The Powerless Press

 

 

 

"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter."           Thomas Jefferson

Unfortunately, this is the worst time for the media in the over two centuries since Thomas Jefferson wrote those memorable words. The four reasons for this are corporate takeover of both the electronic and print media, lack of resources,  "He says - She says" journalism, and the rise of easily influenced social media. Journalism as we used to know it no longer exists except in a few isolated and largely ignored places.

The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.

1. Corporate Dominance

The corporate takeover of print and electronic media is illustrated by the fact that by one estimate just three corporations own 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, and 2,400 publishers. (6) Bill Moyers said, "In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of American media. Now that number is six." (13) This can be demonstrated in the print media by taking three random newspapers from across the United States; say Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Local news may differ, but the headlines and major news remain the same. The situation is similar for television and magazines. Fox may support republicans and MSM may support democrats, but nobody digs deeply and questions the issues both parties agree upon. The internet is not immune. BP brought enough of Google after the oil spill to have their public affairs "news" show up when "BP Oil Spill" was googled. Sites such as Huffington Post tend to print news that they like and not pay reporters for the "prestige" of being published there.

Perhaps the saddest example of corporate dominance and  journalistic decline is the New York Times which has slipped from an investigative agency unafraid to speak truth to power to a propaganda machine. See references 69, 119, 150, 154, 160, 176, 181, 189, 198, 199,  201, 231, 239, 254, 262, 268, 270, 271, 273, 277, 284, 286, 290-292, 302-303, 321, 326, 348-358, 381-383, 392-393, 406-411, 425-427, 454.

2. Lack of Resources

Corporate dominance is related to the second reason for a powerless press: lack of resources. As long as readership/viewership remains up, it makes economic sense for the stockholders to maximize profits by cutting reporters and paying poverty wages to those who are left. (2) (9) There is much less overseas and investigative journalism with a resulting decrease in both the scope and depth of news. This is compounded by over reliance on wire news agencies such as United Press. Journalism as a major is now discouraged and journalism majors go to public affairs jobs instead of journalism as the the only ones which offer a living wage. (9) For lack of journalism consider banks.(7) Consider also wars. How many wars are we fighting? Certainly we are fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Bahrain, Syria and are beating the drums for war in Iran. There are also credible reports of US sponsored war activities in several central African countries and a bombing earlier this year in the Philippines. (10) And yet there is very little reporting on it because nobody wants to do the work or they lack the resources. (1)

George Orwell said, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations."      Recently there was a report that there are now five people in Public Affairs for every reporter, double the rate of a decade ago. (432) Lack of resources necessarily means less real journalism.

3. "He says...She says" Journalism

The third reason for a powerless press is "He said, She said" journalism. Consider climate change. There is no real scientific controversy about it or its cause. (11) And yet the myth of controversy is kept alive by having "debates" between those who believe and those who don't believe. For a good illustration see  “Objective” vs. Actual JournalismIn previous decades the basic science or reality would have already been settled and only real debates about uncertain positions would be allowed. The way corporations have purchased news to push a false climate change story is shameful.  For examples see references15, 19, 20, 28, 69, 110, 123, 124, 131, 150, 152, 153, 157, 171, 172, 173, 180, 197, 208, 212, 214, 216, 219, 223, 239, 249, 256, 261, 267, 279, 289, 307, 313, 328, 330, 342, 359, 360, 368, 369, 372, 391, 396, 397, 398, 399, 402, 414, 416, 417, 424, 436, 439-443, 449, 450.

4.   Easily Influenced Social Media

The truth is further distorted because the government, political parties, and political candidates all pay people to post on social media networks to create false impressions and discourage activism. This is especially disturbing because with the decline of journalism many rely more and more on social media. See references 241, 327, 376, 403, 459-466.

Conclusion

 We need a free press to hold the government accountable. Corporate takeover of both the electronic and print media, lack of resources, "He says, She says" journalism, and easily influenced social media added to the government's incredible prosecution of whistleblowers  - greatly magnified under Obama (12) - make that a difficult or impossible task.

