Did you know that Glenn Grennwald -- the journalist who took point on the Snowden revelations -- is a former porn king who has worked for Brazilians?
(Cut to: George W. Bush. "Wow! How many is a Brazilian?")
Such, at least, is the claim made by Canadian MP Paul Calandra. This stuff's pretty hilarious:
Mr. Speaker, the CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices make clear that:
To ensure we maintain our independence, we do not pay for information from a source in a story.
When CBC’s The National aired a report about U.S. activities during the G8 and G20, neither Peter Mansbridge nor Greg Weston disclosed that they had paid their source, Glenn Greenwald.
Greenwald is a Brazilian based former porn industry executive, now assisting Edward Snowden leak national security information.
CBC only admitted to its cash for news scheme after The Wall Street Journal forced it out. CBC is trying to justify the violation of its own ethical standards by claiming that Greenwald is a freelancer.
Greenwald has strong and controversial opinions about national security. Of course, that is his right, but when CBC pays for news, we have to ask why furthering Glenn Greenwald’s agenda and lining his Brazilian bank account more important than maintaining the public broadcaster’s journalistic integrity?
You'll enjoy this response
to Calandra's nonsense.
I've seen this sort of thing before. The spooks will sometimes give a rather striking disinformation meme a try-out run in Canada, in order to gauge its credibility. (Sort of like a play undergoing a pre-Broadway run in New Haven.) If enough people go for it, the next stop will be Fox News.
Smearing Mother Agnes.
Agnes is a saintly nun in Syria who has been trying to achieve a peaceful resolution to the civil war. Think Gandhi; think King; think Aung San Suu Kyi. This Carmelite relgious has risked her life to broker ceasefires in order to help civilians escape war zones.
Alas, the "governing media" (to use Peter Dale Scott's term) of this country rarely has a kind word for her. Why? Because she committed the "crime" of questioning whether the Syrian government was responsible
for the much-discussed chemical weapon attack in two suburbs of Damascus.
As regular readers know, I too question the responsibility of the Assad government for those attacks -- see here
. The Human Rights Watch report which the mainstreamers use to blame Assad is a joke: Even the HRW's own illustration proves that the attack could well have come from rebel-held areas.
(As always, we must restate that which should go without saying: Nothing printed here should be construed as pro-Assad sentiment. The man is a dictatorial beast. But many of his opponents are Islamic fundamentalists of the worst kind -- and they may well make life impossible for Syria's Christians
, if they attain power. Alas, some situations give you no good options.)
Because she dared to go against the script, Mother Agnes has been smeared as a "kook" and a "pro-regime stooge." That's not true
The nun insists she is not an Assad propagandist, describing his family's decades-long hold over Syria as a 'tumor,' but she saves her harshest criticism for the rebels.
'The rebels presented themselves as the doctor who will remove this tumor,' she said in a recent Skype interview. 'They imposed arms as a treatment, and it is killing Syria.'
See for yourself. Here she is in dialogue with George Galloway, another controversial figure. Alas, you'll have to skip to the second half of the video to see the interview with Mother Agnes. She is pretty hard-hitting as she describes the jihadis as "a war tool" of outside powers who want to see Syria reduced to anarchy.
Does this woman seem like a "kook" to you? She certainly makes a lot of sense to me