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The vast majority of the reports on the Trump/Saudi arms deal omitted a rather key piece of context—namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill.
The suggestion that Iran might be sharing intelligence with ISIS is absurd. ISIS’s stance toward Shia Islam, the kind practiced by most Iranians, is openly genocidal.
As Chelsea Manning walks free after seven years and 120 days (or "just seven years," as USA Today had it), sometimes in solitary confinement, it's worth remembering that corporate media did virtually nothing in support of her clemen...
I can’t think of a single individual who’s had more impact on our country’s politics over the last 20 years. There would have been no Trump presidency without the decades of disinformation spewed by Fox News.
Nice words to the wrong dictators unleash a torrent of outrage from our pundit class. Nice words to the right dictators—along with billions in military hardware, which unlike nice words will be used to continue to slaughter residents of a neighboring country and suppress domestic dissent–result in uniform silence.
The White House’s latest self-inflicted scandal represents another damning rebuttal to a recurring, fictional narrative that has been propagated by the press for well over a year—that Trump is just one new policy or staff shake-up away from being a normal president.
With former CEO Roger Ailes and star anchor Bill O'Reilly gone, attention at Fox News Channel is shifting to Sean Hannity—the last of the channel's big stars who have been with the network from the Clinton years to Trump.
“Copy-and-pasting press releases” is typically used as a term of art to indicate that media are mindlessly repeating a corporate or government line. But recent coverage of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “gang raids” across the country has various outlets literally copy-and-pasting ICE’s press releases.
Better than adding slogans about democracy dying in darkness and truth mattering more than ever would be vigorous, sustained, principled defense of the right to protest.
NPR has promoted the perspective of the US government at the expense of public understanding of US/North Korean relations. The construction of foreign “threats” benefits both a national government hungry for legitimacy—and news organizations hungry for an audience.
FAIR has noted 30 media mentions of CSIS pushing the THAAD missile system or its underlying value proposition in US media. Omitted from all these CSIS media appearances, however, is that one of CSIS’s top donors, Lockheed Martin, is THAAD’s primary contractor.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media behemoth that owns more local news stations than any other company in the country, just got even bigger. It announced it was buying Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, creating what Bloomberg calls a “TV goliath.”
New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker appears to have set out in earnest to write a “balanced” review of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. In doing so, he exposed the futility of such an exercise.
The orthodoxy on the New York Times op-ed page isn’t “liberalism”; Bret Stephens is the third representative of his ideological niche, the anti-Trump conservative, to currently have a home there.
Last week, in “A Young Prince Is Reimagining Saudi Arabia. Can He Make His Vision Come True?,” Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius (4/20/17) wrote what read like a press release for the Saudi regime. What’s more, he’s written the same article several times before.
Pundits have begun considering Trump as mostly a problem of manners and refinement to solve. The press helpfully reimagines Trump as he might be, rather than analyzing him for what he really is (and always will be).
Maybe next time Reuters could wait for a somewhat stronger suggestion—involving actual evidence, perhaps—before running a story that could inflame the new Cold War.
The New York Times paints a dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons.
There are no major ideological differences between White House strategist Steve Bannon and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. But in the Washington Post, Bannon and his backers are “conservatives,” while Le Pen and her National Front are “far right.”
Murdoch has long made a practice of funneling large payments to influential politicians via HarperCollins book contracts, in what amounts to a system of legalized bribery.