Oct 1 2013

See–Spying Works!

Turning counter-terror tale into 'win' for NSA wiretapping


When the government proclaimed the existence of a somewhat vague but extraordinarily dangerous new terrorist threat from a branch of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, it provided an opportunity to link NSA snooping to a War on Terror “success”—and many in the corporate media were all too happy to play along.

Oct 1 2013

A Coup Against Candor

Why the media definition of Egypt's 'ouster' matters

New York Times photo of Morsi's ''ouster''

The media failure to call a coup a coup, following the Obama administration’s realpolitik decision to not label it as such, robbed the public of crucial analysis and let the administration slide.

Oct 1 2013

On Syria, Another Shortage of Skepticism

A second secretary of State's claims go unchallenged

John Kerry presenting his speech

In the days after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, media coverage was on a familiar war footing. Television screen graphics diagrammed likely attack scenarios, and the question was when, not if, the United States would attack. “Tonight the clock is ticking on US military action in Syria,” ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer (8/27/13) told viewers. “The White House says a decision is near and US warships are in position.” On NBC Nightly News (8/28/13), Andrea Mitchell announced: “The warships are ready. The targets are chosen, limited cruise missile strikes against airfields, artillery, and […]

Oct 1 2013

Apocalypse in Boston

An underexamined belief system that links aggressive fanatics of all stripes

Video of the bombings in Boston on April 15, 2013, revealed a scene of apocalyptic carnage. Soon after the bombing suspects were identified, the Internet seethed with posts about the Tsarnaev brothers, identified by authorities as the perpetrators. One revelation was that the YouTube playlist of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brother who was killed before being captured, featured a long video concerning the “Black Flags from Khorasan,” a marginal and disputed Islamic end-time prophecy. Mother Jones’ Adam Serwer (4/19/13) reported on the significance of the video shortly after the Tsarnaev brothers were identified as suspects. Tamerlan Tsarnaev also collected publications from […]

Oct 1 2013

‘I Am Chelsea Manning’

Media misgendering reflects broader transphobia

CNN: "Army Private's stunning revelation to NBC"

  The transgender community has long been disrespected and mocked in the corporate media, and the summer of 2013 was no exception. Nowhere was this more evident than in the willful misgendering of US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley. The day after she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, Manning came out as transgender. “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,” declared Manning in a statement read by her lawyer on the Today show (8/22/13). “I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also […]

Oct 1 2013

Where the Girls Aren’t

Working overtime to keep female gamers invisible

Bioshock: Infinite cover

Videogame companies have chosen a target demographic (adolescent boys) and they’ll do whatever they have to to make them happy—even if that means pretending real women don’t exist.

Oct 1 2013

Dreaming Away the Reality of Racism

Media misuse of Martin Luther King

Corporate media don't like to recall the Martin Luther King who called for a "radical restructuring of society."

Corporate media’s engagement of Martin Luther King has long had an air of unreality about it, as the antiwar and anti-capitalist ideas that for him and others in the civil rights movement were integrally connected with racial equity are ignored or worse.