US Media Issues
By Bill Van Auken, 18 January 2019
The police state style abduction and imprisonment of Marzieh Hashemi is part of Washington’s wider preparations for war against Iran.
By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2019
The campaign sparked by reports over the weekend by the New York Times and Washington Post harks back to the anti-communist witch-hunt of the 1950s.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2019
William Arkin, a veteran reporter and security consultant for NBC, delivered a scathing critique of the corporate media as stenographer and apologist for the military-intelligence apparatus.
By Barry Grey, 5 January 2019
The Times wants the next Democratic campaign, like the last, to be dominated by the politics of gender, race and sex—not class.
By Joanne Laurier, 24 December 2018
Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite belong to this year’s flood of “women” films. Many others have already disappeared without a trace.
By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2018
The article’s overriding purpose is not to expose the collusion of American companies with autocrats, but rather to ensure that they march in lockstep with the US war drive against China and Russia.
By Eric London, 6 December 2018
A service dog in the (unwitting) service of the political establishment.
By Kayla Costa, 1 December 2018
While CNN has not provided a full explanation, the firing of Marc Lamont Hill came one day after he made public statements critical of Israeli policy against Palestinians.
By Andre Damon, 29 November 2018
The Times and the Washington Post are arguing that by publishing true information about political corruption, the US press committed what amounts to treason.
By Tom Hall, 6 November 2018
The latest round of slanders is aimed at preparing public opinion for an eventual indictment of the WikiLeaks founder on espionage charges.
3 November 2018
The WSWS is publishing a selection of the letters which were sent in response to the open letter written by Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 12th District.
By Barry Grey, 2 November 2018
As masses of people grow increasingly disillusioned with capitalism and the two-party system, the Times is doing its best to shore up support for the Democratic Party.
Stop the censorship of the Socialist Equality Party campaign!
By Niles Niemuth, 2 November 2018
The following open letter was sent to Kim Voet, the news director of WDIV Local 4 News and ClickonDetroit.com, protesting the exclusion of any information about the SEP election campaign from their coverage.
By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2018
The leading US newspaper’s editorial on the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre effectively absolves President Trump and his fascistic politics of any responsibility for the bloodbath.
By Barry Grey, 18 October 2018
Friedman poses the problem of how to respond to the murder of Khashoggi from the “practical” standpoint of imperialist Realpolitik.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 October 2018
Grenell’s piece is an extreme example of the obsession with gender and race that has infected the upper middle class and the pages of the New York Times in particular.
By Patrick Martin, 11 October 2018
The leading Democratic Party-aligned newspaper joined the Republican president in gushing over the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
The case of Sydney Schanberg
By Barry Grey, 11 October 2018
The Times got rid of Schanberg because he was writing column after column exposing the Westway project—a $4 billion highway-luxury apartment development that was being avidly promoted by Trump and his fellow real estate speculators.
By David Walsh, 22 September 2018
In an extraordinary act of political censorship, Buruma was forced out this week after he published an article by Jian Ghomeshi, the former Canadian radio broadcaster accused of sexual misconduct in 2014.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2018
The Times regurgitates unsubstantiated claims that Russia “hijacked” the 2016 election and carried out a “stealth cyberage Pearl Harbor” to further an agenda of criminalizing domestic dissent and censoring the internet.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 September 2018
The ousting of Moonves is part of an ongoing struggle for power and wealth within the media and entertainment industries.
A warning to the working class
By Kevin Reed, 8 September 2018
The campaign against “fake news,” “election meddling” and “disinformation” is emerging as the integration of the social media monopolies with the US military-intelligence apparatus.
By Andre Damon, 7 September 2018
The Times’ report on allegations that Google is censoring the Internet is a white-wash, echoing the company’s self-serving denials without any serious examination of the facts.
By Eric London, 6 September 2018
The official wrote that “we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until—one way or another—it’s over.”
By David Walsh, 4 September 2018
A significant portion of the American media castigated a villainous figure this past weekend, lamenting the fact he had essentially gone unpunished for his crimes. Was it the late Sen. John McCain?
By Tim Avery, 29 August 2018
The Walt Disney company has remained firm in its decision to dismiss director James Gunn over tweets unearthed by right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich.
