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    Pilger manages Obama article without ‘Uncle Tom’ jibe!

    by Sunny on 17th December, 2008 at 9:36 pm    

    Yes, miracles can happen! Pilger actually managed to write an article about Barack Obama without using a racial slur. This week’s New Statesman carries an article saying the same as what he did a few weeks ago. No mention of a Zionist conspiracy though, this time his object of ire is the appointment of Hillary Clinton. Oh and no usage of ‘Glossy Uncle Tom’ either, like he did in January. On Obama, he’s still talking rubbish, but it’s an improvement I guess.

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    1. ceedee — on 17th December, 2008 at 11:11 pm  

      Pilger can be an irritating git but don’t you too have misgivings about Obama’s appointments?
      If there was any justice in the world (and there ain’t), some of these folk ought to be tried for crimes against humanity, ffs.

      Pragmatic political advice will be valuable in the storm of unrest the economic crisis could unleash in the US but John is not alone in feeling concerned about what these (extreme) bipartisan appointments mean for the priorities of the new administration.

      You see things differently?

    2. Random Guy — on 17th December, 2008 at 11:31 pm  

      Not sure I like your eagerness to lay into anyone who criticises Obama. The man has hardly been in office, so we have another 4 years before we can comment on any improvements in anything really. Pilger is a bastion of integrity in my opinion, and has seen and done a hell of a lot more than any Pickler.

      If he says something, he deserves to be listened to.

    3. Refresh — on 17th December, 2008 at 11:42 pm  

      Sunny you may be at risk of misleading yourself and your readership. I’d rather you explained your rationale for disagreeing with John Pilger, rather than simply sniping. It doesn’t seem all that dignified.

      Pilger is absolutely correct to highlight concerns around Obama appointments. If you wanted to say, “lets wait and see”, then that would be quite OK. Or if you said, “OK Hilary Clinton is there to be used for the good of the US as outlined by Obama” then you should at least attempt to say how Obama can keep her on track.

      But then again it really depends what you are trying to achieve. If its controversy then yes a strategy of little David (that’s you) attacks Goliath (that’s Pilger) will generate that esp. on CiF, but you really do need substance. I think the last CiF article proved it - 970:30 in support of Goliath.

    4. Sunny — on 17th December, 2008 at 11:43 pm  

      Hey, anyone can take the integral opinion when they’re a journalist and real life doesn’t affect them. Politics is rather different my friend - compromises have to made and problems have to be navigated through.

      Anyway, I get sick of repeating myself. On Obama, Pilger is talking out of his arse. On human rights he’s pretty good.

      ceedee - I’m not that worried, as I said here:

      and this article makes the same point:

    5. Sunny — on 17th December, 2008 at 11:45 pm  

      Refresh - How many times would you like me to spell it out? I hate the usage of the word ‘Uncle Tom’, especially from a middle class white boy like Pilger. Idiot thinks he’s down with tha kids for calling a black man Uncle Tom.

      As for the Pilger fanboys who took offence on CIF - that’s water off a ducks back. I had plenty of private thank you messages. I don’t run my life according to abuse on CIF.

    6. Refresh — on 17th December, 2008 at 11:46 pm  

      ‘On Obama, Pilger is talking out of his arse. On human rights he’s pretty good.’

      The question is - How do you know?

    7. Leon — on 18th December, 2008 at 12:03 am  

      Idiot thinks he’s down with tha kids for calling a black man Uncle Tom.

      I don’t know what makes me cringe more, the thought that you might be right or the fact that you just used the words ‘down the kids’!

    8. Sunny — on 18th December, 2008 at 1:17 am  

      I was going to use ‘wit da kids’ but thought that might be pushing it.

    9. Leon — on 18th December, 2008 at 1:38 am  

      Both are painful man, painful! :D

    10. dave bones — on 18th December, 2008 at 2:37 am  

      I hope you are right and we still can “Yes”.

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