Baghdad attacks kill almost 100 people

Three car bombings, all claimed by ISIS, killed at least 93 people in Baghdad today: In the largest attack of the day, a car bomb ripped through a commercial area in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City Wednesday morning, killing at least 63 people and wounding at least 85. Later in the afternoon, two… Continue reading Baghdad attacks kill almost 100 people

Why Paris gets more attention than everywhere else

If you’ll permit me to put my head up my own hindparts for a second, I’d like to say something about the justifiable concern that the coverage of Friday’s attack in Paris has dwarfed any coverage of Thursday’s ISIS bombing in Beirut, or their bombing in Ankara in October, or their (probable?) involvement in the… Continue reading Why Paris gets more attention than everywhere else

It’s OK to stop (or: An Open Letter to All American Media)

Dear US American media: While I appreciate that, for some reason, you’re very keen on starting each new presidential campaign months before you started the one before, I want to make sure that you’re all aware that we are still nearly a full year away from the 2016 election. The world, and our nation, will… Continue reading It’s OK to stop (or: An Open Letter to All American Media)

Well, he’s got his dream spin, anyway

Paul Ryan really doesn’t want to be Speaker of the House. I get that. It’s a very, very shitty job right now. John Boehner did want to be Speaker of the House, badly, and it took the nihilist branch of his own party less than five years to retirement seem preferable to another day on… Continue reading Well, he’s got his dream spin, anyway

Looking at the NYT’s reporting on Iran, my newest at LobeLog

The bulk of The New York Times’s coverage of Iran and the nuclear talks is handled by their chief Washington correspondent, David Sanger, who usually collaborates with either one of their foreign affairs reporters or a science reporter named William Broad. On Tuesday they published a piece warning in breathless tones that a new IAEA… Continue reading Looking at the NYT’s reporting on Iran, my newest at LobeLog

US forces kill Some Guy, key ISIS leader (plus: Arabic 101 for big media)

US Special Forces conducted a raid against an ISIS target in Syria overnight that reportedly killed an ISIS bigshot: US special forces soldiers have killed a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during a raid carried out in eastern Syria, the US secretary of defence said. Pentagon chief… Continue reading US forces kill Some Guy, key ISIS leader (plus: Arabic 101 for big media)

When “the news” stopped being about news

Ezra Klein, filling in for Kevin Drum at Mother Jones, looks at the “decline” of cable news and suggests that it’s not so much the news channels that are to blame as the fact that the news itself these days is both generally depressing and (worse) usually pretty boring: The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi sees… Continue reading When “the news” stopped being about news