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Should We Abolish the Olympics?
DAVID MACARAY
The first modern Olympic Games, with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) running the show, was held in Athens, Greece, in 1896.  There were 14 nations represented, with a total of 241 athletes competing.  Jumping ahead 112 years, to the 2008 Olympics, held in Beij...
Press Still at Assange’s Throat
PATRICK COCKBURN
As Julian Assange evades arrest by taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge to escape extradition to Sweden, and possibly the US, British commentators have targeted him with shrill abuse. They almost froth with rage as they cite petty examples of his suppo...
The Decline of Independent Weeklies
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Alternative weekly newspapers used to be crusading vehicles against corporate power and crime. The remaining ones now have morphed into consumer guides for the young corporate class answering such pressing questions as – W...
Children in US Warzones
DANIEL KOVALIK
The UN just released its annual report on “Children and Armed Conflict.”  A number of states, as wel...
Red-Baiting Hollande
DAVE LINDORFF
Reading, watching and listening to the mainstream media in America, it gets harder and harder to tell the difference between journalism and rank propaganda. Consider the coverage of the French parliamentary election currently underway. Most Americans who read newsp...
Political Hatfields and McCoys
CHARLES M. YOUNG
The History Channel mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” reminded me of Clint Eastwood’s “The Unforgiven.” Both productions showed a lot of violence in all its fascination while making it squalid, absurd, arbitrary and devastating to the victims and everyone aro...
Do Reporters Read?
SAUL LANDAU
Less than 3 years ago, Cuban authorities arrested Alan Gross, who had an almost $600,000 contract with DIA.Inc., to carry out a USAID program in Cuba. At his Havana trial, Gross heard Cuban authorities present his trip reports in which he revealed how he supplied a...
The Media’s Mysterious Non-Indians
ISHMAEL REED
Nicholas D. Kristof of the New York Times has been traveling to “third world” countries to find evidence of male cruelty to women. He’s found plenty. He recently visited a Native-American reservation. His article left out the statistics that show that  among Ame...
The Fountain of Recovery
LINH DINH
Until 1982, Philadelphia had three daily newspapers, and the surviving two, the Inquirer and Daily News, are owned by the same company. Both are hurting. Fewer and fewer readers force extreme cost-cutting measures that reduce the quality of each rag, whi...
The American Press and the Middle East
JAMES ABOUREZK
In the May 3 edition of the International Herald Tribune (but not its domestic sister publication, The New York Times), Raja Shehadeh wrote a personal observation resulting from his experience as a human rights worker in Palestine. Here are two paragraphs from his...
Idiocy as WMD
LINH DINH
Borges writes, “dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.” As a preeminent mind, Borges rightly considers the mind to be a man’s greatest asset, for without min...
How the Times of India Colluded with Monsanto in Fake Reports of Bt Cotton Successes
P. SAINATH
The same full page appeared twice in three years, the first time as news, the second time as an advertisement. “Not a single person from the two villages has committed suicide.” Three and a half years ago, at a t...
Looking Through Time, Starkly
FARZANA VERSEY
Picture this: President Barack Obama waving at the crowds in a gay parade. Behind, there are men wearing helmets, fire-hoses in hand. Helming the operation would be Mitt Romney, the enemy of the state until the elections. This could be the digitalised image on Time magazi...
Television Channels the Arab Spring
YVES GONZALEZ-QUIJANO
Everyone wants to talk about the role of social media in last year’s uprisings, but the big Arab television news channels played just as significant a part in the Arab Spring. There is a limit to the extent to which mobile phones can replace professional cameras: their ...
Trivializing Fukushima
LINDA PENTZ GUNTER
On April 23, 2012, the editorial board of the Washington Post ...
Rupert Murdoch and the Levenson Inquiry
BINOY KAMPMARK
One commentator observed that he seemed like a potentate disputing an arrangement of borders and obligations.   Others noted that he was back to his calculating best, having abandoned his previously doddering manner after the closure of The News of the World. ...
A Conspiracy of Whores
JOHN GRANT
Whore: (verb) To debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money. ...
