Zombie lies

Jeff Goldberg is still pimping the Iraq-Al Qaeda links:

I realize that Saddam had no relationship at all with al Qaeda (despite the volumes of evidence that suggest the contrary — if you’re clicking through, I suggest Volumes Two through Four in particular).

Update. This Juan Cole piece (via El Cid) on Jeff Goldberg is very good:

He is the Rottweiler of ideologues when it comes to making sure that no Israeli policy is ever criticized by anyone without his branding the critics bigots and even genocidal. Since, as noted, Goldberg is possibly still an Israeli army reservist and actively served in the Israeli Army as a prison guard during the first Intifada or Palestinian uprising, I can’t understand why anyone takes him seriously when he lashes out at critics of Israeli policy. I mean, what would you expect? If an Arab-American had served in the Palestine Authority police, would anyone give him a perch at The Atlantic and routinely bring him on CNN to denounce critics of Mahmoud Abbas?






39 replies
  1. 1
    El Cid says:

    No volumes of evidence suggest the contrary. He’s a liar. But it doesn’t matter, because it has to do with supporting a hawk agenda to blow the shit out of Arabs and Muslims, so, lying about it and faking source testimony and reliability isn’t something which would get in the way of being a well respected professional by your billion dollar media peers.

  2. 2
    Yutsano says:

    Jaysus Tapdancing Christ on a pogo stick, haven’t we heard enough out of this damn fartknocker lately? You got your trophy with Dave Weigel Jeffy my boy, stop playing Judith Miller now and go observe the Sabbath or something.

  3. 3
    El Cid says:

    Juan Cole, a while back, reminding us of the role of this dedicated, neutral professional.

    More recently I have provoked the ire of a burly former Israeli military prison guard at the notorious Ketziot detention camp during the first Intifada, who is among our foremost journalists of the Middle East and given a prominent perch at The Atlantic magazine — Jeffrey Goldberg.

    Of course, that was when he was drafted, and he was young, and he was horrified by those abuses, so horrified he committed himself to aid the effort to lie the American people into a war and occupation of Iraq.

  4. 4
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @El Cid: Whot he said. Fuck Jeffrey Goldberg with a very rusty pitchfork. And, rumor has it he is considered a liberal. Is this true?

    By the way, FH#3, I can’t get a bead on your sleep schedule. Do you have one? (That’s you, El Cid).

  5. 5
    Silver says:

    The man is a cunt. Move along, he’s not going to change.

    Ponies! Some people say that his wife actually fucks the horses. Since I’m not a journalist, I cannot say if this is true or not. It does seem prudent to firebomb his entire street though, just in case there is bestiality involved.

  6. 6
    El Cid says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I can’t predict it either. Sometimes I’m up when I’d rather be, and need to be, sleeping.

  7. 7
    El Cid says:

    Someone tell Goldberg that there are these awesome documents provided by Italian intelligence sources which show that a prime minister not in power in Niger wanted to sell Saddam hundreds of tons of yellowcake uranium of which Iraq already had thousands and thousands of tons but not the technical capacity to make weapons from it and presumably Iraq would take this uranium from a French-run and French-guarded facility in the middle of Niger and truck it over the desert and no one would notice because the no-fly zones imposed by the U.S. and U.K. meant that it would be hard to see dozens of Iraqi semis making their way across North Africa.

    This is an important story. He can ask Hitchens to cross-reference his fabulations.

  8. 8
    mclaren says:

    Cole already posted about this. “Stepping in dogshit.” When you read a Jeffrey Goldberg column, the way it squishes between your bare toes and makes your feet slide on the bathroom floor is absolutely hair-raising…

  9. 9
    Gina says:

    I find this assessment of Goldberg to be extremely offensive – to my Rottweilers. I may have to send Tank over there to smooch some sense into that other J. Cole.

  10. 10
    Mark S. says:

    I love watching that odometer roll over. Goldberg’s 100th post today on Dave Weigel:

    I think this makes entirely too much of this episode. We’re talking about a 30-something blogger for a fading newspaper, not the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan. And who really cares if conservatives believe that The Post is not properly attuned to their ideology or activities? And who cares if liberals believe that the Post misunderstands them as well? Is that now the role of a newspaper — to tailor reporting to the needs of specific parties or ideologies?

    Jeffrey, look in the mirror: You care. You haven’t even surfed for any porn today because you’ve spent the whole time obsessing over this. Step away from the computer, go get drunk, and try to find a hooker that looks like Dave Weigel. We’re all pulling for you on this one.

  11. 11
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Mark S.: WTF? He’s concern-trolling himself now? My head is spinning from how quickly he’s revolting–and I do mean that in the literal sense of the word.

  12. 12
    NobodySpecial says:

    @Mark S.:

    Jeffrey, look in the mirror: You care. You haven’t even surfed for any (ed.- war) porn today because

    he gets his direct from the Shin Bet.

