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...

The New York Times Has Feelings for China

April 23, 2021

A significant event took place this week at the annual Boao conference, China’s version of the Davos World Economic Forum. It offered clues about the state of a changing world. Obsessed by the Chauvin trial, US media paid little attention to it. The Washington Post lazily printed a 400-word...

“Shithole” Countries? The Media’s Portrayal of Africa Reconsidered

January 16, 2018

It’s time to take a hard look at the role of the news media in creating and perpetuating a horribly simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Africa. US President Donald Trump's alleged remarks questioning why the US should take in immigrants from what he apparently called “shithole...

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...