60 Hours After Publishing A Fake News Report On Afghanistan The New York Times Still Spreads The Story

30 September 2021 — Moon of Alabama

On Tuesday I provided that the New York Times and CNN were spreading fake news about Taliban policy in Afghanistan by quoting a hoax tweet from an imposter’s Twitter account.

Forty-eight hours later both stories are still uncorrected despite the fact that many have have pointed out the ‘error’ in them.
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HBO’s Anti-Maduro Propaganda Is Cruder Than Venezuelan Oil

27 September 2021 — FAIR

Daily Beast: Capturing Venezuela’s Descent Into Socialist Hell

According to Daily Beast‘s Nick Schager (9/13/21), A La Calle “addresses the sad state of affairs plaguing Venezuela, a country ruled by a so-called ‘socialist’ dictator who refuses to acknowledge his anti-democratic nature.”

HBO Max began streaming a documentary on September 15: A La Calle (“To the Street”). It portrays US-backed opposition leaders in Venezuela as pro-democracy heroes battling a brutal dictatorship—a total reversal of the truth. A Daily Beast article (9/13/21) promoting the film is headlined “Capturing Venezuela’s Descent Into Socialist Hell,” which succinctly conveys the film’s slant, and suggests why it found a big corporate platform like HBO Max, a subsidiary of AT&T‘s WarnerMedia.

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‘The Demonization Was Meant to Pacify Readers to Accept the Brutality’

22 September 2021 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Milton Allimadi about New York Times coverage of Africa for the September 17, 2021, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

NYT: Colonialism's Back--and Not a Moment Too Soon

New York Times Magazine (4/18/93)

Janine Jackson: Benighted. Backward. Tribal. Corrupt. Inherently violent, yet somehow also docile unto imbecility.

Listeners will be familiar with the imagery that corporate media have long used to talk about Africa and Africans. Not just tabloids that blare their racism in crude cartoons–elite media have been key in promoting the narrative in which Europeans represent civilization, which they feel moved to provide, on their own terms naturally, to Africans that could never otherwise attain it.

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Watch: Top New York Times, WaPo Experts Affiliated With Pentagon-Funded CNAS Think Tank

4 August 2021 — MintPress News

Imagine a country where there’s no separation between the government, the military, and the media. A lot of Americans would think of China, Russia or North Korea, but it’s a perfect description of the United States today. And here in Washington, the think tank inside this nondescript building – Center For A New American Security (CNAS) – is the clearest example of just that.

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Watch: The Making of Two Political Prisoners: Daniel Hale and Craig Murray

1 August 2021 — MintPress News

“U.S. prosecutors didn’t get what they wanted in their vindictive Espionage Act prosecution against Daniel Hale. They wanted 9 years in prison, especially since he succeeded in convincing many he is a conscientious soul. But 45 months is still 45 months too many.” — Kevin Gosztola, “Shadowproof”

by Alan Macleod and Mnar Adley
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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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