Feb
25
2014

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

Noam Chomsky (cc photo: Agencia Brasil)

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

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

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.

Feb
22
2014

News From Venezuela–but Where Is It Coming From?

San Christobal, Venezuela (Caracas Chronicles)

How trustworthy are reports that "state-sponsored paramilitaries" are "shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting" against the government of Venezuela?

Feb
21
2014

Time Puffs Mexico's President

TIME-saving-Mexico

Time cheers Mexico's president for 'saving' the country. But why is it that most Mexicans don't seem to care for his brand of market 'reforms'?

Feb
07
2014

You Won't Believe What They Let the President Do in France

Time's Francois Hollande cover

Time's story on French President Francois Hollande is a lengthy, rather predictable argument that his turn to the right is a good idea. But it was hard to get past the very first sentence.

Feb
06
2014

USA Today and SodaStream: Illegal Settlements Are a Matter of Opinion

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USA Today calls the West Bank "a region…on Israel's eastern border" and fails to explain that the Israeli settlements there violate international law.

Jan
30
2014

NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

Funeral of Afghan children killed in US airstrike

New York Times journalists do not like being lied to. Unless it's their own government doing the lying; then they tend to be more forgiving.

Jan
24
2014

Beck: Media Shocked to Find He Isn't 'Anti-Gay, Racist Nutjob'

Glenn Beck (cc photo: Gage Skidmore

"I played a role…in helping tear the country apart," Glenn Beck says. Indeed–not just from his time at Fox, but from years of talk radio broadcasts, and a stint at CNN's Headline News–not to mention his work at his current outlet, The Blaze.

Jan
23
2014

TV Hires That Keep the Debate Narrow

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Corporate media aren't looking to expand the debate on important issues. They're interested in keeping things as narrow as they already are.

Jan
21
2014

Erasing Obama's Record on the Afghan War

US Soldier, Afghanistan (cc photo: US Army/ Michael Casteel)

In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn't ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan

Jan
17
2014

NYT: The Center Is Right in France

Are "economic experts" really gratified by French President Francois Hollande's economic policy ideas? The New York Times cites one, but it's not hard to find other economists who offer a very different take.

Jan
16
2014

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

Wall Street Journal map of Latin America

CNN's Fareed Zakaria– with an assist from the Wall Street Journal–divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Jan
15
2014

Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

CBS reporter Major Garrett discusses the Iran nuclear deal

CBS's Major Garrett says "the next big step" is "persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program entirely"–but it's never been established that Iran has a nuclear weapons program to abandon.