Rahul Mahajan on Fallujah, Omar Farah on DHS’s ‘Race Paper’

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US Marines in Fallujah, April 2004 (photo: Matthew J. Apprendi/USMC)This week on CounterSpin: Corporate media didn’t make too much of the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and perhaps it’s just as well, as they’d’ve likely used the occasion to reinforce their favored idea: that the spectacularly devastating invasion was due preeminently to popularly shared miscalculations, on which they reported, rather than a campaign of demonization and deceit in which they participated.

By early 2004, what media still presented as a US campaign to “win hearts and minds” in Iraq came up against reality hard in the city of Fallujah, where a military attack and siege killed hundreds of Iraqi civilians.  Reporting on this “First Battle” of Fallujah was a case study in the gap between corporate media’s picture of the war and what we were able to learn from independent reporters. In April 2004, CounterSpin spoke with journalist Rahul Mahajan, just returned from Fallujah. We’ll hear that interview again today.

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Department of Homeland Security 'Race Paper'Also on the show: Racial justice groups are suing the Department of Homeland Security to get access to something called the “Race Paper” that may provide clues to the surveillance of black activists. Why do we have to fight the state for protection for First Amendment activities? And why don’t corporate media care? We’ll hear from Omar Farah, staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent press, including coverage of Venezuela, National Geographic and race, and Les Payne.

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.