Try to act surprised. A familiar cast of characters has been caught writing stories at the behest of lobbyists for foreign governments. According to The Intercept, the government of the United Arab Emirates has been using American so-called journalists to vilify a rival gulf state, Qatar. By planting stories in US media publications UAE hopes to distance US policymakers and the public from its gulf state rival.
|By: DSWright Friday September 26, 2014 1:50 pm|
|By: DSWright Friday April 18, 2014 3:45 pm|
In 2003 writer Eli Lake declared that the neoconservatives were the “most influential wing in the current administration,” and that those empowered neoconservatives were chiefly responsible for the expedited time table to launch what would become the disastrous Iraq War. A war that would, among other things, bring Barack Obama to power as the American public near-universally rejected not just the blunders and false promises that sold the war, but the ideology underpinning it. Americans no longer saw trying to bring “democracy” by the barrel of a gun to every corner of the world as a good idea, let alone a duty worth killing and dying for.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 26, 2014 6:21 pm|
Why isn’t The New York Times reporting this if it is true? Why isn’t The Washington Post reporting this if it is true? Why aren’t US officials leaking more details that actually include specifics and not merely speculation if this is true?
|By: DSWright Thursday March 20, 2014 3:45 pm|
In hindsight the stagecraft is rather obvious as the Truthdig piece points out – Tweets by the Foreign Policy Initiative indicating prior knowledge of Wahl’s resignation and the interview coming right after the fact with Kirchick makes it even more clear. The question then is why did the mainstream media fall for it? Or did they just not care?
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 19, 2014 3:59 pm|
When Buzzfeed posted an article attacking Max Blumenthal by using his father many were left in shock and awe. The author, Rosie Gray, and Blumenthal had a combative history, but using someone’s dad to attack them? That takes the politics of personal destruction to whole new level, surely this was the worst kind of personal attack.
Or was it?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 24, 2014 11:58 am|
Director for National Intelligence James Clapper, who has had to respond to criticisms and concerns about the activities of the US intelligence community as a result of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, fashions himself a victim. He believes the world should know that he does not deserve the trials and tribulations he has been put through.
|By: DSWright Tuesday February 18, 2014 6:45 am|
Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper has changed his story once again on why he gave a false answer in testimony before Congress while under oath. In a friendly interview with The Daily Beast Clapper changed his explanation from his previous statement that what he said was the “least untruthful” answer he could provide to now claiming he “misunderstood” the question he was being asked.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 31, 2014 10:15 am|
The act of demolition was not going to stop The Guardian from reporting on any more of the files from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but it did not matter to Downing Street. Cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, sent by Prime Minister David Cameron, informed the media organization in late June and July of last year that there had been enough debate. “We can do this nicely or we can go to the law,” he said at one point.
|By: emptywheel Friday June 25, 2010 1:30 pm|
Would John Brennan be Obama’s Homeland Security Advisor right now if Americans knew the full extent of his role in targeting Americans for illegal wiretapping?