US Media Issues

Students, workers, and artists denounce censorship

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters condemns Twitter’s suspension of IYSSE account

By Gabriel Black, 11 April 2021

The censoring of the IYSSE, at a time of growing interest in a genuine socialist perspective among young people has been met with an outcry and statements of protest.

999 Matt Taiibi interview with Andre Damon

27 November 2020

Censored Planet: University of Michigan research finds worldwide increase in internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 27 November 2020

Data collected by a group of UM researchers has revealed that online interference is growing internationally and that “the world’s freest countries are not safe from internet censorship.”

Hailing election security, New York Times drops its “Russian meddling” narrative

By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020

The fact that it is absent from the Times’ November 22 editorial makes absolutely clear one basic fact: the entire anti-Russia narrative is a deliberate fabrication.

Zoom cancels meetings at several universities on Zoom censorship

By John Conrad, 24 November 2020

Zoom’s dramatic escalation of censorship has major implications as schools, academic institutions as well as political organizations have become increasingly dependent on the platform to conduct classes, conferences and meetings.

Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages?

By Niles Niemuth, 24 November 2020

Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

999 Reply to Jacobin on Biden

24 November 2020

Trump administration delays enforcement of TikTok ban

By Kevin Reed, 21 November 2020

The White House backed off from its threat to shut down the video-sharing app TikTok if its Chinese owner ByteDance did not divest itself of the popular social media platform to an American owner by November 12.

States certifying Biden victory despite Trump lawsuits, recount demands

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2020

The effective cutoff date for Trump’s efforts to overturn the election through the courts is Dec. 8, when states submit their lists of presidential electors to the federal government.

New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!

By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020

Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

Facebook censors IYSSE online meeting about Trump coup threat

By Kevin Reed, 18 November 2020

The blocking of a meeting about the post-election coup plotting of Donald Trump from being posted on Facebook is an example of the intensification of political censorship being carried out by the social media platforms against left-wing and socialist organizations and publishers.

Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants

By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2020

The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.

Stop online censorship: Restore the Twitter account of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US)!

By Kevin Reed, 13 November 2020

In an act of online political censorship, Twitter has suspended the account of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the US.

As Biden popular vote lead hits five million

Trump, Republicans continue campaign to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020

Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, named to the Biden coronavirus taskforce, calls for a national lockdown

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 November 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has refused to call for a national lockdown despite Dr. Osterholm’s declaration that this is the only way to bring the pandemic under control.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020

The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.

FBI seizes internet domain names it claims are part of Iranian influence campaign

By Kevin Reed, 7 November 2020

The Justice Department made vague assertions of “covert influence” and “pro-Iranian propaganda,” but presented no evidence of its allegations.

Social media platforms implement aggressive censorship during the 2020 US elections

By Kevin Reed, 6 November 2020

The major social media platforms took their political censorship operations into high gear on election day, including Facebook placing a fact checking label on every single post by anyone on their platform who is commenting or sharing content about the election in any way.

Google admits to censoring the World Socialist Web Site

By Kevin Reed, 4 November 2020

In an extraordinary public admission, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated during congressional testimony on October 28 that the online search giant has been censoring content from the World Socialist Web Site.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald resigns from the Intercept in protest against censorship

By Andre Damon, 4 November 2020

Glenn Greenwald, the most prominent collaborator of whistleblower Edward Snowden and a world-renowned critic of the US media and intelligence agencies, has resigned from The Intercept, the publication he founded in 2013, in protest against its attempts to stifle his reporting critical of the Democratic Party.

999 Vancouver, Washington police shooting/protests

2 November 2020

Missouri hospitals face being overwhelmed in latest surge of COVID-19 infections

By Cole Michaels, 2 November 2020

Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.

Kentucky State Police training documents approvingly cited Adolf Hitler

By Jacob Crosse, 2 November 2020

Exposed last week by a high school student newspaper, the slideshow reveals the mentality and training undergirding police departments across the US and internationally.

Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases

By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020

The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.

As US vote total surges, Trump, Republicans seek to block counting

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2020

Record numbers of voters have cast early votes or voted by mail, an indication of a growing politicization of the American population.

999 Threat to kidnap Phoenix mayor

29 October 2020

999 Comment on AFL-CIO and Trump coup

29 October 2020

Trump defends killer cops and police attacks on protesters in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 29 October 2020

Trump is using protests against the police murder of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia to justify repression by federal, state and local forces against the eruption of mass opposition to his planned election coup.

