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On 2/9/18 4:35 PM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
According to this article from Newsweek, US Defense Secretary James Mattis
is now saying that the US "has no evidence" that Assad was responsible for
the Khan Sheikhoun sarin attack. What is the thinking of people on this?
Considering that all evidence totally refutes any other "explanation" of
that attack, why would Mattis say that? Is it an indication of the Trump
administration moving even closer to Assad, of their desire to make an
outright deal with him?
Of course, the Assadists will be dancing in the streets with this comment.
How they pick and choose! When the US government makes statements that
don't conform with their preconceived notions, they just dismiss them.
This should be called "Newsweek", not Newsweek. I am going to be writing
a post tomorrow on the horror show going on there now. Here's a preview:
‘Bats–t crazy’ Newsweek staff meeting quickly goes off the rails
By Keith J. Kelly February 7, 2018 | 12:58am | Updated
Newsweek’s interim chief content officer Johnathan Davis tried to quell
an angry staff Tuesday — but may have only thrown gas on the fire, The
Post has learned.
One day after firing editor Bob Roe, executive editor Ken Li and
investigative reporter Celeste Katz, Davis held a late Tuesday meeting
with the news site’s staff, sources said.
But at least one person at the 90-minute meeting described the
get-together as “bats–t crazy.”
Davis — who is a member of the church whose financial ties to the news
site’s parent company, Newsweek Media Group, are said by sources to be a
subject of interest to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office — told
staffers at the meeting that he was never contacted before Roe and Li
assigned reporters to probe any possible church-NMG ties.
The Manhattan DA has been investigating possible ties between NMG and a
Christian church community headed by the Rev. David Jang and a college
founded by his followers, Olivet University.
Olivet has denied any connection between the two.
On Jan. 18, two dozen investigators from the DA’s office raided NMG’s
lower Manhattan offices and took 18 computer servers, sources said.
At the Tuesday meeting, Davis urged staffers to thank Olivet University
for the help it gave the company in the early days, an insider at the
meeting told The Post.
At the conclusion of the meeting, he urged that staffers should all
“join hands and cross the finish line together.” Another source said it
was meant figuratively, and there was not an actual joining of hands.
Davis, a co-owner of NMG, recently rejoined daily operations as the
interim CCO after Dayan Candappa, who had been serving in that role, was
suspended following sexual harassment allegations leveled by a reporter
who worked with him at a previous employer.
The complaint, lodged while both worked at Reuters, contributed to
Candappa getting fired from the global news service.
Davis and Etienne Uzac co-founded IBT Media, which changed its name to
NMG. Both left day-to-day operations at the company after a cash crisis
hit in mid-2016.
When Uzac stepped down as CEO, Dev Pragad was named to the post — a job
he still holds.
Uzac and his wife, Marion Kim, who was director of finance at Newsweek,
resigned last week. Uzac remained NMG’s chairman after stepping down as CEO.
Davis and Uzac remain part-owners.
A second NMG reporter, David Sirota, resigned Tuesday.
“I am deeply upset about the news that has come out about IBT/Newsweek,
but I am honored to have been able to work with a superb team of truly
professional editors and reporters,” Sirota wrote in a farewell note to
his newsletter followers. “They were instrumental in giving me the space
and support that allowed me to produce serious award-winning
investigative journalism under extremely difficult circumstances.”
Sirota, a father of two, had just under four years at the publication.
He said he hopes another media operation seeking an investigative
reporter will hire him.
On Monday, Matt Cooper, a veteran of Newsweek from its glory days in the
’90s — and a star reporter at Time for 15 years — resigned amid the
Cooper had returned to Newsweek in 2014 when the new owners took over.
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