Nov
18
2014

War Works–So Why Isn't It Working?

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"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
17
2014

Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?

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The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. But some of the coverage is as bad as ever–if not worse.

Oct
14
2014

ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck

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ABC This Week mangles an easy fact check, after a Republican politician claims that ISIS fighters have been caught at the Texas border.

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
04
2014

'Debating' War, Corporate Media Style

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Discussions of what the Obama White House should do in Iraq and Syria are dominated by hawks, military officials and former national security insiders.

Jul
09
2014

ABC Recommends Dinesh D'Souza

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Why did ABC grant airtime to a right-wing crank's latest film?

Jun
11
2014

Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered

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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
12
2014

ABC's 'Raging Debate' Over Edward Snowden

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ABC's This Week: Edward Snowden sparked a "raging debate"–so here are two guests who don't like what he did.

Jan
28
2014

The Real Mitt Romney Should Have Run for President!

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The documentary Mitt is causing many journalists to wonder why the Mitt Romney in the film wasn't the one who ran for president. It's a bit like asking why drinking a particular brand of beer doesn't make you as popular with attractive strangers as the beer ads promised.

Dec
04
2013

Why Can't Karzai Be More Blase About US Killing Kids–Like US Press Is?

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It's not unheard of for journalists to express strong opinions about how the United States should conduct its wars. But sometimes reporters express their opinions by attributing them to others.

Nov
14
2013

Iran's Suspicious Smile

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Tom Friedman of the New York Times opened up his November 13 column with this:  It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program It goes without saying that this is deeply misleading. Iran, as most people following this story are surely aware, is not known to have any such weapons program. There are suspicions, mostly coming from some US and Israeli officials, that the country's enrichment activities are intended to produce a nuclear weapon. But international […]

Sep
03
2013

John Kerry's Very Precise Death Toll: Where Does It Come From?

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Media reports emphasize the number John Kerry gives for the number of Syrians killed in the apparent chemical attack. But where does that number come from–and why is substantially higher than other estimates?

Aug
07
2013

NSA Defenders Take to the Airwaves

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After intelligence reports about a possible Al-Qaeda attack , the Sunday chat shows were packed with politicians claiming that this meant that the NSA had been vindicated.