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What This Election Is About--America is doomed. The people, with few exceptions, are not smart enough to continue to exist.

By Paul Craig Roberts November 06, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -

I never cease to be amazed at the insouciance of Americans. Readers send me emails asking why I ever supported Trump when he was the Establishment’s candidate. If Trump was the Establishment’s candidate, why has the Establishment spent two years trying to destroy him?

The failure to put two and two together is extraordinary. Trump declared war on the Establishment throughout the presidential campaign and in his inaugural address.

As I wrote at the time, Trump vastly over-estimates the power of the president. He expected the Establishment, like his employees, to jump to his will, and he did not know Washington or who to appoint to support his goals. He has been totally defeated in his intention to normalize relations with Russia. Instead, we are faced with both Russia and China preparing for war.

In other words, the same outcome that Hillary would have achieved.

Trump has been so harassed by the Establishment that he is having trouble thinking straight. He was elected by “the deplorables” as the first non-Establishment candidate since when? You have to go back in history to find one. Perhaps Andrew Jackson. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were not the choice of the Democratic and Republican establishments, and the ruling establishments moved quickly to constrain both presidencies.

So what is this midterm US election about?

It is about whether “the deplorables” have been brainwashed by the Establishment’s media whores and fail to support Trump in the House and Senate elections. If the Democrats, whose politics is Identity Politics, get the House and/or Senate, Trump will be completely impotent. The Establishment hopes to drive the lesson home to every future presidential candidate to never again appeal to the people over the vested interests of the Establishment.

In America democracy is a scam. The oligarchy rules, and the people, no matter how they suffer under the oligarch’s rule, must submit and accept. No more presidential candidates, please, who represent the people. This is the lesson that the Establishment hopes to teach the rabble in the midterm elections.

What should this election be about? If America had an independent media, the election would be about the dangerous situation created by Washington that has caused two militarily powerful countries to prepare for war with the US. This is the most serious development of my lifetime. Everything President Reagan worked for has been overthrown for the material interests of the power and profit of the military/security complex.

If America had an independent media, the election would be about the American police state that, based on the 9/11 lie, the weapons of mass destruction lie, the use of chemical weapons lie, the Iranian nukes lie, the Russian invasion of Ukraine lie, was accepted by the insouciant [showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent] Americans. Those responsible for these lies, which have caused massive war crimes, for which US administrations should be indicted, are feted and rich. The rest of us have experienced the loss of civil liberty and privacy. Any individual in the way of the police state is mowed down.

If America had an independent media, the election would be about the de-industrialization of the United States. Today, as this article makes clear— —the offshoring of American manufacturing and industry has reduced the US military to dependence on Chinese suppliers.

And the Trump administration starts trouble with China!

If America had an independent media, the election would be about the 20 years of US and NATO/EU war crimes against Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen, and US and NATO support for Israel’s war crimes against the remnants of the Palestinian people, and US and NATO/EU support for the neo-nazi regime established by the Obama regime in Ukraine to commit war crimes against the breakaway Russian provinces, the populations of which refuse to become victims of Washington’s overthrow of the democratic elected Ukrainian government and installation by “America’s first black president” of a neo-nazi regime.

If America had an independent media, the election would be about the orchastrated demonization of Iran. The completely stupid dope that Trump appointed Secretary of State just declared (the utter fool should not be permitted to open his mouth) that Washington was going to drive Iran into the ground unless the government agreed to behave like a normal state.

What does Pompeo mean by a “normal state.” He means a state that takes its marching orders from Washington. Iran has not invaded any country. The government in power is the continuation of the government that overthrew the Shah, a dictator imposed on Iran by Washington when Washington and London overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran.

What the despicable Pompeo is really saying is that Iran has to go, because Iran, like Syria, is in the way of Israel’s expansion into southern Lebanon, because Iran and Syria supply the Hezbollah militia, which has twice defeated Israeli invasions of southern Lebanon. The vaunted Israeli army is only good for murdering women and children in the disarmed Gaza ghetto.

If America had an independent media, someone would ask Pompeo precisely what Iran is doing that warrants Washington unilaterally, in the face of opposition of the European, Russian, and Chinese signatures to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, pulling out of the agreement and imposing sanctions that no other country on the planet, except Israel, supports?

But, of course, America has no independent media. It has a collection of whores known as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, MSCBS, Fox News, etc.

Without an honest and independent media, there is no accountability of government. America has no honest and independent media. Therefore, in America there is no accountability of government.

