Wednesday, July 18, 2018

"For a public radio service, NPR is notoriously known for its lack of diversity within its staff, audience and guests invited onto their shows—problems that NPR has itself acknowledged.

A new FAIR study finds that NPR’s diversity problem also extends into the board of trustees of its most popular member stations: Two out of three board members are male, and nearly three out of four are non-Latino whites. Fully three out of every four trustees of the top NPR affiliates belong to the corporate elite. ...

Out of the 259 total board members, 194—or 75 percent—have corporate backgrounds. Many of these board members are executives in banks, investment firms, consulting companies and corporate law firms. Some of the elite corporations include Verizon, Bank of America and Citigroup."

-->National Plutocrat Radio? The NYT wasn't interested in printing this story, probably because of all the male, white, corporate cronies on its board of directors.  


Common Dreams:
"A new analysis from The Associated Press delves into how billionaires are pouring their cash into state-level charter school advocacy groups.

Since 2006, such spending from the uber wealthy, via their private foundations and charities, has added up to nearly half a billion dollars, the analysis found.
AP, which looked at 52 charter advocacy groups in 44 states and Washington, D.C., also reported that the deep-pocketed donors 'directly channel support to pro-charter candidates through related political action committees or their own contributions.'

Case in point: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provides 'an extreme example of how billionaires are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend, and expand the charter schools movement across the country.' "

-->The NYT is a friend of both the billionaires and of charter schools. It didn't print this story, but did carry the AP version on the NYT website.


Common Dreams:
"Confirming grave fears among progressives that Facebook's efforts to become an arbiter of "trustworthy" news would prioritize corporate and right-wing outlets over independent sources, the social media giant on Wednesday unveiled the first slate of news segments it will air in the coming days as part of its effort to combat "misinformation"—and the schedule is chock-full of Fox News.

'The network leads off coverage first thing in the morning, snagged the prime mid-day spot with a version of Fox News Update' ... and will get two weekend time slots,' notes Gizmodo's AJ Dellinger. 'It's the only news network that is a part of the Facebook-funded project to have a show on Facebook Watch every day of the week.'

Dellinger goes on to argue that Facebook's decision to include a heavy dose of Fox News in its Facebook Watch project is part of the platform's effort to 'placate its critics on the right,' who insist that the tech behemoth is somehow biased against conservative news sources."

-->Facebook pitching Fox news to the nation. The story didn't interest the NYT, although the result could put Trump's opinions front and center for millions of Facebook users.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Common Dreams:
"An investigation sparked by reports from concerned neighbors who suspected that immigrant children were being housed in a vacant office building in Phoenix, illustrated the secrecy surrounding the care of children by the U.S. government and defense contractors that have been hired to help enforce the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy.

Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting reported this weekend on an empty commercial space in Arizona's capital, where neighbors had seen groups of Spanish-speaking children being taken in recent weeks. The children were not seen coming out until three weeks later, just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending his policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The building, which has 'dark windows, no kitchen, and only a few toilets,' had been leased to MVM, Inc.—a defense contractor which, as Common Dreams reported last month, won an $8 million five-year contract. ... Reveal reporters confirmed that according to the lease, 'the building is not allowed to be used for sleeping or cooking and can be used only for general business office purposes.' "
-->Substandard housing for kids. No wonder there is so much secrecy around  these private contractors. The NYT didn't print this story; it makes the US look too bad. Instead of saving children, the US is ripping them from their parents and locking them up in crude warehouses. 

"The carnage in Yemen drones on with no end in sight. More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed since 2015 when the Saudis entered what was a civil war. So far two million people have been displaced as Saudi ground troops and air forces wage a one-sided assault, with U.S. help, against the poorest country in the region.

A Saudi blockade has prevented food, medicine and volunteer doctors from entering Yemen, resulting in what the United Nations now describes as the world’s greatest man-made humanitarian catastrophe; mass starvation and a cholera epidemic of epic proportions are on the horizon. Already more than 2,200 people have died from cholera and over 400,000 Yemeni children are severely malnourished. An estimated 17 million people do not have reliable access to food and 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid."

-->The NYT's coverage of this story is typical of the empire's newspaper. In a story entitled "How Yemen Became a Humanitarian Nightmare: Untangling a Complex War," the NYT reporter doesn't even include the US in a section on "Who are the main parties to the conflict?" 


Common Dreams:
"Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Prominent Group 'End Citizens United' Called Out for Backing Democrats Drowning in Corporate Cash.

