Mar
18
2014

Obama's Imaginary Foreign Policy 'Caution'

Civilians killed in 2009 in Narang, Afghanistan (cc photo: RAWA)

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.

Mar
14
2014

FAIR TV: Delusional Putin, Conflicted Pundit, We're All Rich!

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Tracing the "Putin is delusional" storyline. CBS gives viewers an energy expert who just so happens to work for the oil industry. And there's good economic news: We're all rich again! Well, not all of us.

Mar
14
2014

Will Twisted History of Georgian War Facilitate a Repetition?

Russian peacekeeping barracks in Ossetia, 2008 (cc photo: Dmitrij Steshin/Wikimedia)

In reporting and commentary on Ukraine, the 2008 Russo-Georgian War provides a handy anti-Russian talking point…if you leave out half the story.

Mar
12
2014

Is Putin Delusional–or Is NYT a 'Megaphone for Propaganda'?

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Tracing back the story about Vladimir Putin being out of touch reality, one journalist sees it as a prime example of how media outlets can "become a megaphone for propaganda."

Mar
11
2014

What if NYT Factchecked Netanyahu's Claims?

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If the New York Times pointed out that Israel was making debunkable claims about Iranian weapons programs, it might make readers less inclined to accept Israel's unverifiable claims about Iranian weapons shipments.

Mar
11
2014

CBS Fails to Disclose Energy Guest's Industry Ties

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A CBS guest is asked about Ukraine and "the energy equation." But viewers weren't told that he's a lobbyist for the oil/gas industry.

Mar
07
2014

FAIR TV: Ukraine Hysteria, US Hypocrisy, Keystone Protest

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This week: US media go into overdrive over Russia/Ukraine, painting the conflict as proof that Barack Obama isn't feared enough. Plus pundits laugh at Putin's delusion–but what about John Kerry's? And a big anti-Keystone XL rally at the White House hardly makes the news.  Watch:

Mar
07
2014

Denying the Far-Right Role in the Ukrainian Revolution

Flags of the Ukrainian Nationalist Congress (cc photo: Antanana/Wikimedia)

To maintain a simple good vs. evil framework, the fact that Ukraine's neo-fascist movement had a significant role in the opposition to Yanukovych–and the government that replaced him–was downplayed or even outright denied.

Mar
05
2014

Putin's 'Delusions' and Double Standards

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Media are suggesting that Russian leader Vladimir Putin's defense of his actions in Ukraine suggests he is delusional. But what do they call it when US leaders appear unable to remember US invasions of other countries?

Mar
04
2014

The Good Kind of Protesters–and the Bad Kind

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The complex anti-government protest movements in both Venezuela and Ukraine were boiled down by US corporate media to send a clear message to their domestic audience: These are the good guys.

Feb
27
2014

NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

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Activists call on the New York Times to correct a faulty report on Venezuela– and they do.

Feb
25
2014

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

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Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.

Feb
25
2014

'El Chapo' and El Banco

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While the only questions regarding Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's prosecution appear to be where and when, things were different when it came to prosecuting the institution that supported what Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton called "the lifeblood" of the Sinoloa Cartel's operations.