This week on CounterSpin: The alleged scandal involving the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq includes charges that the UN itself was party to the corruption. But in an article in the latest Harper’s magazine, our guest says the UN Security Council member states, including the US, were in charge of the program’s oversight, not the U.N. Professor Joy Gordon of Fairfield University will join us to talk about the media and the alleged scandal.
Also on the show: A new book about the New York Times says the country’s paper of record routinely ignores international law in its coverage of US foreign policy–the Iraq war is the latest example, but the practice stretches back some 50 years. We’ll hear from Howard Friel, co-author with Richard Falk, of The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy.
UN Oil for Food “Scandal,” by Joy Gordon (The Nation, 12/6/04)