Today, after the shooting of Arizona Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Alex Jones' Prison Planet blog and Infowars, by Kurt Nimo, wrote about the corporate and corporate blogs' media coverage of articles, blog posts and commentary about the shooting, pointing out that
In a Tweet, suspected CIA operative Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos wrote sarcastically: “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin.”I appreciate Prison Planet's recognition and InfoWars acknowledgement that the known CIA past and present activities of any public official or member of the public should be noted when writing about that official or person. Readers need to know when reading MAMZ's comments that "suspected CIA operative" Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga's (MAMZ´s) past includes, by his own audio-taped account, (see Trancript) two years of training and working with the CIA, from 2001 until 2003.
Prison Planet gives its readers the opportunity to weigh MAMZ's CIA involvement so that readers can give his comments all of the weight they deserve, and also better understand MAMZ's possible motives in making these comments. When we read MAMZ's comments we must always "take them for what they are worth," as judges take evidence in criminal and civil trials.
I personally believe that MAMZ's short and quotable accusantion against Sarah Palin in this instance is meant to increase his credibility in the mainstream media and among self-professed "progressives", "liberals" and "leftists". MAMZ wants to get out in front and make a comment that his target audience will take as the words of a "leftist", even if this "leftist" was trained at the CIA to infiltrate groups as a "Clandestine Operations" CIA-staffer.
I personally think it's fair to assume that when MAMZ started DailyKos (2002) while training with the CIA (2001-2003), MAMZ availed himself of the help of some of his CIA co-workers'. I cannot prove the veracity of my belief, but I believe the rabid defenses of MAMZ, at DailyKos and elsewhere, is bought and paid for.
It certainly is relevant that a public figure was trained for two years by the CIA, and the Prison Planet website recognizes that relevance when describing MAMZ as a "suspected CIA operative" and then links to a the Truth About Kos Blog article to a Commonwealth Club audio-taped interview of June 2006. In a verbatim transcript of that interview MAMZ is shown to have said,
Here’s a little secret I don’t think I’ve ever written about: But in 2001, I was unemployed, underemployed, unemployed. You know I was in that . . You all have been there “dot com” people? Kinda like, in between jobs, doin’ a little contract work and . . . kinda. So, you know. That’s where I was: in this really horrible netherworld of ‘will I make rent next month’ and . . .
So, I applied to the CIA and I went all the way to the end, I mean it was to the point where I was going to sign papers to become Clandestine Services. And it was at that point that the Howard Dean campaign took off and I had to make a decision whether I was gonna kinda join the Howard Dean campaign, that whole process, or was I was going to become a spy. (Laughter in the audience.) It was going to be a tough decision at first, but then the CIA insisted that if, if I joined that, they’d want me to do the first duty assignment in Washington, DC, and I hate Washington, DC. Six years in Washington, DC [inaudible] that makes the decision a lot easier.
[ . . .] This is a very liberal institution. And in a lot of ways, it really does attract people who want to make a better, you know, want to make the world a better place . . . Of course, they’ve got their Dirty Ops and this and that, right but as an institution itself the CIA is really interested in stable world. That’s what they’re interested in. And stable worlds aren’t created by destabilizing regimes and creating wars. Their done so by other means. Assassination labor leaders . . . I’m kidding!
I think it is fairly obvious why the mainstream press does not print the above information which MAMZ has acknowledged and why they don't ask him to explain his comments more fully: The mainstream press of the left and the right has an unwritten rule that it does not "out" CIA agents and does not report and who has or is working with the CIA, particularly within the United States of America.
[ . . . ] I don’t think it’s a very partisan thing to want a stable world. And even if you’re protecting American interests, I mean that can get ugly at times, but generally speaking I think their hearts in the right place. As an organization their heart is in the right place. I’ve never had any problem with the CIA. I’d have no problem working for them . Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA at the Commonwealth Club.
If the mainstream media reports MAMZ's self-described CIA history then he would no longer be a credible "leader of the left" because the general public would assume that MAMZ is an infiltrator of the Left rather than dedicated leader of public "progressive" opinion. Prison Planet website recognizes that relevance and importance of an employment history that includes CIA training and work in the past and a declaration that the same person that:
I’ve never had any problem with the CIA. I’d have no problem working for them in the present. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA at the Commonwealth Club.Isn't MAMZ effectively telling us that he DOES work for the CIA, since he has never subsequently addressed this topic and has never said that he does NOT work for the CIA? Why doesn't the mainstream press report this question and its relevance to his role in American politics?
That unwritten mainstream press rule that the press will not "out" CIA agents is followed both in the corporate so-called "liberal" news outlets as well as in the right-wing mainstream media. And so when MAMZ calls himself a leader of public opinion, most people are not able to weigh the truth of that against the fact that he was trained by and worked for the CIA at the same time that he opened a "leftist blog".