By David Edwards - Znet
One really has to be willfully blind, or perhaps not have worked for a corporation, to fail to understand that criticizing the company, the product, the owner - suggesting that the product is harmful and that customers should look elsewhere - is incompatible with the corporate profit drive. It cannot be tolerated because, from the perspective of profit, it is self-destructive and absurd.
Managed news misinformation reflects official Times policy. It's standard practice. It's longstanding. Truth is verboten. It's systematically avoided. Readers are betrayed. They're lied to daily.
By Fred Mazelis - 2 February 2013
A school bus driver in rural Alabama gave his life this past week to defend schoolchildren on his bus. When a gunman boarded the bus in Dale County, Alabama on Tuesday and demanded two children, Charles Pollard Jr. refused and was shot dead...The gunman, Jimmy Lee Dykes, described by neighbors as a paranoid survivalist, grabbed a five-year-old boy at random. As of Friday, he continued to hold the child hostage in an underground bunker on his property in Midland City, Alabama.
By Edward S. Herman - Z Magazine
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama gravely and indignantly warned Syria that its use of chemical weapons would be “totally unacceptable”...and the Western establishment repeat this without comment, one marvels at the mind-boggling hypocrisy. After all, the United States has been the champion user of chemical weapons in modern times, has opposed international agreements to curb their use, and now regularly employs depleted uranium in its wars...The U.S. use of Agent Orange on a massive scale in the Vietnam War is well-known, as is its deployment of white phosphorus munitions in Iraq.
By MARK WEISBROT - Counterpunch
Last week there was a real media hate-fest for Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez...Even by the hate-filled standards to which we have become accustomed, it was impressive...It’s interesting, since this is one of the only countries in the world where the reporting of the more liberal media...is hardly different from that of Fox News or other right-wing media...
Threats in the name of His Royal Highness, a car rammed into our house, and menacing phone-calls to our children – This all happened to my wife and I following a meeting we had back in 2005 with journalists from the Guardian at their office in Manchester, England.
28 January 2013 - WSWS
...[A] militarist atmosphere is being created in China. The theme is the imminence of war with Japan. In the past weeks, nearly every news report features the latest “provocation” by Japan over the disputed Diaoyu islands, for example, the fact that Japan discussed allowing its air force to fire warning shots to ward off Chinese aircraft. There are regular heated debates on various television “focus” programs, where participants call for war on Japan if any damage is done to Chinese vessels or aircraft.
Do imperial wars bother you? Does human suffering matter? Is business as usual OK? Are sham elections? Is democracy for the few alone?
By John Pilger - Znet Commentary
The Shammies celebrate the finest sham media. “Competition for the 2013 Gold Shammy,” said the panel of judges, “has been cutthroat.” The Shammies are not for the tabloid lower orders. Rupert Murdoch has been honoured enough. Shammies distinguish respectable journalism that guards the limits of what the best and brightest like to call the “national conversation”.
FAIR reports regularly on major world and national issues. It discusses what people most need to know. It covers Venezuela and Chavez. It exposes media lies and distortions.
By Robert Fisk - Znet
...[S]omething is going wrong here. Surely this is not what the internet is for? Across the world now, anonymity...is accepted by cyber-journalism, the more hateful, the more understandable. I’ve pulled out of several radio “chat” shows in mid-broadcast because of the absolute refusal of the anchors to explain why they will not challenge the sometimes viciously named Tweeters or email writers. Websites and blogs and chat-rooms were never intended to cover the Breivik-like cruelties of these sick people.
It shouldn't surprise. It raged throughout his tenure. It continues while he's ill. It vilifies progressive Bolivarianism. It wants neoliberal harshness replacing it.
Post editors are contemptuous of fundamental human rights. They spurn democratic values. They consider rule of law principles quaint and out-of-date. Wealth, power, privilege, and dominance alone matter.
The record of America's newspaper of record is deplorable. It supports wealth, power, privilege and dominance. It backs corporate interests. It spurns popular ones. It endorses imperial wars.
By Mairead Maguire - January 05, 2013
I believe the UK/Swedish/USA governments are all complicit in [the] mental torture of Julian Assange, and I appeal to the Australian government, Human rights defenders, brave media, and people who love freedom and truth to break the ‘silence‘ and stand up for the rights of Julian Assange to [assure] he will get the chance to answer all accusations against him in UK or Sweden and the assurance he will not be extradited to USA where he could meet the same ‘cruel and inhuman’ treatment as Pt. Bradley Manning.