Climate Change: Why we can’t trust mainstream media

July 20, 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

A Q&A on capitalism, media, and climate: Print and share! 

Tyler Poisson is a public school teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wrote this pamphlet for distribution in his community. We think other activists may find it useful: Click here to download a printable version (pdf) of the pamphlet.


MANUFACTURING CATASTROPHE
How and why mainstream media minimizes climate change

by Tyler Poisson

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How Not to Cover Critical Race Theory

10 July 2021 — FAIR

USA Today: CRT reminds us that systemic racism exists. In my classroom we don't bury it, we discuss it

In USA Today‘s print edition (7/6/21), this op-ed was headlined, “Teaching Critical Race Theory Is Patriotic, Not Anti-American.”

After working the right up into a lather over Black Lives Matter (FAIR.org, 5/27/21), Fox News and its conservative media allies have turned white rage onto a more actionable target: critical race theory. Though the theory is a longstanding and specific academic lens for understanding systemic racism, the right has transformed it into a catchall for anything that encourages talking about and addressing racism.

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Can the power of information be controlled?

1 July 2021 — Big Brother Watch

Big Brother Watch Team

“Knowledge is power”, or so the old adage goes. Perhaps what the proverb overlooks is that those who facilitate the spread of knowledge hold more power than anyone. In human rights terms, freedom of expression is the right to impart and to receive information; and while a greater emphasis is often placed on the abilities of speakers to express themselves, what makes censorship so potent is that it is, in effect, the ability of an actor to exercise power over others by preventing them from receiving information.

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BBC sparks outrage after removing content following pressure from pro-Israel lobby

2 June 2021 — Middle East Monitor

A general view outside the BBC Studios on 27 May 2021 in England [Nathan Stirk/Getty Images]A general view outside the BBC Studios on 27 May 2021 in England [Nathan Stirk/Getty Images]

The BBC has removed a series of educational videos about Palestine and the origins of the ongoing Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing, following pressure from a pro-Israel lobbyist organisation, UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI).

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Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

14 May, 2021 —  RT.com

by Eva Bartlett


The destruction of two important Gaza buildings housing 20 media outlets was both shocking and predictable. History shows that if the media aren’t around to document Israel’s war crimes, it’s a lot easier for it to commit them.

On Tuesday, Israel bombed the 10-storey Al-Jawhara Tower, causing it to collapse. Before doing so, it had ‘benevolently’ warned that the airstrikes were coming. The following day, it bombed the 14-storey Al-Shorouk Tower, also giving warning it was going to do so.

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Reporters Once Challenged the Spy State. Now, They’re Agents of It

11 May 2021 — Matt Taibbi

The War on Terror has come home, and news companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting, partnering with the spy agencies they supposed to be overseeing

Matt Taibbi

 Former CIA director John Brennan was a media villain, now he’s media himself.

What a difference a decade makes.

Just over ten years ago, on July 25, 2010, Wikileaks released 75,000 secret U.S. military reports involving the war in Afghanistan. The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel helped release the documents, which were devastating to America’s intelligence community and military, revealing systemic abuses that included civilian massacres and an assassination squad, TF 373, whose existence the United States kept “protected” even from its allies.

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