Investigate the Propaganda Pundits

From Free Press:

Dear Friend,

The Pentagon is infiltrating the media with pro-war propaganda.

The scheme reaches all the way to the Bush White House, where top officials recruited dozens of “military analysts” to spread favorable views of the war via every major news channel — without revealing they were working from Pentagon scripts and often lobbying for major military contractors looking to cash in on the war.

This is a violation of every conceivable standard of journalism — and possibly of federal law.

Take action at:


Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

There’s something wrong with us.

Overkill and Short Shrift


The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is no doubt (and regrettably) a big issue in the presidential campaign. But what we’ve seen over the past week is major media overkill — Jeremiah Wright all day and all night. It’s like watching the clips of a car wreck again and again.

Take Action: Tell the media to live up to King’s dream

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther
King, Jr.
– a tragic end to a life spent moving the nation
towards racial justice and reconciliation.

But in the last few weeks, instead of building on his legacy,
the news media has been in a feeding frenzy which plays on our
worst fears and demeans the prophetic tradition of the black

Rev. Jeremiah Wright has preached for over 3,000 hours in the
course of his career, but the cable news networks have used a
handful of 30-second clips, often taken completely out of
context, to exploit racial fears and further divide this nation.

I just sent a message to these networks, telling them to honor
King’s legacy by covering racial issues in a way worthy of his
dream. Will you join me?

Just click HERE.

Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

‘Critics’ come late to the fold

In theory, the integrity of American democracy is protected by the
vigilant watchdogs of our national news media, seeking constantly to illuminate the truth without fear or favor.
In practice, many citizens understand, our celebrity Washington press corps too often performs in ways having more to do with personal (and institutional ) ambition and unspoken agendas than informing the public.

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:35 pm  Comments (1)  

Small Outposts of Besieged Values

Will Murdoch destroy the Journal? Will he undermine the paper’s values and call that “investment”?

Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  

CNN Throws in Towel, Admits to Two Errors, and States That All ‘Sicko’ Facts Are True to Their Source (or something like that)…

Moore Realizes All This is Huge Distraction and Then Spends More Precious Time Thanking Paris Hilton for Seeing ‘Sicko’… Meanwhile, More than 300 Americans Die Because They Had No Health Insurance During the 8-Day Gupta-Moore War…

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Open Letter to CNN from Michael Moore

“I’m about to become your worst nightmare.”

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sicko Reality

CNN Gets Blitzed by Michael Moore
“Just apologize to the American people and to the families of the troops for not doing your job four years ago. We wouldn’t be in this war if you had done your job. Come on. Just admit it. Just apologize to the American people.” — Michael Moore, live on The Situation Room
‘SiCKO’ Truth Squad Sets the Record Straight: CNN vs. THE FACTS

“If we get that confirmed, obviously, we’ll correct the record.” — Wolf Blitzer, live on The Situation Room

‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ is Right (VIDEO) — Douglas Brinkley, U.S. Historian and director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization

Demand an apology from CNN for Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s biased report on ‘SiCKO’ and for helping the Bush administration lie us into a pointless war.

Commenting on the Commentaries

AlterNet | Brad Blog | Crooks and Liars | Daily Kos | Eschaton | Huffington Post | Raw Story

Where can I see the film?” | “What can I do?

Mike on T.V.: Part Two with Wolf Blitzer | Mike With Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Larry King Live | The Daily Show (Rerun)

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 7:24 am  Leave a Comment  

Give progressive radio a chance in Cincinnati

Last month the Center for American Progress published a report confirming what many progressive radio listeners already knew: There are nine hours of conservative talk radio for every one hour of progressive talk on the public airwaves. Conservative talkers and Republicans in Congress began screaming that the Democrats were trying to take right-wing talkers off the air. They claimed the report was advocating a return to the Fairness Doctrine, a long-repealed requirement for equal time on the airwaves. Both claims are blatantly false.


Published in: on July 7, 2007 at 11:22 pm  Comments (1)  

Ignoring the Constitution, lying, hypocrisy?

Yes, but it didn’t happen in a vacuum.

Rosa Brooks

The media’s Stockholm syndrome finally seems to be wearing off.

Published in: on July 7, 2007 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Bloody Media Mirror

“More than four years — and at least several hundred thousand Iraqi civilian deaths — later, the most reliable epidemiology available confirms that those claims were more than misleading. They were fundamentally out of touch with human reality.”

by Norman Solomon

Published in: on July 5, 2007 at 8:26 pm  Comments (1)  

The Price of Free Airwaves

Using the public airwaves is a privilege — a lucrative one — not a right, and I fear the F.C.C. has not done enough to stand up for the public interest. Our policies should reward broadcasters that honor their pledge to serve that interest and penalize those that don’t.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 3:33 pm  Comments (1)  

A Marine’s Father Asks That We Recall What Truly Matters

Aaron Houston

George Somjen in his office with photos of his son Gregory, a Marine lance corporal stationed in Iraq and scheduled to get home in October.



