Category Archives: Media

White House bid to tame the media is self-defeating

It may be the bane of presidents’ lives, but free media is fourth pillar of democracy

There is nothing dispassionate about the United States president. He loves those who lavish praise upon him and slaps back at critics and rivals, past and present. The indisputable fact that no politician can please all of the people all of the time completely escapes him. Every critique is seen as a personal attack on his performance, warranting a tongue-lashing or twitter storm in response. Continue reading

Bolsonaro: A monster engineered by our media

With Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil’s presidential election at the weekend, the doom-mongers among western elites are out in force once again. His success, like Donald Trump’s, has confirmed a long-held prejudice: that the people cannot be trusted; that, when empowered, they behave like a mob driven by primitive urges; that the unwashed masses now threaten to bring down the carefully constructed walls of civilisation. Continue reading

Spooks and the masked media

There are innocent and guilty actors populating the American stage. Continue reading

Escalating online censorship

In cahoots with dark US forces, anti-social media escalated their war on alternative views—ones conflicting with the official narrative by pulling down hundreds of pages. Continue reading

California mandates Net Neutrality, Trump regime sues

Trump’s FCC abolished Net Neutrality, essential digital democracy—letting users access online content without restrictions, limitations, or discrimination, a level playing field for everyone. Continue reading

How the American media were destroyed

In my September 24 column, “Truth Is Evaporating Before Our Eyes,” I used the destruction of the CBS news team that broke the Abu Ghraib story and the story of President George W. Bush’s non-performance of his Texas Air Force National Guard duties to demonstrate how accusations alone could destroy a Peabody Award winning, 26-year veteran producer of CBS News, Mary Mapes, and the established news anchor Dan Rather. Continue reading

Bret Stephens’ neocon vision

The neoconservative vision of the world is a place where the United States can do what it wants because it is both better morally speaking and also more capable of enforcing desirable standards of behavior. Such a viewpoint just might perhaps be understandable if Washington were actually willing to operate in a disinterested leadership capacity to promote standards that are generally accepted by the international community, somewhat similar to what the United Nations is supposed to do, but it becomes repugnant when there is no sense that the US is actually willing to judge itself by the values that it claims to be upholding. This is why global opinion believes that Washington, not Russia or China, is the greatest threat to world peace and also why the United States ranks near the bottom in opinion polls assessing which countries are viewed favorably. Continue reading

How the U.S. does propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama administration’s adviser on the Middle East, Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”. Continue reading

Why you should care that Facebook is at war with LUV News

Every person who believes in a free press should pay attention to Facebook’s war with one of their own groups called “LUV News.” Continue reading

Today is our 20th anniversary of publishing online

It’s hard to believe that I have been publishing online for 20 years, from September 5, 1998, as Online Journal and, in early February 2011, rebranded as Intrepid Report. Continue reading

There is no limit to presstitute hypocrisy

Caitlin Johnstone warned us that the liberals were going to make a hero out of warmonger John McCain. Continue reading

Haaretz warns American Jews of Trump’s downfall

Haaretz delivered a warning today to American Jewry: “If Trump falls, the testimonies of Cohen, Pecker and Weisselberg could spark an anti-Semitic Backlash.” Continue reading

Julian Assange and the fate of journalism

Julian Assange is the Australian founder of WikiLeaks—a website dedicated to the public’s right to know what governments and other powerful organizations are doing. WikiLeaks pursues this goal by posting revelatory documents, often acquired unofficially, that bring to light the criminal behavior that results in wars and other man-made disasters. Because WikiLeaks’ very existence encourages “leaks,” government officials fear the website, and particularly dislike Julian Assange. Continue reading

Censorship in America: The new normal

Dark forces in America threaten speech, media, and academic freedoms. Continue reading

How Trump might win reelection with the continued help of the Democrats

It’s difficult to see how President Trump could be reelected if he stays on his current path, pushing capitalism to excess (leaving no billionaire behind). After all, it was his lurch to the left which got him the presidency, as many of the Rust Belt working class believed the Democrats had abandoned them. Continue reading

The CIA owns the US and European media

William Blum shares with us his correspondence with Washington Post presstitute Michael Birnbaum. As you can tell from Birnbaum’s replies, he comes across as either very stupid or as a CIA asset. Continue reading

The fantasist tabloids of Britain

Ellie Holman, a Swedish resident of the UK, who was detained at Dubai airport with her four-year-old daughter for three days, claimed she was offered unpalatable food and forced to clean toilets simply for consuming a glass of wine with her meal on the flight. Continue reading

Trump snubbed McCain; the media snubbed the rest of us

The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.

On an otherwise sleepy August day, President Trump signed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Named for the dying Arizona senator who’s championed military budgets for his entire career, the bill increases U.S. military spending to an astonishing $717 billion. Continue reading

Facebook restores Telesur page—for how long?

