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The Feudalism of Facebook: New Pay-to-Play News Feed as Indy Media Killer
The Facebook empire of 1.4 billion users just conquered new territory, unrolling a "partnership" to host articles from some of the most well-known news publications in the world, in a venture that critics warn poses a direct threat to independent media outlets—and the...
Facebook's Internet.org Isn't the Internet, It's Facebooknet
This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Internet.org, its marquee project to “connect two-thirds of the world that don’t have internet access,” is now inviting any website or service to join the program. According to Zuckerberg, this change—which follows...
MSNBC Is Moving "Away From Left-Wing TV" to What?
The executives at MSNBC are doing some shifting around of its network schedule. A source from the network said MSNBC is ditching its left-wing stance. According to the source, “Going left was a brilliant strategy while it lasted and made hundreds of millions of dollars for...
The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV
It's become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King's birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader." The remarkable thing about this annual review of King's life is that several years — his last...
Watch: Russell Brand's Brilliant Takedown of Toxic Fox News Rant in Wake of Hebdo
"Violence and killing are the consequences of this hateful programming . . . And look who profits." In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Fox News has gone on a hate-spree of invective about all Muslims being to blame for the actions of a handful of criminals. The tirade...
War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda
Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers? Why are young journalists not taught to...
Can MSM Handle the Contra-Cocaine Truth?
“Kill the Messenger” tells the tragic tale of journalist Gary Webb who revived the Contra-cocaine scandal in the 1990s and saw his life destroyed by the mainstream media. The question now is: Will the MSM continue its cover-up of this sordid part of Ronald Reagan’s legacy...
Should Twitter, Facebook and Google Executives Be the Arbiters of What We See and Read?
There have been increasingly vocal calls for Twitter, Facebook and other Silicon Valley corporations to more aggressively police what their users are permitted to see and read. Last month in The Washington Post, for instance, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow demanded that social media...
The Forms of Violence That Our Corporate Media Never Talks About
The corporate media loves to talk about violent protestors, while the biggest forms of violence in our society go unchallenged. An Aug. 19, 2014 Wall Street Journal article headline blared: Strong Police Presence Felt After Night of Violence in Ferguson. “Night of...
Wouldn't It Be Great If Tabloids Had Any Value to Society at All?  These Images Imagine If They Did.
Waiting in line to pay for groceries, it’s hard not to notice all the ridiculous tabloid headlines: So-and-so wore shorts yesterday! Who's cheating on who? People are on diets! As entertaining as it all may be, shouldn’t *real* stories get the kind of attention the pointless...
Comedy Vs. Anti-Science: 10 Videos That Show How Humor Can Make a Difference
From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb  In the latest version of America’s long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an...
Why John Oliver Is Edgier Than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
Just ahead of the sixth episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” comedian John Oliver admitted on “CBS This Morning” that he and his crew are “still trying to work out what this is.” But Oliver seems to know what “Last Week” isn’t: “The Daily Show.” Oliver, of course, is a...
Facebook Is Throttling Nonprofits And Activists
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Top Ten Bill Moyers Videos on the Web
Modern America has a strong generational divide.  Whether it’s cultural or political, there are a wide-range of topics that can be off limits when talking to “the grandparents.”  On the reverse side, it can be hard to listen to the “wisdom” of a generation that’s had such a...
Stephen Colbert Won't Save Us, "Game of Thrones" Isn't That Good: This "Golden Age" of TV is a Big Sham
Stop calling this TV's golden age. It's still the Idiot Box, even if you like "Girls," Jon Stewart and "The Wire" I think it happened around Season 3 of “The Wire.” Maybe it was “The Sopranos.” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”? “Lost”? I can’t say. I just know I woke up one day...
Sharp Left Turn for the Media Reform Movement: Toward a Post-Capitalist Democracy
The contemporary media reform movement exploded into prominence in the United States in 2003 as a response to the effort by the Bush Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to weaken media ownership regulations. Three million people signed petitions opposing the rules...
Facebook's Community Double Standards
Is Facebook flirting with fascism? The question might prove difficult to answer with a resounding “yes or no,” but, to those who have been keeping track of its recent censorship practices, the answer appears to lean heavily toward the affirmative. Yesterday, on 9 January...
