Archive for the ‘Media Feeds’ Category

Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator as Roguish, Visionary ‘Reformer’

November 19 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Guardian (11/5/17) reported that de facto Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman “is willing to take on the kingdom’s most powerful figures to implement his reforms and consolidate power.” Two weeks ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carried out a brutal crackdown on his political opponents, arresting dozens of high-ranking relatives, kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon, and seeing eight... Read more

Finding News In The Noise

November 19 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

For platforms like Reddit, YouTube, and Facebook, awake news rewards those that provide clarity, sources, and content metadata that labels news, opinion and satire. Article source:

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The Pathological Refusal to Report the Simple Truth About Presidential Lying

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

It is a truism to say that everyone lies to someone. Since public officials entrusted with power in our democracy are no exception to this human trait—as historical research documents—it should be exceedingly acceptable to point out that all politicians, from your local city council right up to the White House, lie as well. The Framers afforded the press special... Read more

Spinning E-Commerce as Rust Belt’s Salvation

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The New York Times (10/22/17) reports that “a constellation of vast warehouses” has “breathed new life into pockets of the country that had fallen economically behind.” Times are tough in Middle America, but the New York Times (10/22/17) says there’s hope on the horizon—conveniently packaged in the economic boom of e-commerce. The paper’s reporting, unfortunately, avoids confronting the insecurity inherent in... Read more

Hannity Drops Roy Moore Ultimatum After Senate Nominee Writes Letter

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“We demanded, rightly, answers from Judge Moore. He provided them to the specific questions we asked,” Hannity said, adding that he’s confident the people of Alabama can make the best choice for their state. Article source:

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15-plus communities that are about to be rocked by Sinclair’s conservative local news takeover 

November 17 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Conservative local TV news giant Sinclair Broadcast Group has been quietly injecting right-wing spin into local newscasts for years. The company thrives when it flies under the radar, serving local audiences who might not realize what they’re tuning in for — so Media Matters is helping to highlight where communities can fight back. Sinclair’s most well-known tactic... Read more

Edward S. Herman: Master of Dissent (1925–2017)

November 15 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Edward S. Herman (image: Real News) One of the greatest and sweetest media critics ever, Edward S. Herman, has passed away. Ed was the main author of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, written with Noam Chomsky—the 1980s masterwork that exposed how elite US media typically function as propaganda organs for US empire and militarism. In 1984, when I... Read more

Now Sean Hannity Is Calling For Roy Moore To Drop Out Of Senate Race

November 15 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

″For me, the judge has 24 hours,” Hannity said Tuesday night. “He must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You must remove any doubt. If he can’t do that, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race.” Article source:

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Media Who Went to Bat for Shut-Out Critics Should Also Stand Up for Targeted Copwatchers

November 14 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Washington Post (11/7/17) applauds media for standing up to the Mouse. In September, the LA Times ran a two-part series on the tax and other benefits the Disney corporation managed to extract in Anaheim, California (9/24/17), and its efforts to influence city council elections (9/26/17). In a particularly hamfisted retaliatory move, Disney (though it didn’t call for any actual corrections) barred... Read more

People Destroy Keurig Coffee Makers After Company Pulls Ads From Sean Hannity Programs

November 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

At least five companies, including Keurig, have said they will no longer advertise their products on Hannity’s shows following the host’s coverage of Roy Moore. The Alabama GOP Senate candidate has been accused of sexual misconduct with several teens, including a 14-year-old girl, The Washington Post reported. Article source:

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From “Trumpism without Trump” to just another “Republican swamp thing”: Breitbart loved Gillespie until he lost

November 13 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Breitbart before Gillespie’s defeat: Oct. 26. Breitbart: “Culture Warrior Ed Gillespie Emerges as Defender of Virginia Monuments.” Virginia’s Confederate history is again at the center of the State’s electoral politics. Republican Gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie vowed to preserve monuments in a new ad for an election CNN is calling a “culture war.” [Breitbart, 10/26/17] Oct. 31. Breitbart: Gillespie’s campaign... Read more

What Corporate Media Failed to Learn About Canadian Single-Payer

November 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

When it was announced that several journalists would travel with Sen. Bernie Sanders in October for a hospital tour of Canada to learn about its single-payer system, one question immediately sprang to mind:  What would corporate media do to smear universal healthcare this time? It is a sad reflection on the state of healthcare reporting in the United States that one... Read more

