Media Watch

“… media professionals have long played a crucial role in the protection of private power by maintaining the illusion that members of the public are offered an ‘ímpartial' and wide selection of facts, opinions and perspectives from which any individual can derive his or her own well-informed world view.” - David Cromwell, Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From the Delusions of Propaganda


Suggested reading:


9 October

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Tipping Points and the Question of Civilizational Survival,, 8 October 2015

Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster by Gareth Porter, Truthdig, 8 October 2015

War Is Exposing Cracks in Russian Society by Ivan Sukhov, The Moscow Times, 7 Octobe 2015

Intifada: The Writing Was On The Wall by Gideon Levy, Information Clearing House, 8 October 2015

The dog and the tail by Moshe Machover, Weekly Worker, 8 October 2015

Radicalization is not so simple by Kenan Malik, Pandaemonium, 7 Ocober 2015

Watch Noam Chomsky & Lawrence Krauss Talk About Education, Political Activism, Technology & More Before a Sold-Out Crowd, Open Culture, 6 October 2015

Watch: Noam Chomsky on the Economic War on Latin America by Chris Spannos, Information Clearing House, 8 October 2015

Discovering George Orwell's Barcelona by Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail, 7 October 2015


8 October

'Even War Has Rules': MSF Takes Unprecedented Action Against US Military by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, 7 October 2015

Why Is the U.S. Refusing an Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was an “Accident”? by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 7 October 2015

US lies and excuses for bombing hospital by Jonathan Cook, The Blog from Nazareth, 7 October 2015

The NATO-Russia Face Off In Syria by Pepe Escobar, Information Clearing House, 7 October 2015

Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People's Narrative by Ramzy Baroud,, 8 October 2015

Henning Mankell wanted to destroy the monster of Israeli apartheid by Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada, 6 October 2015

Murder, Incorporated: Guns and the Growing Culture of Violence in the US by Henry A. Giroux, Truthout, 7 October 2015

Identity, Power, and the Left: The Future of Progressive Politics in America by Noam Chomsky, YouTube, 22 September 2015 (video)

Yes, There is a Ruling Class by Paul Street, ZNet, 7 October 2015

Cameron isn't colonising the centre. That's fraudulent spin by Seumas Milne, The Guardian, 7 October 2015


7 October

Why Bombing the Kunduz Hospital Was Probably a War Crime by Nick Turse, The Intercept, 6 October 2015

Nato's bombs fall like confetti, not containing conflict but spreading it by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 6 October 20015

Russia in Syria: Russian radar locks on to Turkish fighter jets as Moscow steps up air strikes against opposition targets by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 6 October 2015

Obama Boots Syrian Peace Chance by Robert Parry,, 6 October 2015

WikiLeaks cables shed light on US foreign policy failures by Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera America, 6 October 2015

No, Theresa May – immigration is not the real threat to national cohesion by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 6 October 2015

Monsanto and Syngenta Tighten Stranglehold on Global Food Supply by Paul Barbot, Truthout, 6 October 2015


6 October

Afghanistan, the Terrible War: Money for Nothing by Vijay Prashad, CounterPunch, 6 October 2015

Flush With Cash, Right-Wing Extremists Train the Future Zealots of Pro-Israel Campus Activism by Max Blumenthal and Julia Carmel, Truthdig, 6 October 2015

Analysis: Netanyahu 'better not disturb the status quo' by Jonathan Cook, Al Jazeera, 6 October 2015


5 October

Why We Should Welcome Russia's Entry Into Syrian War by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 5 October 2015

US Satellites Work In Syria, But Not Ukraine by Neo Presse, Russia Insider, 5 October 2015

Bombing Hospitals All in a Day's Work by Phyllis Bennis, Common Dreams, 5 October 2015

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 5 October 2015

As Pentagon Spins US Media, MSF Demands True Account of Hospital Attack by Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, 5 October 2015

Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up by Ben Norton, FAIR, 5 October 2015

