Feb
01
2014

Muzzling Critics—or Building Media Democracy?

Ecuador media law riles US journalists

Jullian Assange interviews President Rafael Correa on World Tomorrow, May 22, 2012.

Ecuador’s media law represents something more complex than an attempt to bully critics. The Organic Communications Law attempts to treat the news media like a public good or service, with regulations intended to benefit citizens. It calls on each outlet to develop a code of ethics, calls for swift correction of errors, and requires national outlets to have ombudsmen to deal with public complaints.

Feb
01
2014

Fallujah Slaughter Rewritten as Sacrifice

Power vacuum—or memory hole?

For Diane Sawyer, Iraq is a place "where so many brave American troops fought to create a future."

For many in media, Fallujah was remembered primarily as a place where US soldiers made great sacrifices. Mostly—if not entirely—forgotten was what was done to the people who lived in Fallujah.

Feb
01
2014

Abortion Restrictions Soar, Media Coverage Sags

National papers underreport shifting landscape

Guttmacher Institute

Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services. National media, however, are not keeping up with this dramatically changing landscape, leaving the changes largely outside of public debate.

Feb
01
2014

Calling Rape by Its Right Name

In L.A. Times, suspects with a badge get a pass

LA Times image of the LAPD.

The L.A. Times inexplicably employed every other word and phrase imaginable other than "rape" to describe what two LAPD officers were accused of.

Jan
01
2014

Nuclear Stalemate

When will PBS air exposé on deadly Pacific bomb tests?

NuclearSavage

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.

Jan
01
2014

Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?

Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press

JanCovslider

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."

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.”

Jan
01
2014

Trying to Slay Goliath

Media campaign against book critical of Israel

Blumenthal-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 […]