without having to interveiw them first. This happens routinely in Sweden. Anyway, Assange has been interviewed in relation to the allegations by the chief prosecutor in Stockholm who decided there was no case to answer. That was her legal opinion that surely has to carry some weight? The first person to raise the question of ‘rape’, which has a broader definition than it does under UK or US law, wasn’t one of the women involved, but was uttered by a policewoman, who, incedentally, knew one of the women socially. So one could see this as a personal and emotional response by the policewoman to the situation and not a calm and precise judicial judgement in relation to the actual facts. The policewoman is entitled to her opinon, but that doesn’t make it correct in law.

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      • michaelk says

        What I find strange and I’ve had difficulty finding out if this is normal practice in Sweden, which kind of indicates that it isn’t, is that after the chief prosecutor in Stockholm looked at the case and read the transcripts, she concluded that no crime had been committed, and probably thought about how hard it would be to prove any of it in court, and decided there was no point or reasons for going forward with charginng or arresting Assange and he was free to leave Sweden.

        Then, somehow, the whole thing was released to the Swedish media and suddenly the case in all over the front pages and Assange is being called a double rapist and a monster. Within hours an ex politician from the Social Democrats becomes involved, because he too knows one of the women involved. He then decides to find another prosecutor and get them involved. Obviously he doesn’t look in Stockholm because the prosecutor in Stockholm has looked at the facts and dropped it. So the lawyer goes right the way to the other side of Sweden to Gothenburg, where he finds a prosecutor he knows ‘specialises’ in these kind of ‘sexcrime’ cases and as both of them have a common agenda, she agrees to look at the case again.

        As far as I can assertain, this ‘fishing for a willing prosecutor’ is extremely unusua, if not acutally unique,l in Sweden, under Swedish law. The alleged offences, after all, happened in Stockholm not Gothenburg and the relevant authorities looked at the evidence and transcripts and droppe it, yet, suddenly a prosecutor in Gothenburg gets involved and questions the competence and credibility of the Stockholm prosecutor. This is very, very, unusual indeed, or unique, it’s hard to tell which. One would imagine that the new prosecutor in Gothenburg must have seen something incredibly important in the evidence or transcipts of the interviews, that the proescutor had overlooked to justify her becoming involved, no? What could that be? Yet, still she doesn’t order charges or the arrest of Assange and still allows him to leaved the country, when she has weeks to make up her mind. Then suddenly, once Assange leaves Sweden, she issues an International Arrest Warrant for him, still without charging him with a specific offense!

        It’s all very odd. They believe they have a strong enough case that warrants issuing the arrest order , but not enough evidence to stop him leaving the country and not enough to charge him with something. They want another interview, yet as Assange has denied the allegations already during the previous interview, what do they expect him to say the next time that’ll change things? It’s all very odd. No wonder people think it’s all a frame-up.

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    • Manda says

      I like your work but I have to sit on the fence on that one. I can easily see Greenwald in that scenario though.

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  13. Seamus Padraig says

    Since I so dislike Nick Cohen, it really is nice to see him in such pain. As ‘Dieter’ (Mike Myers) used to say during the old ‘Sprockets’ skit on Saturday Night Live: “His agony is gorgeous!”

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    • Seamus Padraig says

      Continuing my earlier train of thought, Cohen’s misery is also good news because it constitutes yet more proof that we have now seen peak New World Order. In retrospect, I think most of us will agree that 2016 was definitely a historical turning point: Brexit, Trump, Syrian victory in Aleppo, China becoming the world’s largest economy. All of this is why liberals are in a state of complete and total panic. They are starting to realize that there is nothing at all inevitable about their little ‘end of history’. They are starting to realize that, as Bush once said: “This sucker could go down.”

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      • . @ Seamus Padrig. Liberals died with the colonisation of Palestine in 48. Last I heard the King of liberals in now in a Nursing home PHILL DONAGHUE. I my self think that identity politics has numbed the brain with terms of left right ,liberal conservative. Obama was not a liberal. He was well right of centre. Bernie Sanders was not a democratic socialist but a large L liberal. Hillary and Bubba Clinton were progressive conservatives. Jimmy Carter was small l liberal.

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  14. What does Nikki have to say about Israel operatives deliberately trying to take out Brit politicians?

    Exclusive: Israel’s parliamentary plot against UK politicians

    REVEALED: Secret tapes expose Israeli influence over UK Conservative Party

    LONDON – A senior political officer at the Israeli Embassy in London has been secretly filmed talking about how he would like to “take down” UK foreign office minister Alan Duncan, a vocal opponent of illegal Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.

    He said Duncan, who is one of the few Conservative ministers to speak out over settlements, was causing “a lot of problems”. He also called Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, “an idiot”.

    In a separate conversation with the embassy staffer, Crispin Blunt, the chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, was described as being “on the hit list” for his views which were “strongly pro-Arab rather than pro-Israel”.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-secret-tapes-expose-israeli-influence-over-uk-conservative-party-662911554

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    • John says

      The zionists in the US have cultivated a nest of traitors around the centres of power, who I label as neo-traitors, in that they place their loyalty to zionist Israel before their own country.
      It seems the UK has now imported a similar nest of neo-traitors into the heart of UK Government.
      When will people in the UK, US and elsewhere finally wake up and realise that zionism is one of the most vile ideologies on Earth and that the racist supremacist zionists will do anything to get their way, even if that entails destroying their hosts? Such people and regimes can literally be described as parasites.
      It is high time that everyone on Earth realised that individuals like Netanyahu, Bennett, Regev and their insidious hangers-on are utter scum. They should all be permanently ostracised.

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  15. So I don’t know either you, nor Mr. Cohen, from Adam – but your article came up in my Google feed. Although I am an American liberal (not progressive damnit, I take the full mantle of liberal – go ahead an google my name – you’ll find my writings), I find you column to be nonsense. Mr. Cohen’s piece IS NOT filled with unrefutable facts, other for the fact they are true. Let’s just look at a few:

    “Even connoisseurs of the grotesque have had to take a deep breath and count to 10 after watching the Republican president-elect of the United States preferring the word of Julian Assange to the word of his own intelligence agencies.”

    It is a fact that Mr. Trump has sided with Mr. Assange over the intelligence agencies – just review the tweet.

    “That Assange is cowering from rape charges in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy …” – this is also true, with the exception that we don’t know if he is “cowering” but he certainly is hiding out from the law.

    “The FBI once harassed real and imagined communists it claimed were in the pocket of the Kremlin. In 2016, its director intervened on behalf of the Kremlin’s chosen candidate in the US presidential election. Russian enmity is hardly a secret.” True, true and true.

