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Deutsches Historisches Museum
The Deutsches Historisches Museum (DHM, German Historical Museum) was founded in 1987 by the chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, and the mayor of Berlin, Eberhard Diepgen, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the founding o...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
MoMA Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in New York City. It has been singularly important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the wo...

News Releases

Lurching to War - Octber 15 issue of Connexions Other Voices now available
2016-10-16
Connexions
Lurching to War: The United States and its NATO allies increasingly see war, not as a disaster to be avoided, but a normal tool of foreign policy. Getting the public to acquiesce in regarding war as i...
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
2009-02-17
Reporters without Borders
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.

Sources Select Resources

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...
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....
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...
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...
Black propaganda
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Black propaganda is false information and material that purports to be from a source on one side of a conflict, but is actually from the opposing side.
Britain's Own Pravda-Style Propaganda
Ten Years Of 'Involvement' In Afghanistan
Article
2011
Medialens
Imagine Britain had been invaded and occupied by armed forces from another region of the world with China, for example, as a significant ‘partner’ in the ‘coalition’. Imagine tens of thousands of Brit...
British Government-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels
Khalek, Rania
Article
2016
Alternet
The Revolutionary Forces of Syria media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government as a propaganda outlet.
The Canadian Ministry of "Truth": "Reality Is Whatever We Say It Is"
Guerin, Fred
Article
2015
Truthout
The government and corporations operate as if truth and reality are what they say it is. Guerin analyzes and provides examples of this propaganda, including Canada's Bill C-51.
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 ...
CIA used Doctor Zhivago as a Literary Weapon during the Cold War
Flood, Alison
Article
2014
The Guardian
Newly declassified documents reveal the CIA published Boris Pasternak's Nobel-winning novel to sow unrest among Soviets.
A Citizen's Guide to Combating Election Propaganda: Debunking Anti-Welfare Myths
DiMaggio, Anthony
Article
2016
CounterPunch
The goal moving forward must be to create a critical citizen consciousness, so the masses don't simply "accept what they're told" once every four years by the pretty faces running for office. What fol...
The Climate Denial Industry Is Out To Dupe The Public. And It's Working
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
The climate denial industry consists of people who are paid to say that man-made global warming isn't happening.
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.
Confessions of an Alleged ‘Russian Propagandist’: A Pentagon Hit?
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2016
CounterPunch
While our corporate media don't talk about it, the US does run a vast propaganda operation, which includes the spawning and spreading of, guess what?, fake news stories! This kind of thing has gone on...
Connexions Library: Arts, Media, Culture Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on media, culture, and art.
Connexions Library: Organizing Focus Page
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles from the Connexions Online Library.
Corporate money preventing all-out campaign to stop global warming
fillmore, Nick
Article
2013
Highly-regarded former Toronto Mayor David Miller says he is "very excited" about becoming the new President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada in September. But there are questions about wheth...
The Cultivation of Hate
The Lies Grow More Audacious
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2014
Counterpunch
If there were any doubts that Western “leaders” live in a fantasy make-believe world constructed out of their own lies, the G-7 meeting and 70th anniversary celebration of the Normandy landing dispel...
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.
Debunking the Fraser Institute's Latest Crusade: Teacher Merit Pay
Gutstein; Donald
Article
2011
The Tyee
Fresh from the triumph of successfully promoting its fallacious school report card, this time in Alberta, the Fraser Institute is already scheming to peg teacher pay to student test scores and create ...
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 ...
Don't be fooled: 'media watchdogs' are Israeli propaganda tools
Sloan, Alastair
Article
2015
Redress Information & Analysis
Consider yourself very lucky if you have never heard of "UK Media Watch" (formerly called "Comment is Free Watch" – CiF Watch), "BBC Watch", "HonestReporting" and "Committee for Accuracy in Middle Eas...
Edelman's TransCanada Astroturf Documents Expose Oil Industry's Broad Attack on Public Interest
Demelle, Brendan
Article
2014
Desmogblog
The Edelman strategy documents and work proposals outline a "grassroots advocacy" campaign plan to build support for TransCanada's Energy East pipeline as well as to undermine public opposition to oil...
Eyeless in Gaza
Israel's Deceptions
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2014
CounterPunch
A single incident at the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast ov...
Fanning the flames of intolerance
The burning of books -- an ultimate form of control and condemnation
Henley, John
Article
2010
The Guardian
A historical overview of book burnings by political and religious regimes.
