Barr Interfering In Some Cases That Are Not Yet Public: NYT
Rachel Maddow highlights reporting from the New York Times that the list of cases where William Barr has asserted influence includes some that are not public, and wonders how the DOJ will recover from the way Donald Trump and Barr have broken it. Aired on 02/14/20.
On The Listening Post this week: "Terrorists", "anti-nationals" - Indian TV anchors are in attack mode against critics of the ruling party. Plus the history of blackface in the Arab world.
Are the loudest voices on India's airwaves normalising hate?
India is more than two months into a series of nationwide protests against a new citizenship law known as the CAA, the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The CAA makes it easier for migrants from religious minorities to get Indian citizenship - unless they are Muslims.
This is a political story in which the media are playing a central role. Much of the media has taken to amplifying the nationalistic, pro-Hindu rhetoric of the ruling party, the BJP - labelling protesters "anti-national", implying that Muslims are inclined to spread terror - and, in the process, normalising hate speech and spreading it across their airwaves.
Kavita Krishnan - Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association
Mitali Saran - Author and columnist
Vineet Kumar - Author and media scholar
Aditya Raj Kaul - Strategic affairs editor, Business Television India
Sudhir Chaudhary - Editor-in-chief, Zee News
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Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Flo Phillips about Donald Trump's decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a controversial conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh.
Blackface: The ugliness of racism in Arab media
Blackface - the caricaturing of those of African descent using theatrical makeup is a supposed entertainment device from a bygone era.
Across much of the Western world, it no longer features in mainstream art or entertainment but in the Middle East, you do not have to go back in time to find it.
Blackface and caricatured depictions of black people still are broadcast there - and in most cases - they are not even seen as offensive.
The Listening Post's Tariq Nafi looks at racism in Arab media and the persisting legacy of blackface.
Maha Abdul Hamid - Academic and activist
Eve Troutt Powell - Professor of Middle Eastern History, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Fahim - Film critic
Fatima Ali - Activist, model and writer Russian military hackers have successfully infiltrated the Ukrainian gas company at the heart of the impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden and his family, according to cybersecurity researchers.
Employees of the gas company, Burisma Holdings, were tricked into giving up their computer credentials by a sophisticated network of fake websites set up by Russian military intelligence, the GRU, said Area 1, an online security firm.
The websites were designed to look and feel like the same ordinary work products that Burisma employees would access on a daily basis, said Area 1 in its report.
The New York Times was the first to report the hack, and noted the attempts began in early November, as the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment were dominating the news in the United States while the House impeachment hearings were underway.
#Ukraine CNN's Fareed Zakaria says that Iran will respond in some way to the US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport that killed Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian military commander, and issued a dire warning about the state of the relationship between the US and Iran.
#Iran A government agency announced it will look into driver complaints that Tesla electric vehicles may suddenly accelerate on their own.
