Tag: Associated Press
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.
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).
On Syria, Intelligence and Evidence By Peter Hart
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.
‘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
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?
Snowden Is Helping Terrorists (But Don’t Quote Me on That) By Peter Hart
27 June 2013 — FAIR Blog
It 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.
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.
Verizon (and Google) Helped U.S. Government to Spy on Reporters By Pratap Chatterjee
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.
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.
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
Media: The Pope and Politics By Peter Hart
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.”
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
Turning Their Back on Bradley Manning
4 December 2012 — FAIR
Whistleblower speaks–but press doesn’t listen
As the alleged source of many of the most vital WikiLeaks reports of the past several years, U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning shed considerable light on how the United States has prosecuted the Iraq and Afghan wars. Other State Department cables reportedly leaked by Manning conveyed vital information about U.S. foreign policy.
Iran: Fake AP Graph Exposes Israeli Fraud And IAEA Credulity By Gareth Porter
2 December, 2012 — Global Research – lobelog 30 November 2012
That Associated Press story displaying a graph alleged to be part of an Iranian computer simulation of a nuclear explosion — likely leaked by Israel with the intention of reinforcing the media narrative of covert Iranian work on nuclear weapons – raises serious questions about the International Atomic Energy Association’s (IAEA) claim that it has credible evidence of such modeling work by Iran.
FAIR: Precise Weapons Kill Civilians Too
21 November 2012 — Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
As a general rule, it’d be better if media accounts of war did not stress the surgical precision of the weapons being used. It’s a fixture of U.S. reporting on U.S. wars, but the same rhetoric is used when U.S. allies are dropping bombs. Continue reading
'SWIFT Boating' Iran: Economic War a Prelude to Military Attack By Tom Burghardt
20 February 2012 — Global Research – Antifascist Calling…
Despite, though likely because, Iran is ready to restart negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group (the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) over its civilian nuclear program, belligerent rhetoric and sharply-worded political attacks from Israel and the United States have escalated.
Wikileaks Newslinks 24 February 2012
24 February 2012 — williambowles.info
WikiLeaks suspect Manning defers plea, court-martial begins
Military prosecutors say Manning downloaded more than 700000 classified or confidential documents and transferred thousands to WikiLeaks, which promotes leaking government and corporate information. Manning’s plea deferral allows his defense team time …
Libya Newslinks 19 November 2011
19 November 2011 — williambowles.info
Qaddafi son Saif caught in S. Libya
Free Libya TV broadcast an image said to be Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam after his arrest in the south of Libya, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (CBS) Muammar Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam — the only wanted member of the ousted ruling family to remain …