Nov 17 2015

It’s True, Media Did Cover Beirut Bombings–About 1/40th as Much as They Covered Paris Attacks

Funeral attendee, Beirut (photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty)

The much-retweeted Twitter complaint that “no media has covered” the Beirut bombing is wrong. But Max Fisher’s argument—that it’s wrong to blame media for the fact that “the world truly does care more about France”—is equally absurd.

Nov 16 2015

Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

NYT video: Mourning in Paris

Just as the question of Al-Qaeda’s motives in 2001 provoked more self-congratulation than serious inquiry, coverage of Paris in 2015 tended to skirt over political realities.

Nov 05 2015

Washington Post’s (Very) Rough Guide to Denmark

Miss Denmark in Tokyo (photo: Toru Yamanaka/AFP)

The Washington Post decided to correct the positive image of Denmark that Sen. Bernie Sanders and others have been giving it in recent months. But some of the assertions in its piece are either misleading or inaccurate.

Sep 16 2015

Varoufakis to Corbyn: ‘Don’t Fear the Media’

Yanis Varoufakis

Asked by Paul Mason of Britain’s Channel 4 what Jeremy Corbyn could learn from his experience as Greek Finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis had some ready advice for the incoming British Labour Party leader.

Sep 15 2015

New Yorker Calls Corbyn ‘Childlike’–but Who Are They Kidding?

Jeremy Corbyn (photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

What the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn is proposing is directly financing spending by printing money. If that is “childlike,” then folks like Paul Krugman have a similar affinity for childlike solutions to economic problems.

Sep 05 2015

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the ‘Do Something’ Lie

Syrian refugees coming ashore in Greece (photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/Getty)

The “do something” crowd wants us to “do something” about the refugee crisis and “solve” the “bigger problem,” which, of course, involves regime change. To create the moral urgency and to tether the refugee crisis to their long-standing warmongering, these actors have to insist the US has “done nothing” about Syria.

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.

Jul 06 2015

After Greece Cuts a Quarter of Its Budget, WaPo Asks if It’s Willing to ‘Trim Spending’

Greek Voters

from 2010 to 2015, Greece has cut government spending from roughly 13 billion euros to 10 billion euros–a cut of 23 percent.
In the Washington Post’s eyes, though, Greece has not yet demonstrated the willingness to “trim its spending”