Category Archives: Media

Media support for the CIA coup in Bolivia

Without establishment media support, US planned aggression, color revolutions, old-fashioned coups, and other hostile to peace, equity and justice actions wouldn’t get out of the starting gate. Continue reading

Our point remains: PBS should broadcast impeachment hearings in primetime

And not just on digital platforms but on your regular local station.

Okay, let’s be clear. The ad we took in this past Friday’s edition of The New York Times and an accompanying essay asked that PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, do the right thing for the American people, the people PBS was created to serve. Continue reading

PBS, televise the impeachment hearings for all to see

Why we took out that ad in The New York Times

The House of Representatives has announced that public hearings in the impeachment inquiry will begin on Wednesday, November 13. We believe that for the sake of the nation, public television should not only broadcast them live as they happen but repeat them in primetime so that Americans who work during the day have a chance to watch and judge for themselves Donald Trump’s guilt or innocence. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: The Baghdadi scam

The Democrats and corporate media don’t really oppose what Donald Trump is doing in Syria or anywhere else. Continue reading

Slow motion US/UK killing of Julian Assange

Establishment media are in cahoots with US/UK ruling regimes against Julian Assange for the “crime” of truth-telling journalism abhorred in the West—totalitarian rule where these societies are heading. Continue reading

Assange lawyer decries ‘legally unprecedented’ assault on journalism as judge denies request to delay US extradition hearing

‘This is part of an avowed war on whistleblowers to include investigative journalists and publishers.’

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday warned of potentially devastating consequences for journalism around the world after a British judge denied Assange’s request to delay his U.S. extradition hearing in February. Continue reading

On Twitter, some animals are more equal than others

“There continues to be meaningful public conversation about how we think about Tweets from world leaders on our service,” begins a post at the micro-blogging service’s non-micro-blog. Continue reading

Tell Kroger they’d better carry your local paper

With no warning or consultation, the giant grocery chain banished local papers from its stores. No way!

Like most politicians, corporate executives never do anything wrong. If anything wrong does “happen,” it’s always someone else’s fault. Continue reading

Journalism in an era of delusional politics

There are several correlations currently being made between the current move by the US Congress to impeach Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors and a similar action that resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon as a result of the Watergate scandal. However, there is a major difference between then and now: The Internet and the dissonant cacophony of polemics from non-journalists whose sole goal is to muddy the informational waters with far-out conspiracy theories and libelous prose. Continue reading

Wall Street is killing local newspapers

We can’t put a price tag on our free press—but unless we stop them, predatory investors can.

Though lacking the size and prestige of The New York Times or The Washington Post, The Storm Lake Times is arguably just as important. Continue reading

Why does Chris Hedges hedge his bets?

Revelations about the machinations of the so-called “deep state’s” conspiracies often conceal deeper truths that go unmentioned. This is quite common, whether it is done intentionally or not. Continue reading

No letup in media war on Iran

Establishment media vilify nonbelligerent nations, threatening no one on the US target list for regime change—supporting imperial wars and other hostile actions instead of denouncing them. Continue reading

Assange to remain in UK prison beyond release date

On orders from Washington, Julian Assange is being slowly killed—by UK and US dark forces in cahoots with each other. Continue reading

Have you noticed how social media purges always align with the US empire?

Twitter has suspended multiple large Cuban media accounts for reasons the social media platform has yet to explain as of this writing, a move which journalist Dan Cohen has described as “the equivalent of silencing CNN, Fox, WaPo and NPR’s accounts” for that nation. The Union of Cuban Journalists has denounced the move as censorship. Continue reading

‘Naked attack on the free press’: Trump allies reportedly raising $2 million for campaign to discredit journalists

‘Intimidating reporters to influence coverage is a tactic of dictators and has no place here,’ said Sen. Jeff Merkley

Right-wing operatives allied with President Donald Trump are attempting to raise at least $2 million to fund a campaign to discredit journalists and editors at major U.S. media outlets like the Washington Post, Buzzfeed, New York Times, and HuffPost. Continue reading

Breaking the media blackout on the imprisonment of Julian Assange

The same media that has spent years dragging Assange’s name through the mud is now engaging in a blackout on his treatment. If you are waiting for corporate media pundits to defend freedom of the press, you’re going to be disappointed.

