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No, US Didn’t ‘Stand By’ Indonesian Genocide—It Actively Participated

"Standing by" is not what the United States did during the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66; rather, it actively supported the massacres, which were applauded at the time by the New York Times.

Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

Every time the media mindlessly report Iran has a “nuclear weapons program” rather than a “nuclear program” (or, better, a “nuclear energy” or “nuclear power program”), they further advance the myth that Iran’s intentions or “ambitions” are to build a nuclear bomb, which is something we have no evidence it is doing or plans to do

Getting the Fairness Doctrine Wrong–Again

Opinionated talk radio, which was always dominated by right-wing personalities, was born in 1960, and flourished in local markets under the Fairness Doctrine, which wasn’t jettisoned until 1987. By taking callers with contrasting views, talk radio was actually seen as comporting with the Fairness Doctrine.

Corporate Media Have Few Apologies for Getting IRS Scandal Backwards

A new report makes clear that not only were progressive groups scrutinized by the IRS, they were in fact targeted more than conservative groups.

Maria’s ‘Other’ Victims: Puerto Rican Bondholders

The argument that "everyone" owns a piece of Puerto Rican debt is gaining steam in the mainstream news media. It's corporate media's attempt to spread the pain that the wealthy would feel from debt forgiveness.

American Made: A Largely True Story With Some Not-So-Fun Lies

American Made depicts Central America as a Cold War battleground, with no mention of the fact that hundreds of thousands of civilians were being murdered by US-backed governments. But bringing up that part of the history would definitely put a feel-bad spin on what was meant to be an entertaining romp with a lovable rogue.

We Need Thoughtful Coverage of Gun Violence, Not Slow Pans Over Arsenals

I have noticed that so many people like him are all alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person […]

Puerto Rican Debt Can’t Be Erased (Says Puerto Rico’s Main Creditor)

CNBC quoted a seemingly neutral analyst on the Puerto Rican debt crisis without noting the source’s enormous stake in the controversy.

Two Charts on the Gun Crisis: One Hopeful, One Hopeless

I found two graphics on the gun crisis particularly interesting: one because it brought hope, and the other because it blew that hope away.

WaPo Defends Boss Against Sanders’ Charge That He’s Extremely Wealthy

The vaunted Washington Post factchecking team is once again applying its microscope to Sen. Bernie Sanders. The awkward thing is that the fact in question involves the Post's owner, Jeff Bezos, the world's second-wealthiest person.

After Las Vegas Massacre, Media Again Help ISIS Terrorize

After mass violence, corporate media seem more than willing to spread the specter of ISIS responsibility without any objective basis.

To Make Trump’s Economy Looks Good, It Helps to Not Look Very Hard

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens apparently knows literally nothing about the economy, and is so ignorant he doesn't even know how little he knows.

Trying to Sell TPP by Repackaging It as an Anti-China Pact

Since economics won't sell the TPP, the alternative is to make it a geopolitical pact, with the main target being China. The main problem with seeing the TPP as a pact designed as a weapon against China, though, is that it doesn't seem to have been designed that way.

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens

In striving to present all sides and simply lay out the facts for the viewer, Ken Burns nonetheless pulls his punches when it comes to assigning blame and culpability for the disastrous war.

While US, North Korea Both Make Threats, Only One Has Killed Millions of the Other’s People

The reasons for North Korea's militarization and the historical context for its conflict with the United States are seldom honestly discussed in US corporate media.

Corporate Media Analysts’ Indifference to US Journalists Facing 70 Years in Prison

The attack on the press that kicked off the Trump administration—the arrest and subsequent threatening of two journalists with 70 years in prison—has been met with total silence from most corporate media outlets.

Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent on $700B Pentagon Handout

Where did all the concern over deficits go? After two years of the media lamenting, worrying and feigning outrage over the cost of Bernie Sanders’ two big-budget items—free college and single-payer healthcare—the same outlets are uniformly silent, days after the largest military budget increase in history.

NYT Lets Think Tank Funded by Gov’t and Arms Industry Claim Huge US Military Budget Isn’t Huge Enough

The New York Times gave an enormous platform to a hawkish think tank that is funded by the US government and by top weapons corporations, letting it absurdly claim, without any pushback, that the gargantuan US military—by far the largest in the world—has been "underfunded."

Is Facilitating a Paid Informant Program Part of Journalism’s Job?

A search of NY1's coverage shows hundreds of segments this year, thousands over the past few years, that encourage viewers to send tips to the Police Foundation's Crime Stoppers hotline.

Media ‘Extremes’ on Healthcare: Universal Coverage or Taking Healthcare From Millions

Unable to continue ignoring the single-payer policy, corporate media have, with predictable uniformity, undermined it as utopian nonsense.

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