Gregory Shupak

Gregory Shupak

Gregory Shupak teaches media studies at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto. His book, The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media, is published by OR Books.

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Children with a container of drinking water in a street in the city of Tadmur, near Palmyra during the Syrian civil war. (Photo by Andrei Gryaznov\TASS via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Media Conceal—or Celebrate—Depriving Syrians of Food and Medicine
Late last month, the latest round of United States sanctions, known as the Caesar Act, took effect against Syria, a country already in a dire situation after nine years of war and sanctions. Covid-19 and an economic crisis in Lebanon, a financial lifeline for Syrian civilians that the US has...
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Corporate media distortions and bombast are priming the American public to see China as a treacherous villain that has to be forcefully confronted, perhaps with violence. Views
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China
Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check. The Washington Post ( 4/23/20 ) ran an article by Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, the second sentence of which said, "The Covid-19 pandemic has...
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Since Covid-19 has been tearing through Iran, the US state has not eased up its assault. (Photo: Medea Benjamin) Views
Friday, April 10, 2020
As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way
Covid-19 has hammered few countries as hard as it has hit Iran, which reports (as of April 8 ) 64,586 cases and 3,993 deaths. US sanctions are a major reason that Iranians are getting infected with and dying from the coronavirus in such large numbers: The US’s economic warfare softened Iran up for...
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Sunday, March 08, 2020
Media Malfunction as Sanders Notes Positive Aspects of Latin American Socialism
When 60 Minutes ( 2/24/20) asked Sen. Bernie Sanders about his past support for aspects of Cuba's socialist revolution, as well as for Nicaragua's 1979–90 leftist Sandinista government, Sanders responded by saying he opposes what he described as the "authoritarian" features of the Cuban government...
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 Presenting Iran as the reason for attacks on US forces in Iraq also implies that Iraqis had little objection to the US invasion, legitimizing the US’s ongoing military presence in the country. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The US’s Inalienable Right to Violence
Even when critical of US actions, media commentary on recent US bombings and assassinations in the Middle East is premised on the assumption that the US has the right to use violence (or the threat of it) to assert its will, anytime, anywhere. Conversely, corporate media coverage suggests that any...
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Sunday, January 05, 2020
Trump Order Aimed at Palestine Solidarity, Not Anti-Semitism
President Donald Trump issued an executive order last month to deny funding to post-secondary schools that violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against Jewish people. The order notes that such bigotry is rooted in antisemitism, and says that it will determine whether...
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Two U.S. soldiers keep an eye on the demarcation line during a security patrol outside Manbij, Syria, June 26, 2018. Views
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria
President Donald Trump’s modification of the US’s Syria policy has generated a torrent of confusion, so it’s worth reviewing the record. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on October 6: Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria . The...
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"Once you’re debating who ought to start a war," writes Shupak, "you've abandoned the anti-war argument." (Screenshot: New York Times, 6/20/19) Views
Saturday, August 10, 2019
The New York Times' Pro-War Arguments Against War With Iran
The New York Times has published five editorials since the beginning of May that are ostensibly critical of a possible military war between the United States and Iran. As anti-war arguments, however, they are woefully lacking—vilifying Iran without subjecting the US to comparable scrutiny, and...
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Iran is a threat to US interests in the sense that Iran is a barrier to full-spectrum US domination of the Middle East. (Photo: FAIR) Views
Friday, June 07, 2019
In Media’s Looking Glass, US Doesn’t Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats
US leaders have been threatening Iran for years, but US corporate media persistently and wrongly paint US escalations against Iran as defensive countermeasures. George W. Bush said in 2008 that “all options are on the table” in terms of the policies the US will consider toward Iran, which was a way...
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Sunday, May 12, 2019
Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage
Writing of the failed US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela on April 30, Uri Friedman of The Atlantic ( 5/1/19 ) referred to the Venezuelan branch of the coup as Juan “Guaidó’s pro-democracy movement.” The logical contradiction could scarcely be more pronounced: A wave of Friedman’s wand...
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