US Media Issues
Behind the New York Times’ concern about Washington’s “forever wars”: Plans for new war authorization and conscription
By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2017
The roiling public debate surrounding the deaths of four special forces troops in Niger has threatened to lift the lid on the unbridled power of the Pentagon and the drive toward world war.
By Andre Damon, 14 October 2017
Friedman, the notorious war propagandist, is demanding that technology companies censor news outlets that would hold him to account for his lies.
By Nick Barrickman, 14 October 2017
Under the right conditions, the rapper is capable of giving expression to some of the pent-up social angst and oppositional feelings held by wide layers of the population, especially young people.
By David Walsh, 12 October 2017
The sex scandal is a mechanism through which other issues are resolved, often to the satisfaction of powerful economic interests.
By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2017
The Senate Intelligence Committee claims of Russian subversion of American democracy are factually absurd and politically sinister.
By Andre Damon, 25 September 2017
Leading Democrats, working with intelligence agencies and media outlets, are using the campaign against Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election to justify social media censorship.
Obama adviser Samantha Power calls for crackdown on social media
By Andre Damon, 21 September 2017
Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama, has penned a column in the New York Times advocating the use of “professional gatekeepers” to police public discourse on the Internet.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2017
The US media response to a speech that could have been delivered by Hitler largely fails to rise above quibbling over tactics and style.
By Eric London, 13 September 2017
The corporate media is elevating Bannon, while, at the same time, the Democratic Party’s identity politics aids the growth of the far-right.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2017
Invoking an alleged Russian menace to American democracy, the New York Times is spearheading a campaign for a crackdown on political expression on social media.
By Barry Grey, 17 August 2017
The politics of race, whether in the form of anti-black racism or black nationalism, has long been used as an ideological weapon of the capitalist class to divide the working class and impede the struggle for socialism.
By Barry Grey, 10 August 2017
The massive hack of HBO is but the latest case demonstrating the proliferation of hacker groups all over the world that employ advanced technology to successfully attack giant corporations.
By Josh Varlin, 5 August 2017
The Chinese government has launched a crackdown on virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow Internet users to circumvent state censorship.
Trump Jr. emails on meeting with Russian lawyer bring political warfare in Washington to fever pitch
By Barry Grey, 12 July 2017
Behind the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is a furious struggle between the White House and the national security establishment over foreign policy.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2017
The Times editorial board, which has helped sell every US war of aggression for the past 25 years, is outraged that a Russian military contractor is profiting from the war in Syria.
By Alejandro López, 6 July 2017
The Times’ main concern is that tensions between Madrid and Barcelona might provoke an explosive situation if Madrid uses repressive measures.
By Josh Varlin, 5 July 2017
In the week and a half since Hersh’s article appeared in Die Welt, neither the International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative, International Viewpoint or Jacobin has commented on his exposure of US lies and war crimes.
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017
A recognition of the deeply reactionary content of Trump’s polemics does not require that one be sentimental about his immediate targets.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017
The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.
By Fred Mazelis, 1 July 2017
The newspaper announced plans to lay off dozens of copy editors, along with “voluntary” buyouts that could also lead to layoffs of reporters.
By Evan Blake, 28 June 2017
The retracted CNN article was only the latest in a long series of spurious allegations aimed at shifting public opinion against Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2017
An editorial in Sunday’s Times on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is an exercise in disinformation aimed at whipping up support for war with Russia.
By Andre Damon, 10 June 2017
The New York Times has erupted with rhapsodic praise for a man whom, less than a year before, its editorial writers had called a careerist and coward responsible for helping to rig the 2016 election.
By Isaac Finn, 6 June 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed to the lack of evidence of Russian hacking in the 2016 election, and to the hypocrisy of US complaints about the manipulation of elections.
By Tom Hall, 31 May 2017
The Times’ hiring of a rabidly pro-war Republican critic of Donald Trump demonstrates the reactionary character of the “liberal” Democratic Party milieu for which it speaks.
By Barry Grey, 27 May 2017
The political warfare in Washington has intensified with media reports that Kushner is among those being investigated by the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller.
By Andre Damon, 13 May 2017
The crisis surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey has been seized on by the Democratic Party and much of the media to escalate their anti-Russian campaign.
By Warren Duzak, 11 May 2017
Veteran West Virginia journalist Dan Heyman was arrested, handcuffed and hustled off by police after asking Tom Price about the Trump administration’s proposed health care bill.
