Mar
17
2009

NYT, WaPo 'Reticent' on NIC Uproar

As "the American foreign policy community worked itself into something resembling a frenzy over the appointment of Charles W. 'Chas' Freeman to chair the National Intelligence Council"–because "at stake was, if not a direct policy battle of huge consequence, a real struggle over the range of viewpoints that will be permitted in an official government position"–Greg Marx says (CJR.org, 3/13/09) that "if you get your news from the New York Times, you were totally oblivious to this story as it unfolded": To recap: On February 19, Laura Rozen reported on Foreign Policy's website that Freeman, who is known for his […]

Mar
16
2009

WaPo Devolved Into Neocon 'Propaganda Sheet'

Veteran journalist Robert Parry (Consortium News, 3/15/09) has a message for anyone left who, when they "hear the name Washington Post," might "still think of… brave journalists facing down a corrupt president"–"today's version of the newspaper would be a sad disappointment, a betrayal of a noble past": Over the last three decades, the Post has evolved into a neoconservative propaganda sheet, especially its opinion section which fronted for George W. Bush's false Iraq-WMD claims, led the long-term bashing of Iraq War critics, and defends whatever actions the Israeli government takes, including the recent war in Gaza and apparently its desire […]