The Extinct Race of “Reasonable Viewers” in the US

September 28, 2020

Reporting on a defamation trial brought against Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Business Insider notes a rare but significant crack in the facade of contemporary media that could, if we were to pay attention, help to deconstruct the reigning hyperreality that has in recent decades overwhelmed...

The NY Times: Liberal or Neoliberal?

September 17, 2020

Fifty years ago, The New York Times reminds us, there occurred “a seminal moment in the world of business: the publication of Milton Friedman’s essay in The New York Times Magazine entitled ‘The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.’” As a newspaper read by...

The Mad Complicity of Trump, Pompeo and the Media

September 10, 2020

In an article published by Al Jazeera with the title, “What is behind the hype about the new Iran-China partnership?” Pakistan-based journalist Tom Hussain weighs in on how media in the US have become dedicated to magnifying real events not to further our understanding of them, but to...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Bleak” Times in America

September 27, 2018

MSNBC is too caught up in the daily cycle of reporting about the Trump disaster to waste time on understanding and unpacking history. MSNBC, like Fox News, has a worldview that can never be questioned on the air and which may well be even more black and white than that of Fox News. It clings to...

The Fight for Ignorance in American Media

April 28, 2016

Public access to information is being controlled by those who seek to profit from our collective ignorance. It is reasonable to ask how Americans have permitted their nation’s march to self-proclaimed greatness to be so retarded by its present collective march to self-induced ignorance. With...