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Media control and intimidation a reality for 5.5 billion, says WAN-IFRA
2011-10-20
This year, 44 journalists have already been murdered, says the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which launched a review of press freedom around the world during World Ne...

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American Media Ignore Major Murdoch News Corp Scandal
Rupert's Misdeeds
Washington, Linn Jr.
Article
2013
CounterPunch
America’s corporate news media love highlighting David-besting-Goliath stories…except apparently, when the fallen Goliath is major media mogul Rupert Murdoch – the billionaire owner of America’s caust...
The BBC's 'Bogeyman' Narrative on Hugo Chavez
Article
2013
News Unspun
The changes in Venezuela, and throughout Latin America, over the past decade: the development of peaceful, democratic alternatives to the policies of neoliberalism; standards of living improved for mi...
Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
Article
2010
Red Pepper
Pilger and Platt discuss the state of journalism.
Brothers-in-Arms: Capitalism and Corporate Journalism
Article
2010
Medialens
An essential role of corporate journalism is to shore up public confidence in an unjust, crisis-riven financial and economic system. Although plenty of gloom and doom is permitted, especially in the f...
Business journalists go on the attack; demonize Atlantic seasonal workers
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2013
National business journalists and columnists have bought into Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s demeaning view that folks in the Atlantic region are backward and have a defeatist attitude. Framed in dis...
Coming Attraction: Carleton Journalism Review
News Release - June 1977
Article
1977
July 1977 will see the appearance of a new and exciting Canadian journalism review: the Carleton Journalism Review.
A Comparative Review of Flat Earth News and Newspeak
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
Medialens
A comparative review of two recent books about the media, one a mainstream view, the other using the propaganda model of media control.
Confessions of a Media Critic
Article
1984
Sources
Barrie Zwicker says that with the planet in crisis it isn't time for 'business as usual', least of all in journalism.
Covering Israel-Palestine: The BBC's Double Standards
An Exchange With The BBC#s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen
Article
2008
Medialens
The priorities of the news media mean that the more Palestinians are killed, the less importance their deaths have to news organisations. Conversely, the fewer Israelis killed the more seriousness the...
The Death and Life of Great American Newspapers
McChesney, Robert W.; Nichols, John
Article
2009
The Nation
Journalism is collapsing, and with it comes the most serious threat in our lifetimes to self-government and the rule of law as it has been understood here in the United States.
Demonizing the Victims of Katrina
Coverage painted hurricane survivors as looters, snipers and rapists
Yassin, Jaime Omar
Article
2005
Extra!
Hurricane Katrina led many media reporters and commentators to reveal themselves and their deep-seated prejudices.
How A-historical Journalism Serves Power
A Calendar of Infamy
Norton, Ben
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Contemporary journalism has a horrendous habit of considering history superfluous.
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?
Snowden Coverage
Cohen, Jeff
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion h...
The Illusion of Democracy
Liberal Journalism, Wikileaks And Climate Deceptions
Cormwell, David
Article
2012
MediaLens
In an era of permanent war, economic meltdown and climate ‘weirding’, we need all the champions of truth and justice that we can find. But where are they? What happened to trade unions, the green move...
In Mexico, Finally, a Revolt Against the Media
Bonilla, Isadora; Giordano, Al
Article
2012
Narco News
The summer will determine if the “I Am 132” moment becomes a movement and that’s why “Mexican Spring” is a poor choice of words for it.
Incinerating Assange - The Liberal Media Go To Work
Edwards, David
Article
2012
Medialens
The media response to Assange’s asylum request tells us much about the default brutality and reflexive herdthink of elite corporate journalism. The crucial importance of his achievements, of his cause...
Intellectual Cleansing Part 1
Article
2008
Medialens
Keeping the media safe for big business.
