Syrian Civil War Strays Into…Syrian Territory

Hamat Gader, Golan Heights (photo by Job de Graaf)

After Syrian mortar fire from Syria’s civil war reportedly strayed into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last weekend, some U.S. journalists seemed confused about the political geography of the region. For instance, CBS Evening News reported (11/12/12) reported: Syria’s civil war has now touched Israel. For the second straight day, a shell from Syria landed in Israeli territory. Well, no. The shells in question landed on the Golan Heights, a part of Syria that has been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War in 1967–but is internationally recognized as continuing to be Syrian territory. A┬áCNN Wire report, “For Second Time in […]


‘Strength in Bargaining’ Still, When Deals ‘Done Fairly’

Joe Strupp of Editor & Publisher (7/21/09) is reporting that newspaper union representatives claim a victory of sorts in the Boston Newspaper Guild’s refusal to accept a deal that “called for smaller benefit cuts and a furlough, but a higher 8.3 percent salary reduction.” The Boston Globe eventually agreed instead to “a 5.94 percent salary cut, a one-week furlough, a pension freeze and healthcare cost increase.” Strupp quotes Guild president Bernie Lunzer saying the result “does demonstrate that there is strength in bargaining,” that “people can push back” and they “are correct now to question what management is doing, to […]


In Crisis, NYT Co. Bleeds Globe Union Members

If you’ve ever wondered why the New York Times‘ labor coverage is just so bad, a lot can be learned by looking at the company’s treatment of its own workers. Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten has published an open letter (6/3/09) about how the Boston Globe-owning Times has chosen to “behave in a highly challenging situation” and what his union has “learned about New York Times Company management–and its unwillingness to share the pain of overcoming this crisis”: Guild members haven’t seen a pay raise in four years. And they are well prepared to take a pay cut to help […]


U.S. Media Solution for War: More Wars

Pointing to a May 9 Boston Globe editorial saying that Barack “Obama conveyed the right message last week by hosting Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari” to emphasize “the close link between Pakistan and the anti-Taliban struggle in Afghanistan,” before admitting that “U.S. military strikes against militants in both countries inevitably provoke anger and indignation among civilians,” Palestine Chronicle editor Ramzy Baroud (5/14/09) notes that “this is as much as most U.S. media… are willing to concede as far as U.S. responsibility in lethal wars, civil strife and militancy in both countries is concerned.” Baroud elaborates […]


On Boston Hate-Jock’s History of ‘Incendiary Comments’

Reporting on how “Jay Severin, the fiery right-wing talkshow host on Boston’s WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended yesterday,” (5/1/09), the Boston Globe‘s David Abel lists just a few of the “fiery” jock’s “incendiary comments”: In one of his broadcasts this week, Severin said: “So now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico–women with mustaches and VD–now we have swine flu.” Later, he described Mexicans as “the world’s lowest of primitives.” “When we are the magnet for primitives around the world–and it’s not the primitives’ fault by the way, I’m not blaming them for being primitives–I’m […]


Bush Lie Lives On as Pro-Torture Spin Point

David Swanson has noted (Consortium News, 4/23/09) that, as “much of elite U.S. punditry is backing away from torture,” the Boston Globe‘s Jeff Jacoby is bucking that trend with an April 22 column in which “he both opposes torture under all circumstances and excuses it given the current circumstances.” Jacoby’s main justification for U.S. torture tactics are “the successes with which they have been credited”–such as “the foiling of Al-Qaeda’s planned ‘Second Wave’–a 9/11-like plot to crash a hijacked airliner into a Los Angeles skyscraper.” Swanson gives the lie to this zombie resurrected from the graveyard of Bush administration propaganda: […]


Globe Pursues Media’s Corporate Democratic Dreams

Noam Chomsky points out that a Boston Globe analysis (11/9/08) of the Obama victory claims that the president-elect owes nothing to “traditional Democratic constituencies” like labor, women, ethnic minorities and the peace movement, because a “grassroots army of millions”–seemingly unconnected to such constituencies–“propelled” Obama’s win. It’s worth noting, however, that this idea of a Democratic Party set free from the voting blocs that support it is a longstanding dream of corporate media and the political establishment–represented in the Globe piece by corporate Democrat Steve McMahon and conservative think-tanker Norman Ornstein. Ornstein, in fact, offers the same argument in the paper […]