“The deplorables” are faced with a dilemma. The president they elected has been overcome by the establishment and cannot represent them. Instead, Trump gives his supporters warmonger John Bolton as National Security Advisor and warmonger Pompeo as US Secretary of State. He might as well have appointed Adolf Hitler. In fact, Hitler was a more reasonable person.

So again, America is having an election in which nothing of any importance is discussed.

Unless the American people rise up in armed rebellion, they are finished as a free people, and, of course, they cannot rise up in armed rebellion. Not so much because the police and every agency of the government has been militarized as because Jewish cultural Marxism and the Democratic Party’s Identity Policics have the American people disorganized and at one another’s throats. Cultural Marxism and Identity Politics have divided the American population into victims and victimizers. The true victimizers and true victims are not part of the picture, which is a construction that serves ideological agendas. It is not the oligarchy that is the victimizer, but the Trump-voting white male. It is not the multi-billionaires, but the marginalized former manufacturing and industrial work force that is the source of oppression. This former work force is black and white, but the Democratic Party’s Identity Politics has blacks and whites at each other’s throats.

My conclusion is that America is doomed. The people, with few exceptions, are not smart enough to continue to exist. Perhaps the outcome of the elections tomorrow will change my mind. If the vote goes to the Establishment, all is lost.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.

MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics. It Encourages and Rewards Them Glenn Greenwald July 8 2018

DURING THE 2016 primary and general election campaigns, various MSNBC hosts were openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton. One of the network’s programs featured Malcolm Nance (pictured above), whose background is quite sketchy but is presented by the cable network (and now by NBC News) as an “intelligence expert” and former intelligence officer for the U.S. Navy.

On August 20, 2016, weekend host Joy Reid asked Nance about the supposed “affinity” for Russia harbored by Jill Stein supporters. In response, Nance told MSNBC viewers: “Jill Stein has a show on Russia Today.”

Whatever your views might be about Stein and her third-party candidacy, there is no disputing the fact that Nance’s statement was a falsehood, a fabrication, a lie. Stein did not have a show on RT, nor did she ever host a show on RT. What Nance said was made up out of whole cloth — fabricated — in order to encourage MSNBC viewers to believe that Stein, one of the candidates running against Clinton, was a paid agent of the Kremlin and employee of RT...

Subsequently, a campaign was launched to urge MSNBC to correct the lie it broadcast, based on the assumption that MSNBC — which is part of NBC News — was a normal news outlet that functions in accordance with basic journalistic principles and would, of course, correct a false statement once that was brought to its attention.

The media watchdog group FAIR repeatedly documented the lie told by Nance and urged MSNBC to issue a correction. The Intercept wrote about this falsehood on several occasions and also noted that MSNBC was refusing to issue a correction of what everyone knows is a false — but an obviously quite significant — claim. Multiple tweets were directed at NBC News, MSNBC, Nance, and Reid asking them to correct the fabrication to their viewers:

To date — almost two years later — neither NBC News nor MSNBC, nor a single journalist who works for either one of those media outlets has corrected this significant falsehood

Worse, not only was Nance never sanctioned in any way for the lie he told, but he was rewarded: He has since gone from “MSNBC contributor” to “MSNBC intelligence analyst,” and is far more pervasive on the network, and its hosts have spent the month aggressively promoting his new book on how Vladimir Putin is destroying U.S. democracy.

On MSNBC, lies are not corrected; they are rewarded, provided the lies are designed to smear the reputations of Democratic Party critics. Is this not definitive and conclusive proof of that: that this is not a news outlet but a political arm of the Democratic Party? What else could possibly explain, let alone justify, behavior like this? I’m asking that earnestly.

Obviously, anyone is free to criticize people who decide to visit Russia. Anyone is free to denounce those who speak with RT (such as Stephen Hawking, whose RT interview can be seen here, though I’d love to hear from those holding such views why it’s permissible to speak to think tanks such as Brookings and Center for American Progress, which are funded by Gulf state tyrannies). And, needless to say, anyone is free to attack or dispute any statements or views that I, or anyone else, express as part of such discussions.

This is because Nance knows that he is free to lie this way with impunity. That’s because he works for an organization — MSNBC — that masquerades as a news outlet but actively encourages its employees to lie this way about anyone who criticizes the Democratic Party.

Obviously, Nance is simply adhering to the post-World War II tactic of the U.S. military and intelligence community from which he emerged: For decades, they accuse any journalists they dislike, or dissidents of any kind, of being covert agents of Moscow.