Media Madness
RALPH NADER
March Madness comes once a year. Media Madness is year-round. What the mass media choose to cover and feature try to turn the priorities of any sane society upside down. People of vice, war, money, spectator sports and business receive media attention – oftentime...
My 25 Years With Mike Wallace
BARRY LANDO
I worked on 60 Minutes for more than 26 years, most of the time as a producer with Mike Wallace. Each report on the show has “produced by” written on the art work introducing it, but most viewers have no clue what “produced by” really entails. Indeed, the g...
The Corporate Media Crisis
ROBERT JENSEN
This essay is excerpted from the foreword of  Prophets of the Fourth Estate: Broadsides by P...
Snapshot of Systemic Police Abuse
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
I don’t know Temple University photojournalism major Ian Van Kuyk, despite his enrollment in Temple’s Journalism Department, where I teach. ...
Victims of U.S. “Drug War” Mount as Media Yawns
DANIEL KOVALIK
Last week, you would have been lucky to find even a small blurb in a few newspapers about but another journalist killed in post-coup Honduras — the 19th in the last two years, making Honduras by far the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist.   Ind...
The Death of Investigative Journalism
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Fifteen years ago, in 1997, my Haitian friends helped to arrange my visit to Cite Soleil, then the largest and the most brutal slum (or ‘commune’) in the Western hemisphere, at the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. The arrangement was simple: my F-4 camera and I w...
Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria
AFSHIN MEHRPOUYA
As in the case of Libya, from NY Times to Fox News, from Guardian to National Post and from Le Monde to Le Figaro, the Western mainstream media’s coverage of the Syrian conflict has been mostly simplistic and black & white with a Hollywoodian good (oppos...
The Media and Iran
DAVE LINDORFF
The sorry state of American journalism is on full display in the coverage by the corporate media of the ongoing crisis surrounding Iran’s nuclear fuel program. The leaders of both Israel and the U.S. have publicly threatened to attack Iran — Israel saying i...
NPR: the Voices and Views of One Side
HELEN REDMOND
NPR National Public Radio. National Pay or Play Radio. Spring Pledge Drive, 2012. Hosts beg and cajole on air hour after hour, day after day for money. They creatively and with cool music in the background alternately shame and praise li...
Ask No Questions, Tell No Truths
SAUL LANDAU
“Daddy,” the little boy on the bus asks, “what park is that?” “I don’t know.” Two blocks later. “Who’s the man in that statue?” “Beats me.” “What’s that big building with the point on top?” “I haven’t a ...
The War Drums of the New York Times
RICHARD SCHIFFMAN
“Israel Vs Iran” reads Sunday’s cover of the New York  Times Magazine– the words written ominously in ashes from which smoke and flame still rise. Inside the magazine, Ronen Bergman a military analyst for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahrono...
See No Evil
DAVE LINDORFF
The Iraq war may be over, at least for US troops, but the cover-up of the atrocities committed there by American forces goes on, even in retrospectives about the war. A prime example is reporting on the destroyed city of Fallujah, where some of the heaviest fighting of th...
The Media Blackout on Third Parties
STEVEN HIGGS
Watching Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift confront the question “Are most political reporters simply insiders?” is a discomfiting experience. Her struggle to defend the indefensible unavoidably inspires compassion for her uneasy predicament. But the cas...
The Newsfakers
PATRICK COCKBURN
“Rumor” used to have a bad reputation. In Shakespeare’s plays it is assumed that “rumors” mean artful lies and the spreading of detailed but false accounts of victory and defeat. No journalist could credibly tell of massacre, torture and mass...
The Budgies Are Listless
CHARLES M. YOUNG
On Thursday, January 5, I was waiting for the elevator in the lobby of my building when I was joined by a woman who lives up the hall from me. She was carrying a grocery bag with The New York Times poking out the top. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “They just raised...
Washington Post Boosts Obama’s Declaration of War on China
JOHN V. WALSH
“Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap”! –General “Buck” Turgidson  – Dr Strangelove  “China is a vast country—‘When i...
The Airways are Owned by the People
HEATHER GRAY
On December 1, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a hearing in Atlanta inquiring about the “Information Needs of Atlanta”. It was hosted by Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Cluburn. The event took pl...