    Now let’s look at your writing. “there’s no evidence the FSB (or whoever) hacked the US presidential election,” Well, apparently you haven’t read the report, but the evidence released seems compelling and apparently from our Senators, there’s much more from where that comes from which they cannot release.

    “there’s no evidence the Syrian or Russian military deliberately targeted hospitals” – You can only believe this if you discount the BBC, CNN and the Economist. No offense, but they have better track records than you have shown so far.

    Your article supposedly quotes Mr. Cohen’s statement about Europe’s “far right” (your quotes, not mine). However, the article you reference does not speak about Europe’s far right at all, not one mention. Ditto for Mr. Cohen mentioning “Corby” or “Nazi” – not there.

    Half of your article, namely paragraphs 1, 6 and 7, are simple ad hominem rantings without any reference to a possibly verifiable fact.

    Simply put, Mr. “Kit”, whomever you may be hiding behind your moniker, you are embarrassment to liberal thought, because apparently you have no ability to actually think. Your emotional brayings do not count as intellectual thought. The way to counter the right is to simply show that they lie with irrefutable reference to demonstrable facts. What you have done is a sad folly, designed only to increase the volume in your echo chamber.

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    • Kaiama says

      there is an entire brit run wesite dedicated to bias at the bbc, the record of the bbc is far from reliable or impartiality.

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      • Manda says

        I take it you didn’t notice or understand the title of this site and the section headings. Looking again might give you some evidence to juxtapose with your comment and see things a little differently.

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      • Manda says

        Apologies I misread the first word in your comment. I misread ‘there’ as ‘this’.

        Have you a link?

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    • gibbon says

      Go ahead and google your name? Your name is Tom Johnson FFS!

      There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that the Russian government hacked anything. The evidence is quite compelling? What evidence?! And there’s more from ‘your’ Senators, which they cannot release? You have got to be fucking kidding me.

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    • kgbgb says

      All the lies have been dealt with seriatim on OffGuardian and on hundreds of other non-CIA-controlled websites elsewhere. Kit explicitly said that she would not bother dealing with each of them separately on this occasion, because Cohen’s article was just a compendium of every discredited smear that he could think of. Jumping in and pointing out that she hasn’t done what she said she wasn’t going to do doesn’t make you look very bright.

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    • Frank Heimer says

      Tom Johnson? Really
      May I google John Doe instead? It seems the same.
      M0r0n…

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    • I can find some writing by Tom Johnson but he doesn’t look like you. Your link is to a facebook account last updated in 2009 and without any content.

      Anyhow….let’s talk about the points. If you don’t know Nick Cohen from Adam, maybe you should check out his other work before you defend him.

      As for BBC, CNN having a better track record – you’ve read one article here and from that you figured this out? What have those media outlets done instead of reporting from ‘activists’ who are paid members of the opposition. What evidence have they even provided? US State Dept can’t even back it up when questioned. You believe this nonsense? They have a great track record alright – on total bullshit for regime change. One only has to look back at recent events in Libya and Iraq to see it.

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    • Assange hasn’t been charged with rape. The Swedish prosecution service is investigating allegations of rape, very tardily and the arrest warrant is based on ‘suspicions of rape’.
      Since the assassinations of left of centre policians Palme and Lindh, Sweden has gone full on US vassal to the point of politicians there desperately seeking an excuse to join NATO despite popular opposition to this amongst the general public. CIA renditions have been done from Sweden and Assange is absolutely justified in his fears that were he to go to Sweden, he would be swiftly extradited to the US and never seen again.
      The allegations of rape are, in actual fact, extremely flimsy, and more on the line of whether or not he used a condom. The entire process is political and should now be thrown out due to the ridiculous length of time the Swedish prosecutor has dawdled over this case.

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    • The rape allegations have been withdrawn…..the CIA has been lying to Presidents…..the report about the so-called FSB hack has been totally trashed precisely because there is no evidence…..the evidence of Syria deliberately targeting hospitals has now been proven with real and not fake evidence as a load of propagandist bilge(Brits view the BBC as a corporate owned propagandist platform)……the big “Europe” with a few exceptions is corporate owned far right…..
      the people who will not see the elephant in the room are either vague in their understanding of the real world around them or are unwilling to view that world as it really is, usually because it does not serve their own interests or bigoted stance.

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    • Assange has not been charged with anything. He has been willing to meet with prosecutors. There are no individuals who claim to be victim of his alleged crime. The UN say he is being arbitrarily detained and should be released and compensated. It is a witch-hunt. npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/05/465681231/julian-assange-is-being-arbitrarily-held-un-group-says

      The official report into Russian hacking contains no evidence does not question the truth of any of the leaks. Whether it was the FSB or a 14 yr old kid does not change the fact that the DNC and the Clintons were revealed to be a disgrace to democracy.

      I too consider myself a liberal, and I agree with Kits general take, that too many of us have lost the plot over this. Truth, balance and justice must precede taking political sides in this regrettably acrimonious debate.

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    • shargash says

      ‘“That Assange is cowering from rape charges in the basement of the Ecuadorian embassy …” – this is also true, with the exception that we don’t know if he is “cowering” but he certainly is hiding out from the law.’

      This statement is pretty much completely false. Assange has offered repeatedly to meet with Swedish authorities, even in Sweden, if he can get assurances from the Swedish government that he will not be extradited to the US [and get the Chelsea Manning treatment]. The Swedish government has refused to give him any such assurances. The Swedish authorities have also refused until very recently to come to Assange in Britain to question him. He is not hiding from the law. He is hiding from American vengeance, and wisely so.

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      • bevin says

        So, in fact, Assange is hiding out from well funded kidnappers with a long record of illegal renditions, followed by torture and detention without trial.
        Suggesting that he act ‘honourably’ by allowing the CIA and its allies to spirit him away from the protection of the law is an indication of how little Cohen knows about honour.

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        • When you put it like that “bevin” it does sort of put the whole matter into real perspective. Would I allow myself to be handed over to CIA/US authourities no matter what evidence I could give in my defence? Answer: Only if hell freezes over.
          Well said my good man.

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    • If you use the BBC and CNN as “evidence” then I’m afraid you just lost all credibility. The media are simply a conduit. These are the same people who reported Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction as a statement of fact. Did you believe that too?

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    • Quizzical says

      I assume that since you seem to believe BBC, CNN and Economist, you thought there were WMD in Iraq in 2002 also. Better track record, my a*se. What did George W Bush try to say? “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.”

      The report of 3 of the 17 US Intelligence Agencies seems to spend most of its time complaining about RT. In what sense is that hacking? The Russian news agency has a right to have opinion pieces on the US just as NYT has a right to have opinion pieces on Russia. Incidentally didn’t the then head of CIA call the Iraqi WMD case a “slam dunk” and I guess you believed him? Some track record!

