Yesterday, the almost 200,000 followers of @OccupyWallSt — viewed by many as the original and even “official” voice of the movement — were in for a surprise.
|By: Kit OConnell Friday February 7, 2014 6:55 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 31, 2014 10:15 am|
The act of demolition was not going to stop The Guardian from reporting on any more of the files from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but it did not matter to Downing Street. Cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood, sent by Prime Minister David Cameron, informed the media organization in late June and July of last year that there had been enough debate. “We can do this nicely or we can go to the law,” he said at one point.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday January 21, 2014 1:30 am|
Oh people and their accurate presumptions.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday January 13, 2014 4:59 pm|
Tonight’s movie, Obey, comes loaded with a powerful filmmaking punch: All images were found online and reconfigured to create a dystopian 51 minute vision, based on journalist Chris Hedges’ book Death of the Liberal Class.
Hedges’ book made the argument that a breach has occurred between the liberal class– consisting of academics, artists, educators, creatives, clergy, journalists, politicians, etc–and the radical social and political movements it once supported or sympathized with.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 9, 2014 5:00 pm|
On the same day that President Obama met with lawmakers and White House counsel Kate Ruemmler met with civil liberties groups to discuss National Security Agency reforms, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence (HSCI) decided to give the media a taste of what a classified Pentagon report on Edward Snowden.
HSCI Chair Mike Rogers leaked just enough details to promote fear around what files the NSA whistleblower may have taken. “This report confirms my greatest fears — Snowden’s real acts of betrayal place America’s military men and women at greater risk. Snowden’s actions are likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field,” Rogers said in a statement.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 3, 2014 2:02 pm|
Journalism based on sensationalism and crude exaggeration is by historical definition known as yellow journalism. A recent article at The Daily Beast by Gordon G. Chang, which accuses former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of lying, is this kind of despicable journalism.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 2, 2014 11:05 am|
The New York Times Editorial Board is to be highly praised for finally publishing a strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, one which not only urges clemency but also labels him a whistleblower. But, it invites debate on another individual, one who is currently serving thirty-five years in a military prison for releasing classified government documents to WikiLeaks: Chelsea Manning.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday January 2, 2014 9:15 am|
The New York Times Editorial Board published a remarkably strong defense of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who they refer to as a whistleblower in the headline.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 30, 2013 10:50 am|
There is zero evidence that Snowden has tried to sell NSA secrets to any country or engaged in any deal-making to obtain permanent asylum. Also, no evidence has been presented to prove that he still has any copies of documents, which he took with him when he fled to Hong Kong.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday December 22, 2013 8:34 am|
On Wednesday, journalists Rania Khalek and Roqayah Chamseddine, started a hashtag—”#NotYourNarrative”—to call attention to the absence of Arab or Muslim voices in US media, particularly in reports that have to do with Palestinian or Arab issues.
The hashtag was successful. A number of journalists from around the world used the hashtag to vent about the domination of white privileged voices in media.
The criticisms were not limited to corporate or establishment media but also included progressive media. And Khalek wrote an article titled, “Does The Nation have a problem with Palestinians?” It was published by Electronic Intifada.