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. IT MAY BE THE SOVEREIGN DISTRICT IT MAY BE THE SOVEREIGN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AS WELL. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AS WELL. ONE LAST PIECE I THINK IS WORTH ONE LAST PIECE I THINK IS WORTH UNDERSCORING IS THIS IS THE UNDERSCORING IS THIS IS THE THING THAT RATTLES MY MOLARS THE THING THAT RATTLES MY MOLARS THE MOST OUT OF THE REVELATIONS FROM MOST OUT OF THE REVELATIONS FROM THIS CRISIS. THIS CRISIS. AND IT IS FROM A NEW YORK AND IT IS FROM A NEW YORK OFFICE. OFFICE. IT’S ABOUT BARR’S INSTALLING OF IT’S ABOUT BARR’S INSTALLING OF THIS TEAM OF OVERSEERS IN D.C. THIS TEAM OF OVERSEERS IN D.C. FOR SENSITIVE CASES THAT RELATE FOR SENSITIVE CASES THAT RELATE TO THE PRESIDENT. TO THE PRESIDENT. NOT ONLY HAS THAT TEAM INSERTED NOT ONLY HAS THAT TEAM INSERTED ITSELF IN THE STONE CASE, "THE ITSELF IN THE STONE CASE, "THE TIMES" DESCRIBED THIS TEAM AS TIMES" DESCRIBED THIS TEAM AS INTERCEDING IN, QUOTE, VARIOUS INTERCEDING IN, QUOTE, VARIOUS CASES BOTH SOME PUBLIC AND SOME CASES BOTH SOME PUBLIC AND SOME NOT. NOT. SOME NOT? SOME NOT? WHAT "THE TIMES" IS REPORTING IS WHAT "THE TIMES" IS REPORTING IS AMONG THE POLITICALLY SENSITIVE AMONG THE POLITICALLY SENSITIVE CASES THAT, IN EVERY OTHER CASE CASES THAT, IN EVERY OTHER CASE WE KNOW OF, THE CIRCUMSTANCE HAS WE KNOW OF, THE CIRCUMSTANCE HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENT AND ONE OF THESE CASES PRESIDENT AND ONE OF THESE CASES HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. SOME OF THE CASES THAT IS HAVING SOME OF THE CASES THAT IS HAVING HIS TEAM MESS WITH IN D.C. ARE HIS TEAM MESS WITH IN D.C. ARE CASES WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YET. CASES WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YET. CASES THAT ARE EITHER SEALED CASES THAT ARE EITHER SEALED INDICTMENTS IN WHICH THE ALLEGED INDICTMENTS IN WHICH THE ALLEGED PERPETRATORS HAVEN’T BEEN PERPETRATORS HAVEN’T BEEN ARRESTED YET OR OPEN CRIMINAL ARRESTED YET OR OPEN CRIMINAL CASES WHERE CHARGES HAVE NOT CASES WHERE CHARGES HAVE NOT BEEN FILED. BEEN FILED. WHAT ARE THOSE CASES? WHAT ARE THOSE CASES? AND WHAT’S BILL BARR DOING TO AND WHAT’S BILL BARR DOING TO THEM RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK? THEM RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK? AND HOW DO WE GET OUR LEGAL AND HOW DO WE GET OUR LEGAL SYSTEM BACK WHEN THESE GUYS ARE SYSTEM BACK WHEN THESE GUYS ARE DONE WITH IT? DONE WITH IT? HOW DO WE GET THOSE CASES BACK HOW DO WE GET THOSE CASES BACK IF THEY’RE IMPROPERLY TOUCHED? IF THEY’RE IMPROPERLY TOUCHED? BECAUSE WHAT WE’RE LIVING BECAUSE WHAT WE’RE LIVING THROUGH AS OF THIS WEEK IS NOT A THROUGH AS OF THIS WEEK IS NOT A THREAT AT THE RULE OF LAW, WE’RE THREAT AT THE RULE OF LAW, WE’RE EMERGING INTO A REALITY WHERE WE EMERGING INTO A REALITY WHERE WE RECOGNIZE WE HAVE A LACK OF THE RECOGNIZE WE HAVE A LACK OF THE RULE OF LAW. RULE OF LAW. THE RULE OF LAW IS NO LONGER IN THE RULE OF LAW IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT WHEN IT COMES TO CRIMINAL EFFECT WHEN IT COMES TO CRIMINAL CASES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE CASES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. THEY HAVE HIJACKED ONE U.S. THEY HAVE HIJACKED ONE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICES AND ANOTHER ATTORNEY’S OFFICES AND ANOTHER SUPPOSEDLY VERY INDEPENDENT SUPPOSEDLY VERY INDEPENDENT DISTRICT IN NEW YORK DOES NOT DISTRICT IN NEW YORK DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN IMMUNE FROM APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN IMMUNE FROM THIS PRESSURE EITHER. THIS PRESSURE EITHER. THERE’S CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THERE’S CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE THAT RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS OF THAT RAISES SERIOUS QUESTIONS OF THE FACT. THE FACT. GIVEN THAT, WHAT DO WE DO NOW? GIVEN THAT, WHAT DO WE DO NOW? HOW DO WE GET THIS BACK? HOW DO WE GET THIS BACK? HOW MUCH SHOULD WE COUNT ON HOW MUCH SHOULD WE COUNT ON PEOPLE INSIDE THE JUSTICE