Tucker Carlson’s Ambiguous Legacy

September 29, 2021

In the US media landscape, conservative Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson has become the single most popular voice disseminating political opinion on American cable television. His personal opinions often deviate from even the distorted norms of Fox News, an outlet that has always functioned as...

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 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: US Drones to “Terrify”

May 30, 2018

The US aims to launch a new fleet of drones, and Fox News is playing cheerleader for the distribution of drone-induced terror. In March, Fox News excitedly reported on the next generation of drone technology, the MUX: “The MUX will terrify enemies of the United States, and with good reason....

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Hannity and “Hatefulness”

April 10, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel (kind of) apologized for insulting the foreign accent of Melania Trump, America’s first lady. Two television celebrities in the US — Sean Hannity of Fox News and Jimmy Kimmel, a late-night talk show host — used their respective platforms last week to clash in a particularly...

Can Disney’s Bid for Fox Overcome Antitrust Concerns?

December 27, 2017

A dominance in regional sports networks could worry regulators, but Disney has the right strategy in content and direct-to-consumer streaming, say experts. The Walt Disney Co. is acquiring most of the assets of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, or $66.1 billion after the assumption...

They Don’t Really Love Trump

November 13, 2017

It would seem there that there is a big Pyongyang problem in the middle of America. When CNN's Ivan Watson visited Pyongyang over the summer, he complained that he hadn't had "a single 'real' conversation with a North Korean due to immense government paranoia." His Instagram pictures of...

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...

Donald Trump Rescues America and Finds MH370

August 12, 2015

Trump has singlehandedly turned the Republican presidential race into a reality show that stars only him and has a supporting cast of “bit players.” The ongoing Republican presidential nomination circus has caused me to delay a trip to Reunion Island to help with the search for parts of the...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

July 31, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of July. July is the month of turmoil and revolutions. July 4, 1776, and July 14, 1789, could appropriately be termed as the start of the modern democratic era when American guerrillas and French sans culottes overthrew the old monarchical order. Democracy...

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