Please send your suggestions to MSNBC about who would make better guests than mercenary entrepreneurs, former CIA directors and white nationalists.
October 23, 2017
Corporate media have a long history of lamenting wars they themselves helped sell the American public, but it’s rare so many wars and so much hypocrisy are distilled into one editorial.
August 31, 2017
“There is no easy answer, except to start with ending the military part. Get the troops out. That’s not the end game, that’s step one. “
August 25, 2017
In all the chatter about Afghanistan, the idea that there are other ways for a country to show strength besides killing people, or threatening to, is the worldview that dare not speak its name.
August 24, 2017
Like clockwork, pundits responded to the Afghanistan speech by rushing to praise Trump for his “presidential” decision. There is nothing quite as presidential as expanding an unending war that has left many thousands of Muslim civilians dead.
July 26, 2017
“We create this distinction between misogynists who are enemies and misogynists who are friends, but to Afghan women, there is no difference.”
July 21, 2017
What have decades of unending war in Afghanistan actually done toward the ostensible goal of liberating Afghan women? Plus: The weaponization of space and the constraints on the healthcare conversation.
April 26, 2017
Maybe next time Reuters could wait for a somewhat stronger suggestion—involving actual evidence, perhaps—before running a story that could inflame the new Cold War.
October 15, 2015
“There is now no question about US accountability; the real question will be whether there will be anyone held accountable for this decision.”
October 9, 2015
The hospital attack is not the first of its kind, nor—if we take the advice of generals that the incident means the US should increase its military presence in the country—will it likely be the last. After 14 years of war on Afghanistan, what has the US achieved?
Will any high-ranking official in the United States face repercussions over the hospital slaughter? It seems unlikely, given how the New York Times and other US outlets have diffused responsibility for the atrocity.
October 5, 2015
Ambiguous, misleading and even downright dishonest language abounds throughout the coverage of the US bombing of an Afghan hospital.
November 18, 2014
“About 800 airstrikes so far against ISIS. Why isn’t this working?” What makes a seemingly innocuous question like that noteworthy is the assumption that airstrikes are supposed to “work” in the first place.
November 7, 2014
This week on CounterSpin: The disappearance of 48 student activists in Mexico has brought hundreds of thousands of activists to the streets, demanding accountability from the US-allied president who just months ago was being cheered by Time magazine as the man who would save Mexico. We’ll talk to journalist Roberto Lovato about the crisis in Mexico and the reasons the story isn’t getting enough coverage in the US press.
Also this week: US media presented the election of Ashraf Ghani as Afghanistan’s president as good news, largely because he would sign an agreement allowing US forces to remain in the country. Afghan women had different reasons to be tentatively hopeful; but then, who remembers Afghan women? We’ll talk with journalist Ann Jones about her new article, The Missing Women of Afghanistan.
August 29, 2014
The Washington Post stands firm against Russian aggression, since Putin has violated an “international norm” that is “uncontroversial.” Do those rules apply to the US, though?
August 26, 2014
Obama’s foreign policy is invariably analyzed as being either foolishly pacifistic or prudently diplomatic. The reality that the Obama administration has used military force on a large scale in many countries is not acknowledged.
August 21, 2014
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan responded to a FAIR Action Alert by saying that she agreed coverage of an Amnesty International report about US torture in Afghanistan “would have benefited Times readers.”
August 18, 2014
July 16, 2014
It is a fact that drone strikes kill civilians– not, as USA Today put it, a “charge.”
In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners ‘returning to the battlefield.’
NPR tells listeners that Obama has cut troop levels in Afghanistan by two-thirds–but doesn’t explain that he massively escalated the war.
May 13, 2014
Bill O’Reilly uses the horrible Boko Haram kidnappings to launch into yet another tirade against Muslims.
CBS told viewers the recent presidential election in Afghanistan was a major victory for the US military. The idea that 12 years of war and occupation have gifted that country with peace and stability is shaping up as the line of the day in US media. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies has a different take.
And author Alfie Kohn talks about his new provocative new book, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child,” which argues that much of the conventional wisdom about children and parenting is just wrong.
When the Washington Post’s David Ignatius writes a column headlined “Putin Steals the CIA’s Playbook on Anti-Soviet Covert Operations,” is that supposed to be a criticism or a compliment?
March 21, 2014
Pundits like Charles Krauthammer have fond memories of the Afghan/Soviet war, and want Obama to be more like Jimmy Carter so that the Ukraine crisis can have a similarly happy result.
March 18, 2014
The NY Times once again advances the idea that Barack Obama’s foreign policy is alarmingly noninterventionist. Which is true, when you discount all the evidence to the contrary.
New York Times journalists do not like being lied to. Unless it’s their own government doing the lying; then they tend to be more forgiving.
January 21, 2014
In focusing on how Obama might end the Afghan War–which hasn’t ended, of course–media accounts omit the fact that Obama massively increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan
January 3, 2014
Brookings think tank hawk Michael O’Hanlon is on the Washington Post op-ed page today trying to convince readers that there are reasons to be hopeful about the Afghan War. It’s a story he’s been telling for a while now.
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