Mar
18
2014

Obama's Imaginary Foreign Policy 'Caution'

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The NY Times once again advances the idea that Barack Obama's foreign policy is alarmingly noninterventionist. Which is true, when you discount all the evidence to the contrary.

Dec
29
2013

NYT Benghazi Bombshell: They Reported It Last Year Too

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What Meet the Press's David Gregory described as "a bombshell report in the New York Times [that] could change the debate over the deadly attack" in Benghazi, Libya, was actually old news to careful readers.

Nov
26
2013

Maybe Don't Take Travel Tips From the New York Times

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The New York Times found a place where Americans don't encounter the lack of gratitude they find in countries occupied by US troops. You may have heard of it.

Nov
11
2013

60 Minutes and Benghazi: When a Hoax Sounds Like a Hoax

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Someone at CBS should have known the Benghazi story being peddled by their star witness didn't add up.

Sep
03
2013

U.S. Missiles and 'Pinpoint Accuracy'

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Whenever war is near you can count on U.S. media to tout the lethal efficiency of U.S. weapons

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
19
2013

Richard Engel and U.S. Aid to Egypt

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Since Engel's point was that things must stay as they are, it's not likely that the NBC reporter's words will cause much controversy–certainly things would be different if he'd have given an equally impassioned rationale for cutting off aid to Egypt's military government.

May
28
2013

Bob Schieffer Is Tired of Booking Bad Guests on His Show

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Mainstream reporters are speaking openly about the chilling effect of the Obama White House's investigations into leaks of classified material. But this willingness to talk about how the White House operates can lead some journalists to make some rather strange arguments.

May
17
2013

Is There Really a 'Scandal Trifecta'?

Benghazi, the Justice Department seizing AP phone records, and the IRS targeting Tea Party groups: Much of the Beltway press corps–which has pushed the Benghazi story for months–is seeing the Obama presidency in a state of near free-fall. But what's actually happening?

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.

May
10
2013

Benghazi Bias on One Page

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The controversy over the attacks at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is a great test of the right's tired claim that the corporate media have a liberal bias. If that were true, then this "scandal" would exist almost entirely on Fox News Channel and conservative talk radio.

May
10
2013

When Libyans Die From NATO Airstrikes, It's Not Benghazi

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There's another Libya story that should be getting attention. It's not, and never really has, because the dead are Libyan civilians, killed by U.S./NATO airstrikes.

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.