    Sorry, was that not a fill-in-the-blank?

  13. 13
    El Cid says:

    Well,

    If an Arab-American had served in the Palestine Authority police, would anyone give him a perch at The Atlantic and routinely bring him on CNN to denounce critics of Mahmoud Abbas?

    Of course the billion dollar media would do this. It’s what they always do. It’s called ‘balance’ and ‘being neutral’ and giving ‘both sides’, because if they didn’t do that then it wouldn’t look fair and it would look like our majestic professional neutral journalistic expert billion dollar media was falling to one side or another in an issue.

  14. 14
    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: One would think Jeffy would have better reason to wet his pants, like, say, Obama being soft on terror. But I guess we all pick our crosses to die upon.

    DougJ: you’re surfing on Bill E Pilgrim’s couch. It’s okay man, you’re among friends, you can fess up.

  15. 15
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Yutsano: Yes, well, one cannot assume that Goldberg is, in fact, thinking at all. I see no evidence that he has a working brain.

  16. 16
    Steeplejack says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    Fuck Jeffrey Goldberg with a very rusty pitchfork.

    You know, language like that could get you banned from JournoList. Or so I have heard. Watch yourself.

  17. 17

    I read the wapo ombudsman’s post about the weigel imbroglio earlier and I just had to wonder when these fuckers are going to grow a pair and tell the right wing puke funnelers to stfu? You don’t gain anything by falling on the sword here.

    As someone mentioned earlier, why didn’t one of those big brains in the front office refuse to let weigel resign? Why didn’t someone say “listen, we print several of your bullshit artists on a regular basis, so if you don’t like it you can suck. On. It.

    He’ll, I might even subscribe if they did that, and I don’t live anywhere near dc,

    Maybe if the post had some cojones, the wringers wouldn’t be so quick to pull this kind of shit.

    I know, wish in one hand …

  18. 18
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Steeplejack: Well, damn it! I won’t retire from my imaginary job at WaPo. They will have to fire me, and they can fuck themselves with a very rusty pitchfork as well.

    @arguingwithsignposts: No shit. But, you know as well as I do that WaPo sucks donkey balls, and badly at that.

  19. 19
    Gina says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    you know as well as I do that WaPo sucks donkey balls, and badly at that.

    Purulent donkey balls. Festering, fetid, malodorous gangrene-ridden donkey balls.

  20. 20
    Steeplejack says:

    @asiangrrlMN:

    They will have to fire me, and they can fuck themselves with a very rusty pitchfork as well.

    You know, I had not considered before how truly versatile your approach is. Kudos.

  21. 21
    Steeplejack says:

    @Gina:

    Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! You’re hitting a little close to home there. Just sayin’.

    God, I think I am channeling late-night Just Some Fuckhead.

  22. 22
    Anne Laurie says:

    It would be wrong to call Jeffrey Goldberg a modern kapo, but I’m not finding a better term for a low-level thug who’s found a prosperous niche using his own petty grievances in the service of a bunch of psychopaths (the Cheney Regency warbloggers).

  23. 23
    Yutsano says:

    @Anne Laurie: Pointy-haired boss?

  24. 24
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Gina: Pure poetry, Madam!

    @Steeplejack: Yes. A rusty pitchfork can be used in so many different ways.

  25. 25
    Capn America says:

    @Mark S.:
    This from a guy who was hired for the sole reason that the owners of the Atlantic felt they should have a ethnocentric Jewish person to balance out the minority (Coates), female (McArdle), and gay (Sully) viewpoints.

  26. 26
    Emma says:

    arguingwithsignposts: Don’t be silly. The Washington Post brought down a Republican president thirty years ago and has been grovelling in apology ever since.

    Or at least since the last of their great editor/owners died.

  27. 27
    Quiddity says:

    Clearly, Goldberg would benefit from some civility-oriented toilet training. What a condescending prick.

    But on a more serious note, I think we should group Jefferey Goldberg with other respected Middle East scholars like Frank Gaffney, Michael Ledeen, and Stephen Hayes.

  28. 28
    Kryptik says:

    Oh, good Greasy Cheesus Crust.

    I echo the parts about Goldberg and the pitchforks. Not only is he a smug, self-serving, gladhanding asshole, but he’s peddling shit that even Cheney and co. have dropped because that dog don’t hunt.

  29. 29
    Jared says:

    I’m interested in this for the it’s-a-small-world reason that a dear friend’s dad is a former president of the FAS, and my friend certainly was/is a skeptic of that war. I imagine he is as well…Has anyone on the intertubes engaged the report in terms a layman could understand? If so, I would like to read it.

    Thx.

