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  • Punditry On Syrian Airstrikes Is Encouraging Trump To Escalate Tensions With North Korea

    Similar Media Support Helped Enable Iraq War

    ››› ››› BOBBY LEWIS

    After President Donald Trump launched airstrikes against Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack in that country, media figures from across the political spectrum praised his “beautiful” attack, with many also linking the action to the growing threat that another country -- North Korea -- poses to the United States. Effusive media support of military conflict was a key precursor to the Iraq War; the danger of such uncritically hawkish commentary has multiplied under Trump, who sources policy ideas -- and defenses for his conduct -- directly from media.

  • Reminder to media: Claims about CRU emails were debunked

    ››› ››› TERRY KREPEL

    Media outlets have referenced the emails apparently stolen from University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in their recent reports on "record snowfall" and criticisms of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), suggesting that the emails "undermined" global warming research or reporting claims about what they "appeared to show." Those media did not report, however, that scientists and fact-checkers have found that the emails, in the words of FactCheck.org, "have been misrepresented by global-warming skeptics" and "don't change [the] scientific consensus on global warming."

  • UPI reported McCain campaign allegations that LA Times is "suppressing a video" of Obama and Khalidi, but not McCain's own reported "connection" to the "Palestinian activist"

    ››› ››› TOM ALLISON & MORGAN WEILAND

    UPI reported Sen. John McCain campaign's allegation that the Los Angeles Times is "suppressing a video of a 2003 banquet showing opponent Barack Obama praising a Palestinian activist," and quoted a McCain spokesman saying the video "could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi" without noting McCain's own reported "connection" to Khalidi.

  • CNN.com, UPI advance Log Cabin Republicans' false suggestion that Palin supports benefits for same-sex couples

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    In reports that the Log Cabin Republicans have endorsed Sen. John McCain for president, CNN.com and UPI falsely suggested that Gov. Sarah Palin supports benefits for same-sex partners of state employees. In fact, while Palin did veto a bill in 2006 that would have prevented state officials from granting spousal benefits to same-sex couples, Palin has stated that she did so because the Alaska attorney general had advised her that it was unconstitutional, not because she supported spousal benefits for same-sex couples.

  • UPI ignores McCain's "gaffe" on Al Qaeda

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    UPI reported that Sen. John McCain "said concern still exists that Iran could be training Iraqi extremists in Iran then returning them to Iraq." In fact, McCain specifically claimed that Iranian operatives are "taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back" -- a misstatement he has made on at least one other occasion.

  • UPI baselessly asserted that Obama paid "substantially lower than market value" for Rezko property

    ››› ››› SIMON MALOY

    United Press International reported that Barack Obama "closed a real estate deal in 2005 with [indicted businessman Antoin] Rezko's wife while the families lived next to each other," and "paid Rezko's wife a price substantially lower than market value for an adjoining parcel." In fact, Obama purchased the land from Rezko in January 2006 (not 2005, as UPI reported), he paid substantially more than what an Obama spokesman reportedly said was the land's appraised value, and the Rezkos sold the remainder of the vacant lot before developing it and thus never "lived next to" Obama.