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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

U.S. Diplomats in Cuba Freakout That Russian "Microwave Attacks" Were Making Them Hear Things. They Were Hearing Crickets.

By: Glenn Greenwald
The Intercept

NBC and MSNBC Blamed Russia for Using “Sophisticated Microwaves” to Cause “Brain Injuries” in U.S. “Diplomats” in Cuba. The Culprits Were Likely Crickets.

NBC News and MSNBC specialize in repeating and disseminating what U.S intelligence officials tell them to say and then calling that servitude “reporting.” Those two networks really are the all-but-official outlets for CIA messaging. And this status has led their brightest on-air stars to broadcast a series of extremely consequential stories that turned out to be humiliatingly wrong.

This stenographic and highly jingoistic practice of mindlessly reciting the whispered claims of anonymous “intelligence officials” is what notoriously led the New York Times and other leading U.S. media outlets to deceive the country into believing Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz’s fairy tales about Iraqi WMDs and Jeffrey Goldberg’s tales about Saddam’s alliance with Al Qaeda.

But while many of those outlets apologized for that behavior and vowed to avoid it in the future, NBC and MSNBC have committed themselves to it with greater vigor than ever, as evidenced by the increasing prominence of their national security reporter Ken Dilanian, whose entire career has been defined by repeating what the CIA tells him to say – and has thus been plagued by one embarrassing false story after the next.

On Friday, veteran national security reporter William Arkin announced his departure from those networks, blasting them as stenographic servants of the security state agencies and pro-war propaganda. Noting that ex-generals and CIA officials dominate the NBC/MSNBC airwaves, Arkin wrote: “in many ways NBC just began emulating the national security state itself – busy and profitable,” adding: “the national security leaders and generals we have are allowed to do their thing unmolested.”

We now have what might be the most vivid, reckless and dangerous illustration yet of how NBC and MSNBC functions. If their behavior weren’t so journalistically shameful and destructive, this would be darkly humorous.

Read more at The Intercept.

(THL) Look how paranoid these deep state government diplomacy and spy people are. They hear crickets chirping and think it's Russian microwave attacks.

And they say libertarians are the ones wearing tinfoil hats?

I think these State Department diplomats should be investigated for drug abuse. How much Adderall are these guys on? Whatever it is it sounds like maybe they're on some bad drugs.

If they were doing good drugs, they wouldn't hear crickets chirping and worry Russians are doing microwave attacks to make them hear things. The only microwave attacks they'd be thinking about is doing a microwave attack on a burrito.

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