Hearings are endorsements of established viewpoints
A congressman once admitted to me that he and his colleagues know a lot of things, generally speaking, but their knowledge only “extends about one inch deep.” In other words, the briefings provided by staffers and in committees is intended to touch only on what is important to know to look well informed in front... Read More
Blame the media, not Moscow
“Fake stories” are in the news. The narrative goes something like this: fabricated accounts that misrepresent “the truth” are proliferating on the internet, and once they appear on a social networking site, they are frequently spread far and wide, often doing serious damage along the way to whatever or whomever was the target of the... Read More
There's more hype than evidence in the paper's claims that Moscow orchestrates politics in Europe and America
August 14’s Washington Post print edition featured news articles, op-eds, an editorial, and three letters to the editor all attacking Donald Trump. And the paper’s other bête noire, Vladimir Putin, was featured in the front-page lead story as well as in an op-ed. On the preceding Friday, Putin had been attacked in an editorial for... Read More
One does not need to love Vladimir Putin to appreciate that Washington shares interests with Moscow
With relations between Washington and Moscow at a low ebb, can simply talking to Russians provide hope that there might still be room for cooperation? I recently returned from spending a few days in Moscow, speaking at a conferencehosted by RT International, Russia’s global television news service. One of the few major countries I have... Read More
Amid the fury over the ex-Heritage staffer's work the question to ask is: was he right?
Amid loud cries of “Witch! Witch! Burn the Witch!” an enraged throng of ideological activists and media pundits late last week besieged the fortress-like DC headquarters of the conservative Heritage Foundation, demanding the person of one Jason Richwine, Ph.D., employed there as a senior policy analyst. The High Lords of Heritage, deeply concerned about any... Read More
The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff’s fraud. What are they missing today?
In mid-March, the Wall Street Journal carried a long discussion of the origins of the Bretton Woods system, the international financial framework that governed the Western world for decades after World War II. A photo showed the two individuals who negotiated that agreement. Britain was represented by John Maynard Keynes, a towering economic figure of... Read More
How films and other media shape an anti-Muslim narrative.
Control of the preferred narrative is essential in today’s instant-news political culture. This has been particularly true since 9/11, as the United States government and the cooperative media have worked together to make sure that a series of enemies are identified and then attacked as a response to what has been shaped as a global... Read More
In a recent column Cal Thomas states the obvious when he observes "Democrats and their friends in the big media protect their own when accused of outrageous acts." Thomas contrasts the way the media has savaged the Republican Party, including Mitt Romney, for a stupid remark by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin about women being... Read More
I am wondering if other TAC readers noticed the metamorphoses in a New York Times article that I noted last night and this morning? A featured article appeared on the NYT website last night under the headline "United States War Game Sees Disaster in an Israeli Attack on Iran." By this morning that headline had... Read More
The New York Times strikes again. In an article basically discussing the possible timing for attacking Iran Mark Landler and David Sanger state that Washington wants to “give the latest sanctions a chance to inflict enough pain on the Iranian leadership to force it back to the negotiating table.” In reality, it is the US... Read More
Here’s a beauty. “Iran…willing to attack on US soil, US intelligence report finds” screams a headline for an article on the front page of the Washington Post. But para 3 begins “US officials said they have seen no intelligence to indicated that Iran is actively plotting attacks on US soil.” The article then goes on... Read More
The latest Wikileaks revelations relating to the Guantanamo prison tell one a great deal about the biases of the mainstream media covering the story. Driving into the office this morning I heard NPR talk about recidivism, that 42 out of the more than 700 inmates who had been released had returned to some form of... Read More
Nothing demonstrates the arrogance and tone-deafness that is part and parcel of United States foreign policy better than the state visit. Over the past several days, I have had to witness the President of the United States hemming and hawing over nonsensical explanations of what is going on in Libya. Nothing unusual there, except that... Read More
Driving to buy a turkey this morning, I was treated to NPR news, which featured a leading report stating that most Americans approve of the new body scanners being used at US airports. The story was also the top headline in the Wash Post print edition today, leading with "Most support full body scanners." The... Read More
Today's NYT featured an article that explains why no one reads newspapers any more: Entitled "US Decision to Approve Killing of Cleric Causes Unease" the article discusses the National Security Council decision to permit the assassination of US citizen and Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, currently residing in Yemen. Al-Awlaki is described as someone "who the... Read More
There were two odd intelligence related articles in today’s Washington Post. The first , on the front page, was “Discontented Iranian Officials Provide Wealth of Intelligence.” The article relies on unnamed intelligence sources to claim that the CIA has been receiving so much information from disgruntled Iranians that it has delayed the completion of the... Read More
Limbaugh and company certainly entertain. But a steady diet of ideological comfort food is no substitute for hearty...
You can’t help but admire Rush Limbaugh’s talent for publicity. His radio talk show is probably—reliable figures only go back to 1991—in its third decade as the number-one rated radio show in the country. And here he is in the news again, trading verbal punches with the president of the United States. Limbaugh remarked on... Read More
The FBI claims to have caught the killer. But so much evidence has been neglected or mishandled that many experts still...
Seven years after the anthrax attacks shut down Congress, sowed panic nationwide, killed five, sickened 17, and allowed neocon propagandists to variously blame al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, the FBI claims to have gotten its man. But the official story doesn’t fully accord with the facts. Any reasonable assessment of the evidence suggests that the same... Read More
I turned on the telly yesterday hoping to see some coverage of the war in Ossetia, but all I could find was some California dude mourning "the greatest upset in the history of men's beach volleyball" after Latvia had defeated the US. Think about that one for a second. What are the beaches in Latvia... Read More