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
02
2014

Time Journalists: Report to the Business Department

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Time, Inc newsrooms will soon be reporting to the business side of the company– a concept which, as the New York Times notes, was "once verboten at journalistic institutions."

Nov
22
2013

Peculiarly Oriental Iranians

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But the idea that Iranians are inherently more suspicious is widespread. Time magazine's Karl Vick wrote a piece for the Time website that asserted that "Iranians are masters of what has been termed 'Oriental indirection.'"

Nov
14
2013

Attributing Weather Events to Climate Change Is the Easy Part

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Climate change caused Typhoon Haiyan–in the basic and obvious sense that Haiyan would not have happened in the absence of climate change.

Oct
30
2013

Music as a Weapon? It's No Joke

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Joking about pop music that's so bad it's painful helps obscure the all-too-serious use of sound as a weapon that causes actual pain.

Oct
17
2013

Time's Take Two on Iran: Are They Reading This Blog?

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Time's blog runs a piece on Iran that includes everything that was missing from a recent Time magazine history of US-Iran relations.

Oct
11
2013

FAIR TV: Attacking Disability, 'Good' Government Leaks and Time's Funny Iran History

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60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine's Iran timeline is missing some important history.

Oct
04
2013

What's Missing From Time's Iran Timeline

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It's not easy to summarize a half century of more of history, but the items selected by Time to represent key events in US/Iranian relations are more than a little curious.

Sep
23
2013

Whistleblowers and Mass Shooters: Time Connects the Dots

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Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and mass shooters Nidal Hassan and Aaron Alexis: Time wonders how these four dangerous individuals managed to slip through the system?

Sep
13
2013

From Time to State PR: A Big Jump?

The latest media-politics revolving door news is that Time managing editor Richard Stengel is leaving the magazine and heading over to the State Department to be the new undersecretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs. That's PR–or maybe propaganda, if you prefer that term.

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
01
2013

The Government Can't Prove Bradley Manning Hurt Anyone–but Joe Klein Knows

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The government isn't having much luck showing the real world harm done by Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks. Perhaps they should call in Time columnist Joe Klein–he knows "for a fact" that bad things happened.

Jul
09
2013

Time Sends Simpson and Norquist to the Zoo

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Policy debates are only as broad as the establishment media allow them to be. And on this particular issue–fiscal policy, or what decisions the government should make about spending and revenues–the media tend to prefer staying within what you might call a center-right spectrum of opinion,