Sep 30 2015

No ISIS Where Russia Is Bombing–Except Last Week, When ISIS Was Killing Gay Men There?

Alleged ISIS execution--Daily Mail

After Russia bombs what it says are Islamic State sites near Homs in Syria, the New York Times declares, “Homs is not under the control of the Islamic State”–contradicting atrocity stories published just last week.

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 20 2015

Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government

Free Syrian Army rebels (photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

This past week, two pieces—one in the New York Times, another in Vox—didn’t just omit the fact that the CIA has been arming, training and funding Syrian rebels since 2012, they heavily implied they had never done so.

Sep 18 2015

‘Military Intervention in the Middle East Started This Crisis in the First Place’

CounterSpin interview with Raed Jarrar on the refugee crisis

Raed Jarrar

“Claiming that what’s going on now is happening now because of a lack of US military intervention is laughable. I mean, it’s a joke. We have wasted literally trillions of dollars destroying the Middle East so far.”

Sep 18 2015

NYT Plays Up Risks to Bomber Pilots, Downplays the Civilians They Kill

US Navy pilots on an aircraft carrier (photo: Adam Ferguson/NYT)

The New York Times cites a Navy officer’s assurance that US “bombs hit their intended targets almost all of the time.”
If the reporter had quoted monitoring groups, readers would have gotten a very different picture.

Sep 11 2015

Raed Jarrar on Syrian Refugee Crisis, Tim Karr on Net Neutrality Trickery

Syrian refugees in Jordan (photo: Russell Watkins/UK Department for International Development)

If heartbreaking images of refugees fleeing Syria drive you to want to know more, don’t expect much help from US media, who are not that interested to get at the roots of the situation. Plus: Why are we now seeing op-eds declaring net neutrality in jeopardy?

Sep 05 2015

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the ‘Do Something’ Lie

Syrian refugees coming ashore in Greece (photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/Getty)

The “do something” crowd wants us to “do something” about the refugee crisis and “solve” the “bigger problem,” which, of course, involves regime change. To create the moral urgency and to tether the refugee crisis to their long-standing warmongering, these actors have to insist the US has “done nothing” about Syria.

May 19 2015

White House Reveals ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria, but Media Too Giddy Over Special Ops Porn to Notice

CNN depiction of Syria raid

The White House just admitted it has American ground troops engaged in combat missions in Syria—and no one seemed to notice, much less care.