US Media Issues
By David Walsh, 10 March 2017
The former director of the NSA and the CIA was a guest this week on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The appearance represented a certain meeting of minds.
By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2017
Wall Street soared to record highs as media commentators praised Trump’s speech, which promised tax cuts for businesses, the slashing of workplace and anti-pollution regulations, and a massive military build-up.
By David Walsh, 22 February 2017
In an extraordinarily foul outburst February 17, HBO’s Maher referred approvingly to Egypt and Turkey as countries where intelligence agencies had intervened against a “crazy” dictator.
By David Walsh, 18 February 2017
Predictably, America’s late-night comics and television talk show hosts have joined the right-wing campaign to depict Trump as an ally or even pawn of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Columnist Myles E. Johnson on Beyoncé at the Grammys
By David Walsh, 16 February 2017
The February 14 op-ed piece in the Times by Myles E. Johnson (“What Beyoncé Won Was Bigger Than a Grammy”) is an especially repugnant example of racialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2017
In its campaign to demonize Russia, the Times editorial board manages to whitewash all of the crimes of US imperialism that the newspaper itself once reported.
In speech at Florida Air Force base
By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017
Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2017
The Times’ attempt to build up the anarchist groups, which draw together demoralized petty-bourgeois elements and police undercover agents, smacks of a political provocation.
31 January 2017
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By Shelley Connor, 28 January 2017
The highly irregular appearance of ten uniformed military officers behind Trump at his inauguration has yet to be explained by Trump or questioned by the American press.
27 January 2017
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By David Walsh, 21 January 2017
In its coverage of the Donald Trump inauguration and surrounding events, the American media performed as expected: horribly.
Racial politics in the service of the CIA
By Tom Hall, 10 January 2017
Blow’s column is a demonstration of the pro-imperialist, right-wing orientation of the liberal, upper-middle class Democratic Party layers that are obsessively focused on racial and identity politics.
By Kevin Martinez, 3 January 2017
The newspaper was forced to retract its story after the power company announced that the laptop in question was not even connected to the electrical grid.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2016
The filthy column supporting the assassination was made even more offensive by comparing the Turkish cop who carried it out to 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan, who shot and killed a Nazi official in 1938.
By Andre Damon, 16 December 2016
The ferocious denunciations of Russia that have dominated the American media are aimed at poisoning public sentiment and paving the way for war.
16 December 2016
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2016
Wednesday’s front-page article in the Times is pure propaganda aimed at polluting public opinion and creating the conditions for military aggression against Russia.
By Kevin Reed, 1 December 2016
There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the crusade by the corporate-controlled media against “fake news” on social media and the Internet.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2016
The Times has churned out countless lying editorials and columns justifying the bloodbath instigated by US imperialism in Syria as a “human rights” crusade.
29 November 2016
By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016
Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”
By David Walsh, 16 November 2016
In two open letters last Friday, the New York Times expressed regret for its coverage of the US election and promised to approach the Donald Trump administration “without bias.”
By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2016
Trump's rise to power signals a drastic political realignment within the American ruling class.
By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2016
As Trump assembles his administration, the Democratic Party and the media seek to normalize a government of the extreme right the likes of which has never been seen in American history.
By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016
In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.
By David Walsh, 8 November 2016
“A Rape on Campus” was a lengthy and sensationalistic piece, focused on the alleged horrific assault of a then-18-year-old female student, “Jackie,” at a fraternity house in September 2012.
By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2016
Cohen’s attack on the left’s “anti-Semitism,” which seeks to proscribe all criticism of Israel, is a slander directed in particular against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2016
The Times’ hysterical rhetoric reflects a debate within ruling circles over whether to launch a major escalation of war before or after the US election.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2016
The Times’ vilification is aimed at discrediting in advance any information from WikiLeaks exposing the crimes of US imperialism and its favored candidate, Hillary Clinton.
By Andre Damon, 30 August 2016
The New York Times, which functions as a clearing house for lies hatched by the Pentagon and CIA, has accused the Russian government of subverting public opinion in the US and Europe.
By Barry Grey, 23 August 2016
Precedents for such exercises in state propaganda in the guise of journalism have ended with mass killings, the toppling of governments and, in many cases, the murder of government leaders portrayed as the incarnation of evil.
By Eric London, 17 August 2016
A essay published by the Times on Sunday concludes that the collapse of nationalist governments in the Middle East proves the necessity for a sectarian division of the region.
17 August 2016
By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2016
Cohen’s column sums up the social attitudes of a whole privileged layer, who are indifferent to inequality, despise the working class and have embraced imperialism as a necessary foundation of their wealth.
By David Walsh, 15 August 2016
Politically conscious workers, intellectuals and young people should know by now that when Kristof and the Times speak of human rights, they mean neocolonial war, mass killing and plunder.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2016
The combination of propaganda and disinformation makes it impossible to know where the CIA ends and the Times editorial board begins.
From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive
The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs
By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016
The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.
By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2016
Leading columnists for the New York Times and Washington Post have hailed Hillary Clinton as a more consistent and ruthless advocate of US foreign policy interests.
29 July 2016
For the past week, the New York Times has been spearheading a frenzied campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in connection with more than 20,000 leaked Democratic National Committee emails published last Friday by WikiLeaks. The emails are highly incriminating. They show that the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the DNC conspired to undermine the primary challenge mounted by Bernie Sanders.
