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Sep 17 2015

Corporate Press Fails to Trump Bigotry

Donald Trump (photo: Robert Gauthier / LAT)

The outlandish rhetoric of Republican presidential wildcard Donald Trump has left many journalists at a loss for words—words such as bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism and demagoguery.

Jun 01 2015

Soundbites June 2015

Ed Rogers, lobbyist with a Washington Post column.

Who Pays the Pundits? “Given the state of the world and the urgent problems facing us that directly affect our prospects for peace and prosperity, global warming shouldn’t even be in the top five on the list of problems our president should be worrying about,” said Republican operative Ed Rogers in his regular Washington Post column (4/20/15). What’s more important than catastrophic climate change? Oh, the Ukraine crisis. The US “retreating from global leadership.” An “anemic” domestic economy. And a couple of other things that weren’t important enough to mention, but are still more important than global warming. The Post‘s […]

Apr 16 2015

They Have ‘Propaganda,’ US Has ‘Public Diplomacy’–and a Servile Private Sector

The Red Menace movie poster

When you have arguably the US’s most prestigious for-profit media outlet describing government propaganda as “efforts to counter propaganda,” it’s pretty clear that the nation’s demand for propaganda is going to be met–whether by the public or the private sector.

Dec 01 2013

Nursing a Grudge Over Giap

Vietnamese general’s obit recalls imperial grievances

General Vo Nguyen Giap

Vietnamese general’s obit recalls imperial grievances During the 1968 presidential campaign, Richard Nixon persuaded South Vietnam through back channels to withdraw from peace negotiations just as a breakthrough was imminent. Under a Nixon presidency, “they would get a much better deal,” he secretly promised through a campaign adviser (BBC, 3/22/13). With the peace process stymied, Nixon narrowly defeated Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He then expanded the conflict throughout the region via secret, illegal carpet bombings over Laos and Cambodia, overseen by National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Nixon presided over four more years of war and the deaths of over 20,000 […]

Aug 01 2013

The Snowden Psychiatric Smear

Discrediting whistleblowers with the ‘narcissist’ label


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.

Jul 01 2013

Sharpton’s Partisan Politics

Civil rights activist, MSNBC host and Obama cheerleader

How does it serve the black community when one of its most prominent spokespersons has "decided not to criticize the president about anything"?

While supporting the president and almost exclusively attacking the GOP and the Tea Party, Al Sharpton shields the president from accountability not only as a TV host, but as a representative of black America.

Dec 01 2012

Media Laugh Off Criticism of Drug War

Journalists make pot jokes while victims suffer

Partnership for a Drug-Free America's famous 1987 anti-drug ad

Journalists make pot jokes while victims sufferTo those of a certain age, the image of eggs sizzling in a frying pan instantly evokes the Partnership For a Drug-Free America’s 1987 “this is your brain on drugs” ad. But any group that wanted to draw attention to drug use in the 1980s and ’90s didn’t really need to buy ad space; media coverage was already saturated with sensationalized reporting on crack cocaine and other drugs (Extra!, 9/92). This plentiful drug coverage served to support U.S. government policy, encouraging public embrace of a heavy-handed crack-down that began under President Richard Nixon and […]

Sep 01 2012

Radicals, Terrorists and Traffickers–Oh My

Creating a potpourri of enemies south of the border

Rafael Correa--Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons/Presidencia de la Republica del Ecuador

Creating a potpourri of enemies south of the borderIn May, a New York Times story (5/6/12) discussed plans to militarize the U.S. presence in Latin America. For some, this might sound redundant, given U.S. history in the region. Others might be struck by the notion that a nation embroiled in two major wars–and threatening to start another–could find the resources to escalate efforts south of its border. The article, which focused on U.S. efforts to strengthen its anti-drug campaign in Honduras, provided a glimpse of the evolution of the U.S. military’s role in the world as the wars in Afghanistan […]