Facebook Wages War on the Nipple
In what year did it become legal in the United States for men to go topless on a public beach without being arrested and/or fined by the police? A) 1889 B) 1936 C) 1941 D) It's always been legal In a bizarre twist of American history, preachers and clergy in the 1900's...
How Even a Proven Government Conspiracy Can Get Totally Dismissed by Corporate Media
In the insular world of Manhattan media, there’s much handwringing over the latest blow to print publications as New York Magazine scales back from a weekly to a biweekly. But the real lesson might be the commercial failure of snarky writing, the kind that New York...
The Future of Journalism
In the past, media was protected in most democracies because in order to govern themselves, people need access to accurate and timely information on all topics relevant to their governance. The news needs to be the match that starts analysis and action which doesn’t stop...
The World's Most Subversive Soap Operas
From telenovelas about Latin America’s missing girls to a series on conflict resolution in wartorn lands, soap operas are surreptitious agents of social change in the developing world. When veteran Hollywood screenwriter Deborah Jones saw that the director of...
The Censorship That Dare Not Speak Its Name
This is a subtly revised set of remarks given at “The Point is to Change It” conference on November 1, 2013 at the University of San Francisco. The event was co-sponsored by Project Censored. The panel on which I participated was organized by Project Censored Director...
Shutdown Coverage Fails Americans
U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms. It is supposedly the result of a "bitterly divided" Congress that "failed to reach agreement" (Washington Post) or "a b
Seymour Hersh on death of Osama bin Laden: 'It's one big lie, not one word of it is true'
Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider. It doesn't take muc
Awakening to the Blob: Not just a book review of Thomas de Zengotita's Mediated
From a very young age, I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Always eager to give an answer, I framed my ambitions around the books and movies I loved so much, conjuring up fantastic scenarios in my head and spinning them far into the future. I...
Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz -- and May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress
Grassroots pressure has forced President Obama to seek approval from Congress for an attack on Syria. But Obama is hell-bent on ordering a missile assault on that country, and he has two very important aces in the hole. The administration is about to launch a ferocious...
Legendary Newspaper Fights to Stay Alive and Stop Conservative News Monopoly in Las Vegas
The story is, by now, familiar: A once-powerful newspaper is facing insolvency, and its owners, heirs to the empire-builder of yesteryear, are fighting among themselves, allowing petty concerns about money to split their family and tarnish their legacy. This time, the...
CNN: Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning
Over the years, CNN.com has become a news website that many people turn to for top-notch reporting. Every day it is visited by millions of people, all of whom rely on “The Worldwide Leader in News”—that’s our slogan—for the most crucial, up-to-date information on current...
'Game of Thrones' Exec says Piracy is 'Better than an Emmy.' He Has a Point.
The people behind “Game of Thrones,” reportedly the most-pirated show on the Internet, have always taken an oddly laissez-faire view of piracy. Director David Petrarca once told a crowd in Sydney that illegal downloads help the show by generating “buzz.” Both author George...
A New Kind of Real
Things are getting real. Entertainment, specifically. And by "real" I don't mean serious, or imminent, or even necessarily honest -- but real, as in pushed to the limit of what we perceive as real, and even further, until it's so real we can't distinguish what's real and...
Is Television Making Us Stupid?
"I wasn't worried about freedom. I was worried about people being turned into morons by TV." -- Ray Bradbury in 2001 talking about his book Fahrenheit 451 Is television actually making us stupid? After all, this is a device nicknamed "the boob tube" and "the idiot box."...
15 Things Everyone Would Know If There Was Actually a Liberal Media
Prince Riebus (and apparently many others) still thinks there's a liberal media. While I share Prince's frustration with the media, as a liberal, I'd like to go on record and state that the media isn't focusing on issues I care about. They seem to be far more focused on...
The More Nefarious US Foreign Policy, The More It Relies on Media Complicity
Americans are shielded from the ugly consequences of US military power by our journalists' self-censorship The US still has military spending that is higher in real, inflation-adjusted terms than it was during the peak of the Reagan cold war build-up, the Vietnam war and...
