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  1. 45 journalists and media staff killed in work-related incidents during 2021. (December 31, 2021)
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today published its annual list of journalists and media professionals which reports 45 killings during 2021 in 20 countries, a drop from 65 killings recorded last year in 2020. Since 1991, according to the IFJ figures, 2721 journalists have been killed around the world.
  2. It’s Aggression When “They” Do It, but Defense When “We” Do Worse (April 30, 2021)
    Aggression, in international politics, is commonly defined as the use of armed force against another sovereign state, not justified by self-defense or international authority. Any state being described as aggressive in foreign or international reporting, therefore, is almost by definition in the wrong. It’s a word that seems easy to apply to the United States, which launched 81 foreign interventions between 1946 and 2000 alone.
  3. Rights groups react to Assange verdict (January 12, 2021)
    Human rights and press freedom groups respond to British court ruling on Julian Assange.
  4. Robert Fisk – Death Of A “Controversial” Journalist (October 20, 2020)
    Robert Fisk, the Independent’s Middle East correspondent, died on 30 October aged 74.
  5. Freedom for Me But Not for Assange (or Thee): The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of CNN's Christiane Amanpour (February 28, 2020)
    CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour has some strange ideas about democracy and journalism, believing her colleagues to be above elected officials – but only if they have the correct politics and serve the right masters, obviously.
  6. The "Liberal" Media’s Propaganda War on Bernie Sanders (February 25, 2020)
  7. 'Every journalist should feel a cold, icy hand running down their spine (February 24, 2020)
    "Every journalist in the United States should feel a cold, icy hand running down their spine" at the charges that had been leveled against this publisher. Because they could be next,' writer Suelette Dreyfus says about Assange whose project published leaked documents exposing possible US War crimes in Iraq and letters exposing shenanigans against Bernie Sanders in 2016 by bosses within the Democratic Party.
  8. Assange's Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-war Movement (February 19, 2020)
    While media have become stenographers to power and have long betrayed ordinary people, WikiLeaks has defended the public’s right to know by publishing more than 10 million documents, with a pristine record of accuracy exposing human rights abuses, government spying and war crimes on an unprecedented scale. By bringing truth to the public, the whistleblowing site transformed the Fourth Estate into becoming a powerful vehicle for peace-making.
  9. 'Unreasonable & unacceptable': Beijing slams Washington for press freedom hypocrisy after Chinese media branded 'foreign missions' (February 19, 2020)
    China has denounced Washington for advocating freedom of the press while obstructing media, after it tightened control over Beijing-run outlets operating in the US by equating them to diplomatic missions.
  10. The Holocaust, the BBC and antisemitism smears (January 28, 2020)
    Senior BBC news reporter Orla Guerin has found herself in hot water of an increasingly familiar kind. During a report on preparations for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, she made a brief reference to Israel and an even briefer reference to the Palestinians.
  11. All Massacres Will Become 'Alleged Massacres' If We Don't Pay Attention (December 19, 2019)
    The greatest enemy of all journalists – and all politicians – is the failure of institutional, historical memory.
  12. The Perils of Embedded Journalism: 'Afghan Papers' Wouldn't Be Needed If We Had a Real Independent News Media (December 13, 2019)
    If the Post and other major news media outlets had been pursuing the truth over the years about these all the wars, and the so-called "War" on Terror, instead of leaving the hard work of exposing all the lies to the likes of whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden and journalist/whistleblower publisher Julian Assange, we'd already know about the venality and culpability of our government.
  13. Money, Power and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost (December 9, 2019)
    It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving media and, bankrolled by rich Arab countries, whose only goal is to serve their specific, often sinister, agendas.
  14. 'Sexy tricks': How journalists demonize Venezuela's socialist government, in their own words (December 9, 2019)
    The United States has labeled Venezuela's government a "dictatorship" and part of a "troika of tyranny," and has sponsored multiple coup attempts there, including one in November. The corporate media has dutifully ignored the US role in the country's economic woes, laying the blame squarely at the feet of Maduro, omitting crucial political context on Venezuela's economic crisis while keeping up a constant flow of content presenting the country as a socialist hellhole.
  15. Russiagate media smears against Corbyn brought to you by US and UK military-intelligence apparatus (December 8, 2019)
    The popular socialist leader of Britain's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, could be on the verge of becoming prime minister of the United Kingdom. And the mere possibility is terrifying British intelligence services and the US government.