Fracking Firm Encourages Industry to Imitate Taco Bell's Twitter Strategy
Fang, Lee
Article
2015
The Intercept
Oil and gas companies are steadily increasing their footprint on social media, hiring specialized public relations firms and developing "visual shorthand" infographics that can be shared easily on Fac...
The Future of Israel and the Decline of the American Empire
The Wages of Hubris and Vengeance
Mayer, Arno J.
Article
2014
Counterpunch
Israel is in the grip of a kind of collective schizophrenia. Not only its governors but the majority of its Jewish population have delusions of both grandeur and persecution, making for a distortion o...
Gaza, Israel and 'Human Shields'
The People Putting Innocents in Danger are the Israelis
Gillespie, Sarah
Article
2014
What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the Second World War, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy’s humanity. It appeals to the compassi...
GMO Propaganda and the Sociology of Science
Mattis, Kristine
Article
2015
CounterPunch
In August of 2014, the website Gawker revealed documents that demonstrated the lengths to which the global chemical giant Monsanto would go in order to control the narrative about their products – in ...
Golden Silences in the Propaganda System
Herman, S. Edward
Article
2015
Z Magazine
Propaganda shapes the flow of information in many different ways, including, obviously, the choice of the news fit to print, its placement, and the selection of authorities to make those facts credibl...
The Goldstone report and the battle for legitimacy
Falk, Richard
Article
2009
Electronic Intifada
It may yet be the case that, as in the anti-apartheid struggle, the shift in the relation of forces in the Palestinians' favour will occur not through diplomacy or as a result of armed resistance, but...
Hamas Rocket Launches Don't Explain Israel's Gaza Destruction -- Israeli Forces' Manipulated Figures and Fake Evidence
Porter, Gareth
Article
2014
Global Research
Israel and its supporters abroad have parried accusations of indiscriminate destruction and mass killing of civilians in Gaza by arguing that they were consequences of strikes aimed at protecting Isra...
Hannah Arendt Explains How Propaganda Uses Lies to Erode All Truth and Morality
Insights from The Origins of Totalitarianism
Kakutani, Michiko
Article
2017
Open Culture
Observations on Hannah Arendt's 1951 book "Origins of Totalitarianism" on the nature of Totalitarianism and the role of propaganda in its rise and support within societies.
Hasbara Handbook: Promoting Israel on Campus
Article
2002
World Union of Jewish Students
A handbook on how to do pro-Israel advocacy.
How Big Oil Plans to Win Ugly in New York
Leaked Transcript from PR Maven Shows Energy Companies will be Told to Make the Fight Against Fracking Opponents Personal
Federman, Adam
Article
2014
CounterPunch
A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Independent Oil and Gas Association conference.
How Israel Spins War Crimes
The Secret Report That Helps Israelis Cover Atrocities
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2014
Counterpunch
Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas roc...
How Propaganda (Actually) Works
Hoggan, James
Article
2016
Desmog
Political propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand.
How to Fight Western Propaganda
Time for a Creative Revolution
Vltchek, Andre
Article
2015
CounterPunch
The western propaganda apparatus is enormously efficient and effective. It is also brilliant in how it ensures that its inventions get channeled, distributed, and accepted in all corners of the world....
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...
If the 'product' is wrong, a rebrand won't help Israel
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2015
Cook, Jonathan
Cook discusses Israel's attempt to rebrand itself. Specifically, he addresses "hasbara", translated as "public diplomacy", a campaign that calls for Israelis to justify and defend any policy regarding...
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 Insidious Power of Propaganda
Wolferen, Karel Van
Article
2014
UNZ
To study the effects of political propaganda in what used to be called the 'free world' there could hardly be a better time than now. We are living through an instance of insidious propaganda that has...
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 ...
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.
Israeli airline pilots and crews trained to give talks promoting Israel in US cities
Bannoura, Saed
Article
2011
International Middle East Media Center
The main Israeli-owned airline, El Al, in collaboration with the Jewish Agency, the group 'Stand With Us', and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, has launched a campaign to send Israeli pilots and flight c...
The Issue is Not Trump, It is Us
Pilger, John
Article
2017
Counter Punch
Until real politics return to people's lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.
It Doesn't Matter to Them If It's Untrue. It's a Higher Truth.
