Reading Time: 6 minutes If we care about Greg Mortenson’s credibility, do we also care about the credibility of those who sold us on Mortenson—and the military agenda behind him?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Two different sides of the New York Times were on display in a couple of articles published June 29 and June 30. In one, we got news about how the paper worked to prevent the release of information that might have harmed its correspondent, David Rohde, who had been kidnapped by the Taliban. Besides not Read More
Reading Time: 2 minutes Should the numbers of enemy fighters killed by American forces be published? That’s the topic of the moment at the Wall Street Journal, as summarized by Slate: The WSJ fronts a look at how the U.S. command in Afghanistan has been releasing numbers of every enemy fighter killed in combat. It marks the first time Read More
Reading Time: < 1 minute The standard justification for the continued existence of the mysterious and unaccountable $55 billion-plus juggernaut called “the intelligence community” is that it gathers important information for decision-makers, and presents it to them in hush-hush circumstances. There’s an alternative to this proposition: people could try supporting the news media. In a May 5 New York Times Read More