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Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...
Electronic Intifada
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a Palestinian perspective.
Sources Select Resources
SOURCES SELECT Resources, published by Sources, features articles about and reviews of information resources, research techniques, and other issues of interest to journalists and researchers. SOURCES SELECT Resources app...
Barrie Zwicker
Author, producer and social and political activist Barrie Zwicker has specialized in media criticism since 1970. Since the events of 9/11 he has become a leader in the "9/11Truth movement." Millions of people around the world (as ...

News Releases

RSF reiterates call for EU sanctions against CCTV and Xinhua
2016-01-22
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for European Union sanctions against state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) and the official news agency Xinhua for broadcasting and publishing what are pres...

Sources Select Resources

Advocacy Journalism
Connexipedia Article
Article
A genre of journalism that intentionally and transparently adopts a non-objective viewpoint, usually for some social or political purpose.
Airbrushing Barbarity
The Warped Language of Public Policy
Richman, Sheldon
Article
2013
Counter punch
Couching moral/political matters in technocratic language helps us forget the unpleasantness of the underlying incivility and brutality of political measures. Political discourse is fundamentally dish...
An alternative media list
Getting the news - and getting behind the news
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2014
Connexions
A selective list of English-language alternative media.
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 American right is trapped in a hyperbolic and dysfunctional world
To have credibility within the Republican party is to have none outside it.
Younge, Gary
Article
2011
The Guardian
On the Republican primary race and the problem of credibility that socially conservative candidates who mobilize the Republican base will face in a general election regarding their appeal to centrist ...
America's Capitalist Religion has Little Room for Science
Balkwill, Jack
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
The US mainstream press accuse the Pope of being leftist. Evidence? Well, they make the claim that he is leftist because he supports the theory of global warming. My guess is that the Pope also suppo...
Amid Censorship, Israel's Media Does Its Part
Ditz, Jason
Article
2010
AntiWar.com
Israel's media has once again chosen the low road, the one carefully couched in patriotism and praise for the right-far-right coalition government.
Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz - Part 1
Article
2016
Media Lens
We live in a time when state-corporate interests are cooperating to produce propaganda blitzes intended to raise public support for the demonisation and destruction of establishment enemies. Here we w...
Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz - Part 2: 'Hitlergate'
Article
2016
Media Lens
As with so many propaganda blitzes, intense media coverage was triggered by 'dramatic new evidence'; namely, the discovery of a graphic posted by Naz Shah two years ago, before she became a Labour MP....
Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics
Engler, Yves
Article
2016
Dissident Voice
A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists’ face in discussing one of the foremost social justice issues of our time.
Assange and Posada in the Propaganda System
Mixed Media
Herman, Edward S.; Peterson, David
Article
2011
CounterPunch
Posada's case is a dramatic illustration of the fraudulence of the so-called "War on Terror" and highlights the U.S. refusal to abide by the rule of law. Assange's case shows well the U.S. establishme...
Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
Article
2010
Red Pepper
Pilger and Platt discuss the state of journalism.
Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
Article
2010
Red Pepper
Pilger and Platt discuss the craft of journalism.
Blair: Bombing Iraq Better. Again
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2014
Media Lens
The authors critique the British media's coverage of a new essay by Tony Blair which attempts to justify the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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...
Canada's right-wing media monopolies move further right
Gutstein, Donald
Article
2011
Vancouver Observer
The Canadian news media landscape has changed dramatically since the Senate Committee on Transport and Communications released its underwhelming report on the state of Canadian media in 2006.
Canadian group not dealing with major free expression issue
Celebrating World Press Freedom Day
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2014
We need to address how corporate-owned mainstream news organizations restrict the freedom of journalists and prevent the public from having access to a wide variety of important news and opinion artic...
Canadian Media in Crisis
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2010
Connexions
How so-called "business journalism" is often biased and tends to give readers a distorted picture of the news.
Caught in the act: German state channel accused of faking Russian soldiers in Ukraine
Ruptly
Article
2015
RT
A Russian television channel alleges a German state broadcaster hired actors to show Russian involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict. The scandal centers around a Russian '‘volunteer' paid by the ...
Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation
Article
2014
Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Ken Loach are among 45,000 signatories who have signed an open letter to the BBC calling on its journalists to reflect the reality of Gaza’s occupation while reporting on...
