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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. ...