      You seem to be doing your best to make “liberal” a dirty word!

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      • Quizzical says

        I realized after I had posted, that at the time of the Iraqi WMD affair, the BBC had tried to chart a course slightly independent of the Blair government and was castrated for it. It will not make the same mistake again.

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    • When even seasoned anti-Putin writers like Kevin Rothrock and The Guardian’s own Shaun (of the Dead) Walker have rubbished the US government’s report on supposed Russian hacking of the DNC emails, your belief that the evidence seems “compelling” might be a little misplaced.
      https://sputniknews.com/world/201701081049367385-journalists-report-russia-hacking/

      Saying that there is much more from the source whence the report originates which apparently can’t be released is just another way of saying you have nothing left to offer that is not fluff.

      BTW I do agree that the BBC, CNN and The Economist have better track records than Off-Guardian.org does in following lousy pro-jihadi sources via conduits like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which is based in Coventry, in the UK.

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    • Hi, Tom,

      Now let’s look at your writing:

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      blockquote>“Mr. Cohen’s piece IS NOT filled with unrefutable facts, other for the fact they are true.”

      Still kinda scratching my head over that one, Tom.

      Are you trying to say that Mr. Cohen’s piece is somewhat “fact-free” or completely “fact-free?”

      But I wholeheartedly agree: Cohen’s piece is not filled with unrefutable facts – that’s for sure. In fact, it’s pretty much bereft of any. True, true and true — all the way through.

      And again you are indisputably correct, Tom: if there is an unrefutable fact in Cohen’s piece, then of course it would have to be true. For after all, it would be a fact, and by definition, a fact tends to be true. Always. As well as unrefutably irrefutable, generally speaking and on the whole.

      And then there is this niggling little other bit that you write:

      The way to counter the right is to simply show that they lie with irrefutable reference to demonstrable facts.

      I don’t know about you Tom, but have the “right” ever really managed to master the seeming paradox of “lying with irrefutable reference to demonstrable facts?” I’m not claiming it can’t be done. But to “simply show” that they do that? Are you sure?

      Then you write:

      Simply put, Mr. “Kit” . . . you are embarrassment to liberal thought, because apparently you have no ability to actually think.

      How did you know Mr. “Kit” was a American liberal? Really? Honestly, I never would’ve guessed. All of Mr. Kit’s wrongheaded thinking had me altogether fooled. He must be working undercover, then. But you nailed that, too, didn’t you, Tom, when you realized that “Kit” wasn’t his/her real name, and you straight up called him/her out in that very sentence on whomever he/she might be, hiding behind his/her moniker. That fuck*ng coward — eh, Tom Johnson.

      Oh, and I almost forgot: thank you for setting us straight on all of the facts with this factually fact-free gem, which seems to be as close as you yourself come to the glaringly obvious fact of matter:

      <

      blockquote>. . .the evidence released seems compelling and apparently from our Senators, there’s much more from where that comes from which they cannot release.

      And to think that on this issue, I was almost flirting with doubt. Thank you, Tom. Tom Johnson. Google-able, quotable Tom Johnson. Whose writings are apparently on the internet. For the whole world to see. And very proudly so! Because yeah! You are an American! A liberal! (And damnit, not a progressive, eh! Lest we should presume you to be a knucklehead.)

      Thank you for playing with us,

      John Norman Smith-Pilon

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    • You need to know that NC is a longterm supporter of the Iraq war. NC is someone who broke with 99.99% of his socialist, left and liberal comrades over the Iraq war. He has been moving to the right ever since. His position of crypto Zionist anti Zionist and Socialist has become NeoLiberal and Euro-Anglo-Zionist NeoCon, leaving Guardian readers puzzled, sad, or in a rage. Nowadays Guardian readers comments for his articles are limited, moderated heavily or turned off because every time he writes something he gets roundly contradicted by what is left of the readership. That said the state of USA journalism now is so bad that The Guardian still seems to be a progressive journal to most US liberals, whereas most leftwing and liberal Brits think it sold out to NeoLiberalism years ago. They even call it the NeoGuardian.

      NC is an inheritor of the bizarre cult of British Israelism, which goes back to the 19th century and earlier. There was a strong connection between the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, and the Manchester Guardian’s famous editor CP Scott which helped bring about about the Balfour Declaration and the paper’s unequivocal support for the establishment of Israel in 1948. The Manchester Guardian (founded in 1821) became The Guardian only in 1959 when it moved its main office from Manchester to London.

      To know more, look up the Euston Manifesto (which he and various other water heads (about 3000 of them) signed, signaling their resignation from the actual progressive international left and their full reorientation to the WOT and Euro-Anglo-American-Zionist imperialism).
      http://eustonmanifesto.org/the-euston-manifesto/

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      • Many thanks for this info. I was not aware of it and is explanation of a great deal and so much makes sense now, that didn’t before.

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    • You’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere and arrived outside the bubble, my friend. For your comfort, return to the bubble asap.

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  16. Quite a few years back I frequented a forum, think it was about audio/video stuff. On most forums they always have a ‘General Chat’ section. Someone posted a question one day ‘Why don’t people get out of my way?’. They went on to detail when they’re walking down the street, some people coming the other way refused to move aside.

    Now I don’t know if this was a wind up or some kind of social experiment but they sounded pretty serious. Now every time I hear anything about Nick Cohen I always connect it back to that post. Maybe it was Nick posting it.

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  17. Runner77 says

    Beneath Cohen’s article was originally printed a line to the effect that “Comments will open later”. But now (13:57 CET), that statement has been removed. They must have had a pretty good idea what was coming . . .

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    • Cohen knows he’s perceived as a nasty and dishonest piece of work, which makes him even nastier and more dishonest. He’s got himself into a positive feedback loop and can’t seem to extricate himself 🙂

      I had my comment ready for when it opened:

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      blockquote>From 9/11, western politicians from George W Bush and Tony Blair onwards bent over backwards to say that the west is not in a war against Islam.

      <

      blockquote>

      Uh huh, that’s news to me. So how come they are still gleefully bombing the shit out of Muslims wherever they can find them? Is this cognitive dissonance?

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  18. kgbgb says

    Thanks Kit for exposing yourself to the Cohen merde so that the rest of us don’t have to.

    It sounds like he hasn’t improved since I stopped reading him – which was long before I stopped reading the Guardian. (It was too time-consuming having to go and wash after each article.)

