American Diplomacy at Work?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last Friday, the American embassy in Rome held a panel discussion on the subject “Is the Internet Changing People’s Engagement in Democracy?” Fair enough. But the curious part is the identity of the featured speaker: one Sam Graham-Felsen, “Chief Blogger” of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election campaign. For more, see my new post on weeklystandard.com here.

German Public Broadcasters Promote Newspaper of Controversial Muslim Publisher

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last month, the joint “Media Academy” of Germany’s two public television networks, ARD and ZDF, hosted a three-day seminar in Wiesbaden on the topic of “Islam in the Media and in Society.” As reported in Germany’s Islamische Zeitung, or “Islamic Newspaper,” the final day of the seminar featured presentations by representatives of the Turkish newspaper [...]

Wikileaks Unwittingly Debunks Iraq “Civil War” Meme

Posted by John Rosenthal

During the darkest days of al-Qaeda/Baathist terror and sectarian violence in Iraq in 2006-2007, the American and European media were replete with predictions that the country was sliding into a full-fledged civil war or indeed had already done so. Supposedly scientific studies, like the 2006 Lancet study estimating that some 650,000 Iraqis had died as [...]