If their organization only supported candidates who firmly pledged no PAC money, their contributions could breathe much-needed life into grassroots campaigns. Instead it looks more like an intentional obfuscation. ...

In a detailed analysis of the ECU's recent endorsements, fundraising efforts, and campaign spending, Donald Shaw of Sludge—an outlet that covers political corruption—found that the group deploys 'a large part of their campaign contributions to re-elect corporate-financed Democratic incumbents.' "

-->The big story is how the Democrats use popular movements to harvest votes rather than to change the system. Because the Dems are part of the system, a truth you will never see in the NYT.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Common Dreams:
"NBC News reports that Melania Trump earned between $100,000 and $1 million in royalties in 2017 from the photo service Getty Images according to the president's financial disclosure form. The First Lady had a deal with Getty stating that 187 of the photos of her that it licensed to news outlets—all taken between 2010 and 2016 by a Belgian photographer named Regine Mahaux—had to be used in positive coverage of Melania Trump. ..

The photos that were subject to the First Lady's agreement are marked as 'restricted assets' on the site, and users who attempt to license them are told thay can be used only for 'positive stories.' ...

As Newsweek reported, 'Such royalty deals are common for celebrities, but one for a first lady is not and it's even rarer for a media outlet to guarantee what kind of coverage it would grant the subject of a story.' "

-->The first lady selling her images to the media, and demanding that they only be used in positive stories. How low can the Trumps go? This current disgrace, however, was not reported in the NYT.


The Guardian UK:
"Brawls and verbal confrontations punctuated the latest in a series of far-right 'patriot movement' events in Portland, Oregon, on Friday, as around 100 attendees clashed verbally and occasionally physically with 'anti-fascist' protesters.

In such an atmosphere of tension and violence, Portland Republicans voted this week to invite heavily armed militia groups to provide security at public events.

The Portland Mercury reported the controversial move, after the text of a party resolution was leaked. In May, the Guardian reported that Multnomah County GOP chairman James Buchal was considering such a move as a result of perceived danger from anti-fascist protesters. Buchal then used a major rightwing rally in the city, on 4 June and in the tense aftermath of a racially motivated double murder on city transportation, as a recruiting platform."

-->Armed right wing militia groups to take part in rallies for the Republican Party. How close can we get to fascism before it it too late. The NYT wasn't too concerned; it didn't publish this story.


The Intercept:
"THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on Foreign Affairs unanimously passed a measure on Thursday that would give the Trump administration power to decide how to punish U.S. companies that engage in or promote boycotts of Israel — including through criminal penalties.

The committee passed an amendment by voice vote from Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., that largely replaced the text of a bill called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act. When the original legislation was first introduced last year, it drew outrage from activists, and the American Civil Liberties Union warned that by threatening to impose steep criminal penalties on boycott activists engaged with international bodies’ boycotts, the bill was unconstitutional.

After the uproar, the initial bill, which was supported by the influential America Israel Public Affairs Committee, lost momentum. But Royce’s effort to move his version out of the Foreign Affairs Committee is part of a push to reinvigorate Capitol Hill’s efforts to use statutory means to clamp down on the growing movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state for human rights violations against the Palestinians."

-->How little the major media seems to care about free speech. The NYT didn't report this story.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Common Dreams:
"Democracies worldwide are experiencing a 'crisis of trust,' according to the Democracy Perception Index released Thursday, which found that among citizens of democratic nations, the majority does not believe that their voices matter in politics or that governments are acting in the public interest.

Earlier this month, Dalia Research, Alliance of Democracies, and Rasmussen Global polled some 125,000 people across 50 countries, and found that those living in nations deemed 'democractic'—based on Freedom House's latest index—have even less faith in government than those living in 'non-democratic' states.

More than half of respondents in democratic countries said their voices 'rarely' or 'never' matter in politics, and 64 percent said they believe their government 'rarely' or 'never' acts in the interest of the public."

-->This crisis in confidence story didn't make it into the pages of the NYT, the newspaper of neoliberal good news. 


Common Dreams:
" 'The most important surveillance story you will see for years just went online, revealing how AT&T became the internet's biggest enemy, secretly collaborating against its customers and partners to destroy your privacy.'

That was how whistleblower and privacy advocate Edward Snowden reacted to the publication of an explosive story by The Intercept on Monday, which reveals for the first time how 'fortress-like' AT&T buildings located in eight major American cities have played a central role in a massive National Security Agency (NSA) spying program 'that has for years monitored billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats passing across U.S. territory.'

