Search Results for: Dahr Jamail

Feb
01
2008

Dahr Jamail on the Iraq surge, Karl Grossman on nuclear power resurgence

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Reports that the surge in Iraq "is working" are commonplace, but they rarely confront the question, "Working for whom?" In his latest piece, "Reality Is Totally Different: Iraqis on 'Success' and 'Progress' in Their Country," available at TomDispatch.com, independent journalist Dahr Jamail goes beyond the official Washington view and asks Iraqis how the surge is working for them. We'll talk to Dahr Jamail. Also on the show: It was not just the fiascos of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl but years of citizen activism that scuttled the U.S. love affair with nuclear power in […]

Oct
19
2007

Dahr Jamail on Iraq reporting, Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Bill Cosby

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: One of the most valuable reporters working inside Iraq wasn't living out his life's ambition to be a war correspondent. In fact Dahr Jamail went to Iraq in large part because of how badly he thought the media were doing covering the war. He's collected his experience in a new book 'Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From An Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.' He'll join us to tell us about it. Also on CounterSpin today, Bill Cosby's latest book, "Come On People," is an extended brow-beating of African American communities for their plight, which […]

Mar
04
2005

John Hockenberry on Million Dollar Baby, Dahr Jamail on Iraq

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Sure, Million Dollar Baby is just a movie, but given how rarely the media spotlight ever makes it around to people with disabilities, the movie is bound to shape public opinion and understanding. So the questions provoked by the film would seem to deserve more thoughtful, and inclusive, journalistic treatment than they’ve thus far received. We'll talk about media coverage of the controversial Oscar winning film and its ostensible message with NBC correspondent John Hockenberry, author also of "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence." Also on the show: The average US […]

Jun
01
2010

Letters to the Editor

Iraq War’s DU Tonnage Overstated I’m grateful to Extra! and Dahr Jamail for reviewing the health impact of depleted uranium (DU) weapons used in Iraq (“The New ‘Forgotten’ War,” 3/10). But while it may seem many times worse to say that they “used more than 1,700 tons of depleted uranium in Iraq in the 2003 invasion” when compared to about 320 tons used in 1991, there are problems with both the source and huge number cited for 2003. More accurate—and ironically much more compelling, from the point of view of DU opponents—would be to state that the Pentagon reports only […]

Feb
01
2010

The New 'Forgotten' War

Iraq occupation falls into media shadows

“The Western world that slaughtered Iraq and Iraqis, through 13 years of sanctions and seven years of occupation, is now turning its back on the victims. What has remained of Iraq is still being devastated by bombings, assassinations, corruption, millions of evictions and continued infrastructure destruction. Yet the world that caused all this is trying to draw a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq.”—Maki Al-Nazzal, Iraqi political analyst As Afghanistan has taken center stage in U.S. corporate media, with President Barack Obama announcing two major escalations of the war in recent months, the U.S. occupation of Iraq has fallen […]

Jul
24
2007

NY Times Responds Again on Fallujah

Public editor's second response contains factual errors

To paraphrase Clark Hoyt, if you're going to defend the performance of a news organization, you at a minimum need to get your facts right. In his second response to FAIR regarding the New York Times' review of the play Fallujah, Hoyt wrote: In restating its case, it introduced a new error--calling white phosphorus (WP), the incendiary weapon that was used in Fallujah, a "chemical agent," which it is not. Chemical agents, like nerve gas, are something entirely different. While calling WP a chemical agent may add emotional punch to FAIR’s argument, it indicates to me a carelessness with terms […]

Jul
20
2007

NY Times Responds on Fallujah Weapons

Public editor sides with reporter's dismissal

(NOTE: Please see the further Activism Update regarding this alert.) On July 18, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt responded to FAIR's June 11 Action Alert "Incendiary Weapons are No Allegation." FAIR's action alert took issue with a New York Times review (5/29/07) of the British play Fallujah, in which reviewer Jane Perlez called into question the "objectivity" and "authenticity" of the playwright, Jonathan Holmes, over "the scenes that deal with the use of napalm in Falluja, an allegation made by left-wing critics of the war but never substantiated." In his response, Hoyt stood by Perlez's criticism that alleged […]

Jun
11
2007

Incendiary Weapons Are No 'Allegation'

Times corrects a minor error, ignores the big one

(NOTE: Please see the Activism Update regarding this alert.) Reviewing the London-based anti-Iraq War play Fallujah, New York Times reporter Jane Perlez wrote (5/29/07), "The denunciations of the United States are severe, particularly in the scenes that deal with the use of napalm in Fallujah, an allegation made by left-wing critics of the war but never substantiated." She followed that complaint by reporting that the play's writer and director, Jonathan Holmes, "makes no pretense of objectivity," paraphrasing him as saying that he "strove for authority more than authenticity." Unfortunately for the Times, which does make a pretense of objectivity, the […]