The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda
Article
2014
Media Lens
The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people's awareness of the pro-elite bias of the 'mainstream' news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and counterin...
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.
Concocting a Crime-Ageddon to Promote Police Power
Trujillo, Josmar
Article
2015
Fair
Manhattan is overrun with criminals and nobody is safe! -- or that’s what certain tabloids and newspapers would have you believe. Through the use of misleading statistics and extraordinary exceptions,...
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.
Content Magazine - Number 91
December 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Corporate-owned media manipulation threatens Canadian democracy
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2011
How freedom of expression is threatened because corporate-owned media in Canada censor and manipulate the news.
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...
Death of a Hero
The General, The Media Adulation And The Forgotten Victims
Cromwell, David
Article
2013
MediaLens
If all this glorification of a military commander had happened in the North Korean or the Soviet-era press, lavishly praising an 'original' who'd given years of 'patriotic service' in wars abroad, it ...
The Death of the Fourth Estate
8000 Channels With One Corporate Message
O'Connor, Billy
Article
2014
CounterPunch
According to a recent Gallup survey, only 40 percent of Americans believe what they read in newspapers. After scanning today’s tabloids, one only wonders why the percentage is that high.
The Demonology School of Journalism
Putin and the press
Petras, James
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
The major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every ...
Detecting Bull
How to Identify Bias and Junk Journalism in Print, Broadcast and on the Wild Web
McManus, John H.
Article
2009
The Unvarnished Press
This book helps teach students how to view the news and find trustworthy information. It takes the lessons learned from his years leading GradeTheNews.org, a website that rated the news in San Francis...
'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre
Article
2014
Media Lens
The bias in failing to report the brutalisation of a trapped, impoverished people under occupation is staggering.
Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA's Efforts to Overthrow Syria's Government
Johnson, Adam
Article
2015
FAIR.org
FAIR has noted before how America's well-documented clandestine activities in Syria have been routinely ignored when the corporate media discuss the Obama administration's "hands-off" approach to the ...
An Empire of Lies
Why Our Media Betray Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
CounterPunch
Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
The Empire's Shill
The Real Mission of the New York Times
Hirthler, Jason
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The Empty Press Room - How Corporate Journalism Happily Lost Interest in Climate Change
Article
2011
Medialens
In the media’s coverage of climate change, are we really still stuck on square one of some ghastly board game?
Eyes Like Blank Discs
The Guardian's Steven Poole On George Orwell's Politics And The English Language
Article
2013
MediaLens
Poole's review of Orwell is itself a textbook example of the kind of alienated response described by Orwell, Fromm and Schmidt. Whereas Orwell's essay is the work of an impassioned, outspoken individu...
Fake News About 'Fake News' - The Media Performance Pyramid
Edwards, David
Article
2016
Media Lens
Following Brexit and Trump, mainstream media have focused on media bias and the implications of so-called fake news. The definition of fake news can be easily generalized to all corporate media, and a...
'Fake news' & 'post-truth' politics? What about those Iraqi WMDs?
Clark, Neil
Article
2016
RT
The people and the outlets warning of the dangers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' have been the biggest peddlers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' out there. It's like receiving lectur...
The Flotilla In The Israeli Press
Cohen, Ran Ha
Article
2010
Countercurrents
An analysis of Israeli media propaganda in the wake of Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
Frame of Reference and Journalistic Integrity
Petersen, Kim
Article
2014
Dissident Voice
A criticism of the article, "Journalism and the Illusion of Objectivity" by Michael Holtzman, challenging Holtzman's claims on the nature of objectivity and bias in reporting.
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
Guardian sinks into gutter on Corbyn - again
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
Jonathan Cook
Jeremy Corbyn today launched a review into the Labour party's supposed "anti-semitism crisis" -- in fact, a crisis entirely confected by a toxic mix of the right, Israel supporters and the media. I ha...
The hidden history of Bob Rae's government in Ontario
Caplan, Gerald
Article
2010
Globe and Mail
How Canada's corporate media framed the Occupy movement
Gutstein, Donald
Article
2011
The Occupy movement occupied two parallel, rarely intersecting universes in the corporate media. In one, described frequently in the Toronto Star, occasionally in the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail ...
How the Media Manipulated the Democratic Primary
Rall, Ted
Article
2016
Counter Punch
Though it might not always seem like it, the news media is composed of human beings. Humans aren't, can’t be, and possibly shouldn't be, objective. Still, there's a reasonable expectation among consum...
