Fox News lashes out at RT over anti-war activist interview
25 December, 2009
Fox News talk show host Bill O'Reilly has ruthlessly criticized RT
for its interview with former anti-war activist Bill Ayers last
week, [see below] which has subsequently thrust the US media's bias
to the fore.
Fox News, who stand proud as self-professed crusaders of truth, can't
get enough of RT nowadays. RT's recent interview with Bill Ayers, a
former radical anti-war activist and now a professor at the
University of Illinois in Chicago, made firebrand news
pundit/entertainer Bill O'Reilly flip out on mainstream television.
Fox News had broadcast a part of RT correspondent Anastasia
Churkina's interview with Mr. Ayers, in which the professor said: "We
have to get the United States to participate in the world. The idea
that we have been a force for good for the last six decades is nonsense."
Without delay O'Reilly commented: "Don't you just want to slap him?"
while the guests on his show could be heard giggling off screen. "You
saw the Russian interviewer dozing off like this. She had no idea.
She didn't even speak English."
[RT would like to note that aside from the fact that the Ayers
interview was entirely conducted in English after spending almost
ten years studying in Belgium, Canada, and the US, RT's international
correspondent Anastasia Churkina speaks English, French, Italian and
Spanish in addition to her native Russian.]
So how much should the network that lauds itself as "the most trusted
name in news" be trusted?
"It is part of what you call a shtick," explains independent
filmmaker and media critic Danny Schechter. "He [Bill O'Reilly] goes
to Rupert Murdoch, his boss, and he says: Look, I've just upset the
whole of Russia, and Murdoch says 'Great!' and O'Reilly says: Please
remember this when it's time to give salary increases, and give me a bonus."
Thankfully, not all Russians have borne the brunt of Bill O'Reilly's
wrath. Russian blonde Marina Orlova, creator of the web site
Hotforwords.com, at which she teaches the origins of English words,
had obviously charmed the rightwing hothead.
Earlier this week, another widely watched Fox News show "Hannity"
also took a jab at RT's interview with Bill Ayers.
"I have nothing to say about Bill Ayers. He is insignificant.
Insignificant," a guest in Fox studio was saying.
Ayers' insignificance was so considerable, however, that the
so-called "Great American Panel" on Hannity's show dedicated four
minutes of prime time to talk about it.
As Americans begin to wake up to the thought that what their
mainstream media says is often detached from reality, the question
rises as to whether the US media's ever-increasing attention-grabbing
tactics could cause its credibility to fly out the window.
We are the biggest military behemoth ever created on Earth - Bill Ayers
15 December, 2009
The US can step down from a trillion military budget and stop being a
militarized country, which does not fit with its self-image but is
true by any objective measure, said US scholar Bill Ayers.
During the US presidential campaign, the name Bill Ayers caused quite
a stir over claims he was Barack Obama's mentor.
He became known for radical activism in 1960s and used to be called a
"domestic terrorist" for his radical opposition activities during the
Vietnam War, but he is now a professor.
Bill Ayers said he had known Barack Obama for quite a while, being a
former neighbor of the current president and serving on a couple of
boards together with him, but this does not mean that one is
"responsible for the other's policies, politics history and so on,"
according to Ayers.
"In reality, real Americans come in all shapes and sizes and
political orientations and histories and I am one of them,' he said.
"One of the things that is misunderstood about President Obama is he
said, while doing a campaign, "I am a moderate, pragmatic,
compromising politician. And people are right refusing to believe
this to this day… He is a moderate politician in the American
tradition and that means, that, for example, in the current
situation, the general and whole weight of the American foreign
policy since WWII is driving this insane policy in the Middle East
and I do not think that anyone should be surprised. Disappointed
yes, but not surprised."
Ayers pointed out that in the condition of a deep economic crisis, as
the US currently is, the American people are not going to back
multi-billion war expenses, "it is going to take a very short time
for the American people to turn against it."
"What we need to do now, is we need to build the biggest and widest
and most profound anti-war force that this country ever seen. We need
to force government not only to leave Afghanistan and Iraq but to
begin to shut down military bases that we have scattered throughout
the world, particularly in the Central Asia, to withdraw our trillion
military budget and become a nation among nations."
"We have to get the United States to participate in the world. The
idea that we have been a force for good for the last six decades is
nonsense. We won't sign the most basic international treaties: for
nuclear disarmament, against landmines, we won't sign a children's
rights statement. Only the US and Somalia are in opposition to the
declaration of children's rights," he concluded.