Mar
26
2015

A Few Words on the Least Surprising Op-Ed of 2015

John Bolton op-ed New York Times

By “inattention” and “failing to act,” John Bolton just means we haven’t bombed Iran yet. That’s what paying attention is to him.

Mar
18
2015

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.

Feb
18
2015

Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy

Netanyahu addressing Congress (photo: Getty/Saul Loeb)

You can see propaganda being manufactured before your eyes: Any subtleties are ironed out to create an assertion that the American people are calling for Netanyahu to speak.

Feb
09
2015

The New York Times’ Nuclear Uncertainty Principles

Israeli laboratory model of a nuclear warhead core--photographed by Mordechai Vanunu.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, basic facts seem to be subject to political revision at the New York Times.

Nov
18
2014

No Debate on War

Today I was pleased to visit Democracy Now! to talk about FAIR’s new study documenting the lack of debate over the wars in Iraq and Syria. Watch the interview here:

Nov
07
2014

On Iran Policy, America Is Not ‘the World’

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When reporters talk about what “the world” thinks about Iran, they really just mean the United States.

Aug
01
2014

NYT’s Iran Correction Needs a Correction

Someone at the NY Times needs to read this book.

In today’s New York Times corrections box (8/1/14): An article on Wednesday about demands among both parties in Congress that the Obama administration allow a vote on any agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program misstated, in some editions, the value of assets that Iran will have access to under an agreement. It is more than $2 billion, not more than $2 million. This correction needs a correction. Iran does not have a “nuclear weapons program.” It has a uranium enrichment program; some politicians claim it also has a weapons program it is concealing. This has never been substantiated by international […]

Jul
22
2014

Are People Who Shoot Down Passenger Planes ‘War Criminals’–or ‘Hard to Fault’?

Downed Malaysian airlines (Dmitry Lovetsky/AP)

If you’re going to shoot down a civilian jetliner–from the New York Times’ point of view–it helps to be working for the US Navy when you do it.

Jul
18
2014

FAIR TV: Palestinian Lives, Iran Facts, ABC’s Walmart Promo

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This week on the show: Media figures demonstrate their concern for Israeli lives–and their lack of concern for Palestinians. Plus NBC host David Gregory makes a claim about Iran–and an Iranian official is there to challenge him. And ABC‘s Walmart report: Is it journalism or  infomercial?   Watch:      

Jul
14
2014

Note to David Gregory: The US Is Not the World

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NBC’s Meet the Press host makes some misleading claims about Iran–thankfully an Iranian official is there to challenge him. Unfortunately, the show then tapped Jeffrey Goldberg to offer a ‘reality check’ on Iran’s nuclear program.

Jun
27
2014

FAIR TV: Iraq Surge Myths, More TV Hawks, News You Can’t Use

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On the show this week: The idea that the surge of US troops is what ‘won’ the Iraq War shouldn’t be treated as if it’s a fact. Plus we look at who NBC tapped for his Iraq/Iran expertise, and media tried to tell us what we need to know about a powerful Republican lawmaker. They failed.

Jun
23
2014

Netanyahu Can Disinform on Iran Just as Well as Iraq

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NBC’s David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “well-briefed” on the US position on Iran’s nuclear program. But that shouldn’t be confused with being knowledgeable.

May
13
2014

O’Reilly: Back from Vacation, Still Hating Muslims

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Bill O’Reilly uses the horrible Boko Haram kidnappings to launch into yet another tirade against Muslims.