Jan 15 2016

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage

Boston Globe: Oregon standoff press conference

Some journalists have written excellent, thoughtful articles, and some have wasted wood pulp and bandwidth. Most early reporting sat between those extremes.

Jan 4 2016

How Media Turned Right-Wing ‘Willing to Kill’ Extremists Into Peaceful ‘Rancher’s Rights Protesters’

NBC: "Rancher's Rights Protesters Occupy Wildlife Refuge"

Of all extremist groups, the far right is consistently given the kindest news coverage in US corporate media. This weekend, the world witnessed a prime example of such friendly treatment in action. Armed far-right anti-government militants occupied a federal building in Oregon late on January 2 and announced they would remain there indefinitely. Although the armed occupation was ostensibly organized to protest the imprisonment of ranchers on arson charges, the ultra-conservative militants made it clear from the beginning that they were willing to use violence, and hoped to inspire a larger anti-government uprising. Major US media outlets ignored these basic […]

Dec 18 2015

Arun Kundnani on Islamophobia & the ‘War on Terror,’ Keane Bhatt on a Tale of Two Elections

Islamophobia (image: City of Anthrax)

The San Bernardino killings have added fuel to an upsurge of Islamophobia in US media and politics that in some ways is worse than that seen in the wake of September 11, 2001.

Dec 18 2015

‘It’s Just One in a Long Series of Attacks on Planned Parenthood’

CounterSpin interview with Jodi Jacobson on Colorado Spring massacre

Today show: Deadly Attack on Planned Parenthood

“In the aftermath of the Planned Parenthood attacks…not only did the Christian right not take any responsibility, we saw several of the people in that community actually egg on perpetrators of violence.”

Dec 16 2015

Common Dreams Quotes Jim Naureckas: ‘It’s All About Who We Should Bomb’

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“Framing the problem of political violence as a struggle of ‘us’ against ‘ them,’ of creating a demonized other by stoking fear, is a tried and true strategy for building an audience.”

Dec 16 2015

CNN’s Debate on ‘Terror’ Omitted the Kind That Kills the Most Americans

Donald Trump and Rand Paul: CNN

None of CNN’s moderators, nor any of the nine candidates, mentioned the very real threat posed by white political violence.

Dec 12 2015

Credulous Reporting of Deceptive Propaganda Made Planned Parenthood Attack Inevitable

David Daleiden (image: Fox News)

it’s no surprise that the Planned Parenthood videos used the same bag of tricks that James O’Keefe had employed to such success: deceptive editing, false framing, misrepresented visuals. And it’s also not a surprise that corporate media—concerned about seeming “clueless” but even more worried about appearing “partisan”—gave plentiful newshole to their claims,

Dec 11 2015

After San Bernardino, Some Reporters ‘Poke Around’–While Others Follow the Money


A “bottomless season of nastiness, racist hate-mongering and war fever” has swept through much of the media and political sphere in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre.