Category Archives: Media

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

Irresponsible Putin bashing following his UN address

It’s always open season on irresponsibly bashing Vladimir Putin—instead of embracing his sensible solutions to major world problems. Continue reading

Media ruins Corbyn’s chances

Jeremy Corbyn, the darling of the British left, a self-ascribed dyed-in-the-wool socialist and former chair of the Stop the War Coalition recently elected to lead the Labor Party, must have believed he was destined to be a backbencher for all time. And, in truth, the sudden rise of this rebellious activist turned politician has caught the party elites on the hop especially as the odds against him were 100-1 when he initially threw his cap in the ring. Continue reading

Huffington Post Arabic and the absurdity of ‘liberal’ expectations

What does it mean to be a ‘liberal Arab’? Even in the West, definitions of ‘liberal’ vary. Continue reading

Where is Neo when we need him?

In The Matrix in which Americans live, nothing is ever their fault. For example, the current decline in the US stock market is not because years of excessive liquidity supplied by the Federal Reserve have created a bubble so overblown that a mere six stocks, some of which have no earnings commiserate with their price, accounted for more than all of the gain in market capitalization in the S&P 500 prior to the current disruption. Continue reading

Everything Western media report about Russia is a big fat lie

Vital truths are systematically suppressed. Willful disinformation, distortions and bald-faced lies substitute—why Western media are called presstitutes, making street whores look good by comparison. More on this below. Continue reading

Gullible Americans forever

Listening to NPR news Monday, I was reminded how thoroughly this once independent voice has sold out. Continue reading

Charges against journalists raise troubling questions about press freedom in Ferguson

This week’s charges against Washington Post and Huffington Post journalists arrested last year while covering protests in Ferguson are the latest sign that even high-profile reporters are not immune from the ongoing police crackdown on press freedoms and civil rights in this St. Louis suburb. Continue reading

Fox News ratings based upon newspeak

Political conservatives with a high degree of business savvy are able to see through the facade which Fox News has become. The recent orchestration of the Republican presidential debate was a huge ratings success hitting a record 24 million viewers. The early debate gained 6.1 million eyeballs. The contrast between the two venues could not be greater. The high level of discourse among the seven second tier candidates far surpassed the P.T. Barnum spectacular, which was scripted as an episode of desperately seeking jumbo. The GOP establishment elephant was center stage, but the RINO’s suffer from myopia as they disrespect grassroots conservatives. Continue reading

Baseless Russia downed MH17 allegations resurface

Previous articles explained no credible evidence suggests Russia or Donbass freedom fighters had anything to do with downing MH17. Continue reading

Mixed response over Suez Canal project

I’m forced to reach the conclusion that certain sectors of the English-language Western media would come up with negative comments about Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, even if he singlehandedly constructed a replica of the Giza Pyramids, block by block, on the moon. By contrast, the French, Italian and Spanish papers overall ran congratulatory headlines. Continue reading

NYT features fanatical Zionist’s Op-Ed

Naftali Bennett is a Netanyahu coalition partner. He heads the fascist Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party. He’s ideologically over-the-top. Continue reading

Cops gun down unarmed journalist’s career

LA Times fires Ted Rall—evidence blows up in newspaper’s face

Ted Rall is a lying, fantasist scumbag. Continue reading

Incongruities in the news

Jonathan Pollard, a paid spy for Israel described by Michael D. Shear as “one of the country’s most notorious spies,” has been pardoned from his life sentence. It strikes me as hypocritical for the US government to sentence anyone to prison for spying when the government itself spies on everyone everywhere. All Americans including members of the House and Senate, congressional staff, military officers, foreign governments, including the leaders of Washington’s closest allies, and foreign businesses are spied upon. No one is exempt from Washington’s spying. Continue reading

Israeli diplomat: Maintaining German guilt about the Holocaust helps Israel

Haaretz reported recently that a spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in Berlin told Israeli journalists it was ‘in the country’s interest to maintain German guilt about the Holocaust, and that it isn’t seeking full normalization of relations between the governments.’ Continue reading

The New York Times on Greece: Business as usual

Misinterpreting a Greek tragedy

It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine The New York Times journalists as a stuffy band of blue bloods sitting around a men’s clubhouse some place, puffing cigars, sipping scotch, and fiddling with their monocles as they composed the day’s news—only the news fit to print. At least one participant snoozes softly in an armchair. Such is the level of excitement one gets reading the Times. By design, all traces of righteous anger, the furies of injustice, and the ire of the powerless have been erased from the (paper of) record. No emotional response is permitted, regardless of the crime. Continue reading

Russian history exposes media lies

Russia has always fascinated me—the stern heroes who defended Muscovy against the Golden Horde, the ornate and mysterious orthodox faith, the vast spaces, the remarkable learning and philosophy, the Bolshevik Revolution against imperialism . . . It’s clear the West has always been jealous of a race of genius, highly deserving respect. Continue reading