Articles by Gregory Shupak

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States Have No Inherent ‘Right to Exist’—but It’s a Media Fixation on Israel/Palestine
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

12 Feb 2021 – No state has an intrinsic “right to exist.” As international relations scholar Scott Burchill points out, there is no abstract “right to exist” in international law, or in “any serious theory of international relations.” Nor is it customary, Burchill explains, for states or sub-state groups to recognize a state’s “right to exist.” 

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Missing Perspective in Media: Iran/Venezuela Ties Are None of US’s Business
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

10 Jun 2020 – The American state not only snuffs out lives by pressing knees to necks domestically, it also seeks to asphyxiate entire countries like Iran and Venezuela. This is evident in corporate media coverage of Iranian oil shipments to Venezuela, which has framed the deliveries as a problem that needs to be solved, rather than a commercial transaction that doesn’t concern third parties.

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Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War with China
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

15 May 2020 – Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check.

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As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

8 Apr 2020 – Covid-19 has hammered few countries as hard as it has hit Iran, which reports (as of April 8) 64,586 cases and 3,993 deaths. US sanctions are a major reason that Iranians are getting infected with and dying from the coronavirus in such large numbers: The US’s economic warfare softened Iran up for the pandemic well before its outbreak.

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The US’s Inalienable Right to Violence
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

21 Jan 2020 – Even when critical of US actions, media commentary on recent US bombings and assassinations in the Middle East is premised on the assumption that the US has the right to use violence (or the threat of it) to assert its will, anytime, anywhere. Conversely, corporate media coverage suggests that any countermeasure—such as resistance to the US presence in Iraq—is inherently illegitimate, criminal and/or terroristic.

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US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

6 Feb 2019 – The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.

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Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

11 Jan 2019 – In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump’s claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat’s shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washington’s alleged right and duty to decide other countries’ fates, and in the forever war the US supposedly has to wage in the Middle East.

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A ‘Regime’ Is a Government at Odds with the US Empire
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

20 Aug 2018 – A country’s political leaders are likely to be called a “regime” when they do not follow US dictates, and are less likely to be categorized as such if they cooperate with the empire. Calling a government a “regime” suggests a lack of legitimacy, with the implication that its ousting would serve humanitarian and democratic ends; it’s no accident that the phrase is “regime change,” not “government change” or “administration change.”

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As Israel Kills Dozens and Maims Thousands, Palestinian ‘Violence’ Under Media Microscope
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

30 Apr 2018 – Corporate media help set the terms of debate about the issues they cover by pointing toward specific sets of questions and ignoring others. When news outlets highlight particular points of contention, they encourage audiences to see these as the central aspects of the story and discourage consideration of other facets of the topic. Recent reporting on the Palestinians’ Great Return March offers a case study in how news media establish truncated, distorted parameters of discussion.

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Major War Journalism Papers Urge Trump to Kill Syrians, Risk World War III
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

12 Apr 2018 – Clamoring for Catastrophe: President Donald Trump is threatening to escalate the Syrian war, as are France and the United Kingdom, while Israel bombed Syria three days ago. In this context, major “liberal” media outlets are writing that Trump should attack Syria further.

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US Isn’t Leaving Syria—but Media Lost It When Possibility Was Raised
Gregory Shupak - Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting-FAIR, 9 Apr 2018

6 Apr 2018 – The very possibility of US withdrawal from Syria rendered apoplectic journalists who are convinced of the legitimacy of Washington’s domination of the country—international law be damned. Some writers want America to occupy Syria to weaken Russia. In the Washington Post, Josh Rogin claimed that “there are a lot of good arguments for maintaining an American presence in Syria after the fall of the Islamic State.”

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