How Reasonable Are Suspicions Promoted by the Media?

May 13, 2021

The New York Times editorial board cannot be accused of a failure of will, a lack of consistency or the cardinal political sin of flip-flopping. Many of The Times critics supposed that, over the past five years, the newspaper’s obsession with any random complaint against Russia — cast in the...

Who’s Afraid of Directed Energy Attacks?

May 06, 2021

As if the Biden administration was lacking in pretexts to start a new war with Russia, Donald Trump’s former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has stepped up to lead a campaign more reminiscent of a tale from the “Twilight Zone” than the USA’s strategic rivalry with the Soviet...

Glenn Greenwald: The Borderline Between Editing and Censorship

November 03, 2020

Glenn Greenwald’s image as a journalist grew over the past two decades from that of an outspoken blogger to reach the status of being both respected and feared as an authoritative voice in the world of investigative journalism. In 2014, he spearheaded the creation of The Intercept after securing...

The Paywall Paradox: How Good Business Does Bad

January 24, 2020

Newspapers were already good business, way back when they carried actual news, on paper. Gather some news, write it down, stamp cheap ink on cheap wood-pulp and presto! — scalable revenue, with no obvious upper bound. In fact, the more people read printed news, the more...

UN Correspondents Association: Shining a Light on Global Issues

January 07, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sherwin Bryce-Pease, president of the United Nations Correspondents Association. At a time when the credibility and influence wielded by the fourth estate have been questioned by those in power, the mission of organizations like the...

Saving Journalism: What Big Media Can Learn From Nonprofits

July 29, 2017

Innovation in media is often led by non-traditional organizations. For-profit brands can learn a lot from them, notes this opinion piece. EDITOR’S NOTE For the traditional media industry looking to survive in the digital world, it can look at the nonprofit world for new solutions, according...

Fake Exposure of Fake News from the Fakest of Fakers

July 03, 2017

James O'Keefe's latest "exposé" does, in fact, provide us with a valuable insight into the workings of mainstream media. James O'Keefe is one of the most odious, disreputable and despicable characters in American political media. His devious and tendentious techniques can, however,...

I Am an Enemy of the People

March 16, 2017

If Trump cracks down on journalists, there might be less uproar than you'd think. Even before the election of Donald Trump—and his extraordinary declaration that the media are the “enemies of the people”—US journalism was in trouble. According to Gallup polling, American trust in mass...

Breitbart News and the Return of Partisan Journalism

March 09, 2017

The popularity of Breitbart among conservative voters is an outcome of a long-term right-wing campaign against the progressive media. The 2016 presidential campaign was arguably the most divisive and polarized in modern American history. The election of a demagogue like Donald Trump to the White...

Go On, Donald, Make the Media Great Again

March 06, 2017

Donald Trump’s attack on the media is backfiring. Bigly. Having called reporters “the most dishonest people” and dismissed well-established media outlets as “fake news,” Donald Trump has been waging a war on not only the free press, but reality itself. Through his late-night direct...

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