1 September 2013 — FAIR Blog
Let’s compare a couple of accounts of the mass deaths apparently caused by chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21. One account comes from the U.S. government (8/30/13), introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry. The other was published by a Minnesota-based news site called Mint Press News (8/29/13).
30 August 2013 — FAIR Blog
One would hope that the lessons of Iraq might inform more of the coverage of Syria. But that’s not always the case. Over the course of the past week, the White House and various officials have been adamant that they have evidence that shows the Syrian government was responsible for the horrific attack last week that likely killed hundreds, and very well could have been a chemical or gas attack of some sort.
15 August 2013 — Mondoweiss
John Kerry’s statement that settlements are illegitimate–
Let me make it clear: The policy of the United States of America with respect to all settlements is that they are illegitimate, and we oppose settlements taking place at any time, not just the time of the peace process.
13 August 2013 — FAIR Blog
Media present dubious official claims as fact
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?
18 June 2013 — FAIR Blog
Appearing on the Charlie Rose show last night (6/17/13), Barack Obama said the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance program is “transparent” because all requests are reviewed by a secret court: “It is transparent. That’s why we set up the FISA court,” Obama told Rose.
23 May 2013 — CorpWatch Blog
Technology companies willingly provided information to U.S. government agencies to help the Obama administration snoop on reporters from the Associated Press (AP) and Fox news in order to ostensibly crack down on leaks that pose a “threat” to national security.
21 May 2013 — Washington’s Blog
Attack on the Press
You know that the Department of Justice tapped scores of phone lines at the Associated Press.
You might have heard that the Attorney General of the United States isn’t sure how often reporters’ records are seized.
Freedom of the Press: Obama Justice Department Secretly seized Associated Press Telephone Records By Barry Grey
15 May, 2013 — World Socialist Web Site
In a brazen and illegal attack on press freedom, the Obama Justice Department secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of Associated Press editors and journalists and tracked ingoing and outgoing calls on at least 20 telephone lines, including the national headquarters of the press agency and its news bureaus in New York, Hartford and Washington DC. Among the lines tracked was the telephone used by AP reporters working out of the House of Representatives press gallery in the Capitol.
The Ironic Lady: Margaret Thatcher, Supposed Champion of Freedom and Democracy, and Her Dictator Friends By Nima Shirazi
8 April 2013 — Wide Asleep in America
15 March 2013 — FAIR Blog
Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new pope this week. But coverage often glossed over the most intense political controversies about him.
On NBC Nightly News (3/13/13), the network’s Vatican analyst George Weigel told viewers that Pope Francis was “a man of God… a man who is a great defender of democracy in a country where democracy is under real stress right now in Argentina.”
5 February 2013 — FAIR Blog
Ten years ago today, Colin Powell made the Bush administration’s case for going to war against Iraq. Much of what he said about Iraq‘s threats to the United States was false. But the media coverage gave the opposite impression, and most of the pundits and journalists who promoted the justifications for the war paid no price for their failures. Continue reading this...
2 February 2013 — Truthout / Buzzflash
Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation: Over the past few years, more than 3,800 former football players have sued the NFL over the issue of head injuries. The average fan justifies watching by telling himself that these men are being paid millions of dollars to play a game they know is dangerous.