Archive for January, 2017

NPR’s No-‘Lie’ Policy and the Limits of Impartiality in the Trump Era

January 31 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

NPR promises that as soon as Donald Trump acknowledges that he intends to deceive, it’ll label it a “lie.” After much back and forth over the past few weeks, National Public Radio finally clarified their editorial stance on when it is and isn’t appropriate to call a lie a lie, a determination that many commentators found wanting. NPR’s Richard Gonzales  (1/25/16)... Read more

First They Came for the Immigrants–and NYT Said People Should Anonymously Inform on Them

January 31 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Of course, the actual immigration violator the New York Times “Ethicist” wants a reader to turn in to the state is unlikely to be blonde and light-skinned. (Illustration: Tomi Um) As Donald Trump issued an executive order intended to single out Muslims for immigration restrictions, many Americans searched their consciences for the right way to respond to this act of discrimination... Read more

Former Breitbart Chief Now Writing America’s Foreign Policy: Trump Gives Stephen Bannon Place On National Security Council

January 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Trump Gives Stephen Bannon A Seat On National Security Council As Bannon Is Elevated To National Security Council, Director Of National Intelligence And Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff Downgraded. On January 28, President Donald Trump signed a presidential memo restructuring the National Security Council (NSC) to give Stephen Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, “a regular seat on the principals committee —... Read more

Media Consensus on ‘Failing Schools’ Paved Way for DeVos

January 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The spectrum of opinions on Betsy DeVos presented in corporate media range from skepticism to enthusiasm, but school choice itself is unquestioned. The nomination of billionaire voucher enthusiast Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education comes after nearly two decades of a largely bipartisan consensus around “education reform.” That consensus, repeated for years in the pages of the New York Times and... Read more

ACTION ALERT: Tell CNN to Stop Using Trump Propaganda Term ‘Terror-Prone Countries’

January 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

CNN (1/28/17) normalizing Trump’s xenophobia. CNN is uncritically adopting the Donald Trump administration’s preferred label for Muslim nations caught under its arbitrary ban: “terror-prone countries.” On at least three occasions since the executive order was signed, CNN has used the term without scare quotes or explicit reference to the Trump administration talking points, instead using the demonstrably incorrect and pejorative phrase as... Read more

Trump Continues Assault On Media, Calls New York Times ‘Fake News’

January 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Times, which has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other news organization in history, told CNBC in November that it added nearly 132,000 paid subscriptions in the three days following the election. Article source:

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Trump’s Immigration Order Targeting Muslims Is Greeted With Praise By Conservative Media And Dismay By Experts

January 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Trump Signs Executive Order Restricting Immigration From Middle Eastern And African Countries During The Election, Trump Proposed Blocking Muslim, Other Immigration Trump: Muslims Should Be Banned From Coming Into The United States “Until Our Country’s Representatives Can Figure Out What’s Going On.” On December 7, 2015, Trump published a press release “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering... Read more

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Inaugural Protest Arrests, David Turnbull on Pipeline Resistance

January 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

MP3 Link (cc photo: Mobilus In Mobili) This week on CounterSpin: A travel ban aimed at Muslims, a wall on the Mexican border, an attempt to outlaw sanctuary cities. Every day of the Trump administration brings new reasons to protest. But the mass arrest of hundreds of people protesting the inauguration, along with legal observers and journalists, tells us that the right... Read more

NYT Amazed That Republicans Are Embracing Republican Ideas

January 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Readers who are familiar with the Republican Party wil be surprised to learn the it previously “opposed” such policies as increasing the size of the military and making unsubstantiated charges of voter fraud. The New York Times seems intent on exaggerating the ideological space between Donald Trump and traditional Republican Party policies (FAIR.org, 1/22/17). The latest example is a piece by... Read more

Seth Meyers Dissects Donald Trump’s Many Lies (Again)

January 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“You’ll have to forgive Paul, he’s a little disoriented,” said Meyers. “He’s still recovering from his spine removal surgery.” Article source:

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Google Takes Step In Tackling Fake News, But There’s Clearly More To Do

January 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Google Announces It Banned Some Websites Pushing Fake News From Using AdSense Google Announced That It Booted “Nearly 200 Publishers” From Using Its AdSense Network For Violating Its “Misrepresentative Content Policy.” In a January 25 blog post, Google announced that “nearly 200 publishers were kicked out of” its AdSense advertising placement program at the end of 2016 for “misrepresenting who they... Read more

David Brooks’ Anti-PC Screed: Women’s March Edition

January 26 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

David Brooks on the Women’s March: You should have gone to see Hamilton instead David Brooks gets paid extremely well, by an extremely influential media organization, to have extremely banal opinions. This much is known. What isn’t known is why the New York Times keeps allowing him to publish the same banal opinions over and over again. For the tenth time in... Read more