That’s because NBC News and MSNBC have essentially merged with the CIA and intelligence community and thus, use their tactics. The network is filled with former generals and CIA officials who are part of the community that pioneered these smear tactics of accusing journalists and critics they dislike of being traitors, spies, and Kremlin loyalists. Indeed, Nance sometimes appears on MSNBC along with former CIA Director John Brennan, who MSNBC also hired as an “analyst.” This is who they are.


ONE DAY AFTER her network joined the rest of corporate media in cheering for President Trump’s missile attack on Syria, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was back to regular business: seeing Russian collaboration with Trump at work.

It’s “impossible,” fellow anchor Lawrence O’Donnell told Maddow on April 7, to rule out that “Vladimir Putin orchestrated what happened in Syria this week – so that his friend in the White House could have a big night with missiles and all of the praise he’s picked up over the past 24 hours.”

The Washington Post noted that the “conspiracy theory” drew “derision from across the political spectrum.” But it was not out of place.

MSNBC, the country’s most prominent liberal media outlet, has played a key role in stoking the frenzy over Trump’s alleged involvement with Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race — in lock step with the Democratic Party’s most avid partisans.

Jennifer Palmieri, a senior member of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, captured the prevailing mentality when she recently urged party members to talk about the Russian “attack on our republic” — and to do so “relentlessly and above all else.”

And no leading media figure has done so more than Maddow. In the period since Election Day, “The Rachel Maddow Show” has covered “The Russia Connection” — and Russia, generally — more than it has any other issue.

Maddow’s Russia coverage has dwarfed the time devoted to other top issues, including Trump’s escalating crackdown on undocumented immigrants (1.3 percent of coverage); Obamacare repeal (3.8 percent); the legal battle over Trump’s Muslim ban (5.6 percent), a surge of anti-GOP activism and town halls since Trump took office (5.8 percent), and Trump administration scandals and stumbles (11 percent).

Maddow’s focus on Russia has helped her ratings, which are at their highest level since 2008.

As MSNBC’s most popular host, Maddow over the years has become a critical voice for U.S. progressives, helping to shape the outlook of millions of viewers and the smaller left-leaning outlets that follow her lead. A supremely gifted journalist who Vanity Fair has dubbed “the smartest person on TV,” Maddow’s influence is well-earned. She frequently brings pivotal national attention to overlooked stories, such as the poisoning of Flint, Michgan’s water supply.

While proof of collusion with Moscow could well emerge — and could well topple Trump’s presidency — the “above all else” focus on Russia lacks concrete supporting evidence, either of Russian hacking and cyber disinformation impacting the vote’s outcome or of the Trump campaign’s complicity with it. Journalist Matt Taibbi calls it “an exercise of conspiratorial mass hysteria.”

This muddies the waters for a sober, credible investigation of Russia’s actions — but that is the least of its consequences. Democrats have avoided constructive introspection on their seismic election loss by blaming the Kremlin.

Maddow has acknowledged that allegations of Trump-Russia collusion are unverified. But she has ignored claims that cast them in a more skeptical light. For instance, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, told NBC News on March 5 that U.S. intelligence has “no evidence” of collusion between Trump and Russia. On March 15, former CIA Director and Hillary Clinton surrogate Michael Morrell said “there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all.” Those statements have gone unmentioned. The Coming Collapse By Chris Hedges May 21, 2018

The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny.

If we do not stand up we will enter a new dark age.

The press is one of the principal pillars of Trump’s despotism. It chatters endlessly like 18th-century courtiers at the court of Versailles about the foibles of the monarch while the peasants lack bread. It drones on and on and on about empty topics such as Russian meddling and a payoff to a porn actress that have nothing to do with the daily hell that, for many, defines life in America. It refuses to critique or investigate the abuses by corporate power, which has destroyed our democracy and economy and orchestrated the largest transfer of wealth upward in American history.

The corporate press is a decayed relic that, in exchange for money and access, committed cultural suicide. And when Trump attacks it over “fake news,” he expresses, once again, the deep hatred of all those the press ignores. The press worships the idol of Mammon as slavishly as Trump does. It loves the reality-show presidency. The press, especially the cable news shows, keeps the lights on and the cameras rolling so viewers will be glued to a 21st-century version of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” It is good for ratings. It is good for profits. But it accelerates the decline.

Mainstream Media Just Admitted Billions of Your Tax Dollars Are Funding Child Rape on a Massive Scale Americans are funding a massive child rape operation—to the tune of $70 billion—and most people could not care less.