A few years back, when he worked part time for a limousine company in Parsippany, George Somjen was the driver on a day when Gene Simmons of the rock group Kiss went to visit his mother. She offered Mr. Somjen whitefish for lunch, and he got to see her basement filled with Kiss memorabilia.

Published in: on May 31, 2007 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  

All the President’s Press

April 29, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

SOMEHOW it’s hard to imagine David Halberstam yukking it up with Alberto Gonzales, Paul Wolfowitz and two discarded “American Idol” contestants at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Before there was a Woodward and Bernstein, there was Halberstam, still not yet 30 in the early 1960s, calling those in power to account for lying about our “progress” in Vietnam. He did so even though J.F.K. told the publisher of The Times, “I wish like hell that you’d get Halberstam out of there.” He did so despite public ridicule from the dean of that era’s Georgetown punditocracy, the now forgotten columnist (and Vietnam War cheerleader) Joseph Alsop.

Published in: on April 28, 2007 at 10:46 pm  Comments (2)  

U.S. Media Have Lost the Will to Dig Deep

A changed news culture has let several important investigative stories slip through the cracks.

By Greg Palast
April 27, 2007

Published in: on April 27, 2007 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bill Moyers’ Journal: Buying the War

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?

Watch “Buying the War,” a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, which includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Meet the Press; and Walter Isaacson, former president of CNN.

Two days later on April 27, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL airs at its regular timeslot on Fridays at 9 P.M. with interviews and news analysis of underreported stories across an array of beats, including: the environment, media, politics, the economy, arts and culture, and social issues.

Published in: on April 26, 2007 at 8:27 am  Comments (6)  

A Killer’s Media Wish Fulfilled

April 20, 2007, 5:31 pm
By Alice Mathias

Every day in my Oral Traditions of Musicianship class, before the rigorous business of learning begins, we go around the room and each of us shares with the class how we are feeling on a scale of 1 to 10. If you’re a 1, that means you’re unconscious and hooked up to a machine that is propelling you through life. If you’re a 10, you’re so elated you could levitate. (If you’re bold enough to claim you are a 10, you actually have to lie down on the floor and prove to the class that you can float. We haven’t seen any successful 10’s yet.)

Published in: on April 21, 2007 at 11:05 am  Leave a Comment  

On the Media and Imus


Don Imus and What’s Ailing the Media
That people took advantage of their rights to help convince networks and advertisers to abandon Imus is much less a threat to democracy than the fact that control over what we read, see and hear through the media is in fewer and fewer hands.

Joseph Hughes, TPM Cafe

Imus Is a Symptom of Centralized Media

Lost in the debate over Don Imus is any discussion of U.S. media policy, which created and sustains a system that richly rewards “shock jock” programming.

Wally Bowen, Ashville Citizen Times

Big Media and the Imus ‘Accident’

Stations that aired Imus’ talk show were more likely to be owned by large group owners — companies that own stations in multiple markets or own more than three stations in a single market. None of them were minority-owned stations.

Timothy Karr,

Tell the FCC to Stop Big Media

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Everybody Hates Don Imus

April 15, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

FAMILIAR as I am with the warp speed of media, I was still taken aback by the velocity of Don Imus’s fall after he uttered an indefensible racist and sexist slur about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Even in that short span, there’s been an astounding display of hypocrisy, sanctimony and self-congratulation from nearly every side of the debate, starting with Al Sharpton, who has yet to apologize for his leading role in the Tawana Brawley case, the 1980s racial melee prompted by unproven charges much like those that soiled the Duke lacrosse players. (more…)

Published in: on April 18, 2007 at 12:56 am  Comments (1)  

Signs of Infection

April 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
Signs of Infection

People in positions of great power are the ones who define those who are relatively lacking in power. So when Don Imus, a very powerful radio personality, dropped his disgusting verbal bomb on the members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, he sent a powerful message across the airwaves: that the young women on the team (the black ones, at least) were crude, ugly and genetically inferior, and that all of the women were whores. (more…)

Published in: on April 16, 2007 at 12:08 am  Comments (5)  

Flying Solo Past the Point of No Return

For a few days, it seemed as if Don Imus would somehow pull out of the death spiral. (more…)

Either Imus Goes, Or Gonzales Goes

Imagine if the audience’s appetite for outrage extended to the dying of American democracy. Imagine if media bosses believed that we’re insatiable for information about the Republican attempt to rig the ’08 election by politicizing the Justice Department and prosecuting phony voter fraud. Imagine if the same kind of blanket coverage that’s currently conferred on loopy astronauts, bratty rehaboholics, and, yes, outrageously slandered basketball teams, were afforded instead to the slow-motion fascism now on the move in America. Would we watch it the same Pavlovian way we watch tits, twits and tornadoes?

Published in: on April 11, 2007 at 10:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Can We All Just Get Along?