Action Alert: NYT Turns to Oil Consultant to Minimize Trump’s Climate Damage

January 26 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

No biggie, the New York Times assures us. Donald Trump’s orders to “revive” the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline projects, whose progress had been slowed by the Obama administration, are much ado about nothing, the New York Times (1/24/17) reported: “The pipelines were more about symbol than substance but generated enormous passion on both sides of the debate,” wrote the Times‘... Read more

Ad Turns ‘This Land Is Your Land’ Into The Immigrant Anthem This Country Needs

January 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The music video, which doubles as an ad for the brand, is meant to take viewers into Chicano Batman’s community in Los Angeles. And the new version of the song includes a line in Spanish, which translates to:  Article source:

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Renowned Liar Sean Spicer Lied About Lying To The Press

January 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Spicer Pledges Not To Intentionally Lie To The Media As Press Secretary Spicer Pledges To “Never Knowingly Say Something That Is Not Factual” As White House Press Secretary. During the January 23 White House press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer pledged that his “intention is never to lie” to the press, adding, “I’m going to come out here and tell you... Read more

Hey, NYT–the ‘Relentless Populist’ Relented Long Ago

January 24 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In the New York Times‘ view, a politician whose nominees have a net worth of $14 billion has been “shun[ning the] establishment.” In the New York Times‘ lead news analysis after Donald Trump’s inauguration (1/20/17), White House correspondent Mark Landler wrote of Trump, “It remains an open question whether he will continue to be the relentless populist who was on display... Read more

It’s Austerity, Not Globalization, That Pulls European Workers to the Right

January 24 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Washington Post failed to mention that the Socialists’ declining fortunes are the result of anti-worker austerity programs. Both the Washington Post (1/22/17) and New York Times (1/22/17) had pieces about declining support for the left in France and the rise of a nationalist right in both Italy and France. Both pieces attributed the rise in support for the right to... Read more

OK, So Here Are Some Possible Titles For ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

January 24 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

On Monday, the title of the next “Star Wars” film was revealed. “The Last Jedi,” as it’s now known, will hit theaters Dec. 15 of this year. Article source:

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Here Are The Pro-Trump Propaganda Outlets Promoting Trump Administration Lies About Inauguration Crowd Size

January 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Trump And His Administration Made A “Series Of False Statements” During First Full Day Of Presidency NY Times: Trump Falsely Accused Journalists Of “Inventing A Rift Between Him And Intelligence Agencies” And Lied About Crowd Size At His Inauguration Ceremony. The New York Times reported that during a visit to the CIA headquarters, President Donald Trump falsely accused the press of... Read more

‘What Communities Are Doing Is Making Homelessness Less Visible’ – CounterSpin interview with Megan Hustings on Food

January 22 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Janine Jackson interviewed Megan Hustings about laws against food-sharing for the January 13, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Megan Hustings: “Homelessness is a large problem, but we’re not going to solve it by saying, you can’t be homeless here.” MP3 Link Janine Jackson: When seven people were arrested recently in Florida for serving free food to homeless... Read more

Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish

January 22 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Jonathan Turley has spoken. As John Lewis and 66 other Democratic members of Congress boycotted the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, they got an earful from pundits about how wrong it was to question the “legitimacy” of an elected US president. “For all of John Lewis’s heroic service to his country,” wrote the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus (1/16/17), “the... Read more

White House Press Secretary Rips Reporters In First Briefing Room Appearance

January 22 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“This was the largest audience to ever witness and inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said. However, his television ratings alone were lower than those for the inaugurations of Obama in 2009 and Ronald Reagan in 1981. Article source:

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What Pundits At Trump’s Inauguration Called Populism Is Bigotry, Misogyny, And A Love Of Big Money

January 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Trump Presents A “Dark Vision” In His Inauguration Address NY Times: Trump “Presented A Dark Vision” In His Inaugural Address. President Donald Trump “presented a dark vision of a nation afflicted by division and dislocation, exploited and forgotten by a group of Washington elites and diminished around the world” in his January 20 inaugural address, according to a New York Times... Read more

Manning Sentence Commuted–No Thanks to Corporate Media Opinion

January 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The only major newspaper editorial we could find on the issue of clemency for Chelsea Manning before her commutation was announced. President Barack Obama shook the media world Tuesday by announcing he is commuting the 35-year prison sentence of US Army leaker Chelsea Manning. While responses on his actions are split, with some calling it “joyous news” and others–including a writer... Read more

NYT Ignored Reality at 2001 Bush Inauguration; Now Ignorance Is History

January 20 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

It was much harder for TV than for newspapers to downplay the reality that George W. Bush was greeted in 2001 by massive protests. Discussing the security challenges posed by the inauguration of Donald Trump, the New York Times (1/18/17) reported: Those numbers are quite likely to be larger than any seen at an inauguration since at least the Vietnam War era.... Read more

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