Afghanistan — As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the US has known about and covered up horrifying acts of sexual abuse committed by US-allied commanders against children. Not only is the Pentagon covering up the abuse, but your tax dollars are funding it—to the tune of $70 billion.

According to the Leahy Law, no assistance shall be furnished to any unit of the security forces of a foreign country if the “Secretary of State has credible information that such unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.”

It is widely known that U.S.-funded Afghan units routinely engage in “bacha bazi” — boy play. This practice consists of military leaders kidnapping male children and holding them as sex slaves. As TFTP reported at the time, scores of witnesses have come forward to report the rampant sexual abuse committed by their Afghan allies and not only does the US do nothing about it but they are actually funding it.

Hard Censorship Hits the Internet By Paul Craig Roberts October 08, 2017

US Media Credibility Collapses

According to this report [], YouTube has shut down all independent media coverage of the Las Vegas shooting in a desperate maneuver to protect the official narrative.

I am aware of books by former insiders that describe the CIA’s alliance with members of the media. When I was a member of the congressional staff, I was warned of the Washington Post’s collaboration with the CIA. And we have the case of Udo Ulfkotte, whose book, “Purchased Journalism,” was a best seller in Germany, but the English translation was yanked from the market. Ulfkotte, an editor with one of Germany’s main newspapers, wrote that he and most European journalists post articles handed to them by the CIA.

The way that the One Percent rules is by controlling the explanations. They do that through official statements endlessly parroted by the presstitutes who have sold their souls.

Remember, the presstitutes sold to the public the false story of “Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” the false story of “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” the false story of “Iranian nukes,” the false stories about Gaddafi, about “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” about Afghanistan, and on and on. When the presstitutes are willing to lie at the expense of the destruction of millions of peoples, the infrastructures of the countries, and millions of refugees inflicted upon Europe, how can we believe the presstitutes about Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, etc., especially when contradictions in the official stories are never cleared up and in place of hard evidence we are given only assertions and photoshopped photos?

Media Consolidation

Media consolidation

Six corporations - Time Warner, Disney, News Corporation, Viacom, Comcast, and CBS - control roughly 90% of the media in the U.S.

These companies are in business to make a profit.

This is why you'll find plenty of advertisements in the media. Entertainment? Check. Sports? Definitely. Weather? Yep.

You'll also find plenty of "if it bleeds, it leads" stories designed to hook you in. Vendors, witnesses recall Venice hit-and-run horror. Fort Hood trial turns bizarre as shooter grills witnesses.

There's also plenty of political bickering: Democrats said this, Republicans said that. We let you decide (but we never weigh in with any facts or fact-checking).

What won't you hear? You won't hear the "liberal media" discuss the corporate media.

What to make of this

If the media were "liberal," it would serve the public interest and shine a light on issues like the ones above.

More people would also have a better understanding of global warming, peak oil, population growth, political lobbying, government's role in a functioning economy, how much we spend on the military, and countless other issues.

What you’re more likely to see in the media, however, are stories designed to get you to buy their paper, or watch their show, or listen to their radio station. If it bleeds, it ledes. This is why the media is concerned with scandal, celebrities, gossip, and fear.

If anything, our news consists of paid advertisements and outlets too scared of offending anyone to publish much of substance. Investigative journalism is also expensive; entertainment is cheap.

The way this corporate media behaves may not be surprising. I apologize if you feel any of this is beating you over the head.

This Buzzfeed-style list wasn't intended to introduce this idea as new (others have 'e a much better job), but rather to highlight the sheer absurdity of a "liberal media" for an audience who may not see it.

One way to approach the topic is to simply ask: If we have a "liberal media," where are the liberal stories?


