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Entries by Greg Mitchell from 05/2008

Five Years Ago: How the Media Gushed Over "Mission Accomplished"

| Posted 05.01.2008 | Politics

On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, "The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a -- on a carrier landing."

U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan -- on 7th Tour of Duty

| Posted 05.02.2008 | Politics

Yesterday, amid all of the Mission Accomplished "nostalgia" and reports on the April death toll in Iraq hitting a new (recent) high of 50, one particu...

Arianna's New Book Cuts Kristol!

| Posted 05.03.2008 | Politics

One of my favorite segments in Arianna's new book, Right is Wrong, is timed perfectly to the latest polling news: That George W. has officially been crowned the most unpopular president in modern history.

My Friend's Son Killed in Iraq: By Contractors and U.S. Agency?

| Posted 05.04.2008 | Politics

The military told my friend this past January that her son had foolishly carried an electrical appliance into a shower in Baghdad. That was a lie.

Gordon of NYT Again Promotes Iran/Iraqi Insurgent Link -- But McClatchy Disagrees

| Posted 05.05.2008 | Politics

Michael Gordon asserts that Hezbollah militants have been training Iraqi militia fighters at a camp near Tehran. But McClatchy has a quite different take.

Another Iraq Vet Suicide--Witnessed By His Mom

| Posted 05.06.2008 | Politics

As the scandal of suicide attempts by Iraq veterans expands -- in the face of VA denials -- another horrific case has emerged, once again only gaining attention because of a local newspaper.

Reporter Reveals She Was Raped -- After 24 Years -- and Gets Massive Reaction

| Posted 05.06.2008 | Media

For years, Joanna Connors never wrote about the incident, which resulted in the eventual conviction and imprisonment of the rapist. The paper covered the trial -- but kept her name hidden.

Maureen Dowd Predicted Obama Over Hillary -- More Than Two Years Ago!

| Posted 05.08.2008 | Media

Dowd promoted Obama before, inevitably, criticizing that very lack of experience and calling him "O'bambi." But at the start she had sketched the scenario that followed pretty damn accurately.

Preview: Director of HBO's Bush-Gore 'Recount' Talks About It in Sunday's 'NYT'

| Posted 05.09.2008 | Media

We know you can't wait for the upcoming HBO film on the 2000 Bush-Gore finish, aptly titled Recount, but here's a preview - coming in The New York Tim...

An Outrage: V.A. Official Who Covered Up Veterans' Suicides Won't Lose Job

| Posted 05.10.2008 | Politics

A week of hearings on the official cover-up of the alarming spike in suicides among veterans of the Iraq war has ended with both the Veterans Affairs chief and the V.A. mental health director still holding their jobs.

Arianna's New Book Shows How Media Ignored 'Downing Street Memo'

| Posted 05.11.2008 | Media

In her book, Arianna contrasts the non-coverage of the Downing Street Memo in May 2005 with the massive attention lavished on Natalee Holloway and the Michael Jackson trial.

Another Iraq Vet Suicide -- As National Crisis Deepens

| Posted 05.12.2008 | Politics

A V.A. spokeswoman says the department now has more than 17,000 mental health workers -- and needs to hire 3,700 more, making the VA the largest mental health provider in the nation.

Revisiting Ground Zero: Remembering a Lost Friend -- and the Missing Iraqi Hijackers

| Posted 05.13.2008 | Politics

It's shocking to see the scale of the site and the lack of progress in turning it into -- anything. It's still a giant hole, which only serves to remind you what is missing there besides the twin towers.

New Study Calls Pentagon's 'Embedded' Media Program an Iraq 'Victory' for Bush

| Posted 05.14.2008 | Media

The study reveals how the context of the embedding program may have limited reporter access and hindered the spread of war-related information to the wider public.

Famed War Reporter Calls Pentagon/TV 'Propaganda' Campaign Illegal

| Posted 05.15.2008 | Politics

It's good to see that famed war reporter Joe Galloway is hitting back at attempts to embroil him in the Pentagon's "media generals" propaganda scanda...

Vets Expose Iraq War in Congress Today -- As One Refuses to Deploy

| Posted 05.16.2008 | Politics

It is being billed as the first full-scale testimony in Congress by anti-Iraq war veterans, and it's a shame it has taken this long. The statement by...

Epidemic Continues: Iraq Vet with PTSD Kills Self, Brother

| Posted 05.17.2008 | Politics

He loved his country so much he named his son America. And this week he killed himself and his brother after a long police chase in Arizona.

Two Top Columnists Question Obama's DNA and "Full-blooded" Americanism

| Posted 05.18.2008 | Media

Kathleen Parker ignores the fact that Obama is half-white, is related (god help us) to Dick Cheney, and can trace his family back as far as McCain in America -- to George Washington, even.

Here's Why Warren Buffett Endorsed Obama Today: McCain Failed to Get 'Lobotomy'

| Posted 05.19.2008 | Politics

Obama supporters, naturally, are excited about word today that one of the world's richest men, Warren Buffett -- the sage of Omaha -- has thrown his...

What Iraq Vet in Murder/Suicide Case Wrote About His PTSD

| Posted 05.20.2008 | Politics

Last week in this space I wrote about yet another Iraq vet suicide - in the extreme. This poor fellow, named Travis Twiggs, ended up shooting himsel...

Full Transcript of Hillary Claiming Sexism Worse than Racism in Campaign

| Posted 05.20.2008 | Politics

In the Washington Post, Clinton briefly hit "sexism" in media coverage of her campaign as "deeply offensive to millions of women," but she went much further.

Right is Wrong: the New York Times Corrects Latest Kristol, Brooks Columns on Obama

| Posted 05.21.2008 | Media

In a rare move, the New York Times offered a total of four corrections today, covering the two latest columns from conservative op-ed columnists William Kristol and David Brooks.

Tomorrow's TIME Magazine Defends Michelle Obama

| Posted 05.22.2008 | Politics

Time found that Michelle Obama connects to many who agree with her and feel "that they are seeing for the first time a political figure who understands what their lives are really about."

Coming this Sunday in New York Times: Fired U.S. Attorney David Iglesias Hits Back at Karl Rove, Others

| Posted 05.23.2008 | Politics

In an interview in Sunday 's New York Times Magazine, David Igelsias, fired by the Bush administration in the U.S. Attorney scandal, tackles a wide range of issues.

Bob Woodward: Don't Blame Me for Iraq War

| Posted 05.23.2008 | Politics

Bob Woodward, whose reporting (or lack of) on the White House and WMD in the run-up to the war in Iraq has drawn much criticism, continues to shirk much of the blame.