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It's one thing for our State Department to plant phony stories in the
media or jam broadcasts in Cuba. It's quite another for conservative
policy analyst Frank Gaffney bolster's George Bush's grudge against Al
Jazeera by arguing that it was "imperative that enemy media be taken
down."

Given the Administration's record of attacking Al Jazeera verbally and
militarily, is it conceivable that President Bush tried to convince
Tony Blair to bomb its international headquarters? Only publication of
an explosive memo will prove it.

Capitalizing on Bob Woodward's revelation that he was one of the first
to learn about Valerie Plame's CIA status, Scooter Libby's legal team
hopes that will get their client off the hook. That turkey won't fly.

Lack of candor is not surprising from Bush or Ahmad Chalabi, but why does the New York Times continue to struggle with the truth about Judith Miller? The Gray Lady might solve the problem by banning anonymous Administration sources in its news reports. If they're going to lie to us anyway, why not under their own names?

Until the Bush Administration is held accountable by Congress for
its propaganda, manipulation of the truth and assaults on journalism,
freedom of the press will exist in name only.

Power-friendly reporters like Judith Miller are easily manipulated
by selective leaks. But what we need now is more civil disobedience by
whistle-blowers exposing renditions, acts of torture and the flagrant
abuse of power.

Anthony Shadid's Night Draws Near is a moving
account of life in Iraq before and after the US occupation. Liberal
hawk George Packer's The Assasins' Gate delves into the history
behind humanitarian intervention.

On both sides of the Atlantic, liberal news magazines facing declining
circulation have started to play into the celebrity culture. But there
are gems that have the power to carry our culture through its Las
Vegas-ization.

The New York Times exposes its own misguided and unethical campaign to make a terrible reporter a First Amendment saint.

The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist
Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.

Blogs

Thirty-seven hours later, The Washington Post still has it wrong.

July 10, 2013

Reporting may be the worst crime of all.

July 9, 2013

Historical (and contemporary) context went missing on Meet the Press.

June 24, 2013

The Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed reporter whose reporting ended General Stanley McChrystal's career died yesterday.

June 18, 2013

With his proposal to jail Glenn Greenwald, the New York Republican recalls an ugly tradition of attacking freedom of the press.

June 14, 2013

According to tech experts, Glenn Greenwald has made a big mistake on a key component of his work on the NSA’s PRISM program.

June 13, 2013

The morning after the NSA whistleblower goes public.

June 10, 2013

A major PBS funder almost scuttled a film that portrayed him in a negative light. 

May 20, 2013

Coming on the heels of the DOJ's seizure of AP records, proposed legislation to keep reporters from being forced to reveal their sources seems would actually roll back protections in some states.

May 16, 2013

Women know sexism when they see it better than men do. This week’s case in point: Dylan Byers.

April 26, 2013