Beyond 935 Lies

By: Saturday October 4, 2014 2:45 pm

Charles Lewis’ book, 935 Lies, would make a fine introduction to reality for anyone who believes the U.S. government usually means well or corporations tend to tell the truth in the free market. And it would make an excellent introduction to the decline and fall of the corporate media. Even if these topics aren’t new to you, this book has something to add and retells the familiar quite well.

The familiar topics include the Gulf of Tonkin, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, the civil rights movement, U.S. aggression and CIA overthrows, Pinochet, Iran-Contra, lying tobacco companies, and Edward R. Murrow. Lewis brings insight to these and other topics, and if he doesn’t document that things were better before the 1960s, he does establish that horrible things have been getting worse since, and are now much more poorly reported on.

 

Late Night: The Teawads Aren’t the Problem Here

By: Monday January 6, 2014 8:00 pm

That these are tea people is not the issue (though disclosing it might have helped some). It’s that they were tea people who lied to you.

President Obama Apologizes for Misleading Americans on Obamacare

By: Friday November 8, 2013 7:40 am

The debate over whether or not President Obama promised no one would lose their health insurance coverage under Obamacare seemed to reach resolution yesterday when President Obama apologized for misleading the American public. Obama reiterated his commitment to fix problems caused by the implementation of Obamacare.

Fact Checked: Hannity Causing Immediate Harm to Consumers

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 2:05 pm

In a galling display of disregard for the public interest, Sean Hannity has been broadcasting provably false information on radio and TV about the Affordable Care Act. Salon’s “Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare” uncovered how he distorted the stories of three couples to imply that they were worse off under Obamacare’s new rules. In fact, the couples are now able to get more coverage for less money, but Hannity did not retract his report.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig, The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong With Banking and What to Do About It

By: Saturday April 20, 2013 1:59 pm

In their groundbreaking new book, The Bankers’ New Clothes, Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig, two of the world’s most prominent and respected academics in finance and economics, expose the lies propagated by those who fight so dramatically to preserve the broken status quo. Argument by argument, scare tactic by scare tactic, they take on the bankers’ arguments and shred them, one by one, exposing them as nothing more than self-serving justifications for preserving a system that serves only the banks, not the general public. And most importantly, they do so in plain English with real world examples that are familiar to anyone who has ever had a bank account, a credit card, or a mortgage. They make the complex simple, and in so doing, reveal that as taxpayers we have been on the wrong side of a decades-long con that has enriched a handful of bankers while the rest of us suffer for their excesses.

Lawrence Wilkerson and David Swanson Debate Colin Powell’s Lies at the U.N.

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 10:55 am

When I wrote about MSNBC’s documentary on Iraq war lies this week, I linked to an earlier blog post of mine that drew heavily on a House Judiciary Committee report on the same topic, as well as to Lawrence Wilkerson’s recent debate with Norman Solomon on Democracy Now! When Brad Friedman reposted my Hubris review, he suggested I ask Wilkerson for a response. I did and here it is.

Hubris Isn’t the Half of It

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 12:25 pm

As our government was making a fraudulent case to attack Iraq in 2002-2003, the MSNBC television network was doing everything it could to help, including booting Phil Donahue and Jeff Cohen off the air. The Donahue Show was deemed likely to be insufficiently war-boosting and was thus removed 10 years ago next week, and 10 days after the largest antiwar (or anything else) demonstrations in the history of the world, as a preemptive strike against the voices of honest peaceful people.

FL Legislature Erases Key Item in History of Bush v. Gore

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 8:35 am

Bush v. Gore is ancient history. The results of the 2000 Presidential election in Florida are no longer considered to be an issue by the mainstream press; anyone who brings it up instantly dismissed as a kook, a conspiracy theorist, a somewhat stale joke.

And the inevitable rewriting of history has continued over the years. “Bush won, get over it” is probably the most common response to those who bring up the issue of hanging chads and the recount in Florida. In one critical case, the historical record has actually been erased – and that, in itself, tells us something interesting about the Florida recount.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bill Press, The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President—and Who Is Behind Them

By: Saturday July 7, 2012 1:59 pm

It seems only fitting that I have been asked to introduce Bill Press and host this salon on his book The Obama Hate Machine, an indispensable expose of the “largely personal, political, and mean-spirited” assault on America’s first black president. The host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Bill Press Show, a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services, and an accredited member of the White House Press corps, Press has seen the hate machine close up and personal.

Fatster’s Pre-Revolutionary Roundup

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster rounds up stories from everywhere about a species still struggling to find itself, but always struggling to be free of tyranny, ignorance, lies, oppression, fear, poverty, disease, greed, thieves, bullies and thugs.

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