Category National Media

Sex and the Single Drone> The Latest in Guarding the Empire> by Tom Engelhardt

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Washington’s Field of Screams Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 9:31am, September 29, 2011.  TomDispatch.com [In May I wrote a piece for TomDispatch, “Welcome to Post-Legal America,” about ways in which, in the name of protecting American “safety,” the very concept of legality has ceased to be applied to our National Security Complex — other than, […]

Demonization, War Crimes and the Task of the Antiwar Movement, by Sara Flounders

Demonization, War Crimes and the Task of the Antiwar Movement By Sara Flounders    worldwideWAMM     September 2011 Sara Flounders will speak in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m. at Walker Church, 31st Street and 16th Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota The antiwar movement must counter media demonization in the midst of a war mobilization and […]

Regulation Nation: Fox Begins Weeklong Assault On Government Regulations

Regulation Nation: Fox Begins Weeklong Assault On Government Regulations   September 12, 2011 2:50 pm ET      MediaMatters.org Fox is launching a weeklong attack on government regulations, promising to “expose how excessive laws are drowning American businesses” – a message that coincides with a Republican push to focus on deregulation. But economists say that […]

Controversy and Confusion Over the Latest WikiLeaks Revelations: 8 Things You Really Need to Know

Controversy and Confusion Over the Latest WikiLeaks Revelations: 8 Things You Really Need to Know Editorial Commentary:  Noam Chomsky wrote the reason why WikiLeaks is so important:          Suppression of one’s own crimes is virtually ubiquitous among powerful states, at least those that are not defeated. — in 9/11 – was there an […]

Minneapolis Message to Obama Was Clear: Bring the War $$ Home, by Coleen Rowley

Minneapolis Message to Obama Was Clear: Bring the War $$ Home Posted: 9/1/11 01:02 PM ET by WAMM Board Member Coleen Rowley         HuffingtonPost As usual, most of the mainstream media did not do a very good job reporting on Obama’s August 30speech in Minneapolis nor on the protest outside the National Convention […]

Wikileaks Editorial: Global – Guardian journalist negligently disclosed Cablegate passwords

Global – Guardian journalist negligently disclosed Cablegate passwords 1 September 2011 WIKILEAKS EDITORIAL A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks’ decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished US diplomatic cables. Knowledge of the Guardian disclosure has spread privately over several months but reached critical mass last week. The unpublished WikiLeaks’ material […]

U.S. Mideast policy in a single phrase, by Glenn Greenwald

Egyptian Protests SUNDAY, AUG 21, 2011 07:22 ET GLENN GREENWALD     salon.com U.S. Mideast policy in a single phrase AP  Egyptians chant hold Egyptian and Palestinian flags to protest the death of Egyptian security forces killed in a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants on Thursday. The CIA’s spokesman at The Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius, recently announced that the […]

Parts IV, Media and Propaganda and Part V, Crying Wolf? of What Have We Wrought:

What Have We Wrought: thoughts on freedom, taxes, capitalism and democracy Part IV:  Media and Propaganda With a mainstream corporate media that is bought and sold by the likes of Rupert Murdoch, with Clear Channel’s and other right-wing owners control of local radio around the country, how do we reach these relatives and neighbors? Every […]

Coulda, woulda, shoulda coverage of antiwar protests

Coulda, woulda, shoulda coverage of antiwar protests COMMENTARY | July 25, 2011   Nieman Watchdog Looking back, the Washington Post editor in charge of covering demonstrations says newsworthy stories have been left uncovered. He needn’t feel lonely; The Post has lots of company in ignoring stories of dissent. The New York Times,  for one, has its […]

Deal With It: They Died in Vain, by Ray McGovern

Deal With It They Died in Vain By Ray McGovern   Counterpunch   August 8, 2011 Thanks to Coleen Rowley for recommending this article. Many of those preaching at American church services Sunday extolled as “heroes” the 30 American and 8 Afghan troops killed Saturday west of Kabul, when a helicopter on a night mission […]