How The Press Hides The Global Crimes Of The West: Corporate Media Coverage Of Chad
Keeble, Richard Lance
Article
2016
Media Lens
One of the essential functions of the corporate media is to marginalise or silence acknowledgement of the history -- and continuation -- of Western imperial aggression. The coverage of the recent sent...
How to Write about Haiti
Herz, Ansel
Article
2010
Mediahacker
How to make sure that you stick to the tried and proven cliches.
How Truth Slips Down The Memory Hole
Pilger, John
Article
2007
John Pilger, applies to current events Orwell's description in '1984' of how the Ministry of Truth consigned embarrassing truth to a memory hole. He highlights the killing of a Palestinian cameraman b...
Hypocrisy Reigns
Don't Forsake the Struggle
Blum, William
Article
2010
CounterPunch
When Israel labels as "terrorists" the ship passengers who offered some resistance to the Israeli invaders, who points out that the passengers who resisted the 9-11 highjackers on the plane which cras...
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 Debate
Consensus for the People that Matter
Hirthler, Jason
Article
2014
CounterPunch
A recent article in FAIR reviewed the findings of its latest study on the quality of political “debate” being aired on the mainstream networks. It studied the run-up to the military interventions in b...
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...
The Imaginary Cuban Troops in Syria
Peppe, Matt
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Fair-and-balanced Fox News reported on Wednesday that "Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers and...
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 ...
Introduction: Project Censored 25th Anniversary
In Peter Phillips (ed.), Project Censored 2001
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2001
Seven Stories Press
Chomsky examines "Project Censored" and its contents, revealing a telling pattern: the stories all appeal to public rather corporate-state interests. Such an observation poses questions of media owner...
Iranians Are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
Over the last couple months, the Sunday morning TV shows -- NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face The Nation, ABC's This Week, Fox's News Sunday, and CNN's State of the Union -- have focused on a deal with...
Israel/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media
Podur, Justin
Article
2014
Countercurrents.org
If you are writing for mainstream media, you need to learn special uses of words and phrases that are specific to Israel/Palestine. If you use common usage, you will run into confusions, paradoxes, an...
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
Connexions Information Sharing Services
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
John Pilger: The dirty war on WikiLeaks
Pilger, John
Article
2012
Green Left
War by media, says current military doctrine, is as important as the battlefield. This is because the real enemy is the public at home, whose manipulation and deception is essential for starting an un...
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.
Killing Corbyn
Article
2016
Medialens
The 'Brexit' referendum vote, split 52% to 48% in favour of leaving the European Union, has been exploited by the 'mainstream' media to launch yet another assault on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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...
'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 Against Jeremy Corbyn
The British media has launched an unprecedented campaign of disinformation against Jeremy Corbyn
Burtenshaw, Ronan
Article
2016
Jacobin
The British media has never had much time for Jeremy Corbyn. Within a week of his election as Labour Party leader in September, it was engaging in a campaign the Media Reform Coalition characterized a...
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.
The Media and the Paranoid State
Das Bild to FoxNews
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2014
CounterPunch
In 1975, West Germany was often under varying degrees of lockdown. Roadblocks were set up at autobahn exits and identification was checked; groups of heavily armed police were seen in city centers hol...
Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up
Norton, Ben
Article
2015
FAIR
After the US airstrikes that hit an MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières) hospital, many news outlets have depicted the event in a way that evades any American responsibility.
Media bias
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Media Review: Fake News
Film/Video
2017
teleSUR English
Richard Seymour looks at the current debate around 'fake news'. What does the term refer to and is it as new as we think?
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.
Millions in poverty get less coverage than 482 billionaires
New FAIR study documents TV news' lack of interest in poor
Article
2014
Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting
FAIR uses data from CBS, ABC, and NBC to conduct a study on how much the media reports on poverty, concluding that there is not very much coverage of people in poverty.
Noam Chomsky and Over 100 Intellectuals Denounce 'Savage' Media Treatment of Britain's Jeremy Corbyn
Zapata, Natasha Hakimi
Article
2016
Truth Dig
"We do not expect journalists to give any elected leader an easy ride," a letter published in The Guardian and signed by more than 100 intellectuals reads, "but Corbyn has been treated from the start ...
