Saturday, October 19, 2002

let's be fair in new york

we got this email from fairness & accuracy in reporting:

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism

Upcoming FAIR event in NYC--

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) presents

"Showdown" with Iraq?
Media hype threat, miss human costs

a talk by Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq Under Siege & Frida Berrigan, World Policy Institute

Friday, November 1, 6:30 PM
Housing Works Used Book Café
126 Crosby St (between Prince and Houston), New York
Free and Open to the Public

Thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed during the 1991 Gulf War, and U.S.-imposed sanctions have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands since. Far from liberating the country, the devastation of Iraq's people and infrastructure has likely helped dictator Saddam Hussein to remain in power. Yet as a new Iraq war looms, mainstream U.S. media seem to be afflicted by near-total amnesia over these human and political costs. At the same time, many outlets have followed the Bush administration's lead in portraying Iraq as is the most urgent threat to global stability, uncritically accepting that the proposed attack on Iraq is part of a "war on terror."

Mainstream media rarely ask how the Bush administration's rhetoric compares with reality-- has the U.S.'s role really been to end repressive regimes and stop weapons proliferation? In fact, the U.S. has long been one of the world's main arms suppliers, and since September 11, the U.S. has dramatically expanded its military presence abroad while eschewing diplomacy in favor of military action. Please join FAIR for a talk about why this context is often missing from media discussions of the Iraq crisis, and what the real costs of a new war might be.

Anthony Arnove is the editor of Iraq Under Siege and of Terrorism and War. An activist and freelance writer based in Brooklyn, he is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.

Frida Berrigan is a senior research associate of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the New School University's World Policy Institute.

This is the latest of FAIR’s monthly media talks at Housing Works. Past topics have included media coverage of AIDS drugs and Africa, the “drug war” in Colombia, the Battle of Seattle, biotech, the Zapatistas, Iraq, and more. All talks are free and open to the public.


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