The Anti-Empire Report
Blum, William
Article
2011
CounterPunch
The lies used to justify the US/NATO attack on Libya.
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.
Kill Anything That Moves
The Real American War in Vietnam
Turse, Nick
Book
2013
Metropolitan Books
Turse demonstrates that violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the American war against Vietnam. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequen...
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 p...
The Koch Whisperers
Big Brothers Buy in at Big Media
Martens, Pam
Article
2011
CounterPunch
A review of documents and tax records for the dizzying, interconnected web of corporate front groups, frequently created, supported and influenced by Charles or David Koch, shows just how dangerous th...
Let Them Eat Climate Change
Montague, Brendan
Article
2015
DeSmog UK
The winds are changing for the energy giants. And so the black plumes of smoke emitted by the climate deniers in an attempt to provide cover for the coal, oil and gas industry have already been refine...
The Lie Machine
The Media and the TTIP
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2014
Counterpunch
I have come to the conclusion that the West is a vast lie machine for the secret agendas of vested interests. Consider, for example, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Transpa...
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 Manufactured Doubt Industry And The Hacked Email Controversy
Masters, Jeff
Article
2009
Weather Underground
The fossil fuel industry has been working for years to create a smokescreen of doubt to obscure the facts of global warming.
Marc Morano's Climate Hustle Film Set For Paris Premiere With Same Old Denial Myths
Readfearn, Graham
Article
2015
DeSmogBlog
Marc Morano is never short of a superlative or two, but when it has come to promoting his long-gestating documentary Climate Hustle, the climate science denialist extraodinaire has been outdoing himse...
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 Lies And The War Drive Against Iran
Pilger, John
Book
2009
Countercurrents
Iran's crime is its independence. Having thrown out the US's favourite tyrant, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran remains the only resource-rich Muslim state beyond US control. As only Israel has a 'right to exi...
Mexican President Calderón Hires US Propaganda Firm
Conroy, Bill
Article
2012
Narco News
Los Pinos retains Las Vegas-based R&R Partners to promote government’s successes as the bloody drug war rages on.
Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda was Nazi Germany's ministry that enforced Nazi Party ideology in Germany and regulated its culture and society. Founded on March 13, 1933, by ...
NATO - New York Times Convoy Fabrications
Parsons, Renee
Article
2014
CounterPunch
On Saturday, the entire humanitarian convoy of 227 trucks crossed back into Russia without incident after having successfully delivered its contents to the Luhansk distribution centre. The unwavering ...
NBC News Releases the Long-Awaited Trailer for its Summer Horror Film About ISIS
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
ISIS now officially poses a bigger threat to the "U.S. homeland" than the one posed by former title-holder Al Qaeda.
The Newsfakers
Whose hands are behind those dramatic YouTube pictures?
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2012
CounterPunch
YouTube and blogs have made it easier than ever to fabricate events. The media are happy to run unsubstantiated reports and footage.
The not-so-hidden persuaders
The Israel lobby's global propaganda manual
Balles, Paul J.
Article
2009
Redress
A major public relations manual for Israel lobbyists teaches pro-Israel propagandists how to hoodwink people about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how to silence critics and how to avoid making stat...
NYT Hypes Russian Threat to the Internet
Schreiner, Ben
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
As if Americans didn't already have enough to worry about in regards to the recently resurrected Red Menace, we can now add the fear that those devious Russians are threatening to -- horror of horrors...
Oil and Gas Industry's "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman
Kelly, Sharon
Article
2014
Desmogblog
Leave it to Washington's top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discr...
On Israel, Ukraine and Truth
The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother's War
Pilger, John
Article
2014
CounterPunch
As advanced societies are de-politicised, the changes are both subtle and spectacular. In everyday discourse, political language is turned on its head, as Orwell prophesised in 1984. "Democracy" is no...
On Translating Securityspeak into English
In the Land of False Cognates
Carson, Kevin
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal t...
On 'Human Shielding' in Gaza
How the Israeli Army has Tried to Justify Striking Civilian Areas
Gordon, Neve; Perugini, Nicola
Article
2014
Counterpunch
All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most “precise and surgical”, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitab...
Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 15, 2016
Lurching to War
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
The risk of nuclear war is as great now as it was at the height of the Cold War. From the time the Warsaw Pact dissolved itself and the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States has single-mindedly pu...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 18, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
This issue of Other Voices features a wide range of issues. The topic of the week is homophobia, the hate that led to 49 deaths in Orlando last week, but which is present in greater or lesser form in ...