Intellectual Cleansing: Part 2
Former Guardian and Observer Journalist Jonathan Cook Responds
Article
2008
Medialens
Most ambitious journalists start out on a daily local newspaper owned by one of a handful of large media groups. There one quickly feels all sorts of institutional constraints on one's reporting. As a...
Intellectual Cleansing: Part 3
Article
2008
Medialens
The tendency to self-deception appears to be greatly increased when we join as part of a group. Groups create a sense of belonging, a "we-feeling", which can provide even greater incentives to reject ...
Jonathan Cook - Response to Intellectual Cleansing Part 1
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2008
Medialens
However grateful we should be to the tiny minority of dissident writers, their relegation to the margins of the commentary pages of Britain's 'leftwing' media serves a useful purpose for corporate int...
Journalism and 'the words of power'
Fisk, Robert
Article
2010
Al Jazeera
More and more today, we journalists have become prisoners of the language of power.
Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times
Rejecting the Offer of Evidence of US War Crimes
Lindorff, David
Article
2013
Counterpunch
Wikileaks source Bradley Manning is evidence that the USA’s two leading news organizations, the Washington Post and the New York Times, are not willing to report critically of the government.
Killing Granny with the Laziness Bias
Douglas, Susan J.
Article
2009
In These Times
While it is often the case that the majority of Americans do see the light#about the need for healthcare reform, a new energy policy or affordable, high-quality day care#the dominant journalistic prac...
Lapdog media learns nothing, beats war drums again
Smith, Patrick L.
Article
2013
Salon
Have we forgotten Judith Miller already? Or Colin Powell at the U.N.? Before attacking Syria, let's know the truth.
The Left-Wing Media Fallacy
Jeremy Bowen, The BBC, And Other National Treasures
Article
2009
Medialens
The issue is not complex, not esoteric: in a world dominated by corporate power we rely on media corporations for news about that world. Future generations will surely be aghast that so few people tod...
A Life of Challenge to the Dogma of “Objectivity”
Richard Bell Is Practiced at Juggling Journalism, Advocacy and Politics
Han, Kirsten
Article
2012
Narco News
Journalism, advocacy, politics: Are they completely different fields or aspects of the same game? Can someone actually do all three? Richard Bell has done them all and has lived to tell the tale.
Mainstream Media And The Propaganda Machine
Abubacker, Ershad
Article
2009
Countercurrents.org
Mainstream media, especially the American media plays a vital role in shaping the world public opinion.
'The Man Who Knew Everyone' - Gore Vidal Through The Eyes Of The One Per Cent Press
Article
2012
Medialens
Since Gore Vidal's death the corporate media have had nothing serious to say about his political dissent warning against the dominance of corporate power. As Vidal himself put it: ‘The bullshit just f...
The Media and the Far Right
Showcasing the Crude, the Violent and the Aberrant
Nader, Ralph
Article
2010
CounterPunch
The right-moving trend of the mainstream media, absurdly deemed liberal by successfully intimidating corporatists and ideological aggressors, continues year after year.
Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles
An interview with Robert McChesney
McChesney, Robert
Article
2009
Relay
Robert McChesney talks about contemporary media capitalism and 21st century media democracy struggles to understand and change it.
Media Control and Indoctrination in the United States
An Interview With Catherine Komp
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2013
CounterPunch
An excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity.
Media control and intimidation a reality for 5.5 billion, says WAN-IFRA
Sources News Release
Article
2011
This year, 44 journalists have already been murdered, says the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which launched a review of press freedom around the world during World Ne...
Media influence
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Media influence or media effects are used in media studies, psychology, communication theory and sociology to refer to the theories about the ways in which mass media affect how their audiences think ...
Media Watch: When the Media Tell Half the Story
Emery, E. Eugene Jr.
Article
1997
Skeptical Inquirer
The Medium is The Middleman: For a Revolution Against Media
Giordano, Al
Article
1997
Narco News
Media now controls a new economic order: one that has supplanted governments, churches and productive industry to impose a mediating tyranny over people and our Daily Lives.
