In his attack last week on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin (8/20/13) started off by comparing the release of classified information about government spying to the assassination of Martin Luther King: The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy led directly to the passage of a historic law, the Gun Control Act of 1968. Does that change your view of the assassinations? Should we be grateful for the deaths of these two men? Of course not. That's lunatic logic. But the same reasoning is now being applied to the actions of Edward Snowden. […]
On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:
A new FAIR Action Alert (8/14/13) asks where Face the Nation's dissenters are on NSA surveillance. Please leave copies of your messages to CBS, or comments on the alert, in the comments thread below.
The media are using the government's warnings about a terror attack to boost NSA surveillance. Plus media get mad about Russia's decision to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden temporary asylum. But what's the U.S. record on extradition? Plus ABC covers the Anthony Weiner campaign–and can't much figure out why it's doing so. Watch it all on this week's FAIR TV:
There's been plenty of commentary about Monday's front-page New York Times story (6/14/10) announcing, "U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan." Reporter James Risen's lead: The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan War itself, according to senior American government officials. Why this story appeared now was a question on a lot of people's minds, especially considering how Risen explained its timing: American and Afghan officials agreed to discuss the mineral discoveries at a difficult […]