Jun 22 2015

WaPo: Don’t Say ‘Terrorist’ About ‘White People Like Ourselves’

Dylann Roof appearing in court

Generally, news outlets don’t explain why they aren’t calling Roof a terrorist suspect–they just rarely use the word. But the Washington Post’s Philip Bump gave it a shot in a piece headlined “Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof a Terrorist.”

Jun 19 2015

Why Are Persons Unknown More Likely to Be Called ‘Terrorist’ Than a Known White Supremacist?

Dylann Roof

The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, 34 percent of newspaper stories used the word “terrorism.” With the Charleston church massacre, the comparable figure was 7 percent.

May 1 2015

Media Now Offering ‘ISIS Plots’ That Are 100% ISIS-Free!

Contrary to Fox News, these suspects were not lured by ISIS, but by the FBI.

Right on cue, the American media published dressed-up FBI press releases about the “disrupted” plot. These outlets, as usual, omitted the rather awkward fact that this “ISIS plot” did not actually involve anyone in ISIS.

Mar 18 2015

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.

Jan 21 2015

Obama's SOTU: Not Enough Blood, Sweat or Tears

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank complains that Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t have enough terrorism in it. Why, it only mentioned “terrorism,” “terror” or “terrorists” nine times!

Jan 11 2015

Some European Bloodbaths Are More Interesting Than Others

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Face the Nation: Terror in Paris

Why is that Islamist violence is drop-everything fascinating to US corporate media, while a massacre by a right-wing anti-Muslim zealot doesn’t seem to be worth talking about?

Jan 7 2015

Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

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French newspaper killings is worst terrorist attack in Europe since 2005, CIA insider says

CBS’s “senior security consultant” doesn’t appear to remember a massacre less than four years ago that killed 77 people, mostly teenagers.

Aug 13 2013

Defining Drone Deaths in Yemen

Media present dubious official claims as fact

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The United States has reportedly carried out nine drone attacks in the last few weeks in Yemen, generating headlines about the targeting and killing of suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the impoverished country. But how can media know for sure who is being killed? The uptick in attacks is apparently related to the alleged terrorist chatter that prompted the U.S. government to close down embassies and diplomatic offices. To hear the media tell it, the U.S. is striking at terrorist fighters. “An American drone delivers a deadly message to Al-Qaeda,” announced the CBS Evening News (8/7/13). Correspondent Bob Orr reported, “For […]