Audio: Laura Flanders and Norman Solomon Challenge the Warfare State

On Sunday evening, October 7th, national radio host Laura Flanders (host of Radio Nation on Air America and Pacifica) and nationally syndicated columnist Norman Solomon spoke at an event in Charlottesville, Virginia, organized jointly by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice (CCPJ) and AM 1450 WVAX. Their remarks and the discussion that followed provide key insights into the political situation we find ourselves in right now.


Worlds Apart

By David Swanson

The other day I wrote a column that no corporate newspaper would ever dream of printing, but submitted it to all of them anyway in hopes it might jar something loose. The Editorial Page Editor of Barron’s Weekly wrote me back to disagree with my column, and I wrote him back, and he wrote me back, and so forth. The exchange, reproduced below, suggests that two people can read about the same events for several years and still live in completely different worlds.

In the world read more

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 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