Media mostly had no idea that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, had allegedly been involved in a robbery of a liquor store. Rumors had circulated but no organizations had been actively seeking information on any robbery. They were not certain the robbery had anything to do with Brown’s death. Media had, however, sought the release of information from Ferguson police on the shooting by filing requests under Missouri’s “sunshine” or freedom of information law.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 15, 2014 4:38 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday August 11, 2014 8:54 am|
We all knew this day would come. With the latest spinoff by Gannett of its extensive newspaper portfolio expected to be completed by the end of 2015, it now appears finance capital has written off the newspaper industry. On some level this was inevitable given the movement of advertising from print to the web, but [...]
|By: Attaturk Wednesday August 6, 2014 1:30 am|
Oh dear, I guess you’ll just have to be satisfied with “eh, could be better” over the alternative.
“Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has withdrawn its bid to purchase US entertainment giant Time Warner for an estimated $80bn (£47bn).”
|By: Attaturk Friday August 1, 2014 1:30 am|
I appreciate the fact that you are calling them out in asking for balance, but…
|By: Isaiah 88 Thursday July 31, 2014 6:30 pm|
1,422 Palestinians have been killed.
8,265 have been injured.
And Gaza’s long night is far from over.
We’re told that Israel has no choice but to defend itself. NBC keeps telling us that. ABC keeps telling us that. CNN and CBS keep telling us that, Fox keeps bellowing that dogma day in and day out, but their attempts to justify the IDF’s rampage in Gaza, their relentless efforts to blame Hamas for the carnage are not succeeding. Because of the reports of independent journalists, because of the courage of the people of Gaza and their use of social media, the world is seeing how Israel “defends itself”.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 28, 2014 9:15 am|
New York Times reporters seem to have neglected to engage in investigative journalism when reporting on last week’s attack by Israeli forces on a school in Gaza.
The school in Beit Hanoun, which was being run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), was shelled on July 24. At least sixteen people were killed and about 200 people were wounded in the attack, which occurred while the UN agency was trying to evacuate people.
|By: DSWright Thursday July 10, 2014 8:49 am|
The establishment media loves the idea of a great American moderate political center, mostly because it would mean there is still a large market for their pathetic products that try for universal appeal in order to obtain eclectic advertising. Though for many of the media elite having influence is an end as well as a means to an end. Unfortunately for them, no such “center” exists and moderates are a statistical myth.
|By: DSWright Monday June 30, 2014 12:02 pm|
CNBC was caught recently soliciting an op-ed that would label climate change a “hoax.” According to Republic Report, a CNBC employee sent an email to DeSmog Blog under the mistaken impression that because the site contained information on climate change skeptic Alan Carlin it was in some way affiliated with him.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday June 12, 2014 3:11 pm|
The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers.
On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for potential whistleblowers. He also criticized a directive signed by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper that broadly prohibits employees from “unauthorized” contact with the media.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 29, 2014 9:52 am|
One major argument from critics of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been that he did not go through “proper channels” in government before taking documents on top secret surveillance programs and providing them to journalists. But, during NBC News’ exclusive interview with Snowden, the network indicated that it was able to confirm Snowden had made at least one attempt to go through channels and the network is in the process of obtaining records showing other complaints were made to superiors.