Search Results for: Josmar Trujillo, <i>Extra!</i>

Aug
19
2014

SoundBites June 2014

The Reagan Playbook’s Bloody Pages Washington Post columnist David Ignatius (4/8/14) wrote that Russia’s Vladimir Putin may in fact be taking a page out of the United States’ playbook during the Ronald Reagan presidency, when the Soviet empire began to unravel thanks to a relentless US covert-action campaign. Rather than confront Moscow head-on, Reagan nibbled at the edges, by supporting movements that destabilized Russian power in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and, finally, Poland and Eastern Europe. Ignatius credits this idea to a former CIA paramilitary covert-action officer, who argues that what Putin is doing in Ukraine is similar to what he and […]

Aug
19
2014

SoundBites June 2014

The Reagan Playbook’s Bloody Pages Washington Post columnist David Ignatius (4/8/14) wrote that Russia’s Vladimir Putin may in fact be taking a page out of the United States’ playbook during the Ronald Reagan presidency, when the Soviet empire began to unravel thanks to a relentless US covert-action campaign. Rather than confront Moscow head-on, Reagan nibbled at the edges, by supporting movements that destabilized Russian power in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola and, finally, Poland and Eastern Europe. Ignatius credits this idea to a former CIA paramilitary covert-action officer, who argues that what Putin is doing in Ukraine is similar to what he and […]

Aug
19
2014

Letters to the Editor May 2014

Fallujah: The Root of the Anger In the February issue of Extra!, there is a useful and comprehensive article (“Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice”) about recent coverage of Fallujah and the U.S. military “heroes” of that slaughter. However, there is only a sentence about the demonstration that was a trigger for the city’s anger at the US, and no mention of the cause of the citizens’ protest. When the US military first entered the city in 2003, they appropriated a large school to be their headquarters. The parents and children protested, and this was the crowd into which US snipers […]

Aug
19
2014

Letters to the Editor

Missing Context: Capitalism I have been a faithful reader and subscriber for several years. I appreciate your careful analysis of corporate media distortions, standing their upside down coverage on its feet. But recently I’ve concluded that you are guilty of some of the same distortions for which you criticize the mainstream media—an absence of context. You have rightly criticized the MSM for covering bizarre weather without mentioning global climate change (“Weather—Without Climate,” 12/13). By the same token, your analysis of reporting on social and economic problems fails to address their foundation. Capitalism and the capitalist form of ownership are at […]

Aug
19
2014

Letters to the Editor

Missing Context: Capitalism I have been a faithful reader and subscriber for several years. I appreciate your careful analysis of corporate media distortions, standing their upside down coverage on its feet. But recently I’ve concluded that you are guilty of some of the same distortions for which you criticize the mainstream media—an absence of context. You have rightly criticized the MSM for covering bizarre weather without mentioning global climate change (“Weather—Without Climate,” 12/13). By the same token, your analysis of reporting on social and economic problems fails to address their foundation. Capitalism and the capitalist form of ownership are at […]

Aug
19
2014

Letters

Missing Context: Capitalism I have been a faithful reader and subscriber for several years. I appreciate your careful analysis of corporate media distortions, standing their upside down coverage on its feet. But recently I’ve concluded that you are guilty of some of the same distortions for which you criticize the mainstream media—an absence of context. You have rightly criticized the MSM for covering bizarre weather without mentioning global climate change (“Weather—Without Climate,” 12/13). By the same token, your analysis of reporting on social and economic problems fails to address their foundation. Capitalism and the capitalist form of ownership are at […]

Aug
19
2014

Reforming Welfare Coverage

When Extra! reviewed welfare coverage in 1995 (5-6/95), it was easy to pick out the popular media themes. What passed for debate sounded more like a chorus--exaggerating the burden of welfare programs on the federal budget and scapegoating the poor, the black, the foreign, the female and the young. Relatively powerless groups became the targets of politicians and most of the press, while their advocates were routinely excluded from or belittled in the discussion. Long-time critics of "welfare" from the women's movement, trade unions and the left were sidelined. As Extra! demonstrated a year and a half later (11-12/96), this […]

Aug
19
2014

Reforming Welfare Coverage

When Extra! reviewed welfare coverage in 1995 (5-6/95), it was easy to pick out the popular media themes. What passed for debate sounded more like a chorus--exaggerating the burden of welfare programs on the federal budget and scapegoating the poor, the black, the foreign, the female and the young. Relatively powerless groups became the targets of politicians and most of the press, while their advocates were routinely excluded from or belittled in the discussion. Long-time critics of "welfare" from the women's movement, trade unions and the left were sidelined. As Extra! demonstrated a year and a half later (11-12/96), this […]