Deficit Fascinates Media–Its Causes, Not So Much

For all the tea party’s complaints about the so-called liberal media, one of the movement’s central rallying cries–the looming threat posed by the country’s deficit–is one that always gets a warm media reception. In fact, turn on your TV...
Mainstream Media Blues

Mainstream Media Blues

Paper, TV, Make me blue; Hard to figure out What’s true. Recent times have been cruel to corporate media. Newspapers, magazines, TV, and even radio are all battling the wolf at the door. Often, the wolf wins. Print publications especially are under the gun. Many...
Pundits Cheered Drilling Shortly Before BP Oil Disaster

Pundits Cheered Drilling Shortly Before BP Oil Disaster

Oops. Why did the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which triggered an environmental catastrophe seem so out of the blue? Well, for starters, if you were relying on the major media for any information about offshore oil drilling’s safety, you would have known not to...

I Coulda Been a Hedge Fund Manager

When I was in high school, I had a guidance counselor named Mrs. Cameron. She was a sweet woman, gentle of manner, soft of voice. She ruined my life. It was her job to give career counseling to the students in her charge. To that end, she would make us take an...

Media, Power and Politics in Venezuela: Inside the Coup 2002

You are invited to a talk with award-winning Venezuelan journalist Ernesto Villegas Poljak as he discusses his new book, Abril Golpe Adentro (Inside the April Coup). Mr. Poljak is currently the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Ciudad Caracas and has also written...

I Play an Objective Expert on TV

When you’re cruising past the cable news channels, do you ever find yourself wondering who are those folks pontificating on TV chat shows? A new investigation provides some answers—along with lots of questions about what the cable channels are hiding from...
Reporters Should Tell Us the Truth about Global Warming

Reporters Should Tell Us the Truth about Global Warming

Humans are warming the climate. That’s a settled fact you’d expect to see in coverage of global warming, even in news stories about scientists who don’t believe in the global-warming science at all. Yet, some reporters still can’t bring...

Magical Realism — A Coup in Honduras, so 20th Century!

This article was originally published in The Daily Censored. “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go Communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people.” – Henry Kissinger, June 26, 1970 “I’ve heard many...

Cuba: A Half-Century of Distorted News and Counting . . .

Since January 1959, nearly half a century ago, U.S. mass media have reflected the views of the U.S. government and systematically misreported the Cuban Revolution. This should not surprise readers familiar with the equally unrevealing journalism on revolutions in...

The Big Yam

Headquarters was worried. Complaints were flooding in from the Chinese countryside about the quality of the new Haier washing machines. The water pipes were defective, the peasants told the Chinese manufacturer. But when the Haier team went to investigate, they were...
Roumen Yanovski

Roumen Yanovski

Roumen Yanovski, ACCESS, Sofia, Bulgaria On the media Despite the changing laws, the international position, and the emergence of two generations, there has been extremely limited change in Bulgaria in terms of ideas about ethnicity and ethnic groups. A lot of people...
Violeta Draganova

Violeta Draganova

Violeta Draganova. Photo by John Feffer. Bulgarian National Television presenter Violeta Draganova On becoming a journalist I learned to read before the first grade. So on the very first day of school, I was the only one who could already read. From those very early...

Iraq: Finding the Diamonds?

Last week’s briefings for the press by U.S. civilian and military officials in Baghdad were uniformly upbeat, cautious, and predictable. The first half of the message was straightforward: “Don’t judge to early. Give the ‘surge’ a...

Another Casualty: Coverage of the Iraq War

Iraq is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists. Along with names and dates, the Brussels Tribunal has listed the circumstances under which Iraqi media personnel have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. This extremely credible...