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Germany admits troops killed six Afghan soldiers

BERLIN — Germany’s Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg admitted Sunday that German troops mistakenly killed six Afghan soldiers at the weekend, and expressed condolences for the deaths. The German troops were en route to reinforce others under attack and had opened fire on a civilian vehicle that had ignored warnings…

S. Korea navy ship sinking in waters near N. Korea

SEOUL – – A South Korean navy ship carrying 104 people sunk near the North Korea border on Friday after an explosion onboard, Yonhap news agency reported. The news agency also said that the navy vessel had fired shots towards an unidentified ship. South Korea’s military said a ship from…

‘Vile Plutocrat’ site spotlights misdeeds of the rich

The swindling saga of legendary Wall Street conman Bernard Madoff has inspired the creation of The Vile Plutocrat, a website devoted to the notion that “rich people suck.” The Vile Plutocrat gathers news about the misdeeds of “the entitled class,” mixes in scathing editorial commentary and then links stories to…

US forces hold Afghans back to ‘prove’ town safe for Gates visit

The National Security writer for the Associated Press saw through the propaganda, but she apparently decided to run with it anyway. “Defense Secretary Robert Gates, aiming to show progress in the expanded war against insurgents in south Afghanistan, took a brief, heavily guarded walk Tuesday down a rutted street in…

Right-wing media slam Reid over claim jobs report was ‘really good’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scrambled on Friday to explain what he meant when he called February’s 36,000 lost jobs “really good” news, while attacking Republicans for “mischaracterizing” the remark. Speaking on the Senate floor, the Nevada Democrat said that “today is a big day in America. Only 36,00 people…

Fox 5 anchor delivered false report to help Jack Bauer

24 gives insight into how media can ‘coordinate’ with government to produce propaganda A popular television action drama may have given viewers some insight into how the government can coordinate with news media to shape public opinion. In Monday night’s episode, the good guys of Fox’s 24 tricked the bad…

David Brooks: Tea Partiers are ‘Wal-Mart hippies’

Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks assailed the Tea Party and the extreme nature of today’s Republican Party Tuesday on ComedyCentral’s The Colbert Report. “The Tea Party is where the money is at, baby,” said Stephen Colbert. “Why aren’t you saying crazy stuff your in columns and if you…

Stewart disqualifies CNN for ‘sucking’ at covering health summit Olympics

While news networks were trying to decide who won Thursday’s health care reform summit, Jon Stewart says cable news pundits were the real losers. “Obviously any event of this magnitude involving the President of the United States, members of both parties, television cameras and talking — it’s going to have…

Iran detains 7 ‘spies’ tied to US-funded radio station

Iran has arrested seven people linked to a Farsi-language radio station funded in part by the United States, accusing them of fomenting unrest. According to the Associated Press, the Official Iranian News Agency and state radio both cited a statement by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry which claimed the seven individuals…

Poll finds Americans trust Fox News more than any other network

“The only one getting a positive review is Fox News.” An essay from a conservative media critic? A GOP blogger trumpeting the ratings of the allegedly “Fair and Balanced” news network? Nope. A poll of 1,151 registered American voters, who were asked whether they trust each of the major television…

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