Media Bias

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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.
After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina & the Reconstruction of Imperial Ideology (The Political Economy of Human Rights)
Chomsky, Noam; Herman, Edward S.
Book
1979
A carefully dcoumented asessment of Western reporting on post-1975 Indochina.
Agreement on terms
Luyendijk, Joris
Article
2007
I have come to accept that western journalists cannot accurately, let alone objectively, represent the Middle East and the Arab world. The problem is not that journalists do not always adhere to their...
Airbrushing Barbarity: The Warped Language of Public Policy
Richman, Sheldon
Article
2013
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
A selective list of English-language alternative media.
America's Capitalist Religion has Little Room for Science
Balkwill, Jack
Article
2015
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...
America's last taboo
Said, Edward
Article
2002
The unspoken premise of the mainstream press is that no Palestinian or Arab position on Israeli police terror, settler-colonialism, or military occupation is worth hearing from.
Amid Censorship, Israel's Media Does Its Part
Ditz, Jason
Article
2010
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
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
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....
Ancillary Lessons from Brexit
Jones, Evan
Article
2016
Apart from the substantive issues for the European elites of the Brexit referendum victory, two ancillary lessons have been thrust upon us, if we were not already wise to them. One, the contemptible c...
Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada’s Media Critics
Engler, Yves
Article
2016
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.
Apartheid Media: Disinformation and Dissent in South Africa
Phelan, John M.
Book
1989
A riveting expose of the media and its anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa as well as the intimate face of a universal war between disinformation and dissent, propaganda and truth, state control a...
Assange and Posada in the Propaganda System: Mixed Media
Herman, Edward S.; Peterson, David
Article
2011
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...
Autonomous Media: Activating Resistance & Dissent
Langlois, Andrea; Dubois, Frederic
Book
2005
Essays written by media activists examining the efforts of communities and social movements to appropriate media technologies.
BBC Joins Smear Campaign Against Assange and Wikileaks: Indicting the Messenger
Shamir, Israel
Article
2011
The campaign by the establishment press against Julian Assange is intensifying.
The Best Censored Stories of 1989
Article
Exposing an issue that was otherwise overlooked or under-reported by national news media.
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...
Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
Article
2010
Pilger and Platt discuss the craft of journalism.
Blair: Bombing Iraq Better. Again
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2014
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.
Blindspots in The News
Manson, Katherine; Hackett, Robert
Book
1995
The filters that determine what gets into the "news" and what doesn't.
Brothers-in-Arms: Capitalism and Corporate Journalism
Article
2010
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
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
How so-called "business journalism" is often biased and tends to give readers a distorted picture of the news.
CBC left-wing?
McMurtry, John
Article
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.
Chomsky on MisEducation
Chomsky, Noam; edited and introduced by Donald Macedo
Book
2000
Chomsky critiques the education system and discusses what education could be like in a democratic society.
Chomsky, Pilger and Loach call on BBC to reflect reality of Gaza's occupation
Article
2014
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...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
The Comic Book Simplicity Of Propaganda
Article
2014
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
A comparative review of two recent books about the media, one a mainstream view, the other using the propaganda model of media control.
Confessions of a Media Critic
Article
1984
Barrie Zwicker says that with the planet in crisis it isn't time for 'business as usual', least of all in journalism.
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
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
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
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
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.
Democracy's Oxygen: How Corporations Control the News
Winter, James
Book
1997
Winter shows that far from providing "democracy's oxygen," the news media legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informated, news organizations manufacture publi...
The Demonology School of Journalism: Putin and the press
Petras, James
Article
2015
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 ...
Deterring Democracy
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1991
'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre
Article
2014
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 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 ...
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 Egyptian Uprising in the American Media: Obscuring the Obvious
Georgy, Joshua Farouk
Article
2011
It is no wonder that most Americans are hopelessly in the dark. Middle East “news” in the mainstream is constructed so that people remain in a perpetual state of confusion and fear.
An Empire of Lies: Why Our Media Betray Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
The Empty Press Room - How Corporate Journalism Happily Lost Interest in Climate Change
Article
2011
In the media’s coverage of climate change, are we really still stuck on square one of some ghastly board game?
The Encyclopedia of Censorship
Green, Johnathon
Book
1992
This Encyclopedia concentrates primarily on the United States and the United Kingdom, but it also covers events in Western and Eastern Europe and in parts of the Third World. The Encyclopedia is an ac...
Everything under control, Life in a managed society: New Internationalist April 1985
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1985
A deluge of commercial messages are subtly undermining the consumer's ability to make autonomous decisions. Discussion of why, and how, social control is becoming the norm in Western societies.
"Exterminate all the Brutes": Gaza 2009
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2009
Israel has a straightforward means to defend itself: put an end to its criminal actions in occupied territories, and accept the long-standing international consensus on a two-state settlement that has...