Media reinforces Islamophobia, by Rania Abuishnaineh

Media reinforces Islamophobia Many media jumped to the false conclusion that a Muslim was responsible for the attack in Norway. BY RANIA ABUISNAINEH      Minnesota Daily     2011 / 08 / 03 Aghast and devastated when news reached us of the attacks in Norway, everyone was deeply pained that someone could so mercilessly claim the lives of 90 innocent […]

Dealing with the Corporate Media | October 2011

Dealing with the Corporate Media  By Kevin Zeese – Posted on 25 July 2011  October2011.org October2011.org believes that along with an independent political movement we need independent media. The Neiman Watchdog column below explains our doubts about corporate media coverage generally as well as for October2011.org.    In the media critique column by John Hanrahan, a former reporter […]

Seeing ‘Islamic Terror’ in Norway: Learning no lessons from Oklahoma City mistakes

Seeing ‘Islamic Terror’ in Norway Learning no lessons from Oklahoma City mistakes 7/25/11   FAIR.org  Media Advisory Right-wing terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik reportedly killed 76 people in Norway . . . , by all accounts driven by far-right anti-immigrant politics and fervent Islamophobia. But many early media accounts assumed that the perpetrator of the […]

Secret prisons: How the U.S. government uses its media servants to attack real journalism — Glenn Greenwald on Jeremy Scahill’s Nation expose

FRIDAY, JUL 15, 2011 07:16 ET How the U.S. government uses its media servants to attack real journalism BY GLENN GREENWALD   salon.com “The US has stopped running its global network of secret prisons, CIA director Leon Panetta has announced. ‘CIA no longer operates detention facilities or black sites,’ Mr Panetta said in a letter to staff” […]

Decision in Julian Assange Extradition Appeal Postponed: Sweden Created This Standoff, Says Assange Lawyer

For videos of the press conference with Julian Assange and lawyer after the hearing go to FireDogLake.com By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 15, 2011 12:25 pm  FireDogLake.com Decision in Julian Assange Extradition Appeal Postponed The post was originally published on July 13 to my FDL. It is being republished here to give those who missed it a chance […]

The Nation: Slouching Towards Faux, more on mainstream media and democracy by Patricia J. Williams

Slouching Towards Faux Patricia J. Williams July 13, 2011   |    This article appeared in the August 1-8, 2011 edition of The Nation. How the media frenzy obliterated the presumption of innocence and relentlessly impugned both Strauss-Kahn and his accuser in vulgar stereotypes. Shortly after Dominique Strauss-Kahn was indicted on charges of attempted rape, his friend Bernard-Henri Lévy […]

FAIR: Media Malpractice on the Debt Debate

Media Malpractice on the Debt Debate 07/15/2011 by Peter Hart  Fair.org    Fairness and Accuracy in Media The convention in mainstream journalism is that the new stories give you the facts, and the columnists give you their opinions (hopefully backed by facts). But in the coverage over the debt ceiling and budget debates sometimes you’re […]

Stealing from Social Security Is NOT a Debt Solution — Why Do the Media Promote This Dangerous Myth? | Media | AlterNet

The Guardian / By Dean Baker   July 11, 2011  |  From Alternet.com Stealing from Social Security Is NOT a Debt Solution — Why Do the Media Promote This Dangerous Myth? Pursuing a plan to kill social security, politicians are relying on a credulous public and compliant media to ramp up debt panic. The conventional wisdom […]

Democracy Now! Julian Assange and Slavoj Zizek interviewed by Amy Goodman

Not to be missed! Today Amy Goodman in London interviewed Julian Assange along with Slovanian philosopher and cultural specialist Slavoj Zizek, author of Living in the End Times. This interview covers many areas, including current politics and foreign policy, the media, secrecy in government and so much more. Due to technical limitations, WAMMToday is unable […]

Jon Stewart Was Right About Fox ‘News’ Viewers Being the Most Misinformed Citizens

Jon Stewart Was Right About Fox ‘News’ Viewers Being the Most Misinformed Citizens In refuting Stewart’s claim, Fox naturally went ahead and misinformed its viewers. AlterNet / By Joshua Holland   June 21, 2011  |   Fox News’ attempts at humor have failed miserably over the years. Think of its snooze-fest “comedies” ─ shows like the “Red Eye” (filler broadcast […]