Media Reform

Submitted by tnjp on April 25, 2013 - 6:02pm.

Apr24, 2013
Drone Strike Testimony: Not News?
By Peter Hart

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held an unusual–and at times quite critical–public hearing about the U.S. drone program. The most noteworthy testimony came from Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni writer and activist who spoke movingly about a drone attack on his village last week.

Al-Muslimi had spent a year in the United States, and had returned to his country to share his positive experiences in the U.S.–that is, until the United States attacked his village:

In the past, what Wessab's villagers knew of the U.S. was based on my stories about my wonderful experiences here. The friendships and values I experienced and described to the villagers helped them understand the America that I know and that I love. Now, however, when they think of America, they think of the terror they feel from the drones that hover over their heads, ready to fire missiles at any time. What the violent militants had previously failed to achieve, one drone strike accomplished in an instant. There is now an intense anger against America in Wessab....

Submitted by tnjp on October 7, 2010 - 12:10pm.

Media Advisory

One Nation Fails to Impress Corporate Media
Progressive D.C. rally doesn't get Tea Party treatment


Thanks to the efforts of independent media outlets like Free Speech TV (10/2/10), GritTV (10/4/10) and Democracy Now! (10/4/10), you may have been able to follow the happenings at last weekend's One Nation Coming Together rally. Organized and endorsed by hundreds of progressive citizens' groups, labor unions and grassroots activists, the gathering drew tens of thousands to Washington, D.C., to make the case for jobs, peace and social justice. But the corporate media seemed mostly less than impressed, either ignoring the rally completely or framing it in the shadow of the Tea Party.

The network evening newscasts were mostly uninterested, with NBC Nightly News the only one of the big three to file a report, according to a search of the Nexis news database. The PBS NewsHour did not cover One Nation, though a few weeks prior Tea Party organizer Dick Armey was featured in a long one-on-one interview (FAIR Blog, 9/10/10). And far-right Fox News personality Glenn Beck's August rally in Washington was covered on the NewsHour before it happened (8/27/10) and afterwards as well (8/30/10)...

Submitted by Carol on January 6, 2008 - 10:34am.

Dennis Kucinich is about half way through the video. Video from There is also video om the website showing some "suits" trying not allow any filming.

Submitted by tnjp on October 31, 2007 - 11:23am.

War Protests: Why No Coverage?
By Jerry Lanson Christian Science Monitor Tuesday 30 October 2007

Newspapers have a duty to inform citizens about such democratic events.

Boston - Coordinated antiwar protests in at least 11 American cities this weekend raised anew an interesting question about the nature of news coverage: Are the media ignoring rallies against the Iraq war because of their low turnout or is the turnout dampened by the lack of news coverage?

Submitted by tnjp on August 24, 2007 - 11:01pm.

Kucinich campaign is awaiting ABC News explanations for its actions

The Kucinich campaign is still awaiting an official response from ABC News about the unexplained – some have charged "inexplicable" - way in which the network has handled its post-debate online coverage of Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich over the past few days.

Among the "outrages" that have energized tens of thousands of Kucinich supporters - and even non-supporters - thousands of whom have flooded the ABC News website and other online news sites with comments of protest:

  • * Congressman Kucinich was apparently deliberately cropped out of a "Politics Page" photo of the candidates.
  • * Sometime Monday afternoon, after Congressman Kucinich took a commanding lead in ABC's own on-line "Who won the Democratic debate" survey, the survey was dropped from prominence on the website.
  • * ABC News has not officially reported the results of its online survey.
  • * After the results of that survey showed Congressman Kucinich winning handily, ABC News, sometime Monday afternoon, replaced the original survey with a second survey asking "Who is winning the Democratic debate?"
  • * During the early voting Monday afternoon and evening, U.S. Senator Barack Obama was in the lead. By sometime late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Congressman Kucinich regained the lead by a wide margin in this second survey.
  • * Sometime Tuesday morning, ABC News apparently dropped the second survey from prominence or killed it entirely.
  • * AND, as every viewer of the nationally televised Sunday Presidential forum is aware, Congressman Kucinich was not given an opportunity to answer a question from moderator George Stephanopoulos until 28 minutes into the program.

The campaign submitted objections and inquiries to ABC News representatives on Monday and Tuesday. ABC News representatives have failed to respond - or even acknowledge - those objections and inquiries.

Stayed tuned for further details.

Comment by TNJP - You can let ABC and ABC's This Week know how you feel by dropping them a line at or

Submitted by tnjp on July 14, 2007 - 12:35pm.

Michael Moore makes the case for media reform whilst putting CNN's Wolfie Blitzter in his place...

Submitted by tnjp on May 21, 2007 - 9:48pm.

Randall Stephenson has declared War on the Internet.

In an interview with Forbes, incoming AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he wants to see a two-tiered system on the Internet: big business websites in the fast lane, everyone else in a slow lane.

Stephenson, and America's wealthiest and most powerful telecom execs, are all in favor of a divided Internet, because his company can use it to charge fees and increase profits. What about the rest of us?

Tell the FCC we need Net Neutrality and help us reach 25,000 comments by June 15th. ...

Submitted by tnjp on April 25, 2007 - 4:54am.

UPDATE: Read the transcript and watch online if you missed the show! You can also read FAIR's review of show and the current corporate media situation...

Watch tonight -Wed. 4-25 on PBS!

Bill Moyers on Why the Press Bought the Iraq War
From AlterNet, April 20, 2007 By Bill Moyers
The marketing of the war in Iraq by the administration has been much examined, but a critical question remains: How and why did the press buy it? The new Bill Moyers Journal documentary from PBS explores these very questions...

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