Friday, January 08, 2010

Friday Media and Counterterrorism Roundup

"Media Narratives Still Predictable" (GRITtv with video):
No matter what the news is, which country has tensions, who’s making threats, the response from TV news seems to be the same: quote Dick Cheney. We saw plenty of that this week, along with pronouncements that Democrats are doomed in 2010, complaints about progressives who’ve criticized the health care bill, and of course Tiger Woods.

Joining us to discuss the good, bad and ugly in this week’s media are Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel at FireDogLake, Liza Sabater of CultureKitchen and The Daily Gotham, the Rude Pundit Lee Papa, and Dan Gerstein, Forbes columnist and president of Gotham Ghostwriters.

"After Years in Guantanamo Prison Without Charge, Future Even More Uncertain for Yemeni Detainees" (Democracy Now!, with video/audio):
Although President Obama came into office last year promising to close down the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo, nearly 200 men are still imprisoned there. On Tuesday, Obama noted that the would-be Christmas Day airline bomber had received training in Yemen and emphasized his links to a Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda. He went on to announce that he had suspended the transfer of any more Guantanamo detainees to Yemen. About half of the men remaining in Guantanamo are from Yemen.

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