'It's eye-opening and ominous the extent to which this is happening right here on American soil,' Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, told The Intercept in an interview. 'It puts a face on surveillance that we could never think of before in terms of actual buildings and actual facilities in our own cities, in our own backyards.' "

-->Massive spying by AT&T for the NSA? Didn't interest the NYT, which cares more about keeping in the good graces of huge corporations and the NSA than it does about reporting the news.


Roots Action:
"We have four simple demands for U.S. mainstream media outlets to help fix their broken coverage of Palestine. ...

1. Include the voices of Palestinian rights activists and peace activists, both from Palestine and from the United States.

2. Include the stories of Palestinian victims and their friends and loved ones. 

3. Use the active voice. If the Israeli military kills someone, say so. Don't say that Palestinians died, or 'died in clashes,' and leave the cause of death a mystery to be discovered through careful reading of later paragraphs. 

4. Provide appropriate context so that those you are informing of the latest violence know that Israel forcibly removed Palestinians from their homes in 1948 and through the 1967 war, that Israel today illegally occupies and blockades Palestinians, that Israel holds many Palestinian political prisoners, that Israel receives billions of dollars in free high-tech weaponry from the United States every year, and that none of these things is true for the other 'side' of the 'conflict.' "

-->Keep this list handy as you read or listen to major media reporting on Palestine. It is a key to Zionist propaganda in the US.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Guardian UK:
"A pro-Trump demonstrator who admitted hitting protesters at a far-right rally received help and support from California police, who worked with him to prosecute leftwing activists, records show.

Documents and testimony in a trial surrounding a rightwing demonstration in Berkeley reveal that police and prosecutors pursued charges on behalf of Daniel Quillinan, a conservative activist who has posted fascist memes and came to the event with Kyle Chapman, now a celebrated figure amongst the 'alt-right'. The authorities consistently treated Quillinan as a victim even though he was visibly armed with a knife, a wooden 'shield' and a 'flagpole' – and had told law enforcement that he 'hit someone in the head', according to court files.

The resulting criminal trial against five anti-fascist protesters – who are accused of assaulting Quillinan during a roughly 15-second altercation – is, according to activists, the latest example of US law enforcement aggressively targeting leftwing demonstrators and favoring members of the far-right after violent clashes."

-->Wouldn't readers want our newspaper of record to report on police collusion with alt-right thugs? The NYT didn't touch this story. 


The Guardian UK:
"While outraged Americans across the country are calling their elected representatives and taking to the streets to protest the Trump administration's forcible separation of parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, intelligence and defense contractors are raking in millions thanks to the cruel practice.

According to reporting by the Daily Beast, the intelligence contractor MVM, Inc. won an $8 million five-year contract to 'provide assistance' in detention centers for unaccompanied children, and has made $42.9 million in less than a year, transporting minors to centers in Texas.

Such facilities have become crowded with children in recent months, especially following the administration's unveiling of its new 'zero tolerance' policy for undocumented immigrants who cross the southern border seeking asylum—under which adults are imprisoned while they await immigration trials and any children traveling with them are sent off to detention centers, sometimes thousands of miles away."

-->The NYT had several reports about children being ripped from parents' arms. But the articles omitted the part about defense contractors making millions.


The Guardian UK:
"Coalition Ignores Famine Warnings and Continues Assault on Yemen as Critics Question US Complicity. While senators demand answers from the Pentagon, anti-war advocates are calling the attack on Hodeida a failure by the U.S. to stop it and demanding an end to American military support for the coalition

Ignoring international aid groups' warnings that an attack on the Yemeni city of Hodeida, which is held by Houthi rebels, could exacerbate hunger in an impoverished and war-torn nation already on the brink of famine, Saudi-led U.S.-backed coalition forces continued a sweeping assault on the Red Sea port city Saturday, reportedly seizing control of an airport

Since the fighting started earlier this week, thousands of Hodeida's 600,000 civilians have evacuated and hundreds of people have been killed. The port city is the main conduit through which about 70 percent of international aid reaches Yemenis, many of whom are battling starvation and outbreaks of infectious diseases such as cholera."

-->Surprisingly, the NYT has printed very little about the US role in this ongoing genocide. News that makes the empire look like it is committing war crimes is almost always left out of what the NYT reports.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"With Literal Nazis Running for Office, NYT Suggests Candidate’s Israel Criticism Is Antisemitic. Eight overt white nationalists are running for office in 2018—a new record, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Overt fascists, inspired by the rise of President Donald Trump, have found a place both within and just outside the margins of the official Republican Party. ...