National Guard sent to suppress protests over police murder in Philadelphia

By Jacob Crosse, 28 October 2020

The horrific shooting of 27-year-old William Wallace Jr. in front of his mother and brother ignited protests in his West Philadelphia neighborhood.

The New York Times attacks the First Amendment and embraces censorship of “disinformation”

By Kevin Reed, 28 October 2020

An essay published in the October 18 edition of the New York Times Magazine argues that online “disinformation” has rendered First Amendment rights to free speech “inadequate,” requiring government and social media censorship of “unfettered speech.”

999 AFL-CIO and the general strike

28 October 2020

Questions remain as to ties between police, border militias and Trump campaign in southwest US

By Chase Lawrence, 28 October 2020

Border militias in the Southwest have trained thousands of vigilantes with the same fundamental outlook as the men who plotted to kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. These groups have connections to individuals like Joe Arpaio, who is close to the Trump campaign.

Facebook deploying teams with advanced censorship tools in advance of the US election

By Kevin Reed, 27 October 2020

Citing concerns over election-related “chaos” and “violence,” Facebook is preparing—in collaboration with the US intelligence state—advanced software tools for implementing a censorship regime during November 3 and its aftermath.

999 Trump admin admits to herd immunity policy

27 October 2020

Prospect of right-wing violence and police repression hangs over US election

By Eric London, 27 October 2020

Additional details are emerging of right-wing plans for election day violence as police prepare to repress election night demonstrations.

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

27 October 2020

COVID rips through Michigan K-12 schools: record 29 new outbreaks reported last week

By Zac Corrigan, 27 October 2020

Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

A week before the US Presidential election, USPS management pushes forward unprecedented attacks on mail-in balloting

By Shuvu Batta, 27 October 2020

With the US Presidential election one week away, the United States Postal Service, led by GOP mega-donor Louis DeJoy, has ramped up the drive to privatization and to place a cloud over mail-in balloting.

Supreme Court ruling on mail-in ballots sets stage for stolen election

By Eric London, 27 October 2020

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling strips tens of thousands of Wisconsinites of their right to vote and facilitates Trump’s plot to remain in power no matter the popular vote.

Right-wing recall campaign seeks to remove Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant from Seattle City Council

By Kayla Costa, 27 October 2020

The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is led by the Democratic Party with the active support of Republican and far-right elements.

Trump escalates coup plotting with swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020

The installation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, without significant resistance by the Democrats, is a key step in Trump’s plans to hijack the presidential election.

999 AOC subordinates herself to Biden on CNN

27 October 2020

White House makes clear, “We’re not going to control the pandemic”

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 October 2020

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” talk show, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made clear that the Trump administration has abandoned any effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

26 October 2020

Mercenary group sued for hiring armed poll watchers for election day in Minnesota

By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020

The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.

999 US election developments

26 October 2020

Activist with ties to Ohio Republican legislators plotted to kidnap and kill Governor Mike DeWine

By Eric London, 24 October 2020

Renea Turner is a Trump supporter linked to a group of state legislators who have threatened to impeach DeWine or have him “arrested” for his coronavirus lockdown actions.

As police continue to disobey orders

Right-wing groups sue Michigan over ban on weapons at polling stations

By Michael Anders, 23 October 2020

Three right-wing organizations have filed a lawsuit to overturn Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s order banning open carry of firearms at polling stations.

Corporate America puts its money on Biden and the Democrats

Part one

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2020

Biden and the Democrats have significantly outraised Trump and the Republicans, with cash from Wall Street and Silicon Valley accounting for much of the difference.

Why does Jacobin Magazine downplay the danger of fascist violence?

By Eric London, 22 October 2020

A recent Jacobin article on the Michigan coup plot is aimed at reassuring its readers that there is “nothing to see here.”

As coronavirus infections spike across Midwest

Excess US deaths during COVID-19 pandemic top 300,000

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 October 2020

The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.

Fair Wayne Bryant, jailed for life for stealing hedge clippers, granted parole by Louisiana Pardon Board

By Helen Halyard, 21 October 2020

Imprisoned for life at the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary, he was granted parole by a 3-0 vote of the state Parole Board, after being denied parole on three previous occasions.

999 Jacobin and Michigan plot

21 October 2020

999 Google anti-trust case

21 October 2020

Trump steps up fascist agitation, targeting Fauci

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2020

Fauci has already become a target of far-right Trump supporters. He and his wife have received death threats by email, phone and text message.