Netanyahu seeks to impose a new reality at Al Aqsa by Jonathan Cook, The National, 5 October 2015

Environmentalists: The Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Is A Disaster For Climate Change by Samantha Page, Climate Progress, 5 October 2015

Rousseff and the Right by Sean Purdy, Jacobin, 5 October 2015

Parasites in the Body Economic: the Disasters of Neoliberalism by Michael Hudson, CounterPunch, 5 October 2015


4 October

Syria's ‘moderates' have disappeared... and there are no good guys by Robert Fisk, Independent, 4 October 2015

Isis or Russia? Labour needs to decide which is the bigger threat by Paul Mason, The Guardian, 4 October 2015

The Hope Behind Putin's Syria Help by Ray McGovern,, 4 October 2015

The War on ISIS and Russia's Role: The Covert CIA Agenda, Media Deception and Propaganda by T.P. Wilkinson, Global Research, 4 Occtober 2015

Stephen Cohen - Great Insights into Syrian Events, Tie in With Ukraine, Russia Insider, 4 October 2015 (video)

Afghan Doctor Slaughter Pulls Back Curtain by Nicolas J S Davies,, 4 October 2015

Southeast Asia “Forgets” About Western Terror by Andre Vltchek, Countercurrents, 4 October 2015

Local Resistance Can Overthrow Our Political Masters by Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 4 October 2015


3 October

Syria crisis: The West wrings its hands in horror but it was our folly that helped create this bloodbath by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 2 October 2015

Stephen Cohen Speaks Out to Top German News Site, Rips Media Demonization of Putin by German Economic News, 3 October 2015

The Anti-Russian Lying Machine in Action by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, 2 October 2015

One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan by Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, 3 October 2015

10 Million at Risk of Hunger Due to Climate Change and El Niño, Oxfam Warns by Tharanga Yakupitiyage, Inter Press Service, 2 October 2015

Nuclear War And Corbyn – The Fury And The Farce by David Cromwell and David Edwards, Media Lens, 5 October 2015

Noam Chomsky: How the Word 'Liberal' Has Been Totally Distorted in America by Sincere T. Kirabo, AlterNet, 1 October 205

Nasser and I by Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, 3 October 2015


2 October

Threat of wider war mounts as Russia continues airstrikes in Syria by Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site, 2 October 2015

Putin's Blitz Leaves Washington Rankled and Confused by Mike Whitney, CounterPunch, 1 October 2015

Russia has entered a war in Syria it cannot afford to lose by Patrick Cockburn, Independent, 30 September 2015

Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria? by Robert Parry,, 1 October 2015

Obama's Ludicrous ‘Barrel Bomb' Theme by Robert Parry,, 30 September 2015

More Anti-Russian Bias at the NYT by Jonathan Marshall,, 30 September 2015

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt' With Chris Hedges: ISIS, the New Israel, Truthdig, 1 October 2015

Netanyahu's dreary and menacing UN speech provokes Internet mockery by Rania Khalek, The Electronic Intifada, 2 October 2015

Seven Points Not on the Arab Media Agenda – What Is There to Celebrate? by Ramzy Baroud, CounterPunch, 1 October 2015

Sweden's liberal reputation tarnished as race attacks rise by David Crouch, The Guardian, 2 October 2015


To find older articles, go to the archive. There are separate contents pages for articles by Michael Albert, Tariq Ali, Ramzy Baroud, Phyllis Bennis, Jean Bricmont, David Chandler, Noam Chomsky, Patrick Cockburn, Mark Curtis, Robert Fisk, Susan George, Henry A. Giroux, Misha Glenny, David Graeber, Glenn Greenwald, Robin Hahnel, Chris Hedges, Edward S. Herman, Diana Johnstone, Ann Jones, Naomi Klein, Gabriel Kolko, Moshé Machover, Kenan Malik, István Mészáros, John Pilger, Hannu Reime, Jerome Roos, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Jeremy Seabrook, Richard Seymour, Ahdaf Soueif, Hillel Ticktin, Gary Younge and Howard Zinn

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