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.

Dec
02
2013

Obamacare as a 'Big Government' Failure

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Pundits' discussions of the Affordable Care Act rollout assumes that the law represents some kind of "activist government" intervention to disrupt the normally smooth workings of the private sector. But that is neither the intent nor the effect of the law.

Nov
28
2013

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

PTI officials naming CIA official.

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,

Nov
26
2013

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

American flag in Benghazi

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
25
2013

How Many Unnamed Officials Does It Take to Deny Civilian Deaths?

Hamid Karzai (cc photo: Smithsonian/Jim Wallace)

What do you do when the president of another country says US forces killed civilians there? You get US and other allied officials to anonymously deny it.

Nov
25
2013

NYT Miscounts Obama's Afghan Troops Numbers

US special forces in Afghanistan (cc photo: US Navy/Clayton Weis)

Most people know that Obama did not take office in 2010. So why offer that as the starting point in an analysis of how Obama is "bring[ing] the troops home" from Afghanistan?

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
15
2013

Obama's Deadly Website Compared to Katrina

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To some people, a new law that is running into technical problems with a poorly designed website is not really the same as a massive disaster in one of America's iconic cities that killed almost 2,000 people.

Nov
14
2013

Iran's Suspicious Smile

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Tom Friedman of the New York Times opened up his November 13 column with this:  It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program It goes without saying that this is deeply misleading. Iran, as most people following this story are surely aware, is not known to have any such weapons program. There are suspicions, mostly coming from some US and Israeli officials, that the country's enrichment activities are intended to produce a nuclear weapon. But international […]

Nov
14
2013

Attributing Weather Events to Climate Change Is the Easy Part

Typhoon Haiyan

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

Nov
14
2013

Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change: Why 'We Can't Say for Sure' Is Wrong

Super Typhoon Haiyan Bears Down On Philippines

In a rational world, Typhoon Haiyan would get media talking about climate change. But at the moment, it's barely part of the conversation.

Nov
12
2013

Anonymous Diplomats Tell Other Newspapers…

New York Times building (cc photo: Francis Wu)

The New York Times reports what anonymous officials apparently told other reporters in order to blame Iran for the failure of nuclear talks.

Oct
23
2013

iPads, Flying Pets and Other Things More Newsworthy Than Deadly Drone Strikes

People gather near the wreckage of a car destroyed by a U.S. drone air strike that targeted suspected al Qaeda militants in August 2012, in al-Qatn

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both released reports on civilian deaths from US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Despite being front-page news in the New York Times, the reports were absent from the network evening newscasts.