• Those Pesky Arabs

    The Middle East has long been US journalism’s Achilles heel. Faced with the scale of the US imperial footprint in the region and the violence required to establish it, they have to perform some incredible feats of language and narrative to veil US responsibility for so much of what cripples democratic and social development in…

  • The Magic Act

    Journalists have come up with various tactics to either justify or veil US imperialism’s destructive footprint. Whether this is done intentionally or inadvertently isn’t relevant. One of the most common tactics used by reporters, particularly foreign correspondents, is to use what Mary Pratt has called an “anti-conquest” stance. [Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing…

  • The Disappeared

    Hidden in those shadows are the bodies of millions the US has killed in its single-minded pursuit of revenge. It remains shocking to me that not a single Western journalist or publication of note has, in the last twenty years, produced a significant body of work on the lives of the millions living in the…

  • The First Cut Is The Deepest

    Around 1991, just before the launch of Operation Desert Storm (aka the Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Kuwait War, First Iraq War, or Iraq War), which began in January of 1991, the US military seduced the US media into a Faustian bargain: It would give them access to its frontline troops, senior commanders, facilities,…

  • The Poisoned Chalice

    Few things have characterised the post-9/11 American world more than our worshipful embrace of our generals. They’ve become our heroes, our sports stars, and our celebrities all rolled into one. – William J. Astore It was a pivotal moment in the history of US media and changed it forever. But it has been relegated to…

  • The Myth of Objectivity

    The trinity of doctrines is the basis of journalistic claims to objectivity. This claim acts as a strategy of silencing and erasure, particularly of non-White bodies. It is Western journalism’s most fantastic conceit and vehemently defended myth. It emanates from a normative view of the world created by “a separation of the reporter’s views from…

  • The Third Doctrine: Capitalism

    Capitalism is Western journalism’s best-kept secret. There are vivid and explicit connections between global trade, human-made global warming, global capitalism, social and gang violence, so-called “climate refugees,” population displacement and more. It is today more than evident that we cannot amputate environmental consequences from trade and economic policies, the question of displacement and refugees from…

  • The Second Doctrine: US Exceptionalism

    American journalists remain deeply committed to US exceptionalism and imperialism. When the US murders and kills, when it funds others who support its imperial interests, mainstream journalists work hard to recast this violence as necessary, benign, and liberal. Or erase it. There is a conviction in the USA’s “achievable perfection” that informs the work of…

  • Progressive Racists

    Settler moves to innocence are those strategies or positionings that attempt to relieve the settler of feelings of guilt or responsibility without giving up land or power or privilege, without having to change much at all…Settler moves to innocence are hollow, they only serve the settler E. Tuck & K.W. Yang This theft of the…

  • An Inconvenient Woman

    An ungrievable life is one that cannot be mourned because it has never lived, that is, it has never counted as a life at all. – Judith Butler Journalists, when reporting from the wastelands of US imperialism, have become adept at deploying what Eve Tuck called “moves to innocence”: the act of disappearing the role…