  30. 30
    tomvox1 says:

    Could it be that Jeffrey Goldberg is actually working as a propaganda agent for Israel (and I do mean in an official and covert capacity, not just as another “Israel right or wrong” hack)? If he is still in the IDF reserves and all that, what would be so far-fetched if he had been tasked by the Israeli intelligence services with the mission of posing as an “objective” journalist to attack in print and on TV all threats to Israel’s policy aims with regard to the Palestinians? Hmmm… I would bet money on it and I would also bet that he is not the only intelligence operative/plant in the mainstream media.

  31. 31
    Midnight Marauder says:

    @Mark S.:

    The guy had 7 “posts” about the incident before midnight yesterday. You can’t pull the “I think this makes entirely too much of this episode” when you have dedicated your entire blogging prowess to “covering” said episode.

    And this just made me LOLerskate all over the place:

    In reference to my previous post on Dave Weigel, Josh Marshall writes:

    Jeffrey Goldberg brings ‘make everything about Israel’ to the parody stage.

    A friend of mine once bet me that I wouldn’t be able to work Israel into the lede of a story about NASCAR. I wanted to take him up on the bet, except that I couldn’t, because I only write about Israel.

    Idiot.

  32. 32
    Tang says:

    Wait a minute. If there are captured Iraqi documents showing evidence of Iraqi support for al-Qaeda, how does Goldberg being a Jew disprove the Iraqi documents?

  33. 33
    Tang says:

    This is quite a better rebuttal of Goldberg’s position:

    While these documents do not reveal direct coordination and assistance between the Saddam regime and the al Qaeda network, they do indicate that Saddam was willing to use, albeit cautiously, operatives affiliated with al Qaeda as long as Saddam could have these terrorist-operatives monitored closely.

    From the second to last page of Volume 2 in Goldberg’s own citation.

  34. 34
    Joseph Nobles says:

    From Greenberg’s link:

    While these documents do not reveal direct coordination and assistance between the Saddam regime and the al Qaeda network, they do indicate that Saddam was willing to use, albeit cautiously, operatives affiliated with al Qaeda as long as Saddam could have these terrorist–operatives monitored closely. Because Saddam’s security organizations and Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network operated with similar aims (at least in the short term), considerable overlap was inevitable when monitoring, contacting, financing, and training the same outside groups. This created both the appearance of and, in some ways, a “de facto” link between the organizations.

    By these standards, Fox News and Al Jazeera are exactly the same.

  35. 35
    El Cid says:

    @Joseph Nobles: It’s well known that there are dudes named Osama who lived in Iraq. What more evidence do you need?

  36. 36
    licensed to kill time says:

    __

    I realize that Saddam had no relationship at all with al Qaeda (despite the volumes of evidence that suggest the contrary)

    Jules: Check out the big brain on Goldberg! You’re a smart motherfucker. … What’s in this?
    Goldberg: Evidence.
    Jules: Evidence, good. You mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down?
    Goldberg: Go right ahead.

    Jules: [Jules shoots Goldberg on the couch] I’m sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn’t mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What’s the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort.

    (Just to show that Pulp Fiction lines can be adapted to fit any situation, kinda like Goldberg’s idea of “facts”and “evidence”.)

    Oops, did I just fantasize about Jules shooting Goldberg? Holy shit, I’ma hafta fire myself.

  37. 37
    Ted666 says:

    There is an Israeli agent in the office next door to the Oval. Funny no one ever mentions that.

  38. 38
    paperbagmarlys says:

    …If he is still in the IDF reserves and all that, what would be so far-fetched if he had been tasked by the Israeli intelligence services with the mission of posing as an “objective” journalist to attack in print and on TV all threats to Israel’s policy aims with regard to the Palestinians?…

    Has anyone ever asked Goldberg straightup “Are you still working for the Israeli government?” I know, I know, he’d say no regardless of the truth of the matter but it seems like a question that should be asked.

  39. 39
    Observer says:

    Jeff (not Jonah) Goldblog is balanced.

    It’s fun watching stupid people misrepresent his views. By stupid people I mean the cesspool that BJ has become.

    That’s you.

    Amusingly, this last month, I first go to WaPo for intelligent comment these last few weeks. Thankfully Ezra still has his job.

    That’s after Ackerman, Cole (Juan), Abu, FP, event FT, and several other non-American news sources such as Diaa Hadid, Emptywheel, Lynch (on an unusual roll of lucidity), and Danger Room.

    Hell even Sully makes more sense then you mouth breathers.

    Goldblog is respected in the mixed opinion blogstream.

    It’s a measure of how trashy John and Doug have become the last few months that stupid people, again that means you folks here, can’t find your brain from the large log you leave every third week in your toilet. At least try yogurt.

    Quick, go close an IT ticket.

    Back? Yes, you’re still barely past dittohead.

    It cracks me up that the trolls of BJ three months now run the roost.

    Gratz John. Ding. You de-leveled.

Comments are closed.