Archive for September, 2017

Trying to Sell TPP by Repackaging It as an Anti-China Pact

September 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

As a wall against China, the TPP is not particularly great. (cc photo: Wikimedia/Jakub Hałun) In elite circles, you are supposed to be for anything called a “free trade” agreement; otherwise, people will call you names. And names really hurt highly educated people. As New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman famously said: I was speaking out in Minnesota—my hometown, in fact—and a... Read more

‘He’s a racist president’: Puerto Ricans are furious over Donald Trump’s debt talk amid hurricane crisis

September 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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TV Reporter’s Water Breaks Right At This Moment During Newscast

September 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Like a “true professional,” as one colleague called her, Pasquarella calmy finished the broadcast before letting staff know she was in labor. An executive producer helped get her to the hospital, where she met her husband Jamin Pastore, NBC noted. Article source:

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Hate group Alliance Defending Freedom seeks to expand public funding for schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students

September 30 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters ADF has a long track record of promoting anti-LGBTQ discrimination in schools ADF is leading the multistate “bathroom bill” fight against transgender students’ access to restrooms that align with their gender identity. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is an anti-LGBTQ hate group leading the national campaign against transgender student equality. The group has relentlessly advocated for local school... Read more

While US, North Korea Both Make Threats, Only One Has Killed Millions of the Other’s People

September 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The Atlantic (9/14/17) warned that North Korea could ” put the entire United States in its nuclear crosshairs.” For the consumer of US corporate media, the idea of a nuclear armed North Korea is a terrifying threat. Almost every day for the last two weeks, print and television media have amped up the potential danger of a devastating military strike from... Read more

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens

September 29 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

In Ken Burns’ introduction to The Vietnam War, bombs fly back into airplanes and flames leap off of houses into flamethrowers. If journalism resigns itself to being a “first draft of history,” Ken Burns’ popular PBS documentaries, written by Lynn Novick, have increasingly aspired to—and achieved—a coveted status as popular historical canon. This has, in part, been accomplished by Burns’ choice... Read more

The NFL, The Military, And The Hijacking of Pat Tillman’s Story

September 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Meghan McCain Is Joining ‘The View’

September 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

McCain, who previously co-hosted the Fox News program “Outnumbered,” will reportedly replace Jedediah Bila, who served as the conservative voice on “The View” panel for the past year. Bila also worked at Fox News and served as a co-host of “Outnumbered” as well as other shows on the network. Article source:

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GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore suggested 9/11 was punishment for "legitimized sodomy," but top media outlets just call him a "firebrand"

September 28 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Anti-LGBTQ extremist Roy Moore, who insisted that “homosexual conduct should be illegal,” wins Alabama Senate primary Roy Moore won Alabama’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. The Washington Post reported that the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice “took nearly 55 percent of the vote” in the September 26 Republican primary election for a Senate seat representing... Read more

Corporate Media Analysts’ Indifference to US Journalists Facing 70 Years in Prison

September 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

For over two years, many in corporate media have been trumpeting the looming threat to a free press posed by Donald Trump. “Would President Trump Kill Freedom of the Press?” Slate (3/14/16) wondered in the midst of the primaries; after the election, the New York Times (1/13/17) warned of “Donald Trump’s Dangerous Attacks on the Press,” and the Atlantic (2/20/17)... Read more

Greece and Economic Recovery: Fake News in Action

September 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Texas Sports Anchor Dale Hansen Schools Donald Trump On NFL Anthem Protests

September 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“The young, black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem,” WFAA reporter Hansen said Monday. “They are respecting the best thing about America. It’s a dog whistle to the racists among us to say otherwise.” Article source:

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Here are Sean Hannity’s advertisers that dropped Bill O’Reilly’s show

