New MRC research finds inaccuracies and distortions in media coverage of antisemitism and the Labour Party

27 September 2018 — Media Reform Coalition

The Media Reform Coalition has conducted in-depth research on the controversy surrounding antisemitism in the Labour Party, focusing on media coverage of the crisis during the summer of 2018. Following extensive case study research, we identified myriad inaccuracies and distortions in online and television news including marked skews in sourcing, omission of essential context or right of reply, misquotation, and false assertions made either by journalists themselves or sources whose contentious claims were neither challenged nor countered. Overall, our findings were consistent with a disinformation paradigm.

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Guardian newspaper condemned for publishing “deliberate lies” about Julian Assange By James Cogan

24 September 2018 — WSWS

On September 21, the Guardian newspaper published claims, based on unnamed sources, that Ecuador, Russia and WikiLeaks had conspired to smuggle Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and transport him to “another country”—most likely Russia.

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The Sanctification of NATO By Gregory Shupak

26 July 2018 — FAIR

Guardian: Europe Must Come Together

To the Guardian (7/10/18), NATO “ushered in a democratic, liberal world order.”

Claims that US President Donald Trump is undermining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) by criticizing some of its members and having a cordial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin have sent establishment media into a frenzy to sanctify NATO as a force for peace and democracy.

A Guardian editorial (7/10/18) asserted:

The NATO alliance has helped mold the modern world and ushered in a democratic, liberal world order characterized by open trade and open societies, which after the collapse of the Soviet Union needed only to be lightly defended. This in turn contributed greatly to American peace and prosperity.

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‘A Suffocating Groupthink’: Sampling The Corporate Media On Israel, Iran, Syria And Russia

16 May 2018 — Media Lens

The gaping chasm between reality and unreality is exemplified by recent contrasting statements about journalism from two veteran reporters. On the one side we have Jeremy Bowen, the BBC’s Middle East editor, who enjoys a public image of principled honesty and a supposedly fierce commitment to news balance and impartiality. But, when he was challenged recently on Twitter about the blatant bias in BBC News reporting, he responded just as one would expect of a well-rewarded, high-profile employee of the national broadcaster:

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Media Use Disinformation To Accuse Russia Of Spreading Such

11 May 2018 — Moon of Alabama

The Grauniad is slipping deeper into the disinformation business: Revealed: UK’s push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance is the headline of a page one piece which reveals exactly nothing. There is no secret lifted and no one was discomforted by a questioning journalist. 

Like other such pieces it uses disinformation to accuse Russia of spreading such.

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Major Papers Urge Trump to Kill Syrians, Risk World War III By Gregory Shupak

12 April 2018 — FAIR

New York Times: In Syria, Trump Faces the Limits of Bluster

The New York Times (4/9/18) calls Syria “a crucial test for Mr. Trump, who has shirked America’s traditional leadership role.”

Western governments accuse the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical weapon attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus. The World Health Organization says that, of 70 deceased persons they examined in the area, 43 had signs of being exposed to “highly toxic chemicals,” though whether the government carried out the attack has not been confirmed, and even the US—despite its public stance—was reportedly “still assessing the evidence of the attack” and “did not know which chemical was used, or whether it was launched by the Syrian government or forces supporting the government” (New York Times, 4/11/18).

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Media Lens: A Liberal Pillar Of The Establishment – ‘New Look’ Guardian, Old-Style Orthodoxy

18 January 2018 — Media Lens

As Noam Chomsky has often remarked: ‘liberal bias is extremely important in a sophisticated system of propaganda.’ One major news outlet that Chomsky had in mind was the New York Times, but the same applies in the UK. As a senior British intelligence official noted of the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan:

‘It is always helpful for governments who want to get the Guardian readers of the world on board to have a humanitarian logic.’

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