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Press TV: Diverse opinions, free speech

I caught the flu in Vancouver, had a long and uncomfortable train ride back to Wisconsin, and just returned to solid food by way of a single banana. Wish me luck.

Anyway, if I looked slightly queasy in yesterday’s Press TV interview, it wasn’t just a reaction to what I was hearing from Lawrence Korb, a “senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations” and former “holder of the Maurice Greenberg Chair.”  (Maurice “Hank” Greenberg is one of the leading 9/11 suspects.)

Though I was the one with the flu, it was Korb spewing half-digested bits of sound-bite all over the screen. Korb claimed that the US has no interest in controlling the Middle East: “When the Iraqis told us to leave, we left.” (So when are we evacuating those bases, and that “embassy” i.e. Occupation Command Center that covers half of Baghdad?) He hurled up the absurd non-sequitur that because the US allowed Mubarak to fall from power, it therefore must not be arming the Syrian rebels – despite all the evidence to the contrary including the latest NY Times article. And he answered my charge that 9/11 was a Zionist/militarist inside job with another non-sequitur, by saying that “Iran condemned the 9/11 attack.” (In fact, Iran’s president has repeatedly earned standing ovations at the United Nations by speaking out for 9/11 truth…which is the best way of condemning the attack!)

The third guest, Sukant Chandan, couldn’t believe what he was hearing from Korb, and opined that Korb was either terribly naive or “a trickster.” Personally, I don’t see how a terribly naive person – i.e. a person whose thought processes are as discombobulated as those on display in this interview – could possibly become the Director of National Security Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Regardless of what may be going on in Korb’s mysterious brain, Press TV deserves congratulations for hosting the best selection of free speech and diversity of opinion available in English-language television. Unlike Faisal al-Qassem’s Opposing Viewpoints show on al-Jazeera, which is dominated by shouting matches, this Press TV episode developed slowly and dramatically into a shouting match; it was informative as well as entertaining. The discerning viewer is left to make up his or her own mind about who is providing accurate information, and who’s dishing out the BS.


7 Thoughts to “Press TV: Diverse opinions, free speech”

  1. Sorry to hear about the flu, Kevin! You know, a friend of mine got hit with a bad sickness when he was in the rotunda dome of one of the congressional buildings when he and I were volunteering for AE911Truth in 2009. It just hit him, like a HAARP beam or something. It also made him almost deaf in one ear, and that continues to this day. They could be after you… 😉 Hope not.

    Lively discussion involving Fetzer et al at McKee's blog. We'd love you to pop in more often there!

  2. good recovery kevin… bi shifa rahma wa mawadah insha Allah

  3. Mr. Korb is a veteran trickster, a clever and capable trickster, and neither naive or confused – although he is obviously counting on the audience's being both.

    In fairness to the sly old fox, the point of his comment that "Iran condemned the 9/11 attacks" is that Iran initially did try to curry favor with the US government by going along with the fiction that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by "Al Quaeda" and ordered by Osama Bin Laden, who was being harbored by the Taliban government of Afghanistan.

    It's true that the official Iranian position at first was that 9/11 was not an inside job. Iran saw it as a win-win to go along with the big lie: get back into Washington, D.C.'s good graces, and let the US bomb the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan.

    So Korb was countering your claim of 9/11 as an inside job with the (partial) sequitur that in 2001 even Iran had condemned Al Quaeda and Osama Bin Laden, and the Taliban for harboring them.

  4. Korb got it bang on Kevin, – I'll add to Korb, for the first year of the protests by the revolutionaries in Syria and families and friends of the people of Syria around the world – I can tell you BACKED BY MY CITIZEN MEDIA NEWS REPORTS – Youttube Channel – Hawkeyicockburn – Never ever did Syrians, Bahrains and Libyans ask for outside military intervention. They asked for nations to implement peaceful means of applying pressure on Assad to step down after committing crimes against the Syrian people – Canada's government would not listen or act until it was much too late. I can understand why you and some of your friends at Press TV missed this important point since you were both busy trying to meld the conspiracies of Zionist Plots with the 9/11 attacks. I applaud this PRESS TV report for a more balanced report adding Kord. Usually they act just like any other Western propaganda outlet.

  5. Anonymous

    It is no longer a secret that the CIA is arming the terrorist opposition in Syria in cahoot with the Gulf Sheiks.
    Those you called revolutionaries are fighting a proxy ware on behalf of Israel

  6. Syria's Speakers Corner with Dr. Naser Salem – YEG Edmonton Rally

  7. Dear Kevin, I hope you'll re-examine the human rights atrocities committed in Syria long before the world took notice – This in indeed a revolution initiated by the people of Syria long before the sharks of the media from both sides began a feeding frenzy of lies – Response to my Arab Spring (Syrian) Citizen Media News Reports on Youtube – Dear Mr. Brinkman, Many thanks for your kind e-mail. It is heartening to know that there are some thoughtful people watching Press TV. Thanks also for your videos published to YouTube. They resent a fascinating picture. Keep up the good work. All the best, Larry Korb – Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

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