Out of 26 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Zero Opposed

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by Adam Johnson A survey by FAIR of the top 100 papers in the US by circulation found not a single editorial board opposed to Trump’s April 13 airstrikes on Syria. Twenty supported the strikes, while six were ambiguous as… Continue Reading  

Media Boosts Obvious Saudi Front Group as Neutral ‘Think Tank’

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by Adam Johnson The Arabia Foundation appeared in spring 2016, seemingly out of nowhere, as a Saudi-focused think tank with “ties to Riyadh,” but vaguely independent of the regime. Or at least independent enough so that media wouldn’t represent it… Continue Reading  

Painting Attack on Syria as Israeli “Retaliation”

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by Gregory Shupak Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed a Syrian airbase, saying it was the command-and-control center from which… Continue Reading  

Coverage of Iran Protests Misleadingly Illustrated With Photos of MEK Demos

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by Adam Johnson When it comes to covering protests in other countries, it seems any vague picture of brown people protesting can stand in for those actually on the streets expressing their grievances. Since the outbreak of protests across Iran… Continue Reading  

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

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by Adam Johnson When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a “nuclear weapons program” when it does not—a problem FAIR has reported on over… Continue Reading