Assange fumed openly about John Burns and Ravi Somaiya's expose from this past Sunday's Times that characterized the WikiLeaks mastermind as increasingly paranoid, erratic, and dangerously egotistical. "It's a smear piece, and more tabloid behavior by the Times," Assange said of the article. "Is it that only journalists with bad character work for the Times?" he added, before quickly shifting gears to argue that that the paper is beholden to the US military-industrial complex and, as a result, too often confuses a false sense of balance with accuracy. WikiLeaks, Assange maintained, is free from the political constraints that tie the hands of a mainstream media organization like the Times, and so does not have to make editorial concessions to the Pentagon that could compromise its accuracy.
For Assange, the Times's allegedly compromised sense of accuracy clearly extends to the "terrible" article by Burns and Somaiya that seeks to analyze -- though, he would say impugn -- his character and motives. "Mr. Assange has come a long way from an unsettled childhood in Australia as a self-acknowledged social misfit who narrowly avoided prison after being convicted on 25 charges of computer hacking in 1995," reads the beginning of one damning passage.
that's from christopher alessi's 'wikileaks founder lashes out at new york times' (huffington post). reading the snapshot and encountering idiot john f. burns, i called c.i. and said i was going to listen to the takeaway for that and she suggested i also read this piece by alessi which would have been noted in the snapshot if it had been published before c.i. finished dictating the snapshot.
i listened to the takeaway segment for humor reasons only. reading the snapshot, i knew from what c.i. wrote that this was 1 of those don't-miss segments.
john f. burns is the new york times correspondent who ran with dexy filkins all over baghdad. rumors of their visiting whorehouses in baghdad ran rampant. the 2 did conduct lengthy affairs and when their wives were informed, they went whining to their bosses to get a woman fired.
yeah, they cheat and get exposed and it's some 1 else's problem. they're such pigs.
and you know john f. burns was paying for sex because he's butt ugly.
dexy could be good looking but john f. burns -with that ridiculous santa clause-like beard - is butt ugly.
so dexy's wife divorces him and makes off with the condo and much more (as she should) but john f. burns' wife (who also works for the paper) looks the other way.
he seems to think he's married to the world and we're all required to look the other way.
he's such a drama queen.
you really need to hear the segment as he whines that people don't like his writing.
he blames it on bloggers.
maybe it should be blamed on his bad writing?
his sexist writing?
maybe john f. burns needs to accept the fact that he's just not all that.
and that as a known war hawk, people now watch him more closely.
it was hilarious to hear him whine about the meanness of the e-mails he's received and the comments that were so mean and left at his article.
any 1! any 1! can e-mail him, he whined.
yes they can.
would you like to? use this link.
Send an E-Mail to John F. Burns
any 1 can e-mail me, john f. burns.
i get threatening e-mails. i don't whine, little boy.
i suck it up and act like a grown woman.
john f. burns is disgusting. he takes his slams at people and then whines when e-mails object to it.
he's a disgusting piece of trash. a human propagandist.
and, c.i. was right, you really have to hear mister fancy pants, in his british accent, accuse his detractors of being unamerican. it's really something to hear.
what a drama queen.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'