Eyes Like Blank Discs: The Guardian's Steven Poole On George Orwell's Politics And The English Language
Article
2013
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
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...
The Flotilla In The Israeli Press
Cohen, Ran Ha
Article
2010
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
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.
Framing the Sixties: Corporate Media Shadows and the 1960s
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2010
What Really Happened to the 1960s is a look at the role the media played in the presentation and interpretation of the struggles of the 1960s. Simultaneously, it is a consideration of the meaning of ...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
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
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
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...
Hidden Agendas
Pilger, John
Book
1998
Pilger's book is an indictment of Tony Blair's government and his easy acceptance of the Thacherite view of foreign affairs. Using the examples of Indonesia, East Timor, Burma, Murdoch and China he ch...
Honoring Helen Thomas: A Great Journalist, Traduced By Hacks
Article
2010
Helen Thomas was done in because she embarrassed the group of lap dogs who call themselves White House reporters.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
The Inquisition of Climate Science
Powell, James Lawrence
Book
2011
The Inquisition of Climate Science is the first book to comprehensively take on the climate science denial movement and the deniers themselves, exposing their lack of credentials, their extensive indu...
Intellectual Cleansing Part 1
Article
2008
Keeping the media safe for big business.
Intellectual Cleansing: Part 2: Former Guardian and Observer Journalist Jonathan Cook Responds
Article
2008
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
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
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...
Introduction to the Media Guide
Article
An introduction to "Media for Social Change."
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.
Israel/Palestine Lexicon For Mainstream Media
Podur, Justin
Article
2014
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
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
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
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
More and more today, we journalists have become prisoners of the language of power.
Keeping the Rabble in Line
Chomsky, Noam; Barsamian, David
Book
1994
Interviews with Noam Chomsky covering issues such as free trade, health care, global warming, the nature of corporations, human rights, and democracy.
Keller's Hatchet Job: The NYT vs. Assange
Brenner, Michael
Article
2011
For evidence of the sorry state of honesty and integrity in American public life, one need go no further than the New New York Times.
Killing Corbyn
Article
2016
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.
Kyrgyzstan's dubious success
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1995
In Kyrgyzstan, everyone is better off - except for the vast majority of the population.
The Left-Wing Media Fallacy: Jeremy Bowen, The BBC, And Other National Treasures
Article
2009
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 lying silence of those who know: Holocaust Denied
Pilger, John
Article
2009
In every war, Israel has had the same objective: the expulsion of the native people and the theft or more and more land.
'The Man Who Knew Everyone' - Gore Vidal Through The Eyes Of The One Per Cent Press
Article
2012
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...
Manufacturing Consent
Achbar, Mark; Wintonick, Peter (directors)
Film/Video
1992
A film about Noam Chomsky's ideas about the media, ideology, propaganda, and elite control of society's institutions.
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...
Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left
Gitlin, Todd
Book
1980
An analysis of the media's prediliction for "politics of confrontation" in America in the late 60's. He focuses on how the media distorted the anti-war movement.
The Media Against Jeremy Corbyn: The British media has launched an unprecedented campaign of disinformation against Jeremy Corbyn
Burtenshaw, Ronan
Article
2016
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
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
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
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 on the Middle East
Website
Part of the Palestine: Information with Provenance (PIWP database). Provides documents from all points on the ideological spectrum, both Zionist and anti-Zionist, along with background on everybody wh...
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 Review: Fake News
Film/Video
2017
Richard Seymour looks at the current debate around 'fake news'. What does the term refer to and is it as new as we think?
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 Medium is The Middleman: For a Revolution Against Media
Giordano, Al
Article
1997
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.
Misrepresented? Hugo Chavez and the Western Media
Looby, Robert
Article
An interview with Julia Buxton about Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, and target of concerted criticism in the western media.
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...
Neocon con game: First deprive public institutions of their ability to act, then blame them for not acting: Margaret Wente's Chutzpah
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2005
The neocon con game: first deprive public institutions of their ability to act, then blame them for not acting
News and Dissent: The Press and The Politics of Peace in Canada - Review
Article
1991
Review of News and Dissent: The Press and The Politics of Peace in Canada, by Robert Hackett.
News Media Stifle Ideas and Debate: Review of Democracy's Oxygen: How Corporations Control the News
Zwicker, Barrie
Article
1997
Far from providing democracy's oxygen, as they claim, the news media today legitimize a fundamentally undemocratic system. Instead of keeping the public informed, they manufacture public consent for p...
Newspeak in the 21st Century
Edwards, David; Cromwell, David
Book
2009
Revealing the lethal bias in 'balanced' reporting.