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  19. Insanity is an apt term for dissociated identity or indeed a false identity conflict. To knowingly work destruction and denial of the true – (on which all depends, including any capacity of false witness) – is to determine NOT to know oneself or one’s own act truly.
    Those who know not what they do, BELIEVE in – or indeed love – something other than truth (of themselves included), that they place HIGHER than truth. But they are WRONG about themselves – and as a result – about EVERYTHING.
    Beware of identifying AGAINST the insane – or becoming the ‘the very thing that you hate’ as if to seem relatively SANE by contrast. True sanity is not lost to a struggle of self-validation over and against scapegoated evils – real or imagined.
    The lie and the father of the lie is a self reinforcing wish to be who you are NOT. For the moment you allow the lie to tell you who you are, is your capture to its ‘protection’.
    The belief that deceit confers power is the wish to give worthship to that which subjects you to slavery – and the willingness to lose or abandon the capacity to know the difference.
    Self-specialness is THAT destructive a belief.

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    • Binra. Any chance you can dumb down your posts for the likes of my poorly educated brain. I never really got on with Neutsche, probably because I found Einstein easier to follow and I don’t really do Confuscia. Just asking.

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      • People may use the term insanity pejoratively (as name calling). I am using it literally for a state of fragmented dissociation. The identity running as ‘normal’ is UN-natural and Un-sane. Hence the screwed up world.
        A ‘disconnected’ sense of mind operates on entirely different premises. In a lie of a world the only ‘honesty’ is power and lies are simply weapons serving the ‘true god’ (sic),

        Unconscious fear drives extreme self-assertiveness – where the presentation operates an extreme denial (of refusal to own) one’s actual experience.

        I don’t dumb down – but I do tune it to an honest request to see if what seems obscure can become clear.

        The surface mentality – called our conscious waking life (sic) is the tip of an iceberg with most of our experience being discarded, airbrushed or rendered into terms that support our ‘habit’.

        Disconnected people have to be addicted to ‘getting’ it from outside – because if they Felt Connected – they would extend worth rather than try to put others down so as to seem more powerful.

        One of the reasons I witness as I do into the ‘world-insanity’ is because I SEE ‘consciousness’ as the cause – and in particular the disconnect or insanely fragmented consciousness that is ‘lived’ and ‘adapted to’ as normal. But see how EXTREME are the costs in pain and loss of such a conformity.

        The self-specialness hidden within my/our own split-consciousness is exemplified by those who have chosen to play it out for us all to notice. What is insanity but loss of truth to self-delusion? But the paradox is that the recognition of one’s OWN insanity is the re-wakening OF Sanity. Those who believe their thinking ‘see’ OTHERS as invalid, insane and do not recognize themselves at all in the assignment of guilt or worthlessness. But a simple truism runs, “it takes one to know one”.

        If you believed your very survival depended on asserting a lie – would you hold to it as for dear life?
        If that belief was ‘covered’ in layers of ‘justification’ would you then have any conscious sense of lying – or more likely an honest righteous assertion of survival in a den of vipers – for how can a liar NOT ‘see’ anyone and everyone else but in the same light?
        How can you expect anyone else NOT to attack you when your very identity is founded in attack as the best form of defence?

        But in any relationship of some willingness and honesty – the revealing or unmasking of ourself is met with recognition, understanding and love. I suggest we have forgotten Who we are as a result of masking our true state and asserting the mask at expense of our true need.

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        • Meant to spell Neitsche (German Philosopher) could just as well used Freud(Austrian psychopathologist/analyst) but found Einstein easier!

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          • In the context of the conversation in which you spelled it the way you did, it came off to me as hilariously funny, regardless of whether it was intentional or not. You mentioned something about uncontrollable laughter above somewhere above (I think) . . . Well, I read your comment and the way you had spelled Neitsche, together with the way that Binra carries on, and in this instance in a way that shows him to be a tad defensive in reading that comment by Disraeli, as though it could have been meant for him — well, I laughed until I cried and laughed and cried again . . .

            I really enjoy reading other people’s comments. It really does brighten my day.

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            • Well I’m so glad I was able to entertain you. Good job for you I have a wacky sense of humour (or puerile depending on your own bint) and don’t take myself too seriously – you do realize I’ll have to trawl through all those comments to see what kind of mess my dyslexic fingers have made.
              goodnight Gordon, no Steven, sorry Peter? Simon? what the devil is this chap’s name? Oh, now I remember -Norman. Until the next time( and there will be – I swear by all that’s holy I’ll find you).
              I found this OffG forum quite informative and entertaining thanks to clowns like you(and me).

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            • Perhaps you don’t regard ad hominem as such when your investment in righteous judgement brings you your quota of entertainment?

              I found it interesting that the Disraeli quote shared similarity with N Cohen’s tactics – and how easily it passed by me as if fact until I paused to look more closely.

              Ad hominem is hate. Once identified as such what defence is needed?

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      • That is one subset taking particular forms. I am talking about human beings – though the being aspect is what I am saying we are significantly and destructively dissociated from.
        The core patterns of organized religion operate no less in ideological identities and institutions and power structures rising from them.
        The deceit is better hidden from the mind that believes itself free – and exults itself in contrast to those it deems backward, ignorant and insane.
        There is a core symptom of a sick mind – that MUST hate its projected guilt in the Other – where that Other can be anything or anyone on whom the charge can be laid and validated by social reinforcement.
        A sane mind repents or releases guilt to a restored presence in which to recognize Others or its world FREE from the lens of hatred and rejection. IF you recognized that you hurt yourself by judging others – you would reconsider… unless of course you felt yourself worthy of pain. But then again – if you ascribe the pain to the fault of Others – your pain becomes your justification to break off communication, withhold your blessing and give out the measure you have ascribed them the power to do unto you.
        Religion can be made of guilt, fear, hate and death – and it is. It can also be made to seem ‘above’ all such and from an ‘objective’ and ‘neutral’ position – define all else to be mechanism or resource to exploit AND BELIEVE it!

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  20. John says

    I have considered Cohen to be a totally dyed-in-the-wool zionist for some years now.
    Invariably, anything he writes turns towards promoting zionism and israel.
    He has become a bore.
    It was said of Disraeli “He has become inebriated by his own verbosity”.
    These days, the same can be said of hasbara lackeys like Cohen too.
    There is a solution: don’t buy or read The Guardian.
    Sorted!

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    • Manda says

      I think the time has come for boycott of Guardian and other corporate media including BBC. No clicks = zero revenue. I broke my personal Guardian total boycott of three weeks yesterday but have just reinstated it seeing that headline.

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      • Quizzical says

        I decided to boycott the Guardian shortly after the new editor Jonathan Freedland took over. While it was by no means perfect before he arrived, it went rapidly downhill. If I want to read fantasy, I will buy a novel.

