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Joe Emersberger: Anyone out there care that Benghazi is being bombed from the air?

The anonymous blogger at Interventionswatch writes:   The ‘former General’ is Khalifa Haftar, who spent years living in Virginia in the U.S. (i.e. C.I.A. country), but who returned to Libya in 2011 to aid the ‘rebels’, and who was almost certainly a C.I.A. asset at some point in his career. Anyway, this guy is now reportedly bombing Benghazi from Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with UK Guardian Pundit Alice bell

Dear Alice Bell I understand you recently complained to the BBC about racist behavior on the part of a BBC presenter. Glad you complained, but I wonder if you would comment in the Guardian on the roll racism plays in the results of a ComRes poll last year that found 59% of the UK believes that 10,000 or fewer Iraqis Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Article an Example of Media Complacency and Corruption

Corporate journalists have sometimes complained that I address them with an excessively harsh and undiplomatic tone. Below is an email to Reuters that I sent in response to an article about the latest allegations Human Rights Watch (HRW) made against the Venezuelan government. I was too polite in my email. While Reuters apparently has the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange Between Keane Bhatt, Stephen Zunes and others re. Human Rights Watch

Others chime in at various points as well *** Stephen Zunes I’m losing patience with people who attack the credibility of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other reputable human rights organizations who have no background in international humanitarian law, have no empirical data to counter these groups’ findings, and have never even been to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Keane Bhatt asks Human Rights Watch to correct Venezuela Error

Email below was sent by Keane Bhatt on April 15, 2014  to Daniel Wilkinson, Miguel Vivanco and Ken Roth  – all are Human Rights Watch officials. Email addresses: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected] The NYRB editor’s email is [email protected] Dear Mr. Wilkinson, I have yet to hear from you regarding the false statement I highlighted in your April 9 Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Lens VS Owen Jones – a Sterile Debate

Periodically, the Media Lens editors debate UK Guardian (formerly UK Independent) columnist Owen Jones on Twitter.  The Media Lens editors challenge Jones to mention the horrid editorial practices of his employer. Their exchanges go something like this: JONES: I’m reaching a large audience with socialist ideas they would not otherwise hear. ML: But what are Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch Keeps the Distortions Coming about Venezuela UPDATED

In a blog post for the New York Review of Books, Daniel Wilkenson of Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote “Supporters of Chávez and Maduro often seek to downplay concerns about press freedoms in Venezuela by pointing to reporting critical of the government in the country’s newspapers. It is true that the government has not targeted Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: On Respect for Facts about Venezuela in the UK Guardian and Elsewhere

It took a lot of prodding but I finally got the UK Guardian to correct an error in an article about Venezuela by Virginia Lopez. She had written that anti-government protesters were venting their rage at, among other things, “hyperinflation”. To most economists, “hyperinflation” has a very specific meaning:  inflation rates of over 30% per Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Email to Washington Post editors re Venezuela

Dear Editors: The Washington Post editors claim regarding recent violent protests in Venezuela that “at least 34 people have been killed, most of them opposition supporters gunned down by security forces or government-backed gangs.” None of the sources the editors cited support this claim. As Peter Hart, of the media watchdog FAIR, recently wrote “Jake Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with CBC re. Venezuela article by Mark Cadiz UPDATED

I wrote to Mark Cadiz of the CBC (exchange below) about an article of his that claimed Venezuelan “activists” were turning to social media because the Venezuelan government censors news about the protests.  I provided numerous examples that demonstrate how outrageously false it is to claim, as his article did, that Venezuela’s media is “censored”. Read more…

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