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Glasnost at NASA

The space agency will now allow its scientists to speak to the media without public affairs officials muzzling them.

Posted on Mar 31, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Meeting With Reporters Off the Record

But the N.Y. Times refuses the meetings, which Bush is holding at the lowest ebb of his presidency. How this fits in with his “Blame the Media on Iraq” policy is something we’ll have to puzzle over.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


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Powell

Legalize the ‘Illegals’

“This is a moment of truth for America. It is time to acknowledge that we need the immigrant workers as much as they need us, and to begin to treat them with the respect they deserve.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2006 READ MORE


The White House That Cried Wolf

The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Blame the Media

Watch video clips of reporters who refuse to accept White House spin that the media is to blame in Iraq: CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, and NBC’s Richard Engel

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


The Word at War

The Washington Post pulls back the curtain on the firm responsible for producing pro-U.S. propaganda in Iraq. (Hint: they call propaganda “influence.”)

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Lara_Logan
From crooksandliars.com

New ‘60 Minutes’ Star Slams Iraq Press Criticism

CBS’ Lara Logan refutes Bush & Co.‘s attempts to blame the media for the negative stories coming out of Iraq.

Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


Panic in the Newspaper Biz

“I don’t so much mind that newspapers are dying—it’s watching them commit suicide that pisses me off.”

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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From crooksandliars.com

Olbermann Smacks Down Ingraham

The MSNBC host calls radio talk show host Laura Ingraham “desperate” and “stupid” for criticizing the bravery of reporters in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


David_Gregory
From crooksandliars.com

Reporter Answers Criticism of War Coverage

An NBC reporter cuts through the chatter about unreported positive stories in Iraq: You can easily get killed reporting them. So how positive can the situation be?

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Top Climate Scientist Ravages Bush on ‘60 Minutes’

NASA scientist James Hansen says that in three decades of government work, he has “never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


The Progress Myth in Iraq

There is now a three-year record of who has been right about what is happening in Iraq—Rumsfeld or the media. And the score is: Press, 1,095; Rumsfeld, 0.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


oreilly_olbermann
MSNBC via Crooks and Liars

Olbermann Returns Jab in O’Reilly Grudge Match

After Bill O’Reilly threatened one of his callers with legal action for merely mentioning Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host brings on a former state prosecutor to confirm that the only person in legal jeopardy is O’Reilly himself.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


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From Fox News via Newsbusters

If Ginsburg Fell Asleep, So Did Media

Did Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg fall asleep while hearing a key redistricting case—as Fox charges? If so, most traditional media outlets didn’t report it.
A conservative website poses an interesting question here: if Justice Thomas or Scalia fell asleep, would most news outlets ignore that, as well?

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Death: The Big Story That’s Rarely Covered Well

Public acceptance of killing thrives on abstractions. And, in turn, those abstractions are largely facilitated by news media.  Solomon examines how words can mask the ugly truth of state-sponsored killing.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


In Defense of Free Thought

On Monday an Austrian court sentenced crackpot British historian David Irving to three years’ imprisonment for having denied the Holocaust 17 years ago.  Directly on the heels of rioting sparked by the Muhammad cartoons, the ruling has exposed a longstanding double standard in the West about who is entitled to free speech and why.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


bin_laden
From itn.co.uk

Today in the Media War Against Al Qaeda

Rumsfeld says that we’re losing the media war against Al Qaeda, on the same day a militant website posts a new tape by Bin Laden, in which he vows never to be taken alive.
In perhaps unrelated Al Qaeda media war news, Batman cartoonist Frank Miller says that the caped crusader’s next foes will be Bin Laden’s henchmen.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Dodging Responsibility While ‘Taking’ It (a perspective from the left)

Officials’ media spin shouldn’t be confused with anything genuine.

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


The Shooting Party (a perspective from the right)

As I understand the profound concern of the ever-alert White House reporters, they smell a constitutional crisis because the shooting party failed to alert the media of the accidental shooting down in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


Tucker Carlson
MSNBC via ThinkProgress

Cheney-Drinking Questions Percolating (and fermenting)

The traditional media and the blogosphere are abuzz with questions about the drinking Cheney did before hunting; whether his medications, combined with alcohol, may have played a role; and whether this explains why he didn’t alert the media for so long about the accident (i.e., did he need the time to get the intoxicants out of his system?).
Some of the best writing on the topic:

  • Think Progress: McClellan Ducks Questions on Role of Alcohol
  • AMERICAblog:  What did Cheney drink and when did he drink it?
  • Tucker Carlson: You CanӒt Drink A Beer If You Shoot. Period.
  • Think Progress: Inconsistencies in statements of Cheney’s “star witness”
  • Raw Story: ‘Beer quote’ scrubbed from MSNBC story
  • The Nation’s John Nichols: Cheney has a lot more explaining to do

  • Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE



    Nasser Shiyoukhi / AP

    Cartoon Protests Stoked by Dictators

    Don’t believe the hype about homespun religious anger: Middle Eastern leaders stoke religious riots because it makes their secular governments look tame in comparison.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Below the Radar: Conditions Worsen in Iraq

    You might not hear it from the U.S. media, but the situation continues to deteriorate. In the last few days:

  • Four U.S. Marines are killed and 20 Iraqis die in twin car bombings.
  • A British lieutenant colonel says, “You almost move from being part of the solution to becoming part of the problem.”
  • A car bomb in Basra City kills 20, exploding the myth that the southern, Shiite part of Iraq is secure.

  • Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Strong Majority Says Bush Should Release Abramoff Records

    Three-quarters of the country isn’t buying White House claims that the media’s requests amount to a “fishing expedition.” | story

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Babes
    From AOL

    Sex-War Synergy at AOL

    AOL’s tasteless feature Hollywood “Babes in Arms” proves that mass media remains unbowed in its pursuit of exploiting war as a sexy, romantic profit center.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush on Bin Laden’s Satellite Phone: Wrong Again

    Bush rolled out an old canard about Bin Laden and the media rolled over.  An inside look at the sticking power of a falsehood.

    Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE



    Pandis Media/Corbis

    Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax Set Free

    Why is it not bigger news that those infamous Iraqi female scientists once routinely referred to in the media as “Dr. Germ” and “Mrs. Anthrax” have been quietly released from imprisonment in Iraq without any charges being brought by their U.S. captors?

    Posted on Dec 27, 2005 READ MORE


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    Posted on Nov 28, 2005 READ MORE


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