Federal Reserve data shows over 100 million in US out of labor force

By Jacob Crosse, 21 October 2020

The number reveals that despite claims of a falling unemployment rate, millions remain out of work as Congress refuses to pass coronavirus relief.

999 Trump-Biden town halls

17 October 2020

Twitter and Facebook censor New York Post report on Hunter Biden

By Kevin Reed, 17 October 2020

The social media platforms Twitter and Facebook blocked and suppressed the sharing of links to a news article from the New York Post on Wednesday in a blatant act of online censorship.

Who is Barry County, Michigan Sheriff Dar Leaf?

By Joseph Lorenz, 17 October 2020

The extent of Leaf’s political connections to the fascist groups remain unclear, but his own political history highlights the rise of the far right into the mainstream of US politics and the danger posed by these fascists in the coming period.

US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall

By Adria French, 17 October 2020

Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.

Democrats let Amy Coney Barrett sail through Supreme Court confirmation hearings

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2020

In the course of the hearings, the Democrats deliberately downplayed the connection between the rush to confirm and install Barrett on the Supreme Court and Trump’s conspiracy to carry out an election coup.

Questions surround role of presidential adviser Stephen Moore

Trump calls Whitmer “dictator” as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot

By Eric London, 16 October 2020

A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.

Factional warfare erupts in New York Times over the 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 15 October 2020

Following the publication of a highly critical essay by a New York Times columnist, the public statements issued by the publisher and leading editors reflect tensions provoked by the exposure of the 1619 Project’s falsification of history.

Day two of hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: Democrats maintain silence on White House plot to overturn election

By Barry Grey, 14 October 2020

At Tuesday's hearing, the Democrats adopted a posture of cringing respect for the far-right judge, echoing Biden's remark in last month’s presidential debate that she is “a very fine woman.”

Trump intensifies conflict with big tech over Section 230 protections following censorship moves by Facebook and Twitter

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2020

After Facebook and Twitter both censored Trump for falsely comparing the coronavirus to the flu, the president called for a repeal of the law protecting social media companies from liability for content posted on their platforms.

Trump copies Hitler

6 October 2020

A video tweeted by President Trump depicting his return to the White House on October 5, 2020 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 was clearly modeled after Hitler's arrival at the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in the Nazi film Triumph of the Will.

Trump mobilized Republican-state army to suppress DC protests in June coup attempt

By Nick Barrickman, 5 October 2020

An investigation conducted by the Washington Post details how Trump utilized a legal loophole to deploy National Guard troops from various states on the streets of Washington D.C. to suppress protests on June 1.

New York Times echoes Trump’s attacks on “violent anarchists”

By Jacob Crosse, 3 October 2020

Times editorial board member Farah Stockman attacks supposed anarchists from the standpoint of the privileged African American upper middle class.

A tale of two leaks

NYT hailed for publishing Trump’s tax returns, Assange pilloried for exposing DNC-Clinton corruption in 2016

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 September 2020

The New York Times, having led the chorus against WikiLeaks for its exposure of Clinton and the Democrats in 2016, has discovered the virtues of the fearless publication of leaked documents in the 2020 election.

US escalates military intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2020

The bolstering of the US force with another 100 troops, armored vehicles, and air power heightens the threat of confrontation between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.

Louisville police chief declares “state of emergency” in advance of state’s decision on charges against policemen who killed Breonna Taylor

By Kevin Reed, 22 September 2020

Federal police agencies have been requested by U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman to provide protection for the courthouse and three other buildings in downtown Louisville in anticipation of protests this week.

Devastation left in the wake of Hurricanes Sally and Laura along the US Gulf Coast

By J. L'Heureau, 22 September 2020

The region stretching from Texas to Florida remains locked in the crosshairs of a historically overactive hurricane season.

The New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman and David North, 22 September 2020

The Times has abandoned, without any public announcement or explanation, the central thesis that 1619, not 1776, was the “true founding” of the United States.

Supreme Court fight deepens political crisis surrounding US elections

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2020

The death of liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a vacancy on the highest US judicial panel that President Trump aims to fill with an ultra-right nominee.

President Trump gives preliminary approval to takeover of TikTok by Oracle and Walmart

By Kevin Reed, 21 September 2020

In an unprecedented act of imperialist piracy, the assets of Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok are being handed over to Oracle, Walmart and group of private investors.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020

With around-the-clock tributes, the American media is presenting the late Supreme Court justice as a “progressive icon” and a “trailblazing feminist.”

Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020

Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.

As Bloomberg pledges $100 million, Wall Street boosts Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2020

Bloomberg’s announcement is only the largest pledge of support from the financial oligarchy for the Democratic campaign.

Los Angeles Sheriff threatens violence, reporter arrested after shooting of deputies

By John Andrews, 15 September 2020

After the shooting of two deputy sheriffs by an unknown gunman in Compton, California, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva threatened anti-police violence protesters and deputies roughed up and arrested a local reporter.

Bernie Sanders offers left gloss to Biden’s right-wing campaign

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 15 September 2020

With polls tightening, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders urged the Biden campaign to do a better job of selling its right-wing program to workers and youth.

Once more: What has happened to the #MeToo witch-hunt?

By David Walsh, 8 September 2020

From October 2017 onward, through at least the first few months of 2020, the American media was alive—and one might say aglow—with lurid allegations of sexual misconduct directed against prominent figures in the arts and elsewhere.

The killing of Michael Reinoehl: A state murder

By Niles Niemuth, 7 September 2020

Reinoehl’s death was a state-sanctioned killing, carried out with the support of the Justice Department and the White House.

Boycott by professional athletes expands in second day of protests against police violence

By Kevin Reed, 28 August 2020

The boycott among professional athletes expanded on Thursday in response to the brutal police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2020

The convention, dominated by hysterical threats against left-wing political opposition, took place against the backdrop of a shooting of demonstrators by a right-wing vigilante.

Far-right militia member arrested for fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 27 August 2020

Video posted on social media shows friendly interaction between Kenosha police and armed militia members just prior to the murderous assault on demonstrators.

Players shut down NBA playoffs in protest over Jacob Blake shooting

By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2020

The refusal of the Milwaukee Bucks to take the court for their Wednesday playoff game forced professional basketball to postpone all of Wednesday’s games.

Fraudulent Associated Press “fact-check” targets WSWS article on student housing segregation project at NYU

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 26 August 2020

The AP’s “fact-check” of the WSWS is a dishonest piece of hack journalism aimed at discrediting an accurate account of New York University’s plans to accept segregated student housing.

New Senate Intelligence Committee volume on “Russian interference” smears WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

By Kevin Reed, 20 August 2020

The one-thousand-page fifth volume of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation is largely devoted to building an elaborate and false narrative against WikiLeaks.

The nomination of Kamala Harris and the right-wing logic of identity politics

By Niles Niemuth, 20 August 2020

The Democrats hope that the endless celebration of the trite, empty symbolism of Harris’ candidacy will serve as a repeat of Barack Obama’s run for president in 2008.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020

An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

Plainclothes NYC police grab protester and throw her into unmarked car

By Niles Niemuth, 30 July 2020

The illegal seizure of the protester in broad daylight signaled the readiness of the New York Police Department to use the authoritarian methods made infamous by Trump’s paramilitary forces in Portland.

Corporate press promotes Susan Rice as Biden running mate

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2020

The former Obama national security advisor is identified with illegal wars, drone missile assassinations and an aggressive posture towards both Russia and China.

US adopts policy of regime-change in Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2020

By declaring the defeat of Chinese “tyranny” the aim of American foreign policy, the Trump administration has greatly intensified confrontation with China, with an all-but explicit call for regime-change.

What is the New York Times up to at the Detroit Institute of Arts?

By David Walsh, 27 July 2020

Controversies have emerged at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the remarkable art museum, whose director has been accused of a conflict of interest and “a certain deafness on race.”

New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million

By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020

Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.

Senate committee gives nod to Trump Fed nominee

By Nick Beams, 23 July 2020

The main qualification of Judy Shelton in Trump’s eyes is that she has changed her economic views in line with changes in the occupancy of the White House.

US orders closure of China’s Houston consulate, raising the danger of war

By Mike Head, 23 July 2020

The White House, facing a massive domestic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, is seeking to divert internal tensions outward.

US ruling class demands deadly reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 13 July 2020

The escalating campaign to reopen US schools in the fall, under conditions of an explosive spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key element of a conscious, bipartisan policy that will lead to countless preventable deaths.

Biden promotes economic nationalism and anti-China militarism

By Barry Grey, 11 July 2020

Biden offered no opposition to Trump’s “back-to-work” drive, mass job destruction during the pandemic or the looming unemployment benefit cutoff.