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Archives by Tag 'media'
A Review of Al Jazeera’s “Borderland”
ANDREW SMOLSKI
Al Jazeera America’s recent program “Borderland” int...
Newspapers as Philanthropic Enterprises
BECKY O'MALLEY
Dear Jeff, By now you must have heard that old joke at least 20 times: Mr. Bones: “Do you know how you can make a small fortune in the newspaper business?” Eager Buyer: “No, Mr. Bones, how can I make a small fortune in the newspaper business...
Bezos, Tina Brown and the Looting of the Washington Post
LOUIS PROYECT
Recently two major media sales transactions involved properties associated with the Washington Post. The first was the sale of the Post itself to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com; the other was the sale of Newsweek/Daily Beast to IBT Media. Until its sa...
Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military
ALISON WEIR
The New York Times recently published a news ...
The Media and Syria
PATRICK COCKBURN
Damascus. Every time I come to Syria I am struck by how different the situation is on the ground from the way it is pictured in the outside world. The foreign media reporting of the Syrian conflict is surely as inaccurate and misleading as anything w...
Rafael Correa, the Press, and Whistleblowers
ADAM CHIMIENTI
Once again, we are witnessing a growing frustration with “tiny” Ecuador. The United States government is clearly not happy with what would be the latest diplomatic slap in the face coming from the South American country, i.e. the pending arrival of NSA whistleblower E...
This Revolution Cannot Be Televised
ALEX STAVRAKAS
There was no conspiracy, there was no coup, there wasn’t even any suspension of the law in the name of the law, no state of emergency. The closing down of the Greek national broadcaster, ERT, was nothing more than an ordinary item on the political agenda of a socially d...
The ABC/Melissa Lawrence incident
BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS
A television news crew crossed the line from simply reporting the news to becoming predatory on the public, and their actions had terrible consequences for someone they initially hoped to inte...
The Presstitute Media
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
When Gerald Celente branded the American media “presstitutes,” he got it right. The US print and TV media (and NPR) whore for Washington and the corporations. Reporting the real news is their last concern. The presstitutes are a Ministry of Propaganda and Coverup. Thi...
Media Gets Targeted by Obama, Discovers No One Cares Except the Media
BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS
I was watching the local network news one recent evening because apparently I like to torture myself. And what were they reporting on? Michael Jackson. My hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times, also ran a story that day, May 22, 2013, about Michael Jackson. Don’t...
Pakistanis: We Want the U.S. Out
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
The A1 story in Sunday’s New York Times, written by...
The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era
AMAJU BARAKA
We are supposed to take seriously the outrage coming from members of the corporate press in response to the revelation that the Obama administration’s ever expanding use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent had turned its focus on the U.S. press. B...
More Exposés, Less Action
RALPH NADER
There must be reasons why people are weary of the flood of excellent documentary films, books and articles showing us what the corporate state – that is, the fusion of big business and government to constantly serve the former against the peoples’ interest – is doin...
The Justice Department v. the Fourth Estate
JASON HIRTHLER
On Tuesday The New York Times revealed that the Justice Department had seized without notice caches of Associated Press phone records. Not simply work phone logs, but home and mobile phone records of A.P. journalists as well, from the agency’s bureaus in New York...
The Government’s War on the Press
ALFREDO LOPEZ
“Paranoia,” said Woody Allen, “is knowing all the facts.” By that measure, we’re becoming more and more “paranoid” every day. This week, we learned that the Obama Justice Department ...
The Posterior of Fascism
NORMAN POLLACK
POTUS has been caught with his pants down, even if just this once and confined to government spying on the Associated Press.  Only when its own ox is gored does the press, here the New York Times in a blistering editorial (May 14), fight back, yet still without to...
Hold the Front Page!
JOHN PILGER
The other day, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney, though ghosts still drink at the King’s Head pub nearby. As a cadet reporter, I might have walked on ...
CNN Hasn’t ‘Jumped the Shark,’ It is ‘the Shark’
JP SOTTILE
Cable news networks thrive on tragedy. That’s nothing new. What is new is the incredible, monomaniacal programming mantra that has taken over CNN—the ever-more inane and dementia-addled granddaddy of the 24-hour news business. Their unwil...