  16. Study Reveals How UK Intelligence Works with Media to Smear Jeremy Corbyn (December 6, 2019)
    Academic studies of the Corbyn coverage have also shown that corporate media have shown a profound hostility to him and his project. One report from the London School of Economics included an entire section called "Delegitimization through Ridicule, Scorn, and Personal Attacks."
  17. The Lies About Assange Must Stop Now (November 25, 2019)
    Newspapers and other media in the United States and Britain have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the "Assange effect".
  18. CIA helped shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ series into bigoted Venezuela regime change fantasy (November 22, 2019)
    In a new video analysis of the show (embedded at the end of this article), researcher Tom Secker exposed the show as straightforward US imperial propaganda which was produced in direct collaboration with the CIA and Pentagon.
  19. Hillary's white pantsuit says 'empowerment' but Tulsi’s says 'fringe cult leader': NYT pilloried for two-faced style commentary (November 22, 2019)
    The New York Times has been accused of peddling ridiculous and shamelessly biased punditry, after the Gray Lady took aim at presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s white pantsuit but ended up red-faced.
  20. Journalists need 'national security' training to stop flow of embarrassing but true NATO stories, defense-backed think tank warns (November 22, 2019)
    With Western armed forces already using embedded reporters to tell the story they prefer, a UK think tank now calls for national security training for journalists so they don't help out Russia or China by telling the truth.
  21. Unfree Media – State Stenography And Shameful Silence (November 6, 2019)
    A recent viral clip of Jeremy Corbyn featured vital truths about the corporate media that ought to be at the forefront of public consciousness in the approach to the UK General Election on December 12, 2020.
  22. Money Talks, Bullshit Walks on Cable News (October 30, 2019)
    None of the big companies buying advertising time on CNN and MSNBC have any interest in the progressive taxation and restored union organizing and collective bargaining rights that Sanders advocates.
  23. Catalonia 'separatists' bad, HK 'pro-democracy protesters' good: Orwell's 1984 becomes user's manual for Western 'free media' (October 15, 2019)
    When supporters of Catalan leaders jailed for organizing a democratic vote advance on Barcelona airport, media make a fuss over 'separatists' causing chaos. When the same tactic is used in Hong Kong, it's a 'pro-democracy' protest. In George Orwell’s 1984, The War Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Peace. Truth was Lies, Hate was Love. But author Lewis Carroll got there first.
  24. The New York Times Called a Famous Cartoonist an Anti-Semite. Repeatedly. They Didn’t Ask Him for Comment. (October 3, 2019)
  25. What George Carlin Taught Us about Media Propaganda by Omission (September 19, 2019)
    In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: "Here's a partial score from the West Coast – Los Angeles 6." For a brilliant comedian like Carlin -- who skewered corporate power, class structure and political/media propaganda – that's one of his more innocuous jokes. But it's sharply relevant today as corporate TV news outlets serve up a series of partial scores. Call it 'propaganda by omission.'
  26. Myanmar's Other Reporters (August 13, 2019)
    Detailed analysis of the state of freedom of speech and the press in Burma/Myanmar.
  27. Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange (August 10, 2019)
    Australian journalist Mark Davis HAS revealed new first-hand information exposing the extent of the betrayal of Julian Assange by the Guardian and the New York Times, and refuting the lies both publications have used to smear the WikiLeaks founder.
  28. History Is Happening: WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate (July 18, 2019)
    An article based on and in discussions with Nozomi Hayase's book 'WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is Happening'.
  29. The Journalists Do The Shouting (July 12, 2019)
    A summary and analysis of some of the mainstream media's coverage US conflicts with Iran.
  30. The Journalists Do The Shouting (July 12, 2019)
    Today’s meaningful art is samizdat stickers on wireline poles and spray-canned corporate advertising. Corporate media is no longer considered a sure source of credible reporting.
  31. RT's ban from media freedom conference shows British irony is alive and well (July 9, 2019)
    RT has been banned from a conference on media freedom for reportedly 'spreading disinformation.' They find this accusation and its source an ironic juxtoposition.
  32. New York Times Admits it Sent Story to Government for Approval (June 25, 2019)
    The NY Times' seeking approval for a recent story is part of a history of the mainstream media's collaboration with the US government.
  33. The Shaving Kit - Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt (June 20, 2019)
    A survey of mainstream media coverage of Assange's arrest that makes him an object of ridicule. Much attention is given to the beard he had at the time.