In cahoots with dark forces in Washington, Facebook is an anti-social media censoring machine. Continue reading

Facebook an anti-social media censoring machine

On Tuesday, Caracas, Venezuela-based Latin American broadcaster Telesur reported the following: “Telesur’s English’s page has been removed from Facebook for the second time this year without any specific reason being provided.” Continue reading

In private meeting, Facebook exec warns news outlets to cooperate or end up dying in ‘hospice’

‘Anyone who does care about news needs to understand Facebook as a fundamental threat.’

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth’s efforts to “revitalize journalism” will leave media outlets dying “like in a hospice.” Continue reading

Social media hostility to speech and press freedoms

In cahoots with US dark forces, Facebook wants truth-telling on vital world and national issues censored, content diverging from the official narrative suppressed. Continue reading

‘Big win for the public’: The awful Tribune-Sinclair merger is dead

In a huge win for everyone concerned about the devastating effects corporate consolidation has on local media outlets and independent journalism, Tribune Media announced on Thursday that it is terminating its proposed $3.9 billion merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group and suing the right-wing media giant for “breach of contract.” Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Social media’s danger to the black left

Of course Black Agenda Report utilizes social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to communicate with readers. Any individual or organization who needs to connect with large groups of people does so as well. But our adversaries know that, too, and have embarked on unprecedented efforts to diminish black and left voices or silence them altogether. The change was announced quite publicly in November 2016 when the Jeff Bezos owned Washington Post presented the infamous Propornot list. This anonymous group claimed that some 200 sites, including Black Agenda Report, were susceptible to Russian propaganda, hence the propaganda or not label. Continue reading

Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter subvert the US Constitution, free speech, and American liberty

The coordinated attack on widely watched Info Wars host Alex Jones by Apple, Facebook, Google/YouTube, and Spotify is all the proof that we need that the total failure to enforce America’s anti-trust laws has produced unaccountably powerful firms that are able to exercise far more censorship, not only in America but also abroad among Washington’s vassal states, than the Nazi Gestapo or Stalin’s NKVD were ever able to achieve. Continue reading

‘Terrifying’: Poll shows 43% of Republicans think Trump should have power to shutter news outlets for ‘bad behavior’

In an apparent win for the president's hostile rhetoric, nearly half of Republicans also agree with his claim that 'the news media is the enemy of the American people.'

In the age of “media-bashing enthusiast” President Donald Trump—who regularly declares critical journalists and outlets “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people”—at least 43 percent of Republican respondents to a new survey said they believe “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” Continue reading

Neocons hate Russia even more than they hate any other nation

Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democrat U.S. Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983), who became known as a ‘defense’ hawk, and as “the Senator from Boeing,” because Boeing practically owned him. The UK’s Henry Jackson Society was founded in 2005 in order to carry forward Senator Jackson’s unwavering and passionate endorsement of growing the American empire so that the U.S.-UK alliance will control the entire world (and U.S. weapons-makers will dominate in every market). Continue reading

Assange’s fate is all but sealed

WikiLeaks founder risks arrest as the UK, Australia and Ecuador are keen to please the US to further their own interests

Credible reports suggest that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is about to be thrown to the wolves. Ecuador, the country that has fought hard on his behalf for so long, is set to show him the door. As soon as he steps out he will be arrested by British police when extradition to the US will loom large. Dozens of protests were held around the world in June calling for his release and large demonstrations are planned in the event of his imminent eviction, though, sad to say, people power will not prevail against the big guns pointing in his direction. Continue reading

An independent journalist in Eritrea

Officially I don’t exist. I am an independent journalist in the small east African country of Eritrea who. after 12 years here and over 150 internationally published articles, I find that officially I don’t exist. Continue reading

Falsely blaming Hamas for Israeli high crimes

Blaming victims is longstanding US, Israel, and scoundrel media policy. Continue reading

It’s all fake: Reality TV that masquerades as American politics

Americans have a voracious appetite for TV entertainment, and the Trump reality show—guest starring outraged Democrats, power-hungry Republicans, and a hodgepodge of other special interest groups with dubious motives—feeds that appetite for titillating, soap opera drama. Continue reading

Crazed US presstitutes drive the world to nuclear war

Humanity has on numerous occasions narrowly missed nuclear Armageddon. Each time it was averted by military officers, both American and Soviet, who understood that the relations between the US and the Soviet Union were not that strained. Today this situation has been radically altered by the corrupt American media, Democratic Party, and military/security complex, who, acting in behalf of Hillary’s political interest and the greed of the armaments industry, have demonized Russia and her president to the extent that malfunctioning warning systems or a temper tantrum of a crazed politician are likely to result in a fatal launch. Continue reading