Search Results for: Robert Dreyfuss

Aug 1 2010

Who Gets to Review and Be Reviewed?

Authors, book critics drawn from narrow pool

When it comes to political books, the New York Times Book Review and the C-SPAN book show After Words share an exceedingly narrow view of whose books deserve review—and who is fit to discuss them. A FAIR study found that these important media venues for discussion of newly published books were overwhelmingly dominated by white and male authors, reviewers and interviewers. FAIR’s study examined every episode of After Words from March 2008 to January 2010, and the reviews of politically themed books in the New York Times Book Review from January 2009 to February 2010. In total, the study counted […]

Mar 1 2009

Tom Ricks’ Gamble

Justifying a kinder, gentler Iraq occupation

Photo Credit: Thomas Ricks/Penguin Books

Reporter Thomas Ricks’ new book The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, documents the military changes that took place in Iraq after the controversial troop “surge,” which is commonly credited with having greatly reduced violence in the country (Extra!, 11-12/07, 9-10/08). A Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, Ricks is also a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and writes the Best Defense blog at Foreign Ricks has been deeply embedded with the leadership of the “surge” and, as the book boasts, had “extraordinary privileged access” to Petraeus and […]

Jul 11 2008

Robert Dreyfuss on Obama’s foreign policy, Amanda Marcotte on ‘pregnancy pact’ story


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Barack Obama’s image as a harbinger of change has many hoping his election will bring change in foreign policy. He certainly differs from George Bush on the need for diplomacy. But what about issues such as the projection of American power and so-called humanitarian intervention? Does Obama’s thinking really represent a departure from, say, Bill Clinton’s views, or from the bipartisan thinking of the Cold War period? We’ll talk to journalist Robert Dreyfuss about his Nation magazine report, “Obama’s Evolving Foreign Policy.” Also on CounterSpin today, a story that proved too good to be […]

Mar 14 2008

Robert Dreyfuss on McCain’s foreign policy, Michael Jacobson on incarceration rates


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: You probably heard about Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s little “joke,” singing “Bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann. But our guest suggests that that incident wasn’t so much a gaffe, as a pretty clear illustration of McCain’s foreign policy vision. Robert Dreyfuss is an independent journalist, one of few who have actually examined McCain’s record and his plans on issues of international engagement. We’ll hear what he has to say. Also on the show: The number is startling: 1 in 100 adult Americans is now in jail or […]

Jul 13 2007

Bob Dreyfuss on Iraqi politics, Ken Silverstein on ‘Their Men in Washington’


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: the political debate over the Iraq War is heating up in Washington again, as the White House attempts to shore up support for continuing the occupation and some Democrats are vowing to press harder to end the war. Absent from much of the media coverage, though, is an understanding of Iraqi politics. We’ll talk to journalist Robert Dreyfuss about the question the press isn’t asking about Iraq. Also on CounterSpin today: the power and influence of lobbyists is one of the most important stories in Washington without a doubt. So how come when a […]

Apr 21 2006

Robert Dreyfuss on Dick Cheney, Patrick O’Connor on Israel-Palestine

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Dick Cheney and his staff are notoriously eccentric and obsessively secretive. This is why journalists have a hard time reporting on how Cheney exercises his extraordinary power within the Bush administration. However, freelance journalist Robert Dreyfuss reports on how Cheney’s office operates in the latest edition of American Prospect magazine. Dreyfuss will join us to talk about his article, “Vice Squad.” Also this week: a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv turned media attention back to Israel and Palestine—and many of the same assumptions that plague media coverage on a routine basis were evident. We’ll […]

Feb 27 2004

Mary Turck on Haiti, Bob Dreyfuss on Iraq intelligence

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin we’ll be joined by investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss, who will talk to us about faulty pre-war intelligence on Iraq, and how a secret and largely unaccountable organization inside the Pentagon manufactured and publicized much of the dubious intelligence at the core of the Bush administration’s case for war. He wrote about all of this in a recent Mother Jones article, The Lie Factory. And we’ll take another look at the crisis in Haiti. It’s now a top story in the media, but are news reports giving us enough background about what led to the […]

Feb 24 2000

Covering McCain

Are Journalists On the Bus or Off the Bus?

In the battle for the Republican presidential nomination, George W. Bush has deployed the traditional big guns of the party establishment and carpet-bombing TV ad campaigns. Yet he’s been unable to subdue John McCain, whose mobile, guerrilla operation is bolstered by a merry band of fellow travelers in the press. Imagine that in a roomful of journalists, Bush or Al Gore had told a joke about the ugliness of the teenage daughter of a political rival. Or had used a racial slur. You’d expect loud, negative news coverage. But if the candidate is McCain and the room is his “Straight […]