Media Issues

The Guardian’s Marina Hyde accuses actress Susan Sarandon of being Trump’s “asset”

By David Walsh, 10 July 2018

Sarandon’s great crime? Failing to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and instead calling for a vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party.

Sex and the New York Times: When “Her Too” isn’t “Me Too”

By David Walsh, 27 June 2018

The New York Times discovers nuance in sexual behavior when it involves a reporter and a valuable source.

The foul role of Spiked in the demonization of Julian Assange

By Thomas Scripps, 23 June 2018

Spiked has echoed the propaganda of the British government and a compliant media in demanding the prosecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.

Political cartoonist fired by right-wing Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editors over anti-Trump cartoons

By Kayla Costa, 16 June 2018

After rejecting nineteen of his cartoons since March, the newspaper’s editors fired Rob Rogers for not complying with their efforts to shift content to the right.

The Guardian mounts defence of British government lies over Skripals

By Jean Shaoul, 12 June 2018

The Guardian is acutely aware of the widespread and entirely healthy scepticism towards anything the government says on the Skripal case.

Anti-“fake news” bill gives French state unchecked Internet censorship powers

By Alex Lantier, 8 June 2018

Judges will be allowed to force service providers to take down material posted on the Internet simply by asserting that they believe it to be “fake news.”

“Government propaganda and the war on terror from 9/11 to Syria”

Journalists and academics expose UK’s criminal actions in the Middle East

By Julie Hyland, 31 May 2018

Despite media smears and government censorship, Media on Trial held an important and successful event exposing the connection between press propaganda and government warmongering.

Sunday Times Rich List: Wealth of Britain’s richest grew 10 percent

By Simon Whelan, 22 May 2018

In the same year that 72 people were killed in London’s Grenfell Tower inferno due to cost-cutting, the city’s wealthiest residents became even richer.

Two Britains: The Grenfell inquiry and the royal wedding

By Thomas Scripps, 22 May 2018

Not a single national newspaper deemed the opening of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry worthy of a position on their front page. Instead, they continued to obsess over the minutiae of the weekend’s royal wedding.

Sunday Times Insight team: Propagandists for Internet censorship and war

By Steve James and Laura Tiernan, 7 May 2018

The Sunday Times feature, published April 29, purports to show that Russian Twitter bots tried to “swing” the 2017 general election for Jeremy Corbyn.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2018

The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

Germany: Why is the taz newspaper defending the far-right ideologue Baberowski?

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 March 2018

The veteran journalist Edith Kresta has spoken out again “moral sectarianism” in relation to far-right positions and against the stigmatization of xenophobic prejudices.

Geoffrey Rush lawsuit strikes blow against anti-democratic #MeToo campaign

By Richard Phillips and James Cogan, 22 March 2018

A judge ruled that the Murdoch media could not substantiate the allegations of sexual misconduct it made against acclaimed Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.

“A Weinsteinian sex pest”?

In defence of poet Robert Burns: “Ye know, and dare maintain, the Royalty of Man”

By Paul Bond, 15 March 2018

The ahistorical middle-class moralizing of the sexual misconduct campaign has perhaps reached a new low with an attack on the great Scots poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).

An Open letter from the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the editors of German daily Tageszeitung

12 March 2018

The following letter was sent by the IYSSE to the editors of the German daily Tageszeitung, after it published a defence of right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski and defamed his critics.

The Oscar speech we’d like to hear Sunday night: “Members of the Academy, what hypocrites and conformists so many of you are!”

By David Walsh, 3 March 2018

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, ostensibly honoring the best films and performances of 2017, will be held Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Ex-CIA head John Brennan hired as news analyst by NBC

By Julian James, 28 February 2018

Brennan is implicated in some of the most criminal policies enacted under the Bush and Obama administrations, including the CIA torture program and the drone assassination program.

BBC gender pay row: Selective outrage of wealthy women

By Laura Tiernan, 22 February 2018

The privileged advocates of identity politics at the BBC are not remotely interested in the problems faced by most women in the workforce.

The New York Times and the strange case of Quinn Norton

By Will Morrow, 22 February 2018

The hiring and firing of the little-known blogger reveals certain realities about the Times editorial page.