References
1-“Officials say” Journalism
2-Consolidation Costs Jobs and Stifles Innovation
3-Average Television Viewing in Different Countries
4-Group Launches to Encourage Transparency & Aggressive Journalism, Help WikiLeaks Survive Blockade
5-WikiLeaks: Still Standing, Still Speaking Truth to Power
6-What 3 Corporations Own
7-Why isn’t this a front page story nationwide?
8-The NDAA Legalizes The Use Of Propaganda On The US Public
9-Interview with a print journalism graduate from San Jose State University who prefers to remain anonymous
10-Continuous Wars
11-The Environment
12-The War on Whistleblowers
13-Bernie Sanders on Why Big Media Shouldn’t Get Bigger
14-The Windowless Room of the Current Event
15-The Elephant in the Room: Climate Change
16-Top 25 Censored/Under-Reported Stories for 2013
17-2012: Another Year in Mainstream Media Malpractice
18-Conflicting Reports from the Same Data
19-Debunking the Denial: '16 Years of No Global Warming'
20-Media Trackers writer ignorant of academia and climate issues, hypocritical regarding ethics
21-Muckraker
22-Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media: Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda
23-Anti-Science Bills Weighed in Four States
24-Melissa Harris-Perry Buries The Lead Story on National Wave of Public School Closings
25-Obama Administration Quietly Reopens Case That Could Criminalize Peer Review Process
26-Richmond Fed chief nails Geithner for insider trading, media ignores story
27-Dumb and Dumber: A Secret CIA Drone Base, a Blowback World, and Why Washington Has No Learning Curve
28-For Times Environmental Reporting, Intentions May Be Good but the Signs Are Not
29-Freedom Rider: Hollywood’s Propaganda
30-Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program
31-Journalism by–and for–the Sponsors
32-More Proof that News is Controlled by a Central Script Writer
33-MSNBC Doesn’t Cover Bradley Manning’s Statement or Guilty Pleas At All
34-I get blacklisted by the Duluth News Tribune
35-TV stations ignore ad disclosure requirements
36-Bradley Manning Called the 'NYT' and 'Washington Post'—What If They'd Responded?
37-We Are Bradley Manning
38-White House Reporter: Obama Administration's Press Dealings A 'Disgrace'
39-Digital Grows as NEWS Source
40-Censorship, Mercy & A Shortage of Resistance at Huffpost
41-Non-coverage of Largest Climate Rally in U.S. History
42-For Times Environmental Reporting, Intentions May Be Good but the Signs Are Not
43-Making sense of the news in a new media world
44-MSNBC Almost Entirely Dominated By Opinion: Pew Study
45-Buying the War
46-The Iraq Anniversary and the Washington Post
47-BP accused of rewriting environmental record on Wikipedia
48-Injustice and Outrage and Dishonor and Shame
49-Judge Rules In Favor Of Journalists, Unseals Fracking Court Records
50-The Day That TV News Died
51-Pentagon Papers lawyer on Obama, secrecy and press freedoms: 'worse than Nixon'
52-'Worse Than Nixon': Pentagon Papers Lawyer on Obama, Secrecy and Press Freedoms - Career First Amendment and transparency advocate James Goodale sounds the alarm about the current president
53-An Anniversary Many Would Like to Ignore
54-“Exxon Hates Your Children” Ad Blocked By Exxon
55-Another Oil Pipeline Spill on the Weekend, Where’s the Media Attention?
56-As Exxon censors local media, citizen journalists document Arkansas oil spill. Can the pros be doing more?
57-Colorado Doctors Unite Against Energy Companies
58-Dolphin, turtle deaths a sign of sick Gulf: Obama Classified Gag Order Is Bullshit
59-Exxon’s Skies: Why Is Exxon Controlling the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?
60-Exxon's Unfriendly Skies: Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?
61-Arkansas TV Threatened by Exxon into Removing Anti-Exxon Ad After Oil Spill
62-Is ExxonMobil limiting media access to their Tar Sands oil Spill?
63-Media 'steered away' from explaining true 'detonation' in Texas
64-Obama 'Limiting Press Access In Ways That Past Administrations Wouldn't Have Dared': AP
65-War, Fascism and General Electric
66-Ways and Memes: PA Lawmakers Seek To Ban Photography Of Gas Drilling Activity
67-Are Geeks the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties?
68-Exxon harasses John Bolenbaugh and Tar Sand investigative reporters
69-How New York Times, NPR And Wall Street Journal Print Fossil Fuel Talking Points Without Full Disclosure
70-Highest Paid Public Employees
71-Justice Department's pursuit of AP's phone records is both extreme and dangerous - The claimed legal basis for these actions is unknown, but the threats they pose to a free press and the news gathering process are clear
72-Koch Brothers Plan To Buy Up Eight Major Newspapers
73-The John Stauber Interview (who wrote "The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats")
74-Priorities: Royally Screwed?
75-The Collapse of Journalism, and the Journalism of Collapse
76-The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital.
77-The news media is even worse than you think - Five corrupting influences are keeping the public from the facts
78-Todd Gitlin: The Tinsel Age of Journalism
79-Journalists Speak Out About How Our Democracy is in Danger
80-Military decrees media access to Manning’s hearing is a privilege, not a right
81-Why The Department Of Justice Is Going After The Associated Press’ Records
82-‘…and I did Not Speak Out, but Then They Came for… the AP’
83-In AP, Rosen investigations, government makes criminals of reporters
84-David Koch fallout from New Yorker article; Koch continues harassment of journalists
85-Nation’s Leading Journalists: Leak Investigations Chilling Our Reporting, Hurting Public’s Right-To-Know
86-Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes - Yet another serious escalation of the Obama administration's attacks on press freedoms emerges
87-Press Coverage
88-Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen? After supporters protested his “sham” trial, Abdulelah Haider Shaye would have been pardoned. Then Obama intervened.
89-Will journalists take any steps to defend against attacks on press freedom? Media outlets have awakened to the serious threats posed to journalism, but show little sign of doing anything about it
90-10 Questions for NBC Host Who Shamelessly Suggested Greenwald Be Arrested for NSA Leaks
91-America's Dirty, Global War on Journalists - Worst of all, Obama is being aided by a cadre of high-profile Benedict Arnolds within the media itself.
92-As Bradley Manning Trial Begins, Press Predictably Misses the Point
93-DEMOCRACY: The U.S. press and repression in the Obama Era
94-Dirty Wars author Jeremy Scahill: is journalism being criminalised? – video interview
95-What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days?
96-Snowden Coverage: If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
97-Journalistic impartiality tested in NSA leak story - Some reporters who helped break the National Security Agency surveillance story reject the impartial journalistic stance that was a fundamental principle for a previous generation of reporters.
98-More Than 35 Newsroom Staff Laid Off at The Oregonian
UPDATE: Layoff list tops 90 people.

