Category Archives: Media

American samizdat—publication forbidden in the US (I)

Here’s an example: Ron Unz has called this article that he published in his magazine, The American Conservative, in 2010, and which The Nation magazine had briefly published in 2008 in an abbreviated version and quickly removed from its website, and which The Nation also blocked from being stored on any web archive site—he called it ”the biggest story of his [i.e., of Pulitzer-winner Sydney Schanberg’s] career, which has seemingly vanished down the memory hole without trace.” Unz asked, ”Could a news story ever be ‘too big’ for the media to cover?” The “alternative news” site CounterPunch reported on this story in print at the same time as The American Conservative, but also removed it from their site if it ever really was on their site (which site has far more readers than their print magazine ever did). CounterPunch had even earlier quoted excerpts from it but then removed that article also from their site. Continue reading

Evidently, this was not news that was ‘fit to print’

Has anyone heard that U.S. mayors, members of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), denounced President Obama and NATO for conducting war games along Russia’s border and possibly provoking a nuclear confrontation. Continue reading

Trump’s fired campaign manager gets job as CNN pundit. Say what?

The cable net's ludicrous decision gives satire a run for its money.

Suppose you turned to The Onion, America’s most pungent guide to the nation’s most gripping farce/reality-show hybrid, aka the political process, and saw this headline: “CNN Rewards Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager for Lying to, Bullying Reporters by Hiring Him.” You’d think: Oh, what a crazy imagination satirists need nowadays just to keep up! To think that Corey Lewandowski, joined at the hip for 18 months to the most mendacious political candidate in memory, deserves a place on a news network! Continue reading

Haaretz confirms: Britain has been operating as an Israeli puppet within the EU

“With Brexit, Israel Loses a Major Asset in the European Union,” Haaretz reported Sunday. Continue reading

US propaganda operations attract extremist families

Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando, Florida nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and self-styled leader of a pro-Taliban Afghan government-in-exile in Florida, is emblematic of the American policy that permits extremist propaganda operatives to be nurtured on US soil. Since the Cold War era, the US Central Intelligence Agency has exceled in finding the most extreme Cubans, Eastern Europeans, Afghanis, Uighurs, and others to concoct and broadcast incendiary propaganda on airwaves funded by the US government. Continue reading

Chewbacca and the world of semi-reality news media

A Facebook video of a woman wearing a Chewbacca mask and laughing almost hysterically in her car has drawn more than 140 million hits from numerous sources in the past two weeks. Continue reading

Trump, the GOP and media pivot to ‘normal’

Now that he has clinched the nomination, here comes the effort to shape Donald Trump's image as a regular guy. But he remains ‘an existential threat.’

There is no sense in mincing words, even at the risk of sounding alarmist: Donald Trump is an existential threat to American democracy. Andrew Sullivan, in his much-discussed essay in New York Magazine, said as much, calling Trump “an extinction-level event.” Continue reading

Time to end the ‘hasbara’: Palestinian Media and the search for a common story

Merely being in the company of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and other media professionals from all over the world has been an uplifting experience. For many years, Palestinian media have been on the defensive, unable to articulate a coherent message, torn between factions and desperately trying to fend off the Israeli media campaign, along with its falsifications and unending propaganda or ‘hasbara.’ Continue reading

Why hating the media could make the difference in November

The winning candidate may be the one who most successfully stirs the public's mistrust of journalists and journalism.

As the political pundits keep reminding us, this might be called the “hate” election. Both major parties’ presumptive nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have historically high net unfavorable ratings—so high that voters are said to be casting their ballots against a candidate rather than in favor of one. The question seems to be: Who do you hate less? Continue reading

Gurus of the progressive community . . . Chomsky and Goodman

There was a time when I, like tens of thousands of my progressive partners, held Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman in awe. After all, Amy informed us and Noam spoke for us, coherently explaining the issues. However, as I became more aware and more informed, I realized that there were great differences between their thinking and mine. Continue reading

Why Trump can lie and no one seems to care

The GOP candidate gets away with outrageous, contradictory statements because the mainstream media and the public let him.

Donald Trump is a serial liar. Okay, to be a bit less Trumpian about it, he has trouble with the truth. If you look at Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning site that examines candidates’ pronouncements for accuracy, 76 percent of Trump’s statements are rated either “mostly false,” “false,” or “pants on fire,” which is to say off-the-charts false. By comparison, Hillary Clinton’s total is 29 percent. Continue reading

FCC officially approves merger to create ‘price-gouging cable giant’

Open internet advocates warn that the acquisition will only send cable prices skyrocketing and hurt low-income communities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a $90 billion merger between three telecom corporations, a move that consumer advocates warn will create a “price-gouging cable giant.” Continue reading

The media myth of the working-class Reagan Democrats

The numbers don't lie. The notion that angry blue collar voters could sway the election just may not be true.

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, we are likely to get all sorts of mainstream media analysis about how his narrow pathway to Election Day victory runs through white working-class America, the way Ronald Reagan’s did, while the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, must corral young people, minorities and the well-educated. Continue reading

It’s a shit show!

On April 27th Ted Cruz tapped Carly Fiorina as his running mate. On May 1st Fiorina fell off the stage at a campaign rally. On May 3rd Cruz announced he was dropping out of the race. Continue reading

Donald Trump, the emperor of social media

As FDR mastered radio and JFK conquered TV, Donald Trump rules the Internet like no other candidate.

