Aug
15
2014

FAIR TV: Ferguson, Back to Iraq and Disputing Gaza Deaths

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Some good–and not so good–media reactions to the police killing of Michael Brown. Plus pundits wonder what took Obama so long to bomb Iraq, and two papers try to raise doubts about the death toll in Gaza.

Aug
12
2014

If Only Obama Had Bombed More, and Sooner

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More US bombing is a message corporate media are eager to amplify.

Jul
01
2014

Repeal the Bill Kristol Permanent Punditry Act!

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The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel confronted Bill Kristol on ABC about his disastrous Iraq War advocacy. One has to wonder why Kristol was there in the first place.

Jun
27
2014

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can't Use

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On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what 'won' the Iraq War shouldn't be treated as if it's a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Jun
27
2014

This Sunday, a Different Kind of Iraq War Booster: Bill Clinton

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NBC Meet the Press taps Bill Clinton to talk Iraq. But will viewers know that Clinton was also a crucial supporter of the invasion?

Jun
24
2014

Gas Prices 'Skyrocketing'? You'd Better Duck

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You're not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq–but corporate media can't stop talking about oil and Iraq.

Jun
24
2014

Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

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Many corporate news accounts treat the chaos in Iraq as proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley's cover story for Time, "The End of Iraq," might be the quintessential example.

Jun
23
2014

Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq

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NBC's David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "well-briefed" on the US position on Iran's nuclear program. But that shouldn't be confused with being knowledgeable.

Jun
20
2014

FAIR TV: War Pundits Time Warp, Framing Iraq, NBC Self-Promotion

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It's 2003 all over again, as Iraq "experts" who promoted the 2003 invasion are back on TV screens offering expert analysis about what to do next. And we take a look at some of the revealing language US reporters are employing to frame Iraq as a place that keeps forcing the US to attack it. Plus, NBC's "news" division promotes its corporate cousins over at Universal.   Watch:

Jun
20
2014

Iraq and Your Gas Tank

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When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.

Jun
20
2014

The Iraq Surge 'Worked' All Over Again

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Treating "the US troop surge worked" argument as a fact, as Engel is doing, is very dangerous–since it logically suggests that it is only the presence of US troops that can keep Iraq safe.

Jun
18
2014

'Drawn Back Into War' in Iraq

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It's revealing to see how reporters talk about the prospect of the United States military going back to war in Iraq. Indeed, many reporters made it sound like something that was being done *to* the United States:

Jun
18
2014

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?