99-REPORT: CNBC's Climate Denial Is Bad For Business
100-Taksim Square Protests: 13 Photos Showing Severity Of the Protests
101-The failure of U.S. news media: The repeated failure of U.S. news media (CNN, FOX, MSNBC) to check government distortion has reached new heights. Why should these networks be trusted today?
102-The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism
103-The CIA: Keepers of the Hit Lists - War Crimes as Policy
104-Chris Hedges on Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?
105-Did the Mainstream Media Fail Bradley Manning? - Alleged Wikileaks whistleblower says he tried contacting major newspapers before going public
106-Should Journalists Who Talk to Leakers Be Worried?
107-Time Magazine Photos
108-‘He Said/She Said’ Journalism: A Growing Threat to Public Health
109-A New Media Shield Law Would Only Shield Corporate Media
110-Climate Change 'Climate of Fear': Reporter Blows Whistle on Reuters - The media giant's hostility to covering global warming extends all the way from top editors to low-level bureaucrats, whistleblower reveals
111-For investigating private intelligence practices, American journalist faces 105 years in prison
112-Fox News gets okay to misinform public, court ruling
113-Hedges: Journalism Should Be About Truth, Not Career
114-How Do You Know When President Obama is Lying? MSNBC Won’t Tell You
115-How the Media Outrageously Blew the IRS Scandal
116-Court Tells Reporter to Testify in Case of Leaked C.I.A. Data
117-Is there a media blackout on the fracking flood disaster in Colorado?
118-Journalist Barrett Brown faces prison for posting hyperlink
119-Manipulated by power: What is wrong with the New York Times?
The government is manipulating facts. There's no credible evidence on Syria. Why is the Times pretending otherwise?

120-Marty Kaplan on the Weapons of Mass Distraction
121-Meet the “Journalists Against Journalism” club!
The clique of media figures outraged when news outlets challenge power has a new member: Washington Post higher-ups

122-Obama's Escalating War on Freedom of the Press
123-Reporters Aren't Drawing The Connection Between Climate Change And Wildfires - A Media Matters analysis shows just 4 percent of recent TV reports and 9 percent of print articles mentioned climate change when reporting on wildfires.
124-STUDY: Media Still Largely Fail To Put Wildfires In Climate Context
125-The Journalistic Practices of the Washington Post and Walter Pincus:
Fifteen hours after acknowledging that an innuendo-filled article is factually false, the Post still has not corrected it

126-The sky darkens for American journalism - The future of the American media is being decided in a military court, writes Chase Madar.
127-Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms
128-Corporate Media shown to be Rank Propaganda Arms: What the Snowden Affair Reveals About US Journalism
129-Court Rejects Appeal Bid by Writer in Leak Case

130-Keith Alexander Says The US Gov't Needs To Figure Out A Way To Stop Journalists From Reporting On Snowden Leaks

131-Mainstream Media ‘Balances’ Climate Science With Fossil Fuel Funded Propaganda

132-Mind Control Theories and Techniques Used by Mass Media

133-Obama’s Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press

134-Profiles in Courage and in the Lack of Courage
135-History is a Weapon - Propaganda (1928)

136-Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism

137-Should Poor People Eat? Let's Hear From Both Sides!

138-Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media - Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism

139-Silencing Scientists

140-The Shutdown and “He Said-She Said” Reporting

141-Dean Baker | The Tea Party and the New York Times Shut Down the Government

142-Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013

143-Press group: Obama is worst since Nixon in going after leaks

144-Unplugging Americans From The Matrix

145-U.S. media suppressed 2009 UN report showing Israel using chemical weapons against Palestinians - Obama ignores Israel's chemical weapons abuse while targeting Syrian government that may not be responsible for recent chemical attacks

146-Why Iceland Should Be in the News But Is Not

147-International vs. National Covers on Time Magazine

148-A Call to Arms From Oz to American Academics

149-Baltimore Sun's New Hire: An Oil-Funded Climate Denier

150-Confirmed: Climate coverage fell after New York Times killed environment desk

151-Editor Describes Pressure After Leaks by Snowden

152-Anatomy Of A Hit Job: Expert Featured On 60 Minutes Exposes How Show Knowingly Ignored Facts On Clean Energy

153-Researcher helps sow climate-change doubt: Industry-funded Cambridge astrophysicist adds to partisan divide

154-Has The New York Times Dropped The Ball On The Most Important Story Ever?

155-Everything You Need To Know About The Major News Networks In One Chart

156-Icelanders Overthrow Government and Rewrite Constitution After Banking Fraud-No Word From US Media

157-Must-read study: How the press bungles its coverage of climate economics — “The medias decision to play the stenographer role helped opponents of climate action stifle progress.”