The suicide of Jill Messick: #MeToo campaign claims a victim

By David Walsh, 10 February 2018

Messick was the manager of actress Rose McGowan at the time of an incident involving producer Harvey Weinstein in January 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival, during which McGowan alleges a sexual assault occurred.

A conversation with film historian Max Alvarez: How the #MeToo campaign echoes the McCarthyite witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s

“The climate is chillingly similar in terms of the massive capitulation and conformity”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2018

It is “Scoundrel Time” again in Hollywood, complete with denunciations, anonymous informants, humiliating “confessions,” trial by media and the banning of prominent performers.

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg endorses #MeToo

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 1 February 2018

As a sitting Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg's comments granted a quasi-official sanction to the lynch mob atmosphere surrounding the campaign.

Opposition mounts to sexual harassment witch-hunt

By Joseph Kishore, 16 December 2017

With the initial shock of the campaign beginning to wane, opposition is emerging from some of those targeted, including PBS personality Tavis Smiley.

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush fights back, suing Daily Telegraph for defamation

By Richard Phillips and Linda Tenenbaum, 9 December 2017

Many in the industry are deeply opposed to this new McCarthyism and they are starting to speak out.

Former UK minister indicates Brexit referendum “deal” between Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron

By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2017

According to Ken Clarke, Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of Murdoch’s British arm, News International, said she was “running the government now in partnership with David Cameron.”

Acclaimed Australian actor Geoffrey Rush becomes the latest witch-hunt victim

By James Cogan, 2 December 2017

The Murdoch media is circulating unsubstantiated allegations, made by an unidentified individual, in an attempt to destroy Rush’s career.

The Guardian’s George Monbiot joins “fake news” campaign

By Jean Shaoul, 22 November 2017

For the Guardian’s George Monbiot to portray the entirely valid criticisms of the official line on the Khan Sheikhoun attack in Syria as fuelling far-right conspiracy theories is politically criminal.

Google announces moves to censor RT and Sputnik

By Trévon Austin, 21 November 2017

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, announced that Google will create algorithms designed to “de-rank” web sites such as RT and Sputnik.

Australia: Glencore steps up provocations against locked-out miners

By Terry Cook, 20 October 2017

The giant company is seeking to force through an enterprise agreement that slashes pay and working conditions.

GM Canada strike in danger

Why is Unifor trying to gag CAMI strikers?

By Carl Bronski and Jerry White, 22 September 2017

Officials from the Unifor union said Wednesday that they have offered an “olive branch” to GM to end the strike.

Channel Four News anchor Jon Snow: From mea culpas over Grenfell Tower to demands for censorship

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2017

Snow’s proposals to “democratise” the media repeated official complaints about “fake news” used by Google to blacklist the WSWS and other sites.

Der Spiegel calls for a strongman in Germany

By Wolfgang Weber, 14 August 2017

An entire edition of the leading news magazine is devoted to discussing how a Trump-style leader could be just what the German ruling class needs.

The Guardian’s Owen Jones: A political health warning

By Julie Hyland, 17 June 2017

Guardian journalist Owen Jones, who spent much of the last year preparing for yet another leadership challenge against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, is now singing another tune.

Australian establishment falls into line with anti-China allegations

By James Cogan, 7 June 2017

Fears about growing anti-war sentiment motivate efforts to develop suspicion and hostility towards China.

After Australian journalists’ strike

The political issues facing Fairfax workers

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 May 2017

The end of the week-long strike and the commitment of the media union to resume back-room negotiations for the destruction of jobs, poses major political issues before Fairfax workers.

Federal agency to investigate talk show host Stephen Colbert over anti-Trump joke

By David Walsh, 8 May 2017

Colbert’s monologue on May 1 was bankrupt and did not offer a trace of insight, comic or otherwise, into the predicament the American population faces under a Trump administration.

Behind the Sun’s diatribe against footballer Ross Barkley

By Tony Robson, 18 April 2017

In the furore surrounding the filthy column by Kelvin MacKenzie, little has been said about the attack on working class men in Liverpool that constitutes the main thrust of his column.