Nuclear War And Corbyn - The Fury And The Farce
Article
2015
Medialens
The British media is outraged that La bour leader Jeremy Corbyn won't press the nuclear button under any circumstances.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016
Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Connexions
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016
Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
Out Lickspittle Press
Doorkeepers to the House of Lies
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Today no one believes that our country’s success depends on an informed public and a free press. America’s success depends on its financial and military hegemony over the world. Any information incons...
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...
Pure Propaganda - The Great Global Warming Swindle
Article
2007
Medialens
The Scientists Are The Bad Guys.
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.
RSF reiterates call for EU sanctions against CCTV and Xinhua
Sources News Release
Article
2016
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for European Union sanctions against state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) and the official news agency Xinhua for broadcasting and publishing what are pres...
Rupert's Empire of Slime
Murdoch's Knife in the Heart of Journalism
Landau, Saul
Article
2011
CounterPunch
In the name of freedom of the press Rupert’s Fox News and commentators spew verbal venom on notions that smack of socialist, pink or liberal thought – like taxing billionaires and regulating their cor...
Shadows of Liberty
Tremblay, Jean-Philippe
Film
2012
Examines the new media monopoly by corporations in America and the public battle for truth and democracy.
Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria
How One-Sided Reporting is Facilitating Escalation
Mehrpouya, Afshin
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Western mainstream media’s coverage of the Syrian conflict has been mostly simplistic and black & white with a Hollywoodian good (opposition) and evil (Syrian government) story.
Some Deaths Really Matter
The Disproportionate Coverage of Israeli And Palestinian Killings
Media Lens editor
Article
2014
Media Lens
Israeli deaths matter much more than Palestinian deaths. This has long been a distinguishing feature of Western news media reporting on the Middle East. The recent blanket coverage afforded to the bru...
The Sources HotLink
Website
1996
Sources
A website and newsletter dealing with media relations strategies.
Thinking The Right Thoughts
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2014
Media Lens
There are always convenient news-hooks on which corporate journalists can hang their power-friendly prejudices about the West being 'the good guys' in world affairs. The authors provide examples from ...
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
Toronto Star Supports the Perpetrators of War Crimes in Ukraine
Crazed Warmongers
Annis, Roger
Article
2015
CounterPunch
Toronto Star has distinguished itself for supporting the fundraising projects of Ukraine's extreme-right parties and militias.
Turn off the Canadian Media, Please
Podur, Justin
Article
2009
If you want to have the first idea what is happening in Israel/Palestine (or most of the rest of the world), the best thing to do would be to turn the Canadian media off completely.
UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction - Part 1
Article
2012
Medialens
Far from bringing an end to the violence, UN Resolution 1973 unleashed overwhelming Western force in pursuit of regime change, in a war that was fought to the bitter end. To ensure the right outcome, ...
The unrecognised truth behind that 'spontaneous' Belfast riot
Violence was planned by manipulative, self-interested individuals
McDonald, Henry
Article
2011
The Guardian
An analysis of sectarian violence in Belfast between the loyalists and republicans and the international media coverage of this violence, which often frames it as political.
US-Funded NGO in Syria Uses Old Photo to Claim Civilian Death in Russian Airstrikes
Group Lashes Russian Official on Twitter for Noting Picture Wasn't Real
Ditz, Jason
Article
2015
Antiwar
The "White Helmets" organization, heavily funded by the US State Department, has claimed that Russia killed 33 civilians in its attacks. The NGO attached a photo to the story which was pointed out to ...
US Lies and Excuses for Bombing Hospital
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Here is the US changing its story for the FOURTH time of why it launched an air strike on the Doctors without Borders hospital in the Afghan town of Kunduz at the weekend, massacring at least 22 patie...
US Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Russia in Full Gear over One-Sided Dutch/Aussie Report on Flight 17 Downing
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2016
CounterPunch
If the danger of the anti-Putin, anti-Russian disinformation propaganda campaign out of the Pentagon and promoted by the US corporate media weren’t so serious, the effort itself might be laughable.
War by media and the triumph of propaganda
Pilger, John
Article
2014
The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war -- with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside do...
What About a Right of Reply?
Tatchell, Peter
Article
1998
Concern about press intrusion is overshadowing the need for a 'right of reply' to redress inaccurate and inflammatory reporting.
