Sep
04
2014

'Debating' War, Corporate Media Style

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Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.

Jul
09
2014

ABC Recommends Dinesh D'Souza

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Why did ABC grant airtime to a right-wing crank's latest film?

Jun
11
2014

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

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In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.

May
12
2014

ABC's 'Raging Debate' Over Edward Snowden

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ABC's This Week: Edward Snowden sparked a "raging debate"–so here are two guests who don't like what he did.

Jan
28
2014

The Real Mitt Romney Should Have Run for President!

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The documentary Mitt is causing many journalists to wonder why the Mitt Romney in the film wasn't the one who ran for president. It's a bit like asking why drinking a particular brand of beer doesn't make you as popular with attractive strangers as the beer ads promised.

Dec
04
2013

Why Can't Karzai Be More Blase About US Killing Kids–Like US Press Is?

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It's not unheard of for journalists to express strong opinions about how the United States should conduct its wars. But sometimes reporters express their opinions by attributing them to others.

Nov
14
2013

Iran's Suspicious Smile

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Tom Friedman of the New York Times opened up his November 13 column with this:  It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program It goes without saying that this is deeply misleading. Iran, as most people following this story are surely aware, is not known to have any such weapons program. There are suspicions, mostly coming from some US and Israeli officials, that the country's enrichment activities are intended to produce a nuclear weapon. But international […]

Sep
03
2013

John Kerry's Very Precise Death Toll: Where Does It Come From?

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Media reports emphasize the number John Kerry gives for the number of Syrians killed in the apparent chemical attack. But where does that number come from–and why is substantially higher than other estimates?

Aug
07
2013

NSA Defenders Take to the Airwaves

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After intelligence reports about a possible Al-Qaeda attack , the Sunday chat shows were packed with politicians claiming that this meant that the NSA had been vindicated.

Aug
06
2013

Covering Weiner

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"We shouldn't even be wasting our time talking about Anthony Weiner," the pundits say– and then they continue to talk about him anyway.

Jun
24
2013

ABC Pundits on Snowden: The Center Holds!

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NBC's David Gregory's "Hey I'm just asking but are you a criminal?" question on Sunday's Meet the Press has been getting a lot of attention, but the Sunday morning discussion of Edward Snowden on ABC's This Week also deserves a look.

Apr
08
2013

To NYT, Nuclear Facts Become Iranian Claims

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The New York Times treats Iran's right to enrich uranium as a "claim," to be challenged by anonymous U.S. officials.

Apr
03
2013

North Korea 'Rattles Sabres'; Meanwhile, U.S. Pretends to Drop Nuclear Bombs on Them

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To hear U.S. corporate media tell it, there are "exercises" right next door, conducted by the world's most powerful military, which possesses thousands of nuclear weapons–and then there's menacing "saber-rattling."