Britain’s Guardian cynically poses as opponent of war in Syria

By Chris Marsden, 14 April 2017

The Guardian is arguing for continued pressure to be placed on Trump in order to extract the necessary quid pro quo from Washington in return for British and European support for the US war drive in Syria.

US claims of Syria nerve gas attack: The anatomy of a lie

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2017

All available evidence suggests that the tragedy in Khan Sheikhoun is a deliberate provocation organized by the American CIA and its clients among the Syrian “rebels.”

Der Spiegel columnist adopts slogans of the far right

By Ulrich Rippert, 13 April 2017

Jakob Augstein, son of the founder of Der Spiegel and publisher of the weekly newspaper Freitag, has adopted positions associated with the far right: identity and homeland.

Behind the Guardian’s “Laundromat” money laundering exposure

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2017

Last week, the Guardian newspaper carried a feature story claiming to expose a “vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB.”

The WikiLeaks revelations and the crimes of US imperialism

By Andre Damon, 9 March 2017

The WikiLeaks documents expose the US as the greatest “rogue state,” carrying out spying, hacking, exploitation and disinformation operations all over the world in order to further the interests of the US ruling elite.

Columnist Myles E. Johnson on Beyoncé at the Grammys

The New York Times opens its pages to frenzied racialism

By David Walsh, 16 February 2017

The February 14 op-ed piece in the Times by Myles E. Johnson (“What Beyoncé Won Was Bigger Than a Grammy”) is an especially repugnant example of racialism.

The Guardian uses anti-Russian hacking claims to proselytise for CIA and war

By Julie Hyland, 13 January 2017

The Guardian demands that readers abandon their critical faculties—or what the newspaper would undoubtedly deem their “illegitimate scepticism”—to line up behind the war aims of the CIA and the Democratic Party.

German government plans propaganda agency in response to “fake news”

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 9 January 2017

The campaign against “fake news” on the Internet is being used as a pretext for state censorship and the establishment of a propaganda agency.

The media campaign on Russian hacking and the US debacle in Syria

By Andre Damon, 9 January 2017

Despite the absence of any factual evidence in the report released last week by US intelligence agencies on alleged Russian hacking, the media campaign for war shows no signs of abating.

Washington Post falsely accuses Russia of hacking Vermont power company

By Kevin Martinez, 3 January 2017

The newspaper was forced to retract its story after the power company announced that the laptop in question was not even connected to the electrical grid.

UK: The Sky takeover deal and the rehabilitation of Rupert Murdoch

By Thomas Scripps, 31 December 2016

Less than six years after the phone-hacking scandal involving the News of the World, the media oligarch Rupert Murdoch and his Fox corporation are set to take over UK TV company Sky.

Facebook’s “fake news” measures: A move toward censorship

By George Gallanis, 17 December 2016

Facebook will begin validating articles posted on the social media platform through third party agencies, dominated by the establishment media and institutions affiliated with the state.

The “fake news” furor and the threat of Internet censorship

By Kevin Reed, 1 December 2016

There is more than a whiff of McCarthyism in the crusade by the corporate-controlled media against “fake news” on social media and the Internet.

Guardian columnist Will Hutton rants against the Brexit “mob”

By Paul Mitchell, 21 November 2016

Hutton’s defence of a political and economic system that is committed to austerity only legitimises UKIP’s demagogic posturing as the voice of the “people” against “the elites.”

Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2016

Trump's rise to power signals a drastic political realignment within the American ruling class.

From monster to Mr. President-Elect: Democrats grovel before Trump

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016

In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.

Australia: Unions back cuts in working conditions at state broadcaster

By our reporters, 9 November 2016

Union support for the new Australian Broadcasting Corporation enterprise agreement opens the way for even deeper attacks on jobs and conditions.

Hungary: Last newspaper critical of government shut down

By Markus Salzmann, 21 October 2016

The suddenness and political background of the closure indicates that the paper was put under pressure from the highest government circles.

Greek PM Tsipras promotes nationalism, austerity at Southern European conference

By Alex Lantier, 9 September 2016

Amid protests against its austerity policies in Greece, Syriza is boosting the EU and trying to divert social anger along nationalist lines, inciting anti-German sentiment.

