Mar
30
2015

Leading Papers Incite ‘Supreme International Crime’

Nuremberg defendants

To advocate for war, as the Washington Post and New York Times op-ed pages have done, is to incite a crime–“the supreme international crime,” as the chief prosecutor at Nuremberg noted.

Mar
27
2015

What Have Whistleblowers Done for Elite Journalists Lately?

David Gregory vs. Glenn Greenwald

One of the most important things that corporate media do to shore up power is to define “news” as things that people in power want you to know but haven’t told you yet.

Mar
26
2015

A Few Words on the Least Surprising Op-Ed of 2015

John Bolton op-ed New York Times

By “inattention” and “failing to act,” John Bolton just means we haven’t bombed Iran yet. That’s what paying attention is to him.

Mar
26
2015

Colombian Report on US Military’s Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets

Image from RT story on Colombian report on US military sexual abuse

Explosive claims that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia thus far seem to have received zero coverage in the mainstream US press.

Mar
25
2015

The Case Against Raising Interest Rates Is Simple, Despite WaPo’s Efforts to Confuse It

Unemployed workers (photo: Michael Raphael/FEMA)

The question here is pretty simple, in spite of Robert Samuelson’s efforts to sow confusion. There is very little plausible benefit from raising interest rates and slowing the economy at a point where the economy is far below its potential by almost any measure.

Mar
24
2015

NYT Reported Japanese Internment as ‘Pioneering Chapter in US History’

Japanese Evacuation Featured

A contemporary New York Times article on the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans “emphasized the adventurous nature” of putting innocent people in camps based on their ethnicity.

Mar
24
2015

New York Times: Nuclear Establishment Tool

Alamagordo atomic test (photo: Jack Abbey)

The model of a journalist being co-opted by the nuclear establishment involves New York Times reporter William L. Laurence, who described nuclear power as “making the dream of the Earth as a Promised Land come true.”

Mar
24
2015

Rebranding McCain and Romney as Moderates to Facilitate a Sharp Right Turn

Ted Cruz announcing presidential bid

By accepting Ted Cruz’s characterization of McCain and Romney as moderates who lost because of their moderation, media endorse his argument that the Republican Party’s path to success takes a sharp right turn.

Mar
20
2015

Danny Schechter, ‘News Dissector’ and Creator, Dies at 72

Danny Schechter (cc photo: Mohamed Nanabhay

Danny Schechter, groundbreaking media critic and legendary producer for both corporate and alternative media, died on March 19 at the age of 72.

Mar
18
2015

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.

Mar
17
2015

Clear Channel Tells FCC Covert Commercials Would Be ‘User-Friendly, Satisfying’

money roll (cc photo: Chris Potter)

Broadcasters have filed a petition with the FCC asking that they be excused from the requirement that they tell their listeners when they play a song because a record company paid them to do so.

Mar
16
2015

Mind-Reading NYT Columnist Should Stick to His Day Job

Psychic with crystal ball.

Most of us recognize that politicians don’t always reveal their true thoughts. We know what they say their priorities are, but only a mind-reader would try to tell us what they really think.

Mar
16
2015

USA Today Headline Makes a Leap to Pin the Rap on ‘Protester’

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch (center)

Eight paragraphs into USA Today’s story, we learn that–contrary to the headline, “Ferguson Protester Held in Shooting”–the suspect in an assault on two cops may not have been a protester after all.