CNN’s Brian Stelter effectively did is play a role as a gatekeeper. He decided during the segment that a possibly significant and interesting aspect to Liz Wahl’s resignation—her link to a senior fellow at a neoconservative foreign policy think tank—was unimportant to understanding the story of Wahl. He disregarded the work of journalists, who chose to cover something no one in US media had thought to ask questions about before having Wahl on their programs.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 24, 2014 7:55 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 19, 2014 4:27 pm|
Journalists Rania Khalek and Max Blumenthal published a story on the resignation of Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl. It strongly suggests that Bloody Bill Kristol, a fellow for the neoconservative think tank Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), played a key role in Wahl’s decision to leave the network a couple weeks ago.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 6, 2014 9:20 am|
In the past few days, the Russian state-funded media organization, RT, has had two of its staff members express some level of protest against the editorial line of the organization and how it is currently covering the Russia-Ukraine “crisis” that has been unfolding.
|By: DSWright Thursday March 6, 2014 7:35 am|
Imagine a world where one day you realize you are working for “them.” The job you have had for over two years – in which you apparently thought you worked for an initialed organization with no background – is actually a state media company. Mysteriously, a foreign government has been putting money into your checking account during your pay periods, almost like they know that is when you get paid.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 4, 2014 3:16 pm|
The Russian-based television network, RT, is consistently referred to by United States media organizations as “Kremlin-backed” or “Kremlin-owned” and frequently treated as a propaganda outlet.
Coverage of what has been happening in Ukraine, as The Nation’s Greg Mitchell highlighted, what has been published on the network’s website and broadcast on air has been very one-sided. That is why when RT anchor Abby Martin, host of “Breaking the Set,” ended her show condemning Russia it resonated.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday February 15, 2014 4:00 pm|
I’ve been watching Russia’s English language television channel, RT (Russia Today) for several hours a day for about a year now, and this has given me a picture of Vladimir Putin’s presidency that casual watchers miss. When you have seen dozens of interviews by American educated Russian Oxana Boyko, or French educated Georgian Sophie Schevarnadze, Americans Abby Martin and Max Keiser, or Briton’s goof-off John Brown exploring the farthest reaches of this vast country – or even the American ‘Resident’ who poses short questions to New Yorkers on the street, you realize that Russia‘s President is searching for something that is neither Western style capitalism nor Communism.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday November 8, 2012 4:01 pm|
Since the Occupy movement began, many have attempted to position the group in opposition to electoral politics. Occupy in its purest form is nonpartisan, and since the beginning of the movement this has been a source of criticism.
If we want to really make a difference, we were told time and again, we should organize similarly to the Tea Party and begin to field candidates for office. When occupiers protested Mitt Romney or other hyper-conservative politicians, they’d be accused of being in bed with Barack Obama. If the movement protested neo-liberals like Obama, we were accused of being traitors to all that was good in the world because we obviously wanted Romney to win (Carnacing is not limited to blogs). Most of all, occupiers got accused of being disconnected from what their critics perceive to be real politics — we were lazy hippies who didn’t understand how the world works and worst of all we don’t vote.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday August 21, 2012 6:00 pm|
The love affair with Pussy Riot shows no sign of slowing down since the trio of punk women were sentenced to 2 years in prison. Neither has the legal system’s attack on their actions, with Russia Today reporting two more members of the group now under fire.
|By: MSPB Watch Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00 pm|
Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.
|By: Jim White Friday October 1, 2010 6:15 am|
Less than twenty-four hours after Pakistan closed the border crossing at Torkham in response to a NATO helicopter attack that killed three Pakistani soldiers, insurgents set fire to 27 NATO fuel tankers that were waiting to enter Afghanistan at this strategic crossing. Rather than striking a conciliatory tone to tamp down growing unrest by Pakistan in response to ongoing US abuse, however, the Obama administration has chosen instead to venture into even more provocative behavior, planting suggestions in Friday’s Washington Post that the US would not be upset if there were a military coup in Pakistan.