Mar
26
2015

Colombian Report on US Military’s Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

Image from RT story on Colombian report on US military sexual abuse

Explosive claims that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia thus far seem to have received zero coverage in the mainstream US press.

Mar
12
2015

WaPo, Owned by CIA’s Webmaster, Blasts Venezuela’s ‘State-Financed’ News

Venezuelans protesting US sanctions (photo: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA)

Part of the job of being Washington’s official court paper, apparently, is explaining to the inhabitants of lesser nations that they shouldn’t take it personally when the US labels them “an unusual and extraordinary threat.”

Feb
23
2015

Politico Helps O’Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications

Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor (photo: Slaven Vlasix/Getty Images)

Politico media reporter Dylan Byers explores the supposedly mysterious question of why Fox News executives let their most lucrative on-air personality get away with blatantly misrepresenting his journalistic history.

Feb
21
2015

Bill O’Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others

O'Reilly: "The Crusades? I was there."

When Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said that NBC’s Brian Williams “had to go” because he manufactured stories about dangers he faced in his reporting career, it should come as no surprise to find out that O’Reilly can be found doing the exact same thing.

Feb
02
2015

‘Venezuelan Bomb Plot’ a Figment of FBI’s–and US Media’s–Imagination

NBC: Ex-Los Alamos Scientist Gets 5 Years in Venezuelan Nuclear Bomb Plot

Accurate headlines would not leave casual readers with the impression that Venezuela was interested in getting a nuclear bomb, or in trying to nuke New York.

Dec
23
2014

The Weird World of the Washington Post, Where Reagan Never Met Gorbachev

Reagan and Gorbachev

Reading the Washington Post opinion pages can be like reading dispatches from a parallel universe. You get that sense of alternative history from Post deputy editorial editor Jackson Diehl’s latest.

Dec
18
2014

People Who Live in ‘Flyspecks’ Shouldn’t Fling Metaphors

Flesh fly (cc photo: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia)

The second paragraph of the Washington Post’s news story (12/17/14) on President Obama normalizing relations with Cuba begins, “Cuba is a flyspeck of an island that long ago ceased to be a threat to the United States.”

Nov
13
2014

Fareed Zakaria Wants a Better Public

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Zakaria has a different standard for ignorant citizens and ignorant politicians–not to mention ignorant media pundits.

Oct
27
2014

NYT Tried to Sell ‘Pro-Growth’ Candidate, but Brazilians Weren’t Buying

Aecio Neves (photo: Felipe Dana/AP )

The New York Times’ James Stewart made clear which side we should be rooting for in the Brazilian presidential elections: the side that lost.

Oct
21
2014

A ‘Worthless and Whiny’ Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero

Robert Parry

The Washington Post was one of the major newspapers to attack Gary Webb for his revelations about the CIA-backed Contras and the crack epidemic. It’s 2014, and they’re still at it.

Oct
21
2014

How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night

Top Contra leader Adolfo Calero (center) meeting with supporters, including Norwin Meneses, known as the "King of Drugs."

Ryan Grim’s new book sheds new light on the establishment media’s 1996 effort to discredit Gary Webb’s Contra crack revelations by talking to some of the key players. They sleep very well, they want you to know.

Sep
25
2014

Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing ‘Former Bus Driver’

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It’s no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela’s shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez’s policies. Some things haven’t changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an “economically illiterate former bus driver” because he “rejected the advice of pragmatists” and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was “once Latin America’s richest country.” During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]

Jul
14
2014

All They Will Call You Will Be Detainees

Homicides per 100,000 People, Central America (Vox)

One of corporate journalism’s bad habits is framing international stories on the premise that news is what happens to the US. There is no better recent example of this than the story of tens of thousands of children fleeing Central America.