“Fake News” a Growing New Threat to Press Freedom

Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly

by Thalif Deen When a Malaysian politician of a bygone era was asked about the “leading newspapers” in his country, he shot back: “We don’t have any leading newspapers in our country because all our newspapers are misleading.” But that… Continue Reading  

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’

Arabia Foundation Executive Director Ali Shihabi (YouTube)

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  

US Isn’t Leaving Syria—But Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised

U.S. soldier exits a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter (U.S. Marine photo/Sgt. Brian Kester).

by Gregory Shupak At a rally in Cleveland last week, President Donald Trump said that the US will get out of Syria “very soon.” It is now clear that the 4,000 US troops currently occupying Syria (Washington Post, 10/31/17) will in… Continue Reading  

A State-Sponsored Mass Shooting

Yasser Murtaja

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Israeli army sharpshooters and snipers have shot over 1,000 unarmed Palestinian protesters inside the Gaza Strip in the past week, killing more than 30 people. This past Friday, at least six Palestinian journalists were reportedly among those shot at… Continue Reading