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PBC News & Comment: In Assange Coverage, Corporate Media Show True Colors

Instead of standing firmly for the right to publish, most American media demonize Assange and downplay threat to media freedom…–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola points out that the indictment is about attempted “computer intrusion” but uses language from the Espionage Act

–Glenn Greenwald calls out false reporting that the indictment is based on new information, and a pretext to punish publication of secrets

–Greenwald’s live interview on NPR disappeared from the archives after host screwed up from the get-go, but you can hear it here

–at ConsortiumNews, Jonathan Cook rants that 7 years of lies about Assange won’t stop now

–at NY Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg kicks Assange, then worries about the precedent

–reacting, Hillary Clinton is restrained, doesn’t invoke Russiagate

–but Rachel Maddow and the WashPost, NY Times relentlessly stoke the Russiagate narrative in covering Assange indictment

–Bill Barr’s comments about investigating the Mueller investigation rile the promoters, including Jimmy “The Perjurer” Clapper

–GOP operative Sam Patten gets probation for lobbying for Ukraine, as Dem operative Greg Craig is charged in the same general case

–Steve Volker, the attorney who won injunction to block Keystone XL, predicted on March 21 that Trump would claim to be above the law; he was right

–Trump signs orders to bulldoze legal hurdles like court injunctions

–in Israel, Netanyahu appears to prevail in election after unprecedented meddling by Trump

–Omar Barghouti, co-founder of BDS movement, is denied entry to US

–EU relents, gives Britain till Halloween to Brexit

–after months of protest, Sudan’s strongman steps down after 30 years, replaced by new military regime

–Trump relishes renewed threat to release immigrants waiting for asylum ruling to sanctuary cities like San Francisco

–is Michael Avenatti a crook, or is he getting bicoastal payback for representing Stormy Daniels?

–as expected, craven senators confirm former oil lobbyist David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

–in ugly drama at 3am, GOP majority on Supreme Court insists that Alabama execution go forward

–New Hampshire legislature has veto-proof margins in ending death penalty