The HKS Citizen (Harvard Kennedy School)
October 26, 2010
By Sanjeev Bery
Over the last two months, the US government has dramatically increased drone missile strikes in Pakistan. Unfortunately, mainstream US newspapers have not shown the inclination to ask tough questions regarding the change in policy.
In a replay of the softball coverage that preceded the second US invasion of Iraq, some of the biggest US newspapers are once again showing how easy it is to embed a pro-government bias in their reporting. The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and The New York Times have all covered the news by mostly quoting US officials while ignoring critics.
The footage shows all the signs of a professor angry at a student for asking exactly the right questions.
Caught in an emotional moment, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is on tape uttering such high-minded retorts as “do your homework first” and “maybe before you make allegations about Guantanamo, you should read.”
Skip to minute 3:30 to cut right to the fireworks:
The incident happened at a Stanford University dormitory reception last Monday. Stanford junior Jeremy Cohn decided to ask some tough questions about torture. He didn’t realize he was being taped at the time.
Apparently, Al Qaeda is a bigger threat than Nazi Germany was.
Key Condoleeza quotes:
Response to “Pakistan in Turmoil,” March 15, 2009, by Barbara Crossette in The Nation
Ms. Crossette’s article is strong on explaining political rivalries, but misses an opportunity to reveal the new gains of Pakistani civil society.