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FOX News fair and balanced? Maybe

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If fairness and balance is measured by how often a network has something nice or negative to say about a dominant party candidate, then FOX News Channel comes out on top.  According to the Pew Reaserch Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Fox has just as much nice, neutral and negative to say about both Obama and McCain.  The overall media was found to be considerably more friendly to Obama and more negative toward McCain.  MSNBC, according to the study, is dramatically more unbalanced in it’s coverage of the two dominant party candidates than the other major media outlets.

The study says nothing about the amount of coverage given to Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, Ralph Nader and the other alternative candidates running this year, nor does it examine the accuracy of any of the networks’ negative or positive reports.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Name calling

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The Venezuelan publication El Universal noted that McCain and Palin have decided that Hugo Chaves is a dictator.  Given the U.S. history in the lower Americas, one must give pause to consider the foriegn policy implications of McCain’s statement.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 2, 2008 at 7:48 am

Pinochet and the U.S.

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There has been some recent buzzing about McCain’s 1985 visit with Chilean president Pinochet.  See, John Dinges’s report that broke the story.  Shady relations between the U.S. and Pinochet go a lot deeper than McCain’s visit.

At The National Security Archive, are some very interesting documents related to Pinochet.  The doc’s were declassified during the Clinton administration, as well as  audio of Nixon and White House press secretary, Ron Zeigler referring to Ambassador Edward Korry being given the “green light” to “do everything short of a Dominican Republic-type action” to prevent democratically elected Allende from assuming the presidency in Chile.

Included in the declassified texts are numerous comments from Henry Kissinger, in which he repeatedly insists on U.S. support for Pinochet despite awareness of severe human rights violations under the dictator’s regime.

Suspicions remain that the U.S. contributed in some fashion to the military coup which lead to president Allende’s death and Pinochet’s return to power as a brutal dictator.  Related documents remain classified.

Written by annnee

October 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm

We’re all Georgians?

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In response to the conflict between Georgia and Russia in South Ossentia, McCain stated on behalf of the U.S. “today, we are all Georgians,” but perhaps we should not be so quick to declare solidarity with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Investigations by Human Rights Watch and eyewitness accounts reveal war crimes committed by Georgian forces in South Ossetia.  Mounting evidence suggests civilians were targeted in the Georgian attack.  Accusations include accounts of Georgian tanks firing into an apartment block, then firing on fleeing civilians.

The BBC’s Tim Whewell speaks with Ossentian victims.

For commentary on the Georgian/Russian conflict in South Ossentia, see Edward S. Herman’s article.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 29, 2008 at 6:14 am