The New Wave


The Voice of America is being drowned out by a mix of pop-flavored propaganda.

Voice correspondents have historically felt some pressure to advocate for U.S. policy, but under the current administration, the pressure is barely disguised. The current Voice director, David Jackson, is a former Time reporter who left in 2001 to create the Pentagon’s p.r. Web site, DefendAmerica.gov. In 2004 he demoted the Voice’s popular news director, Andre deNesnera, who shortly after 9/11 had broadcast an interview with a Taliban leader. The interview led many, including William Safire of The New York Times, to attack the Voice on the ground that this was not the time to know thine enemy.

Columbia Journalism Review

Blog-Gate


Many important questions from ‘Memogate’ remain unanswered – often because they were never asked.

Ultimately, we don’t know enough to justify the conventional wisdom: that the documents were “apparently bogus” (as Howard Kurtz put it, reporting on Dan Rather’s resignation) and that a major news network was an accomplice to political slander.

Columbia Journalism Review (PDF)

My Tax Paradise


In which I attempt to set up an offshore corporation.

Less than two hours after I shot my fax off to the Bahamas, I received a message from a woman named Lourdes Segovia in Trident’s Atlanta office. Her company has branches all over the world. It also has a reputation: Over the years, Trident has been accused of laundering money for characters ranging from Nigerian bankers to Brazilian presidents.

The American Prospect

Terror And Hate


An early attempt to parse the difference between two crimes of intent

The definition of terrorism sets the boundaries of America’s new war and determines which countries we attack, whom we investigate and who gets basic legal rights such as due process.

Although that definition is tough to nail down, the direction of the government’s investigations so far suggests that who people are and whom they associate with — not what they actually do — makes them terrorists.

The American Prospect