Podcast: Obama the ‘Reluctant Warrior’ & Other Myths in Media Coverage of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 10:56 am

US news media were excited this past week. US-led military forces began to launch air strikes in Syria, which is what they had been anxiously waiting to see happen for weeks. But with that eagerness to get on with another US war, there have been a set of myths. One fundamental myth involves President Barack [...]

Obama Administration Invents Language to Conceal Reality of War in Iraq & Syria

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 1:48 pm

One of the bothersome aspects of the war escalation in Iraq and Syria has been the commitment of President Barack Obama’s administration to using language to conceal their war plans. The White House has insisted this is not a war. The attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are a part of [...]

Chelsea Manning’s Column on Responding to ISIS Counterbalances Hysteria Among Pundits and Politicians

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:02 pm

Chelsea Manning wrote a column for The Guardian on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the group. The level-headedness of the column sharply contrasted with the statements of several pundits and politicians, who have been whipping up hysteria among Americans. For those unfamiliar, Manning is [...]

Politico Magazine National Editor Snarks at Greenwald & Helps Former NSA Chief Spread Fear

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 12:30 pm

Ever since revelations from National Security Agency documents began to be published by journalists, much has been learned about how the NSA has transformed the world into a massive surveillance state. Quite a bit has also been learned about journalism in the United States too. A number of individuals in media have demonstrated that they [...]

Ferguson Police Manipulate Press So Robbery Becomes Focus Instead of Fact Officer Killed Michael Brown

By: Friday August 15, 2014 6:21 pm

Media mostly had no idea that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, had allegedly been involved in a robbery of a liquor store. Rumors had circulated but no organizations had been actively seeking information on any robbery. They were not certain the robbery had anything [...]

New York Times Reporters Avoid Investigative Journalism When Covering Israel’s Bombing of UN-Run School

By: Monday July 28, 2014 12:02 pm

New York Times reporters seem to have neglected to engage in investigative journalism when reporting on last week’s attack by Israeli forces on a school in Gaza. The school in Beit Hanoun, which was being run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), was shelled on July 24. At least sixteen people were [...]

Border Patrol Official: Agents Who Talk to Journalists About Immigrant Children May Be Charged with Crime

By: Friday June 13, 2014 5:31 pm

In an email the Associated Press obtained, an assistant chief patrol agent warns thousands of Border Patrol agents if they talk to journalists about the crisis with immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border they may be charged with committing a crime. Eligio “Lee” Pena warned “more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents that journalists looking for [...]

Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 4:26 pm

The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers. On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for [...]

Snowden’s Revelations Led to an Exponential Increase in US Media Coverage of the NSA

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 10:43 am

One staggering impact of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations has been reflected in the exponential increase in media coverage of the NSA. Using the NEXIS database of news articles from LexisNexis, I conducted a search and discovered that coverage of the agency had increased over 1000% since Snowden’s disclosures began to be published [...]

Why Snowden Won’t, As Kerry Jingoistically Put It, ‘Man Up’ & ‘Trust the American Justice System’

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 4:51 pm

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Ahead of an exclusive interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to air tonight at 10pm ET on NBC, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on two morning network news programs Kerry jingoistically scolded Snowden for being in Russia and declared that [...]

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