Extra! Update April 2008

    SoundBites

    Unclear on the ‘Reality’ Concept Tim Russert: If this scenario plays out and the Americans get out in total and Al-Qaeda resurges and Iraq goes to hell, do you hold the right, in your mind as American president, to re-invade, to go back into Iraq to stabilize it? Hillary Clinton: You know, Tim, you ask a lot of hypotheticals. And I believe that what’s— Russert: But this is reality. —MSNBC Democratic debate (2/16/08) The Big Surprise Is No Surprise The big surprise on Super Tuesday, according to corporate media, was Mike Huckabee’s strong showing in Southern states. As the New ...


    McCain's Iraq War 'Advantage'

    When corporate media have discussed the Iraq War as an issue in the 2008 presidential election—which is not very often, given the press’s eagerness to play down the war’s importance—pundits have treated it as an advantage for presumptive GOP candidate Sen. John McCain over his eventual Democratic opponent. Given that McCain calls for a continuation of George W. Bush’s decidedly unpopular war, this might strike some as curious. And McCain’s foreign policy philosophy is, if anything, more hawkish than Bush’s; he has long been advised by leading neo-conservatives who generally despise international institutions and favor unilateral military force (Nation, 3/24/08). ...


    Endorsing a Different Standard

    When campaign discussion focused on videotaped comments made by Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, it was not the first time that the press raised questions about Obama’s connections— something corporate media seem far less interested in doing with Sen. John McCain. For example, look at two endorsements made by religious figures with a history of intolerant statements—one of Obama by Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan, who called Judaism a “gutter religion,” another of McCain by evangelical leader John Hagee, who has called Roman Catholicism a “false cult system” and a ...


    'Sexed Up' After All

    A key document in making Britain’s case for attacking Iraq, the so-called “September Dossier” (9/02), was initially drafted by a press advisor in then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Foreign Office, according to stories in the British press. Furthermore, the differences between the early draft and the published dossier indicate that caveats were removed and language strengthened (Independent, 2/19/08; Guardian, 2/18/08) to make a stronger argument for war—factors that give credence to claims, once dismissed, that the dossier had been “sexed up,” and that Tony Blair, in the words of former U.N. weapons inspections chief Hans Blix (Associated Press, 3/12/07), had a ...