Media Criticism

Chicken Scratch: A Critical Media Reader’s Digest – How to Read the News, Propaganda Made in the USA, When Fake News is Not Fake News

Getting to the News that Matters, via journalist Antonia Juhasz, shared on Facebook: There’s been a lot of breaking news lately about a lot of critically important things. And there’s been a lot of spreading of misinformation. As a writer, I’d like to offer a few friendly reminders to help you steer your way through…

Mainstream Media Misrepresents Hurricane Harvey’s Climate Change Connection

DIMITRI LASCARIS: This is Dimitri Lascaris for The Real News. Tropical Storm Harvey has brought catastrophic flooding and killed at least 14 people. The death toll regrettably will certainly climb, and perhaps dramatically. Most of Houston, the fourth populous city in the United States, is submerged in flood water, and tens of thousands have been…

Trump, TV & Tomahawks: Corporate Media Become State Media as the Cruise Missiles Fly

In times of war, U.S. corporate media often find themselves tripping over their own feet in their rush to show how patriotic they can be. Sadly, this remains true in the Trump era, as much of the corporate press has rushed to breathlessly embrace the awesome spectacle and firepower of the U.S. military in action,…

NYT Mocks Putin’s Russia for Ignoring Its History, Neglecting to Mention U.S. Efforts to Strangle Bolshevik State At Birth

Long a servant to the grand cause of U.S. imperialism, it should come as no surprise that the New York Times would make light of the lack of celebration in Russia of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, generally agreed to have begun one hundred years ago on March 12, 1917. The NYT’s bit…

A Russo Reader for the Skeptics of Corporate Media and the Intelligence Community

This post has been repeatedly updated since its original publication as more information related to Trump, Russia and the media accumulates. – RR While I sometimes appreciate the work of Rachel Maddow and her colleagues at MSNBC, I’m more than a little uncomfortable with their current, breathless promotion of a borderline hysterical anti-Russia meme. On…

The Project Censored lecture series at Aqus Cafe continues with author Linda Sartor, Tuesday March 14

Hosted by Professor Mickey Huff of Project Censored and Diablo Valley College, the next event in this continuing series features Linda Sartor, author of Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror. Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 – 8 pm at Aqus Cafe,189 H St Petaluma. From Project Censored: It’s Women’s History Month…