Mads Gilbert is a critic of US foreign policy and of Israel. He also happens to be a Norwegian emergency medicine specialist who is currently working inside Gaza. As a doctor, he has shown up in TV reports describing the situation inside his medical facility. But as a critic of Israel/US policy he is under […]


Portrait of a journalist

December 27, 2008

The strange subtheme of David Samuels’ New Yorker portrait of John Coster-Mullen, a man obsessed with the truth about the first atomic bombs, is actually journalism itself:


The Trust Obsession

April 28, 2008

CNN bills itself as the most trusted name in news. Director-General Mark Thompson reckons public trust is the life-blood of the BBC. Politicians and TV presenters wail and tear their clothes in public at the public’s loss of trust in the media. “Woe is us,” wails the collective cry from the journalism profession, “they don’t […]


It depends on the habit of attending to and looking into public transactions, and on the degree of information and solid judgment respecting them that exists in the community, whether the conduct of the nation as a nation, both within itself and towards others, shall be selfish, corrupt and tyrannical, or rational and enlightened, just […]