Iraq/Media Coverage

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Blair: Bombing Iraq Better. Again
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2014
The authors critique the British media's coverage of a new essay by Tony Blair which attempts to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The Case for Staying in Iraq: Against The Current vol. 122
Baldock, Kate
Article
2006
I don't support an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, because I think it would probably make an already bad situation much worse. Of course, there's no guarantee that continuing the occupation will...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
A Coalition of the Killing: War, media, propaganda and language
Sainath, P.
Article
2003
War, media, propaganda and language.
A Comparative Review of Flat Earth News and Newspeak
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
A comparative review of two recent books about the media, one a mainstream view, the other using the propaganda model of media control.
An Empire of Lies: Why Our Media Betray Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
Empire of Lies and Torture: Against The Current vol. 111
The Editors
Article
2004
The prohibition of torture in international conventions is absolute. There are no exceptions for so-called "ticking bombs," for "high-value terrorists" or "illegal enemy combatants" or similar improv...
The Gulf Within: Canadian Arabs, Racism, & The Gulf War
Kashmeri, Zuhair
Book
The Gulf Within documents the experiences of Arab and Muslim Canadians during the Gulf War. It's about the subtle and not-so-subtle anger and distrust other Canadians and institutions demonstrated tow...
The Illusion of Debate: Consensus for the People that Matter
Hirthler, Jason
Article
2014
A recent article in FAIR reviewed the findings of its latest study on the quality of political “debate” being aired on the mainstream networks. It studied the run-up to the military interventions in b...
Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia: A Diary of Three Wars
Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Book
2004
Iraq was just one of three major imperial crusades in the decade after 1992, orchestrated by a new generation of American politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who backed pre-emptive strikes to o...
Interview with Gilbert Achcar: Against The Current vol. 122
Weissman, Susan
Article
2006
On the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Susan Weissman interviewed Gilbert Achcar for her program, "Beneath the Surface," on KPFK, Pacifica radio in Los Angeles. In the following excerpt, A...
Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media
Parenti, Michael
Book
1993
Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
Iraq: Guerrilla War in Sadr City: Against The Current vol. 114
Schwartz, Michael
Article
2005
In attacking first Najaf, then Tal Afar and Samarra, and finally tackling the center of Sunni resistance in Fallujah, the United States was seeking to reverse this process. But these attacks were not...
Iraq's Torture by Sanctions: Against The Current vol. 91
Finkel, David
Article
2001
An interview with Kathy Kelly. Kathy Kelly, organizer for Voices in the Wilderness, has been involved in the struggle around ending sanctions against Iraq for the past decade. David Finkel interviewed...
Killing America's Kids
Reed, Fred
Article
2009
Why is the Secretary of Defense so angry at having the war photographed? Easy: Spin control. Spin is so very important in war these days. While America is only barely a democracy, still, if the public...
Michael Berg for U.S. Congress in Delaware: A Voice Against War: Against The Current vol. 124
Horowitz, Roger
Article
2006
On June 8 Americans awoke to the news that the U.S. military in Iraq had killed Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, alleged leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. In the midst of press coverage that cravenly accepted governme...
On Oil and Quicksand: Against The Current vol. 114
The Editors
Article
2005
The end of 2004 finds the Middle East sliding toward an even bloodier morass, thanks in large part to imperial and colonial arrogance which has rarely been on such open display.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016: Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
Radical Digressions 5
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2008
The real first casualty of war
Pilger, John
Article
2006
Censorship by journalism is virulent in Britain and the US - and it means the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries.
Telling the Truth: Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2005
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
Thinking The Right Thoughts
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2014
There are always convenient news-hooks on which corporate journalists can hang their power-friendly prejudices about the West being 'the good guys' in world affairs. The authors provide examples from ...
Weapons of Mass Persuasion: Marketing the War Against Iraq
Rutherford, Paul
Book
2004
Rutherford, an academic and media critic at the University of Toronto, tries to show how the marketing campaign for the war against Iraq was constructed and carried out with the aid of a compliant med...
Winter Soldier 2008: Against The Current vol. 134
Franco, Nate; Feeley, Dianne
Article
2008
More than 250 veterans and military families gathered from March 13-15 outside Washington, DC for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Winter Soldier Investigation: Iraq and Afghanistan. Videos of...
Would as Many as 1 Million Be Alive if the Media Had Done Its Job
Pilger, John
Article
2014
This is a transcript of John Pilger's contribution to a special edition of BBC Radio 4's 'Today' program, guest-edited by the artist and musician PJ Harvey.

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The Dangers of Embedded Journalism
A Distorted View of War
Cockburn, Patrick
2010
'Fake news' & 'post-truth' politics? What about those Iraqi WMDs?
Clark, Neil
2016
The people and the outlets warning of the dangers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' have been the biggest peddlers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' out there. It's like receiving lectur...
The IFJ and Article 19 Support The Guardian in Court Battle for Journalists Rights in Iraq
Sources News Release
2010
ARTICLE 19, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Iraqi Union of Journalists today called on the Iraqi authorities to drop charges of defamation against the British newspaper The G...
Middle East & North Africa: Region performs poorly, Israel nose-dives
Sources News Release
2009
For the first time Israel is not at the head of the Middle Eastern countries in the press freedom index. By falling 47 places to 93rd position, it is now behind Kuwait (60th), United Arab Emirates (86...
Photographer Ibrahim Jassam freed after US Army held him for 17 months without explanation
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release today of Iraqi photographer, Ibrahim Jassam, of Reuters, who had been held by the US military since his arrest on 1st September 2008.
Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists
Beiser, Elana
2013
The conflict in Syria, a spike in Iraqi bloodshed, and political violence in Egypt accounted for the high number of journalists killed on the job in 2013.
2013: Another Year Of Slaughter In Iraq Claims The Lives Of At Least 21 Media Professionals
Adriaensens, Dirk
2014
In Iraq , at least 404 media professionals have been killed since the US invasion in 2003, among them 374 Iraqis, according to The B Russell Tribunal statistics. The impunity in Iraq is far worse than...

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Double Standards
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Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."