Jul
01
2007

The Poisoned Chalice

Media and double standards

U.S. Justice Robert Jackson, the chief of counsel for the prosecution at the Nuremberg Tribunal, addressed the Tribunal on the principle of universality, which is the foundation of any moral code that can be taken seriously. It’s the principle that we apply to ourselves the same standards that we apply to others, if not more stringent ones. Justice Jackson admonished the Tribunal that this elementary principle must be its guide, or else its proceedings would be nothing but legal farce, an act of vengeance, victor’s justice. To quote Jackson’s memorable words: If certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, […]

Jul
01
2007

SoundBites

O’Reilly: NBC “Jazzed” About Kids’ Deaths A new study from the Project for Excellence in Journalism (5/25/07) found that over a 10-week period in 2006, Fox spent less time covering the Iraq War than either CNN or MSNBC—half as much time compared to the latter. In response to the “big deal” that “the liberal press has made” out of this finding, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly retorted (6/19/07), “I want the USA to stabilize that country and deal a huge blow to terrorism worldwide, but not everybody in the media feels that way.” As an example, O’Reilly claimed NBC Nightly News […]

Jul
01
2007

CounterSpin Interview: Ali Abunimah on Gaza

'It's the exact opposite of a coup'

In November 2004, a New York Times article on Palestinian elections (11/14/04) stated, “The post-Arafat era will be the latest test of a quintessentially American article of faith: that elections provide legitimacy even to the frailest institutions.” The "faith" that elites in the press and in government have in such elections is tested when the results cut against U.S. wishes, as happened when Hamas prevailed over Fatah in Palestinian elections in 2006. As a result, the White House pursued a policy of punishing Palestinians for their disobedience by attempting to prevent Hamas from participating in the Palestinian government. That only […]