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Jul 24 2015

Politico Finds ‘Capital of American Jihad’–Based on 2 Cases, 6 Years and 268 Miles Apart

Politico: Tennessee Is the Capital of American Jihad

Three of the worst things in modern journalism–the bogus trend piece, pointlessly sprawling “writerly” #longread pretense and anti-Islamic fear-mongering–have combined forces to create an absurd, albeit literate, piece of War on Terror propaganda.

Jul 24 2015

Side-By-Side Coverage of Cuba and Iran Highlights Shift in US Media Villain-Making

PBS Newshour's Judy Woodruff and four commentators: James Woolsey, Dennis Ross, Sandy Berger and Michael Hayden.

While Cuban officials are granted airtime as they forcefully denounce American policies at a walking distance from the US Capitol building, similarly reasonable positions on the part of Iran are treated as outrageous demands.

Jul 24 2015

Brendan Fischer on Wisconsin Campaign Corruption, Lee Fang on Eric Holder’s Revolving Door

Eric Holder (cc photo: North Charleston)

Elite media’s utter lack of interest in former US Attorney General Eric Holder going from investigating big financial interests to representing them at law firm Covington & Burling suggests that outrage is outre.

Jul 23 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on FAIR Commentary Study

'Somewhat arbitrary,' though pretty much 'what NPR already knows'

NPR ombud Elizabeth Jensen (photo: James Wrona/NPR)

National Public Radio ombud Elizabeth Jensen responds to FAIR’s study of NPR commentary, saying, “I find the specific numbers in the study somewhat arbitrary, even though the broad sweep of its conclusions pretty much echo what NPR already knows.”

Jul 22 2015

‘Media Have Been Applying a False Narrative to the Entire Issue’

CounterSpin interview with Gareth Porter on the Iran deal

Gareth Porter

“How did the US come to the point where it was ready to negotiate a deal on the nuclear program with Iran? And the answer to that is certainly not something that you will learn from reading the news media accounts.”

Jul 22 2015

At Wall Street Journal, Government-Enforced Monopolies = ‘Free Market’

Money pills (Getty Images)

It would be great to have an honest debate about the best way to finance drug research. The first step is to stop conflating government-granted patent monopolies with the free market.

Jul 22 2015

1. Whisper to NYT 2. Demand Anonymity 3. Truth!

Operational Security: Spies vs. Jihadis (Intercept)

Glenn Greenwald traces the transmission of a demonstrably false claim from nameless “intelligence and military officials” to a front-page piece in the New York Times to other journalists gleefully retweeting and reprinting the false claim as fact.

Jul 21 2015

Mental Illness Doesn’t Explain Mass Violence–but Neither Does ‘Islamic Extremism’

Anderson Cooper asks Gary Tuchman about Chattanooga violence

It’s true, as CNN’s Anderson Cooper says, that most depressed people, and people with mental illness in general, will never hurt anyone. But it’s just as true that religious beliefs–“extremist” or otherwise–don’t “lead most people to kill other people.”