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        • Wot, you didn’t get the begging letter from Sarah Vine and throw money at her pro Israeli, pro Zionist cause?
          How remiss of you. Presumably you didn’t take the opportunity to write a scathing response to her request for funding either. Our lives are full of missed opportunities. Fortunately for me(but unfortunate for Vine) I was still on their mailing list even though I only ever read articles by Chackrabotti and Seamus Milne. Such fun I had.

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      • That one flew straight over my head, care to expand to a dimwit like myself, it might have been a good one, if only I had caught on.

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        • John says

          It is a reference to a comment made by Disraeli after one of Gladstone’s interminable speeches in the Commons.
          The full quotation is ‘A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.’
          In other words, the person talks too much – and gets carried away in the process.

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          • I googled up an archive of Gladstone’s speeches and found indeed very long and detailed speeches – but I did not find justification for Disraeli’s ad hominem – which here passes off as fact. Just as media headlines tend to do today.
            Perhaps as Chancellor his speeches on matters of the Economy were different to others I have not scanned – but what I didn’t find was what Disraeli succinctly exemplified.
            Over detailed yes – sophistric egotism no.
            From what I gathered – Gladstone received the kind of reception that pop stars and celebrities garner in our day – which is a curious observation for a Chancellor of the Exchequer! So it may be that the attention Gladstone was largely given, encouraged him – but perhaps irked Disraeli.

            I don’t pretend a quick scan of a few speeches to substitute for genuine study – but I found enough to leave a more open verdict upon Gladstone – and a keener sense of Disraeli’s tactic.

            Take an accepted truth and use it to weave into it your own message.

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            • Public perception was influenced by Gladstone’s 18 April 1853 budget speech, which lasted nearly 5 hours.
              Disraeli no doubt played on this perception.
              Queen Victoria once said of Gladstone “He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting.”
              Disraeli made sure he was always on the better side of The Queen.
              The speech made by Disraeli about Gladstone’s verbosity was delivered to an audience outside the House.
              This meant Gladstone was unable to respond immediately to the speech.

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              • The budget speech (delivered on 18 April), at nearly five hours length, raised Gladstone “at once to the front rank of financiers as of orators”.[33] H. C. G. Matthew has written that Gladstone “made finance and figures exciting, and succeeded in constructing budget speeches epic in form and performance, often with lyrical interludes to vary the tension in the Commons as the careful exposition of figures and argument was brought to a climax”.[34] The contemporary diarist Charles Greville wrote of Gladstone’s speech:

                ... by universal consent it was one of the grandest displays and most able financial statement that ever was heard in the House of Commons; a great scheme, boldly, skilfully, and honestly devised, disdaining popular clamour and pressure from without, and the execution of it absolute perfection. Even those who do not admire the Budget, or who are injured by it, admit the merit of the performance. It has raised Gladstone to a great political elevation, and, what is of far greater consequence than the measure itself, has given the country assurance of a man equal to great political necessities, and fit to lead parties and direct governments.[35]
                

                (From Wikipedia – not a reliable source for anything of a current controversy)

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        • On this matter we come to opposite conclusions!

          Here are other views relating to the man Disraeli’s quote would smear:
          Taken from
          https://ia601406.us.archive.org/26/items/gladstonesspeech00gladuoft/gladstonesspeech00gladuoft.pdf

          “…it was only in watching him as he spoke that one received a due impression of the easy power he showed in dealing with any interruption that came from the audience, or in following up on the spur of the moment some line or argument suggested by expressions of assent or dissent. His readiness was amazing. Those of us who listened to him in Parliament used to think that the short speeches he made on the spur of the moment when some question arose suddenly in debate, revealed the swiftness of his mind and the combative force of his whole nature better than did the more elaborate discourses on which he had reflected beforehand. There was a fire, a passion, a concentrated energy of diction, in these extempore outbursts which roused his followers and cowed his opponents as the set speeches hardly could. No one had less need for preparation”.

          “…whatever length they might run, they do show forth three of the rare and admirable qualities which placed upon him the stamp of true greatness. They are marked by a singular absence of bitterness. Indignation there often is, burning indignation at injustice, falsehood or cruelty but no personal acrimony, no note of malignity or vindictiveness. No man ever inflicted fewer wounds in controversy”.

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  21. Reading through the Saturday Guardian (delivered by mistake) ì was struck by how every other article seemed to be propaganda. Michelle Obama is nice, Russia is bad, Oliver Stones JFK film is “hogwash” (!!) etc etc. Refreshing then to be sent a link to Kit’so piece. Thx

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    • Manda says

      Yes, I noticed a huge stepping up of ‘fake news’, nonsense and glaring omission from online headlines three or so weeks ago. Couldn’t face opening even one article.

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    • pretzelattack says

      it’s stupefying. i click on an article about a shakespeare scholar and there is an obligatory dig at trump in the first couple of sentences. i read articles on climate change and come across references to russian hacking (btw, i’m not a trump supporter, i did think he was less terrifying than clinton because he doesn’t seem to want to provoke a confrontation with russia). the guardian puts up new articles daily on the terrible danger posed by russia hacking the us election, and rarely opens comments on them so people won’t link to articles showing the dearth of evidence. the guardian has become fox news.

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      • kgbgb says

        It’s worse.

        After a lifetime of laughing at Fox News viewers and Daily Mail readers, I now am embarrassed to have to admit that each of those outlets is actually the best of a bad lot in their respective markets. Each allows some significant truth through the MSM filters from time to time.[

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        • Really? I must have missed that article. There is a reason it’s called the Daily Fail you know. On a more serious note, if you have a link to an article where a glimmer of truth has been allowed to peek through I’d like to see it or perhaps it is one particular journo op.ed.
          I’m quite serious, because if just one Editorial will allow a truthful analysis gain print then I will use the share buttons to put it out there.

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    • There’s another factor at work.
      As the reader awakens the mind propaganda – to which he once was participant – now jars dissonant.
      One cannot separate the perceiver from the perceived – and this also accounts for why those who do not see are predisposed NOT to – for they ‘see’ according to the reality they accept.

      The false reality is often represented in film and literature of our times.

      The signal within the noise is in fact noise – and the true signal is what the noise is generated to block out.

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      • Now this comment my less than formidable intellect COULD understand. Kitty Sue Jones of Politics and Insights rights about cognitive dissonance and the “nudge” principles.
        Propaganda is probably an art but some are very subtle and it is those that can catch you out. As you have ably demonstrated the power of the word can be used to good or ill depending on how you frame it and how it is contextualized(big word for me, I know)and the power of repeated usage is almost hypnotic and mesmerizing with well worn and familiar tropes being inserted as representing “given facts”.
        Still a long way from understanding your posts though.