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...
Our Lives are Militarised
Walton, Sam
Article
2014
Red Pepper
Sam Walton examines the PR strategy of placing soldiers at civil society events.
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...
Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT's 1967 Attack on MLK's Anti-War Speech
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
John Oliver's Monday night interview of Edward Snowden -- which in 24 hours has been viewed by 3 million people on YouTube alone -- renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snow...
Propaganda
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.
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...
Propaganda, State Religion and the Attack on the Gaza Peace Flotilla - Part 1
Article
2010
Medialens
We are trained to react to violent acts, not on the basis of their objective legality and human cost, but on the basis of the perceived legitimacy of the people committing the act. Violence committed ...
Pure Propaganda - The Great Global Warming Swindle
Article
2007
Medialens
The Scientists Are The Bad Guys.
Rampaging Climate Deniers' Losing Battle
Salzman, Lorna
Article
2009
Countercurrents
Because of the flimsy comprehension of science and evolution of most writers in the mass media, those who venture to write about evolution feel constrained to present "alternative" views. But "alterna...
The real first casualty of war
Pilger, John
Article
2006
Censorship by journalism is virulent in Britain and the US - and it means the difference between life and death for people in faraway countries.
The Red Menace
A Striking Gallery of Anti-Communist Posters, Ads, Comic Books, Magazines & Films
Jones, Josh
Article
2014
Open Culture
By its very nature, propaganda distorts the truth or tells outright lies. It targets our basest impulses -- fear and anger, flight or fight. While works of pure propaganda may pretend to make logical ...
Return of the Evil Empire
Hirthler, Jason
Article
2014
CounterPunch
You have to hand it to them. The United States media machine is unequaled at producing and disseminating misinformation. It begins in the bowels of the State Department or White House or Pentagon and ...
The Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
Pilger, John
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Pilger discusses the challenges that we encounter as Western governments and media actively seek to supress any political consciousness and independent thought.
Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers' Rights
Graves, Lisa
Article
2014
PR Watch
Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements. Berman specializes in ...
Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers' Rights
Audio
2014
The king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements, including on efforts to increase th...
Russia's Fantasy "Stray Missiles," America's Real Ones
Arbuthnot, Felicity
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Even to those who do not watch closely it has to be apparent that Washington's vast disinformation machine is finally out of control, seriously awry, or desperate.
The Semantics of Terrorism
Al-Jurf, Soha
Article
2010
CounterPunch
A mental construct has been created in which the State of Israel is an entity that is under constant attack. By terrorists. Who, irrefutably, must be eradicated. Their actions are somewhat irrelevant....
Seven Answers To Climate Contrarian Nonsense
Rennie, John
Article
2009
Scientific American
Within the community of scientists and others concerned about anthropogenic climate change, those deny climate change are commonly referred to as contrarians, naysayers and denialists. Not everyone wh...
Sick Sophistry: BBC News On Afghan Hospital "Mistakenly" Bombed by United States
Media Lens
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
One of the defining features of the corporate media is that Western crimes are ignored or downplayed. The US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on the night of Octo...
Spin (public relations)
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
In public relations, spin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favor or against a certain organization or public ...
The Sunday Times' Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst - and Filled with Falsehoods
Greenwalk, Glenn
Article
2015
the Intercept
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it's hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to g...
The 10 Dumbest, Most Offensive Political Ads in Recent Memory
Fell, Nicholas
Article
2011
AlterNet
Not a single election cycle goes by without some attempt to use fear of the "other" to win votes. Sadly, the results are sometimes successful.
TransCanada hires controversial PR firm to derail opposition to Energy East pipeline
Patterson, Brent
Article
2014
rabble.ca
There are now multiple news articles that report Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 m...
Trump and Clinton: Censoring the unpalatable
Pilger, John
Article
2016
RT
A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party's nomination, Hillary Clinton is...
The Truth Behind The Israeli Propaganda
Fisk, Robert
Article
2010
The amazing thing in all this is that so many Western journalists - and I'm including the BBC's pusillanimous coverage of the Gaza aid ships - are writing like Israeli journalists, while many Israeli ...
Twitterers Paid To Spread Israeli Propaganda
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
CounterCurrents.org
Israel's foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel. Intern...
