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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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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When the gains that Chavismo made are erased from the story being told about the country, a distorted version of events is presented. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, February 21, 2019
US Media Erase Years of Chavismo’s Gains
Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the country’s story...
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Call this elision what it is: war propaganda. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy ( FAIR.org , 3/22/18 ). Sister Eugenia Russian,...
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever
In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the U.S. troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000 . Trump's claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat's shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washington's...
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