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After US-Backed Bombing Sparks Famine in Yemen, WaPo Editor Insists ‘US Not the Problem’

Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl took a massive, human rights-violating catastrophe—the US-assisted Saudi bombing of Yemen for the past two-and-a-half years, and the massive famine it’s caused—and somehow turned it into a write-up on how good and noble the United States is.

NYT’s New ‘Reader Center’ Already Proving a Step Backward in Accountability

Yesterday, the Times published the first installment of the paper’s new “Reader Center,” the ostensible replacement to the public editor, and, not surprisingly, it thoroughly underwhelmed.

Syria the Latest Case of US ‘Stumbling’ Into War

One of the most common tropes in US media is that the US military always goes to war reluctantly—and, if there are negative consequences, like civilian deaths, it’s simply a matter of bumbling around without much plan or purpose.

When You Reject Class-Based Politics, ‘Thoughtful’ Appeals to Racism Are All You’ve Got Left

The New York Times' Thomas Edsall declares "the end of left and right as we knew them." But how well did he know them?

Eager for World War III on MSNBC

The US hasn't done "a very good job pushing Russia out of the way," said MSNBC's Jeremy Bash, implying it would be a good idea to target a country that only months ago was reported by Newsweek to have a bomb that could flatten Texas...

To Defeat Transparency, NYPD Turns to Journalist-Turned-Cop-Turned-Journalist-Turned-Cop

The biggest, most resourced police department in the world likes to work in the shadows. You want to question that? You're probably a terrorist enabler.

Wishful Thinking in Defense of Democrats’ Pro-Business Politics

Jonathan Chait's argument is that the voters who switched from Obama to Trump had conservative social views—so if Democrats need to do anything to win in 2020, they should move to the right on race and immigration policy.

Media Use Attack on Mosque to Smear Mosque

CNN, the New York Times, Daily Mail and all decided to use last night’s horrific attack on London’s Finsbury Park Mosque welfare center as a chance to litigate the mosque’s past behavior.

Every Person You See on Air, Someone Chose to Put Them There

Every person you see on air is there because someone chose to put them there, and is taking the place of someone else who might be there.

Threats to Campus Speech Don’t Alarm Media When They Come From the Right

Threats to "free speech" are treated differently in the media when you're on the left—and particularly so for campus speech.

Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet

The New York Times started with a false premise and patched together a dodgy piece of innuendo and guilt-by-association in order to place the blame for a shooting in Virginia on “the most ardent supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders."

The Day After Corbyn’s Surprise Surge, NPR Would Rather Talk About Buckethead

The day after the British elections, showed considerably more interest in a candidate who ran dressed as a "space lord" than in the leader of the Labour Party.

Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly

Since Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest in a landslide victory in 2015, he has faced an incessant slew of attacks from the rightist Blairite wing of his own party—and from the corporate media that so frequently echo it...

On 50th Anniversary of Israeli Occupation, Palestinian Opinions Largely Ignored

In their respective opinion pieces analyzing the Six-Day War and its subsequent effect on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, major US media have favored Israeli and pro-Israel American voices at the expense of Palestinians by a wide margin.

WaPo Fails to Note Raytheon, Saudi Funding of Advocate for Raytheon Arms to Saudis

The conflicts of interest posed by think tank funding are an endemic problem in establishment journalism, which often presents industry-funded institutes as neutral experts.

In a Dozen Interviews, Media Never Bothered Asking President Trump About Climate Change

Given the opportunity over the past four months of his presidency to ask Trump a question on climate change, no outlet has bothered to bring up the topic at all.

After US Bombs Syrian Government for Third Time in 8 Months, Media Ask Few Questions

The United States has bombed Syrian government forces three times in just eight months. Major media outlets have overwhelmingly failed to ask critical questions about these incidents, preferring to instead echo the Pentagon.

Media Served as Echo Chamber for Trump Nominees

A new FAIR study finds that Republicans dominated coverage of Donald Trump’s appointments, with GOP partisans making up 47 percent of total sources and outnumbering their Democratic counterparts by a 5-to-2 ratio.

Killing the Public Editor, NYT Deals Another Blow to the Public’s Trust

The New York Times seemingly succumbed to parochial concerns when it abruptly announced it would kill off its public editor. This move by the Times is tragically short-sighted, though admittedly not uncommon.

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