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Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS

A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told

NBC Nightly News links ISIS, 9/11

While Barack Obama's military plan to launch strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might impress many pundits, there are some serious questions that should be asked--about the threat posed by the Islamic State and about some of the assumptions guiding the debate.


Fiction More Real Than What's 'Fit to Print'

HBO’s Treme covers New Orleans’ recovery

A timeline of the horrific events that unfolded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina hangs on the wall of the conference room in the Treme production offices in New Orleans. The skeletal framework is fleshed out by a team of writers, many of them locals, determined to bring to life the story of people who doggedly reinhabit New Orleans as a place, a state of mind and a culture that refuses to die. Though Treme is scripted entertainment by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, producers of HBO’s The Wire, the events and characters—especially the musicians—are drawn from the cultural traditions, […]


Stephen Zunes on Syria, Terry Allen on John Negroponte

Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The U.S. has been rattling the saber at Syria for the last few years, and the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in mid-February has caused an escalation of US belligerence toward Syria-despite an apparent lack of evidence that Syria was involved in the killing. We'll talk about coverage of Syria with Professor Stephen Zunes, the chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. Also this week: George W. Bush recently nominated John Negroponte to be his national director of intelligence, a new government post recommended […]


Who Won the Election? Who Cares?

Florida recount consortium muffles results of months of efforts

On November 7, 2001, a reader of the political website made a series of predictions about how the news media would cover a long anticipated review of uncounted Florida ballots from the 2000 presidential election: The data will show that Gore won, but the article will be written to obscure that fact.... The headline will proclaim that Bush definitively won. The headline will be on page one.... The rest of the article, which will describe, albeit opaquely, that Gore really won, will be on [the jump]. That's pretty much what happened. The study, dubbed a "double check on democracy" […]


Scandal? What Scandal?

Bush's Iran-Contra appointees are barely a story

Throughout the summer of 2001, the media were profligate with resources for the Chandra Levy story, excavating every corner of her and Rep. Gary Condit's past to unearth a prurient bounty of personal detail. That level of investigative vigor might have exposed far more vital information had it been applied to Bush's appointment of numerous Iran-Contra veterans to key posts. But with a few admirable exceptions, news stories about Elliot Abrams, John Negroponte and Otto Reich have largely relied on past reporting and he-said, she-said soundbites by the usual supporters and critics, rather than in-depth investigations into their complicity in […]