FAIR: Journalism’s Dark Matter

29 March 2016 — FAIR

Journalists face numerous ethical and institutional challenges when doing their job. But none of these challenges lays bare the conflicts and compromises involved in reporting the news quite like the use of anonymous sources.

For a profession predicated on demanding transparency and accountability from others, the practice of granting anonymity serves as an inconvenient reminder of journalism’s own messy reality. The implied bargain therein—that the value of the light provided by a source’s information outweighs the cost of casting of a shadow over his or her public identity—trades upon both the judgment and authority of the reporter and his or her news organization.

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Are Iranian Magnets the New Aluminum Tubes? By Peter Hart

15 February 2013 — FAIR Blog

Iran magnets

In the run up to the Iraq War, the New York Times  (9/8/02) famously reported on an Iraqi scheme to procure special aluminum tubes that could only have one purpose:  Iraq’s secret nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein was attempting to “buy thousands of specially designed aluminum tubes,” and the “diameter, thickness and other technical specifications of the aluminum tubes had persuaded American intelligence experts that they were meant for Iraq’s nuclear program.” The claims were false–Iraq, as it turned out, had no nuclear program–but still hugely influential. Continue reading

The Assads: Washington’s one-time favorite family in Damascus By Wayne MADSEN

20 November 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Archived declassified files from the Central Intelligence Agency point to successive U.S. administrations supporting Syria’s long-serving President Hafez al-Assad, the father of current President Bashar al-Assad, as a bulwark against Arab radicals. Israel also recognized Hafez al-Assad as the “most pragmatic” of all the Arab leaders of his day…

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Tariq Ali says Assad has to go: I’m depressed – no, I’m outraged By William Bowles

15 February 2012

Prequel: I’m going to write a longer piece on this issue, not Ali per se but  on the entire ‘orientalism’ approach that saturates all of us, left and right.

All quotes from, ‘Assad must go to save Syria from intervention’, RT 15 February 2012

Today, I see that the well known ‘revolutionary’ Tariq Ali is telling that:

“He [Assad] has to be pushed out,” Tariq Ali insists, for which “the Syrian people are doing their best”.

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America’s Death Pornography Culture: Celebrating brutal deaths of Qaddafi and Saddam By Wayne MADSEN

29 October 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The United States government and military revels in death and pornographic intimidation. The videos and photographs of howling Iraqis celebrating the hanging of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after his U.S.-administered kangaroo court trial in Iraq and the physical abuse, alleged sodomizing, and execution of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi by NATO-armed and directed rebels after his convoy in Sirte was reportedly struck by a U.S. drone-launched missile, exemplify America’s fixation with pornographic death scenes…

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America’s Death Pornography Culture: Celebrating brutal deaths of Qaddafi and Saddam By Wayne MADSEN

29 October 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The United States government and military revels in death and pornographic intimidation. The videos and photographs of howling Iraqis celebrating the hanging of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after his U.S.-administered kangaroo court trial in Iraq and the physical abuse, alleged sodomizing, and execution of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi by NATO-armed and directed rebels after his convoy in Sirte was reportedly struck by a U.S. drone-launched missile, exemplify America’s fixation with pornographic death scenes…

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“Gaddafi is a survivor” — RT

13 July 2011 — RT

NATO is surrendering in Libya. The alliance did not realize that the operation would take so much time and effort, Stephen Brown, contributing editor to FrontPage Magazine, told RT.

’France has just recently called for the rebels to negotiate with Gaddafi and said that the bombing will stop as soon as they are at the negotiating table,’ he said. ‘This shows me that NATO is surrendering, the surrendering process has begun.’

According to Brown, the alliance is very surprised at the Gaddafi regime’s resilience in this war.

‘He is a dictator like Saddam Hussein,’ he said. ‘He has got billions of dollars in cash flying around. We found billions of dollars in cash when we invaded Iraq. Gaddafi has got the same thing.

‘He is paying mercenaries. He is paying people still to train his troops, supposedly from Belarus. He is paying mercenaries to fly his airplanes,’ Brown added. ‘He is a survivor and the rebels are going to come nowhere near to defeating his regular forces, which are very well trained.’