Noam Chomsky and Over 100 Intellectuals Denounce 'Savage' Media Treatment of Britain's Jeremy Corbyn
Zapata, Natasha Hakimi
Article
2016
"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
The British media is outraged that La bour leader Jeremy Corbyn won't press the nuclear button under any circumstances.
One-sided discussion of free trade avoids key issues
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1988
'Business' is also about the people who actually work in the offices, factories, and farms, who are so profoundly affected by what happens in the world of capital.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016: Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
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
"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
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...
The Power of the Israel Lobby: Two knights and a dragon
Avnery, Uri
Article
2007
The Israel Lobby has shifted more and more to the Right. The billionaires who finance the Lobby are the same people who finance the extreme Israeli Right, and most of all the settlers.
Pro-Israel stance reeks of double standards and historical amnesia
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2006
Israel bombs, terrorizes and kills as it pleases, on a daily basis, and the media praise it for its restraint.
Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1999
Chomsky confronts neoliberalsim: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide.
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
The Scientists Are The Bad Guys.
Putin on the Ritz
Pollack, Norman
Article
2014
Forgive the word-play; colossal demonization notwithstanding, I’ll go with Putin and Russia over Obama, the US, Rasmussen, Cameron, friends and allies everywhere. America has an unerring nose for smel...
Race and Class: What the Jena 6 Case Shows: Against The Current vol. 131
Miah, Malik
Article
2007
Some 50,000 people converged on the small Louisiana town of Jena on September 20. The protest shook up not only the two-stoplight town but sent a loud siren across the country. The 85% white populatio...
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
Radical Digressions 3
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2001
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Radical Digressions 5
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2008
The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
Herman, Edward S.
Book
1982
Herman sets out to show that the U.S. ignores or sponsors terror by authoritarian states that are allied with U.S. interests.
The Right Kind Of Terror
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2012
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies.
Rupert's Empire of Slime: Murdoch's Knife in the Heart of Journalism
Landau, Saul
Article
2011
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.
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...
Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria: How One-Sided Reporting is Facilitating Escalation
Mehrpouya, Afshin
Article
2012
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.
The Sixteenth Puerto Rican Political Prisoner: The Case of José Solís: Against The Current vol. 81
Ruiz, Carmelo
Article
1999
On Friday, March 12, 1999, a new name was added to the list of fifteen Puerto Rican political prisoners currently held in American jails: José Solís Jordán. That day, a federal jury in Chicago found S...
Some Deaths Really Matter: The Disproportionate Coverage of Israeli And Palestinian Killings
Media Lens editor
Article
2014
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...
Spinwars: Politics and New Media
Fox, Bill
Book
1999
An examination of media manipulation in late 20th Century North American politics.
The Star's biased reporting
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1997
The Star's Orwellian journalism.
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 It: Women and Language Across Cutures
Telling It Book Collective ( Lee, Sky; Maracle, Lee ; Marlatt, Daphne ; Warland,Betsy)
Book
1990
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.
Ten Best Censored Stories of 1988
Article
Documenting the failure of the mass media to provide Americans with all the information they need to make informed decisions.
Thinking The Right Thoughts
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2014
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
Provides a list and indepth analysis of the top 25 stories that were censored throughout the year in 2009.
Toronto Star Supports the Perpetrators of War Crimes in Ukraine: Crazed Warmongers
Annis, Roger
Article
2015
Toronto Star has distinguished itself for supporting the fundraising projects of Ukraine's extreme-right parties and militias.
Tracking the News that Wasn't
Evans, Ron
Article
1996
A review of two books about media bias and censorship.
Truth About Global Warming
Zwicker, Barrie
Article
1997
Review of The Heat is On: The High Stakes Battle Over Earth's Threatened Climate, by Ross Gelbspan.
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.
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...
Unlocking Uncle Sam's House of Horrors: Smashing Plato's Cave
Neville, Richard
Article
2011
The effects of Wikileaks in showing the public what is really happening.
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...
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
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
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
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...
The War on Democracy
Pilger, John (director)
Film/Video
2007
This film by John Pilger explores the current and past relationship of Washington with Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.
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...
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
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 is Objective Journalism?
Edwards, David
Article
2017
Despite objectivity being widely accepted as a norm in journalism, Edwards discusses how opinion and bias are still an inherent part of 'reporting the facts.'
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1997
Noam Chomsky shares his approach to analyzing media and reveals the meaning and consequence of the strategic design of communication.
What Uncle Sam Really Wants
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
Chomsky discusses examples of U.S. intervention and links together events stretching over four decades in regions throughout the world. He provides a quick synopsis of American foreign policy and pain...
Whatever Happened to Al Jazeera?: All the News That's Fit to Slant
Baroud, Ramzy
Article
2012
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
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 journalists forget that murder is murder
Fisk, Robert
Article
2001
When Israelis are involved, our moral compass, our ability to report the truth, dries up.