Drawing Conclusions on the Wall
RON JACOBS
There were two types of media my high school friends and I truly looked forward to on our colonial outpost in what was then West Germany. The first was the appearance in the post exchange of the latest album from our favorite band. The other was when one of us received th...
The Media and the Penn State Scandal
WALTER BRASCH
There is nothing the media love more than a good celebrity sex scandal. Since the story of Scarlett Johansson’s purloined nude pictures had run its course, and the media squeezed every drop of ink it could from the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries engagement/wedding...
Defense Cuts Hysteria
MIKE LOFGREN
Over the last five years, we’ve spent money on the military – in real, inflation adjusted dollars – at a higher rate than at any other time since World War II. That includes the late 1960s, when the United States simultaneously faced a competitor with 10,000 nuclear...
Whatever You Do, Don’t Read China’s Global Times …
PETER LEE
I’m not crazy about Global Times (the house organ of Chinese hypernationalism) but I like the sniggering condescension of Foreign Policy magazine (the house organ of neo-lioberalism) even less. Actually, Christine Larson’s recent profile of ...
It Doesn’t Matter to Them If It’s Untrue. It’s a Higher Truth.
WILLIAM BLUM
“We came, we saw, he died.” — US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
giggling, as she spoke of the depraved murder of Moammar Gaddafi Imagine Osama bin Laden or some other Islamic leader speaking of 9-11: &#...
The Twittersphere Unmasked
MONA CHOLLET
Internet use became commonplace at least 15 years ago, but some people still cannot grasp that it is a user-created medium. The web is presented as a convergence of pre-existing means of acquiring information, but French researcher Dominique Cardon objects to that view; h...
Radiation Reporting
JOHN LaFORGE
The ongoing radiation catastrophe stemming from three out-of-control nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has taken a back seat to far graver news events of late: Michael Jackson’s doctor, fund-raising by presidential hopefuls, the World Series, and Netflix stock. ...
What the Establishment Isn’t Telling You About Libya
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Washington is erupting in euphoria and self-congratulation over Muammar Gaddafi’s death.  That celebration was predictably followed by further adulation in our sycophantic press system, which never saw a foreign intervention it didn’t like.  The usual propaganda abo...
The San Diego Union-Tribune is on the Rocks
FRANK GREEN
Print media’s decline in the United States can be tracked in microcosm in San Diego, longtime home to one of the country’s most conservative, reactionary dailies. Local progressives have been watching in bemusement for several years as The San Diego Uni...
The Press and Panetta
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
The silence in the press about the overheated rhetoric and dubious myths from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta makes for a very unhappy comparison of today’s defense journalism compared to previous eras when, for example, SecDef Casper Weinberger was the subject of...
Syria and the Media
PETER LEE
The October 13 BBC headline read: Clashes in Syria leave 19 dead – rights activists. That gives the impr...
Bias in the Eye of the Beholder
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The annual spate of public opinion surveys on the mass media are in, and they reveal an interesting mix of skepticism and ignorance with regard to the issue of “bias.”  These surveys also suggest that public distrust of the mass media has reached a historic high....
Kardashian America
WALTER BRASCH
The most important media story this past week is that the Kardashians were guest co-hosts on the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show. One Kardashian sister per day, plus mother Kris and stepdad Bruce Jenner. It isn’t bad enough that talk shows, which have des...
Whither British Journalism?
KEVIN MACIEL
t appears that pundits long considered “left-leaning” in the UK press, have recently taken a sharp turn to the right, or rather, embarked upon a path to nowhere. Close on the footsteps of George Monbiot whose divorce from Lady Reason became public through a series of ...
The Real Strauss-Kahn Story Back at the New York Times
PAM MARTENS
On the evening of June 30, 2011, heading into the news vacuum of the long Fourth of July weekend (a void that would guarantee news saturation for any major breaking story), the New York Times published a lead article  declaring that “Strauss-Kahn Prosecution Said to Be...
Peddling Foolishness on Afghanistan
CONN HALLINAN
Kabul, Afghanistan-American and allied forces in Afghanistan are strengthening a layered defense along the border with Pakistan to seize Haqqani network militants as they try to make their way to Kabul to carry out spectacular attacks, according to senior mili...