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        • Understanding comes in different ways than you might expect. I don’t use the intellect to operate analysis – but to clothe insight in a language that carries – at least for me – very consciously held meanings.
          Propaganda is psycho-emotional manipulation. You don’t have to be ‘clever’ to smell a rat.
          But you do have to be honest enough in yourself to check it out – and that has been ‘educated’ or socialised out of most of us – because when ‘everyone else’ is behaving a certain way – we are not likely to want to stand out different – AND – we pick up the emotional charge around an issue and usually back off rather than bring on penalty of being rejected by our society. MOST of our conditioning is picked up unconsciously.

          If someone is trying to sell something or get you to buy something that in your right mind you wouldn’t want they can try to trick or trap you into it – or at least limit your inclination to openly criticize them

          While only one form among many, the ‘anti’ hate argument presents itself through those who will never release their woundedness – but make identity and even religion of it – from which to justify rage and vilification of anyone and anything that reveals anti-hate to be just a more disguised form of hate.

          Does it take intellect to pick up a hate agenda however it masks? No – but if we are invested in our own vendetta we will WANT to project hate in a sense of self-righteousness and power. So intellect isn’t the key – but what someone once called eyes to see and ears to hear.

          Part of receptivity is a ‘feel’ thing. It’s a different part of you than the thinking defence thing. When on the same basic ‘frequency’, communication happens naturally. (And for those who like argument they tune in their and get their hit from that).

          I feel that there is a LOT of hate -coming up in many, (out of a lot of fear) – and linked to a sense of betrayal and broken ‘reality’ because our world is changing in ways that seem crazily destructive – (though we find this goes back as far as we can recall in one way or another). But ‘joining in hate’ is no real joining at all – and so while I deplore the manipulative cynicism in N Cohen’s ‘opinion’ pieces, I don’t care to invest in his person as a dump for my own hate feelings – nor any blanket judgement for any group – no matter how some of those who seem to be associated with that group identity behave.

          All behaviour is a sign or symptom of beliefs and definitions – and often fears or shame that itself is fearfully suppressed – excepting when it dumps on the patsy or the scapegoat and shouts at the shame and hate in the Other!

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  22. shaksvshav says

    Power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. “I can publish lies and bullshit, and there’s nothing you can do about it”.

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  23. labrebisgalloise says

    Aah, Sunday morning, a cup of fresh coffee, news of a Mossad pratfall followed by some well-aimed vituperation – nothing like it. Thank you, Kit!

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  24. What a wonderful read! Thank you, Kit.

    I remember a time when true mainstream journalism existed, although it was always kept on a pretty short leash. There was a time when even the Mirror employed political commentators of the calibre of Keith Waterhouse and Paul Foot, and when John Pilger’s byline appeared regularly in the mainstream including the Guardian. As least I think there was. We are so deep into the era of Oceania, re-editing the past and swilling Victory Gin that I’m no longer sure.

    I’ve long had the impression of Nick Cohen as a sort of third Kray twin. His face shares the bone structure and the expression they made famous, and the balance of his columns down the years reveal him as a practiced intellectual thug. Had he been begging for subscribers in Dickensian London, Scrooge might have told him, “there’s more of sociopath than of socialist about you.” Nick’s vaguely ominous presence is one of many reasons why I try to steer clear of the Guardian. I share your feeling that he’s an unpleasant man, and I have sometimes wondered why the organization would want to be so closely associated with such a character if they really cared about being liked or maximizing their brand image.

    However, the Guardian has always prided itself in being ready and willing to put its principles and positions before popularity in the best radical traditions, and Nick’s articles tend to articulate and reflect those principles and positions . Also, the paper’s current controllers (who seem to be NWO globalist types) are busily engaged in trying to sell the world a certain worldview, and Nick has a well polished talent for packaging and presenting that worldview. So I guess the man and his medium are made for each other.

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    • “the Guardian has always prided itself in being ready and willing to put its principles and positions before popularity …..”
      sadly, as we have witnessed over the last few years, the Guardian, it would seem, like so many other MSM toilet rolls, has abandoned any principles it MIGHT once have held.
      “So I guess the man and his medium are made for each other.”
      Well said.

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      • Frank says

        “the Guardian has always prided itself in being ready and willing to put its principles and positions before popularity …..”

        At one time it was. For example, on the issue of the South African War 1899/1902, C.P.Scott was publicly opposed to the British war against the Dutch settlers. This took some moral courage, and both his home and the Graun’s offices in Manchester were attacked by jingoistic mobs. Times, it seems have changed. From opposition to imperialism to unqualified support.

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        • Entirely off subject, but it was the Boer War that the British used their “scorched earth” tactics. (Something the US just recently accused Russia of, since the US has “never” used any such kind of indiscriminate ruthless attacks against civilians.

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          • John says

            Hitler and the Nazis always claimed they got the idea of the concentration camp from the British with their concentration camps for Boers in South Africa.
            Completely untrue – of course – as similar camps were deployed in German South West Africa as part of a very real genocide campaign being waged there in the Nineteenth Century by the Imperial German authorities.
            I believe an earlier version of the concentration camp was used to hold POWs during the American Civil War.
            So-called “indian” “reservations” were arguably similar in nature.

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  25. Seraskier says

    Meanwhile in other Grauniad Fake News

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/07/mexico-auto-industry-jobs-donald-trump-manufacturing-cars

    That awful Mr Trump is trying to wreck the Mexican car industry. Or, as others would put it, taking steps to prevent the USA car industry from assembling its vehicles with cheap Mexican labour across the border, without any pension contributions, tax payments, or safety standards.

    The Graun – Comment Is Free, but Duplicity is Omnipresent.

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    • That’s the article that got me banned from the Guardian – or rather my comment did,

      I posted a polite comment saying that Trump just prevented 700 people in the US getting made redundant, so how is that a bad thing?

      That got me a lifetime ban. Not even pre-moderation. Banned. It was the only comment I ever posted on the Guardian. The moderators at the Guardian would make Vladimir Lenin proud.

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  26. Seraskier says

    I read Cohen’s extraordinary cobblers this morning while still in bed – and wondered if perhaps I was still sleeping? This screed of paid hatemongering typifies the London Jewish community – ignorant, rumour-peddling, fear-mongering trash.

    Cohen is not a “journalist” in the accepted sense. He researches nothing, interviews no-one, travels nowhere, rarely goes further than Amhurst Park. He is sent a topic his editors – his job is not to analyse the points, but to fulminate and rage. He is a rabble-rouser, among his very own rabble.

    The fact the Graun keep this berk on salary says much more about the editorial policies and values of the Graun than any scrofulous twaddle scrawled by Cohen.

