Mar
22
2010

Noam Chomsky on Healthcare and the Media

Via an interview with Raw Story (3/22/10): The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor added that it’s a damning referendum on American democracy that one of the most highly supported components of the effort nationally, the public insurance option, was jettisoned. He partly blamed the media for refusing to stress how favorably it’s viewed by the populace. “It didn’t have ‘political support,’ just the support of the majority of the population,” Chomsky quipped, “which apparently is not political support in our dysfunctional democracy.” The provision has consistently polled well, garnering the support of 60 percent of Americans across the nation in […]

Feb
18
2009

Noam Chomsky Excavates the George Will Memory Hole

In a blog post about how it must have been “So Much Nicer To Be George Will Before The Internet” (2/17/09), A Tiny Revolution‘s Jonathan Schwarz looks back over how “on Sunday George Will made things up so he can claim global warming isn’t happening” to “a funny story of Noam Chomsky’s from the book Understanding Power about a column Will wrote in 1982″: [A] few years ago George Will wrote a column in Newsweek called “Mideast Truth and Falsehood,” about how peace activists are lying about the Middle East, everything they say is a lie. And in the article, […]

Dec
01
2008

Globe Pursues Media’s Corporate Democratic Dreams

Noam Chomsky points out that a Boston Globe analysis (11/9/08) of the Obama victory claims that the president-elect owes nothing to “traditional Democratic constituencies” like labor, women, ethnic minorities and the peace movement, because a “grassroots army of millions”–seemingly unconnected to such constituencies–“propelled” Obama’s win. It’s worth noting, however, that this idea of a Democratic Party set free from the voting blocs that support it is a longstanding dream of corporate media and the political establishment–represented in the Globe piece by corporate Democrat Steve McMahon and conservative think-tanker Norman Ornstein. Ornstein, in fact, offers the same argument in the paper […]