By now I must be at least the millionth commentator to observe that Donald Trump is the candidate for whom social media have longed. What FDR was to radio and JFK to television, Trump is to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, et al. Continue reading

Widespread public distrust of mainstream media

Americans have little faith in so-called major media news and information, a collective lying machine by any standard, suppressing what’s most important to report, substituting managed news misinformation rubbish. Continue reading

Media scoundrels ignore NY primary irregularities

America resembles a banana republic. Its sham political process has no legitimacy, democracy in name only, voters with no say whatever. Continue reading

Truth is the first casualty of war: Nagorno-Karabakh and media misinformation

The Crimean War, in the mid-19th century, introduced the world to the cardigan, the raglan jersey, and the balaclava headdress. It also introduced a new profession: the foreign correspondent. And almost immediately after the war the axiom “truth is the first casualty of war” was born because of the falsehoods spread by foreign correspondents on both sides, not to mention Tennyson’s overheated and wrong-headed poem. Continue reading

‘Cherry picking’ leaked documents: a CIA art form

The US Central Intelligence Agency, rather than attempt to deter massive leaks of sensitive documents, including classified US government materials, has figured out it is much more advantageous to “cherry pick” certain information and then release it as “major news” to a corporate media eager and willing to run with what they are handed. Such has been the case with the so-called “Panama Papers.“ Continue reading

Managed ‘leak’ targets Western foes, soft peddles right-wingers and American lackeys

The world has experienced leaks like the so-called “Panama Papers” before. A consortium of global corporate media entities are cherry-picking information from a purported leak of 11 million documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The list was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), an NGO financially supported by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the Central Intelligence Agency-directed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Continue reading

Fabricated Putin link to leaked Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) calls itself an initiative “focusing on . . . cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power.” Continue reading

How they brainwash us

Anyone who pays attention to American “news” can see how “news” is used to control our perceptions in order to ensure public acceptance of the Oligarchy’s agendas. Continue reading

Obama’s war with the news media goes international

Ever since he became president, Barack Obama has had it out with the press—from the White House’s own press corps, which has been reduced to acting as stenographers feeding on every press release fed to it by Obama’s press secretary, to recent calls for a federal agency to combat “disinformation” from foreign news sources. Continue reading

Scoundrel media jihad to stop Trump

This political season’s presidential campaign is unprecedented, unlike anything before in memory—a single polarizing candidate relentlessly bashed. Continue reading

How the media enabled Donald Trump by destroying politics first

The mainstream media is to blame for Donald Trump’s rise, but not for the reasons most people think.

It is more than a little ironic that the Republican Establishment and the mainstream media are both now in full panic mode over the possibility of Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination. You would think that the Republican Party, which has been, let’s face it, hate-spewing, poor-bashing, government-stopping and corporation-loving for decades, ought to be the leading culprit for having paved the way for Trump’s success. As for the media, Marco Rubio, who claims to be exactly where he wants to be after losing 14 primaries and caucuses and winning only one, holds them responsible, which, from a candidate who has demonstrated little support outside the media, is a bit disingenuous. Still, even Rubio is occasionally right. The media did have a lot to do with enabling the rise of Donald Trump. Just not how Rubio or most people think. Continue reading

The New York Times reinvented history of war on Libya

The Times operates as a quasi-official ministry of state propaganda, featuring misinformation and Big Lies on major issues mattering most—systematically suppressing what readers need to know. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Bye, Melissa

When Melissa Harris-Perry publicly announced her resignation from MSNBC, the cable network that serves as the Democratic Party’s house organ, she vowed not to be tokenized or silenced. But of course, the rich owners can silence whomever they want with the flip of a switch, just as Harris-Perry tried “to silence black people” and Edward Snowden “if doing so suited the purposes of the system in general or the Obama White House in particular.” Continue reading

Media moguls cash in on another election

No matter what you think about political campaigns, most would certainly agree that they are very expensive. The networks and cable broadcasters have reaped huge profits from the carnival cycle of campaigning entertainment. Civility is simply not good for business. Enlightened discourse is boring and the high moral plane is only good for losers. Much like watching the carnage from a war zone or street riots in the hood, the TV cameras focus on the most controversial confrontations and ignore calls of cooperation. Politics is just too good of a blood sport to allow a modifying influence to temper down the mudslinging. Continue reading

Presstitutes at work

Friday morning, I was stuck in front of a Fox “News” broadcast for a short period and then with a NPR news program. It was enough to convince me that Nazi propaganda during Hitler’s Third Reich was very mild compared to the constant stream of dangerous lies that are pumped out constantly by the American media. Continue reading

Western media are purveyors of propaganda

There was a time when the prime role of television news was to report hard facts leaving viewers to form their own opinions. Today, every reporter, anchor, professor, activist and member of an obscure think tank are political, geopolitical and strategic pundits. Moreover, almost every network has its own agenda when it comes to certain issues. News is cherry-picked or exaggerated or glossed over to suit its core editorial policies. Continue reading

An empire on PEDs

In the world of sports, they call drugs and illegal supplements that ‘enhance’ the body’s strength and endurance PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs). Well, empire’s need these things too. Boy, has our empire got them! Continue reading

Major catastrophe: Major media problem

On Oct. 23, Southern California Gas technicians discovered a leak of methane from a failed casing on one of the pipes in its Alisa Canyon storage facility, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Continue reading