Intelligence agencies reportedly question Australian PM’s “stance” on China

By James Cogan, 5 September 2016

The question mark over Turnbull’s allegiance to the US alliance and anti-China agenda has been raised under conditions in which he holds office by a thread.

Britain’s Financial Times calls on anti-Corbyn plotters to prepare Labour split

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2016

The FT said the Labour right must think “through what a new party of the centre-left would stand for” and make “serious preparation” for a breakaway.

The New York Times whitewashes US imperialism in Middle East and contemplates ethnic cleansing

By Eric London, 17 August 2016

A essay published by the Times on Sunday concludes that the collapse of nationalist governments in the Middle East proves the necessity for a sectarian division of the region.

German “left” journalist Jakob Augstein comes out as a right-winger

By Peter Schwarz, 8 August 2016

In his latest column in Der Spiegel, Augstein rails against dual citizenship for Germans of Turkish origin.

From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive

The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs

By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016

The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.

New York Times concocts amalgam to link Trump and Putin in Democrats’ email scandal

By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2016

The Times is spearheading the Clinton campaign’s effort to pin the leaking of incriminating DNC emails on a supposed plot by Russia to tilt the US election in favor of Trump.

UK Guardian’s Owen Jones offers apologia for anti-Corbyn coup

By Julie Hyland, 16 July 2016

Jones’ criticism of the right-wing Labourites is not with their coup against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn per se, but rather its timing.

The New York Times on the Chilcot report on Iraq war: “Nothing new here”

By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2016

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Times provided invaluable assistance to the Bush administration in dragging the American people into a criminal war based on lies.

Australia: Fairfax Media imposes forced redundancies

By Terry Cook, 19 May 2016

Amid threatened government legal action against its workers for striking, one of the country’s largest media corporations last week began sacking editorial staff across two states.

Murdoch tabloid appeals to voters to “save” Labor candidate in Australian elections

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 May 2016

The Daily Telegraph’s editorial expressed concerns within ruling circles that the elections are deepening the crisis of the two-party parliamentary set-up.

Paul Krugman smears Bernie Sanders

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2016

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has penned another unprincipled and dishonest attack on Bernie Sanders on behalf of the Democratic Party establishment and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Politicians and media promote far-right Alternative for Germany

By Johannes Stern, 31 March 2016

The friendly overtures extend from the Left Party to the Christian Democrats.

Why the New York Times is pushing racial politics in Flint

By Barry Grey, 26 March 2016

It is to preempt and subvert the growth of class consciousness that the Times, the “newspaper of record” of the American ruling class, ferociously promotes racial politics.

Die Zeit campaigns for military intervention in Libya

By Johannes Stern, 14 March 2016

In its latest lead article, Die Zeit calls for the West to intervene militarily in Libya under the guise of the fight against ISIS.

German news magazine Der Spiegel urges war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2016

The lead article in the latest issue of Der Spiegel, entitled “Putin’s aggressions,” calls for the Western powers to decisively “counter” Russia.

Canada’s media pushes for more military spending, bigger Mideast war role

By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2016

The Trudeau government is significantly expanding Canada’s role in the Mideast war, yet the media is criticizing it for not acting even more aggressively in alliance with Washington.

The Guardian defends continued persecution of Julian Assange by UK and Sweden

By Robert Stevens, 11 February 2016

In seeking to undermine the UN’s opinion, the Guardian simply parrots the line of the British and Swedish governments.

Racialism, art and the Academy Awards controversy

By David Walsh, 30 January 2016

It is no exaggeration to point out that, in ideological terms, Cara Buckley in the New York Times and others, in their obsession with race, are spouting a conception of society and art identified historically with the extreme right.

The New York Times backs anti-refugee drive in Germany

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2016

America’s “newspaper of record” provides a phony liberal veneer for the virulent anti-immigrant chauvinism being whipped up in Europe.

No further prosecutions in UK phone hacking scandal

By Robert Stevens, 18 December 2015

Over the last four years, every effort was made to ensure that Murdoch and his flunkeys would escape justice.

What is the BBC doing in the South China Sea?

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2015

A BBC news crew deliberately intruded inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit around a Chinese-controlled reef to provoke a reaction in an already tense situation.

Paris terrorists operated “in plain sight”

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015

At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.