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    • While I can accept the opinions of Cohen expressed in this piece and its comments, I believe that to demonise the London Jewish community as a group is pretty much repeating Cohen’s bombastic approach. That cannot be acceptable in any way.

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      • Yes – the lure of reaction deceives one into becoming another version of the thing (one says that) one hates.
        Untruth asserted as true, may solicit reactions that then drag the respondents into a mire of conflict and division – and thus may seem to ‘win’ by only pretending to communicate – perhaps in the belief that all communication is really war and therefore ‘winning’ is the only purpose of ‘communicating’. This mentality hates to love – seeing only weakness and loss of power in open communication among equals.

        But ‘loving’ to hate operates as the attraction of guilt seen in OTHER – so as to serve the exceptionalism or self-specialness of the self identified in image aka ‘hate masked in self-righteousness’.

        All power elitism deceives its own membership as managed subject identities, via inducing or manipulating conflict and fear and then offering ‘power and protection’… at a price. The projection of un-owned or denied guilt onto the acts and intentions of the Other as narratives of self-justification in proclaimed innocence is like a belief held onto as if life depended on it – and thus usurping the mind with perpetual threat.

        Fear and guilt – believed- make ‘identity’ a weapon of denial rather than a recognition of shared existence in the act of living.

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      • I watched BBCQT when Freidman and a bunch of baying wolves baited and ambushed George Galloway. It was a set up with only one Jewish woman behaving in anything remotely close to a civilized manner with the Kippah wearing youth positioned right in front of GG and it disgusted a lot of people who suddenly saw the BBC for what it really is. Perhaps that audience was indeed hand picked from among the most belligerent extremist British Jews, because if it wasn’t, then it does not paint a pretty picture of British Jewry and perhaps SERASKIER was correct in his observations?

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        • Brian Harry, Australia says

          Do you have a link to that show? I’d like to see it. From what I’ve seen of George Galloway, he can look after himself, and takes “sheet” from no one.

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          • Brian Harry – I watched on my TV and I was so disgusted with what the BBC did, that I never watched it again. I don’t think there is any way now, of getting a copy because I have never tried to find out if the BBC archives it’s programmes. I do know, I never want to see it again. GG was fuming and it took all his powers of restraint from beiing just as rude to them as they were to him. Not only did Freedland take his comment out of context without any rebuke from DD but no-one wanted to hear what he had to say with regard the backing of his own Jews in his constituency.

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            • Brian Harry, Australia says

              Thanks for trying. I looked at the BBC Webpage and couldn’t find it. Never mind. I just loved the way Galloway “Beat Up” the US Senate regarding “Weapons of Mass destruction………

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              • John says

                Even better was that after running rings around the Senators, George then walked outside, stood on the steps leading to the Senate building and lit up a CUBAN cigar!

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          • John says

            I can confirm that episode of Question Time, at which “gorgeous” George was completely alone.
            All the other people on the panel were after him, accompanied by a baying mob of an “audience”.
            From memory, the event was held in Finchley – Mrs Thatcher’s former constituency.
            The local population has a lot of Jews – including extremist zionists – living there.
            I don’t think the BBC necessarily organised the hostile reception for George – but others surely did.
            Possibly, it was another attempted “take-down” exercise, orchestrated – again – by the Israel Embassy?
            Question Time, itself, is already weighted towards the Establishment and just keeps getting worse.
            I frequently skip watching it because it is so predictable.

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              • It starts after 39 minutes, with Friedland accusing George of being responsible for so-called antisemitism in the UK.
                The panel has 2 female religious zealots on it with Friedland, a pro-Israel zionist as well. They rarely get interrupted, whereas George is constantly barracked, heckled and interrupted.
                That’s Finchley for you – see the kippahs in the audience.
                Hunt is about the only relatively neutral person on the panel but his neo-liberal Blairism is absolutely crystal clear for all to see and hear. It is good to see this happened in the past.
                Regrettably, George Galloway is no longer an MP.
                Let’s hope he becomes one again at the next election.

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              • Brian Harry, Australia says

                Thanks for finding that. I’m not familiar with most of the problems in Britain between ethnic comunities, so the less I say the better.

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                • There are relatively few problems in Britain between ethnic communities.
                  What George Galloway tried to say at one point – I believe – was that the self-styled Community Security Trust is a zionist front, which alongside the Israel Embassy has been trying to ramp up accusations of so-called antisemitism in Britain, most particularly since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party.
                  For an excellent analysis of their turgid activities, see http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2017-01-08/how-many-british-mps-are-working-for-israel/.
                  As Jonathan Cook asks, why is it that it took Al Jazeera to expose this cesspit when newspapers of record in the UK surely knew all this was going on long before anyone else?
                  A conspiracy of silence from The Guardian and other mass media – is that really possible, do you think?
                  My guess is that similar activities are being funded – thanks to the US – from Tel Aviv through Israel Embassies all round the world, including – I am sure – Australia.
                  Israel is a vile regime and an utter disgrace in the world.
                  I wonder how much coverage their filthy activities has received in other parts of the world?
                  Or has it all been conveniently swept under the carpet?

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                • George made a public announcement that his constituency was “Israel Free” with the backing of his own Jewish constituents. It was the powerful and very wealthy Zionist Lobby that wanted to “take him down” and probably organised the BBC’s itinerary, who as pawns of that same Lobby, obliged. George should have known what was coming and if he believed he would get a fair shake from the BBC, then he was a fool and should have known better.

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        • pretzelattack says

          oh, you watched a tv show once so jews are “ignorant, rumour-peddling, fear-mongering trash.” sounds like the way many israelis view palestinians.

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          • Which part of my comment did you not understand. For your edification I will re-iterate the qualifying part thus:
            “….perhaps that audience was indeed hand picked from among the most BELLIGERENT EXTREMIST BRITISH JEWS, because if it wasn’t, then it does not paint a pretty picture of British Jewry and perhaps SERASKIER was correct in his observations?
            So your comment referring to Jews as “ignorant, rumour-peddling, fear-mongering trash.” is your own interpretation or I should say – misinterpretation.
            Please do not misrepresent my comments to mean something other than what they are and do not refer to Jews as “ignorant” or “trash” since it has no basis in either evidence or truth.

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          • John says

            Not all Jews are “ignorant, rumour-peddling, fear-mongering trash” but some certainly are.
            Especially those connected with the “settler” movement in Israel, such as Naftali Bennett and many others.
            Their followers are the ones who run through the streets yelling “Death to Arabs”.
            Have you not seen or heard of them? They are also the ones who attack African Jews.
            In Europe and North America, there are some diehard zionists who clearly are ignorant of their own religion and history, who peddle worn-out untruthful myths about Israel and who constantly invoke the holocaust as an excuse for the appallingly vile actions taken by their brother and sister zionists in Israel.
            How else to describe them other than as “ignorant, rumour-peddling, fear-mongering trash”?

