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Archives by Tag 'media'
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...