Our American Pravda
RON UNZ
In mid-March, the Wall Street Journal carried a long discussion of the origins of th...
The Press and the Boston Bombing
AMIEN ESSIF
In the ruckus of commentary that has fogged the media since the Boston bombings, a few good words have been said, a few good insights, a few good ...
Where are the Eulogies for Thatcher’s Victims?
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. No sooner had the news broken of Margaret Thatcher’s death than the glorious tributes came flooding in, a veritable deluge of unreserved praise for the Britain’s first female Prime Minister. ...
Testing Hegemony
NORMAN POLLACK
Realpolitik, its claims to the contrary, has usually been a fraud, dealing neither with practical politics, in contradistinction to an ideological posture, worldview, or weltanschauung, nor with a pragmatic grasp of reality, in contradistinction to a ...
The Zurbano Controversy
NELSON P. VALDES
The Sunday New York Times (NYT) publication of the opinion piece entitled “For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun” by Roberto Zurbano has turned into a debate on whether a segment of the Cuban population has done well or not after 1959. The auth...
The Unmentionable Topic
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
There’s some extra space in the AP Stylebook now that it’s editors have eliminated the term “illegal immigrant.” I propose that AP replace it with “corporate crime.” There’s little question that corporate crime — pollution, corruption, fraud,...
U.S. Militarism and Perpetual War
JEFF COHEN
I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV – at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. ...
The Man the Media Loved to Hate
STEVE RENDALL
Always the target of media scorn, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s death was occasion for a double dose. “Venezuela Bully Chávez is Dead,” read the New York Post headline (6 March); “Death of a Demagogue” was how Time framed the news (5 M...
Award the Nobel Peace Prize to Bradley Manning
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
The Grassroots activist group, RootsAction.org, has drafted a petition, addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee and posted on l...
What If the Dead Stop Playing Dead?
JAMES McENTEER
Quito. Zombies dominate our nation’s airwaves. They have already devoured much of our rational public discourse and now threaten our social sanity. Zombies are hot commodities. They sell. That’s why they cannot be stopped or killed. Some editors and pr...
Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times
DAVE LINDORFF
Thanks to the courageous action of Private Bradley Manning, the young soldier who has been held for over two years by the US military on trumped-up charges including espionage and aiding the enemy, we now have solid evidence that the country’s two leading news organizat...
The Empire’s Shill
JASON HIRTHLER
A cursory glance at The New York Times is enough to unsettle an otherwise tepid Tuesday. One recalls the story of Noam Chomsky’s doctor telling him he ground his teeth, which Chomsky ...
Looking at Anti-Iran Propaganda
JEFF NYGAARD
USA Today cautioned recently that “War with Iran won’t be a quick affair.”  A Pittsburgh newspaper plaintively wonders whether “War with Iran” is a  “Necessity or Folly.”  Talk of war is in the air.  What many in this country don’t realize is that ...
The Low Power FM Deception
STEVE DUNIFER
Despite the well-intentioned efforts of organizations such as Prometheus Radio Project and Free Press to reform the media landscape, these efforts have only played into the hands of the government and the corporations who control it. This is the nature of reform, no...
China Daily Has Had Me!
ANDRE VLTCHEK
The story is very simple: the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China was just about to open, and one of the editors of the China Daily sent me an email from Beijing, to Nairobi, asking me to study the Chinese Constitution and to shoot a commentary on the...
The BBC’s Culture of Self-Censorship
TARIQ ALI
Is the BBC in such a petrified or paralysed state, so badly decayed, that it is beyond repair? Are all hopes of inner movement or structural reform misplaced? To read the national press this would appear to be the case. I’m not so sure. Hysteria has now reach...
When Censorship Goes System-Wide
AFSHIN RATTANSI
The style in which journalists lie at say, the BBC or NBC needed the might of an Edward S. Herman or Noam Chomsky to decode. Their “Manufacturing Consent” exposed the complexity of how systematic and deliberate misinformation is carried on the airwaves. That changed i...
