NBC News Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard

by Glenn Greenwald Intercept Jan 3, 2019 https://twitter.com/TulsiGabbard/status/1092558059300442117 NBC NEWS PUBLISHED a predictably viral story Friday, claiming “experts who track websites and social media linked to Russia have seen stirrings of a possible campaign of support for Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.” But the whole story was a sham: The only “expert” cited by NBC in support of its key … Continue reading NBC News Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard

Lost in TrumpWorld: War in the Shadows (of You Know Who)

by Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch Feb 6, 2019 The news, however defined, always contains a fair amount of pap. Since Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, however, the trivia quotient in the average American’s daily newsfeed has grown like so many toadstools in a compost heap, overshadowing or crowding out matters of real substance. We’re living in … Continue reading Lost in TrumpWorld: War in the Shadows (of You Know Who)

The Super Bowl is a showdown of America’s dueling values: commerce and conscience

Super Sunday is the biggest promotion of capitalism in the world. But is there any room left for social conscience? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Guardian Feb 3, 2019 The Super Bowl is a three-way bare-knuckle brawl between the perpetually dueling American values of competition, commerce and conscience. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Let Them Eat Pigskin This year’s … Continue reading The Super Bowl is a showdown of America’s dueling values: commerce and conscience

America Is Not a Democracy

How the United States lost the faith of its citizens—and what it can do to win them back by YASCHA MOUNK Atlantic March 2018 https://youtu.be/lYhg2iAU6jY For years, the residents of oxford, massachusetts, seethed with anger at the company that controlled the local water supply. The company, locals complained, charged inflated prices and provided terrible service. But unless … Continue reading America Is Not a Democracy

What is FoxNews? Researchers Want to Know…

Cable News Station? Mainstream Media? Infotainment? State Propaganda? Comedy Channel? Low-hanging Fruit? by Jacob L. Nelson Columbia Journalism Review Jan 23, 2019 IN 2014, I BEGAN WORKING on an academic study that sought to determine whether conservatives and liberals exclusively got their news from ideologically aligned news organizations, or if they instead, hewed to a small number of … Continue reading What is FoxNews? Researchers Want to Know…

Celebrity Branding & Bullshit

by DAVID MACARAY CounterPunch Jan 24, 2019 Even though I’ve long ago forgotten the brand name and baseball player, I vividly recall the the conversation. When I was about nine years old, still too young to shave, I walked in on my father who was shaving in front of the bathroom mirror. Being inordinately inquisitive when … Continue reading Celebrity Branding & Bullshit

The Fetishization of the Corporate Media

by CJ Hopkins Consent Factory Jan 21, 2019 So the corporate media have gone and done it again. As they have, repeatedly, for the last two and half years, they shook the earth with a “bombshell” story proving beyond any reasonable doubt that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from Hillary … Continue reading The Fetishization of the Corporate Media