  34. While the World Watches Trump, It’s Missing What’s Really Going On (June 10, 2019)
    The superficial antics of Trump and other world leaders are making front page news while investigative reporting on real issues is pushed to the margins.
  35. Mainstream media loves protests for democracy and freedom... unless they're in US ally Honduras (June 4, 2019)
    Anti-government protests in Honduras provide a contrast with coverage of those in Venezuela. People protesting an illegitimately elected president get almost no US mainstream coverage in this case.
  36. Why the US is Persecuting Assange (June 4, 2019)
    Governments don't like it when reporters disclose secrets that impede their preferred narrative. This article draws parallels between Assange and the work of Yemeni reporter Maad al-Zikry.
  37. Press Freedom is Under Threat in the Land of its Birth (May 29, 2019)
    The US was not among the conulates protesting controversial new extradition bill in Hong Kong. They can't with a straight face object to Hong Kong passing an act that endorses extradition for political crimes while Washington is pursuing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
  38. Press Freedom is Under Threat in the Land of its Birth (May 29, 2019)
    The author draws parallels between the US and Hong Kong's treatment of freedom and individual rights.
  39. The Western Media is Key to Syria Deceptions (May 29, 2019)
    An analysis of why western media has failed to practice any scepticism regarding claims that the Syrian government is using chemical weapons.
  40. The Evidence We Were Never Meant to See About the Douma Gas Attack (May 27, 2019)
    A report that conflicts with claims that two cylinders containing chemicals were dropped from an aircraft was suppressed by the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons. This erodes public trust in the institution and is distressing given the recent history of using dubious existence of deadly weapons to justify wars.
  41. Russiagate and the Dry Rot in American Journalism (May 24, 2019)
    The idea that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election is used by both liberals and the right to maintain the status quo. Comparisons to Hunter S. Thompson show how staid mainstream news has become.
  42. Assange revolutionized journalism, and the elite will never forgive him (May 14, 2019)
    Julian Assange's treatment by governments and mainstream media shows how he is a threat to the former and shames the latter.
  43. Distorting 'Democracy' in Venezuela Coverage (May 10, 2019)
    Round up of some of the many media outlets that call Guaidó's coup attempt in Venezuela a democratic movement and refer to democratically elected president Maduro as a dictator.
  44. Google Bans Press TV (May 5, 2019)
    Social media companies are banning media outlets in the name of alleged 'hate speech' but the companies' contacts and their targets make them instruments of government censorship.
  45. Fake News Tsunami - Trump's 'Collusion' And Corbyn As 'Dangerous Hero' (April 5, 2019)
    Analysis of recent news coverage that paints Corbyn as an anti-semite compared to that of the Trump campaign's supposed ties with the Russian government.
  46. Weaponized Social Media Is Driving the Explosion of Fascism (April 5, 2019)
    Describing how social media wages war on reality by spreading propaganda. With examples from ISIS to Alex Jones.
  47. Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck (April 3, 2019)
    Social media giants such as Facebook support government regulation as a means to secure their monopolies.
  48. Facebook plans to curate 'high quality' news for its users from 'trusted outlets' (April 1, 2019)
    Facebook is considering hiring human editors to hand-pick 'trustworthy' news to display on its site. Facebook's track record of bias and censorship make its motives suspect.
  49. ‘Renouncing Violence’ Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims (March 29, 2019)
    Media analysis shows that calls to renounce violence are directed at Muslims or other victims of Western occupation.
  50. The U.S.' Refusal of Entry to Arnold August Is a Dangerous Precedent for All Activists (March 29, 2019)
    The US's refusal of entry to August is part of a long history of targeting people at the borders. This limits our democratic rights to organize and express political views peacefully.
  51. Pathological Deceit: The NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors (March 26, 2019)
    Claims that the Maduro government is using Cuban doctors to coerce voters by refusing care to the opposition are based on very dubious evidence.
  52. The Homeless 8-Year-Old Chess Champion and Other Horrific 'Uplifting' Stories (March 25, 2019)
    Stories in US media of people overcoming adversity are only inspiring if you ignore the unjust systems that create their oppression.
  53. The TSA's Role as Journalist Harasser and Media 'Watchdog' (March 25, 2019)
    An American journalist whose work opposes the US government is openly marked for extra screening and inspections when travelling.
  54. Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist (March 23, 2019)
    Many right-wing movements and leaders are described as moderate or even left-leaning by politicians and corporate media. In these cases the terms no longer have a political definition but is a way to convey approval.
