Sen. Clinton Wants Troops in Iraq for at Least 10 Years

By David Swanson

On Monday, Ted Koppel offered a report / commentary on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” which can be found online with this headline: “A Duty to Mislead: Politics and the Iraq War,” and this introductory text: “Democrats are telling voters that if they are elected, all U.S. troops will be pulled out of Iraq. But as Sen. Hillary Clinton privately told a read more

AUDIO: Counterspin Radio on Benchmarks and Leprosy

David Swanson on ‘benchmarks,’ Mark Potok on Dobbs and leprosy


Counterspin (5/18/07-5/24/07)

This week on CounterSpin: “benchmarks” is the new key word in the talk about pulling out of Iraq. It seems, according to the New York Times and others, that the best way to end the war is to draw up a To Do list… for Iraqis. Our guest finds something ludicrous in the whole discussion; we’ll hear from David Swanson of AfterDowningStreet.org. LISTEN

Also on the show: CNN’s read more

Treating Criminality As Daring Boldness: The Media on Bush

By David Swanson

Ron Brownstein wrote a column this week that illustrates exactly how far the corporate media will go in criticizing President Bush. Brownstein’s criticism is not motivated by his own reflections. He has none, other than those that quietly shape his omissions and categorizations. He’s a corporate journalist. In fact, he’s what passes for a left-wing corporate journalist. Brownstein is not concerned by Bush’s criminal actions, by his unpopularity in polls, read more

The Cablization of Network News

By David Swanson

On Tuesday, September 5th, at least three things will change. Congress will finish vacationing and return to its long and difficult task of destroying the world; many of us will welcome our Congress Members back to Washington with a giant protest camp called Camp Democracy; and Network News will officially go Cable with Katie Couric playing the role of Edward R. Murrow.

That’s right, Katie will be “anchor” and “managing editor” of CBS Evening “News”. read more

Washington Post Blogger Makes Laughable Attempt to Defend Rumsfeld Against McGovern

By David Swanson

WaPo’s William Arkin has posted a blog with the headline “Rumsfeld Didn’t Lie, But He Should Still Go.”

He quotes Rumsfeld’s exchange with Ray McGovern and then writes: “If the issue here is Saddam Hussein’s connection to al Qaeda and his involvement in 9/11, to the ‘bulletproof’ evidence the administration claimed, and more important for America, to the likelihood that Saddam would have ever shared any WMD with terrorists read more

Iran Through the Media

By David Swanson

An AP article on Tuesday begins: “President Bush bats away talk of bombing Iran’s disputed nuclear sites as ‘wild speculation.’ But plodding diplomacy hasn’t borne fruit so far, and the administration is facing a hard truth: There may be no way to stop Iran from getting the bomb.”

Here we have encapsulated the most warmongering position to be found in the U.S. media. The reporter who wrote this, Anne Gearan, believes that Bush is lying when he read more

Media Avoids Covering Vote on Permanent Bases

By David Swanson

Something is happening in Iraq that most Americans have never heard about, but many Americans think the war is being fought for: the United States is building what look like permanent military bases.

Something happened in Congress last Thursday that most Americans have not heard about. A number of Congress Members, led by Barbara Lee and Tom Allen, proposed an amendment to the latest giant spending bill for the war, an amendment forbidding the United States to establish permanent read more

Homeland Dreamland

By David Swanson

If you have not yet seen the film “Occupation Dreamland,” I highly recommend it. Co-Director Garrett Scott died on March 2, but he truly accomplished something before he left.
http://www.occupationdreamland.com

Those who oppose the Iraq War often struggle with the fact that so many U.S. soldiers are willing to participate in it, are willing to attack someone else’s country, raid their houses, shoot at their cars, melt the skin off their children with white phosphorous. read more

Fog Facts

By David Swanson

Larry Beinhart, author of “Wag the Dog” and “The Librarian,” has done us a remarkable service with the publication of a new small nonfiction book titled “Fog Facts.” He has given language to a new and critically important concept, that of the fact that is neither secret nor known. By “fog facts,” Beinhart means to indicate pieces of information that have been published on back pages of business sections of newspapers or picked up read more