By David Walsh, 22 August 2018
The latest episode in the #MeToo drama unfolded earlier this week following the revelation that actress Asia Argento, one of the alleged victims of producer Harvey Weinstein, purportedly paid off a young man who accused her of sexual abuse.
By Carlos Delgado, 22 August 2018
Cohen conducts “prank” interviews intended to ridicule and humiliate his subjects. Some of them are more deserving than others.
By Tom Hall, 20 August 2018
The intervention by Brennan and other ex-intelligence officials on the Sunday talk shows demonstrates the degree to which the spy agencies have become a dominant political force.
By Hiram Lee, 8 August 2018
After a series of anti-white tweets by reporter Sarah Jeong emerged online, the New York Times and the pseudo-left came to her defense.
By Andre Damon, 18 July 2018
This entire sordid episode demonstrates the degree to which the intelligence apparatus, with its single-minded pursuit of military conflict with Russia, holds sway over the American state, media and political establishment.
By Peter Symonds, 2 July 2018
The Washington Post, citing unnamed US intelligence officials and undisclosed “evidence,” claimed that North Korea was planning to deceive the US over its pledge to denuclearise.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 June 2018
The article is a warning to the politically divided Sri Lankan ruling elite not to deviate from Washington’s military-strategic script.
By David Walsh, 27 June 2018
The New York Times discovers nuance in sexual behavior when it involves a reporter and a valuable source.
Following merger of AT&T and Time Warner
By Barry Grey, 21 June 2018
Control of the media and telecommunications industries by a handful of mega-monopolies received fresh impetus Wednesday with 21st Century Fox’s announcement that it had agreed to a revamped takeover offer from Walt Disney Company.
By Alec Andersen, 19 June 2018
More than 400 workers at the paper released an open letter Thursday beseeching the newspaper’s owner and world’s richest man to intervene on their behalf in protracted contract negotiations.
By Genevieve Leigh, 4 June 2018
The Harvard study on the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico is a damning exposure of one of the most monstrous cover-ups in US history.
By Andre Damon, 1 June 2018
The response to the staged murder of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko stands as an exposure of the US media.
By Eric London, 21 May 2018
The social needs of the working class can be met and its democratic rights defended only by expropriating the wealth of the super-rich.
By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2018
A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.
By Jim Brewer, 4 May 2018
Comedian Michelle Wolf’s comment on Flint’s water at the White House correspondents dinner elicited an indignant rejoinder from the Michigan governor’s office.
By Andre Damon, 1 May 2018
The corporate media is outraged by the truth.
By Tom Carter, 30 April 2018
The media seized on Bill Cosby’s conviction Thursday to attack the presumption of innocence and demand an intensification of the reactionary crusade over sexual allegations.
By Eric London, 19 April 2018
The Washington Post and New York Times won prizes for their role in the anti-Russia campaign, while the Times and the New Yorker won an award for promoting the #MeToo campaign.
The New York Times on race and class
By Eric London, 6 April 2018
The New York Times cites a new working paper published by the non-profit Equality of Opportunity as proof that race, not class determines social status. But what does the data really show?
By Andre Damon, 3 April 2018
Times columnist Farhad Manjoo demanded in a recent article that the government do something to “fix” social media to keep the online “herd” from voicing their opinions.
By David Walsh, 14 March 2018
The New York Times Sunday Review prominently featured an article by Susan Chira, a senior correspondent and editor on gender issues, headlined, “Money Is Power. And Women Need More of Both.”
The Oscar speech we’d like to hear Sunday night: “Members of the Academy, what hypocrites and conformists so many of you are!”
By David Walsh, 3 March 2018
The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, ostensibly honoring the best films and performances of 2017, will be held Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
By Eric London, 1 March 2018
The Times has issued a call for college students to describe and submit images related to sexual encounters.
By Julian James, 28 February 2018
Brennan is implicated in some of the most criminal policies enacted under the Bush and Obama administrations, including the CIA torture program and the drone assassination program.
By Andre Damon, 21 February 2018
The New York Times and the broadcast media have sought to exploit the deaths of 17 high school students to justify US military aggression against Russia and promote Internet censorship.
By Fred Mazelis, 21 February 2018
Blow brands the decision not to choose between two candidates of the ruling class as an illegitimate display of “apathy.”