Britain’s Paul Mason: A left liberal warmonger

By Chris Marsden, 21 November 2015

Mason is portrayed, and portrays himself, as a “man of the left,” based largely on his membership in the group Workers Power in the 1980s.

The media and the Paris terror attacks

By Barry Grey, 18 November 2015

It is virtually impossible to find in the saturation media coverage of the Paris events any questioning of the legitimacy of the policies of the imperialist governments.

“Late Show” debut: After Colbert drops the satire, what’s left?

By Evan Blake, 18 September 2015

Stephen Colbert, who made his name as a satirist under the Bush administration, has long since shown his conformist colors.

German newspaper close to the Left Party slanders refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2015

The newspaper Junge Welt has called solidarity with the refugees a “marketing tool” of German business.

Rupert Murdoch rehabilitates disgraced CEO Rebekah Brooks

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015

Brooks resumes control at News UK just a year after a trial revealing heinous crimes carried out under her leadership at Murdoch’s British operations.

Harper government making pro forma complaints over jailing of Egyptian-Canadian journalist

By Dylan Lubao, 8 September 2015

A strong supporter of Egypt’s authoritarian government, Canada has only made muted appeals for the release of Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

New York Times uses rape allegations to promote a wider war in the Middle East

By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015

Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart steps down

By David Walsh, 10 August 2015

The final program was of a piece with the other more than 2,500 on which Stewart appeared: a few jabs at the political establishment combined with a great heap of self-congratulation and self-satisfaction.

The hypocrisy of the attack on the ABC

Murdoch’s Australian media put Zaky Mallah “up in lights”

By James Cogan, 3 July 2015

In 2012, today’s “terrorist” was a propagandist for Syrian “freedom fighters.”

Germany arrests Al Jazeera journalist on warrant issued by Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2015

The arrest of Ahmed Mansour is a signal from Berlin that it views repressive measures by military dictatorships as politically legitimate.

German press demands more effective tanks for war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 4 May 2015

A commentary in one of the major German newspapers is calling for German tanks to be equipped with depleted uranium ammunition to destroy Russian tanks.

More details emerge over sacking of Australian journalist for challenging Anzac myth

By Mike Head, 29 April 2015

Any criticism of the Australian ruling elite’s involvement in imperialist wars, past or present, cannot be tolerated.

Australia: State-funded broadcaster at forefront of Anzac glorification

By Richard Phillips, 24 April 2015

The Australian government directed the national broadcasting network to churn out hours of World War I centenary propaganda.

Journalist Richard Engel’s 2012 kidnapping account was part of drive to war with Syria

By David Walsh, 17 April 2015

NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.

NBC suspends news anchor Brian Williams over Iraq war episode

By David Walsh, 12 February 2015

What is the fitting punishment for those commentators and pundits who helped plunge the US into the catastrophic 2003 invasion of Iraq through their systematic deception?

Australian government plunged into leadership crisis by Murdoch intervention

By Will Morrow, 31 January 2015

The affair has underscored the enormous weight wielded by Murdoch personally and his ability to manufacture crises to effect right-wing political shifts.

The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.

German public broadcaster criticised over biased report on Ukraine

By Sybille Fuchs, 20 December 2014

A German ombudsman has accused a TV report of displaying an ignorance of history, adopting uncritically the views of Ukrainian nationalists and neglecting to mention the Nazi past of an interviewee.

Senate report on torture exposes collusion between corporate media and CIA

By Niles Williamson, 11 December 2014

The unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program documents the role of news media such as the New York Times in serving as a conduit for CIA propaganda.

Revolution: The witch-hunting of Russell Brand continues

By Chris Marsden, 3 December 2014

Brand is attacked because his message, however confused, is closer to political reality and the sentiments of broad layers of the young people who are his main audience than the thousands of column inches produced by the innumerable media hacks assembled against him.

German media attacks train drivers’ right to strike

By Dietmar Henning, 13 October 2014

The attacks on the train drivers’ right to strike will extend to all other workers defending their wages and social gains.

German public television turns out propaganda on Ukraine

By Sibylle Fuchs, 3 October 2014

Both of Germany’s public television broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, have come under strong criticism for their biased reporting on Ukraine.