The uncommon racism of Farrakhan

While the New York Times – in a March 5 article by Adam Nagourney – is reporting on “what appears to be a surge of hostile sentiment directed against Jews at many campuses in the country,” the Anti-Defamation League is noting that this is “a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic lows.” Now the ADL…

American Sniper versus Das Boot

I’ve always had a soft spot for Clint Eastwood. However, it sounds like his most recent film, American Sniper, is one of his more artistically irresponsible movies. One of the most easily overlooked aspects of the nexus of fiction and propaganda is the choice of whose story to tell. War movies told from the viewpoint…

A Vast Criminal Conspiracy to Torture

It is worth going back a few weeks to call attention to the remarkable Dec. 21 New York Times editorial scolding the Obama administration for failing to prosecute previous administration for their torture regime. For the normally staid Grey Lady, the Times editorial board commentary is astonishingly sharp. The editors quote a ACLU-Human Rights Watch letter…

A Blow Against Civil Forfeiture

Last Friday Eric Holder announced the end of federal participation in civil forfeiture programs with police departments, though the practice will continue at the state government level. This is a major victory against this despicable form of government theft.

The strange politics of covering Serial

First the typically adversarial and brilliant journalists at the Intercept run a series of friendly interviews with Jay and the prosecutor allowing them to double down on their stories (even as they contradict themselves and each other). The tone and editorializing provide a clear subtext of inexplicable hostility toward Serial. Next The Blaze of all…

Azerbaijan – Washington’s Corleone Family Friend

Yesterday’s Sunday New York Times carried an editorial by the paper that does Paper of Record credit. It focused a spotlight on the authoritarian rule of Ilham Aliyev in Washington-allied Azerbaijan. The editorial cites a Wikileaks revelation (the paper’s hostility towards the transparancy organization while relying upon them as the source for so many insights is not…