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            • Dear Steven.
              The “last hospitals” have been bombed has been made somewhat of a sick joke by the false media reporting. Most of the hospitals were taken over by the terrorists and used as their HQ’s, each faction laying claim to one. The so-called hospital bombings which Assad was accused of by propagandist MSM were field hospitals usually run by the Aleppo Media Centre/White Helmets who were anything but humanitarian and were in effect anti Assad US funded fake news operations. Any that were bombed were not identified to either Russian or Syrian military centres and worse, were often manned by Hospitals without borders medical staff who were just as guilty of spreading misinformation as the Western media. MLF and various other now disreputable Humanitarian Organisations have not covered themselves in glory in their pursuit of NWO goals when so many of their “Syrian/Russian bombing” accusations were proved to be either fabricated or deliberately misleading.
              Such truthful and genuine information has been garnered by Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley, who were actually in Syria(as opposed to a semi detached two bed in Coventry, Warwickshire) talking to Syrians – including many doctors and first responders.

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            • Quite right. The majority of people of any race/religion/ethnicity, will seek the same thing but in Israel’s case, the psyche seems to have been warped against the norm. Jews within Israel itself condemn the behaviour of their fellow Jews but are rounded on as being Jewish apologists by both Israeli Parliamentarians and their media.
              It doesn’t help when politicians like Ayelet Shaked keep repeating the old bigotry of past Israeli wild eyed scary extremists with comments like the “(Palestinians/Arabs) are beasts” and their children are “little snakes” and to cut open a pregnant Palestinian/Arab woman’s belly is a good thing because they shouldn’t be allowed to breed.
              President Rivlin is no better because he only condemns violence among Jews – most notably football hooliganism, but not the attacks against Palestinians.
              It’s why there is a growing movement among some Israeli Jews for positive BDS action and why Israeli like those of BT ‘selem monitor the activity in the occupied territories in an attempt to get equality for the Palestinians.
              There was a lot of hostility when one Israeli politician referred to the Ethiopian Jews as “baboons” and not wanting them to contaminate the “real” Jews.
              Settlers started a new method of extermination called murder by vehicle(vehicular homicide) one settler drove over a two year old Palestinian toddler, another an 80+ Palestinian granny. The death toll started to grow alarmingly and such murders were cracked down on slightly.
              Then you have the Rabbi recently promoted to General in the IDF who announced that rape of non-Jews, in case the many occurances were unsettling the rapists, was “OK”, which is why so many Palestinian girls even as young as eleven were so often carrying knives.
              These are acts of extremism and not indicative of the actions of the many(although some might condone others doing such things). We find it abhorrent in our countries, because we do not have such terrorism between Jews and Muslims but if you are a Palestinian, you have lived it for up to 70 years.
              So yes, SOME Jews are monsters, but most are not – you only have to travel to Iran to learn of true Jewish values – they practice them every day.

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      • Seraskier says

        I respectfully disagree with your position.

        The very rationale for hiring and employing Cohen is to mobilse and rabble-rouse opinion among London’s Jewish community, and radicalise them still further. It would be burying our heads in the sand to pretend that this is not happening, or that Cohen is not the Guardian’s chosen individual for focussing and directing such radicalised views.

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        • Seraskia
          Recently the Jewish Labour Party tried to attack a mixed race Jewess on her views. It backfired immensely as the ordinary, reasonable, well balanced Jews were galvanized against the provocation and really took exception to the attack. I think many Jews OUR British Jews, will react just as strongly to the extremist radicalized elements who go on a propagandist rant. From what I could tell from the responses, most Jews are just ordinary (as opposed to extraordinary) decent human beings who want what so many other ordinary people want. That is to say, a just and fair society. so I’m not sure Cohen’s article will have the Guardian’s desired response. It must be said, however, that I am not a Jew or a Muslim or a Pole, so as a non minority person, I don’t know how I would react. You, on the other hand, are better placed to give valued insight into how his posts would be viewed. I have to confess, that as a result of learning about the holocaust (about 40+ years ago) I rallied to the Zionist cause, adopting the “never again” slogan, such was my emotive response. Sadly(depending on your point of view) I have learned much I did not then know, which has turned me away from Zionism and Israel and now I tend to seek the views of others via the Jewish Forward, Mondoweiss(and BT’selem) and JVP for understanding of the problems facing Jews.
          I find it a bit sad that you think Cohen can have so much influence over a minority and hope it is not a true reflection, but then Muslims can be swayed by hate preachers so perhaps it is no surprise.

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          • Brian Harry, Australia says

            “I find it a bit sad that you think Cohen can have so much influence……..”
            I think you’re being too kind to Cohen. The comments here tend to indicate that most people regard his views as laughable. He’s just a right wing ratbag.

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            • Hope you are right, but Seraskia’s point cannot be overlooked if he is privvy to Jewish majority opinion, especially among the younger age group, who can often be easily swayed – by any number of “rent a gobs” for good or bad.

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        • pretzelattack says

          if only you hadn’t taken the opportunity to smear london’s jews as
          “paid hatemongering typifies the London Jewish community – ignorant, rumour-peddling, fear-mongering trash.” i would believe you. as it is, you are about as credible as all those “progressives” currently involved in smearing russia for clinton losing the election, while claiming to be progressives. on the other hand, there have been allegedly been black members of the klan, so it might possibly just be true but irrelevant.

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        • pretzelattack says

          for a helpful example of a substantive criticism of cohen, see the post by John above. you will notice the absence of references to london jews as “rabble” or “garbage”; and yet, somehow, the points are made.

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  27. Brian Harry, Australia says

    I’ve always said, it is amazing that the “world’s most powerful nation”, armed to the teeth with military equipment that Napoleon and Hitler could only have ‘wet dreams’ about, can actually keep their populations in a state of acute paranoia, by “Bogeymen” behind every tree. Of course it helps if your secret police(CIA) have an extremely skilled team of “False Flag Operatives” who are able to conjure up threats which kill a few people here or there, and even “Hollywood type Productions” like 9/11,(which are skilfully disguised, and covered up by a compliant Mainstream Media), who ensure any scepticism is ignored.
    And the villains(Russians) look on, shaking their heads and wondering if there is any intelligence whatsoever, in the “Home of the Brave and Land of the Free.

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    • Manda says

      All there is at this time in US led Neo colonial empire is panic and desperation. Trump, Russia saying enough is enough and financial system creaking foundations… total meltdown and flailing around. Very, very dangerous times and not just for all of us, for Trump personally too I think.

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