Mar
19
2004

Jeff Cohen on Spanish elections, Jonathan Landay on INC & media

Download MP3 Terror bombings in Madrid came just days before national elections, and Spanish voters delivered a surprising defeat to the Popular Party, which had supported the war in Iraq. On this side of the Atlantic, the election results made journalists wonder if Spain was going soft on the war on terror. But are the media missing the story on Spain? We'll talk to FAIR founder Jeff Cohen. Also on CounterSpin this week: We'll talk to Knight Ridder national security correspondent Jonathan Landay. He's part of a reporting team that has broken many important stories; his most recent tells how […]

Mar
01
1989

U.S. Media on a Terrorist Tirade

No sooner was it established that Pan Am Flight 103 had been destroyed by a bomb than the U.S. media went into its predictable ritual. Journalists prepared President Reagan and President-elect Bush with all the usual questions: How can we bring terrorists to justice? Will we retaliate against any country harboring those responsible for bombing passenger planes? Reagan and Bush responded with the expected tough-sounding rhetoric, Reagan: "We're going to make every effort to find out who was guilty of this savage thing and bring them to justice." Bush pledged to "seek hard and punish firmly, decisively, those who did […]

Aug
01
1987

Media Put Reagan Spin on Arias Plan

The signing of the Central America peace accord in Guatemala City set off a U.S. media reaction that showed once again the extent to which White House assumptions are shared by the national press corps. While some reporters have questioned whether President Reagan sincerely supports the Arias plan, virtually all mainstream media accept the administration's contention that its goal is to bring about "a democratic outcome in Nicaragua." Over the years journalists have at times challenged the tactics of the contra policy (mining harbors, assassination manuals, lying to Congress), but they never doubt its objective: to promote "democracy." It is […]