Ukraine, Intervention, and America's Doublethink
High-Motor Propaganda
Draitser, Eric
Article
2014
CounterPunch
With the deployment of Russian forces into Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the US-NATO propaganda machine has kicked into high gear. Putin has been portrayed as a tyrannical aggressor, while the Obama adm...
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 military taps 'sock puppets'
Fake personas on social websites to manipulate and influence opinion
Fielding, Nick; Cobain, Ian; Rushe, Dominic
Article
2011
The Guardian
A new $2.76 million dollar 'counter-terrorism' initiative to create a pro-America online presence using fake online personas is underway. These interventions will not be conducted in English or on Ame...
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.
The War against The Lancet
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
"An Open letter to the people of Gaza" triggered a furious reaction within Lancet, with complainants suggesting that the publication has sided with the forces of "anti-Jewish bigotry".
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...
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...
We need to be told
Pilger, John
Article
2005
When journalists report propaganda instead of the truth, the consequences can be catastrophic - as one largely forgotten instance demonstrates.
Western Propaganda: So Simple But So Effective
Vltchek, Andre
Article
2016
Dissident Voice
Western propaganda is actually a perfect apparatus! It is effective and it is almost fully 'bulletproof'. It 'works'!
What’s the Matter With That Union Boss?
The Real Yes Men
Engler, Yves
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Why do the most right-wing politicians and corporate news outlets always use the term “union boss”? Because the worst thing they can think of is to say the leader of a labour organization acts like a ...
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 Is Benjamin Netanyahu Trying To Whitewash Hitler?
Abunimah, Ali
Article
2015
Countercurrents
Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly asserted that Adolf Hitler had no intention of exterminating Europe's Jews until a Palestinian persuaded him to do it.
Why Ridiculous Official Propaganda Still Works
Hopkins, CJ
Article
2017
CounterPunch
Chief among the common misconceptions about the way official propaganda works is the notion that its goal is to deceive the public into believing things that are not "the truth" (that Trump is a Russi...
The Witch-Hunters
Raimondo, Justin
Article
2016
Antiwar.com
Washington Post pushes campaign to censor alternative media.

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...
Communication for and Against Democracy
Raboy, Marc and Bruck, Peter A. (ed.)
Book
1989
This anthology explores the circumstances in which communication serves at times as an instrument of repression and domination, and at others as a support for human emancipation.
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.
The Edifice Complex
Sudjic, Deyan
Book
2005
George Orwell: A Life
Crick, Bernard
Book
1980
A biography of George Orwell.
Hitler's Propaganda Machine
Rutherford, Ward
Book
1978
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.
Inventing Tax Rage
Misinformation in the National Post
Patriquin, Larry
Book
2004
How the National Post created an agenda for the tax cuts that mostly benefits the wealthy.
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 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 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...
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...
Newspeak in the 21st Century
Edwards, David; Cromwell, David
Book
2009
Revealing the lethal bias in 'balanced' reporting.
The Power of Persuasion
The Politics of the New Right in Ontario
Kozolanka, Kirsten
Book
2007
Kozolanka looks at how the Mike Harris's new right conservative government came to power in Ontario Premier Mike Harris by using successful strategies from other countries to gain public accquiescence...
Press for Conversion #48
July 2002
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
This issue contains a wealth of original COAT research about militarised war shows.
Press for Conversion #50
January 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
This issue contains original research revealing that U.S. war planners have repeatedly used elaborate webs of deceit to con the public into rallying behind major wars whose real purposes involved buil...
Press for Conversion #63
November 2008
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2008
CIDA-funded "NGOs" in Canada rationalized the destabilization and overthrow of Haitian democracy and then covered up the atrocities of the Canadian-backed dictatorship after the coup. This issue exami...
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...
The Silent Revolution
Media, Democracy, and the Free Trade Debate
Winter, James P.
Book
1990
Spinwars
Politics and New Media
Fox, Bill
Book
1999
An examination of media manipulation in late 20th Century North American politics.
Sultans of Sleaze
Public Relations and the Media
Nelson, Joyce
Book
1989
Reveals the extent to which we have been deceived by public relations firms on behalf of their unscrupulous clients -- the corporations and governments that control our society.
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.
Toxic Sludge Is Good for You
Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
Stauber, John; Rampton, Sheldon
Book
2004
Explains how modern public relations (PR) transforms the favoured policies of the rich and the powerful into uncontroversial 'common sense'.
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...
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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