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Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes – Zero Are Critical

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By Andrew Johnson | 7 April 2017

FAIR — Five major US newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News—offered no opinion space to anyone opposed to Donald Trump’s Thursday night airstrikes. By contrast, the five papers ran a total of 18 op-eds, columns or “news analysis” articles (dressed-up opinion pieces) that either praised the strikes or criticized them for not being harsh enough:

New York Times

  • After the Missiles, We Need Smart Diplomacy on Syria (4/7/17)
  • Acting on Instinct, Trump Upends His Own Foreign Policy (4/7/17) (originally headlined “On Syria Attack, Trump’s Heart Came First”—presumably changed due to social media mockery)
  • Trump Raises the Stakes for Russia and Iran (4/7/17)
  • Syria’s ‘Conundrum’: Limited Strikes Risk Entrenching Assad’s Strategy (4/7/17[…]
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