Category: Vietnam

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Norman Solomon: For Whom The Media Bell Tolls

/ Creators Syndicate For several weeks now, the suffering of refugees from Kosovo has filled our TV screens. Empathy seems to motivate much of the public support for the ceaseless bombing of Yugoslavia. Fortunately, Americans can be stirred by moral outrage. Unfortunately, that outrage has been manipulated by a constellation of forces that could be Read more…

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Norman Solomon: American Journalist Have No Reason to be Smug

/ Creators Syndicate Ever since the start of NATO ‘s bombing blitz more than two weeks ago, the regime in Belgrade has maintained total control of Serbia’s press — and American journalists have scornfully reported on the propaganda role of Yugoslavian news media. But no one should be smug about freedom of the press in Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: The Debacle in Kosovo

The bombing of Yugoslavia is turning out to be a foreign policy debacle of disastrous proportions, yet most of the chattering class insists that we can turn things around if we only commit more troops. We have heard that before. Nearly two weeks into the war, our government (which has the dominant voice in NATO) Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The Talking Kosovo Blues

It was for me the big booking: an hour on MSNBC in the middle of a crisis. I had pitched the network proposing to talk about the media coverage of the Kosovo catastrophe. As a TV producer, I had been covering the Balkan wars for a public television human rights series since l993. As a Read more…

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Ward Churchill: Wages of Cointelpro Still Evident

In 1980, former FBI Director L. Patrick Grey and Edward S. Miller, one-time head of Squad 47, the domestic counterintelligence unit in the FBI’s New York Field Office, were convicted of having "conspired to injure and oppress the citizens of the United States." The context of their crimes was COINTELPRO, a secret, nationwide campaign conducted Read more…

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Howard Zinn: On Getting Along

You ask how I manage to stay involved and remain seemingly happy and adjusted to this awful world where the efforts of caring people pale in comparison to those who have power? It’s easy. First, don’t let "those who have power" intimidate you. No matter how much power they have they cannot prevent you from Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Vietnam War and the myth of a liberal media, Part 3

Fog Watch: All The News Fit To Print The Vietnam War and the myth of a liberal media, Part 3 By Edward S. Herman   It is part of conservative mythology that the mainstream media, especially the New York Times<D>, opposed U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and, effectively “lost the war.” Liberals, on the other hand, Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot’s Death In The Propaganda System

  The death of Pol Pot on April 15, 1998 unleashed a media barrage of indignation and sanitized history that illustrates well their role as agents in a system of propaganda. While Pol Pot was undoubtedly a mass killer and evil force, and deserves angry condemnation, the U.S. media’s indignation ebbs and flows in accord Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Cambodia Controversy

Michael Albert   Back in June, Anthony Lewis wrote a NYT column about Pol Pot and Cambodia including the assertion: "A few Western intellectuals, notably Prof. Noam Chomsky, refused to believe what was going on in Cambodia. At first, at least, they put the reports of killing down to a conspiratorial effort by American politicians Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot And Kissinger

Edward S. Herman The hunt is on once again for war criminals, with ongoing trials of accused Serbs in The Hague, NATO raids seizing and killing other accused Serbs, and much discussion and enthusiasm in the media for bringing Pol Pot to trial, which the editors of the New York Times assure us would be Read more…

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