Category Archives: Media

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

Today’s media: Often pandering to bias and ignorance

The Texas board of education didn’t find anything wrong with a world geography textbook that said slaves from Africa were workers, but that immigrants from northern Europe were indentured servants. Continue reading

Bad news for democracy is great news for TV profits

Political campaigns, as well as anonymous millionaires and billionaires, are spending more and more on ads to influence the presidential election—and network heads are cheering them on.

Television news has gone off its rocker and turned our politics into the equivalent of a freak show’s hall of mirrors. Continue reading

Downsizing the news staff; downsizing quality and credibility

Part 2 of 2

For more than a decade, advertising, circulation, and news quality in both print and electronic media have been in a downward spiral. That spiral has twin intertwining roots. Continue reading

Downsizing the news staff; downsizing quality and credibility

Part 1 of 2

On Monday, Nov. 2, every National Geographic staffer was told to report to the magazine’s Washington, D.C., headquarters the next day to await a phone call or e-mail from Human Resources. Continue reading

Reclaiming Palestine: How Israeli media misread the Intifada

Israeli commentators, Yaron Friedman, of “Ynet News” and Haviv Rettig Gur, of the “Times of Israel” are clueless about the driving force behind the Palestinian mobilization and collective struggle. In two recent articles, and with unmistakable conceit, they attempted to highlight what they perceive as the failure of the current Palestinian uprising, or ‘Intifada.’ Continue reading

Corporate media fuel terrorism again

A terrorist named Robert Lewis Dear killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, assisted by the corporate media, as will be made clear in this piece. This is the latest in a long line of murders at clinics catering to women’s health. Continue reading

New York Times’ fairy tale about Paris attacks

The NYT is America’s longstanding leading voice for wealth, power and privilege exclusively—state-supportive propaganda its specialty, the most important news “fit to print” systematically suppressed. Continue reading

Every position on the spectrum supports the government’s propaganda

This excellent article by Glenn Greenwald reminded me that I have meant to write about how every sort of interest attaches to the government’s propaganda in order to make its point. Continue reading

Snuggling up to celebrities is not part of journalism training

One of the basic tenets of journalism ethics and practices is that reporters must keep their distance from news sources. Continue reading

Latest NYT Big Lie: Russia responsible for Syrian refugee ‘surge’

New York Times reporting shifts from the absurd to the contemptible to the outrageous in virtually every article on geopolitical issues. Why anyone wastes time and money reading it they’ll have to explain. Continue reading

The 24/7 election and media carousel

The national news media—and their sidekicks, the cackling pundits—had been asking the same questions the past six months. “Will he? Won’t he? Should he? Shouldn’t he? Can he? Can’t he?” Continue reading

Presstitutes at work

The Western media has only two tools. One is the outrageous lie. This overused tool no longer works, except on dumbshit Americans. Continue reading

The latest NYT propaganda piece on Syria

The New York Times is a virtual US administration/Pentagon house organ. Its articles read like imperial press releases, real journalism entirely absent, making sensationalist tabloid operations look good by comparison. Continue reading

Where has Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman gone?

For many, many years, I have relied on Democracy Now! for relevant news reporting, including voices of those who have alternative perceptions and information from that which we see and hear in the mainstream media. Continue reading

Seven points not on the Arab media agenda

What is there to celebrate?

It has been recently announced that Arab ‘media experts’ plan to ‘celebrate’ Arab Media Day on April 21, 2016. The theme for the first day, of what is meant to be an annual tradition, is: “The Role of the (Arab) Media in Combatting Terrorism.” Continue reading