Search Results for: James North

May
01
2013

North Korea Rattles Sabers While U.S. Drops Fake Nukes

For reporters, 'threats' seem to come from one side

Stealth bombers pretended to drop nuclear bombs along North Korea's borders.

Seemingly out of nowhere, North Korea became the top news story at the beginning of April. Tensions between the United States and North Korea were on the rise after new supreme leader Kim Jong Un conducted several missile and weapons tests, beginning at the end of 2012. The threats, bluster and provocations that followed led to some rather alarming—and alarmist—coverage in the U.S., particularly on television. For most reporters, the threats were going in one direction. As ABC World News reporter Martha Raddatz put it (3/31/13): “The threats have been coming almost every day, and each day become more menacing, […]

Mar
01
1996

James Reston:

The Insider's Journalist in the Service of Empire

The death of long-time New York Times reporter, editor and columnist James Reston on Dec. 6, 1995 was followed by an outpouring of accolades to the "influential," "respected," "giant" and "non-pareil" journalist. Even in the accolades, however, there was repeated mention of his exceptional connections to the powerful. R.W. Apple, in the New York Times (12/8/95), noted that "Mr. Reston was forgiving of the frailties of soldiers, statesmen and party hacks--too forgiving, some of his critics said, because he was too close to them." Burt Barnes, writing in the Washington Post (12/8/95), stated that "Mr. Reston's work was required reading […]

Sep
01
1993

Importing British Censorship from Northern Ireland

An executive order bans from the BBC's airwaves direct statements by members and apparent sympathizers of groups the British government considers "terrorists." The broadcast ban was applied to three legal organizations, including one whose president was elected member of the British Parliament. When soliciting pledges, U.S. public TV and radio hosts often boast about the British news programming that they bring to U.S. airwaves. What they don't say is that such programming sometimes comes with British censorship. The British Broadcasting Corporation is a fully funded government agency, with a board of directors appointed by the Queen (under government recommenda­tion). No […]

Jul
01
2014

SoundBites July/August 2014

Ann Coulter, climate change

Worst Climate Coverage Ever? What’s worse than having climate scientists debate denialists as if they both were legitimate points of view? Leaving out the scientists and letting global warming denial speak unrebutted. That’s what CNN (OutFront, 5/21/14) did when it brought on a right-wing provocateur as the lone guest to respond to a gameshow host’s Twitter-based attack (5/19/14) on climate science: “And ahead, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak says global warming alarmists are unpatriotic. Tonight, Ann Coulter tells us why she agrees.” Keystone XL’s ‘Symbolic’ Climate Destruction The Washington Post’s Paul Kane (5/4/14) reported that the Keystone XL “pipeline’s […]

Jan
01
2014

CNN’s Pro-Nuclear Bias

Cheerleading documentary followed by more stacked commentary

Pandora

CNN aired the pro-nuclear power documentary Pandora’s Promise, a film that brooked virtually no dissent from the views of its seven principal “stars”—one-time anti-nuclear environmentalists who now say the planet can only be saved from the ravages of fossil fuels by a rapid, large-scale investment in new, supposedly fail-safe “fast reactors.”

Nov
21
2013

CNN Doubles Down on Pro-Nuclear Bias

Answers petitions, critics, with more slanted commentary

NRDC's Dale Bryk provides the only voice of skepticism on CNN's nuclear roundtable following the network's airing of pro-nuke documentary Pandora's Promise.

FAIR and RootsAction presented CNN with a petition signed by over 27,000 activists, demanding the news network present a more balanced discussion of the nuclear power issue. CNN responded by compounding the bias with a post-show roundtable, Nuclear Power: The Fallout From Fear, that featured a panel just as slanted as its title.

Aug
27
2013

The Accelerating Assault on Journalism

Some media figures applaud the criminalization of investigative reporting

Fox News' James Rosen

U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes, 8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies. Manning's sentence is only the latest example of the criminalization of investigative journalism that has greatly intensified in the Obama era (Extra!, 9/11). While whistleblowers have been the chief targets of the harsh crackdown on media challenges to official […]

Jul
01
2013

Media Millionaires

Journalism by and for the 0.01 Percent

extra-millionaires

many high-profile members of the media elite live a rather charmed life. The journalism business looks to be in a disastrous state—but the view from the top is just fine.