By David Walsh, 8 May 2017
Colbert’s monologue on May 1 was bankrupt and did not offer a trace of insight, comic or otherwise, into the predicament the American population faces under a Trump administration.
By David Walsh, 3 May 2017
The Times editorial is brief and unconvincing, bringing forward arguments and issuing an appeal to Obama that the editors themselves hardly seem to believe in.
By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2017
All available evidence suggests that the tragedy in Khan Sheikhoun is a deliberate provocation organized by the American CIA and its clients among the Syrian “rebels.”
By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2017
The “newspaper of record” has seized on last Sunday’s protests to promote escalating confrontation with Moscow and nurture the most right-wing forces in Russia itself.
By Andre Damon, 23 March 2017
An 'open letter' by Times columnist Thomas Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people.
By Patrick Martin, 22 March 2017
The Times is the media spearhead of the campaign by the Democratic Party and the military-intelligence apparatus to whip up a war frenzy against Russia.
By David Walsh, 10 March 2017
The former director of the NSA and the CIA was a guest this week on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The appearance represented a certain meeting of minds.
By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2017
Wall Street soared to record highs as media commentators praised Trump’s speech, which promised tax cuts for businesses, the slashing of workplace and anti-pollution regulations, and a massive military build-up.
By David Walsh, 22 February 2017
In an extraordinarily foul outburst February 17, HBO’s Maher referred approvingly to Egypt and Turkey as countries where intelligence agencies had intervened against a “crazy” dictator.
By David Walsh, 18 February 2017
Predictably, America’s late-night comics and television talk show hosts have joined the right-wing campaign to depict Trump as an ally or even pawn of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Columnist Myles E. Johnson on Beyoncé at the Grammys
By David Walsh, 16 February 2017
The February 14 op-ed piece in the Times by Myles E. Johnson (“What Beyoncé Won Was Bigger Than a Grammy”) is an especially repugnant example of racialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2017
In its campaign to demonize Russia, the Times editorial board manages to whitewash all of the crimes of US imperialism that the newspaper itself once reported.
In speech at Florida Air Force base
By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017
Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017
The Times’ attempt to build up the anarchist groups, which draw together demoralized petty-bourgeois elements and police undercover agents, smacks of a political provocation.
By Shelley Connor, 28 January 2017
The highly irregular appearance of ten uniformed military officers behind Trump at his inauguration has yet to be explained by Trump or questioned by the American press.
By David Walsh, 21 January 2017
In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.
Racial politics in the service of the CIA
By Tom Hall, 10 January 2017
Blow’s column is a demonstration of the pro-imperialist, right-wing orientation of the liberal, upper-middle class Democratic Party layers that are obsessively focused on racial and identity politics.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 January 2017
The newspaper was forced to retract its story after the power company announced that the laptop in question was not even connected to the electrical grid.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2016
The filthy column supporting the assassination was made even more offensive by comparing the Turkish cop who carried it out to 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan, who shot and killed a Nazi official in 1938.
By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016
The ferocious denunciations of Russia that have dominated the American media are aimed at poisoning public sentiment and paving the way for war.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2016
Wednesday’s front-page article in the Times is pure propaganda aimed at polluting public opinion and creating the conditions for military aggression against Russia.
By Kevin Reed, 1 December 2016
There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the crusade by the corporate-controlled media against “fake news” on social media and the Internet.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2016
The Times has churned out countless lying editorials and columns justifying the bloodbath instigated by US imperialism in Syria as a “human rights” crusade.
By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016
Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”
By David Walsh, 16 November 2016
In two open letters last Friday, the New York Times expressed regret for its coverage of the US election and promised to approach the Donald Trump administration “without bias.”
By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2016
Trump's rise to power signals a drastic political realignment within the American ruling class.
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2016
As Trump assembles his administration, the Democratic Party and the media seek to normalize a government of the extreme right the likes of which has never been seen in American history.
By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016
In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.
By David Walsh, 8 November 2016
“A Rape on Campus” was a lengthy and sensationalistic piece, focused on the alleged horrific assault of a then-18-year-old female student, “Jackie,” at a fraternity house in September 2012.
By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2016
Cohen’s attack on the left’s “anti-Semitism,” which seeks to proscribe all criticism of Israel, is a slander directed in particular against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2016
The Times’ hysterical rhetoric reflects a debate within ruling circles over whether to launch a major escalation of war before or after the US election.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2016
The Times’ vilification is aimed at discrediting in advance any information from WikiLeaks exposing the crimes of US imperialism and its favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.
