It's not just Bush and Cheney who violated international law; now it's Obama, too. The report is blistering about the cover-up. The end result is a society in moral disarray.
By Barbara Raab, Senior Producer, NBC News "Why is there so little coverage of Americans who are struggling with poverty?" So begins a thought-provoking essay by Dan Froomkin in Nieman Reports, a respected publication that covers journalism, raising a subject that is getting mor …
In her new book, Susan Crawford compellingly and disturbingly makes it clear that we are well on our way to a very disturbing future of expensive, substandard and unequal Internet access -- with Comcast boldly leading the charge.
It's been common knowledge for years that the Washington Post, the House the Graham and Bradlee Built, has long since descended into neocon cesspittery with the rise of Fred Hiatt and the exile of Dan Froomkin. What's not quite common knowledge is how it got there.
Victorian Gadgets Brad DeLong (April 2012): U.C. Riverside Seminar: Fiscal Policy in a Depressed Economy An assessment by Dan Froomkin of of William Saletan: "The case for torture": "There's a line between idiotic, toxic contrarianism and the active embrace of evil. Show More Summary
Had John Kiriakou actually engaged in torture, he wouldn't be in any trouble at all -- he never even would have been investigated. But because he talked about torture with reporters, he's going to prison.
Why did Obama wait two years to "change his mind," and four years to pull out? Over 1,300 American servicemembers have died in Afghanistan since the summer of 2009 -- well over half of all the dead during the entire war. When did he know it was hopeless?
Fred Kaplan writes for Slate that President Obama has called it quits in Afghanistan, to which I say darn right and about time. But how...
When we talk about torture "working" -- in the context of al Qaeda, for instance -- we presumably mean successfully extracting accurate information. But that's not what torture is about, and never has been.
For several weeks now, like a lot of people who care about torture, I have been expressing my unhappiness that the plot of the movie...
Do yourself a favor, and don't go see Zero Dark Thirty. Don't encourage film-making that at best offers ambiguity about torture, and at worst endorses it. Spend the two and a half hours and the $10 on something more valuable, and mo...
By Richard K. Barry Hey guys, you're not the only ones paying attention. I'm really not sure how to read this story, which, before I weigh in, I should explain. Dan Froomkin at Huffington Post references a couple of guys who have been...Show More Summary
No, it wasn’t the election. The Huffington Post’s Dan Froomkin takes a big swipe at “the mainstream media” today, accusing all involved of having “bungled the single biggest story of the 2012 campaign” — “Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the [...]
Dan Froomkin: "Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about the issues." "But according to longtime political...Show More Summary
enlarge It seems fitting to look back on the election from a distance and see someone besides bloggers tell the tale of how the mainstream media completely missed the boat on their Election 2012 reporting. Fortunately, Dan Froomkin has...Show More Summary
This one is worth giving the Huffington Post a click. Dan Froomkin—ejected from the Washington Post for being insufficiently ‘bipartisan’—reports: Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about the issues. Show More Summary
Dan Froomkin explains: How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign So what is the biggest story? The fact that the Tea Party dominated Republican Party is a train wreck. Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about [...]
Today's must-read is Dan Froomkin's interview with political scientists Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein about what they call the great uncovered story of 2012: "the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both inShow More Summary
Fearful of appearing biased, the elite political press failed to call sufficient attention to the Republican Party's radical agenda and disdain for facts. The result is that in the name of balance, the press actually put its thumb on the scale, and prevented a true reckoning.
It's been 148 years since the events dramatized in Lincoln. Much has changed, but much is the same. The question now is how the tall, pensive man in the White House will use his power, and whether he will rise to the challenge of history.