Search Results for: Howard Friel

Sep 19 2014

Noam Chomsky in the New York Times!*


Okay, there’s a catch–it was on the letters page. Still, it was a surprise to see Noam Chomsky’s name in the Newspaper of Record. In a joint letter from Howard Friel and Chomsky’s longtime co-author Edward Herman, readers were exposed to an argument mostly unheard in the media frenzy for military strikes in Iraq and Syria: Such strikes are illegal under the United Nations charter. US media don’t spend much time dwelling on the requirements of international law, which is why the letter was so important. As the press pushes for more war, FAIR wants to be here to fight […]

Jan 1 2008

Get Carter

NY Times punishes an ex-president for criticizing Israel

Though the New York Times ignored Jimmy Carter’s book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid when it was first published–it didn’t review the book until it had already been on the Times’ bestseller list for five weeks–that didn’t stop the paper from running an article about a former Carter employee who didn’t like the book. The December 7, 2006 article began by reporting that Kenneth W. Stein, a former executive director of the Carter Center in Atlanta, had resigned, “citing concerns with the accuracy and integrity of Mr. Carter’s latest book.” It quoted Stein charging the book was “replete with factual errors, […]

Nov 26 2004

Joy Gordon on UN/oil-for-food scandal, Howard Friel on international law and NY Times

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The alleged scandal involving the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq includes charges that the UN itself was party to the corruption. But in an article in the latest Harper’s magazine, our guest says the UN Security Council member states, including the US, were in charge of the program’s oversight, not the U.N. Professor Joy Gordon of Fairfield University will join us to talk about the media and the alleged scandal. Also on the show: A new book about the New York Times says the country’s paper of record routinely ignores international law in its […]

Feb 1 2000

Gun Control, the NRA and the Second Amendment

In June of 1999, two weeks after Rosie “The Queen of Nice” O’Donnell used her TV talk show to confront Tom “I’m the NRA” Selleck about gun violence, she was calling in to “Larry King Live” to promote gun control on CNN. Asked by King if she favored amending the Second Amendment to the Constitution, O’Donnell replied: “I think that we need to seriously consider that. Yes, I do, Larry.” The above may appear to some as evidence of gun bashers running amuck in the media, even favoring a rewrite of the Constitution. I submit it as evidence of just […]

Sep 1 1996

How the NRA Rewrote the Constitution

On Second Amendment, Reporters Side With Gun Lobby Against Supreme Court

Extra! September/October 1996: How the Gun Lobby Rewrote the Constitution

On April 5, 1996, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its ruling in Hickman v. City of Los Angeles. Ray Hickman had argued that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave him a right to keep and bear firearms, and that this right was infringed by the city’s refusal to issue him a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The Ninth Circuit rejected Hickman’s claim: “We follow our sister circuits in holding that the Second Amendment is a right held by the states,” the court said, “and does not protect the possession of […]