Baby arrival – royal commands and media expectations

By John Hilley (Zen Politics) A ‘royal baby’ has, apparently, arrived. So announce the BBC, head media midwife, delivering the news that ‘really matters’. And with it, chief royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell’s truly excruciating ‘welcome to baby Cambridge’: “As baby Cambridge’s life progresses, he will need to do what his father, grandfather and great-grandmother have all attempted to do – that is to earn respect […]

The Guardian UK: Guardian of the Truth, or, Guardian of the Establishment?

It is not easy to be the one who bears bad news, questions what’s beneath glitzy packaging, or the one who throws cold water on seemingly good news. Trust me it isn’t. We all want to feel good. It is much easier to cheer than to question and criticize. We want heroes. We like pedestals and figures to worship. I don’t know why but it is what it is, and I am who I am- daring to be unpopular with questions that need to be asked and answers that have to be sought.

Petitioning Journalists to Take a Pledge

Faced with a dangerous escalation of the Syrian conflict, and the alarming role yet again of many Western media in facilitating it, we are asking you to sign this petition, not to our governments but to media organisations and journalists to take a pledge to do their job responsibly and accountably.

We are asking for your support by signing this petition, which we will forward to all journalists reporting on Syria, everywhere we can, asking them to take a personal PLEDGE

Snowden Der Spiegel Interview

Shortly before he became a household name around the world as a whistleblower, Edward Snowden answered a comprehensive list of questions. They originated from Jacob Appelbaum, 30, a developer of encryption and security software. Appelbaum provides training to international human rights groups and journalists on how to use the Internet anonymously.

Assange slams paper for breaking agreement

Following revelations that The New York Times liaised with the White House before publishing information supplied to it by WikiLeaks, the website’s editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, has revealed the British Guardian edited out “all sorts” of information before publishing US diplomatic cables.

Hey, MSM: All Journalism is Advocacy Journalism

by Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) So New York Times Dealbook writer Andrew Ross Sorkin has apologized to journalist Glenn Greenwald for saying he’d “almost arrest” him, for his supposed aid and comfort of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. “I veered into hyperbole,” was Sorkin’s explanation. I got into trouble the other day on Twitter for asking if David Gregory may have […]

Snowden Coverage: If US Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?

The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets—especially TV news—that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion have come to resemble state-controlled media outlets in their near-total identification with the government as it pursues the now 30-year-old whistleblower by Jeff Cohen While an independent […]

‘Limited But Persuasive’ Evidence – Syria, Sarin, Libya, Lies

By David Edwards Last month, a ComRes poll supported by Media Lens interviewed 2,021 British adults, asking: ‘How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?’ An astonishing 44% of respondents estimated that less than 5,000 Iraqis had died since 2003. 59% believed that fewer […]

Libya: Race, Empire, and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency

Based on Prof. Maximilian Forte latest book, “Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War On Libya and Africa” (Baraka Books, Montreal, 2012), and nearly two years of extensive documentary research, this film places the 2011 US/NATO war in Libya in a more meaningful context than that of a war to “protect civilians” driven by the urgent need to “save Benghazi”. Instead it […]