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UN World Press Freedom Day "A free press is one of the most essential components of a democratic society, which in turn is a prerequisite for sustainable social and economic development"
5th Estate from
20 Years of Censored News, by Carl Jensen --excerpts
Ad Critic "the best work and brightest talent the industry has to offer" - the latest news in the ad industry
A.D.A.M. (Art, Design, Architecture, Media) huge searchable catalogue of Internet resources chosen by librarians; major categories are applied arts, architecture, design, fine arts, media, and museum studies
AdBusters promoting campaigns like TV Turnoff Week, Boycott Brand America, 101 Ways to Jam the War, "Adbusters offers incisive philosophical articles as well as activist commentary from around the world, addressing issues ranging from genetically modified foods to media concentration. Our aim is to forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century"
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Alliance for Community Media covers topics such as legal, community, censorship, technical, professional, advocacy - for cable access, Internet, and electronic media
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Alternative Press Review publishes a wide variety of the best essays from radical zines, tabloids, books, and magazines
AlterNet a news service for the alternative press, supporting independent journalism and best known for sponsoring the Media & Democracy Congress
American Journalism Review monthly, national magazine that covers trends in the industry ethics and news in print, broadcast, and online journalism
American Press Institute provides high-quality resources for practicing journalists
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) a membership directory, includes a list of 1,000 nonfiction freelance writers, their telephone and fax numbers
American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) discusses topics related to the current state and future of newspapers and journalism in this country
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) committed to insuring diversity in American journalism and expressing the Asian-American perspective
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) the oldest and largest association of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies organization of 113 alternative newsweeklies in the U.S. and Canada
Association of American Publishers (AAP) the principal trade association of the book publishing industry
Attacks on the Press in 2000 "a worldwide survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists"
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Beginner's Guide to Media Reform
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Black Press USA a partnership of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF) and Howard University; coordinates national internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs and creates innovative programs
CableNewser "With an unwavering eye, he provides incisive commentary about who's showing what and why, cutting through the bias and balance. A must-read for news junkies, this blog provides just the right blend of behind-the-scenes gossip and bold opinion to keep you in tune with the day's events"
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
The Carol Kneeland Project for Responsible Television Journalism “to assure ethics and excellence in local broadcast news." The Project provides intensive training and education, building solid television news leaders, teaching Carole's collaborative style based on ethics and standards
Censored News: 10 Best of '96 article about Carl Jensen
Center for Democratic Communications focuses on the rights of all peoples to have access to a worldwide system of media and communications; an important force in microradio advocacy and activism
Center for Investigative Reporting
Center for Media Literacy works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture
Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting coordinates a national education campaign to reform public broadcasting as a public trust, independent of government and corporate control
Citizens for Media Literacy links media literacy to the concepts and practices of citizenship
Civic Media Center "If you have realized that the news you get in the mainstream press isn't really comprehensive or even truthful, and that a lot of news and views are filtered out of the mainstream press outlets, libraries, and thus, public debate, then you've found a home" - located in Gainesville, Florida
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Commercial Alert "Commercial Alert's mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy"
Committee to Protect Journalists: organization of journalists dedicated to the defense of press freedom around the world
CyberJournalist "a news and resource site that focuses on how the Internet, convergence and new technologies are changing the media"
Dan El' "photojournalist for Reuters. In 1993, while covering a political uprising in Mogadishu, he was stoned to death along with three other journalists by an angry mod of Somalis" (YIL)
DayPop search engine for current events and breaking news
Documentography works of other independent photo-journalists
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Editor and Publisher America's oldest journal covering the newspaper industry; includes a section with job openings across the country
Educational Resources: Communications
"Empire of Lies and Deception" by E. Baskakov
Extra! published by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; media criticism, featuring articles on biased reporting, censored news, media mergers, and more
Facts About Newspapers
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FCC and Public Airwaves Citizens for Independent Public Broadcasting
FCC Deregulation in 2003 excerpts from The Washington Spectator
FCC Handbook Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertising
Finding Data on the Internet Robert Niles
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Fund for Investigative Journalism "gives grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, to reporters working outside the protection and backing of major news organizations. Grants are limited to journalists seeking pre-publication help for investigative pieces involving corruption, malfeasance, incompetence and societal ills in general as well as for media criticism"
Fund for Investigative Reporting and Editing Our mission is to promote locally-based reporting that encourages citizen participation and the sense of community in the Southern Appalachian Mountain region. Because we believe that a strong democracy is based on freedom of speech and access to public information, we provide resources to local activists, reporters and editors who favor these principles
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Global Beat: Resources for the Global Journalist Center for War, Peace, and the News Media at NY University; has the latest international news
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Independent Media Center "a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage"
Independent Media Institute "empowers people with independent journalism, information and media tools to change the world" (leftwing; from AlterNet)
Index on Censorship
Institute for Interactive Journalism "helps news organizations and citizens use new information ideas and innovative computer technologies to develop new ways for people to engage in critical public policy issues"
Institute for Public Accuracy
International Journalists' Network online service for journalists, media managers, media assistance professionals, journalism trainers and educators and anyone else with an interest in the state of the media around the world
International Center for Journalists provides professional development programs that promote excellence in news coverage of critical community and global issues. The Center offers many fellowships and exchanges, conducts a variety of training seminars, workshops and conferences, and provides a range of consulting services
Investigative Reporters and Editors a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting; The site features tipsheets, conference notices and training information
IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Journal from the missouri School of Journalism - published six times a year; contains journalist profiles, how-to stories, reviews, investigative ideas, and backgrounding tips, and employment opportunities in the field of journalism