What 'Democracy' Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2014
The Intercept
One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of "democracy" in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military cou...
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...
When BBC Calls, Don’t Answer..
Falk, Richard
Article
2014
Countercurrents.org
In any event, my advice to the media savvy, is that if you have caller ID, and you can tell that it is BBC calling, don’t bother answering. I hope I have the good sense to follow my own advice should ...
When Populism is Dangerous for Democracy
Article
2012
Medialens
George Galloway’s stunning victory in last week’s Bradford West by-election afforded a rare opportunity to witness naked imbalance, establishment scorn of any challenges, and blatant anti-Muslim propa...
Who Is An Objective Journalist?
Agents of the Status Quo
Robertson, Ann; Leumer, Bill
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The false dichotomy between journalists and activists.
Who, or What, Is Behind Postmedia's Election Endorsements?
When hedge funds own newspapers, it's difficult to know
Willcocks, Paul
Article
2015
The Tyee
Did thoughtful editors at Postmedia's daily newspapers across Canada consider the needs of their communities and then unanimously decide to endorse the Conservatives in election editorials?
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?
Why Are We The Good Guys? - Book Review
Article
2012
Medialens
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 ...
Why Canada must limit the influence of corporate media
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2009
Traditional news departments follow unwritten but well-understood guidelines concerning what they should not cover. Most people in the newsrooms have been so thoroughly indoctrinated in corporate ideo...
Why the Guardian axed Nafeez Ahmed’s blog
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2014
Jonathan-cook.net
Nafeez Ahmed’s account of the sudden termination of his short-lived contract to write an environment blog for the Guardian is depressingly instructive – and accords with my own experiences as a journa...
Why the Washington Post Killed the Story of Murdoch’s Bid to Buy the US Presidency
Carl Bernstein Caught in the Matrix
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2012
CounterPunch
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...
Won't Get Fooled Again? Hyping Syria's WMD 'Threat'
Edwards, David
Article
2012
Media Lens
Reading about crimes of state over many years, it is tempting to try to fathom the mind-set of political leaders. What actually is going on in their heads when they order sanctions that kill hundreds ...
Wretched US Journalism on Ukraine
Parry, Robert
Article
2015
World News Trust
The most dangerous violation of journalistic principles has occurred in the Ukraine crisis, which has the potential of a nuclear war.
'Wrong as Often as Right' Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy
Naureckas, Jim
Article
2015
When reporting on enemy states, Washington Post would rather use misleading and flashy headline. A North Korean general has supposedly been executed by anti-aircraft weapons but he could just as well ...

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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...
Blindspots in The News
Manson, Katherine; Hackett, Robert
Book
1995
The filters that determine what gets into the "news" and what doesn't.
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.
Content Magazine - Number 91
December 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
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...
Easily Led
A History of Propaganda
Thomson, Oliver
Book
1999
From Ancient Sumer to modern Poland, Thomson traces the use of propaganda and its influence on human events.
In The News
The Practice of Media Relations in Canada
Carney, William Wray
Book
2002
Carney gives everyone, from student to seasoned practitioner, a thorough understanding of who the media are, how they work and how to approach them with stories.
Inventing Reality
The Politics of News Media
Parenti, Michael
Book
1993
Parenti sets out to demonstrate how the news media distort important aspects of social and political life and why they do.
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...
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 Control
The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1997
Chomsky begins by asserting two models of democracy: one in which the public actively participates, and one in which the public is manipulated and controlled. According to Chomsky "propaganda is to de...
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...
Murdoch's Politics
How One Man's Thirst For Wealth and Power Shapes our World
McKnight, David
Book
2013
McKnight tracks Murdoch's influence, from his support for Reagan and Thatcher, his deal with Tony Blair and attacks on Barack Obama. He examines the secretive corporate culture of News Corporation: it...
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 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.
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...
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.
Spinwars
Politics and New Media
Fox, Bill
Book
1999
An examination of media manipulation in late 20th Century North American politics.
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...
Telling the Truth
Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2005
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
Towers of Deception
The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Zwicker, Barrie
Book
2006
Uncovering the Sixties
Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...
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...
Wizards of Media Oz
Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News
Solomon, Norman; Cohen, Jeff
Book
1997
This book is culled from the recent work of Norman Solomon, author of a syndicated "Media Beat" column and Jeff Cohen, founder of media watch-dog Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting.


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