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Nov 19 2015

Death-Squad Organizer Is NYT’s Source on Ben Carson’s Lack of Foreign Policy Smarts

Duane Clarridge (photo: Mike Wintroath/AP)

In its effort to vet one of the leading GOP presidential candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, the New York Times didn’t properly vet its primary source in this vetting, former CIA officer Duane Clarridge—an indicted liar and overseer of Contra death squads in Central America.

Nov 04 2015

Some Use Chalabi’s Death to Lay Blame for Iraq War at His Feet

Ahmed Chalabi in Daily Beast

While most in the media played it straight, noting Chalabi’s role in selling the Iraq War but putting in the proper context, a significant number of journalists and pundits turned his death into an opportunity to lay the blame for the Iraq War at his feet.

Oct 09 2015

Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS

CBS on Moldavian radiation sting

The AP published a thrilling account of how the FBI, in concert with Moldovan authorities, “disrupted” a smuggling ring that was supposedly trying to sell “nuclear material” to ISIS. The problem: At no point does AP’s reporting show that anyone connected to the scheme had any connection to ISIS.

Aug 20 2015

‘People With Disabilities Are Telling Their Own Stories’

CounterSpin interview with Beth Haller on disability rights

Beth Haller

When 2,000 people gathered on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was largest gathering ever of journalists for a disability story—though most of them missed the fact that the White House itself lacked the accessible restrooms mandated by the act. Twenty-five years on, how much has changed?

Jun 24 2015

Federal Documents Debunk Baltimore ‘Gang Threat’ Narrative

Baltimore protesters (photo: John Taggart/EPA)

Vice has released devastating documents about the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s analysis of a “threat” released by the Baltimore Police to the media on April 27 that local “gangs” had gotten together and conspired to “take out cops.” The “credible threat,” used to justify an aggressive crackdown on protests against police violence, was reported on at the time from everyone from local news to national outlets like CBS News

Jun 03 2015

Friedman Turns Baltimore Uprising Into Commercial for Wife’s Charter School

Waiting for Superman: Charter lottery, Harlem Success Academy

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reached a new low, exploiting the Baltimore Uprising to run a rather shameless commercial for his wife’s charter school organization.

May 26 2015

Stop Feeding the Troll: The Case for an ISIS Propaganda Blackout

ABC covers James Foley death

As much ink as has been spilled by corporate media pearl-clutching the “threat of the ISIS propaganda machine,” what’s never mentioned is that by sheer reach, the vast majority of ISIS propaganda is disseminated by corporate media themselves.

May 19 2015

White House Reveals ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria, but Media Too Giddy Over Special Ops Porn to Notice

CNN depiction of Syria raid

The White House just admitted it has American ground troops engaged in combat missions in Syria—and no one seemed to notice, much less care.