Jefferson Muzzles awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment - "calling attention to those who in the past year forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson's admonition that freedom of speech "cannot be limited without being lost." "
Jim Romenesko's Media News news about the media and journalists
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS)
Journalism Jobs browse offerings or post your resume research, resources, and ideas to improve journalism from the Project for Excellence in Journalism
Journalist Express great place to start gathering information; excellent links organized by subject; strong in current affairs and statistics
Journalist's Guide to Economic Terms
A Journalist's Guide to Statistics Robert Niles
A Journalist's Guide to the Internet everything related to deadline news reporting
Knight Center For Journalism in the Americas Founded in 2002, the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin was created as a professional training and outreach program for journalists throughout the Americas
Kottke daily news of interest to Jason Kottke
Liberal Media opinions of Eric Alterman about the balance between liberal and conservative media
Male Bashing on TV article - "Warning for our male readers: The following article contains big words and complex sentences. It might be a good idea to have a woman nearby to explain it to you"
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky... review and excerpts.
Massive Media: Facts and Figures "How a handful of companies came to exercise such control over the media is one of the astonishing stories of our time"
Media Alliance independent reviews of Bay Area media issues
Media Control and public relations, article by Noam Chomsky
Media Guardian UK news about the media
"The Media is the Mess" failure to report adequately on election 2000 underscores the media's bias -- "The will of the American voters was overturned in large part because the Bush campaign and its conservative media allies succeeded in portraying Gore as the interloper and Bush as the rightful claimant of the presidency"
Media Matters monitoring all the right wing lies
Media Orthodoxy and Censorship from C.Glass at PAC
A Media Professional's Guide To the Net relevant links
Media Reform: Free Press a clearinghouse of online material about the U.S. media reform movement
Media Reform Net watchdog group
Media Watch "challenging racism, sexism and violence in the media through education and action"
Media Whores [Link is now dead; I wonder why?] "takes an unbiased, in-depth look at the astonishingly vast myriad of whores who call themselves "journalists""
Merchants of Cool a Frontline report on the "creators and marketers of popular culture for teenagers"
Misleader "a daily chronicle of Bush Administration distortion" for journalists and citizens from MoveOn
Mother Jones investigative reporting - "a legacy of raising hell"
The Nation: --"make[s] an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation"
National Association of Black Journalists
National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) trains journalists in the practical skills of finding, prying loose and analyzing electronic information
Native American Journalists Association
NewsWatch: Center for Media and Public Affairs
NTIA's Office of Policy Coordination and Management
Not the News a newsletter covering major stories not in the major media
NY Times Learning Network
Online Journal "building a NEW news media of, by and for the people"
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Ownership - Media Orthodoxy and Censorship article which is now out of date as far as ownership goes, although the basic definition of the problem still applies
Ownership - Who Owns the Media currently six corporations own most of the media. They are listed here
Ownership - Who Owns What Columbia Journalism Review lists major media owners and their holdings
Ownership - FCC Deregulation in 2003 excerpts from The Washington Spectator
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POLITICAL NEWS page of links
Poynter Institute "everything you need to be a better journalist" - Updated daily, it provides journalists with reliable information, useful tools, and provocative suggestions
PR Watch "Quarterly 12-page newsletter that specializes in blowing the lid off today's multi-billion dollar propaganda-for-hire industry, naming names and revealing how public relations wizards concoct and spin the news, organize phony 'grassroots' front groups, spy on citizens, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy"
The Press and the Myths of War "If we saw how war turns young people into intoxicated killers, how it gives soldiers a license to destroy not only things but other human beings, and if we saw the perverse thrill such destruction brings, we would be horrified and frightened... If we saw the deep psychological scars of slaughter, the way it maims and stunts those who participate in war for the rest of their lives, we would keep our children away. Indeed, it would be hard to wage war"
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Pulitzer Prizes
Pulitzer Prize Winners 1999
The Pulse, a PAC Student Newspaper
Quill publication of the Society of Professional Journalists
Radio & Record online magazine
Religion Newswriters Association
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covers issues related to news reporting and the media, and the legal issues therein
Reporting Limits During War
Ryerson Review of Journalism progressive journalistic review from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Canada
SCIENCE NEWS page of links
SCI/TECH NEWS page of links
Shooting the Messenger excerpts from a story about a reporter in Seguin, Texas who was fired as a result of investigative reporting
Six Billion (population of the world) world journalism
Slate "best online magazine" (YIL)
Society of Environmental Journalists written by journalists for journalists, to provide information and guidance on covering the environmental beat
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism organization
SPEECHES page of links
SPORTS NEWS page of links
St. Louis Journalism Review the only local journalism review in the U.S.; primarily critiques what is covered or ignored by the local media
State of the News Media 2004 annual report on American journalism
Student Press Law Center "an advocate for student free-press rights, and provides information, advice, and legal assistance at no charge to students and the educators who work with them"
Suppressed News Stories
Telemedium, The Journal of Media Literacy promotes media literacy education with a positive, non-judgmental philosophy
Television Turnoff Week is April 24-30, 2006
Texas Association of Broadcasters includes a job bank
Tim Robbins: Countering a Wave of Hate speech given to the National Press Club in Washington, DC on April 15, 2003
Time-Warner News
TODAY'S NEWS page of links
star Tom Dispatch: A Regular Antidote To the Mainstream Media a daily weblog for anyone in despair over post-September 11 US mainstream-media coverage of our world and ourselves
TRADE PUBLICATIONSstar Compiled by Dr. Richter, PAC
Transnational Foundation Links ..."There is a world. . . . . . beyond your national newspaper and television. We have gathered them for you at one place"
TV, How Much Do You Know About? According to child development specialists, the average child is 6-8 years old before he or she is able to understand that the purpose of advertising is to sell a product... So why is PBS peddling products on pre-school shows like Barnie and Sesame Street?... besides children, the quiz also covers the TV media business
Twenty Years of Censored News Interview with Carl Jensen
Tyndall Weekly Report monitors the television networks' nightly newscasts
War Reporting and Technology a flash history of reporting wars
WEATHER page of links
Who Owns the Media currently six corporations own most of the media. They are listed here
Who Owns What Columbia Journalism Review lists major media owners and their holdings
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press deceptive title -- it is primarily a directory of media owned and operated by women; includes women's radio groups, news services, film and video groups, and bookstores; coverage of international titles is exceptionally strong
Word on the Street copies of Scottish broadsides from 1620 to 1910
WRITING page of links

