What Corporate Media Don’t Want You to Know About Joni Ernst

ABC News invites you to meet Joni Ernst--but don't ask too many questions.

You really don’t learn too much else about Joni Ernst, picked to rebut the State of the Union address, from media profiles, Nor do you get the impression that corporate media think you need to know much.


ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

Image from Joni Ernst ad

For a news story that promises to be about a conservative candidate’s TV commercial, ABC sure delivered.


Washington Post Slams Venezuela for Electing ‘Former Bus Driver’


It’s no secret that the Washington Post editorial page was quite alarmed by Venezuela’s shift to the left under former President Hugo Chavez. The Post–like the rest of elite US media (Extra!, 11/05)–was an unrelenting critic of Chavez’s policies. Some things haven’t changed. In a scathing editorial (9/20/14), the Post went after Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro, calling him an “economically illiterate former bus driver” because he “rejected the advice of pragmatists” and will continue to pursue policies that are ruining what was “once Latin America’s richest country.” During the Chavez years, the most important economic story was the rapid gains by […]


Death in Gaza: Some Counts More Controversial than Others


When it comes to the death toll in Gaza, the Washington Post and New York Times both work hard to muddy up the picture.


Bolivian President Isn’t Radical Enough for Corporate Media

Evo Morales

Vilifying left-leaning Latin American and Caribbean leaders is nothing new from the US media–from Chile’s Salvador Allende to Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to Mauricio Funes of El Salvador. Bolivian President Evo Morales is no exception, as he caught the attention of the website Vox, a new outlet that sets out to “explain the news” with an emphasis on data analysis.


Where Is the Discussion of Syria and International Law?

Barack Obama  interviewed by George Stephanopoulos (photo: White House)

If international law is so important in evaluating Syria’s actions, then shouldn’t it be equally important in evaluating the proposed US response?


UN Report Provides Information, Not ‘Intelligence’

Rocket engine depicted in UN report.

The contrast between the two reports is striking: While Kerry’s report avoided providing specific details to back up its claims–“in order to protect sources and methods,” Kerry said–the UN report strove for maximum transparency.


Syria and the ‘Red Line’ Nonsense

Red line (cc photo: Michael Lusk)

The pundits’ message on Barack Obama’s talk of a “red line” on Syria is that they are concerned about the credibility of the president’s threats of violence–much more so than about the credibility of his evidence.


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 CNN Wire report, “For Second Time in […]


NYT’s Gaza Flotilla Flop

You can learn a lot from reading the Corrections box in the New York Times–often because going back to read the story that is being corrected reveals more than the correction itself. On October 20, the Israeli navy intercepted another boat attempting to reach the Gaza Strip to deliver supplies in defiance of the Israeli blockade. In the October 21 edition of the Times, Jodi Rudoren filed a story about this news. But it was what she remembered about an earlier flotilla that was most revealing. In 2010 Israeli forces launched a deadly assault on the Mavi Marmara boat, killing […]


When a Headline Says a Lot

The Washington Post today: Diplomatic Efforts Unable to Derail Palestinians’ UN Gambit “Gambit” is the kind of word that seems intended to send a certain message–as if there some kind of sneaky maneuver at work here. That’s especially true when it is contrasted with “diplomatic efforts.” In this case, the paper is referring to efforts by superpowers (like the United States) to tell people with very little power (Palestinians) to pipe down. Whatever you think of Palestinian efforts to elevate their status at the United Nations, an alternate headline–“U.S. Gambits Unlikely to Derail Palestinians’ Diplomatic Efforts”–is hard to imagine.


NYT Misstates U.S. Record on UN Vetoes

The New York Times has a curious reference today concerning the White House’s strategy on a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements: The new White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said Thursday that he would not say whether the United States would invoke its rarely used veto power in the Council. The United States vetoes Security Council resolutions more often than any other country. (The Soviet Union once racked up an impressive record in a short amount of time, but since 1970 or so the United States has led by a wide margin.) Many of those vetoes […]


Iran, Sanctions and Maintaining ‘International Unity’

The U.S. has drawnup a new round of proposed sanctions against Iran that they intend to present before the U.N. Security Council. Thisis obviouslya rebuke of Brazil and Turkey for negotiating their own deal with Iran. The Washington Post refers to the countriesas “two junior Security Council members” that ” swooped in with their own deal with Iran to forestall new penalties on the Islamic republic.” Brazil and Turkey are unsurprisingly upset at the U.S. move, and thePost tells us (5/19/10) that this reaction is of some concern: The reaction signified potential difficulties ahead in winning unanimous approval for the […]