Category Archives: Media

‘I was doing my job’: Climate reporter facing 45 years in prison speaks out

Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker arrested for documenting climate protest, says she believes felony charges are 'unjust'

The filmmaker facing a lengthy prison sentence for documenting a nonviolent civil disobedience action last week has spoken out on behalf of journalism, the First Amendment, and the global climate movement. Continue reading

Imperial tool NYT calls RT International ‘a snarky anti-West’ Kremlin mouthpiece

The New York Times long ago lost credibility, deplorably serving as a press agent for wealth, power and privilege—publishing virtual state-sponsored propaganda on major world and national issues, especially when America goes to war. Continue reading

US and UK want RT International silenced

America, Britain and their rogue partners want total control over information dissemination, alternative voices silenced—things headed incrementally in this direction. Continue reading

Is Trump running for TV network market share?

In his second debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, rather than apologizing profusely for his lewd comments on “Access Hollywood,” decided to double down on Clinton by inviting into the audience four women from the newspaper headlines of the 1990s who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. Trump also used the debate to vow to put Mrs. Clinton in jail if he is elected president. Continue reading

One-sided scoundrel media reporting on Aleppo

A brief Google search showed deplorable one-sided scoundrel media reports on Saturday’s Security Council session, focused on Aleppo. Continue reading

Television the enabler

How the medium that created the GOP nominee is undermining his campaign.

There are all sorts of lessons to be drawn from Donald Trump’s “Access Hollywood” video. This is the one I draw because I think it speaks most forcefully to the Trump media barrage: a candidacy launched by television has now most likely come undone thanks to television, particularly one aspect of television—its macho culture. Continue reading

The ‘exception to the rulers’

Below is a letter written by Eva Bartlett, Canadian journalist, who has journeyed to Syria on numerous occasions, including this past July and August. Eva is responding to a Democracy Now (DN) program several days ago in which Amy Goodman focused on Syria. Amy’s star guest was Yasser Munif, an assistant professor at Emerson College in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Neocon Washington Post urges escalated US War on Syria

In March 2011, America launched proxy war on Syria, raping a nonbelligerent country, using ISIS and other terrorist fighters as imperial foot soldiers—Pentagon warplanes supporting them. Continue reading

America’s ‘neo-McCarthyism’ a worrying trend with ‘liberals’

There is a worrying trend among America’s so-called “liberals” sweeping the country. Any computer security breach and voting irregularity is being blamed by a number of liberals who count themselves as supporters of Hillary Clinton, one-time supporters of Bernie Sanders, or neo-conservatives who abandoned the Republican Party for Clinton as being the fault of Vladimir Putin and Russia. Such fear-mongering is reminiscent of the right-wing’s “Red Scare” tactics of the late 1940s and 50s and the supporters of Wisconsin’s junior senator, the Red-baiting Joseph McCarthy. Continue reading

Revolt at Washington Post over paper’s call for arrest and imprisonment of its source

Washington journalist sources report that there is something of a revolt taking place at The Washington Post among many of its reporters over the paper’s recent editorial that not only rejected calls for a presidential pardon for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden but called for his return to the United States from Russia and face arrest, prosecution, and a likely long prison term. The editorial appeared in the September 17 edition of the paper. Continue reading

Readers want news not fluff

The New York Post, a Rupert Murdoch tabloid publication that isn’t likely to win a Pulitzer Prize anytime soon, splashed a full page picture of a smiling Jennifer Anniston on its Sept. 21 front cover. In the upper left-hand space it placed all-capitals text: “BRANGELINA 2004–2016.” Inside the Post were four full consecutive pages, and a half page and part of a column deeper in the newspaper, all devoted to one of the most critical social issues facing the country—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting a divorce. Continue reading

NYT bashes real democracy in Russia, ignores its fantasy version in America

The New York Times’ editorial policy appears driven to reach new abysmal reporting and opinion lows, a deplorable laughing stock, especially on geopolitical issues, notably when America goes to war. Continue reading

NYT despicably blames Russia for Monday’s Syria humanitarian convoy attack carried out by US-supported terrorists

It’s a good time to repeat what I’ve said before. All the news The New York Times claims fit to print isn’t fit to read. Continue reading

