Jul 17 2015

Gareth Porter on Iran Deal, Mohamed Shehk on Prison Reform

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The New York Times tells readers Barack Obama was moved to negotiate a deal with Iran because of his personal “faith in diplomacy.” Our guest has an alternate view.

May 01 2015

Op-Ed Calls for War Are Incitements to a Terrible Crime

The New York Times' Op-Ed "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran" features an olive branch in the middle of a bear trap with missiles for teeth.

The literature that justifies or encourages war is not divorced from the responsibility for the cause of war itself.

Apr 01 2015

Papers’ Netanyahu Coverage Left Out Crucial Facts

Wall Street Journal: Netanyahu's speech to Congress

Entirely absent from these articles was the fact that not only does Iran deny wanting to make a nuclear bomb, the intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel also doubt that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program.

Mar 01 2015

Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Should Apologize For

NBC anchor lied about more than being under fire

Brian Williams with a U.S. soldier in Iraq.

NBC’s Brian Williams has exaggerated more than just his experiences in Iraq. He misreported other aspects of the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Ahmadinejad’s comments about nuclear power and other incidents.

Mar 01 2015

Soundbites March 2015

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Russian President Vladimir Putin may be "completely mad," says CNN--by which it means the Pentagon has speculated that he may have Asperger's syndrome.

Headlines include: “For CNN, Asperger’s Equals Madness,” “Chris Matthews Advocates ‘Rambo Stuff,'” “Relating to the Community With Automatic Weapons,” “Facts and Reality Are Two Different Things” on Iran and more!

Mar 21 2014

Washington Post Gets Iran Nukes Wrong–Again

Paper claims a 'march towards weapons'

Hillary Clinton (cc photo: Veni Markovski)

In a March 20 article about a Hillary Clinton speech, the Washington Post reported that Iran is marching towards nuclear weapons–repeating an error the Post has had to correct at least two times already.

Aug 01 2013

After Ahmadinejad, Alarmism Still Reigns

Spinning Iranian election results to maintain an official enemy

ABC's Dan Harris and Jonathan Karl parrot AIPAC on "pro-nuclear Iran."

With the surprise election (CNN, 6/15/13) of moderate pragmatist Hassan Rouhani as the next president of Iran, and the attendant departure of the West’s favorite bogeyman, outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from the political stage, U.S. elite media have had to rapidly adapt the collective narrative in order to maintain their alarmist depiction of the Islamic Republic. For the past eight years, references to what is perceived as Ahmadinejad’s bombastic rhetoric abounded in political speeches and were readily parroted by the press (Extra!, 6/12). He was routinely presented as a megalomaniacal, apocalyptic madman, hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons in order to […]

Mar 01 2013

Nima Shirazi on Argo, Mitra Ebadolahi on Warrantless Spying

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Argo won the Best Picture Academy Award. The film claims to be ‘based on’ the true story of the Iranian hostage crisis. But just how far removed is it from that true story, and why does it matter? We’ll hear from Nima Shirazi of the blog WideasleepinAmerica.

Also on the show: The Supreme Court has determined that the government doesn’t have to reveal who it’s targeting with its domestic spying programs, but civil liberties groups can’t challenge the spying because… they can’t prove they’ve been targeted. Mitra Ebadolahi of the ACLU’s National Security Project will explain.