A Look at U.S. Media Double-Standards

August 25, 1998

The kind of information you just heard about the American cruise missile attacks is not getting out into the mainstream media. While journalists scrutinized every word President Clinton uttered about Monica Lewinsky in an effort to catch him in a lie, the same standard was not applied to U.S. officials when they described so-called terrorist targets in Afghanistan and the Sudan. It seems as though when U-S military officials say they have credible evidence that the pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum was manufacturing chemical weapons, journalists take them at their word.

Much airtime was allotted to deciphering what exactly President Clinton meant when he said he did not have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, but there has been very little examination of what the State Department meant when it said the Khartoum plant was manufacturing components for VX nerve gas.


  • Sam Husseini, with the Institute for Public Accuracy based in Washington D.C. He is the former head of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination League

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