Jun
19
2013

Michael Hastings, Bridge-Burning Journalist (1980-2013)

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What Tim Dickinson called Hastings’ “enthusiastic breaches of the conventions of access journalism” were what enabled him to report the unguarded assessments of the officers running the occupation of Afghanistan.

Jun
07
2013

FAIR TV: Bradley Manning, Afghan Atrocity, David Gregory’s Phony Gotcha

What’s the press saying about the Bradley Manning trial? We take a look at a strange CBS Evening News report about a U.S. atrocity in Afghanistan, and David Gregory thinks he found an Obama flip-flop.

Jun
05
2013

After a Massacre, a ‘Glimmer of Hope’?

CBS's Elizabeth Palmer in Afghanistan.

In a courtroom base near Tacoma, Washington, Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty today to killing 16 civilians–most of them women and children–in an Afghan village on March 11, 2012. A little more than a year later, U.S. media seem to have not much interest left in the Bales case.

May
01
2013

How Dare Hamid Karzai Take Our Money!

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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams had a most peculiar reaction to revelations that Afghan president Hamid Karzai receives regular deliveries of cash from the Central Intelligence Agency.

Apr
19
2013

Bill O’Reilly Gets Angry Because He Proved David Sirota’s Point

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O’Reilly was outraged by Sirota’s point that the government’s response would be very different–more costly, potentially more violent–if the perpetrators fit a certain profile. This is ironic, because O’Reilly had, the night of the attacks, basically made Sirota’s point.

Apr
12
2013

North Korea Has Deliverable Nuclear Warhead! Or Maybe Not!

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The panicky style of reporting on North Korea doesn’t seem to be changing much, if you glance at the front pages of the Washington Post and New York Times this morning. But both pieces, if read carefully, undermine the alarmism–and make you wonder why the stories are on the front page.

Apr
05
2013

North Korea’s Attack Plan: Apocalypse Never Mind

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It didn’t take long for TV coverage of North Korea to enter the “Retired General Sketches Out War Games on a Big Map” phase. But a recent example of the genre on CNN demonstrated only the alarmism seems to be the order of the day.

Apr
03
2013

North Korea ‘Rattles Sabres’; Meanwhile, U.S. Pretends to Drop Nuclear Bombs on Them

NBC's Brian Williams

To hear U.S. corporate media tell it, there are “exercises” right next door, conducted by the world’s most powerful military, which possesses thousands of nuclear weapons–and then there’s menacing “saber-rattling.”

Mar
25
2013

102 Years After Triangle Fire, Media Still Wonder How Workers Keep Dying

Child workers, Bangladesh (Photo: Global Labour Rights)

On the 102nd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, Janine Jackson’s article in the last issue of Extra! (3/13) is a sobering reminder that not that much has changed in the last century as far as worker  safety is concerned: What should be done to prevent incidents like the January 26 fire at the Smart Fashion Export factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in which at least seven garment workers (three of them teenage girls) were killed, their escape impeded by a blocked exit and the absence of the most rudimentary fire safety equipment? The answer for many would be: whatever is […]

Mar
22
2013

FAIR TV: Scarborough’s War, Steubenville, Drone ‘Debate’

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This week on FAIR TV: Joe Scarborough remembers some things about the Iraq War–but forgets the things he said back then. We’ll take a look at the CNN Steubenville coverage that had so many critics outraged. And the Washington Post presented two takes on drone deaths in Pakistan.

Mar
18
2013

Two Sides to Every Drone Death

John Brennan and Dianne Feinstein

The UN’s special human rights envoy found that the CIA’s drone strikes in Pakistan have “resulted in far more civilian casualties than the U.S. government has recognized.” But that message was muddled by the Washington Post’s he said-she said approach to the question of civilian deaths.

Mar
13
2013

Armistice’s Day Is Done–Contrary to NYT

North Korean soldiers looking across the DMZ (U.S. Army photo by Edward N. Johnson)

Citing anonymous officials, the New York Times reported that “no party [to an] armistice can unilaterally terminate or alter its terms.” International law expert Francis Boyle says that’s nonsense.

Feb
26
2013

Oscar Rights Some Historical Wrongs, Creates Some New Ones

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Many have exposed the fictions of Argo; Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir described the film as “a propaganda fable.” But when the Academy chose Argo and almost ignored Zero Dark Thirty, I cheered.