Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey Valentine’s Day 2020 Bernie Sanders has won the popular vote in both the New Hampshire and Iowa presidential primary contests in considerable part by presenting himself as an opponent of war. Following the criminal assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani last month, Sanders was the most vocal of the Democratic presidential aspirants in criticizing Trump’s action. His poll numbers have risen in tandem with his stepped-up anti-war rhetoric. He has repeatedly stressed his vote against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, reminding voters in the…

Matt Taibbi, Baghdadi Story Reveals Divided – and Broken – News Media

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone America received two almost completely different versions of the story of al-Baghdadi’s pursuit and suicide. If you have two sets of news media, you have none wo sets of headlines over the weekend described the suicide of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. From the Washington Post Sunday morning: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48 The Post has since rewritten that, though the description of an “austere religious scholar with wire-rimmed glasses” remains in the lead paragraph. Meanwhile, the headline on Foxnews.com: Al-Baghdadi kill:…

Jim Fetzer, More Propaganda from The New York Times: What else would we expect?

Jim Fetzer For good reasons have I described The New York Times as “The Langley Newsletter”, which has been powerfully confirmed by their most recent story about the Sandy Hook “Pozner v. Fetzer” lawsuit, where they claim that Mike Palecek and I asserted that “Lenny” had faked his son’s death certificate, when what we asserted instead was that the death certificate was fake, not that he had faked it. Were you to read The Times story, however, it would appear that we committed the stronger offense, which makes for more…

Stephen F. Cohen, Russiagate Frenzy Threatens to End Superpower Diplomacy

Russiagate Frenzy “Threatens to End Superpower Diplomacy” — Interviews Available [on Twitter] STEPHEN F. COHEN, sfc1@nyu.edu, and via Caitlin Graf, caitlin@thenation.com Cohen is professor emeritus at New York University and Princeton University.   He is author of the just-released book War with Russia? From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate. He just wrote “Anti-Trump Frenzy Threatens to End Superpower Diplomacy” for The Nation:”Why the frenzy now? Perhaps because Russiagate promoters in high places are concerned that special counsel Robert Mueller will not produce the hoped-for ‘bombshell’ to end Trump’s presidency. Certainly, New York Times columnist David Leonhardt…

James Tracy, JFK, MASS MEDIA, AND THE ORIGINS OF “CONSPIRACY THEORY”

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 MHB Prefatory Note on Censorship in Academe This study was written in 2013-14 as part of my academic research as Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. I have had numerous papers addressing news coverage of historical events published in academic journals over the past two decades. However, this was the first attempt to offer a scholarly treatment of a research object related to a conspiracy–how the news media “framed” New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s JFK assassination inquiry. When I presented the paper at the…