Media Spent Months Lionizing General Who Defended Slaveholders' Revolt

2 November 2017 — FAIR

WaPo: Historians respond to John F. Kelly’s Civil War remarks: ‘Strange,’ ‘sad,’ ‘wrong’

Washington Post (10/31/17)

According to corporate media, the top general who just complimented the commander of the slavery-defending Confederacy is the greatest hope to rein in President Donald Trump’s extremism.

Since retired Marine Corps four-star Gen. John Kelly was promoted to White House chief of staff in July, pundits have insisted that the former head of the Pentagon’s Southern Command is a positive, moderating influence on the far-right president.

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‘Media’s First Instinct Is to Strip Ideology From the Conversation’

29 August 2017 — FAIR

Janine Jackson interviewed Adam Johnson about Charlottesville for the August 18, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Fascists march in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally (cc photo: Tony Crider)

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Janine Jackson: The spectre of white supremacists marching with guns and torches, throwing KKK salutes, and screaming about Jews and Commies is a test for Americans, individually and institutionally, and we’re still seeing how various folks are responding. One of the primary institutions that should be asking themselves some questions right now are corporate media. Trouble is, the press being among the most sacred of cows for the press, how likely are we to see serious consideration of their own role? Not just Fox News, which aired a video of cars driving into protestors in January, with instructions to viewers to “study the technique,” but, say, CBS, whose CEO Les Moonves joked that Donald Trump’s candidacy “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS,” a line that has yet to be seriously interrogated by media elites.

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After Charlottesville By S. Artesian

13 August 2017 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

1. To the comrades fighting in Charlottesville…and Seattle…and Portland…and Minneapolis…and Ferguson…and Cincinnati…and Houston…and New Orleans…and Maricopa County.

You knew, we all knew, this was going to happen, and sooner rather than later.  The knife attacks in Portland, and in Sacramento; the shooting in Seattle told us that much.  Doesn’t make it any less painful; any less heartbreaking; any less appalling.  But you knew it and we knew it was going to happen.

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After US Bombs Syrian Government for Third Time in 8 Months, Media Ask Few Questions

2 June 2017 — FAIR

The United States has bombed Syrian government–allied forces three times in just eight months. Major media outlets have overwhelmingly failed to ask critical questions about these incidents, preferring instead to echo the Pentagon.

Fox News: US Airstrikes Pound Pro-Assad Forces in SyriaFox News (5/18/17) celebrates a US attack on pro-Syrian forces for the offense of being in Syria.

For years, media have consistently downplayed the extent of US military intervention in Syria, and repeatedly propagated the long-debunked myth that Washington never pursued regime change there in the first place. The distorted reporting on these US attacks reflects this longer trend.

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Media Lens: ‘Let’s Bring In Our Pentagon Spokesman’ – Bombing Syria

5 November 2015 — Media Lens

‘Let’s Bring In Our Pentagon Spokesman’ – Bombing Syria

One of the great Freudian slips of our time was supplied by a Fox News anchor on March 24, 1999, as Nato was preparing to wage war on Yugoslavia:

‘Let’s bring in our Pentagon spokesman – excuse me, our Pentagon correspondent.’

For indeed the unwritten rule informing this type of journalism is: if you want to get close to the ‘defence’ establishment, you better be close to the ‘defence’ establishment: ideologically, sympathetically, ‘patriotically’.

A near-perfect example of this industry-wide perceptual bias has been supplied this year by BBC diplomatic editor, Mark Urban.

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‘Radioactive’ Putin Is ‘Stalin’s Spawn’ By Peter Hart

7 May 2014 — FAIR Blog

With Official Enemies, too much is not enough 

Putin, by Jem SullivanIf there were a guide for corporate media treatment of Official Enemies, the first rule might be that you can hardly ever go too far. So Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Crimean region of Ukraine meant that he was either “taking a page out of the Hitler playbook,” as Fox News host Bill O’Reilly (3/3/14) put it, or was, as Washington Post columnist George Will (3/17/14) said, “Stalin’s spawn.”

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Syria: The US Military-Industrial complex tied to pro-war propaganda

11 October 2013 — Presstv

US media analysts in Syria debate tied to defense contractors

Military analysts who recently made frequent appearances on major US media outlets to make the case for a military strike against Syria have ties to prominent defense contractors and other firms with stakes in the conflict, according to a new report.

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