When Journalists Oppose Using Leaked Documents But Favor Relying on Statements from Anonymous Officials

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 12:47 pm

According to the survey by David Weaver and Lars Willnat, “The percentage of US journalists endorsing the occasional use of ‘confidential business or government documents without authorization’ dropped significantly from 81.8 percent in 1992 to 57.7 percent in 2013.” The survey was conducted online between August and December. That, perhaps, makes the findings even more remarkable: journalists [...]

US Military Censors Images of Soldiers Recorded by Miami Herald, Which They Let Army Journalists Publish

By: Monday April 28, 2014 4:25 pm

A video posted to YouTube by the Miami Herald shows how the United States military is now imposing a greater regime of censorship on the press, who are credentialed to cover the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Since 2002, reporters from the media organization had been reporting on the facility. Rarely has it been easy [...]

Comedian John Oliver’s TV Interview with Retired NSA Chief is First to Confront His Hoarding Complex

By: Monday April 28, 2014 11:31 am

Now-retired Gen. Keith Alexander was interviewed by comedian John Oliver for the premiere of his new HBO show, “Last Week Tonight.” It was both hilarious and refreshingly antagonistic, as Oliver confronted him on NSA’s “perception problem,” Alexander’s belief that the system is perfectly setup to detect and prevent all abuses and, amusingly, how he could [...]

Questions That Should Be Asked About Recent Operations, Including Drone Strikes, in Yemen

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:09 pm

How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi? In three days, three possible drone strikes launched apparently in cooperation with Yemeni [...]

Nothing Will Ever Convince Most Shrill Critics of Snowden That He Is Not a Kremlin Tool

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 12:35 pm

It was not long ago that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum to remain in Russia, was routinely criticized for not speaking out on Russian surveillance by President Vladimir Putin’s government. He was accused of being some kind of traitor, who was now aligned with the Kremlin. And, after choosing to [...]

The Washington Post’s Series on Veterans Reinforces War Culture, Makes Iraqi and Afghan Suffering Invisible

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 11:42 am

A multi-part series on the effect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on the millions of Americans who were deployed and fought is being published by The Washington Post. It is based on results from a poll the Post conducted with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into [...]

ABC News Beats Other Networks, Will Enjoy Privilege of Fawning Over Ray Kelly on Regular Basis

By: Friday March 28, 2014 5:43 pm

There was apparently quite a competition amongst news organizations over who would get to have the privilege and honor of fawning over former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly on a regular basis, but ABC News won. The New York Times reported, “Several television news organization had been seeking to hire Mr. Kelly.” But [...]

Daily Beast Report on Putin ‘Leaking Private Phone Calls’ Lacks Proof & Blames Snowden

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 5:58 pm

The Daily Beast has published a report on President Vladimir Putin’s “latest dirty trick.” The “trick” is that the Russian government is allegedly “intercepting and leaking the private phone calls” between Western and Ukrainian officials. That is how phone calls have allegedly been surfacing on the Internet over the past seven weeks. The only problem [...]

Mike Rogers Pushes Discredited Theories of Snowden Under “Russian Influence” to Distract from His NSA Oversight Mismanagement

By: Monday March 24, 2014 11:52 am

For months, Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, has been one of the sole purveyors of propaganda intended to convince Americans that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is an intelligence defector or spy and not a whistleblower to be celebrated. On “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a show where it [...]

CNN Host Engages in Gatekeeping, Dismisses Key Aspect of Liz Wahl’s Resignation in Interview With Her

By: Monday March 24, 2014 10:07 am

“Consider the source,” former RT news anchor Liz Wahl said when appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Host Brian Stelter said, at the end of the interview, “The three words I am taking away from you were ‘consider the source.’” But that is exactly what Stelter didn’t do during the segment with Wahl. What [...]

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