By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2016
The Times is spearheading the Clinton campaign’s effort to pin the leaking of incriminating DNC emails on a supposed plot by Russia to tilt the US election in favor of Trump.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2016
Trump’s questioning whether the US should go to war over the Baltic states prompted denunciations from both “liberal” Democrats like Krugman and right-wing Republicans.
13 July 2016
By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2016
During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Times provided invaluable assistance to the Bush administration in dragging the American people into a criminal war based on lies.
19 May 2016
By Barry Grey, 26 April 2016
Kristof employs sophistry and lies to defend a former president and first lady who have shamelessly cashed in on their stint in the White House to make themselves rich.
By Barry Grey, 9 April 2016
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has penned another unprincipled and dishonest attack on Bernie Sanders on behalf of the Democratic Party establishment and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
By Niles Williamson, 5 April 2016
Amid mounting signs that interest in socialism is on the rise, Kristof is doing his best to promote racialist politics to divide the working class and block the development of class consciousness.
By Hiram Lee, 4 April 2016
A review published in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review advances a racialist view of art and culture with thoroughly reactionary implications.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2016
It is to preempt and subvert the growth of class consciousness that the Times, the “newspaper of record” of the American ruling class, ferociously promotes racial politics.
By Eric London, 9 March 2016
Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.
By David Walsh, 30 January 2016
It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the New York Times and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2016
America’s “newspaper of record” provides a phony liberal veneer for the virulent anti-immigrant chauvinism being whipped up in Europe.
By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016
The New York Times continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015
A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015
At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2015
Following the pattern of the Bush administration’s torture memos, the Obama administration organized a secretive legal team to craft ad hoc loopholes enabling the White House to legitimize flagrantly illegal covert operations.
By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015
Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.
By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015
Under aggressive questioning from moderator Steve Kroft, Obama was unable to present a coherent explanation of either the purpose of the war in Syria or the reasons for the fiasco to date of Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015
According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015
The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.
By Evan Blake, 18 September 2015
Stephen Colbert, who made his name as a satirist under the Bush administration, has long since shown his conformist colors.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2015
A long analysis of the Sanders campaign appeared Tuesday on the web site of the Voice of America, the official overseas broadcast service of the US government.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2015
Media propagandists like Kristof shed crocodile tears for refugees in order to argue for an escalation of the criminal policies that produced the catastrophe.
By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015
Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.
By David Walsh, 10 August 2015
The final program was of a piece with the other more than 2,500 on which Stewart appeared: a few jabs at the political establishment combined with a great heap of self-congratulation and self-satisfaction.
By Barry Grey, 28 July 2015
A careful reading of the actual poll indicates that racial animosities are continuing to fade and basic class issues are coming to the fore.
By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015
In a lengthy front-page analysis, the newspaper criticizes the Obama administration for allegedly holding back the air campaign against ISIS for fear of killing civilians.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty
By David Walsh, 15 May 2015
We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the London Review of Books, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end.
By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015
Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.
By David Walsh, 17 April 2015
NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015
Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.
By David Walsh, 12 February 2015
What is the fitting punishment for those commentators and pundits who helped plunge the US into the catastrophic 2003 invasion of Iraq through their systematic deception?
By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2015
No one is stating clearly the cost in lives that a broader conflict between NATO and Russia over Ukraine might be.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015
The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.
By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014
An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.
By Niles Williamson, 11 December 2014
The unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program documents the role of news media such as the New York Times in serving as a conduit for CIA propaganda.
By David Walsh, 26 November 2014
The president bestowed America’s highest civilian honor on 18 politicians, artists, scientists and others in a ceremony Monday afternoon.
By Barry Grey, 5 November 2014
Schanzer, the homeland security expert, wants an imperial presidency whose agenda is unimpeded by expensive distractions such as congressional elections.
By David Walsh, 9 October 2014
The argument that erupted on the October 3 edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was revealing.
By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014
The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.
By a reporter, 29 September 2014
The newspaper is cutting benefits immediately for non-union employees and demanding the same cuts in contract talks with the Newspaper Guild.
By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 10 September 2014
Nowhere in the round-the-clock media coverage and sanctimonious statements of NFL officials, team owners and political figures has there been the slightest insight into the broader social causes of such violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2014
The Times, which presents the responsibility of rebels in eastern Ukraine for downing the airliner as fact, has not reported on the incident for more than a month.
More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen
By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014
The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lays the blame for the bloody events in the region on a series of US “errors,” most importantly a failure to go to war in Syria.
By Wolfgang Weber, 20 August 2014
Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann were held in a prison cell for three hours and subsequently released without comment.
Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”
By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014
Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.
By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2014
The Army has appointed a high-ranking officer with combat experience in Afghanistan to lead the probe into the POW’s capture in June 2009.
By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014
There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014
The freed POW has been subjected to unprecedented media vilification because of his antiwar stand.
By Patrick Martin, 31 May 2014
A commentary published by the Times asserts that the US government, not the press, should decide whether leaked information about government wrongdoing should be made public.
30 May 2014
Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide sheds new light on the politics of the firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and her replacement by Dean Baquet.
By David Walsh, 21 May 2014
The dismissal of the New York Times’ first female executive editor on May 14 lifted the lid, briefly and partially, on the US media establishment and its personnel.
By our reporter, 20 May 2014
The New York Times’ role is akin to that of media attaché to the military-intelligence complex.
By Barry Grey, 13 May 2014
As the one-year anniversary of the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying approaches, the campaign of vilification and character assassination against the former NSA contractor is being stepped up.