Aug
30
2013

When It Comes to State Violence, Too Much Is Never Enough

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Time magazine's Michael Crowley (9/9/13) offers an analysis of how the Syrian situation reflects on Barack Obama's presidency: Whatever comes of Obama's confrontation with Assad, an even more dangerous confrontation lies in wait–the one with Iran. If another round of negotiations with Tehran should fail, Obama may soon be obliged to make good on his vow to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. "I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests," Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2012. But to his critics, Obama does […]

Aug
30
2013

FAIR TV: Syria and Skepticism; Crossfire's War 'Debate'; WSJ Sees Tea Party Comeback

This week on FAIR TV: Is Syria Iraq all over again? Plus a look at the CNN "debate" over military strikes that didn't have much debate, and the Wall Street Journal sees a big Tea Party "comeback."

Jul
31
2013

NBC Misreports Collateral Murder Video

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Covering the Manning verdict on NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams said that Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski had "covered this story from the start." But you'd have a hard time believing that when you heard the way he described one of the most talked-about aspects of the trial.

Jun
10
2013

What Did Samantha Power Say About Iraq Invasion?

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The New York Times says that UN Ambassador-nominee Samantha Power "criticized the American invasion of Iraq because it lacked the council's stamp, among other reasons." But what did Power actually say about the Iraq War before it happened?

Jun
07
2013

How Many Iraqis Died in the Iraq War?

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How many Iraqis died in the Iraq War? Public responses to that question are disheartening because they reflect a very distorted public perception of the war. But they are indicative of an even bigger problem: corporate media's inadequate coverage of the human costs of U.S.-led wars.

May
14
2013

Bursting Benghazi's Bubble–Only to Boost Bush

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Benghazi isn't the scandal that Obama's critics make it out to be, the Washington Post's Jackson Diehl writes. But the real point of his column is to protect the legacy of the Bush White House's Iraq claims.

Apr
30
2013

Syria and the 'Red Line' Nonsense

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The pundits' message on Barack Obama's talk of a "red line" on Syria is that they are concerned about the credibility of the president's threats of violence–much more so than about the credibility of his evidence.

Apr
30
2013

Breaking with Bush–Many Years Too Late

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When someone says they "broke" with George W. Bush over the Iraq War, you might be inclined to think that they did that sometime before 2006 or so, which is about when Bush strategist-turned-TV pundit Matthew Dowd is saying he left.

Apr
19
2013

Bill O'Reilly Gets Angry Because He Proved David Sirota's Point

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O'Reilly was outraged by Sirota's point that the government's response would be very different–more costly, potentially more violent–if the perpetrators fit a certain profile. This is ironic, because O'Reilly had, the night of the attacks, basically made Sirota's point.

Mar
25
2013

The Media Didn't Fail on Iraq; Iraq Just Showed We Have a Failed Media

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The headline on a story by Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi is "On Iraq, Journalists Didn't Fail. They Just Didn’t Succeed." To make that case, though, he has to redefine "failure" so far down that it's hardly possible to avoid failing.

Mar
22
2013

FAIR TV: Scarborough's War, Steubenville, Drone 'Debate'

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This week on FAIR TV: Joe Scarborough remembers some things about the Iraq War–but forgets the things he said back then. We'll take a look at the CNN Steubenville coverage that had so many critics outraged. And the Washington Post presented two takes on drone deaths in Pakistan.

Mar
22
2013

Washington Post Prints Iraq Lies, 2013 Edition

Thanks to the Washington Post, we're still reading lies about the Iraq War ten years later.

Mar
20
2013

Looking Back at Iraq With…Michael Gordon?

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Ten years ago, a front-page New York Times story helped mislead us into war with the idea that Iraq was trying to procure special aluminum tubes for its nuclear weapons program. Last night, one of the PBS NewsHour's two expert journalists to look back on Iraq was the guy who co-authored that piece.