The national media watch group
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When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.
Treating "the US troop surge worked" argument as a fact, as Engel is doing, is very dangerous--since it logically suggests that it is only the presence of US troops that can keep Iraq safe.
Daryl Khan of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange strayed from most media coverage around New York's "biggest gang raid ever" by writing about the people living in the housing projects at the heart of the early-morning raid.
It's revealing to see how reporters talk about the prospect of the United States military going back to war in Iraq. Indeed, many reporters made it sound like something that was being done *to* the United States:
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?
Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.
The crisis in Iraq has brought war back to the US airwaves. But if you were expecting a more robust discussion about US military action this time around, think again. The rule seems to be that if you were wrong in 2003, you're still an expert in 2014.
One reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]
This week: Media cover right-wing domestic terrorism–without calling it terrorism. Plus CNN's left/right discussion of Israeli occupation left a lot to be desired, and USA Today calls Walmart protesters "party poopers." Watch:
Coverage of Las Vegas murders mostly failed to call the crimes 'terrorism,' despite the alleged killers leaving behind a note that said, "The revolution is beginning," and a Revolutionary-era "Don't Tread on Me" flag closely associated with both the Patriot and Tea Party movement. The couple, both white, were also associated with far-right causes and had expressed extreme hostility toward authorities.
In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.
CNN's Crossfire is ostensibly a debate between the left and the right. But the show's debate over Hillary Clinton's new book show how the format can become meaningless,
Time columnist Joe Klein wants Democrats like Hillary Clinton to keep their distance from "minority groups who are itchy to file grievances" over things like poverty.
On the show this week: Bowe Bergdahl's release prompts waves of media panic about former Guantanamo prisoners "returning to the battlefield." Plus NBC goes heavy on Edward Snowden critics and CNN buys a George H.W. Bush documentary funded by… the Bush library. Watch:
USA Today calls pro-worker activists protesting Wal-Mart "party poopers."
NY Times looks at the some new research on the failure to reduce poverty--but doesn't mention the minimum wage or strengthening workers' power through unions.
In their Bowe Bergdahl coverage, some media outlets are stoking fears about freed Guantanamo prisoners 'returning to the battlefield.'
Andrew Cuomo is a 'centrist' politician--meaning one who promotes unpopular policies on behalf of the very rich.
The New York Times clearly has a hunch about deep Russian involvement in Ukraine. The ways it tries to confirm this hunch are curious.
The main debate about Snowden boiled down to one side saying he's a traitor and the other side saying he should come home and do prison time, perhaps as a lesson to children.