Search Results for: Dennis Hans

Dec
01
2001

WWF vs. CNN

In wake of terror attacks, pro wrestlers’ views were broader than mainstream pundits’

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, our leading newspapers and news networks presented the views of one hawk after another. Active and retired generals, CIA officials and cabinet officials, congressional leaders and self-styled terrorism “experts” urged one form or another of violent retaliation. We should listen to such voices, but not theirs alone. The sad truth is that the World Wrestling Federation presented a broader range of viewpoints on the September 13 edition of SmackDown! than one encountered on NBC or CNN (or in the Washington Post, a purportedly liberal paper that supplemented its numerous hard-line columnists […]

May
01
2011

Narrow Afghan Debate on Cable's 'Liberal' Channel

Maddow's military boosterism takes center stage at MSNBC

Of the cable news channels, MSNBC has the most progressive image, based largely on the persona of now-fired anchor Keith Olbermann, but also reflecting the presence of hosts like Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Olbermann’s replacement Lawrence O’Donnell. To test how much this left-leaning reputation actually reflects the content of MSNBC’s news, Extra! looked at the network’s coverage of the Afghan War on four primetime shows—Schultz’s Ed Show, Olbermann’s Countdown, the Rachel Maddow Show and O’Donnell’s Last Word—from July 2010 through December 2010. Extra! counted all sources interviewed by MSNBC about Afghanistan, excluding taped soundbites pulled from other sources. Commentary […]

Oct
01
2008

Smearcasting

How Islamophobes spread fear, bigotry and misinformation

http://www.smearcasting.us/FAIR_Smearcasting_Final.pdf Smearcasting: How Islamophobes spread fear, bigotry and misinformation By FAIR October 2008 Researched and written by Steve Rendall, Isabel Macdonald, Veronica Cassidy and Dina Marguerite Jacir Edited by Julie Hollar and Jim Naureckas Smearcasting: Table of Contents Making Islamophobia Mainstream: How Muslim-bashers broadcast their bigotry 4 The Dirty Dozen: Who’s Who Among America’s Leading Islamophobes 8 David Horowitz 8 Robert Spencer 8 Daniel Pipes 10 Michael Savage 10 Pat Robertson 11 Sean Hannity 11 Bill O’Reilly 12 Mark Steyn 13 Steve Emerson 14 Michelle Malkin 14 Glenn Beck 15 Debbie Schlussel 16 Case Studies 18 Islamofascism: A fringe term […]

Jun
08
2007

Romney's Iraq Gaffe Ignored

GOP contender's bizarre pre-war history

At the Republican candidates' debate on June 5, White House contender Mitt Romney remarkably claimed that weapons inspectors were barred from entering Iraq before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. But Romney's error was little noted by the mainstream media. Asked if he thought it was "a mistake for us to invade Iraq," Romney declared the question a "null set," and explained: "If you're saying let's turn back the clock, and Saddam Hussein had opened up his country to IAEA inspectors, and they'd come in and they'd found that there were no weapons of mass destruction, had Saddam Hussein, therefore, not violated […]

Mar
19
2007

Iraq and the Media

A Critical Timeline

Bush speaks about Iraq invasion--Photo Credit: War Made Easy/Media Education Foundation

It's hardly controversial to suggest that the mainstream media's performance in the lead-up to the Iraq War was a disaster. In retrospect, many journalists and pundits wish they had been more skeptical of the White House's claims about Iraq, particularly its allegations about weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, though, media apologists suggest that the press could not have done much better, since "everyone" was in agreement on the intelligence regarding Iraq's weapons threat. This was never the case. Critical journalists and analysts raised serious questions at the time about what the White House was saying. Often, however, […]

Apr
24
2003

Media Nix--From Blix To Kucinich To Dixie Chicks

Hans Blix, Dennis Kucinich and the Dixie Chicks are in very different lines of work — but they're in the same line of fire from big media for the sin of strongly challenging the president's war agenda. Let's start with Blix, who can get respectful coverage in American media — unless he's criticizing the U.S. government. Belatedly, in mid-April, he went public with accusations that the Bush administration faked evidence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. And Blix declared that the United Nations — not the U.S. government — should deploy arms inspectors in Iraq now. But presidential spokesman Ari […]