158-Muzzling the Freedom of Information Act

159-REPORT: The Food Stamp Cuts The Media Won't Tell You About

160-Something Is Rotten at the New York Times

161-Stunning: Comparing U.S. and World Covers for Time Magazine

162-Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation

163-USA Today Lets Go Top Climate Reporter, Embraces Confusionist Bjorn Lomborg

164-Hedges: Jeremy Hammond Exposed State's Plan to Criminalize Democratic Dissent - Christopher Hedges, on the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond, says there will be no free press without figures like Hammond and Manning

165-“Chicagoland” Hero Cops Cook Books to Make Murders Disappear, CNN Pretends Not To Notice

166-Academics Who Defend Wall St. Reap Reward

167-After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case, New York Times Reporter Could Go to Jail

168-An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

169-As TPP Opposition Soars, Corporate Media Blackout Deafening - Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership—dubbed 'NAFTA on steroids'—is receiving unprecedented popular opposition and nearly no news coverage by major outlets

170-Barrett Brown: The Criminalization of Web Links

171-By hiring a climate disinformer, Nate Silver undermines his entire premise of data-driven journalism

172-Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science (2014)

173-Head in the Sand Approach to Climate Change

174-Chris Hedges: There are No Winners When People Don’t Know the Truth

175-Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

176-Dear Son: I’m Spinning In My Grave

177-Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

178-EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Senior NSA Executive: NSA Started Spying On Journalists in 2002 … In Order to Make Sure They Didn’t Report On Mass Surveillance

179-Feinstein’s Bill to Kill Free Speech of Independent Journalists ‘Has Votes’ to Pass Senate

180-Fox News and Climate Change

181-Glenn Greenwald Slams NY Times, New Editor Dean Baquet Over Jill Abramson Firing

182-How Cable News Covered The Landmark Climate Change Report

183-How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

184-WATCH: Huge Student Protest Of Pipeline Ends With Hundred Of Arrests, But Media Is A No-Show

185-If 100,000 People Show Up for a Protest and the Media Fails to Report It…

186-Infamous Astroturfer Pushes Big Oil’s Drilling Propaganda in Local Papers

187-Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?

188-Is U.S. Media Coverage of Ukraine and Syria Even WORSE than Its Coverage of Iraq?

189-Jailing of an Alabama blogger: It’s worse than we thought - A New York Times report on the imprisonment of a journalist may have underplayed how chilling the case is

190-Make No Mistake, the Risen Case Is a Direct Attack on the Press

191-State Dept's Jen Psaki grilled over 'infringement of press freedom'

192-Media Figures Out American Climate Beliefs Are Outliers — But Do They Share The Blame?

193-The Neverending ‘Wakeup Call’

194-News Priorities?

195-Michael Kinsley’s review of Glenn Greenwald’s book is the worst thing The NYT Book Review has ever run

196-National Security Letter Case Shows the Absurdity of the Government’s Secrecy Rules

197-Neil deGrasse Tyson Chastises Media For Giving 'Flat Earthers' Equal Time in the Climate Change Debate - The host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey says 'science is not there for you to cherry pick.'

198-No Lessons Learned at the NYT - Mistakes were made on the Iraq War in 2003 and lessons have been learned, the New York Times says, but those lessons haven’t carried over to the Times’ deeply biased coverage of the crises in Syria and Ukraine

199-NY Times editor fired: Criticized Obama for being most secretive president

200-NY Times Reporter: Obama WH ‘Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom’ Today

201-NYT Slammed for Honoring Israeli Govt Gag Orders - Times Jerusalem bureau admits compliance with Israel-ordered media blackouts

202-Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize Winner

Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winner
Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winner

203-Oh What a Tangled Web We Freeze

204-People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses, While Mass Media Remains Silent

205-Propaganda Through Movies

206-REPORT: Evening Broadcast News Shows Ignore Net Neutrality Ruling

207-Reviewing The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism

208-Scientific American editor: Fox News wouldn't let me talk about climate change

209-Strike Two: Obama's Second FCC Chairman Fails on Net Neutrality

210-Supreme Court Sides with DOJ in Attack on Press Freedom: Rejection of federal appeal by New York Times reporter James Risen seen as crushing blow to investigative journalism

211-The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket

212-The Climate Deniers Are Using the Same Tactics as the Tobacco Industry

213-The Corruption of Mainstream Media

214-The Danger of Fair and Balanced - As the science grew more convincing about man's effect on climate change, it is as if the journalists were stuck in time

As the science grew more convincing about man’s effect on climate change, it’s as if the journalists were stuck in time - See more at: http://www.cjr.org/essay/the_danger_of_fair_and_balance.php?page=all#sthash.h1a9Zc4j.dpuf

The danger of fair and balanced

As the science grew more convincing about man’s effect on climate change, it’s as if the journalists were stuck in time

- See more at: http://www.cjr.org/essay/the_danger_of_fair_and_balance.php?page=all#sthash.h1a9Zc4j.dpuf

The danger of fair and balanced

As the science grew more convincing about man’s effect on climate change, it’s as if the journalists were stuck in time

- See more at: http://www.cjr.org/essay/the_danger_of_fair_and_balance.php?page=all#sthash.h1a9Zc4j.dpuf

215-The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

216-The Harper Government Has Trashed and Destroyed Environmental Books and Documents

217-The Top 25 Most Censored Stories of 2013

218-These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

219-Threats and Hate Mail Reveal Climate Disinformation's Dark Side

220-Today is World Press Freedom Day and we have problems to fix

221-Failure to Report

222-NY Times’ Jill Abramson Attacks Obama: Most Secretive White House I've Ever Covered

223-U.N. climate report was censored

224-U.S. press freedom plunges to 46th, placing it behind former Soviet states

225-US 'Silently' Stripping Open Net Protections - Ahead of global internet forum, activists say, 'Governments must consider the Internet as our common good, and protect it as such, with no compromise.'

