Search Results for: Daniel Ward

Oct
20
2014

Official Sources May Be the Only Sources

Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing

James Risen, New York Times

James Risen’s supporters fear that the US Department of Justice within the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” is preparing to deliver a body blow to the First Amendment’s promise of press freedom.

Mar
01
2014

Imaginary Organisms

Media tout benefits of GMOs that never were

As it turned, out, this rice couldn’t save any kids—its Vitamin A content wasn’t high enough.

Media often tout ‘breakthroughs’ in genetic modification that don’t turn out to be breakthroughs at all.

Feb
01
2014

14th Annual Fear and Favor Review

Owners and advertisers vs. journalism

Defense One, a magazine for the “national security community.”

Private corporations care very much about the content of the news they sponsor or, as outlet owners, produce—that it not be too downbeat, or provide a platform for anyone asking hard questions about corporate America.

Nov
19
2013

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Don Lemon’s message to black America

CNN's Don Lemon endorses Bill O'Reilly's critique of black "street culture."

This is far from the first time corporate media legitimized the indictment of black culture for issues like black unemployment and community violence.

Nov
01
2013

When the World’s Richest Billionaire Owns Your Paper

The New York Times covers Carlos Slim—carefully

Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim costs his country an estimated $32 billion a year

Carlos Slim is the world’s richest person. His father, Julién Slim Haddad, immigrated to Mexico from Lebanon as a teenager, and by the time Carlos was born, the family was well-off, having acquired a number of businesses and real estate in Mexico City. Slim took his father’s financial lessons to heart, starting a stock brokerage that slowly grew to a corporate empire. Today he owns, among other things, América Móvil, Latin America’s largest wireless services provider. In 2007, the estimated value of the companies he ran was a whopping $150 billion. In that year, Mexico’s GDP was just over $1 […]

Oct
01
2013

Apocalypse in Boston

An underexamined belief system that links aggressive fanatics of all stripes

Video of the bombings in Boston on April 15, 2013, revealed a scene of apocalyptic carnage. Soon after the bombing suspects were identified, the Internet seethed with posts about the Tsarnaev brothers, identified by authorities as the perpetrators. One revelation was that the YouTube playlist of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brother who was killed before being captured, featured a long video concerning the “Black Flags from Khorasan,” a marginal and disputed Islamic end-time prophecy. Mother Jones’ Adam Serwer (4/19/13) reported on the significance of the video shortly after the Tsarnaev brothers were identified as suspects. Tamerlan Tsarnaev also collected publications from […]

Sep
01
2013

Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom

A deeply flawed yet riveting lament for the news

It isn’t news to those of us interested in knowing about the world that American journalism is in crisis. With The Newsroom and its dramatic condemnation of the state of news, HBO is jumping into the center of an industry storm, and what it portrays as a national disgrace. Though Newsroom could have focused on newspapers—arguably the medium hardest hit by industry trends—or the Internet or alternative media, the program spotlights television and often fingers the medium itself, with its entertainment obsessions, as a main culprit. Ironically, the show’s creator is long-time film and TV entertainment pro Aaron Sorkin. Amid […]

Aug
01
2013

The Snowden Psychiatric Smear

Discrediting whistleblowers with the ‘narcissist’ label

Masters

Attacking Edward Snowden’s character with an amateur understanding of mental health medicine not only distracts from the the secret mass surveillance of U.S. citizens, it also further marginalizes an already highly stigmatized portion of our society.