I understand, and appreciate that CNN and MSNBC often gets stuck like glue on the same story all day. Before you ask, yes of course the Zimmerman trial is important, but news networks often ignore important news from around the world, and even neglect to report important events happening in the states. So here are eight news reports that CNN TV and MSNBC TV missed today. Their websites may have covered these items, but their television broadcast did not. I have found the fact that they fail to fully report the news very frustrating as a viewer, that makes viewers have to seek out the information from other sources. I have found that Euro News, and BBC America’s morning World News actually covers actual news. BBC America covers 10x the amount of reports as CNN, and MSNBC.
#1 Bradley Manning Trial Defense Seeks to Dismiss Charges: Other than mentioning it when it first began, I have seen no other mention of Bradley Manning on CNN, or MSNBC. The latest report is that, “Lawyers for accused Army whistleblower Bradley Manning have opened their defense at his military court-martial with a bid to dismiss a number of charges, including aiding the enemy. We’re joined by the former chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, Col. Morris Davis, who has just wrapped two days of testimony for the defense. Davis told the court that many of the files Manning leaked on Guantánamo were already out in the public and that they had no value to enemy groups and could not have harmed U.S. national security. We’re also joined from Fort Meade, Maryland, by Kevin Gosztola, a civil liberties blogger covering the trial for Firedoglake.com and co-author of “Truth And Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning.””
Watch part 2 of this interview: http://bit.ly/153clEG.
#2 Dozens Buried in Landside in Southern China: “Between 30 and 40 people are reported buried in a landslide in China’s southwest Sichuan Province. The landslide, triggered by torrential rain and floods, swept away houses and bridges in rural areas close to Dujiangyan city. Special working teams have been sent out by the government to help with rescue efforts. Some areas have seen more than 500 millimetres of rain and, at the same time, over 48,000 people have been without water supplies for the past six days. Chinese authorities have issued the highest level of rainstorm warnings for the region.”
#3 The Growing Outrage and Protest in Spain Against Corruption: “A corruption scandal which has plagued Spain’s People’s Party for months has intensified after revelations by the former party treasurer. Luis Barcenas claims that the party has been financed illegally for the last 20 years, taking payments from property firms and other companies. Now there are documents to show the scandal goes as high as the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy.The documents published in the newspaper El Mundo show the name of Mariano Rajoy and two payments of 12,600 euros. El Mundo has handed them over to the High Court to be investigated.The ledger was reportedly operated by former party treasurer Luis Barcenas, who is in custody facing trial for corruption and tax fraud. He has denied the allegations but did admit the handwriting was his.The revelations prompted street demonstrations, calling for Rajoy to resign. One woman said: “The People’s Party is synonymous with corruption in all Spanish institutions. For this reason we want an immediate resignation and we call for new general elections as soon as possible”. In Madrid’s corridors of power, ministers in the People’s Party were defending the PM against calls for resignation. The Spanish agriculture minister, Miguel Arias Cañete, told reporters he absolutedly supported Rajoy.”
#4 Donors are Taking U.S. Diplomat Jobs: “Former ambassador likens practice to ‘selling of public office’ as figures show average amount of cash raised is $1.8m per post. President Barack Obama has rewarded some of his most active campaign donors with plum jobs in foreign embassies, with the average amount raised by recent or imminent appointees soaring to $1.8m per post, according to a Guardian analysis. The practice is hardly a new feature of US politics, but career diplomats in Washington are increasingly alarmed at how it has grown. One former ambassador described it as the selling of public office.” Read more: U.S. diplomats cry foul at selling of public office by government
#5 Senate fails to restore lower loan rates for students: “The White House-backed proposal from Democratic leaders would have left interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4% for another year while lawmakers took up a comprehensive overhaul. The one-year stopgap measure failed to overcome a procedural hurdle as Republicans – and a handful of Democrats – urged colleagues to consider a plan now that would link interest rates to the financial markets and reduce Congress’s role in setting students’ borrowing rates. Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the measure. The vote was 51-49, with no Republicans voting to move forward.” Read more: US student loan plan fails for second time in Senate
#6 U.S. arms showing up in hands of Pro-Assad militia: “U.S. and Western weapons have been reaching Iranian-backed Shiite militias fighting to keep Bashar Assad’s forces in power in Syria. Analysts say it’s unclear if the weapons were captured, stolen or bought on the black market in Syria, Turkey, Iraq or Libya. Propaganda photographs from Shiite militias posted on dozens of websites and Facebook pages show the weapons were acquired in new condition, said Phillip Smyth, an analyst for Jihadology.net, a site affiliated with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” Read more: U.S. arms showing up in hands of Pro-Assad militias
#7 London police spend a shocking $16,000 per day to stake out Julian Assange: “According to a new letter from the Metropolitan Police, London is spending an average of £10,982 ($16,384) per day to stake out the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange has been holed up for the last 386 days. The letter was sent by the Met to London assembly member Jenny Jones on July 1, 2013 and received a week later on July 8, 2013. The document states that of the total £3.8 million ($5.6 million) spent between June 2012 and the end of May 2013, £0.7 million of that represented “increased overtime payments.”” Read more: London’s police spend over 16,000 at day to stake out Julian Assange
#8 The Pentagon’s payment quagmire traps soldiers: This story is from July 2, 2013, but there was no mention of it on any of the networks, Reuters did report it however. U.S. Soldiers coming home from duty overseas with injuries and PSTD facing a mountain of bureaucracy to get their pay. Read the story of solider Shawn Aiken who went through it. Read more: How the Pentagon’s payment quagmire traps soldiers