Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell writes the Media Fix blog for The Nation. Mitchell is the former editor of Editor & Publisher magazine and author of nine nonfiction books. His current book, published in February 2011, is The Age of Wikileaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate. Previous books are Why Obama Won, published in January 2009, and So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President -- Failed on Iraq, which came out in March 2008. His new book and e-book is Atomic Cover-Up: Two U.S. Soldiers, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and The Greatest Movie Never Made.  His Twitter feed is @MediaFixBlog.

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President Barack Obama delivers a speech Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. (Reuters) Views
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:30am
Obama Suddenly Defends U.S. Invasion of Iraq—Mainstream Media Shrug
President Barack Obama, In a speech in Brussels on Wednesday after Russia (and many Europeans) pointed out our loss of moral authority because of our war in iraq in hitting Putin on Crimea, defended our 2003 invasion. This was deeply disheartening--and hypocritical, since he largely owes his...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 7:43am
Remembering Pete Seeger, from Woody Guthrie to Occupy Wall Street
There's so much to express about one of my heroes, Pete Seeger, who passed away, apparently peacefully, in New York at the age of 94. Despite his advance age, this still came as a shock, since he'd been out and about not long ago and scheduled for events not far from my home--he lived just up the river from me, that river being the Hudson. Of course, I once boarded his famous sloop, the Clearwater.
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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 6:24am
Bill Keller: Tough on Cancer Patients, Easy on War Promoters
There was so much to critique in Bill Keller’s notorious column this week at The New York Times on the proper etiquette of cancer patients that most of us could barely mention in passing that this same Keller, now ripping military/battlefield lingo in medicine, has been an ardent war hawk, from Iraq 2003 to Syria 2013.
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Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:42am
The Sad Decline of ‘60 Minutes’ Continues With This Week’s NSA Whitewash
The sad decline and fall of 60 Minutes has been a long time coming, but now it is nearly complete. Just in recent months: the horrid hit on Americans with disabilities, the Lara Logan affair, and now tonight’s whitewash of NSA (and bonus slam vs. Edward Snowden), hosted by longtime FBI/police/NSA propagandist John Miller.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:45am
How Politico’s Mike Allen Blends Ads and ‘News’
Today's top—though belated—media criticism comes from Erik Wemple from the Washington Post .
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 1:52pm
History Repeats? 'NYT' Boosts, But McClatchy Questions, Claims of Syria's Use of Chemicals
Is history repeating itself? As I noted earlier this week here , The New York Times , as it did in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, seems to be promoting (if a little less strenuously) some kind of dramatic U.S. intervention in Syria, based on WMDs.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 12:59pm
Double Fail: That Piece on Media's Iraq Failure Killed by the Washington Post
Due to "popular demand," I'm publishing below the assigned Outlook piece that I submitted to the Washington Post last Thursday. I see that the Post is now defending killing the piece because it didn't offer sufficient "broader analytical points or insights." I'll let you decide why they might have rejected it.
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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 7:34am
At Tenth Anniversary of the Start of Iraq War: Sixteen Media Outrages That Followed
As we approach the tenth anniversary of the US attack on Iraq on Tuesday we may face more media coverage of that tragic conflict that we’ve seen in the past two or three years combined. How much of it will focus on the media misconduct that helped make the war possible (and then continue for so long)? We will see, and I’ll be charting it all here.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 9:55pm
MSNBC's Disgrace: In Five Hours of Prime Time, Fifteen Minutes on Israel-Gaza
Early yesterday, I made this prediction over at Twitter: Based on past performance, none of MSNBC’s five prime-time, liberal, hosts last night or their guests would utter a single word critical of Israel in the current conflict with Gaza. This came on a day when the missiles and drone strikes and rockets kept firing, and the death toll climbed to over 110 in Gaza, most of them women and children and most, no doubt, killed by US weapons or weapons purchased with funds from America. Just in case an “American angle” was needed.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:17pm
It Might Save Obama This Year, but the Electoral College Must Go!
Chances are growing that we may very well see a split in this year’s election, with Governor Romney narrowly winning the popular vote and President Obama taking the Electoral College (maybe by a comfortable margin). As I noted yesterday, the media hype over “Mittmentum” was false mainly because of Obama’s continuing clear edge in most of the swing-state polls. But that doesn’t mean Romney won’t win the popular vote. And if he does win, but lose the election, don’t expect Fox and friends to accept that, even though they had no problem with George W.
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