Mar
30
2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

Nuremberg defendants

To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Mar
27
2015

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?

David Gregory vs. Glenn Greenwald

One of the most important things that corporate media do to shore up power is to define “news” as things that people in power want you to know but haven’t told you yet.

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
25
2015

The Case Against Raising Interest Rates Is Simple, Despite WaPo’s Efforts to Confuse It

Unemployed workers (photo: Michael Raphael/FEMA)

The question here is pretty simple, in spite of Robert Samuelson’s efforts to sow confusion. There is very little plausible benefit from raising interest rates and slowing the economy at a point where the economy is far below its potential by almost any measure.

Mar
24
2015

NYT Reported Japanese Internment as ‘Pioneering Chapter in US History’

Japanese Evacuation Featured

A contemporary New York Times article on the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans “emphasized the adventurous nature” of putting innocent people in camps based on their ethnicity.

Mar
24
2015

New York Times: Nuclear Establishment Tool

Alamagordo atomic test (photo: Jack Abbey)

The model of a journalist being co-opted by the nuclear establishment involves New York Times reporter William L. Laurence, who described nuclear power as “making the dream of the Earth as a Promised Land come true.”

Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

Ted Cruz announcing presidential bid

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

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.

Mar
16
2015

Mind-Reading NYT Columnist Should Stick to His Day Job

Psychic with crystal ball.

Most of us recognize that politicians don’t always reveal their true thoughts. We know what they say their priorities are, but only a mind-reader would try to tell us what they really think.

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.”

Mar
10
2015

Yes, Wall Street Journal, It’s Possible to Be Not Generous Enough

Judge Dredd

Clearly there are judges who are too lenient and accept claims that probably should be denied; however, there are also judges who are too harsh and reject claims that should probably be approved.

Mar
09
2015

Funny How Russian Propaganda, US Free Press Produce Exact Same Mood Swings

Russian Communists with anti-Obama prop

The anti-American sentiment in Russia is pretty much a mirror image of anti-Russian sentiment in the United States, which has likewise risen to record heights since polling began roughly 25 years ago.

Mar
09
2015

Voting Rights Shall Not Overcome NYT Reporting Like This

Obama at Selma (AP video)

If voting rights shall not overcome partisan rancor, it will be because of reporting like this, which duplicates and does not investigate the claims made about voting reform.