No longer a real newspaper, new Globe betrays Canadians
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions
The new tarted-up, glossy, colour Globe and Mail is many things, but it is not a real “news paper.”
Propaganda model
Connexipedia Article
Article
A theory that alleges systemic biases in the mass media and seeks to explain them in terms of structural economic causes. Views the private media as businesses interested in the sale of a product # re...
The Right Kind Of Terror
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2012
Medialens
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies.
Shadows of Liberty
Tremblay, Jean-Philippe
Film/Video
2012
Docfactory
Examines the new media monopoly by corporations in America versus the public battle for truth and democracy.
Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009
Article
2009
Project Censored
Provides a list and indepth analysis of the top 25 stories that were censored throughout the year in 2009.
Top Ten Censored Stories of 1989
News Release 1990
Article
1990
Twenty-five Years of Sources
Article
2002
Sources
From the beginning, Sources was seen as a public service as well as a tool for journalists.
The U.S. Press and Repression in the Obama Era
A New Awakening or Political Theater?
Baraka, Amaju
Article
2013
Counter Punch
The Obama administration’s is expanding its use of executive powers to intimidate and crush dissent had turned its focus on the U.S. press.
War, Propaganda and the Media
Shah, Anup
Article
1999
Global Issues
Probably every conflict is fought on at least two grounds: the battlefield and the minds of the people via propaganda. The #good guys# and the #bad guys# can often both be guilty of misleading their p...
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1997
Z Magazine
Noam Chomsky shares his approach to analyzing media and reveals the meaning and consequence of the strategic design of communication.
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera?
All the News That's Fit to Slant
Baroud, Ramzy
Article
2012
CounterPunch
In Al Jazeera’s early days in the mid and late 1990s, the channel took on taboo subjects and proudly challenged the status quo. In recent months, however, Al Jazeera has begun to change course. It h...
Who Should Bomb Iran First?
The Myth Of Left-Leaning Media Bias
Article
2007
Medialens
Mainstream media discussions of media balance are limited to a single question: Is the media too critical of powerful interests?
Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press
Documents Show NYT and Washington Post Shilling for US Government on Iran Missile "Threat"
Porter, Gareth
Article
2010
CounterPunch
A key Wikileaks document which should have resulted in stories calling into question the thrust of the Obama administration's ballistic missile defense policy in Europe based on an alleged Iranian mis...
Women Are Not Wallpaper
Miren Gutierrez and Oriana Boselli interview filmmaker Erik Gandini
Article
2009
IPS
Something new is appearing on the Italian screen. About time, some may say.

Sources Bookshelf

Between the Lines
How to Detect Bias and Propaganda in the News and Everyday Life
MacLean, Eleanor
Book
1981
An exploration of medthods of "dec-doing" our daily newspapers and radio/TV news. Examines our predominant sources of information (mass media) and indicates the existence of many alternative sources o...
Censored: The News That Didn't Make The News - And Why
The 1995 Project Censored Yearbook
Jensen, Carl, and Project Censored. Introduction by Michael Crichton. Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow.
Book
1996
Documenting how the U.S. mass media does a shabby job, deliberately or negligently withholding information of vital importance.
Changing Media, Changing China
Shirk, Susan (ed.)
Book
2010
This collection of essays studies all aspects of media in China, and looks at the changing landscape of information management and demand for real news in China.
Communicating in Canada's Past
Essays in Media History
Allen, Gene; Robinson, Daniel J. (eds.)
Book
2009
Address sizable gaps in the literature on media history in Canada. Includes a substantial introduction to media history as a field of study and essays on a range of subjects, including print journalis...
Democracy's Oxygen
How Corporations Control the News
Winter, James
Book
1997
Winter shows that far from providing "democracy's oxygen," the news media legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informated, news organizations manufacture publi...