September 27 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Here are Hannity’s current advertisers that dropped O’Reilly’s show ADT Contact Us Page: https://www.adt.com/contact-adt Company Twitter Handle: @ADT Company Phone No: 561-322-7235 Advil Contact Us Page: https://www.advil.com/faqs-en#contact-us Company Twitter Handle: @AdvilRelief Company Phone No: 800-882-3845 AncestryDNA Contact Us Page: http://www.ancestry.com/corporate/contact-us Company Twitter Handle: @ancestry Company Phone No: 801-705-7000 AstraZeneca (Nexium) Contact Us Page: https://www.astrazeneca-us.com/az-in-us/Contact-us.html Company Twitter Handle: @AstraZenecaUS Company Phone No: 800-236-9933 Bayer (Claritin, Aleve, Clarispray) Contact Us Page: https://www.bayer.com/en/contact.aspx Company Twitter Handle: @Bayer Company Phone No: 202-737-8900 CARFAX Contact Us Page: https://support.carfax.com/c_contactus Company Twitter Handle: @carfaxreports Company Phone No: N/A Eli Lilly Contact Us Page: https://www.lilly.com/contact-page Company Twitter Handle: @LillyPad Company... Read more

How a tax haven is leading the race to privatize space

September 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Megyn Kelly’s New Morning Show Debuts Monday

September 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Her morning show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” will air weekdays on NBC starting Monday. Kelly is taking over the 9 a.m. hour of the immensely popular “Today” show, potentially giving her a boost from a built-in audience. The new show, taped in front of a live audience, will feature a mix of celebrity interviews, news reports and lifestyle segments — similar to... Read more

Right-wing and fringe media falsely claim legal Manafort wiretap vindicates Trump’s illegal-wiretap lie

September 25 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Obama administration surveilled Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort CNN: “US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election.” The Obama administration “wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders” initially as part of a 2014 investigation into “work done by a group of Washington consulting... Read more

Media ‘Extremes’ on Healthcare: Universal Coverage or Taking Healthcare From Millions

September 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

For many years, corporate media have largely ignored a single-payer system as a possible solution to the United States healthcare crises (FAIR.org, 3/6/09). This silent treatment, however, is increasingly hard to justify now that the most popular politician in the country has forced the issue into the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill now has... Read more

Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent on $700B Pentagon Handout

September 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

$70 billion a year seemed like a lot of money when all it would pay for was college education (Fox News Insider, 2/6/16). Where did all the concern over deficits go? After two years of the media lamenting, worrying and feigning outrage over the cost of Bernie Sanders’ two big-budget items—free college and single-payer healthcare—the same outlets are uniformly silent, days... Read more

Facebook’s Russian ads may just be the tip of the iceberg

September 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Anderson Cooper Has A Very Blunt Message For Sean Spicer

September 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“That answer is so Washington, D.C., it should have its own reflecting pool,” Cooper said. “Just a nice, calm place where you can sit down with your word salad and think about what you’ve done.”  Article source:

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Anti-abortion violence and harassment was already bad. Right-wing media are making it worse.

September 23 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Rates of anti-abortion harassment and violence are high — and continuing to rise Attacks on abortion clinics and providers have led to 11 deaths since 1993. In 1993, anti-abortion extremist Michael Griffin assassinated Dr. David Gunn outside his clinic in the first known murder of an abortion doctor in the United States. Since then, anti-abortion sentiment... Read more

Is Facilitating a Paid Informant Program Part of Journalism’s Job?

September 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

New York City news channel NY1 (7/20/17) aired a segment on a parolee from a narcotics conviction who was “seen committing some type of violation, although it’s not clear exactly what.” Nevertheless, the segment urged viewers to call into the Crime Stoppers hotline with tips. To say that the criminal justice system is a huge, dehumanizing conveyor belt of punishment and... Read more

NYT Lets Think Tank Funded by Gov’t and Arms Industry Claim Huge US Military Budget Isn’t Huge Enough

September 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

The New York Times (9/18/17) quoted CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman saying that Sen. John McCain “has lived with underfunding of the military, seen the impact on readiness, seen the strains that impact the force.” The New York Times (9/18/17) gave an enormous platform to a hawkish think tank that is funded by the US government and by top weapons corporations, letting it absurdly... Read more

Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House

September 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | News Feeds

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Bill O’Reilly Says He Was A Good Mentor To Women Working At Fox News

September 21 | Posted by Rich Culbertson | Media Feeds

“I learned a lot from you on television, what works and when I didn’t do such a great job,” Ingraham, who recently joined Fox News’ primetime lineup, told O’Reilly. “You were a really good mentor to me, Bill, and I’ll forever be grateful for you, you know that, and to you.” Article source:

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