May 26 2015

Stop Feeding the Troll: The Case for an ISIS Propaganda Blackout

ABC covers James Foley death

As much ink as has been spilled by corporate media pearl-clutching the “threat of the ISIS propaganda machine,” what’s never mentioned is that by sheer reach, the vast majority of ISIS propaganda is disseminated by corporate media themselves.

May 25 2015

Right-Wing Pundits’ Anti-Memorial Day

Arlington Cemetery

To hear some conservative pundits tell it, there’s something wrong about being asked to reflect on war–and questioning whether we could have avoided it a metaphysical impossibility.

May 22 2015

Ira Glass Clarifies That Public Radio Is Ready for the GOOD Kind of Capitalism

Ira Glass at Hearing Is Believing (photo: Mattew Septimus/NPR)

“My hope is that we can move away from a model of asking listeners for money and join the free market,” host of public radio’s This American Life Ira Glass declared last month: “Public radio is ready for capitalism.”

May 22 2015

Jeff Bezos’ Paper Assures Us System Isn’t Rigged for Amazon

Jeff Bezos

A Washington Post op-ed says that Borders bookstores didn’t close “because the economic system was rigged against ordinary Americans. They closed because technology brought us Amazon and the Kindle.”

May 22 2015

Alice Slater on Nuclear Abolition, Tim Karr on Internet.org

Mark Zuckerberg

When the topic is eliminating nuclear weapons, media could hardly care less. Plus: Internet.org, the Facebook mogul’s new application intended to provide limited free internet access in the developing world, is meeting strong resistance.

May 19 2015

White House Reveals ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria, but Media Too Giddy Over Special Ops Porn to Notice

CNN depiction of Syria raid

The White House just admitted it has American ground troops engaged in combat missions in Syria—and no one seemed to notice, much less care.

May 19 2015

A Plot to Level a Village Isn’t News–When Targets Are Muslim and Plotter Is Christian

Robert Doggart mugshot

In a crime story that would be huge news if the perpetrator Muslims–rather than someone who hates Muslims–Robert Rankin Doggart was caught talking about wiping out a Muslim community in upstate New York.

May 18 2015

Establishment Journalists Pride Themselves on Staying on the Official Rails

Rails

Rails are meant to keep a vehicle on a predetermined track. It’s not much of compliment to compare a journalist to a smoothly operating train, always showing up at the official stations.