Jun
20
2014

Iraq and Your Gas Tank

cbsgas

When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.

Jun
20
2014

The Iraq Surge 'Worked' All Over Again

NBC-Engel-surge

Treating "the US troop surge worked" argument as a fact, as Engel is doing, is very dangerous–since it logically suggests that it is only the presence of US troops that can keep Iraq safe.

Jun
18
2014

'Drawn Back Into War' in Iraq

dailyshow-iraq

It's revealing to see how reporters talk about the prospect of the United States military going back to war in Iraq. Indeed, many reporters made it sound like something that was being done *to* the United States:

Jun
18
2014

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

chelsea-manning

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?

Jun
17
2014

Famous War Correspondent Explains Why He's Still Wrong on Iraq

John Burns interviewed on CNN

Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.

Jun
16
2014

Debating Iraq in 2014: Wrong All Over Again

nbc-iraq-mtp

The crisis in Iraq has brought war back to the US airwaves. But if you were expecting a more robust discussion about US military action this time around, think again. The rule seems to be that if you were wrong in 2003, you're still an expert in 2014.

Jun
11
2014

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

ABC-WN-Mosul

In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.

May
16
2014

Object to a War Criminal at Your Graduation? You Must Be a 'Bigot'

Timothy Egan

New York Times columnist Tim Egan rages against college students who dare to have moral objections to the speakers their administrations chose to garnish their graduations with.

May
13
2014

O'Reilly: Back from Vacation, Still Hating Muslims

oreilly-muslims

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

Mar
31
2014

Intelligence Sources Play an Early April Fool's Joke on NBC News

Brian Williams report on Russia and Ukraine

US intelligence claims about a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border are just that–claims. On NBC Nightly News, however, anchor Brian Williams and Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski not only took these claims as gospel, they used them as the jumping off point for alarmist speculation.

Mar
31
2014

'Troop Buildup on the Border'–We've Heard This Before

NBC-Ukraine

Claims about a Russian buildup on Ukraine's border are being made based on intelligence that very few people have likely seen. NBC correspondent Jim Maceda went to the border area to check out the claims of Russian troop presence and couldn't turn up much.

Mar
25
2014

Pundits Never Have to Say They're Sorry–but They Can Demand Others Apologize for Being Right

RichLowry

National Review editor Rich Lowry slams Putin's invasion based on "lies and force of arms." You see, he's against that kind of thing–except when it was the invasion of Iraq.

Feb
25
2014

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

Noam Chomsky (cc photo: Agencia Brasil)

Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.