Extra! November/December 1990

    Post-Bradlee Post

    Ben Bradlee is gradually surrendering authority at the nation’s second-most influential newspaper. The change may not bode well for those who find the Washington Post already too close to governing elites.

    Bloody Journalism

    “In forceful terms, Mr. Bush sought to prepare the whole American nation for the prospect of bloodshed,” wrote R.W. “Johnny” Apple in an August 12 analysis of the president’s speech on Iraq. Apple, one of the New York Times’ top political analysts wrote approvingly of Bush’s message that “American soldiers and American hostages may have to die,” referring to the president as “tough,” “determined” and “statesmanlike.” (Apple described Saddam Hussein as “wiggling and squirming.”) Apple wrote in a strikingly similar vein on the Panama invasion (12/21/89), declaring that Bush had completed “a presidential initiation rite” joining “American leaders who since …

    Mothers and Other Soldiers

    The media have been fascinated with the thousands of U.S. military women on active duty in the Persian Gulf. “Women Warriors,” a Newsweek cover called them (9/10/90), while People‘s cover story was “Mom Goes to War.” Women have long been used to whip up public enthusiasm for battle. What makes the Gulf crisis different is that not only are there women victims to be rescued, there are also women soldiers who can be used t demonstrate the superiority of the American way through contrast with their oppressed Arab sisters, and who show that women in fatigues are still mothers underneath. …

    Media on the March

    From the beginning of the Persian Gulf crisis in August 1990, most of the mainstream U.S. media went into war mode: Their main mission was not journalism, but the creation of a national consensus in support of the U.S. military buildup. The media acknowledged this mission as they begged to he allowed to report from Saudi Arabia: “A major military exercise cannot succeed without the sustained support and understanding of the American people, and it will not long he supported or understood without extensive and close-up news reporting,” Max Frankel, executive editor of the New York Times, was quoted in …


Articles in the print edition

Activist Alert: Save South Africa Now

Chomsky Appears on Macneil/Lehrer; Western Civilization Survives

The War at Homes

Reconquering Lebanon
by Samuel F. Hennessy

The Right’s War on the Arts
by Nancy Graham

Air America: Facts and Fictions

Rev Moon: Electronic Media Mogul
by Fred Clarkson

Messiah Rises, Press Sleeps

Post-Bradlee Post: What Will the New Regime Bring?

Left Out of the Nicaraguan Debate

Patrick Buchanan, Equal Opportunity Maligner

“Tuesday is Labor Day in the New York Post

Jesse “Zelig” Jackson