  55. The Destruction of Freedom: Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange And The Corporate Media (March 19, 2019)
    The corporate media's hostility towards Assange, Manning and WikiLeaks - obvious by lack of coverage or overt antagonism - shows it is tool of the state and big business.
  56. Exposure of Another Pro-War Lie Doesn't Make Media More Skeptical of Pro-War Claims (March 17, 2019)
    The story of pro-Maduro forces burning trucks bringing aid to Venezuela has now been reported as false, even by corporate media. The bigger story of how and why this lie was propogated gets left behind.
  57. The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove (March 13, 2019)
    First Look Media, owner of The Intercept, is shutting down access to Snowden’s leaked NSA documents. Their reporters still have copies of all the documents and are looking to find a new outlet for them.
  58. The Fake News Nazi - Corbyn, Williamson And The Anti-Semitism Scandal (March 6, 2019)
    Analysis of Corbyn's press shows accusations of anti-semitism against him only started when he became a political threat.
  59. Facebook Wants You to Know if You’re Getting Your News From the Wrong Government (March 1, 2019)
    Media outlets owned by a company with ties to the Russian government are forced to disclose their affiliation on Facebook. Media outlets owned or funded by the US government are not held to the same standard.
  60. Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America (March 1, 2019)
    Corporate media has many stories about food and medicine shortages in Venezuela. These lies and others are debunked by someone who lives there.
  61. UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza (February 28, 2019)
    A short piece on the UN Human Rights Council report on Israel's firing on unarmed protesters.
  62. Venezuela Blitz - Part 1: Tyrants Don’t Have Free Elections (February 7, 2019)
    Thorough summary of support for the Venezuela coup in US and UK media with many excerpts.
  63. Venezuela Blitz - Part 2: Press Freedom, Sanctions And Oil (February 7, 2019)
    Analysis of corporate coverage of Venezuela reveals: reporting on the supposed lack of free press, and rarely mentioning the US's interest in their oil and effect of sanctions on the country.
  64. US Media Ignore -- and Applaud -- Economic War on Venezuela (February 6, 2019)
    US reporting on Venezuela fails to mention the effect economic sanctions have in Venezuela defying the work of experts in the area.
  65. How the Murders of Journalists in the Middle East Are Brushed Aside (February 4, 2019)
    Though higher-profile than most, Jamal Khashoggi was far from the first Arab journalist to be murdered in the Middle East. In his case, just like most others, cover-ups disguised as investigations may placate public outcry.
  66. The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine (February 1, 2019)
    Coverage of South African apartheid in US news in the 1980s compared with coverage of Israel/Palestine today reveals similar racist bias.
  67. 'Fake news' is okay if it's about #RussiaGate: Top 7 fake 'collusion' stories the media pushed (January 21, 2019)
    A summary of stories of Russian interference in US politics that were later retracted.
  68. Dances of Disinformation: the Partisan Politics of the Integrity Initiative (January 15, 2019)
    The Integrity Initiative - a supposedly non-partisan agency aiming at dismantling state sponsored misinformation - was exposed as funded by a UK government agency to undermine the opposition. This brings into question the plausibility of an impartial or apolitical playing field.
  69. Mainstream Media Bias on 2020 Democratic Race Already in High Gear (January 15, 2019)
    Mainstream media pundits undermine the chances of progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders despite the defeat of centrist politicians by the right.
  70. U.S. Newspapers Are More Than Twice As Likely to Cite Israeli Sources in Headlines Than Palestinian Ones (January 12, 2019)
    A study of 50 years of news headlines on the Israel-Palestine conflict from five major American publications shows that they are biased towards the Israeli side.
  71. Why Should My Newspaper Pledge Not to Boycott Israel? (January 3, 2019)
    An editorial by the publisher of an Arkansas newspaper expected to sign a pledge promising to not boycott Israel in exchange for the ability to sell advertising.
  72. Journalists Speak Up for Julian Assange (2019)
    Journalists and journalistic organizations around the globe, express their grave concern for Julian Assange's wellbeing, for his continued detention and for the draconian espionage charges.
  73. Time magazine honors journalists facing repression - but snubs Julian Assange (December 13, 2018)
    A look at Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' award for 2018, which did not list any journalist who exposed state secrets or government misconduct in the United States, nor whistleblowers from Israel, Egypt, India or any of the NATO countries.
  74. Blacking Out the Yellow Vests on Cable News: Corporate Media Doing its Job (December 12, 2018)
    France is experiencing a left-leaning popular and working-class uprising consistent with the French revolutionary tradition of "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity", yet the majorty of Western media have given very little investigation or serious attention to the momentous events.