Media Quotes

      "One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

      "There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

      "The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

(Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)

"If you think there is freedom of the press in the United States, I tell you there is no freedom of the press... They come out with the cheap shot. The press should be ashamed of itself. They should come to both sides of the issue and hear both sides and let the American people make up their minds" - Bill Moyers

"..a recent study by Columbia University's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that the TV stations owned by smaller media firms generally produce better newscasts" (Phillips, Peter, and Project Censored. Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Stories. NY: Seven Stories Press, 2003: 88).

"..Clear Channel is now widely seen as the poster child for what's wrong with our hyper-consolidated media environment...

"In January 2002, a train carrying 10,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia derailed in the town of Minot, North Dakota, sausing a spill and a toxic cloud. Authorities attempted to warn the residents of Minot to stay indoors and to avoid the spill. But when the authorities called six of the seven radio stations in Minot to issue the warning, no one answered the phones. As it turned out, Clear Channel owned all six of the stations, and none of the station's personnel were available...

"..the so-called "derelict rodeo roundup," in which employees give homeless people a $20 bill, a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor, and a bus ticket to the edge of town, was pioneered in spring of 2003 by a Clear Channel station in Cincinnati...

"Egregious examples of [Clear Channel's].. unconscionable.. behavior.. [include] banning the Dixie Chicks and more than 200 peace-related songs..; the many station-sponsored pro-war rallies; the intense union-busting; automated on-air programming and the train wreck in Minot, North Dakota; and the "derelict rodeo roundup"" (88-89).

"Clear Channel's.. non-music coverage was dominated by crime, drugs, and violence"(Phillips, Peter, and Project Censored. Censored 2004: The Top 25 Censored Stories. NY: Seven Stories Press, 2003: 90).


Clear Channel Sucks "this powerful company has grown unchecked, using their monopoly to control the entire music industry. If you find this alarming, is the place for you"
Media Alliance "promoting media excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability"
Youth Media Council "building youth power through media advocacy and media accountability"
Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism in the public interest

"Journalists, George Bernard Shaw once said, "are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization"" (Eric Alterman. "Bush's War on the Press." The Nation, May 9, 2005: 11).

"Why is science in the media so often pointless, simplistic, boring or just plain wrong? Like a proper little Darwin, I've been collecting specimens, making careful observations, and now I'm ready to present my theory. It is my hypothesis that in their choice of stories, and the way they cover them, the media create a parody of science, for their own means. They then attack this parody as if they were critiquing science.