226-US Establishment Media Neglects Neo-Nazi Role in Ukraine Uprising

227-Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us

228-Controlling the Lens: The Media War Being Fought Over Ukraine Between the Western Bloc and Russia

229-Full Show: The Lies That Lead to War

230-Israel arrests Palestinian journalist for writing on Facebook: ‘occupied Jerusalem’

231-New York Times Admits It Pushed Fabricated Evidence about Iraq, Syria and Ukraine

232-Robert Parry: Evidence for Russian Involvement in East Ukraine Based on Shoddy Journalism

233-VIDEO: Slavyansk Still Being Bombed

234-The Fog Machine of War - Chelsea Manning on the U.S. Military and Media Freedom

235-Coalition Files Lawsuit Against Idaho Ag-Gag Law That Targets Journalism, Whistleblowing & Speech

236-The Criminalization of Journalism: Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir Pens Open Letter in Defense of Jailed Journalist, Barrett Brown

237-DC Thinks It Can Silence a New Snowden, But the Anti-Leak Hypocrisy is Backfiring

238-Feds Drop Most Charges Against Man Who Linked to Anonymous’ Stolen Data

239-Why Did  NY Times Nate Silver Hire Climate Change Skeptic To Cover Environment?

240-WNET to Return $3.5 Million Grant for Pension Series

241-Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites

242-You Won’t Believe How One Chemical Company Tried to Discredit a Scientist’s Research

243-“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

244-Big Stories this Week

245-10 Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Told Them

246-Australian bill will put journos in prison for 10 years for reporting leaks

247-Bad news

248-Claims that Hamas killed 3 Teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza Onslaught

249-CNBC Caught Soliciting Writer To Claim Global Warming Is A “Hoax”

250-Defend Journalism That Speaks Truth to Power: From Ferguson to Washington

251-Democrats, Republicans playing political football over Benghazi attack: Don DeBar

252-Detroit, Gaza, and the continuing erosion of traditional media

253-NPR Whitewashes Charter Schools and Disaster Capitalism in New Orleans

254-Editorial Position of the New York Times: Thumbs Up for Gaza Slaughter

255-Embattled Reporter: Obama’s Support for Press Freedom ‘Hypocritical’

256-False Balance Lives: Media Biased Toward Fringe Climate Scientists Who Reject Global Consensus

257-Free Speech Death

258-Georgia Republicans Have Citizen Arrested for Videotaping Them at Public Event

259-Green Journos Seeing Red Over EPA’s Climate Rule Roll-Out

260-How Israel Uses Twitter, Facebook & Tinder to Legitimize Murder | Brainwash Update

261-IPCC co-chairman says scientists being intimidated by climate change deniers - Prof Thomas Stocker says campaign to undermine IPCC’s fifth assessment report led by ‘people and organisations with vested interests’

262-Israel Makes Censorship Demand Of New York Times (New York Times Complies)

263-Mass Surveillance, Leak Investigations & the Chilling Effect Against Journalism

264-Missing in the American Media: Working People

265-NBC Changes Story on Israeli Bombing of Hospital

266-NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

267-New study finds fringe global warming contrarians get disproportionate media attention - 30% of fringe climate scientists who say carbon pollution causes little global warming report frequent media coverage, vs. just 15% of mainstream climate scientists

268-New York Times Reporters Avoid Investigative Journalism When Covering Israel’s Bombing of UN-Run School

269-NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting

270-NY Times An Organ Of US Security State

271-NYT Rewrites Gaza Headline: Was It Too Accurate?

272-One Dimensional Press, One Dimensional Policy

273-A Disgraceful Day for the 'Paper Of Record'

274-Science And Journalism Groups Accuse EPA Of Stopping Science Advisers From Talking To Press

275-Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will

276-Sharyl Attkisson Says Journalists Have 'Gone Backwards' Since Watergate Scandal

277-Inhuman shield: How ‘The New York Times’ protects US elites from Gaza’s brutal reality

278-MSNBC Commentator: I Was Canceled Because I Criticized Network’s Pro-Israel Coverage

279-The Public Relations Debate About Global Warming Heats Up

280-These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

281-Top Journalists and Lawyers: NSA Surveillance Threatens Press Freedom and Right to Counsel

282-U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings

283-US Media Outlets Cite Israeli Military Propaganda, Cast Doubt on Whether Israel Bombed UN-Run School

284-86% of Gaza Dead Were Civilians (Believe the UN, Not NY Times’ Jodi Rudoren)

285-Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2007) (video)

286-The New York Times and Flight MH17 - With each lie fanned irresponsibly by the media, the probability of a major war increases substantially.

287-Why Iceland Should Be In The News, But Is Not

288-Why The Obama Administration Wants This Journalist In Jail

289-Why we care about the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming: The 97% expert consensus is important because it helps increase public awareness of human-caused global warming

290-The New York Times’ Coverage of EU Austerity Remains Pathetic

291-New York Times Public Editor Says Off-The-Record Meeting Raises Concerns

292-New York Times Ignored Teacher Input on Eva Moskowitz

293-Matt Ridley Returns With Error-Riddled Articles, As Wall Street Journal Discredits Itself

294-How the media shafted the people of Scotland: Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change

295-Gates funding spurs doubts over pubmedia’s impartiality in education reporting

296-Citizen Journalist Arrested, Jailed for Asking Wisconsin Politician a Question

297-“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

Although Anthony Noel illustrates with a local issue, the problem he writes about is a universal one for journalism.

