Norman Solomon

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00am
Perpetual War Is Fine With the New York Times After All
The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted that end as a democratic necessity. But now — in response to Obama’s speech Wednesday night...
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Monday, August 4, 2014 - 1:30pm
Obama's War on Journalism Coming to a Head
Ten months after the Committee to Protect Journalists issued its scathing report “ The Obama Administration and the Press ,” journalists and potential whistleblowers continue to face unprecedented surveillance and legal jeopardy. The report, authored by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor...
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Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:45pm
Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter
Over the weekend, the New York Times sent out a clear signal: the mass slaughter of civilians is acceptable when the Israeli military is doing the killing. Under the headline “Israel’s War in Gaza,” the most powerful newspaper in the United States editorialized that such carnage is necessary. The...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:15am
Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?
As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being. Top “national security” officials in Washington now have the determination and tech...
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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 7:15am
Memo to Potential Whistleblowers: If You See Something, Say Something
Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing creates a moral frequency that vast numbers of people are eager to hear. We don’t want our lives, communities, country and world continually damaged by the deadening silences of fear and conformity. I’ve met many whistleblowers over the years, and they’ve been...
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New York Times journalist James Risen continues to face prosecution by the Department of Justice for performing his job. (Photo: Alex Menendez/UCB Graduate School of Journalism/) Views
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 6:30am
An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism
In a memoir published this year, the CIA’s former top legal officer John Rizzo says that on the last day of 2005 a panicky White House tried to figure out how to prevent the distribution of a book by New York Times reporter James Risen. Officials were upset because Risen’s book, State of War ,...
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 8:00am
Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent
The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That’s because -- as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it -- “the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.” No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. The people running them...
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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:32am
When Hope Turns Rancid: From LBJ to Obama
Hope makes history. So does betrayal of hope. Early in his presidency, Lyndon Johnson inspired enormous hope. But the promise for a Great Society imploded — and disappointment jolted many former supporters, with trust and optimism turning into alienation and bitterness. The negative ripple effects lasted for decades.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:02am
The Feinstein Syndrome: “The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee”
Who knows, soon we might see headlines and cable TV shows asking: "Is Dianne Feinstein a whistleblower or a traitor?"
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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 6:35am
Hillary Clinton on Putin: Playing a Dog-Eared “Hitler” Card
The frontrunner to become the next president of the United States is playing an old and dangerous political game -- comparing a foreign leader to Adolf Hitler.
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