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 01 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 01 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 01 2015

Soundbites March 2015

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 01 2014

‘Radioactive’ Putin Is ‘Stalin’s Spawn’

With Official Enemies, too much is not enough


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.”

Dec 01 2001

When the Victims Are Far Away

A very different media response to Moscow bombings

Russian soldiers in Chechnya with downed helicopter. (photo: Mikhail Evstafiev)

A very different media response to Moscow bombingsIt would be easy, and to some tempting, to say that it is America’s turn—that after years of American gloating over Islam’s attacks on Russia, that after the CIA’s goading of proxies like the Pakistanis to arm Islamic terrorists, that after the brutal destruction of Iraq in the war 10 years ago, it is well past time that America had her own Islamic extremist problem. It also might be true. This month’s attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon seem most of all the harvest of an American-sown whirlwind. Repellent words—no doubt […]