298-Citizen Journalist Arrested, Jailed for Asking Wisconsin Politician a Question

299-How Former Treasury Officials and the UAE Are Manipulating American Journalists

300-Justice Department Bans Reporters, Non-Residents from Ferguson Town Hall Meetings

301-Media Cry Foul as Obama Attacks Freedom of the Press

302-Canada, At War For 13 Years, Shocked That ‘A Terrorist’ Attacked Its Soldiers

303-What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition

304-From War-Weary to War-Hungry: Propaganda’s Triumph

305-The CIA, the Press and Black Propaganda

306-The Fourth Estate in Flames: Once a war-weary country, Americans are now rallying behind the use of force to overthrow the ISIS regime. But how did this turnabout happen within a year?

307-The media’s shameful climate omission: Sunday shows completely ignore historic march - 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan as part of the People's Climate March

308-US Media Hypocrisy in Covering Ukraine Crisis

309-Moscow calls on EU to abandon plans on sanctions against Russian journalists. It is beyond good and evil to punish people, who risk their lives in Ukraine for the sake of objective coverage of the developing events, a senior Russian diplomat says.

310-The Purpose And The Pretence – Bombing Isis By David Edwards

311-The Myth of the Free Press by Chris Hedges

312-Noam Chomsky - The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Part 1 HD

313-NPR Guts Its Environment And Climate Reporting Team, Becomes ‘Part Of The Problem’

314-Why are the media playing lapdog and not watchdog – again – on war in Iraq? - Fear sells, violence sells, war sells. The mainstream press just sold another American war

315-Fed Whistleblower Carmen Segarra, Snowden and the Closing of the Journalistic Mind

316-White House demands to edit press releases

317-Fascism 101: The Police and Media Control

318-Yet Another Example of How Government Uses ‘Legal Process’ to Coerce Reporters to Reveal Sources

319-Education Writers Association: Independent Bloggers Need Not Apply

320-Most Under-reported Stories of 2014

321-New York Times propagandists exposed: Finally, the truth about Ukraine and Putin emerges: NATO was the aggressor and got Ukraine wrong. Many months later, the media has eventually figured out the truth

322-John Pilger | War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

323-Censorship: From North Korea to the West Wing

324-Brian Williams – Just A Cog In The National Disinformation Machine

325-Chris HedgesPrint this item - The Myth of the Free Press

326-Dear NYT, Better Teachers? How About Better Journalism?

327-Editor of major newspaper says he planted stories for CIA

328-Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder

329-It’s not just Fox News: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street - Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow

330-Manufacturing Doubt About Climate Change

331-Newspapers, advocates sue the governor and Cabinet for sunshine violation

332-The CIA, the Press and Black Propaganda

333-The Millennial Media Revolution Part IV: The Response Tells You If It’s Working

334-The Shame of US Journalism Is the Destruction of Iraq, Not Fake Helicopter Stories

335-U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings, Worst Since Obama Became President

336-US Media Dropping The Ball On Ukraine ‘Volunteers’

337-John Pilger | Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue

338-The Death of Truth by Chris Hedges

339-'The Challenge of Journalism… Is to Survive in the Pressure Cooker of Plutocracy'

340-Corporate Media Blacks Out Coverage of Bill to Overturn Corporate Personhood

341-Why Do Political Reporters Refuse to Show Us the Money?

342-Energy firms, health insurers deftly use others to spread propaganda - Commentary: the disinformation dance

343-How Big Media Ignores the Poor

344-Seasoned Investigative Journalist Exposes Inside Strategies to Censor News

345-Journalists Arrested While Covering Ferguson Protests Sue St. Louis County Police for Rights Violations

346-Marty Kaplan on the Weapons of Mass Distraction

347-Narrowing Our Options - Hillary Clinton's 'inevitability' and the media/electoral complex

348-Corporate Media Accused of Parroting Fear-Mongering over Patriot Act - Privacy advocates say outlets like New York Times spread 'government propaganda' by publishing uncritical White House quotes

349-Dear NYT, Better Teachers? How About Better Journalism?

350-Noam Chomsky on the New York Times' Media Bias - The media reflects, uncritically, the approved doctrine: that the U.S. owns the world, and it does so by right.

The media reflects, uncritically, the approved doctrine: that the U.S. owns the world, and it does so by right.

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351-Noam Chomsky Reads the New York Times -- Explains Why 'Paper of Record' Is Pure Propaganda: From Laos to the Middle East, a roundup of Times stories that piqued the interest of the esteemed scholar.

352-NYT Goes to Baltimore, Finds Only Police Worth Talking To

353-NYT Publishes Call to Bomb Iran

354-Our embarrassing, servile media: Does the New York Times just print everything the government tells it? - The paper of record is carrying Washington's water in its Ukraine reporting -- all too believing, once again

355-Hypocrisy Laid Bare - The Crimes the New York Times Believes Should Go Unpunished

356-The New York Times does its government’s bidding: Here’s what you’re not being told about U.S. troops in Ukraine - U.S. troops are now operating openly in Ukraine. The "paper of record's" "coverage" is an embarrassment, per usual

357-Always Remember, the NY Times Pushed, Hard, for War in Iraq

358-David Brooks’ sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history - The conservative New York Times columnist explains what he's learned from his Iraq war boosting: largely nothing

359-STUDY: Media Largely Ignored Climate Change in Coverage Of Winter Snowstorms

360-The Media's Failure With the Biggest Story in the World

361-Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us

362-White House still ignores murder of American reporter Serena Shim who filmed western aid to ISIS

363-US Government Wants You to Hate Snowden, and It's Working: New polls show that the NSA whistleblower’s popularity remains strong among young Americans and Europeans. But older Americans, Brits and Canadians aren’t as enthused

364-Wisconsin Climate Change Gag Order Part of Broader Industry-Tied Attacks on Science

365-10 Stories the Media Missed While Obsessing Over the Confederate Flag

366-5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters

367-ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment

368-Big business declares war on science: The secret story of the Chamber of Commerce’s battle against the environment, global warming action - Driven by a fervor for profit and an anti-government frenzy, the Chamber is a fighting force for the 1 percent

369-Big Oil Knew. Big Oil Lied. And Planet Earth Got Fried. New report exposes why fossil fuel companies didn't need the warning from the public scientific community to start a decades-long campaign of denial. They already knew their business model was a threat.

