Media Analysis

The Suspicions of Laymen Have Never Been Answered by the Press – George Seldes

The suspicions of laymen have never been answered by the press. Newspapers, upholding the right of criticism as a road to freedom, oppose all criticism of themselves….like kings, [they] pretend they can do no wrong. I wish they were right. – Journalist and George Seldes, writing in Freedom of the Press in early 1935. By…

That Incredible Stand-Up Guy, John Brennan – Architect of U.S. Drone Warfare Program, the Best Terrorist Incubator Yet Created

Brennan was the architect of one of ‘the most highly unlawful and immoral practices the United States has ever undertaken’ – the U.S. policy of targeted assassination by drone Freedom of the Press Foundation executive director Trevor Timm wrote in The Guardian that Brennan was “a defender of torture, the architect of America’s drone program and…

Three Years Late, Has CNN Finally Discovered the U.S. Role in the Saudi War on Yemen?

Has CNN finally discovered the U.S.’s complicity in the brutal, horrific war being waged largely upon Yemeni civilians by Saudi Arabia? Previously they’ve appeared well-aware of the war, but painfully, willfully ignorant of the U.S. role in it. A recent report on the network may be cause for some encouragement. President Barack Obama signed off…

Whacking the Weeds We Sowed: When Will the New York Times Provide Context for the Global War Being Waged by the U.S.?

“When Russia moved into the Ukraine and seized Crimea in 2014, it got more than its share of (bad) media coverage in the United States, as it did when it intervened in Syria the next year.  So just imagine what kind of coverage Vladimir Putin’s favorite nation would be getting if, almost 17 years after…

Do Pentagon Black Sites Have the Best Amenities? CIA Directors Who Oompa Loompa, but only for the Cause of Democracy + Make Wuv Not War from the Mr. Fish Archives

Responding to a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told a federal judge last week that it had a right to leak classified information to one select group of journalists and then to deny release of exactly the same information to other journalists requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Though we are fascinated by…

The Saudi War on Yemen Supported by U.S. – ‘Worst Humanitarian Crisis in 50 Years’ – was Not Newsworthy to MSNBC in 2017

Russiagate Stories = Higher Ratings = Higher Profits Busily fueling the Grand Kremlin Conspiracy to Subvert Our Peace-Loving Democracy, MSNBC spent 2017 virtually ignoring the worst humanitarian crisis in 50 Years, in Yemen. As a major media institution with a large audience, MSNBC helps to define the scope of respectable political discourse in the United…

The Russiagate Woes of the Profit-Driven Press Continue

Here are two reports – from Democracy Now! on January 2 and The Real News Network on December 11 – detailing yet another false mainstream media story that purportedly proved Russia/Trump/WikiLeaks collusion. In its zealous effort to prove the Russiagate narrative it has promoted for more than a year, much of the corporate press continues…

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…