This Week on Between The Lines

Posted April 25, 2012 for week ending May 4, 2012

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"What we're seeing on the nightly news broadcasts is this notion that a nuclear weapons program in Iran is imminent and this flies in the face of what we see from the intelligence communities."

– Jeremy Holden, research director with Media Matters for America

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U.S. Network TV News Misleads on Iranian Nuclear Threat

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Interview with Jeremy Holden, research director with Media Matters for America, conducted by Scott Harris

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In the months before the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq in 2003, many of the most influential media outlets in the U.S. had worked closely with White House officials to bolster the administration’s case for war. The allegation that Saddam Hussein’s government had a stockpile of deadly weapons of mass destruction, including a nuclear program, served as the major rationale for selling the war to the American public. Well-known reporters like the New York Times’ Judith Miller were prominently featured, verifying the danger posed by Iraq to America in the post 9/11 era. Years after the war began, with no weapons of mass destruction having been found, several major news outlets including the New York Times, confessed to sloppy reporting and flawed coverage which had misled many to support the disastrous and costly conflict.  Story continues

Farm Workers Union Co-Founder: Together Progressive Activists can Advance Social Justice in America

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Excerpt of speech by Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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Dolores Huerta, co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers Union and a lifelong social justice activist, was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual conference of Southern Connecticut State University’s Women's Studies Program on April 21.  Story continues

Investigation Finds BP Covered Up Information on 2008 Blowout a Precursor to 2010 Gulf Coast Disaster

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Interview with Greg Palast, BBC-TV investigative reporter, conducted by Scott Harris

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It’s been two years since the blowout and explosion on British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that led to the deaths of 11 crew members and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Although much of the oil that washed ashore along 600 miles of Gulf shoreline is no longer visible, the long-term damage from the uncontrolled spill of 4.9 million barrels of oil over three months is unknown. It may take decades for researchers and scientists to understand the full impact of the oil spill on human health and the Gulf’s marine life and ecosystem.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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