Aug 31 2015

Missing From Reports of Yemeni Carnage: Washington’s Responsibility

Saudi Arabia's US-made fighter jets (photo: Fayez Nureldinefayez-Nureldine/AFP)

Reports left out the information that made this particularly relevant to the papers’ mostly American readership: The US government is actively backing the air war in Yemen that killed those civilians.

Jul 19 2015

PETITION: NYT, Washington Post: Provide Sustained Coverage of US-Backed Civilian Deaths in Yemen

Face the Nation reports on Yemen airstrike

Coverage of civilian deaths in Yemen by major US media outlets, like the New York Times and the Washington Post, has been cursory and superficial.

Mar 01 2015

Saudi Dictator’s Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power

Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded ‘sorcerers,’ was ‘force of moderation’

At top, New York Times writes, "A Polarizing Figure Who Led a Movement," about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. At bottom, New York Times writes, "King Abdullah, Who Nudged Saudi Arabia Forward, Dies at 90."

The New York Times repeated the White House’s depiction of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah as a peace-loving friend, despite the reality that King Abdullah’s regime flogged dissenters, beheaded perpetrators of “sorcery” and made “frequent exhortations to the US to attack Iran.”

Nov 01 2014

Drone-Strike Feminism

Using the oppression of women to sell another Iraq War

Saudi Arabian beheading

US corporate media outlets have acted as cheerleaders and stenographers, allowing the US government to hijack the deterioration of women’s rights as a selling point for perpetual war.

Nov 01 2014

Addicted to Intervention

In ISIS, media find another problem that requires US violence

John McCain, ISIS, Fox News

The journalistic mistakes made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks are being repeated today. The same press corps and commentariat that cheered the earlier aggressions have returned, largely intact.

Oct 03 2014

Murtaza Hussain on Khorasan Group, Vijay Prashad on Narendra Modi

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This week on CounterSpin: When the US military attacks on Syria got underway, there was a sudden shift in the coverage: We weren’t just bombing the Islamic State, but something called the Khorasan Group. But who are they and how come no one had ever heard of them before? We’ll talk to reporter Murtaza Hussain of the Intercept about that.

Also this week: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi received a royal welcome when he arrived in the US for a visit on September 26. For a republic, it’s always been a little strange how the US treats foreign heads of states like royalty, but with his controversial past and politics, Modi’s treatment was even more curious than most. We’ll talk with Trinity College history professor Vijay Prashad about Modi’s American reception.

Sep 12 2014

Four Myths About Obama’s War on ISIS

A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told

NBC Nightly News links ISIS, 9/11

While Barack Obama’s military plan to launch strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might impress many pundits, there are some serious questions that should be asked–about the threat posed by the Islamic State and about some of the assumptions guiding the debate.

Nov 01 2012

Why Do They Hate Us Back?

'Muslim Rage' is really no mystery

Time Magazine Sept. 24
Photo Credit: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH / REUTERS

U.S. coverage of Islam and Muslim-majority nations is such a carnival of distortion, double standards and bigotry that it’s sometimes hard to believe that journalists inhabit the same planet as the rest of us. This has been especially true as anti-American violence and demonstrations in Libya and other countries have put media fantasies of the U.S. as a benign force for democracy and peace in the Muslim world on full display. Immediately after the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others dead, U.S. media came alive with […]