With the increase on the US right in overt Nazi activity, one might be surprised to see the paper of record (New York Times, 5/29/18) turn its sights not on this disturbing trend, but on progressive candidate Leslie Cockburn, whose criticism of Israel is being cynically exploited by her opponents in the Republican Party—the same party increasingly finding common cause with a host of white nationalists, alt-right and 'alt-light' elements. ...

The very existence of this piece makes little sense. The only people in the 1,100-word report who think Cockburn is an antisemite are operatives for the Virginia Republican Party, who have an obvious political agenda. Times reporters Thomas Kaplan and Michael Tackett can’t find a single independent or third-party talking head to accuse Cockburn of antisemitism."

-->Is it because Cockburn is progressive, or because she has criticized Israel that the NYT is spreading these false rumors? I am afraid that it may be both reasons. 


Democracy Now:
"In Yemen, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition bombed a new Doctors Without Borders cholera clinic in Yemen’s northwestern Abs region. Doctors Without Borders said that before the strike the group had provided the coordinates of the clinic to the Saudi-led coalition and that the roof of the building clearly identified it as a medical site. The ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen has sparked the world’s worst cholera epidemic, with more than 1 million people affected.

This comes as the United Nations is warning an impending Saudi-led offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah could have catastrophic humanitarian consequences. This is Mark Lowcock, the U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs.

"Seven million people are completely reliant every month on food, and more than 7 million on other assistance, from humanitarian organizations. So, Hudaydah is absolutely central to the preserving of life. And if, for any period, Hudaydah were not to operate effectively, the consequences in humanitarian terms would be catastrophic.' ”

-->This American led genocide in Yemen is only possible when the citizens of this country are kept ignorant. The NYT does its part; it didn't cover the bombing of the cholera clinic. 


Common Dreams:
"Elizabeth Warren: Democrats Will Keep Losing Until the Entire Party Is 'Willing to Take on the Billionaire Class. ... 'Money is going to drown our democracy, and if we don't start fighting back, and fighting back more aggressively, then we are part of the problem as well.'

Several Senate Democrats were deeply offended when their colleague Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) publicly called them out by name for backing a bank deregulation bill that will heighten the chances of yet another devastating financial crisis, but that hasn't deterred the Massachusetts senator from continuing to denounce members of her own party for cozying up to corporate power.

In a new interview on Mehdi Hasan's 'Deconstructed' podcast, Warren said she agrees with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that too many Democrats lack the 'guts' to take on Wall Street and argued that her party's struggles will continue until all of its members are 'willing to take on the billionaire class.' "

-->The media of the billionaire class didn't report this story. The NYT didn't consider Warren's statements fit to print.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The Guardian UK:
"Donald Trump is deliberately forcing millions of Americans into financial ruin, cruelly depriving them of food and other basic protections while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy, the United Nations monitor on poverty has warned.

Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur who acts as a watchdog on extreme poverty around the world, has issued a withering critique of the state of America today. Trump is steering the country towards a “dramatic change of direction” that is rewarding the rich and punishing the poor by blocking access even to the most meager necessities.

'This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty,' Alston told the Guardian."

-->No story in the NYT. It makes the empire look bad, and that goes against the type of corporate propaganda that our newspaper of record specializes in.


Common Dreams:
"Dozens of racial justice and civil liberties groups on Wednesday demanded the Department of Homeland Security release an unredacted version of their so-called 'Race Paper,' an internal memo which the department has leaned on to justify surveillance of racial justice activists.

'We are concerned that biases and inaccuracies reflected in the 'Race Paper' could result in unconstitutional law enforcement activities throughout the country that disproportionately impact activists, protesters, and communities of color,' wrote the groups, which included Free Press, the Brennan Center for Justice, Color of Change, and the NAACP.

The memo and the efforts it covers, the groups and other critics say, are part of the government's attempts to portray anti-racist groups like Black Lives Matter as dangerous, surveil black communities, and suppress dissent."

-->No news about political repression is good news, according to the NYT. It didn't print this story. Not good for business.


The Guardian UK:
"Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.

The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife.

The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing."

-->Shame on the NYT for avoiding this story. It printed a story called "The Case for a Carbon Tax on Beef" in March. But why not carry a story that proves how destructive an animal based diet really is to the planet?