370-CNN To Be Paid By Corporations To Create News

371-Comcast Orders MSNBC To Remove Anti-TPP Hosts

372-Edelman loses executives and clients over climate change stance - Public relations giant Edelman has lost valued executives and clients by trying to play both sides of the climate debate

373-Elon Musk Strikes Back: LA Times article attacking Tesla and SolarCity 'fundamentally incorrect'

374-Comcast Orders MSNBC To Remove Anti-TPP Hosts

375-Exposing Cruelty in Nursing Homes, Factory Farms, Daycares Now a Crime in North Carolina

376-Federal government routinely hires internet trolls, shills to monitor chat rooms, disrupt article comment sections

377-Hillary Clinton Campaign Now Locking Reporters In Cages

378-In Boston, Media Again Trash a Police Shooting Victim by Uncritically "Reporting" Police Accusations

379-Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

380-It’s not just Fox News: How liberal apologists torpedoed change, helped make the Democrats safe for Wall Street - Center-left pundits have carried water for the president for six years. Their predictable excuses all ring hollow

381-NYT Trumpets U.S. Restraint against ISIS, Ignores Hundreds of Civilian Deaths

382-The NYT’s 1 percent problem: Media bias goes much deeper than Fox News vs MSNBC - There's a reason the NYT's Upshot ran more stories on reclining airplane seats than on payday lending

383-Why Is the NY Times Basically Doing a Blackout on Bernie Sanders? - The New York Times' Sanders coverage is intellectually dishonest.

384-Sunday Times levels copyright charges at Greenwald after he debunks Snowden report

385-What The Media’s Getting Wrong About Israel And Palestine — And Why It Matters: MintPress founder and editor-in-chief, Mnar Muhawesh, discusses the profound personal effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

386-Why Do Political Reporters Refuse to Show Us the Money?

387-Ted Rall: LAPD Convinced LA Times To Fire Me After I Criticized Cops [exclusive]

388-Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children

389-11 Hollywood/Pentagon propaganda films released since 2001

390-Bad News for Democracy Is Great News for TV Profits: Political campaigns, as well as anonymous millionaires and billionaires, are spending more and more on ads to influence the presidential election — and network heads are cheering them on.

391-Greenpeace Sting Shows Academics Selling Themselves To Polluters

392-No longer pretending to be objective, NYT turns 3rd debate into “The Hillary Clinton Show” - The New York Times coverage of the 3rd Democratic debate revolves entirely around Hillary Clinton, ignoring Sanders

393-NYT Rewrites Scalia to Make Him Sound Less Racist

394-Washington Post Writer Finally Discloses He’s a Shill for Fossil Fuel Industry

395-Meme on Press Ties to the White House

396-Climate Change Denier on the Take

397-America Has a Hidden Climate Denial Network and New Research Maps It Out: Corporate funding has played a huge role in influencing our national conversation on climate.

398-Climate denial is alive and kicking say scientists

399-Climate Denying GWPF Academic Chairman Ross McKitrick Resigns In Wake of Greenpeace Sting

400-New Book Exposes Koch Brothers' Guide To Infiltrating The Media

401-Cryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Inc.

402-It's the End of the World — How Do You Feel?

403-Lessons from Occupy 

404-Journalism is not terrorism. Criticism of the government is not violence

405-Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System

406-NYT Rewrites Scalia to Make Him Sound Less Racist

407-Freedom Rider: The New York Times Covers Up American Role in Refugee Suffering

408-Losing Our Way

409-New York Times Gets it Wrong: Bernie Sanders Not “Top Beneficiary of Outside Money”

410-New York Times Post-Debate Coverage Goes Full-Infomercial for Clinton: Three glowing stories about Hillary's debate performance are perfectly aligned with the paper's editorial stance.

411-NYT Rounds Up ‘Left-Leaning Economists’ for a Unicorn Hunt

412-PBS Newshour Lies About Single-Payer Health Care

413-Iceland Forgives Entire Population of its Debt. Total US Media Blackout.

414-Rice University’s Baker Institute and the Academic Cover It Provides for Fossil Fuel Interests

415-Should journalists care if sources go off to prison?

416-The right-wing climate-denial machine is churning faster than ever

417-The Times Continues to Mislead its Readers About Climate Change Denial ‘Science’

418-Tomgram: Aviva Chomsky, A Newspaper's Crisis Reveals Unreported Worlds

419-Media Silent As US-Backed Saudi Forces Starve Half Million Yemeni Children; The United Nations warned that 8,000 children could suffer from severe malnutrition in 2016. And that’s just in one southern Yemeni city.

