Jun
25
2014

Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

Internet videos of tanks allegedly supplied by Russia to Ukrainian rebels.

Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.

Apr
04
2014

FAIR TV: Russian Troops, Christie's 'Gaffe,' Torture Without the T Word

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Russian troops are massing on the border with Ukraine, set to invade–so say corporate media, relying on unnamed intelligence sources. Plus straight-talking Chris Christie apologizes for straight talk, and the Washington Post's scoop on CIA torture can't say the word "torture."

Nov
28
2013

Pretending a Name Is Still Secret–in the Name of the Cult of Secrecy

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The name of the CIA's station chief in Pakistan is out, and it's been out for a long time; concealing it from US readers doesn't make anyone any safer. But it does help bolster the cult of secrecy,

Nov
25
2013

How Many Unnamed Officials Does It Take to Deny Civilian Deaths?

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What do you do when the president of another country says US forces killed civilians there? You get US and other allied officials to anonymously deny it.

Nov
12
2013

Anonymous Diplomats Tell Other Newspapers…

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The New York Times reports what anonymous officials apparently told other reporters in order to blame Iran for the failure of nuclear talks.

Oct
30
2013

No, You Still Can't Trust What the NSA Says

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One of the most incendiary revelations from the documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggests that the NSA's mass collection of phone records isn't confined to the United States. Reports in Le Monde (10/21/13) and El Mundo¬†(10/28/13) say the NSA is involved in collecting such data in France and Spain, too–millions of phone records in a one-month period from December 2012 to January 2013. Those revelations sparked outrage across Europe. But then another storyline emerged: According to anonymous sources, those reports were wrong, the result of Snowden and/or the journalists writing the stories misunderstanding the documents. According to this […]

Oct
11
2013

FAIR TV: Attacking Disability, 'Good' Government Leaks and Time's Funny Iran History

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60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine's Iran timeline is missing some important history.

Oct
08
2013

Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

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If there's one thing we know, the Obama White House hates leakers. Especially leaks about sensitive national security issues. Except when the leaks are the official kind.

Oct
01
2013

Anonymous Israeli Official Tells Post: You Can't Trust Persians

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Today the Washington Post (10/1/13) has a piece about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased with the thaw in US/Iran relations. That's not surprising. But I was a little surprised that reporters David Nakamura and William Booth allowed this: Israeli leaders fear that the international community, and the United States in particular, is in danger of being duped by the Iranians. One official compared the Americans to tourists wandering into a Middle East bazaar. "The Persians have been using these tactics for thousands of years, before America came to be," said a senior Israeli official, who spoke […]

Sep
10
2013

A 'Message' to Iran–or Misinformation?

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The Washington Post seems to be portraying "Iran's effort to get nuclear weapons" as if it were a fact. It's not–it's an allegation.

May
22
2013

What an Anonymous U.S. Official Says About Iranians in Syria

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Suggesting that the Free Syrian Army believes Iranians are in Syria–which is probably true–is not the same thing as saying "Iran has sent soldiers to Syria" to fight on Assad's behalf.

May
03
2013

Guantanamo Prisoners as 'Reengaged' Terrorists

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If Guantanamo prisoners are being held without charge, and there is no available evidence to charge them with any terrorism-related offenses, why is the Washington Post talking about the possibility that they may "reengage in extremist activity"?

Apr
22
2013

Don't Quote Me by Name, But My Friends the Koch Brothers Respect the Hell Out of Press Freedom

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The New York Times finds anonymous sources to assure us that the Koch brothers are not trying to buy the Tribune newspapers in order to "destroy the other side." But Mother Jones finds an actual person who explains how the Kochs actually treat media outlets whose reporting they don't like.