When Populism is Dangerous for Democracy
Article
2012
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
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
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
Mainstream media discussions of media balance are limited to a single question: Is the media too critical of powerful interests?
Who Speaks for the Climate?: Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change
Boykoff, Maxwell T.
Book
2011
This book helps students, academic researchers and interested members of the public explore how the media portray climate change and how they shape the spectrum of possibilities for policy action. Pro...
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...
Why Are We The Good Guys? - Book Review
Article
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 ...
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 does the CBC invariably turn to American experts to explain any issue?
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1993
Based on what we hear on the CBC, we can only assume that there is an internal policy manual which mandates that all discussions on issues of more than strictly local importance must include at least ...
Why the Guardian axed Nafeez Ahmed’s blog
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2014
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 Swedish Left Lost: An Analysis of the Electoral Fiasco and Lessons for the Democrats
Feldman, Jonathan Michael
Article
2010
Analysts and political leaders on the left focus on how the right wing's lies go unfiltered by the establishment mass media. The media bias theory has some plausibility but the limit to the media-bias...
Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press: Documents Show NYT and Washington Post Shilling for US Government on Iran Missile "Threat"
Porter, Gareth
Article
2010
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
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
The most dangerous violation of journalistic principles has occurred in the Ukraine crisis, which has the potential of a nuclear war.

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Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Working to promote freedom of expression. CCPJ's main project is the IFEX Clearing House which operates an Action Alert Network and disseminates information on freedom of the press to organizations an...
Center for Media and Democracy
The Center for Media and Democracy strengthens participatory democracy by investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, media...
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
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 fro...
FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting)
U.S. media watch group that documents and criticizes media bias and censorship, scrutinizes media practices that marginalize public interest, minority, and dissenting viewpoints, and advocates for gre...
JohnPilger.com
The journalism and films of John Pilger.
Medialens
Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media. MediaLens is a response based on our conviction that mainstream newspapers and broadcasters provide a profoundly distorted picture of our w...
News Hounds
Rather than serve as the public's eyes and ears, Fox and other media conglomerates have become echo chambers for the rich and powerful with whom they have become all too cozy. This blog is an attempt ...
Sources HotLink, The
The Sources HotLink is a newsletter, published by Sources, featuring articles, practical ideas and tips for getting positive media coverage. The Sources HotLink is sent free to companies...

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American Media Ignore Major Murdoch News Corp Scandal
Rupert's Misdeeds
Washington, Linn Jr.
2013
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
2011
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 ...
Beyond the dross
Pilger, John; Platt, Steve
2010
Pilger and Platt discuss the state of journalism.
Caught in the act: German state channel accused of faking Russian soldiers in Ukraine
Ruptly
2015
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 ...
Concocting a Crime-Ageddon to Promote Police Power
Trujillo, Josmar
2015
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,...
Detecting Bull
How to Identify Bias and Junk Journalism in Print, Broadcast and on the Wild Web
McManus, John H.
2009
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...
'Fake news' & 'post-truth' politics? What about those Iraqi WMDs?
Clark, Neil
2016
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...
In The News
The Practice of Media Relations in Canada
Carney, William Wray
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.
Iranians Are Much Talked About on Sunday Morning TV, But Never Heard From
Greenwald, Glenn
2015
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...
Journalism: Truth or Dare?
Hargreaves, Ian
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...
Lapdog media learns nothing, beats war drums again
Smith, Patrick L.
2013
Have we forgotten Judith Miller already? Or Colin Powell at the U.N.? Before attacking Syria, let's know the truth.
Media bias
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Millions in poverty get less coverage than 482 billionaires
New FAIR study documents TV news' lack of interest in poor
2014
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.
News and the Culture of Lying
Weaver, Paul H.
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 ...
RSF reiterates call for EU sanctions against CCTV and Xinhua
Sources News Release
2016
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...
Towers of Deception
The Media Cover-Up of 9/11
Zwicker, Barrie
2006
UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction - Part 1
2012
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
2011
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.
Wizards of Media Oz
Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News
Solomon, Norman; Cohen, Jeff
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.
'Wrong as Often as Right' Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy
Naureckas, Jim
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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Double Standards
Website
Focusing on double standards in the media and in international politics. "Double Standard 1. a rule or principle applied more strictly to some people more than others (or oneself)."
Medialens
Website
Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media. MediaLens is a response based on our conviction that mainstream newspapers and broadcasters provide a profoundly distorted picture of our w...
Palestine Media Watch
Website
PMWATCH was established to promote fair and accurate coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the US mainstream media. In broad terms, our mission is two-fold: (1) identify, report on, and p...
Radical Digressions
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Ulli Diemer's website/blog featuring comment from a radical left-libertarian perspective.
The Sources HotLink
Website
1996
A website and newsletter dealing with media relations strategies.
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.