Nov 14 2014

Debating How–Not Whether–to Launch a New War

Missing perspectives on Obama's attack on ISIS

ISIS, Meet the Press

In total, 205 sources appeared on the programs discussing military options in Syria and Iraq. Just six of these, or 3 percent, voiced opposition to US military intervention, while 125 (61 percent) spoke in favor of US war.

Nov 01 2014

Narrowing Our Options

Hillary Clinton's 'inevitability' and the media/electoral complex

Hillary Clinton on CNN

When well-heeled centrist politicians like Hillary Clinton are fetishized by the savvy press, it is real issues that are kept out of the news—and out of the electoral process itself.

Nov 01 2014

Propaganda Wars

In post-9/11 conflicts, media often misidentify the victors

ISIS recruits

In every war, there is a difference between reported news and what really happened, but during the Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria campaigns, the outside world has been left with misconceptions even about the identity of the victors.

Nov 01 2014

Drone-Strike Feminism

Using the oppression of women to sell another Iraq War

Saudi Arabian beheading

US corporate media outlets have acted as cheerleaders and stenographers, allowing the US government to hijack the deterioration of women’s rights as a selling point for perpetual war.

Nov 01 2014

Business as Usual Is a Disaster

Treating BP as the primary victim of BP's negligence

OilyBird

One would hope that with Barack Obama talking about expanding offshore drilling, media would take seriously a judge’s conclusion that the Deepwater disaster was not a matter of accidental missteps by a few “bad apples,” but implicates business as usual for an entire industry, as well as those agencies meant to regulate it.

Nov 01 2014

Addicted to Intervention

In ISIS, media find another problem that requires US violence

John McCain, ISIS, Fox News

The journalistic mistakes made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks are being repeated today. The same press corps and commentariat that cheered the earlier aggressions have returned, largely intact.

Oct 20 2014

Official Sources May Be the Only Sources

Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing

James Risen, New York Times

James Risen’s supporters fear that the US Department of Justice within the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” is preparing to deliver a body blow to the First Amendment’s promise of press freedom.

Oct 01 2014

#FTP Film Tha Police

Communities of color use media to protect themselves

Police officer Darren Wilson arresting a citizen for filming him.

Communities of color are learning to rely on themselves to report on what happens around them–and to them–by recording images of police activity.