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The Things They Carried

Friday, September 15, 2006

As the Bush administration returns to the airwaves to re-sell the Iraq war, critics continue to question how it got sold in the first place. In the new book Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, David Corn and Michael Isikoff look at ...

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"Cheese"

Friday, February 17, 2006

When news photographers point and shoot at the White House they are casting a journalistic eye on the scene. Conversely, when the White House offers a handout photo, we see only what the White House puts in the frame. Susan Walsh is the president of the White House News Photographers ...

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Hired Hand

Friday, December 02, 2005

American war planners are once again fending off challenges to their credibility in the wake of news that they paid Iraqi newspapers to publish good news stories. Many question the ethics - and efficacy - of the project, but others say this sort of "psychological operation" is an integral part ...

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Making What Bleeds Lead

Friday, May 06, 2005

A year ago last week, the world was confronted for the first time with images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Ever since, the American Civil Liberties Union has worked to keep the spotlight on allegations of torture at American military facilities. Unfortunately for the group, additional photos were never ...

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FOIA'd Again

Friday, May 06, 2005

Last week, the Defense Department released hundreds of official military photos depicting honor guard ceremonies for soldiers killed at war. The Pentagon originally denied a FOIA request for the images, but relented in the face of a lawsuit. Last year, Bob got this primer on filing FOIA requests from online ...

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Keep it Covert

Friday, June 11, 2004

In 1982, The New York Times reported on a massacre that had taken place at the hands of American-trained counterinsurgency forces in the Salvadoran village of El Mozote. But the Reagan administration insisted that no massacre had taken place, and eventually The Times, under pressure from the administration, reassigned the ...

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If I Had Hammer

Friday, May 28, 2004

Last November reporter Scott Armstrong told On the Media that the coverage of the run up to war had been overcautious because of Congressional passivity. Congress, he said is supposed to act as a kind of anvil, providing the pegs for stories in which journalists could hammer out the truth. ...

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