By Andre Damon, 30 August 2016
The New York Times, which functions as a clearing house for lies hatched by the Pentagon and CIA, has accused the Russian government of subverting public opinion in the US and Europe.
By Barry Grey, 23 August 2016
Precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism have ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil.
By Eric London, 17 August 2016
A essay published by the Times on Sunday concludes that the collapse of nationalist governments in the Middle East proves the necessity for a sectarian division of the region.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2016
Cohen’s column sums up the social attitudes of a whole privileged layer, who are indifferent to inequality, despise the working class and have embraced imperialism as a necessary foundation of their wealth.
By David Walsh, 15 August 2016
Politically conscious workers, intellectuals and young people should know by now that when Kristof and the Times speak of human rights, they mean neocolonial war, mass killing and plunder.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2016
The combination of propaganda and disinformation makes it impossible to know where the CIA ends and the Times editorial board begins.
From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive
The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs
By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016
The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.
By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2016
Leading columnists for the New York Times and Washington Post have hailed Hillary Clinton as a more consistent and ruthless advocate of US foreign policy interests.
The New York Times, the state and the making of an amalgam
By Tom Hall, 29 July 2016
Bennet's family exemplifies the politically incestuous relationship between the media and the political establishment and state apparatus.
By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2016
The Times is spearheading the Clinton campaign’s effort to pin the leaking of incriminating DNC emails on a supposed plot by Russia to tilt the US election in favor of Trump.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2016
Trump’s questioning whether the US should go to war over the Baltic states prompted denunciations from both “liberal” Democrats like Krugman and right-wing Republicans.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2016
During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Times provided invaluable assistance to the Bush administration in dragging the American people into a criminal war based on lies.
By Barry Grey, 26 April 2016
Kristof employs sophistry and lies to defend a former president and first lady who have shamelessly cashed in on their stint in the White House to make themselves rich.
By Barry Grey, 9 April 2016
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has penned another unprincipled and dishonest attack on Bernie Sanders on behalf of the Democratic Party establishment and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
By Niles Williamson, 5 April 2016
Amid mounting signs that interest in socialism is on the rise, Kristof is doing his best to promote racialist politics to divide the working class and block the development of class consciousness.
By Hiram Lee, 4 April 2016
A review published in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review advances a racialist view of art and culture with thoroughly reactionary implications.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2016
It is to preempt and subvert the growth of class consciousness that the Times, the “newspaper of record” of the American ruling class, ferociously promotes racial politics.
By Eric London, 9 March 2016
Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.
By David Walsh, 30 January 2016
It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the New York Times and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2016
America’s “newspaper of record” provides a phony liberal veneer for the virulent anti-immigrant chauvinism being whipped up in Europe.
By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016
The New York Times continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015
A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015
At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2015
Following the pattern of the Bush administration’s torture memos, the Obama administration organized a secretive legal team to craft ad hoc loopholes enabling the White House to legitimize flagrantly illegal covert operations.
By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015
Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.
By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015
Under aggressive questioning from moderator Steve Kroft, Obama was unable to present a coherent explanation of either the purpose of the war in Syria or the reasons for the fiasco to date of Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015
According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015
The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.
By Evan Blake, 18 September 2015
Stephen Colbert, who made his name as a satirist under the Bush administration, has long since shown his conformist colors.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2015
A long analysis of the Sanders campaign appeared Tuesday on the web site of the Voice of America, the official overseas broadcast service of the US government.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2015
Media propagandists like Kristof shed crocodile tears for refugees in order to argue for an escalation of the criminal policies that produced the catastrophe.
By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015
Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.
By David Walsh, 10 August 2015
The final program was of a piece with the other more than 2,500 on which Stewart appeared: a few jabs at the political establishment combined with a great heap of self-congratulation and self-satisfaction.
By Barry Grey, 28 July 2015
A careful reading of the actual poll indicates that racial animosities are continuing to fade and basic class issues are coming to the fore.
By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015
In a lengthy front-page analysis, the newspaper criticizes the Obama administration for allegedly holding back the air campaign against ISIS for fear of killing civilians.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty
By David Walsh, 15 May 2015
We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the London Review of Books, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end.
By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015
Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.
By David Walsh, 17 April 2015
NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015
Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.
By David Walsh, 12 February 2015
What is the fitting punishment for those commentators and pundits who helped plunge the US into the catastrophic 2003 invasion of Iraq through their systematic deception?