The role of journalism in a democracy is publishing information that holds the powerful to account—the kind of information that empowers the public to become more engaged citizens in their communities so that we can vote in representatives that work in the interest of “we the people.” Continue reading

The New York Times’ propaganda war on Syria

On major issues mattering most, especially geopolitical ones, the NYT is a lying machine, a propaganda machine, an anti-truth telling operation, a virtual state-sponsored ministry of deception, masquerading as real news, information and opinion. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Protest and the corporate media

The corporate media are steadfast partners with the United States government and faithfully follow the party line on foreign policy issues. Continue reading

Former MSNBC reporter spills details on pro-establishment bias in media

The ridiculous corporate media freakout over Senator Bernie Sanders’ entirely legitimate accusations of pro-establishment bias continues today, with shrill, absurd new headlines like “Sanders campaign continues attacks on journalists” and “Bernie Sanders isn’t sorry” featuring hysterical MSM drama queens rending their garments over the suggestion that plutocrat-owned media outlets could be favorable to the plutocrat-owned establishment. Continue reading

Manufacturing normality

If people could see the world with fresh eyes, as though they were viewing it for the very first time, they would suddenly find themselves smashed between two equally strong yet wildly different experiences. Continue reading

Fake news about Venezuela and the power of propaganda

Public ignorance and indifference about major issues let US authorities get away with mass murder and much more. Continue reading

Don’t let mass shooters and the New York Times destroy freedom of speech

“Online communities like 4chan and 8chan have become hotbeds of white nationalist activity,” wrote the editors of the New York Times on August 4 in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Then: “Law enforcement currently offers few answers as to how to contain these communities.” Continue reading

Reporting on Trump as an aberration

There is no reason why any journalist worth his or her salt should be treating Donald Trump and his dysfunctional administration as anything other than an aberration. To normalize Trump is to act as an instrument of his propaganda machinery, which has borrowed heavily from Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, as well as apparatchiks’ playbooks found in information ministries in countless tinpot dictatorships that have existed throughout recent history. Continue reading

CNN fake news about Julian Assange

CNN stands out as the most untrustworthy name in airing utter rubbish masquerading as television news—featuring a daily drumbeat of managed news misinformation, disinformation, and Big Lies. Continue reading

Hong Kong: The truth walks the streets

Or...Tiananmen redux?

Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Chinese anointed leader of the Legislative Council, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, assured protesters that the controversial extradition bill was ” dead.” Previously she had assured the protesters that the same bill was “suspended.” The protesters ain’t buying it. Continue reading

Selling war, deploring peace, how the US and its press agent media operate

The US is a warrior state, permanently at war with invented enemies. Real ones haven’t existed since WW II ended. The power of state-sponsored and supportive media propaganda creates them. Continue reading

Hawkish US media have an Iran problem

Establishment media never met a sovereign independent country they didn’t want transformed into a US client state. Continue reading

The Propaganda Ministry known as ‘the Free Press’

As I have reported on many occasions, the presstitutes constitute not a free press but a Ministry of Propaganda for the government and ruling oligarchic interests. Continue reading

The NYT discontinues political cartoons, a traditional form of free expression

In the US, political cartoons have been part of the national heritage since before the birth of the republic. Continue reading

Information is power, Julian Assange and the public’s right to know

I’ve been writing political commentary for decades. Starting in the late 80s and through around the time of George W. Bush’s Iraq War and for a few years beyond I wrote many articles that were published online. Some appeared in Online Journal (now Intrepid Report), at Consortium News, at TomPaine.com, at BushWatch, at the Smirking Chimp and several other sites. Continue reading

The stories are beginning to exceed even the gullibility of Americans

The past couple of days have seen interesting developments. The US or Israel struck a Japanese ship with small rockets and tried to blame it on Iranian mines. The Japanese ship owner put a halt to the false flag event. He pointed out that the damage was above, not below the water line and that crew members observed objects approaching in the air. Continue reading

Trump regime formally requests Assange’s extradition to the US

A total of 18 charges against Assange, with reportedly more to come, are all about wanting truth-telling journalism the way it should be on vital domestic and geopolitical issues silenced. Continue reading