By Andre Damon, 12 February 2018
The Times has made little effort to hide the fact that its record-breaking profits have been driven in large measure by state censorship and media scandalmongering.
By Will Morrow, 12 February 2018
The intervention of Kristof, who has devoted his career to promoting illegal US wars in the name of “human rights,” helps expose the right-wing character of #MeToo.
By David Walsh, 10 February 2018
Messick was the manager of actress Rose McGowan at the time of an incident involving producer Harvey Weinstein in January 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival, during which McGowan alleges a sexual assault occurred.
By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018
Right on cue, as if acting in accordance with a carefully drafted script, pseudo-left organisations and individuals have stepped forward to provide justifications for new US operations in the Middle East.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2018
Parry, who won journalism awards for exposing CIA crimes in Nicaragua, founded Consortiumnews.com after confronting the corporate media’s impediments to serious investigative journalism.
By Clara Weiss, 1 February 2018
Though tens of thousands protested last year against social inequality and corruption, Navalny has been unable to tap into the massive social discontent, largely due to his fascistic politics.
By Will Morrow, 27 January 2018
Establishment news organizations such as the Times, publicly discredited by their role as state propaganda outlets for decades, see censorship as a means to regain lost readers.
By Eddie Haywood, 15 January 2018
The move is of a piece with the global effort to censor oppositional and alternative viewpoints on the Internet.
Daphne Merkin’s “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings”
By David Walsh, 6 January 2018
In a column Friday, critic and novelist Daphne Merkin acknowledges there is considerable hostility to the current sexual misconduct witch-hunt even within its target demographic.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2018
In assuming the post of Times publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, 37, inherits his father’s $5.1 million annual paycheck.
The petition against Matt Damon and the “erasing” of Kevin Spacey: The fiercely antidemocratic character of the sexual misconduct campaign
By David Walsh, 28 December 2017
The New York Times is at the forefront of the reactionary witch-hunt, defending various efforts at censorship and repression.
By George Marlowe, 27 December 2017
An anti-press subpoena against independent journalist Jamie Kalven would have forced him to disclose his confidential sources.
By Gabriel Black, 20 December 2017
The merger is expected to lead to as many as 10,000 layoffs.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 December 2017
With the initial shock of the campaign beginning to wane, opposition is emerging from some of those targeted, including PBS personality Tavis Smiley.
By Eric London, 13 December 2017
The episode broadcast last week provided a platform for ultra-right-wing, anti-immigrant figures and lent credibility to their racist agenda.
By David Walsh, 12 December 2017
Given the ongoing frenzy, the magazine’s decision was entirely predictable. Had its editors made any other choice there would have been a media-organized uproar.
By Trévon Austin, 5 December 2017
The decision prevents the Russian-based television network from accessing members of Congress as news reporters
US sexual witch-hunt
NBC’s “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and “Prairie Home Companion” creator Garrison Keillor latest to be purged
By David Walsh, 30 November 2017
The spinelessness and contempt for democracy within the media and political establishment seems almost universal and unlimited.
By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2017
A lengthy Times profile published Saturday gave a flattering portrayal of a white racist activist as the “boy next door.”
By David Walsh, 28 November 2017
The torrent of allegations and denunciations of sexual misconduct against media figures, Hollywood personalities and politicians continues to flow unabated.
By Gabriel Black, 27 November 2017
The deal would result in the largest vertically integrated content and distribution company in the world.
By Niles Niemuth, 22 November 2017
Remarks by the executive chairman of Google’s parent company about efforts to “de-rank” news sites critical of the US government expose the corporate-government conspiracy to block oppositional voices on the Internet.
By Barry Grey, 15 November 2017
What is presented by the corporate media as a fierce conflict between the Republicans and Democrats is in reality a bipartisan conspiracy to increase the already stratospheric levels of social inequality in the United States.
By Trévon Austin, 10 November 2017
The move is a product of the ongoing anti-Russia witch hunt led by the Democratic Party, together with the US intelligence agencies, aimed at delegitimizing and outlawing domestic political opposition.
By Michael Walters and Alexander Fangmann, 4 November 2017
The sudden shutdown of the popular local news websites illustrates the dangers posed by the financial aristocracy’s control over the media and the internet.
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.