Peter Hart, activism director at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, discusses how pro-Israel media watchdogs like CAMERA control the narrative by making the NY Times print seemingly minor retractions (although the Foreign Agents Registration Act marks the difference between an “Israel lobbying group” and a “pro-Israel lobbying group”); why the media won’t stick their necks out on an issue that Democrats and Republicans agree on; Hart’s media advisory “After Afghan Massacre, War Gets Victim Status” about the media’s overriding concern for the war’s public relations setback, not for the dead Afghans; and why anyone interested in real journalism on Afghanistan should read Michael Hastings.
Peter Hart, activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), discusses the media’s warm reception to Treasury Department claims that Iran’s government is actively aiding al-Qaeda; the suspicious timing of these kinds of articles every time there’s a debate on withdrawal or troop drawdowns from Iraq; how the US condemns Iranian “foreign interference” in neighboring Iraq while ignoring the foreign US military’s continued occupation of the country; and the media’s failure to develop a healthy skepticism of “anonymous government officials” since falling for the Iraq War lies.
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Malalai Joya will be on to discuss Afghanistan, human rights, and life in war-torn Afghanistan
Bio: Joya Is a former Parliamentarian in the National Assembly of Afghanistan (2005-2007), peace activist and writer. She is a vocal critic of the Karzai administration and its western supporters, specifically the United States. Joya was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2010. On May 7, 2006, Malalai Joya was physically and verbally attacked by fellow members of parliament after accusing several colleagues of being “warlords” and unfit for service in the new Afghan government.
She was subsequently suspended by members of the Wolesi Jirga from the legislature. She has gained international support from prominent individuals who have demanded her reinstatement. She is currently in the United States on a speaking tour.
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Peter Hart will be on the show today to sort out what Richard Goldstone’s Washington Post op-ed really meant. Goldstone investigated allegations of war crimes by Israel in Gaza. His finale report, formally titled The United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (it is most commonly called the Goldstone Report) found Israel to have committed serious crimes, especially against civilians. Goldstone authored an Op-Ed last week that ran in the Washington Post that was seen by many as a retraction of his original allegations. Peter Hart will explain what Goldstone actually said vs. what has been largely misrepresented by the media. Read Peter’s piece here.
Bio: Peter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR’s magazine Extra, and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin.
He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly” (Seven Stories Press, 2003).
William Grigg will be on to discuss Mexico. Read his latest piece here.
Bio: An award-winning investigative journalist, William Norman Grigg was the senior editor and a prolific contributor to The New American, the official magazine of the John Birch Society. His writing reflects views heavily influenced by constitutionalism, libertarianism, and anti-communism.
Mr. Grigg has written and co-produced several video documentaries, including Tragedy by Design (1997), Injustice for All: The International Criminal Court (1998), and Civilian Disarmament: Prelude to Tyranny (2000).
Gareth Porter will be on to disuss his latest piece on Iraq, Maliki’s Doubts Threaten Post 2011 Iraq Tripp Presence.
Bio: Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Porter has written regular news reports and news analysis on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005.
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Peter Hart, activism director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), discusses his article “Is There Really a Goldstone ‘Retraction’?” about the media spin-machine working to wipe any traces of Israeli war crimes in Gaza from the minds of Americans; Richard Goldstone’s minor quibbles with the Goldstone Report‘s conclusions, expressed in his Washington Post op-ed, that amount to questioning the existence of a high-level Israeli official policy of intentionally killing civilians (based on information provided by the Israeli military’s self-investigation); the significant (and seemingly effective) pressure from Israel supporters brought to bear on Goldstone; and the report’s significant evidence of Israeli war crimes that remains unchallenged – including targeting civilian infrastructure and using white phosphorous.