Extra! January 2014

    Nuclear Stalemate

    When the US started using the Marshall Islands as a nuclear weapons testing site in 1946, did the US government intentionally expose Marshall Islanders to extremely toxic levels of radiation? It remains to be seen if PBS will be sharing the answer to that question with anyone anytime soon.

    Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?

    While there have been substantive inquiries into the wrongdoing of investment banks and auditors, those calling for jail time are often dismissed as irrational, driven by “blood lust,” “anger” or “vengeance.”

    SoundBites January 2014

    Music as a Weapon? No Joke “Britney Spears is being used as a secret weapon to fight Somali pirates,” FoxNews.com (10/30/13) reported October 30. “The singer’s hits are being blasted out by tanker crews to deter kidnap attacks.” The piece quoted a British naval officer who says, “These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.” NBC (NBCNews.com, 10/29/13) also picked up the story, telling viewers, Spears “can’t count Somali pirates among her many fans. In fact, her tunes are being used to turn the tide on high-seas crimes.” Nor could Time (Time.com, 10/28/13) pass on such …

    CNN’s Pro-Nuclear Bias

    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.”

    Trying to Slay Goliath

    Max Blumenthal’s first book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, was praised in the US corporate media. His deep dive into the Christian right was lauded in the New York Times (1/7/07) and CNN (9/10/09), and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air (9/10/09). The award-winning journalist’s second tome, though, has been met with a much chillier reception. Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, published by Nation Books, is a tour de force through Israeli society. (Disclosure: Blumenthal and I have written for the same website, Mondoweiss, and he is a friend.) It documents the hard-right turn …

    Rob Ford’s Crack Faux Pas

    It’s important to note what pushed this episode into the spotlight in a culture desensitized to political scandals: A white Canadian mayor smoked crack. And our collective jaws were expected to hit the floor when we saw the “evidence”: video of Ford smoking with a group of black men in a Toronto housing project.

    Media Whitewash US Role in Congo

    Corporate media overlooked the long-term role the US and other Western nations have played in protecting and funding the sponsors of a bloody insurgency in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Nelson Mandela, 1918–2013

    Watching the corporate media tributes to former South African leader Nelson Mandela, you had to assume that certain aspects of Mandela’s life would be forgotten or downplayed.

Race Lens
Rob Ford’s Crack Faux Pas
Media fascination with white Toronto mayor’s drug of choice
by Josmar Trujillo

CNN’s Pro-Nuclear Bias
Cheerleading documentary followed by more stacked commentary
by Steve Rendall and Peter Hart

Trying to Slay Goliath
Media campaign against book critical of Israel
by Alex Kane

Media Whitewash US Role in Congo
Getting credit for promoting peace without blame for fueling war
by Steve Rendall

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Remembering—or not—a revolutionary
by Peter Hart and Jim Naureckas