Search Results for: Dave Lindorff

Jun 1 2012

U.S. Media Duck Legality of Attacking Iran

‘Supreme international crime’ not worth discussing

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad--Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Daniella Zalcman

SPECIAL SECTION: IRAN & WAR The drums of war beat ever louder as President Barack Obama talks of “all options” being “on the table” if Iran doesn’t halt its nuclear fuel processing program, and as Israel keeps threatening an air attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. But nowhere, perhaps, is this drumbeat louder than in the U.S. media, where it’s almost impossible to find any mention of the fact that such an attack, whether by U.S. or Israeli forces, would violate international law. An unprovoked attack against another nation is a war of aggression—“the supreme international crime,” as the Nuremberg Tribunal […]

Apr 22 2011

Amanda Marcotte on Planned Parenthood, Dave Lindorff on Standard & Poor’s ‘negative outlook’


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The budget battle over Planned Parenthood’s federal funding produced more than the average dose of media misinformation. And clues, mostly missed by the media about the GOP’s actual agenda. We’ll talk with journalist and blogger Amanda Marcotte about Planned Parenthood. Also on the show: Standard & Poor’s issued a “negative outlook” report on the U.S. debt, warning that the country’s credit could be in jeopardy in the next few years. If true this could seriously threaten the ecomony. But is it? And what about S&P’s political timing? We’ll talk to journalist Dave Lindorff about […]

Apr 1 2011

Covering for the Company in Pakistan?

NYT kept mum when a ‘diplomat’ was charged with murder

Raymond Davis--Photo Credit: Dawn

When President Barack Obama stood before a room of journalists on February 15 and demanded that Pakistan release “our diplomat” Raymond Davis from a Lahore prison where he faced double murder charges, and when he lectured the Islamabad government on its “obligation” to adhere to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, there were at least three reporters in the room who knew he was dissembling, and who went ahead and published his statements without caveat. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Associated Press had all received confirmation from U.S. government sources a week earlier, back […]

Jan 1 2011

Pictures at an Execution Panel

Philly police harass journos at Mumia hearing

Security was tight at the Philadelphia Federal Courthouse for a November 9 hearing by the Third Circuit Appeals Court to consider the death sentence of local journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose 1982 conviction for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer has been widely questioned (Extra!, 11-12/95; Extra! Update, 2/99). Some 500 demonstrators calling for Abu-Jamal’s freedom were on the sidewalk outside the courthouse, and U.S. Marshals and officers from the Federal Protective Service had erected two parallel rows of metal gates to separate the crowd from the building, and to create an enclosed “cattle chute” to funnel spectators into the […]

Jan 1 2010

Media Blackout on Agent Orange

Coverage ignores effects on Vietnamese victims

The effects of Agent Orange on humans--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/tcd123usa

In mid-October, hundreds of thousands of Vietnam-era veterans got some good if grim news: The Veterans Administration announced it was adding three more diseases to the 11 others it automatically presumes to have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange, the dioxin-laced herbicide spread by the U.S. military across much of South Vietnam to deny crops and cover to North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters during the war. Newspapers and radio and TV news programs across America ran stories announcing that veterans of the jungle war who now suffer or may eventually suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, ischemic heart disease or […]

Jul 1 2006

Impeachment Not on Media Radar

Adultery was serious; this is just the Constitution

There is a growing grassroots campaign demanding the impeachment of George W. Bush. Across the nation, towns and cities have been passing pro-impeachment resolutions. Websites promoting impeachment keep springing up. In several states, bills have been introduced in state legislatures that, if passed, would become formal bills of impeachment in the U.S. House of Representatives, requiring initiation of impeachment hearings under congressional rules dating back to the early 19th century. Starting last fall, several polls (Zogby, 10/29-11/2/05, 1/9-12/06; Ipsos, 10/6-9/05) reported that a majority of Americans thought Bush should be impeached if he lied the country into war in Iraq […]

May 19 2006

Dave Lindorff on Bush & impeachment, Dean Baker on tax cuts

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The impeachment of George W. Bush. You’re not likely to hear much about that idea in the media, but is it really beyond the bounds of mainstream media discussion? We’ll talk it over with Dave Lindorff, investigative reporter and co-author of the new book, The Case for Impeachment. Also on CounterSpin today: George Bush says his tax cuts—”extremely tilted toward the wealthy” as the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy describe them—will actually mean MORE tax revenue for the federal Treasury. Make sense? Well, no, but how did the press do in making that […]

Apr 1 2006

Now It’s a Chemical Weapon, Now It’s Not

White phosphorus and the siege of Fallujah

U.S. Air Force dropping white phosphorus on NLF guerrillas in Vietnam, 1966. (photo: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force)

  Gearing up for an invasion of Iraq in 2002, U.S. media vividly evoked the cruel effects of unconventional weapons. Washington Post foreign affairs columnist Jim Hoagland referred repeatedly to Saddam Hussein’s imagined stockpiles of “horror weapons” and “weapons of horror,” and later to the “horrors” of Saddam’s past use of chemical weapons (7/11/02, 10/25/02, 9/24/03). Leading outlets had their correspondents produce feature stories on former Iranian soldiers and Kurds still suffering from Iraqi mustard gas and other agents used in the 1980s. “We came under heavy bombardment, but there was no shrapnel,” Newsweek (3/19/03) quoted an Iranian veteran. “Then […]