  75. Canadian Jewish News: Promoter of Terror Tourism? (December 5, 2018)
    What should we make of a media outlet that praises those who join or give money to a foreign army, which occupies territory belonging to another people, terrorizes the local population by destroying houses, restricting their movement, subjecting them to military courts and shooting unarmed protestors? What should we call the Canadian Jewish News, an unfailing flatterer of Canadians who join or finance a military subjugating Palestinians? Would “promoter of terror tourism” be an appropriate description?
  76. The BBC Has Legal Protection to Spread Fake News: the Curious Case of ISIS, Andrew Neil and Jeremy Corbyn (November 27, 2018)
    A look at the reporting of 'fake news' by the BBC, which has no legal obligation to give its audience any information about its sources and seemingly has legal protection from scrutiny.
  77. Made-in-China fake news overwhelms Taiwan (November 24, 2018)
    Since 2016, when Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected as Taiwan's president relations between Taiwan and China have been increasingly strained. In parallel, a series of fake news campaigns have captured Taiwanese media, with experts tracing several of these stories back to China.
  78. When the BBC did fake news (November 23, 2018)
    The BBC recently aired a series on disinformation and fake news which made it seem like a problem reserved for non-British/non-European locales. The author looks at the BBC's role in the 1953 coup against Iran's democratically elected government.
  79. Women-Led Radio Station Amplifies Voices of Indigenous Communities in Argentina (November 20, 2018)
    In the late 1990s several Indigenous women founded a radio station which continues to broadcast. It resists cultural subjugation and provides a voice to Indigenous people.
  80. As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom (November 16, 2018)
    Democrats and Republicans both seem willing to curtail freedom of the press when an outlet publishes work against their interests, however, prosecuting Julian Assange/Wikileaks would create a precedent that would criminalize the core function of investigative journalism.
  81. Crucifying Julian Assange (November 14, 2018)
    Juilien Assange, who exposed the dark machinations and crimes of the US government, is now under threat of being expelled from the Equadorian Embassy. The article looks at what is happening to Assange and why the the silence over his plight is a betrayal by the press.
  82. Why does the language of journalism fail indigenous people? (November 12, 2018)
    A journalist with Indigenous roots reflects on the difficulty of doing justice to the community she is filming a documentary about. Historical misrepresentation due to lack of cross-cultural understanding has led to a distrust of the media.
  83. How To Be A Reliable 'Mainstream' Journalist (November 8, 2018)
    A commentary on what is required to be a 'good' and 'reliable' journalist for the mainstream Western media.
  84. Fact-Checking the Establishment's 'Fact-Checkers': How the 'Fake News' Story is Fake News (October 31, 2018)
    A look at the introduction of "Fake News" in the US and how is was used by both political parties in the lead-up to the 2016 US election, and moreover how it was propogated by the mainstream media and fact-checked by dubious verification sources.
  85. Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn (October 3, 2018)
    A Media Reform Coalition report reveals that the corporate media in Britain have been producing an alarming amount of 'fake news' items, which includes a narrative that Jeremy Corbyn and Labour party are mired in an 'antisemitism crisis'. The corporate media have largely ignored the report, or any other reasoned criticism of their biased reporting.
  86. Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People (August 17, 2018)
    We on the Left don't need to reflexively and absurdly jump to the defense of imperial criminals at the instigation of that (well, yes) "enemy of the people" the U.S. corporate and so-called mainstream war, news, and entertainment media.
  87. Venezuela: Maduro survives assassination attempt -- but journalism doesn't (August 11, 2018)
    Venezuela was rocked on August 5, 2018 by an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro during a public event, using drones armed with explosives.But as more details of the attack became available, mainstream media coverage sought to sow doubt on the events, using words such as "apparent" or "alleged". It focused on the government using this "alleged" event to step up repression.
  88. Yes, the Press Helps Start Wars (August 10, 2018)
    History shows that a jingoistic media can whip up support for hardline policies, as Trump rightly pointed out.
  89. First they came for Alex Jones. Now Facebook bans Venezuela news site (August 9, 2018)
    Days after the purge of Alex Jones from social media, Big Tech seems to have found another suitable target for apparent censorship. Facebook suspended the page of a prominent leftist news site writing about Venezuela.
