Category Media

Seven ways to restore our press freedoms before we end up with another authoritarian dictator

“Disturbingly, the number of journalists killed worldwide in 2020 doubled from 2019. We have to remember that a free press was viewed as so important to our foundational democracy, it was the only profession the Founding Fathers named in our Constitution.”

Seizing the War Industry, by Christian Sorenson

“The War Industry infests the American economy like a cancer, sapping its strength and distorting its creativity while devouring its treasure.”

As Far Right Storms Capitol, Media Need to Look at Their Own Role in How We Got Here

“Imagine if corporate media didn’t praise McConnell, Lindsey Graham or any other Republicans who propped up Trump’s dangerous lies for so long,”

Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges on the State of the American Empire

Noam Chomsky addresses the current state of the American Empire after the attack on the capital on Jan 6, 2021. His new book: “Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance.”

Is Big Tech Too Powerful? Chris Hedges and Ramesh Srinivasan Debate Twitter & Facebook Banning Trump

“It is incredible how much power we have given to a very small number of people who are essentially mediating pretty much every aspect of our lives.”

JUDGE BLOCKS ASSANGE EXTRADITION, PENDING US APPEAL

Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser on Monday rejected a U.S. extradition request on both indictments for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Margaret Flowers: Assange’s Extradition Case is Our Struggle for Popular Power

“The prevailing atmosphere has been shocking. I say that without hesitation; I have sat in many courts and seldom known such a corruption of due process; this is due revenge.” John Pilger

Glenn Greenwald: Julian Assange’s Imprisonment Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom

“Censorship, like most repression, is reserved for those who dissent from majoritarian orthodoxies, not for those who express views comfortably within the mainstream.”

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year

Rise Up Times is admittedly and consciously eclectic with a focus on media analysis and antiwar, propeace activities but inclusive of many movements that coalesce and weave in and out of each other.

I Am Guilty of Violating the Espionage Act by Laura Poitras

“It is impossible to overstate the dangerous precedent Mr. Assange’s indictment under the Espionage Act and possible extradition sets: Every national security journalist who reports on classified information now faces possible Espionage Act charges” nationally and internationally.

Wrecking the Left: Chris Hedges with Diana Johstone

Chris Hedges talks to journalist Diana Johnstone about the betrayal of the Left with its historical role as the champion of social justice and peace now replaced with the boutique activism of identify politics, political correctness and what has become known as humanitarian intervention, the justification of US and NATO adventurism and wars on the specious belief it would liberate the women of Afghanistan or the peoples of Iraq.

Matt Taibbi: For What Are America’s Wealthy Thankful? A Worsening Culture War

“…both politicians and the bigger media organizations…keep playing up these tensions as click-generating theater, not caring about the consequences of wishing actual sectarian battle into existence.”

Chris Hedges: The Ruling Elite’s War on Truth

“Never mind that both ruling parties are silent about the massive interference in our elections by Israel, which uses its lobbying groups to lavishly fund political candidates in both parties and flies members of Congress and their families to Israel for junkets at seaside resorts. Israel’s intrusion in our political process, including when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress in 2015, without informing then President Barack Obama, to attack the president’s Iran nuclear deal, dwarfs that of any other country, including Russia.”

Shredding journalistic credibility: Matt Taibbi on Chris Hedges On Contact

Marginalizing the news as propaganda for Democrats or Republicans. Igniting a 2020 firestorm. Includes traditional news sources and social media.

Tom Engelhardt: Murder, He Said, America’s Maestro of Death and Destruction

“Trump has proven to be America’s twenty-first-century maestro of death and destruction, the P.T. Barnum of, as he put it predictively enough in his Inaugural Address, “American carnage.” In fact, he’s been a master of carnage in a way no one could then have imagined.”

The Julian Assange Hearings: National Security on Trial and Plan to Spy on Assange

After hearing four weeks of evidence in the extradition trial of Julian Assange, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser announced on Thursday she will pronounce judgement on January 4.

Assange Extradition and the War on Journalism with Hedges, Ellsberg, Goodale, Udry

“No journalist or publisher who exposes war crimes or corruption will be safe.”

Democracy Dies in Obfuscation, by Dorthee Benz

“The failure to name—and, worse, to try to obscure through misleading comparisons—what is plainly a threat to US democracy is a dereliction of journalistic duty.”

Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist Violence

An interesting take on white supremacy, it’s history, and how it is being reported on today.

Press Normalizes Trump’s Lawlessness as Use of ‘Tools of Presidency’ to ‘Broaden Appeal’

“USA Today (8/26/20) framed the Trump campaign’s flagrant violation of laws against the use of the Executive Branch for political purposes as a partisan disagreement.”