Report: Rupert Murdoch Called AT&T’s CEO Twice About CNN Sale

November 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

CNN has come under the microscope of the Justice Department’s new antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, who warned that either CNN’s parent, Turner Broadcasting, or DirecTV would have to be sold before the federal government would allow a planned $85.4 billion merger between Time Warner and ATT. Stephenson has said he has no interest in selling CNN. Article source:

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"Perfectly legitimate": How right-wing media figures tried to play defense for Roy Moore

November 12 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Wash. Post publishes report alleging Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with multiple teenagers, including a then-14-year-old Wash. Post: Four women alleged that when Moore was in his 30s, he initiated sexual contact with them when they were teenagers. According to a report in The Washington Post, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore allegedly “pursued” four then-teenage girls, including... Read more

NBC News’ Breezy Whitewash of White Supremacist Group

November 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

by Adam Johnson Screengrab from NBC profile (11/2/17) of the racist, misogynist Proud Boys organization. As FAIR noted last year, the rise of Trump has lead to a corollary rise in softball profiles of the most vulgar, racist extremes of the American far right. For some reason, news managers feel the need to highlight, with little if any criticism or context, pro-Trump... Read more

Ramsey Orta Can’t Breathe

November 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Citizen-journalist Ramsey Orta (image: Democracy Now!) When we went to a New York state prison to visit Ramsey Orta, the young man who filmed a police officer choking Eric Garner to death on a Staten Island sidewalk in 2014, we didn’t even make it past the metal detectors. Last year, members of El Grito de Sunset Park, an NYC-based group that organizes... Read more

Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media Exploits Human ‘Vulnerability’

November 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Several studies have shown that social media can have harmful effects on mental health, especially in teenagers. A 2017 study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health, a U.K.-based health charity, found that people who use platforms such as Facebook and Instagram were more likely to have anxiety, depression and sleep issues. Article source:

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What you need to know about Fox News’ newest hire, Sebastian Gorka

November 10 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News confirmed today that it has hired Sebastian Gorka After Fox host Sean Hannity announced Gorka’s hiring on his radio show Wednesday, Fox News confirmed that it has hired Gorka as “a national security strategist.” Fox News has hired President Donald Trump’s former aide Sebastian Gorka as a contributor. Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity announced the... Read more

New York Times Fires David Boies’ Law Firm Over ‘Reprehensible’ Work For Weinstein

November 8 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow reported Monday that lawyer David Boies, working on behalf of Weinstein, contracted with a team of private investigators, including former Mossad agents, to try to kill a negative New York Times story about Weinstein. Boies firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, has represented the newspaper three times in the last 10 years. The firm was reportedly defending the Times... Read more

Russian Trolls Didn’t Need To Infiltrate The American Media, Because We Let Them In

November 6 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In total, I found more than 40 examples of the accounts weaseling their way into articles. Organizations that embedded or used tweets from the Russian troll farm included Mashable, The Telegraph, NBC News, ATTN:, the Washington Post, Vox, RT, Medium, Salon, Fox News, the Miami Herald, CNN, BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, Newser, the New York Post, The Blaze, Breitbart, the Boston... Read more

Media Make Excuses for Bush Sr.’s ‘Cop-a-Feel’ Assaults

November 5 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

A New York Times headline (10/27/17) desexualizes the complaints made against George H.W. Bush. In the flurry of career-ending sexual assault claims coming out of Hollywood, it may seem natural for the media to overlook a little awkward groping from an aging former president. But there’s something unnerving about the assumptions surrounding the non-coverage of the Bush Sr. “Cop-a-Feel” story. On their... Read more

With The Shuttering Of Gothamist And DNAinfo, We All Lose

November 4 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Local reporters, that’s who. And about 115 of them ― along with their expertise, sourcing, editing and general oversight ― were axed overnight by a billionaire owner who didn’t see enough revenue, or hated that his employees had unionized, or both. Article source:

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Media Spent Months Lionizing General Who Defended Slaveholders’ Revolt

November 3 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

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... Read more

Gothamist Sites And DNAinfo Suddenly Shut Down

November 3 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Ricketts’ decision puts 115 staff members out of work, including those at the New York locations that unionized and those in the other locations ― San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. ― who did not, the New York Times reported. Article source:

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Study: Maine media omit key benefits of potential Medicaid expansion

November 3 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Maine voters will have an opportunity to vote to expand Medicaid AP: On Election Day, Maine voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid in their state via a ballot initiative. Voters in Maine will decide on this Election Day “whether to join 31 other states and expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act,” The... Read more

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