  90. Nine essential tools from ICIJ's data journalism and programming experts (August 8, 2018)
    A look at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' favorite data journalism tools, including: spreadsheets, Datawrapper, Jupyter Notebook, OpenRefine, Python and R, Talend Studio, SQL, Pandas, Neo4j + Linkurious.
  91. Even the FBI Agrees: When Undercover Agents Pose as Journalists, It Hurts Real Journalists' Work (August 7, 2018)
    The FBI doesn't want the public to know more about how its agents pose as journalists during undercover investigations.The government acknowledged in a court filing that FBI agents who pretend to be journalists create a chilling effect, making it harder for real journalists to gain trust and cooperation from sources.
  92. 'Fake news' a loosely-defined term used for political gain (July 6, 2018)
    Commentary on a panel discussion of media representatives, part of the International Cybersecurity Congress, which discusses the topic of 'fake news'. The article includes a link to full video of the discussion.
  93. The Official Fake News (July 3, 2018)
    Emmanuel Macron, who was comfortably elected to the presidency, has instructed his parliamentary majority to provide him with a law against 'fake news' during election campaigns. The law would be a selective halt to the the dissemination of information with dangerous consequences.
  94. Painting a false picture (June 26, 2018)
    A review of the book "The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media" by Greg Shupak.
  95. John Pilger's speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange (June 19, 2018)
    Video by Cathy Vogan & Liam Kesteven (, for Politics in the Pub.
  96. The corporate media's world of illusions (June 11, 2018)
    In fact, the Great Western Narrative has been developed and refined over centuries to preserve a tiny elite’s privileges and expand its power. The role of journalists like me was to keep feeding these illusions to readers so they would remain fearful, passive and deferential to this elite. It is not that journalists lie – or at least, not most of them – it is that they are as deeply wedded to the Great Western Narrative as everyone else.
  97. The New York Times' Second Assassination of Razan at-Najjar (June 10, 2018)
    On 1 June 2018, an Israeli assassin poised along "the largest concentration camp ever to exist" killed 20-year-old paramedic Razan al-Najjar. On 7 June 2018, the New York Times assassinated her a second time. It surely does not surprise that the Times provides yeoman’s service for Israeli hasbara.
  98. How the Guardian aided the anti-semites (June 8, 2018)
    Who do you help when you censor a cartoon depicting Israel's well-documented war crimes against Palestinians – and do so on the grounds that the criticism of Israel is anti-semitic?
    The answer is: you help anti-semites.
  99. The Ideal of a Free Media Died Long Ago (June 4, 2018)
    Should the media include positive editorial content secretly paid for by major corporations, as London's Evening Standard newspaper has begun doing, according to new revelations?
    Most of us instantly recoil from any blurring between editorial and advertising in the media. How would we know if what was reported was factual, truthful and newsworthy or there simply as public relations spin? How could we trust anything we read?
  100. The Ideal of a Free Media Died Long Ago (June 4, 2018)
    Most of us instantly recoil from any blurring between editorial and advertising in the media. How would we know if what was reported was factual, truthful and newsworthy or there simply as public relations spin? How could we trust anything we read? But here's a seditious idea. Would that be such a bad thing? Maybe it would better if we were far more wary of the corporate media and began to think of it chiefly as a sales platform – selling us an ideology harmful to our individual welfare and that of our societies.
  101. 2018: When Orwell's 1984 Stopped Being Fiction (May 5, 2018)
    A commentary on The Guardian's news story "Revealed: UK's push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance". Cook questions facts and the terminology used in the Guardian article, a form of 'journalistic fraud', which promotes the UK government's policy towards Russia.
  102. Denver Post Editor Who Criticized Paper's Ownership Resigns (May 3, 2018)
    Chuck Plunkett said he knew that he was risking his job as the editorial page editor of The Denver Post when he wrote an impassioned editorial last month blasting the newspaper's hedge-fund owners as "vulture capitalists" who had hobbled Colorado's largest newspaper with deep layoffs and cost-cutting. On Thursday, Mr. Plunkett resigned after he said an executive who oversees the newspaper refused to run another sharp-edged editorial Mr. Plunkett had written for this Sunday's newspaper.
  103. Where It All Began: The Dawn of 'Fake News' (May 1, 2018)
    While today's political smear campaigns and propaganda have gotten more sophisticated and subtle, the underlying ethics remain as maggoty as ever.
  104. Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel (April 23, 2018)
    In spite of a systemic policy of demonization, Israeli journalist and human rights activist Gideon Levy continues denouncing the Israeli government and the crimes against Palestinians.

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