The Corporate Dictatorship of PBS and NPR
    PBS is blowing it, and their decision not to air a documentary on the Koch brothers is pretty horrifying proof of it. But it wasn't always this way. On November 7, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act.
The Mother of All Rules Governing US Media: Censor & Cover-Up US Government Criminality
In January 2008 The Sunday Times published the second report of its four-part investigative series concerning the U.S. government’s direct role in international terrorism networks and organized crime involving nuclear espionage: For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets...
Why was a Sunday Times report on US government ties to an al-Qaeda chief spiked?
FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds was described as "the most gagged person in the history of the United States" by the American Civil Liberties Union. Was the Sunday Times pressured to drop its investigation into her revelations? A whistleblower has revealed extraordinary...
Ron Unz on Our American Pravda & Sibel Edmonds Case
“These three stories—the anthrax evidence, the McCain/POW revelations, and the Sibel Edmonds charges—are the sort of major exposés that would surely be dominating the headlines of any country with a properly-functioning media. But almost no American has ever heard of...
How Cable News Terrorizes America
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and while a massive police manhunt continued for the suspected perpetrator, 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, NBC journalist David Gregory would say to American television viewers: "This is a new state of terror the country has to get...
What You Read is an Ethical Choice
Your information diet is an ethical choice of yours, so when you’re on the Huffington Post looking at say the Kardashians and you click on the Kardashians, understand that you are not only reading that article, but you’re also voting for that article.   You’re telling...
War of words: The new Chechen terror
For years the US and its intelligence services have championed the Chechen cause – legitimizing terrorism as righteous resistance. But after news that the two alleged Boston bombers were of Chechen origin, the story took on a new political dimension. How Boston has...
CISPA Goes to The Floor for a Vote, Privacy Amendments Blocked
Yesterday, the US House prepared for the debate on the privacy-invading "cybersecurity" bill called CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The rules committee hearing was the last stop before the bill is voted on by the full House. In the hearing, Rep...
An Open Letter To Mark Zuckerberg
Dear Mark, I hope this letter reaches you, and finds you well. First of all, allow me to congratulate you on your well-recognized achievements. Not everyone creates a telecommunications platform that redefines the way in which we all connect. I became a big fan of...
The Disease of Objectivity
Reporters who witness the worst of human suffering and return to newsrooms angry see their compassion washed out or severely muted by the layers of editors who stand between the reporter and the reader. The creed of objectivity and balance, formulated at the beginning of...
MLK's Vehement Condemnations of US Militarism
His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression. he civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as...
Think Media Consolidation Is Good for Journalism? Think Again
The Federal Communications Commission is pushing a plan to gut its 30-year-old newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership ban. This proposal would allow one company to own a local paper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in a single market. Advocates of more media...
9 Key Facts about Media In America: Did You Know?
The free flow of news and information, accessible to everyone, is vital to the success of democracy. And today in America, that flow is in doubt. Our newspapers, traditionally the most reliable source of civic information and investigative reporting, are laying off reporters...
Employee-Owned Businesses Ignored by Mainstream Media
A bold new threat to the economic status quo brings on a press blackout. Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional...
War, Propaganda and the Media: A Detailed Primer on the Tactics of Modern War Propaganda
We must remember that in time of war what is said on the enemy’s side of the front is always propaganda, and what is said on our side of the front is truth and righteousness, the cause of humanity and a crusade for peace. — Walter Lippmann Probably every conflict is...
Top 25 Censored Stories Of 2013 and a List of Independent Alternatives to the Corporate Media
Every year Project Censored puts together a list of the top 25 stories censored and ignored by the mainstream media. The recently published Censored 2013 covers the period between 2011-2012. How many of these stories were you aware of? Even regular consumers of alternative...
If You're Wondering If News Is Biased, Here's Proof
This made me do a double take. What about you?  It's disconcerting that some of the biggest issues in 2011 and 2012, which happen to be race-related, are being covered primarily by white reporters. I want people to look at this and realize, wait a minute — there IS bias in...