Apr
01
2015

Media Inflate Threat With ‘ISIS Plots’ That Don’t Actually Involve ISIS

Daily News: 'ISIS in B'klyn'

The specter of ISIS constantly trying to enlist dozens of Americans, often for attacks on US soil, is a crucial element in maintaining the current war effort. The media inability to point out that these “plots” are almost always entirely of the FBI’s making helps perpetuate the illusion and inflate perceived risk.

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
22
2015

US Backing for ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten

Syrian fighter (photo: Ahmed Deeb/AFP)

That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years, yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact.

Feb
20
2015

Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories

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The militant group has done a lot of evil — but as the ramp-up to ground troops gets underway, it’s important to note that a lot of the scare stories the media have reported have turned out to be bunk.

Feb
11
2015

Chris Matthews Calls for ‘Rambo Kind of Stuff’ as Response to Real-World Violence

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Chris Matthews doesn’t know how to solve the ISIS problem. But he knows who does–and he’s a fictional character played by Sylvester Stallone.

Jan
28
2015

Attack on Israeli Soldiers ‘Most Serious Flare-Up in Years’–if Arab Deaths Aren’t Taken Seriously

Israeli vehicles attacked in the Golan Heights

The New York Times describes the death of two Israeli soldiers as “the most serious flare-up in the area in years.” But it’s not even the most serious flare-up in the area this month, as you learn later in the article.

Nov
19
2014

PBS to Treasury Official: ‘Why Can’t You Just Bomb Them?’

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It seems it’s hard to talk to an elite media host for very long before they start fantasizing about blowing things up.

Nov
18
2014

War Works–So Why Isn’t It Working?

US airstrike, Fallujah (photo: USMC/James J. Vooris)

“About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn’t this working?” What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to “work” in the first place.

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:

Oct
03
2014

FAIR TV: Media in War Mode, Calling for Civilian Deaths and PBS Hits Harper’s

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On this week’s show: The ways corporate media cover war, a Fox News pundit wants to see more civilian deaths in Syria, and PBS uses its ad dollars to punish a magazine. All of that on this week’s show:

Oct
02
2014

Fox Pundit: Civilians Die–Get Over It!

Sean Hannity with guest Ralph Peters

A Fox News military analyst is not afraid to talk about civilian deaths in Syria: He seems to want to see more of them.

Sep
29
2014

TV Generals and Precision Bombs: Corporate Media Go to War

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Generals, former generals and not much more: Corporate media are covering war the only way they know how.

Sep
26
2014

FAIR TV: Climate Blackout, Bombing Syria & Human Rights Rhetoric

NBC's Brian Williams' "New Enemy"

The People’s Climate March wasn’t fit for TV news, Obama is a “reluctant warrior,” and the US has a “longtime concern” for human rights in Egypt.