Jan
10
2014

FAIR TV: Misremembering Fallujah, CNN Climate 'Balance,' Discussing the Left Without the Left

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Media are remembering Fallujah–but what are they forgetting? The CNN debate show Crossfire gives viewers false balance on climate change, and ABC's This Week talks about the "resurgent left"–without much input from the left.

Jan
10
2014

Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2014

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Reports of Al-Qaeda linked fighters taking over the Iraqi city of Fallujah have prompted a lot of media coverage about the US sacrifice there. In the process, the history of the war is being dramatically rewritten.

Jan
06
2014

Forgetting Fallujah

US airstrike, Fallujah, February 2006 (cc photo: James Gordon)

More than a decade later, US media still see Fallujah primarily as a place where US forces suffered–and died–perhaps "in vain." Then and now, the hundreds of Iraqis who died in Fallujah hardly register at all.

Jan
03
2014

Always Turning the Corner in the Afghan War

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Brookings think tank hawk Michael O'Hanlon is on the Washington Post op-ed page today trying to convince readers that there are reasons to be hopeful about the Afghan War. It's a story he's been telling for a while now.

Dec
29
2013

NYT Benghazi Bombshell: They Reported It Last Year Too

New York Times photo of Benghazi

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.

Dec
17
2013

A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US

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What seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. What kind of coverage does an event like that get on US television?

Dec
13
2013

Mandela and Misremembering US History

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U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela's legacy celebrates the late icon's forgiveness. But one area that gets relatively little attention is US support for the racist government Mandela fought against.

Dec
10
2013

USA Today Finds Public Doesn't Like Iran Deal if They Don't Know What's in It

USA Today hyping a poll that contradicts others finding public support for the Iran deal. Has public opinion shifted? Not really–you simply have to look at what the polls are asking.

Dec
09
2013

Hersh: Syria Sarin Story 'Was Bought by the Mainstream Press'

Seymour Hersh (cc photo: Generation Progress)

A new piece by veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh argues that the Obama administration's case against Syria over a sarin gas attack last August relied on cherry-picked intelligence.

Dec
06
2013

NYT Takes Mandela's Death as a Chance to Mock His Fight to Free His Country

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In his obituary for Nelson Mandela, the Times' Bill Keller went into detail about Mandela's armed efforts to overthrow the apartheid state–seemingly in an effort to belittle them.

Dec
06
2013

Nelson Mandela and Nonviolent Resistance

Statue of Nelson Mandela, London (cc photo: George Rex)

Fareed Zakaria said of Nelson Mandela, "He was greatly inspired by Gandhi, by the nonviolent struggle." If you're familiar with Mandela's life story, you know this is misleading.

Dec
04
2013

Why Can't Karzai Be More Blase About US Killing Kids–Like US Press Is?

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It's not unheard of for journalists to express strong opinions about how the United States should conduct its wars. But sometimes reporters express their opinions by attributing them to others.

Nov
28
2013

Pretending a Name Is Still Secret–in the Name of the Cult of Secrecy

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The name of the CIA's station chief in Pakistan is out, and it's been out for a long time; concealing it from US readers doesn't make anyone any safer. But it does help bolster the cult of secrecy,