Dec 6 2015

‘Targets Have Very Different Values in the US Media System’

CounterSpin interview with Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks

Jim Naureckas (photo: Janine Jackson)

“It was very striking, when we went back and looked at the coverage, how the media were blaming Russia for having ISIS blow up one of its planes.”

Dec 4 2015

A Missed Chance to Connect Paris Massacres, Past and Present

Paris 1961: "Here We Drown Algerians"

It does no dishonor to those killed in Paris last month to acknowledge the ISIS attacks were not “the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.”

Dec 4 2015

Jodi Jacobson on Colorado Springs and Reproductive Justice


If media’s takeaway from the violent murders of three people at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, by a man reportedly ranting about “baby parts,” is that “both sides” need to tone down their rhetoric, then women and women’s reproductive rights will be taking a step backward.

Nov 30 2015

In New York Times, Blue Eyes ‘Wince and Cloud’ at the Terror of a ‘Gentle Loner’

Robert Dear

Many were taken aback to read the New York Times‘ summary of what its team of reporters gleaned from interviewing neighbors of the man arrested for murdering three people at a Colorado Springs women’s health clinic: Acquaintances described Robert L. Dear Jr., who was arrested in a fatal rampage at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado, as a gentle loner who occasionally unleashed violent acts toward neighbors and women he knew. It’s hard to say what was more incongruous: the description of someone who had reportedly admitted carrying out a deadly act of terror as a “gentle loner” or the […]

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.