Dec 23 2015

Weirdly, Trump Is as Blase About Russia Killing Journalists as He Is About US Killing Journalists

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

It’s easy to get outraged by the crimes of official enemies, and to forget or to justify the crimes of the state you identify with. What really sets Trump apart is that he seems lackadaisical about both types of crimes.

Nov 18 2015

Coverage of Russian Plane Bombing Shows What a Difference an Enemy Makes

Vladimir Putin (photo: Alexei Nikolsky via AP/US News)

Because Russia’s government is considered an enemy of Washington, US media express skepticism about its interest in increasing its powers, suspecting it might have its own self-interest rather than the safety of its citizens foremost in mind.

Oct 1 2015

Action Alert: New York Post Gets Ethel Rosenberg History Wrong

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

The New York Post reported that ” Ethel Rosenberg…was executed with her husband for treason.” That’s just wrong, and deserves a correction.

Sep 29 2015

To NYT, ‘Diplomatic’ and ‘Unilateral’ Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

US military bases in the Middle East (source: Juan Cole)

A New York Times story by Michael Gordon contains a line that sums up corporate media’s spin on the US role in the Syrian conflict.

Sep 1 2015

US Leads World in Credulous Reports of ‘Lagging Behind’ Russia

New York Times image of Coast Guard cutter

The New York Times maintained a long, proud tradition of uncritically repeating official claims that the US—despite having twice the population, eight times the military budget and a nominal economy almost ten times as large—is “lagging behind” Russia on a key military strategic objective.

Apr 14 2015

Reporting on Russia’s Troll Army, Western Media Forget West’s Much Bigger, Sophisticated Troll Army

(cc photo: Ray)

Western media keep breaking the same story of Russia’s paid Internet trolls over and over again. In all these stories, however, the rather glaring fact that the US has a long-documented history of manipulating social media is not mentioned once.

Mar 1 2015

Soundbites March 2015

By FAIR
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!

May 1 2014

‘Radioactive’ Putin Is ‘Stalin’s Spawn’

With Official Enemies, too much is not enough

PutinSlider

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Crimean region of Ukraine meant that he was either “taking a page out of the Hitler playbook” or was “Stalin’s spawn.”