"Science stories usually fall into three families: wacky stories, scare stories and "breakthrough" stories...

"[the bogus stories] help perform a crucial function for the media, which is selling the reader to their advertisers...

"And last, in our brief taxonomy, is the media obsession with "New breakthroughs": a more subtly destructive category of science story. It's quite understandable that newspapers should feel it's their job to write about new stuff. But in the aggregate these stories sell the idea that science, and indeed the whole emperical world view, is only about tenuous, new, hotly contested data. Articles about robustly supported emerging ideas would be more stimulating, of course, than most single experimental results, and these themes are the real developments in science. But they emerge over months and several bits of evidence, not single rejiggable press releases. Often, a front-page science story will emerge from a press release alone, and the formal academic paper may never appear, or appear much later, and then not even show what the press reports claimed it would.

"Scientists never said that tenuous small findings were headline news--journalists did...

"The central theme: there is no useful information in most science stories.

"Remember all those stories about the danger of mobile phones? I must have read 15 newspaper articles on the subject in a single week. Not one told me what the experiment flagging up the danger was. What was the exposure, the measured outcome, was it human or animal data? Figures? Nothing.

"Why? Because papers think you won't understand the "science bit", all stories involving science must be dumbed down...

"Nobody dumbs down the finance pages.

"So how do the media work around their inability to deliver scientific evidence? They use authority figures, the very antithesis of what science is about, as if they were priests, or politicians, or parent figures. And if they want balance, you'll get two scientists disagreeing, although with no explanation of why" (Ben Goldacre. "''t dumb me down." Guardian Weekly, Sep. 16, 2005: 19).

How the Media Can Restore Credibility

"... the Gallup poll finds that 49% of Americans consider the news mostly or completely unreliable...

"... the endemic vices of elitism, unaccountability, and star worship that afflict our journalistic institutions beginning with the top management. It will take more than another pro forma mea culpa to rebuild their eroded creditbility. Systemic changes are essential:

"Journalists shouldn't get cozy with government officials... A reporter's job is to discover and tell the truth... politicians and reporters are natural enemies...

"Press conferences produce lies, not news. What comes out of them should be treated as news only after it has been independently verified.

"Journalists should be accessible. Isolation impairs accountability... Every newspaper byline should carry its writer's direct phone number and email address, and they should be required to return their messages...

"Ban patriotism. While I was covering the war in Afghanistan in 2001, a colleague from a major US paper informed me: "We've captured Kunduz!" We? Never mind editorial independence--she identified with the Norther Alliance because they were backed by the United States. CNN mimicked Fox News' perpetually waving stars-and-stripes logo and TV anchors from Maine to Hawaii sported flag lapel pins--a prop on state television in dictatorships. Even when the US is at war, reporters should remain neutral. Skeptics make better journalists than patriots.

"Embedded reporters are whores... ersatz journalists who rode into Iraq in American tanks and armored personnel carriers... Correspondents who participate in a story--a war, say--deserve to be fired" (Ted Rall. "It's the Skepticism, Stupid." The Progressive Populist, Dec. 15, 2005: 2, 19).

Media Quotes

Chomsky: There's an Overt Corporate Effort to Indoctrinate American Children education and indoctrination... and the way "capitalism" actually works in the United States.

The Crisis of Democracy was published in 1975, and it was a discussion of the destructive effect of the 1960s. The destructive effect was that it called for too much democracy. You have to read it to believe it. The picture was that before, people were mostly passive and obedient and they did what they were told and democracy functioned fine.

Anyone who looked at the media could see that it's overwhelmingly conformist. But there was some criticism. I mean, there were people in the media who were saying, "The war's too costly. Maybe we shouldn't continue with it" and so on. And they said even that's too much. You can't have the media being this oppositional and critical of power. So maybe the state should step in with some form of censorship and control over the media.

How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us Into Submission The mass media has given elites the ability to effectively turn a false story that they themselves invented into an established fact.

The dynamics of the establishment Syria narrative are hilarious if you take a step back and think about them. I mean, the western empire is now openly admitting to having funded actual, literal terrorist groups in that country, and yet they're still cranking out propaganda pieces about what is happening there and sincerely expecting us to believe them. It's adorable, really; like a little kid covered in chocolate telling his mom he doesn't know what happened to all the cake frosting.

Or least it would be adorable if it weren't directly facilitating the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people.

Please send comments to: Colby Glass, MLIS