Feb
13
2014

Good Leaks and Bad Leaks

Politicians go out of their way to denounce whistleblowers and "leakers" whose revelations of classified data, they claim, have harmed national security. But it's always worth pointing out that the outrage is selective.

Dec
17
2013

A Wedding Was Bombed–Don't Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US

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What seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. What kind of coverage does an event like that get on US television?

Dec
13
2013

The Official Story: How NY Times Covers Yemen Drone Strikes

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The New York Times' report on yesterday's drone strike in Yemen leads with the claim that "most of the dead appeared to be people suspected of being militants linked to Al Qaeda." The paper has a pattern of this kind of reporting, often because they take the US or Yemeni government's word.

Nov
28
2013

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

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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,

Oct
25
2013

FAIR TV: Unreported Drone Reports, Schieffer Wants to Tackle Poverty, CNN's Pro-Nuke Propaganda

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This week we look at what the big TV networks covered instead of the new reports about US drone attacks. Plus CBS host Bob Schieffer calls for more discussions of issues that matter, and CNN is set to air some pro-nuclear power propaganda.   

Oct
23
2013

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

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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.

Aug
12
2013

Who Dies in Yemen Drone Strikes?

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A headline is sometimes worth a thousand words, and this was definitely the case after a deadly drone strike occurred in Yemen last week.  "Drone Strike Kills Six Suspected Militants in Yemen,” a Reuters headline (8/7/13) declared.  "More Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Killed as Drone Strikes Intensify in Yemen," a CNN.com headline  (8/8/13) offered. Whatever the language, one message was clear: "Suspected terrorists" or "militants" had been killed. But with several drone strikes over the past week in Yemen, how can anyone actually know who is being killed? The deceptive way the Obama administration defines "militants" has already been well-established–as the New […]

Jul
19
2013

What It Takes to Get a Reporter to Correct An Error

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When Jeremy Scahill called out a CNN reporter for an error, she eventually corrected her mistake on the air. That's good– and more outlets should be doing the same. Unfortunately the "non-correction correction" is more typical–or, as in the case of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, a media figure will simply ignore the issue.

May
08
2013

Iron Man 3 and the Art of Missing the Point

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Hollywood's latest superhero movie has a political message that's not particularly hard to decipher. Yet fail to decipher it New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis evidently did.

Apr
24
2013

Drone Strike Testimony: Not News?

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In a moment when media are fixated on terrorism and the possibility that some people might be motivated to carry out acts of violence against the United States in part because of the effects of U.S. wars, a Yemeni writer's account of the effects of drone strikes on his village would be well worth covering.

Mar
22
2013

FAIR TV: Scarborough's War, Steubenville, Drone 'Debate'

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This week on FAIR TV: Joe Scarborough remembers some things about the Iraq War–but forgets the things he said back then. We'll take a look at the CNN Steubenville coverage that had so many critics outraged. And the Washington Post presented two takes on drone deaths in Pakistan.

Mar
22
2013

Time's Rethink on Drones

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The new issue of Time has a pretty interesting piece on the debate over Obama's drone program. One way to measure the shift in official opinion is to consider that a little more than a year ago, the magazine hardly seemed to think there was any debate at all.

Mar
18
2013

Two Sides to Every Drone Death

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The UN's special human rights envoy found that the CIA's drone strikes in Pakistan have "resulted in far more civilian casualties than the U.S. government has recognized." But that message was muddled by the Washington Post's he said-she said approach to the question of civilian deaths.