Nov 25 2015

‘They’re Not Americans’: CNN Guest Justifies Massive Attacks on Civilians

Michael Scheuer on CNN

CNN guest Michael Scheuer’s proudly sociopathic views should come as no surprise.

Nov 24 2015

Once Again, Media Terrorize the Public for the Terrorists

Fox News guest predicts imminent ISIS attack

In the wake of the Paris attacks 10 days ago, much of the media have needlessly stoked fears and acted, entirely predictably, as the PR wing for terrorists.

Nov 20 2015

Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism

ISIS fighters

The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can’t be the way forward.

Nov 19 2015

ISIS Killed More Americans in Beirut Than in Paris–but Only Their Hometown Papers Noticed

Leila Taleb, Hussein Mostapha and their son Haider

It’s tempting to argue that it’s natural for the US news media to have more concern for Paris because those attacks hit closer to home–except for one thing: More Americans were killed in last week’s Beirut bombings than in Paris — yet only a handful of US papers even bothered to mention them.

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.

Nov 17 2015

It’s True, Media Did Cover Beirut Bombings–About 1/40th as Much as They Covered Paris Attacks

Funeral attendee, Beirut (photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty)

The much-retweeted Twitter complaint that “no media has covered” the Beirut bombing is wrong. But Max Fisher’s argument—that it’s wrong to blame media for the fact that “the world truly does care more about France”—is equally absurd.

Nov 16 2015

Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes

NYT video: Mourning in Paris

Just as the question of Al-Qaeda’s motives in 2001 provoked more self-congratulation than serious inquiry, coverage of Paris in 2015 tended to skirt over political realities.

Oct 09 2015

Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS

CBS on Moldavian radiation sting

The AP published a thrilling account of how the FBI, in concert with Moldovan authorities, “disrupted” a smuggling ring that was supposedly trying to sell “nuclear material” to ISIS. The problem: At no point does AP’s reporting show that anyone connected to the scheme had any connection to ISIS.