Oct
06
2014

Another 60 Minutes Puff Piece

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60 Minutes' interview with FBI chief James Comey was essentially an ad for the FBI, absent any critical scrutiny or questioning.

Nov
29
2010

WPost's Inaccurate Terrorism Headline

From Sunday's Washington Post (11/28/10): FBI Foils Elaborate Bomb Plot in Oregon Given the circumstances of this particular case (covered in great detail by Glenn Greenwald), I think the Post meant either "FBI Concocts Elaborate Bomb Plot in Oregon" or"FBI Foils Its Own Elaborate Bomb Plot in Oregon."Even the Post's own account explained in the lead thatthis was "a sting in which the FBI worked extensively with the man and assembled the fake bomb that he twice tried to detonate Friday night."

Jul
09
2009

WaPo Puts War-Justifying Words in Saddam's Mouth

Media blogger Eli Stephens (left i on the news, 7/2/09) has posted on a Washington Post lede claiming that "Saddam Hussein told an FBI interviewer before he was hanged that he allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction because he was worried about appearing weak to Iran." Stephens explains how, as "one of the major pieces of 'evidence' used to justify the invasion of Iraq at the time," this "repetition now, from the mouth of Saddam Hussein no less, would be an important post-facto justification for the invasion." There's just one problem: The claim itself was […]

Apr
26
2009

Bill O'Reilly Constructs Imaginary Intelligence 'Wall'

Demonstrating his trademark ability to move effortlessly from belligerent grandstanding to completely fictive political commentary, Fox star Bill O'Reilly claimed on April 22 that current and former attorney generals "Eric Holder and Janet Reno put the wall up between the FBI and the CIA, which led to the 9/11 attacks." But Media Matters points out (4/23/09): in fact, the 1995 Justice Department memo and guidelines to which O'Reilly referred only addressed communications among divisions within DOJ, clarifying longtime unwritten restrictions on the sharing of information between the FBI's intelligence arm and DOJ's criminal division. They had no impact on communications […]