The Empire God Built
Inside Pat Robertson's media machine
Foege, Alec
Book
1996
A profile of the demagogue who become one of the most successful media moguls in the world.
Journalism: Truth or Dare?
Hargreaves, Ian
Book
2003
Ian Hargreaves discusses the history, development, future and ethics of journalism and describes journalists' relationship with the public. He focuses on the increase in journalism's influence and the...
Lies The Media Tell us
Winter, James
Book
2007
Outlines the extent to which the mainstream media is subject to its corporate publishers and advertisers.
Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Media and Minorities
Representing Diversity in a Multicultral Canada
Fleras, Augie; Kuhz, Jean Lock
Book
2001
An examination of the politics of media minority relations in a multicultural Canada.
Media Think
Winter, James
Book
2000
Increasingly the news media are owned by a small group of very large corporations with extensive interests outside the industry, run by the corporate elite.Winter argues that instead of offering diver...
The Missing News
Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press
Hackett, Robert A.; Gruneau, Richard; with Donald Gutstein, Timothy A. Gibson and Newswatch Canada
Book
2000
Asks a number of questions, including: How well do the news media filter reality, for what purposes, through what processes and in whose interests? How do newspapers and TV stations choose what news i...
Necessary Illusions
Thought Control in Democratic Societies
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1989
An inquiry into the nature of the media and the role of intellectuals in "a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force, and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ide...
News and Dissent
The Press and The Politics of Peace in Canada
Hackett, Robert
Book
1991
Hackett digs deep into several issues that affect how we hear, read, and see what is reported to us, as well as who and what decide exactly what is it that we hear, read and see.
News and the Culture of Lying
Weaver, Paul H.
Book
1997
The news media lie, says Weaver, not by slipshod reporting or unethical practices, but in the very "plot structure" of the news, in the masks of impersonality assumed by reporters and editors, and in ...
Newspeak in the 21st Century
Edwards, David; Cromwell, David
Book
2009
Revealing the lethal bias in 'balanced' reporting.
Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me!
Carpenter, Edmund
Book
1972
How media have taken over our lives.
A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense
Find Your Inner Chomsky
Baillargeon, Normand
Book
2005
What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through everyday spin and jargon -- from politics to advertising, from...
A Social History of the Media
From Gutenburg to the Internet
Briggs, ASA; Burke, Peter
Book
Two social and cultural historians provide an overview of communication media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time.
Sources Select Resources
Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers
Website
1977
Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers.
Sustaining Democracy?
Journalism and the Politics of Objectivity
Hackett, Robert A.; Zhao, Yuezhi
Book
Tthe authors argue that "the regime of objectivity" should give way to a journalism aimed at sustaining democracy.
Taking the Risk Out of Democracy
Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
Carey, Alex
Book
1995
The twentieth-century history of corporate propaganda practiced by U.S. businesses and the ways in which such corporate propaganda was exported to, and adopted by, other western democracies especially...
Unreliable Sources
A Guide to Detecting Bias in the New Media
Lee, Martin A.; Solomon, Norman
Book
1992
Lee and Solomon argue that American news media censor actual current events. The reason being is that there is pressure from the Government and Corporations. The public must challenge the facts of bot...
War, Peace and the Media
Zwicker, Barrie
Book
1983
Zwicker argues that press coverage of the USSR is "profoundly uninformative, a journalistic yawn that is helping us sleepwalk toward the biggest slumber of all time: nuclear war."
Weapons of Mass Persuasion
Marketing the War Against Iraq
Rutherford, Paul
Book
2004
Rutherford, an academic and media critic at the University of Toronto, tries to show how the marketing campaign for the war against Iraq was constructed and carried out with the aid of a compliant med...
Why Are We The Good Guys?
Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions Of Propaganda
Cromwell, David
Book
2012
One of the unspoken assumptions of the Western world is that we are great defenders of human rights, a free press and the benefits of market economics. Mistakes might be made along the way, perhaps ev...


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