Music as a Weapon? It’s No Joke

Britney Spears; Somali Pirates (FoxNews.com)

Joking about pop music that’s so bad it’s painful helps obscure the all-too-serious use of sound as a weapon that causes actual pain.


FAIR TV: Attacking Disability, ‘Good’ Government Leaks and Time’s Funny Iran History


60 Minutes goes after disability benefits, government leaks on that Somalia raid, and Time magazine’s Iran timeline is missing some important history.


Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

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If there’s one thing we know, the Obama White House hates leakers. Especially leaks about sensitive national security issues. Except when the leaks are the official kind.


MSM Hungry for the Blood of Somali Pirates

Political science professors Sonia Cardenas and Andrew Flibbert survey the bloodthirsty media reaction to African pirates for CounterPunch (5/22/09): Across countless blogs and media outlets, here and abroad, thousands of people have called unequivocally–often in blunt, colorful language–for killing Somali pirates. “Kill the Pirates” was the headline of a Washington Post op-ed on April 13 by Fred IklĂ©, a defense expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As Jonah Goldberg wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “Shoot the pirates, problem solved.” The mainstream media has described today’s pirates as savage enemies of humankind, with pundits even saying that […]


More Calls to Bomb (Any) Somalians

Taking the brave position (ScholarsAndRogues.com, 4/20/09) that the National Review Online is so bad that it makes William F. Buckley‘s print version look “semi-respectable” by comparison, former U.S. Navy Commander Jeff Huber writes that in his April 11 NRO post, “military historian and former classics professor Victor Davis Hanson comes across like a rabid war mongrel”: Frothing over the recent Somali pirate caper involving a U.S. flagged merchant ship, Davis insists that, “To end Somali piracy, disproportionate measures against the shore should be taken–for every one pirate assault, a lethal air assault should immediately follow.” It’s perhaps understandable that Hanson […]


Failed Reporting on Somalia–or Didn’t-Even-Try Reporting?

As well as being infused with a modern-day “white man’s burden” mythology not exactly unheard of in media reporting on Somalia, Time magazine’s article “The Suffering of Somalia” (11/13/08) follows the well-documented pattern of misreporting on recent U.S. intervention on Somalia (see Extra!, 3-4/08)–downplaying the disastrous role of recent U.S. policy in that country: Somalia is not so much a failed-state as a didn’t-even-try one. It hasn’t had a government since 1991, when warlords took over and embarked on a series of intractable clan wars that have produced one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises: hundreds of thousands dead and […]