Here’s what the newspaper left outside my hotel door says today: Terror Returns. The newspaper says that Americans are “rattled”. Is it true? Are we rattled? Are we living in terror? Let me go check. Here’s what the lobby of my hotel looks like. No
This morning, Reuters is reporting on a violent incident with the headline Ten Afghan “civilians” killed in NATO airstrike. This headline leaves me wondering what the difference between is between “civilians” and civilians. 5 of the “civilians” killed were children… or were they “children”? Were
“Astroturfing” is the use of various means to create the appearance of grassroots support for an organization or idea when no actual grassroots support exists. Astroturfing takes money, typically making it a tool of some elite group. Sometimes the goal is to get conformist everyday
Journalists have discovered that if they give the nickname of a god to a scientific subject that people don’t otherwise care about, their writing all of a sudden becomes relevant to readers and publishers.
November 15, 2011: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlaws the occupation of Zuccotti Park by protesters who have peaceably assembled to engage in political speech and to petition for the redress of grievances (see U.S. Constitution Amendment I). American citizens who remain are arrested.
On December 31 2010, Douglas Schoen wrote a prediction about 2011’s “biggest political surprise” in a piece published by the Washington Post: The biggest political surprise of 2011 will be the emergence of a potentially serious third-party candidate for president in 2012. There is simply
Should a journalist who finds out that the CIA has been torturing its detainees, and then writes a newspaper article sharing this information, be sent to prison for 10 years? Should a journalist who finds out that the Iranian secret police has been torturing its
How can we trust journalists who are deriving their income from an advertising system that’s currently being filled with independent expenditures?
The Obama administration revealed late Tuesday that is prepared to unveil a new blah de blah initiative in the upcoming weeks despite the pressures of the oncoming congressional election season. “Blah de blah blah blah, blah blah de blah,” Defense Undersecretary Blahford Blahdepants explained in
Yesterday morning, a team of Washington Post journalists unveiled a major new resource called Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control. A series of connected web pages identify and connected various government agencies and private companies that are engaged in erecting a new
War on Terror or War on Free Press? FBI Used Unconstitutional, Illegal Seizure of Reporters’ Phone Records to Find Source of Politically Embarrassing Leaks
I’ve never written such a long headline before, but each and every element of it is crucial: * The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General has released a report, parts of which remain classified but parts of which have been declassified. Read it