Obama Vetted ISIS Speech In Off-The-Record Meeting With Establishment Media

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 6:45 am

President Barack Obama met with over a dozen “journalists” in an off-the-record meeting to get input on how he should sell his war against ISIS to the American people.


The $900 Million Headline Versus Our Afghan Policy Backing a Vertically Integrated Criminal Enterprise

By: Monday January 31, 2011 3:30 pm

The New York Times has one of the most stunning headlines of the day: Losses at Afghan Bank Could Be $900 Million. The story tells a story of Afghanistan’s own “Too Big to Fail” problem that offers opaque descriptions of precisely what caused the problem, but waits until the 17th and 18th paragraph to explain the real problem with the bank. The fact that our government is discovering, but not revealing, the degree to which we have been backing “a vertically integrated criminal enterprise” is the real story.

Dexter Filkins’ Busy Week

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 8:30 am

Boy, Dexter Filkins sure has had an interesting week cataloging the sniping within American strategy, huh? Mind you, I’m not complaining about Filkins’ reporting (though his descriptions of anonymous sources doesn’t seem to comply with the NYT’s policy on identifying the motives for these anonymous leaks–it’s sure be useful to readers if he’d place his sources a little better, because no one on the inside is really fooled by these anonymous citations).

But he does seem to be the focus of a lot of competing leaks of late.

McChrystal in Profile: “Hard” is Not “Hopeless,” but Getting to “Hopeless” is Hard

By: Wednesday October 14, 2009 3:30 pm

  I’m still reading Dexter Filkins’ New York Times Magazine profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal but I’m hung up on this quote:   In the spring of 2006, Iraq seemed lost. The dead were piling up. The society was disintegrating. One possible conclusion was that it was time for the United States to cut its [...]

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