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‘I’m Trying to Think of a Stronger Word Than Atrocious’

"Dirty Wars" Portraits - 2013 Sundance Film FestivalJeremy Scahill, the investigative reporter at The Intercept and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, slammed American media coverage of the attack on Canada’s Parliament Wednesday. “I’m trying to think of a stronger word than atrocious or embarrassing.”

Many have noted the stark difference between Canadian news coverage of the Ottawa attack and how the story was reported in the United States. Speaking on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens,” Scahill singled out two networks:

“Any rumor that happens to pop up on Twitter or social media is carried almost as though it’s a totally true story from a reliable source. And this is true of our biggest networks, CNN, Fox News.”

“What we are really seeing right now in the U.S. media is a push for Canada and Canadians to adopt this default rhetoric that now permeates the discussion on terrorism in this country that this needs to be immediately labeled terrorism, and there has to be a paramilitary or military response to what may have been a deranged individual.”

Listen to the interview after the jump.
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Media Beat: Jeremy Scahill, ‘No One’s an Objective Journalist’

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation and New York Times bestselling author, recently sat down with 10,000 words contributor Mona Zhang to talk about his new film “Dirty Wars,” which is based on the book of the same name.

Scahill tells mediabistroTV about his views on objectivity in journalism and addresses what he sees as a war on journalists in the US, “I don’t have much love at all, if any, for FOX News or for James Rosen,” Scahill said. “But I’m against what the justice department is doing to FOX News and to James Rosen.”

  • Part II, Wednesday: The gruesome discovery that sparked the “Dirty Wars” movie.

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Keith Olbermann Adds Contributors to ‘Countdown’ on Current, Talks Rachel Maddow on NBC

Former MSNBC host and soon-to-be Current TV host Keith Olbermann announced a slew of new contributors to his program today.

They include Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, former Richard Nixon staffer John Dean, journalist Jeremy Scahill, actor Donald Sutherland and even astronomer Derrick Pitts, who Olbermann stressed will not be on to talk about politics, but other news of the day.

“Obviously we are going to have Derrick talk about the moon, rather than the days politics,” Olbermann said in a call this morning.

The announcement came just a day after Olbermann returned to his old stomping ground at 30 Rock to appear on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Among other subjects, Olbermann talked about Rachel Maddow, who he says he hopes will be joining him at Current TV eventually:

More information on Olbermann’s new contributors, after the jump.

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Todd Confronted on ‘Real Time’

todd_real_time_8-24.jpgOn the most recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” NBC’s Chuck Todd joined Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Jay Leno on the panel for the week’s discussion. Journalist Jeremy Scahill also appeared to discuss Blackwater and ended up singling out Todd, accusing: “Chuck, you called it political cat-nip to talk about the CIA and Cheney’s role in this, because it distracts from the important issues. This is a central issue and you called it cable cat-nip.”

In an email to’s Glenn Greenwald, Scahill said the following of his appearance on the show and his on-air disagreement with Todd:

Right as we walked off stage, he said to me “that was a cheap shot.” I said “what are you talking about?” and he said “you know it.” I then said that I monitor msm coverage very closely and asked him what was not true that I said on the show. He then replied: “that’s not the point. You sullied my reputation on TV.”

HuffPost has more and a clip of the video here.