Oct
30
2013

No, You Still Can't Trust What the NSA Says

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One of the most incendiary revelations from the documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggests that the NSA's mass collection of phone records isn't confined to the United States. Reports in Le Monde (10/21/13) and El Mundo (10/28/13) say the NSA is involved in collecting such data in France and Spain, too–millions of phone records in a one-month period from December 2012 to January 2013. Those revelations sparked outrage across Europe. But then another storyline emerged: According to anonymous sources, those reports were wrong, the result of Snowden and/or the journalists writing the stories misunderstanding the documents. According to this […]

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.

Oct
22
2013

Does Being a Pundit Ever Mean Having to Say You're Sorry?

"The early denunciations of Snowden now seem both over the top and beside the point," the Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes. He should know–he wrote one of them. And now he says his initial reaction was "just plain wrong."

Oct
08
2013

Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

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If there's one thing we know, the Obama White House hates leakers. Especially leaks about sensitive national security issues. Except when the leaks are the official kind.

Oct
03
2013

Shutdown: Media SHOULD Play the Blame Game

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Media like to dismiss the partisan "blame game," but in cases like this placing blame is something that journalism ought to do.

Oct
01
2013

Anonymous Israeli Official Tells Post: You Can't Trust Persians

Bazaar in Shiraz, Iran (cc photo: Johannes Zielcke)

Today the Washington Post (10/1/13) has a piece about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased with the thaw in US/Iran relations. That's not surprising. But I was a little surprised that reporters David Nakamura and William Booth allowed this: Israeli leaders fear that the international community, and the United States in particular, is in danger of being duped by the Iranians. One official compared the Americans to tourists wandering into a Middle East bazaar. "The Persians have been using these tactics for thousands of years, before America came to be," said a senior Israeli official, who spoke […]

Sep
26
2013

Alert: Does Post Correspondent Have a Conflict?

Ruth Eglash

FAIR's latest alert documents the conflict of interest concerning the new Jerusalem correspondent at the Washington Post. If you're writing to the paper and want to share your letter, please do so in the comments section below.  

Sep
10
2013

A 'Message' to Iran–or Misinformation?

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The Washington Post seems to be portraying "Iran's effort to get nuclear weapons" as if it were a fact. It's not–it's an allegation.

Aug
28
2013

Washington Post: Big Government…Isn't That Big

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The Washington Post wanted to show that big government was still big–but they wound up showing readers mostly the opposite.

Aug
27
2013

Heading to War With Syria

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Providing convincing evidence that chemical attacks actually were the work of the Syrian government should be the first order of business. But it's hard not reach the conclusion that some in the media have already made up their minds.

Aug
14
2013

What's the Message of Clinton's Noncampaign for the Office She Might Run for in Three Years?

Dan Balz

Hillary Clinton hasn't announced that she's running for president in 2016, and launched a campaign yet. But the Washington Post is already complaining that her nonexistent campaign for an office she may or may not seek lacks a clear message. "Clinton’s gender likely would be a significant asset," writes chief correspondent Dan Balz (8/12/13), adding: "It, however, is not a message." One has to admire the first 44 presidents of the United States, each of whom somehow managed to achieve the office without the benefit of this asset. The next day (8/13/13), Post columnist Richard Cohen picked up on Balz's […]

Aug
06
2013

Amazon, WikiLeaks, the Washington Post and the CIA

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What does Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos have in store for the Washington Post? No one can say for sure, but we can say that when Amazon didn't like what WikiLeaks was publishing it shut down access to the site.

Jul
29
2013

Barack Obama's Keystone Media Criticism

Keystone pipeline pumping station, Nebraska (cc photo: Shannon Ramos)

In a recent New York Times interview, Barack Obama pointed out that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline probably won't create many jobs–something we've been pointing out here on the FAIR Blog for a long time now,