Apr
09
2014

No, Putin Isn't Following 'Reagan Playbook' in Ukraine–Thank God

Death squad victims, El Salvador (cc photo: John Hoagland)

When the Washington Post's David Ignatius writes a column headlined "Putin Steals the CIA's Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations," is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?

Dec
13
2013

Mandela and Misremembering US History

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U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela's legacy celebrates the late icon's forgiveness. But one area that gets relatively little attention is US support for the racist government Mandela fought against.

Dec
06
2013

NYT Takes Mandela's Death as a Chance to Mock His Fight to Free His Country

Nelson Mandela, 1961

In his obituary for Nelson Mandela, the Times' Bill Keller went into detail about Mandela's armed efforts to overthrow the apartheid state–seemingly in an effort to belittle them.

Dec
06
2013

Nelson Mandela and Nonviolent Resistance

Statue of Nelson Mandela, London (cc photo: George Rex)

Fareed Zakaria said of Nelson Mandela, "He was greatly inspired by Gandhi, by the nonviolent struggle." If you're familiar with Mandela's life story, you know this is misleading.

Oct
30
2013

Music as a Weapon? It's No Joke

Britney Spears; Somali Pirates (FoxNews.com)

Joking about pop music that's so bad it's painful helps obscure the all-too-serious use of sound as a weapon that causes actual pain.

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.

Jul
09
2013

Rehabilitating Bush at ABC News

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George W. Bush doesn't speak to the press much, but based on the fawning treatment he got from ABC News' Jonathan Karl, he might want to re-consider.

Apr
15
2013

Authoritarian Allies & the Myth of U.S. 'Leverage'

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The record of the U.S. government's support for authoritarian, corrupt and/or murderous regimes is not really up for debate. The only question is whether one believes that the U.S. extends such support despite a deep-seated preference for democratic rule and human rights.

Mar
12
2013

What U.S. Commitment to African Justice and Human Rights?

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It was not altogether surprising to see a headline in the New York Times, "Leader of Vote Count in Kenya Faces U.S. With Tough Choices." The "tough choice" is apparently that the candidate in the lead, Uhuru Kenyatta, has a terrible human rights record.

Aug
22
2012

NY Times and the Myth of 'U.S. Ideals'

Meles Zenawi

There's nothing quite like the demise of a U.S-allied dictator to get the Paper of Record talking about the "clash" between U.S. "ideals" and the actual policies the country carries out. Today's New York Times (8/22/12) carries the headline "Ethiopian Leader's Death Highlights Gap Between U.S. Interests and Ideals," under which Jeffrey Gettleman lays out the case that the United States kept Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, who died early this week, in the "good guy" column despite our normally idealistic approach to world affairs. Gettleman writes that Zenawi extracted prized intelligence, serious diplomatic support and millions of dollars in aid […]

Mar
07
2011

Yellowcake? From Africa?

Drudge Report headline, right now: CLAIM: Iran Arranging to Buy Yellowcake in Africa… Is my computer a time machine, traveling back to 2002-03?

Jan
06
2011

NYT Should Talk to Those Liberal Activists Who Oppose Helping Poor African Women

Reporting on variousWhite House personnel changes, specifically the idea that Clinton administration veteran Gene Sperlingwill soon head the National Economic Council, the New York Times explains (1/6/11): Mr. Sperling, much like Mr. Obama, is a liberal but with a pragmatic bent. "Pragmatic," in corporate media code, means "centrist," because it's an article of faith in journalistic circles that smart Democrats move away fromtheir progressive base. The Times adds: Some liberal activists have opposed his becoming the director because of his openness to compromise with Republicans, and because he once was a well-paid consultant to Goldman Sachs, managing a charitable program […]