On Syria, Sunday Morning TV Journalists Don’t Need Proof By Peter Hart

10 September 2013 — FAIR Blog

The public doesn’t seem to support going to war in Syria–but some high-profile  Sunday morning TV journalists are either declaring their support for the war, or professing faith in the case for going to war.

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Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible? By Jim Naureckas

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).

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On Syria, Intelligence and Evidence By Peter Hart

30 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

FireShot Screen Capture #599 - 'World News 8_27_ American Warships Moving Closer to Syria Full Episode - World News with Diane Sawyer - ABC News' - abcnews_go_com_watch_world-news-with-diane-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.

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‘You don’t oppose settlements… once they’re built’ — AP says to State Dep’t By Philip Weiss

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.

–has opened up new lines of questioning about US foreign policy. From the State Department briefing yesterday, with spokesperson Jen Psaki. Continue reading this...

Media Advisory: Defining Drone Deaths in Yemen

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?

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Snowden Is Helping Terrorists (But Don’t Quote Me on That) By Peter Hart

27 June 2013 — FAIR Blog

ap-snowden-waysIt looks like we might be on to a new phase in the Edward Snowden saga: anonymous government officials going to compliant media outlets to complain that his revelations have made it easier for terrorists to evade capture.

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Spinning Surveillance via Discredited NSA Talking Points By Steve Rendall

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. 

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Verizon (and Google) Helped U.S. Government to Spy on Reporters By Pratap Chatterjee

23 May 2013 — CorpWatch Blog

CorpWatch cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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.

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The Bigger Story Behind the AP Spying Scandal

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.

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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.

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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 

Margaret Thatcher in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel, Germany, September 17, 1986

Media: The Pope and Politics By Peter Hart

15 March 2013 — FAIR Blog

weigel-nbcArgentine 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.”

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Where Are They Now? The Reporters Who Got Iraq So Wrong By Peter Hart

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...

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Truthout / Buzzflash Newslinks 2 February 2013

2 February 2013Truthout / Buzzflash

For Black Boys, the NFL – and Traumatic Brain Injury – Can Be Lottery Tickets

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.

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