Isn’t there a war going on out there someplace?
Isn’t there a medium-slow-motion genocide of Africans happening somewhere that starts with a D?

I haven’t written earlier because I was praying that the news sharks would have long since had their fill feasting on this story.

by Trey Ellis

Published in: on April 11, 2007 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nappy-headed Hos of the World Unite!

I have straight blondish hair and have never sold any sexual services, but if the Rutgers women are “nappy-headed hos,” then I’d be proud to be one too.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Iraq: Why the media failed

Afraid to challenge America’s leaders or conventional wisdom about the Middle East, a toothless press collapsed.

Published in: on April 11, 2007 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Don Imus Suspended Over Racial Remarks

The radio talk show host Don Imus was suspended for two weeks yesterday after the outcry over his racially disparaging remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

Published in: on April 9, 2007 at 10:06 pm  Comments (2)  

As An Embedded First-Hand Witness in Iraq…

I Want to Share Stories the American Public is Not Aware of and the Mainstream Media is Not Telling

Iraqi American Sami Rasouli was a well-known restaurateur in Minneapolis. In 2004, in the midst of the war and occupation – three decades after leaving Iraq – he returned to his home country to help it recover from the war and U.S. occupation. Rasouli has spent much of his time in the Shiite holy city of Najaf where he was born. He also helped establish the Muslim Peacemaker Team.

Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

As An Embedded First-Hand Witness in Iraq…

I Want to Share Stories the American Public is Not Aware of and the Mainstream Media is Not Telling

Iraqi American Sami Rasouli was a well-known restaurateur in Minneapolis. In 2004, in the midst of the war and occupation – three decades after leaving Iraq – he returned to his home country to help it recover from the war and U.S. occupation. Rasouli has spent much of his time in the Shiite holy city of Najaf where he was born. He also helped establish the Muslim Peacemaker Team.

Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Washington Back Channel

Leaks, backgrounders, favors, masked attribution: For decades, journalists and government officials have traded in a sort of information black market, manipulating one another and, to some extent, readers too. It’s not pretty — as the Libby trial revealed. But it’s crucial.


Published in: on March 25, 2007 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

News War: What’s Happening to the News?

Tuesday, February 27, 9:00pm

Lowell Bergman examines the economic pressures the news industry faces because of aging audiences and the Internet. Included: comments from “Daily Show” head writer David Javerbaum; Ted Koppel; former L.A. Times managing editor Dean Baquet.

Published in: on February 28, 2007 at 12:04 am  Leave a Comment  

The Weapon of Mass Change

One of the uglier paradoxes of our time is that, as the world becomes vastly more complicated, the punditocracy becomes more simplistic.

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Did David Broder “prop up” the Bush presidency?

There are actually countless examples where previously unchallenged national journalists have been confronted by the work of bloggers, and one such incident occurred yesterday when The Washington Post’s David Broder hosted an “online chat” and one of the questioners read from a post I wrote critiquing Broder’s column yesterday.

Published in: on February 18, 2007 at 11:14 pm  Leave a Comment  


Secrets, Sources & Spin (Part I) started 4 minutes ago on PBS. You can watch it online if you miss it.

Published in: on February 13, 2007 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

How Media Kool Kids Try to Bar Access to Your Government, Or…

…Capitol Hill Junior High

David Sirota

Published in: on February 13, 2007 at 1:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cronkite warns drive for media profits poses threat to democracy

He says democracy in danger from bottom

Published in: on February 12, 2007 at 12:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Local media content shouldn’t be a luxury

Not long ago, Americans considered local news and entertainment as necessary for our democracy and culture. In today’s consolidated media system, however, truly local content is becoming a luxury good.

Published in: on February 1, 2007 at 4:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Battle for Haifa Street

Lara Logan:

The story below only appeared on our CBS website and was not aired on CBS. It is a story that is largely being ignored, even though this is taking place every single day in central Baghdad, two blocks from where our office is located.

Our crew had to be pulled out because we got a call saying they were about to be killed, and on their way out, a civilian man was shot dead in front of them as they ran.

I would be very grateful if any of you have a chance to watch this story and pass the link on to as many people you know as possible. It should be seen. And people should know about this.

If anyone has time to send a comment to CBS – about the story – not about my request, then that would help highlight that people are interested and this is not too gruesome to air, but rather too important to ignore.

Many, many thanks.

CBS News contact form

News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan reports on the intense battle, nearly two weeks old, to wrest control of Baghdad’s Haifa Street from the insurgency.

Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 2:54 am  Comments (1)  

Rep. believes Democratic media reform bill may prevent possible ‘fascist’ takeover of US media

Rep. Hinchey: New bill would break up media monopolies and restore fairness doctrine

Warns media reform critical to prevent ‘end of democratic republic’

Published in: on January 22, 2007 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bill Moyers: Take Back the Media Before It’s Too Late


Legendary television journalist praises growing grassroots movement to Save the Internet

Published in: on January 13, 2007 at 3:22 pm  Leave a Comment