One major argument from critics of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been that he did not go through “proper channels” in government before taking documents on top secret surveillance programs and providing them to journalists. But, during NBC News’ exclusive interview with Snowden, the network indicated that it was able to confirm Snowden had made at least one attempt to go through channels and the network is in the process of obtaining records showing other complaints were made to superiors.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 29, 2014 9:52 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday May 27, 2014 8:55 am|
While President Barack Obama was on a “surprise” Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, something the Obama administration has viciously condemned whenever it has occurred on their watch happened: the name of the CIA officer who is the Kabul station chief was leaked to reporters.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 15, 2014 4:20 pm|
Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 7, 2014 11:56 am|
According to the survey by David Weaver and Lars Willnat, “The percentage of US journalists endorsing the occasional use of ‘confidential business or government documents without authorization’ dropped significantly from 81.8 percent in 1992 to 57.7 percent in 2013.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday May 6, 2014 11:32 am|
And you thought you were the only one who thought US journalism sucked. Well, if it is any consolation, they agree. A new survey by the Indiana University School of Journalism shows that US corporate journalists are unsatisfied and pessimistic about the future with 59.7% of those surveyed saying that journalism in the US is headed “in the wrong direction.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 28, 2014 3:08 pm|
A video posted to YouTube by the Miami Herald shows how the United States military is now imposing a greater regime of censorship on the press, who are credentialed to cover the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
Since 2002, reporters from the media organization had been reporting on the facility. Rarely has it been easy to do reporting, but, when four senior journalists for the Herald traveled to Guantanamo in March to shoot video “with a staff videographer for the first time,” the Herald “encountered censorship of the sort” that they had “never experienced.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 28, 2014 1:07 pm|
It seemed to be the first time on a television program that former NSA Chief Gen. Keith Alexander had been asked about wanting the NSA to “collect everything.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:05 pm|
How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 1, 2014 10:30 am|
Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes the poll as an “unprecedented glimpse into the lives and attitudes of modern warriors.” In fact, this poll and the story are only concerned about the lives and attitudes of American “warriors.” The Iraqi and Afghan people are given very minimal attention, and, when they are, it is to scorn them for not being more grateful that the United States chose to occupy their country and try and make their country “safer” or “better.”
“This is typical of American war culture, which only gives importance to the American lives that are lost in war and to the suffering that American soldiers bring home with them as a result of war,” explained Ross Caputi, a Marine who served in the Second Battle of Fallujah.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 28, 2014 2:59 pm|
There was apparently quite a competition amongst news organizations over who would get to have the privilege and honor of fawning over former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly on a regular basis, but ABC News won.
The New York Times reported, “Several television news organization had been seeking to hire Mr. Kelly.” But he ultimately decided to go work at ABC News as “consultant and expert commentator on law enforcement issues” and will be appearing “on all ABC News programs.”