The Media's New Climate Denial
Sensible people know there's no more arguing about climate change: The planet is warming due to human activity. The only important question now is whether we plan to do anything about it. It will require, among other things, a massive shift away from burning oil, gas, and coal.
Monday, September 1, 2014(1 comments)
Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky
Chomsky's point is that Western elites carve out an obvious exception for themselves -- they deem their own countries "to be uniquely exempt from the principle of universality." The crimes of enemies take place; our own do not, by virtue of our exemption from the most elementary of moral truisms."
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Media Hype and Gaza's 'Terror' Tunnels
CNN and NY Times hype Israeli claims that Hamas tunnels exist to target civilians. But so far the tunnels have only been used to attack Israeli soldiers.
Thursday, July 17, 2014(1 comments)
NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?
There's a television equivalent to a headline -- the information an anchor provides to introduce a piece. The NBC Nightly News last night (7/16/14) led with Gaza, and the segment by Richard Engel was vivid and powerful. But anchor Brian Williams' introduction included this comment: "When Hamas launches rockets from Gaza, Israel hits back."
Sunday, June 22, 2014(1 comments)
Chelsea Manning Speaks -- But Who Listened?
Manning is serving a 35-year prison sentence for sharing intelligence documents with the website WikiLeaks. The revelations have made news around the world, providing a glimpse into the US military's own assessments of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a glimpse at various US diplomatic efforts.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Debating Iraq in 2014: Wrong All Over Again
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 wouldn't keep trusting a meteorologist who got the weather forecast horribly wrong. Why do news shows treat matters of war any differently?
Sunday, June 1, 2014(1 comments)
Brian Williams Frantically Tries to Prove He's No Glenn Greenwald
NBC News was able to snag an exclusive interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. They turned it into a one-hour primetime special. But before it aired, NBC Nightly News delivered a lengthy segment making the case against Snowden -- almost as if the network needed to establish that it certainly wasn't taking his side.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
American TV to Chinese Spies: Do as US Says, Not as US Does
Early this week, the FBI announced that five Chinese hackers had been indicted for spying on American companies. That's right, economic espionage. The newscasts spent so much time loading up on hyperbole and jingoism that there was evidently no way to note that the US government is accusing China of doing something that closely resembles US actions.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013(4 comments)
When the State Attacks Journalism
The stories described here, taken together, represent a direct attack on news gathering. This should outrage every single journalist, and anyone who believes in freedom of expression.
Saturday, August 10, 2013(1 comments)
Was George W. Bush Aiding Al-Qaeda?
If the killing of civilians might rally people behind the cause of Al-Qaeda -- then shouldn't someone be talking to George W. Bush about ordering the invasion that caused all the killing? Of course not -- the only person facing punishment is the person who thought the rest of the world should know about it.
Sunday, January 13, 2013(4 comments)
Hugo Chavez: Why Does He Hate Us?
f there's one thing media want you to know about Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, it's that he doesn't like the United States. While it's hard to say Chavez has made a "career" out of U.S.-bashing--he does have, after all, a full-time job as president of Venezuela--you, too, might be excused for harboring some hard feelings towards a government that helped to try to overthrow your own.