420-The media are misleading the public on Syria

421-West Media Starves Truth in Syria

422-Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers

423-Obama War On Whistleblowers Paves Way For Global Press Crackdown

424-When climate deniers harass scientists, these guys come to the rescue

425-New York Times could have prevented 'suffering' in Flint, public editor says - Jan. 27, 2016

426-NYT Works Hard to Present Primary Race as More Boring Than It Is — FAIR

427-The New York Times embarrasses itself again: Grey Lady holds Hillary to separate disclosure standard - Salon.com

428-Don't Stop the Presses - The Panama Papers barely featured on U.S. Front Pages

429-Daily Kos Forbidding Third Party Discussion

430-After Leading The Attack On Investigative Journalism, President Obama Whines About A Lack Of Investigative Journalism

431-After Undermining Press Freedom, Obama Wants a Strong Media to Stop Trump

432-America now has nearly 5 PR people for every reporter, double the rate from a decade ago

433-American Police State: Secret Service Controlling Journalist Access to Conventions by Arbitrary, Secretive, No Appeal Screening Process

434-Buying the War: How Big Media Failed Us

435-Canadians Sued The Bank Of Canada & Won. Mainstream Media & Government Blacks Out Story

436-Climate scientists are now grading climate journalism - Climate Feedback provides a venue for climate scientists to evaluate the accuracy of climate news stories

437-Column: Why click-bait will be the death of journalism

438-Comcast Orders MSNBC To Remove Anti-TPP Hosts

439-Conservative group is trying to take down top environmentalists

440-During the most important year for climate news, TV coverage fell - A report by Media Matters for America reveals that the media are failing to inform the American public on the most important issue of our time

441-Court Documents Show Peabody Energy Funded Dozens of Climate Denial Groups

442-Here’s One Way The Media Confuses The Public About Climate Change

443-The Relentless Attack on Climate Scientist Ben Santer

444-How The DNC—And Media—Conned Us Into Clinton

445-Farewell to Al Jazeera America: The end of the media empire’s US venture doesn’t bode well for American viewers—or for journalism.

446-North Georgia newspaper publisher jailed over open records request

447-Iceland Forgives Entire Population Its Debt. Total US Media Blackout.

Iceland forgives entire population its debt. Total US media blackout.
Iceland forgives entire population its debt. Total US media blackout.

448-Media Silent as Keystone Pipeline Leak 100 Times Larger Than Initially Reported

449-Kiss the Sciences Goodbye: Murdoch Destroys National Geographic

450-Lying is their business: Ari Rabin-Havt on the industry that’s grown to create and disseminate right-wing propaganda - Author Ari Rabin-Havt explains how modern conservatism is built on an entire industry built to lie

451-Media Blackout As 100+ Arrested and Thousands Sit-In on US Capitol (UPDATE: 300+ Arrested)

452-Media Silent as Massive Protest in D.C. Fills Jails Beyond Capacity

453-MSNBC admits: "We'll SUPPRESS VOTING to help CLINTON on June 7th" (video)

454-NYT Support for Nazi-Infested Ukraine

455-Spare Me Your Hypocritical Journalism Lecture, Mr. President - At an awards ceremony, Obama praises journalists. Back in the White House, he blocks honest press queries with all his power.

456-Pro-TPP Op-Eds Remarkably Similar to Drafts by Foreign Government Lobbyists

457-Ronan Farrow: My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked

458-Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists

459-CIA Agents To Troll Alternative Media Sites In Huge Propaganda Program

460-Hillary Clinton Buying Twitter Followers?

461-More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet – and she's already under fire for 'buying' fake Facebook fans

462-Documents Reveal Hillary Clinton Super PAC Spent $1Million On Paid Internet Trolls

463-Hillary PAC Spends $1 Million to ‘Correct’ Commenters on Reddit and Facebook - FEC loopholes mean Correct the Record can openly coordinate with Clinton’s campaign.

464-BUSTED: Pro-Clinton Super PAC Caught Spending $1 Million on Social Media Trolls

465-A former paid “Internet troll” for Clinton speaks out: It was “nasty” and “left a very bad taste” (UPDATED)

466-Police Caught Spying On Social Media To Track Anyone Who Talks About Flint Water Crisis

467-Susan Sarandon Hits Bill Clinton For Eliminating Regulations Which Created Corporate Media

468-Elon Musk: Fossil fuel industry propaganda is 'unrelenting and enormous'

469-The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality”

470-The Washington Post’s revealing blunder: Their screwup over the FBI’s Hillary probe is a great example of why Americans hate the press - Post gets played by Republicans looking to sink Clinton by wildly exaggerating the number of agents probing her

471-New documents show the Obama admin aggressively lobbied to kill transparency reform in Congress

472-Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Has Not Been Good For Our Democracy - The media has become controlled by a handful of corporations thanks to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

473-59 Journalists Murdered in Honduras Since Clinton-Backed Coup

474-How They Brainwash Us: The media's incessant manufacturing of consent for US foreign policies.

475-Intel Analysts: We Were Forced Out for Telling the Truth About Obama’s ISIS War - The growing scandal over cooked ISIS intelligence just got much worse. Now, analysts are saying they’re being forced out for not toeing the Obama administration’s line on the war.

476-What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore? As newsrooms disappear, veteran older reporters are being forced from the profession. That’s bad for journalism — and democracy.

477-World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

478-Your Turn: America’s Increasingly Vacant Newsrooms - Readers express concern that the Fourth Estate is in serious trouble -- and what that might mean for our democracy.

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