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NBC Meet the Press taps Bill Clinton to talk Iraq. But will viewers know that Clinton was also a crucial supporter of the invasion?
Apparently the people who know best about what's happening in Ukraine are US government officials who won't let their names be printed in the newspaper.
The New York Times' David Leonhardt heralded a new study by the centrist Brookings Institution that questions whether the student loan market actually faces a "crisis on the horizon."
You're not supposed to talk about oil and Iraq--but corporate media can't stop talking about oil and Iraq.
Many corporate news accounts treat the chaos in Iraq as proof that the good intentions of a US superpower cannot overcome tribal grievances. Michael Crowley's cover story for Time, "The End of Iraq," might be the quintessential example.
NBC's David Gregory says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is "well-briefed" on the US position on Iran's nuclear program. But that shouldn't be confused with being knowledgeable.
Time magazine tries to tell you three things you should know about an important and powerful politician. What they tell readers is something else.
Fox News won't mention the significant evidence that the Internet video was behind the attacks because it is so deeply invested in the story of a White House conspiracy, and it's too late to change the script.
It's 2003 all over again, as Iraq "experts" who promoted the 2003 invasion are back on TV screens offering expert analysis about what to do next. And we take a look at some of the revealing language US reporters are employing to frame Iraq as a place that keeps forcing the US to attack it. Plus, NBC's "news" division promotes its corporate cousins over at Universal. Watch:
When it comes to US foreign policy and warmaking in the Middle East, you're not supposed to talk about oil. But the network newscasts went out of their way to let you know that Iraq was making your next trip to the gas station more expensive.
Treating "the US troop surge worked" argument as a fact, as Engel is doing, is very dangerous--since it logically suggests that it is only the presence of US troops that can keep Iraq safe.
Daryl Khan of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange strayed from most media coverage around New York's "biggest gang raid ever" by writing about the people living in the housing projects at the heart of the early-morning raid.
It's revealing to see how reporters talk about the prospect of the United States military going back to war in Iraq. Indeed, many reporters made it sound like something that was being done *to* the United States:
Whistleblower Chelsea Manning speaks in the pages of the Sunday New York Times. But was anyone else in the media listening?
Perhaps one of the millions of people who anticipated that the Iraq War would be costly and deadly would have been "the best person to ask" about the current crisis in Iraq.
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 reaction I've seen to the accusations of plagiarism against Chris Hedges is, basically: Who cares? It's true there are greater journalistic crimes than plagiarism. When a reporter fabricates stories, or passes along government lies as truth, people can get killed. Plagiarism has never started a war, as far as I can tell. But that doesn't mean that it's not a serious matter, at least for the journalistic community. It's a matter of workplace theft. Imagine that you wait tables in a restaurant, and one of your co-workers turns out to have a habit of picking up other people's tips […]
This week: Media cover right-wing domestic terrorism–without calling it terrorism. Plus CNN's left/right discussion of Israeli occupation left a lot to be desired, and USA Today calls Walmart protesters "party poopers." Watch:
Coverage of Las Vegas murders mostly failed to call the crimes 'terrorism,' despite the alleged killers leaving behind a note that said, "The revolution is beginning," and a Revolutionary-era "Don't Tread on Me" flag closely associated with both the Patriot and Tea Party movement. The couple, both white, were also associated with far-right causes and had expressed extreme hostility toward authorities.
In the wake of Sunni militants overtaking Mosul, US media still tell the story of the Iraq War as if US suffering is what really matters.