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    The Future of Left Turn Editorial Collective December 12, 2011

    We have some major news about the future of Left Turn. We have published the final issue of our print publication. This decision did not come easily, but in the end we felt we had no choice.

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    Media Crisis and Response Jordan Flaherty April 1, 2009

    The US military has not withdrawn from Iraq, but the US media has. A December article in the New York Times reported “America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.” The article went on to note “network evening newscasts devoted 423 minutes to Iraq [in 2008]…compared with 1,888 minutes in 2007.” The fading coverage of Iraq is a reflection of political decisions and ratings pressures, but it further illustrates that funding is being cut for serious journalism in almost every format. Media’s role as a force for communication in our society and as a counterforce against the powerful is in crisis.

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    Covering Pakistan: How Journalists and Experts Reproduce Empire Madiha R. Tahir December 1, 2010

    The wiry black beard could hoodwink one into believing he’s a seasoned mullah from the forbidding Waziristan mountains, but he’s a young student, and incompetent too, for he’s trying to set a flag on fire—and failing. It’s June, and I’m standing on a road embankment outside the Karachi Press Club watching the protest against the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla. It’s been organized by the student wing of the Jamaat-e- Islami, one of Pakistan’s Islamist political parties.

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    The Media & War Eric Laursen February 14, 2003

    "I did not look on the press as an asset. Frankly, I looked on it as a problem to be managed.”
    —Then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, on how he managed press coverage during the 1991 Gulf War.

    Was Dick Cheney the father of modern warfare? If not, he at least helped birth the postmodern art of wartime press management as Defense Secretary during the first Gulf War in 1991. Now, along with his old White House mentor Don Rumsfeld and sidekicks Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice, Cheney is no doubt looking forward to another lightning campaign against Saddam Hussein and another free pass from an obliging press corps.

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    The Making of the Arab Menace Rayan El-Amine May 01, 2005

    Anti-Arabism and Islamophobia are so much a part of the political and cultural discourse on Arabs and Muslims in American society today that most do not even recognize it as racism. The fear mongering of the Bush administration and the right wing media pundits who make a living from demonizing Arabs and Muslims have inundated people with images of the violent Arabs bent on death and destruction. For media outlets like Fox Television, it is a way to sell their sensationalist news programs and for the current administration, a way to sell its wars.

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