Media Mashup: June 2, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.49.59 AMCLINTON HATCHET MAN

Cody Shearer, an unsanctioned diplomat and Clinton flunky, has surfaced in connection with “intelligence reports” provided by partner and former Clinton aide Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal. Mr. Shearer, a name few people know outside of the Clinton shock troops, is a shadowy figure who first surfaced various venues in the 1990s, including Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government.

Evidence suggests that Mr. Shearer, working with Mr. Blumenthal, set up shop  in Libya during the revolution there. For an interesting yarn, see http://bit.ly/1FPX4e0

JUST THE FACTS!

So you’ve heard about the health study that chocolate is good for you? Alas, it’s garbage—cooked up by a couple of smart guys who wanted to see how gullible journalists. So the duo set up a fake website to report on health science, which reeled in a bunch of reporters. We wish the same could be shown about political reporters. For details, see http://bit.ly/1eMNob8

CAN WE SAY CLIMATE CHANGE?

In a rare moment of reporting news that is actually fit to print, The New York Times looks at the gloom-and-doom predictions of the 1960s when it was argued that population growth would lead to chaos in the world.

Paul R. Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist, published “The Population Bomb” in 1968. The book sold millions of copies and provided Mr. Ehrlich with almost rock-star fame. He made the following prophecies:

–Millions of people would die of starvation in the 1970s, including many Americans.
–England and India were doomed.
–By 1985, the planet would be incapable of supporting humanity.

Mr. Ehrlich reportedly wasn’t smoking anything back then. He still defends his work. Amazingly, he still has a job at Stanford University. We think he should turn his attention to climate change. For a retro report, see http://nyti.ms/1EMd904

THE DARK WEB

Unless you follow news about the Dark Web, you probably don’t know about Ross Ulbricht. He was convicted of running “Silk Road,” a website that dabbled in drugs and contract hits and has been called a criminal EBay. He was sentenced to life in prison. For an extraordinary look into the dark side, see http://bit.ly/1RwBMav

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