In Defense of Black Females
DANIEL CHURCH
There is a hierarchy of attractiveness and what constitutes as beauty here at the edge of the empire. What I am speaking of is not indicative of how people actually feel (nor their needs or desires) but what is portrayed by Momma White Bread nightly on the electric soma a...
Can Progressives Bring Democracy to the USA?
GREGORY WILPERT
Whether or not progressives should support Obama in 2012 is not only a matter of whether Obama would be better as president than his Republican opponent, but also a question of what are the other strategic choices that progressives have when confronted with the ballot and...
Obama v. Romney Rematch: Louis v. Schmeling 2?
ISHMAEL REED
I’m a fight fan. I watch Boxeo, HBO, Showtime, Golden Boy, Broadway Boxing and consult MaxBoxing.com and ...
Rigging the Presidential Debates
RALPH NADER
The three upcoming so-called presidential debates (actually parallel interviews) between Obama and Romney show the pathetic mainstream campaign press for what it is – a mass of dittoheads desperately awaiting gaffes or some visual irregularity by any of the candidates. ...
Paper King of the Gray Lady
BINOY KAMPMARK
My conclusion is simple. Nepotism works. – Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Arthur Ochs Sulzberger has left us aged 86, though the old gray lady he was a steward to still remains, casting her ling...
The Howling
CHRIS FLOYD
Sparked by a deliberate provocation put together by Christian extremists, riots by groups of Islamic extremists ...
The Media on Presidential Campaigns
RALPH NADER
The media coverage of the Presidential campaigns is a dreary repetition of past coverage. Stuck in a rut and garnished by press cynicism and boredom, media groupthink becomes more ossified every four years. This massive mental motion-sickness confines reporters, ed...
Phasing Out the Brothers
ISHMAEL REED
“Any Republican vice-presidential candidate is going to be broadly anti-abortion, but Ryan goes much further. He believes ending a pregnancy should be illegal even when it results from rape or incest, or endangers a woman’s health. He was a cosponsor of th...
In the Grip of the Bourgeois Press
ANDREW LEVINE
Bourgeois press?  Nobody says “bourgeois” anymore; it’s so pre-1989 (or 1981 or mid-70s).  Another problem is that, decades ago, the word suffered from Stalinist and then Maoist overuse.  It designated any object of animosity, and therefore became essentially mea...
How an Activist Fathered a Media Critic
MAT WARD
As a child, David Cromwell got an invaluable insight into the way the corporate media skews the news. Scattered around his family’s Scottish home were “mainstream” newspapers like the Daily Record and Glasgow Herald. But among...
The End of Rupert Murdoch?
JEFF SPARROW
When word broke of his resignation from the News International board, Rupert Murdoch was faffing about on Twitter. ‘Britain more an entitlement state,’ he explained to his 300, 000 or so followers. ‘Bigger than ever with growing debts. Is it too late to chang...
The Relentless Decline of the News
STEVEN HIGGS
NBC News, if that’s what it is or can still be called, devotes a substantial amount of resources to stories on opinion polls. Its website boasts five such reports between July 11 and 13, 2012. Their subjects range from American confidence in organized religion and &...
Ex-Reuters Hack Fights for Real Democracy
MAT WARD
Reading this former Reuters reporter’s analysis of the news industry is like watching an episode of detective series Columbo unfold. Like the seemingly innocent Inspector Columbo, Patrick Chalmers at first comes across as disconcertingly naive. But, jus...
News Digested
LINH DINH
7/1/12—Citing Iran’s nuclear ambition, America and her hushed puppies impose oil embargo on Islamic republic. Going on four years now, the global economic depression has kept oil price in check, so this embargo is meant to stop it from dropping furthe...
The NYT Reporter Who Quit in Disgust
MAT WARD
Most mainstream media journalists would kill to get one of their stories on the front page of The New York Times. But when that happened to the newspaper’s Balkans correspondent 2003, he was less than thrilled. Daniel Simpson had already resigned in...