Talk About Politicizing Intelligence! Meet John Brennan, CIA Chief Designee

Reading Time: 6 minutes President Obama’s nominee for the next CIA director has a long and foggy relationship with the truth. He’s presided over a number of matters that just don’t add up, but that scored political points—perfect topics for Senate confirmation hearings. A really brave senator would be rubbing his or her hands together in anticipation.

PODCAST: Russ Baker on George HW Bush, guns, news timing, Syria and more

Reading Time: 1 minute In this interview with host Pat Thurston on the popular San Francisco-based KGO, Russ discusses less publicized aspects of George HW Bush’s life, makes new enemies over guns, explains why timing is everything in the news business, and laments the media’s failure to level with the public over Syria. Plus more.

The Viral Video That Could Wound Obama—and the Hidden Agenda Behind It

Reading Time: 7 minutes You may not have seen the “Irina” video. But millions have. Could this criticism of Obama on Israel, Iran and terrorism itself be a dirty trick with a hidden, unrelated purpose? See what you think.

Documentaries We Like: Chasing Ice

Reading Time: 1 minute Friends don’t let friends continue to believe there’s no climate change when they could simply show them Chasing Ice. This is not only the most powerful visual evidence of global catastrophe, it’s also one of the most disarmingly beautiful and riveting films you may ever see. Here’s a preview: opens around the US in November.

Documentaries We Like: Escape Fire

Reading Time: 1 minute We all know that the health care situation in America cannot continue as is. It is totally untenable. To get the discussion started about concrete steps we can take, as a society and as individuals, there’s the new documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.

RadioWHO Russ Baker in New Mexico KFUN

Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker interviewed on KFUN Las Vegas, NM, about mineral deposits in Afghanistan and what those may have had to do with initial decision to invade that country; also state of the media, the consequences of consumerism and uncontrolled growth, presidential priorities and the differences between the candidates (what ways they are and are not so different.)

RadioWhoWhatWhy

Reading Time: 1 minute Russ Baker interviewed by Jay Taylor on our hidden history—the big picture you are not getting in the convention coverage. Find out why neither the Democrats nor Republicans will diverge very much from policies that benefit the few.

TVWHO: R.I.P., Gore Vidal

Reading Time: 1 minute Gore Vidal, a towering figure who went where others dared not. Here he is, with his usual bracing presentation (from a 2009 appearance). SEE VIDEO INSIDE.