Western media credibility in free fall collapse

The latest from the Gallup Poll is that only 32% of Americans trust the print and TV media to tell the truth. Continue reading

The 24/7 sneeze factor

Hillary Clinton is recovering from a mild case of pneumonia. However, shortly after she collapsed at Ground Zero while part of the 15th annual memorial of 9/11, her campaign staff said she was just exhausted and suffered heat exhaustion. It took a couple of days for her to reveal the extent of her medical issue. Continue reading

Scandalous US Russia bashing heading for war

Few Americans know a neocon criminal cabal in Washington, supported by media scoundrels, is heading things toward possibly waging nuclear war on Russia—unthinkable madness if launched, threatening life on earth. Continue reading

Fact-checking in the Age of Trump

The business of ferreting out candidates' whoppers is booming, and no wonder.

Glenn Kessler was going to take the night off from The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” blog and just watch Donald Trump’s long-awaited immigration speech in Phoenix on Aug. 31. Continue reading

Distrust of 2016′s hackable election is a media landslide with just one solution: Hand-counted paper ballots

Finally, the major for-profit media is approaching consensus that it’s easy to hack U.S. political elections. Even candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are raising unprecedented doubts—from very different directions—about the reliability of the upcoming vote count. Continue reading

Three big lies that pervade America’s ‘news’ media

The Big Lies that pervade the U.S. ‘news’ media are the ones that are essential to sustain in order for the deceived American public to accept the fraudulent basis upon which the U.S. regime of Barack Obama has ‘justified’ his economic sanctions against Russia, and his pouring of U.S. troops and weapons onto and near Russia’s borders. Continue reading

Soros ran US foreign policy on post-coup Ukraine

A tranche of some 2,500 Internal documents, mostly Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point files, as well as pdf files, from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation (OSF) network of non-governmental organizations, which were obtained from the group “DC Leaks,” shows that Soros and his advisers lorded over US policy toward Ukraine after the 2014 coup supported by Soros and the Obama administration ousted the democratically-elected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his government. The leaked Soros documents describe how the OSF and Soros’s International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), based at 46 Artema Street in Kiev, worked with the US State Department after the 2014 so-called “Euromaidan” themed revolution to ensure that a federalized Ukraine was not in the picture. Continue reading

Is Trump-bashing good for the media?

It seems that a candidate whose words and deeds are so far beyond the pale have finally awoken the press to the truth-squadding that is its job.

Just about everyone now concedes that the media have it in for Donald Trump. A survey of eight major news organs during the primaries, conducted by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy—one I cited in a previous post—showed that the press grew increasingly hostile to Trump, peaking at 61 percent negative to 39 percent positive at the end of the primary season. Even the conservative, Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal editorialized that he should consider quitting the race, and the normally cautious NBC Nightly News has turned reporter Katy Tur into a one-woman truth squad, correcting Trump whoppers. Continue reading

Brainwashing Now!

What was once known as “Democracy Now!”, Amy Goodman’s “progressive” news outlet has adopted a different role. The program’s focus appears to be trumpeting the establishment’s propaganda. Continue reading

Neocon Washington Post editors’ anti-Putin rant

Irresponsible US media scoundrels bash Putin relentlessly hounding him no matter how noble his efforts. Continue reading

The New York Times’ plummet from grace

It’s not the “newspaper of record.” It’s the voice of wealth, power and privilege—supporting tyranny over democracy, war over peace, state terror over fundamental freedoms, propaganda over hard truths. Continue reading

Fast-growing corporate evils that should be media issues . . . and campaign issues

Corporations are viewed as untouchable by big business media giants like the Wall Street Journal, which blurts out inanities like “Income inequality is simply not a significant problem.” and “Middle-class Americans have more buying power than ever before.” Continue reading

Who says The New York Times is biased?

Public editor Liz Spayd's inaugural column misses the mark by not explaining how the media really works—and offers little proof that the paper's critics can support their perceptions with evidence.

Liz Spayd’s launch column as The New York Times’ newest public editor is depressingly muddled. Her going-in premise is that the Times is alienating conservative “and even many moderate” readers, and her second is that this alienation is bad news for the Times as a business. Continue reading

American samizdat—publication forbidden in the US (II)

Regarding the suppressed history in this present matter, here is the core of it from Schanberg’s 8,130-word article: Continue reading

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