US Media Issues
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.
By Niles Williamson, 5 April 2016
Amid mounting signs that interest in socialism is on the rise, Kristof is doing his best to promote racialist politics to divide the working class and block the development of class consciousness.
By Hiram Lee, 4 April 2016
A review published in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review advances a racialist view of art and culture with thoroughly reactionary implications.
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.
By Eric London, 9 March 2016
Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.
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.
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.
By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016
The New York Times continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015
A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2015
Following the pattern of the Bush administration’s torture memos, the Obama administration organized a secretive legal team to craft ad hoc loopholes enabling the White House to legitimize flagrantly illegal covert operations.
By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015
Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.
By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015
Under aggressive questioning from moderator Steve Kroft, Obama was unable to present a coherent explanation of either the purpose of the war in Syria or the reasons for the fiasco to date of Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015
According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015
The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2015
A long analysis of the Sanders campaign appeared Tuesday on the web site of the Voice of America, the official overseas broadcast service of the US government.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2015
Media propagandists like Kristof shed crocodile tears for refugees in order to argue for an escalation of the criminal policies that produced the catastrophe.
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.
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.
By Barry Grey, 28 July 2015
A careful reading of the actual poll indicates that racial animosities are continuing to fade and basic class issues are coming to the fore.
By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015
In a lengthy front-page analysis, the newspaper criticizes the Obama administration for allegedly holding back the air campaign against ISIS for fear of killing civilians.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Zero Dark Thirty
By David Walsh, 15 May 2015
We now know, thanks to Seymour Hersh and his article in the London Review of Books, that, along with everything else, the Bigelow-Boal film was a pack of lies from beginning to end.
By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015
Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015
Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.
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?
By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2015
No one is stating clearly the cost in lives that a broader conflict between NATO and Russia over Ukraine might be.
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.
By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014
An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.
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.
By David Walsh, 26 November 2014
The president bestowed America’s highest civilian honor on 18 politicians, artists, scientists and others in a ceremony Monday afternoon.
By Barry Grey, 5 November 2014
Schanzer, the homeland security expert, wants an imperial presidency whose agenda is unimpeded by expensive distractions such as congressional elections.
By David Walsh, 9 October 2014
The argument that erupted on the October 3 edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was revealing.
By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014
The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.
By a reporter, 29 September 2014
The newspaper is cutting benefits immediately for non-union employees and demanding the same cuts in contract talks with the Newspaper Guild.
By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 10 September 2014
Nowhere in the round-the-clock media coverage and sanctimonious statements of NFL officials, team owners and political figures has there been the slightest insight into the broader social causes of such violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2014
The Times, which presents the responsibility of rebels in eastern Ukraine for downing the airliner as fact, has not reported on the incident for more than a month.
More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen
By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014
The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lays the blame for the bloody events in the region on a series of US “errors,” most importantly a failure to go to war in Syria.
By Wolfgang Weber, 20 August 2014
Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann were held in a prison cell for three hours and subsequently released without comment.
Journalist James Risen denounces President Obama as the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation”
By Nick Barrickman, 19 August 2014
Facing a possible prison sentence for refusing to identify a confidential source, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen denounced the Obama administration’s campaign against whistleblowers and journalists.
By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2014
The Army has appointed a high-ranking officer with combat experience in Afghanistan to lead the probe into the POW’s capture in June 2009.
By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014
There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014
The freed POW has been subjected to unprecedented media vilification because of his antiwar stand.
By Patrick Martin, 31 May 2014
A commentary published by the Times asserts that the US government, not the press, should decide whether leaked information about government wrongdoing should be made public.
30 May 2014
Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place to Hide sheds new light on the politics of the firing of New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and her replacement by Dean Baquet.
By David Walsh, 21 May 2014
The dismissal of the New York Times’ first female executive editor on May 14 lifted the lid, briefly and partially, on the US media establishment and its personnel.
By our reporter, 20 May 2014
The New York Times’ role is akin to that of media attaché to the military-intelligence complex.
By Barry Grey, 13 May 2014
As the one-year anniversary of the publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of government spying approaches, the campaign of vilification and character assassination against the former NSA contractor is being stepped up.
White House Correspondents Association gala
By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2014
Saturday’s gala of the White House Correspondents Association flaunted the ever more degraded state of American politics.
By Barry Grey, 5 May 2014
The New York Times responded to the fascist murder of 38 people in Odessa on Friday by burying the story and deliberately obscuring the identity of the perpetrators.
By Tom Peters, 30 April 2014
The Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers off the Chinese coast.
By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014
Politicians and media pundits who hailed rancher Cliven Bundy are now denouncing his racist views.
By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2014
As the US escalates its threats against Russia, risking world war, the American media plays its assigned role as propaganda mouthpiece.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014
The event sponsored by the Washington Post peddled illusions in the Obama administration.
By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014
Times public editor Margaret Sullivan’s attempt to whitewash the publication of doctored photos underscores its role as a conduit for state propaganda.
By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2014
The Times is attempting to cover over its participation in an attempt to manufacture evidence of a Russian intervention in Ukraine.
By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2014
The newspaper’s unsubstantiated claim to have proof that Russian spies are driving the eastern Ukraine protests is intended to provide the US government with a pretext to escalate its aggressive confrontation with Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2014
Seymour Hersh reported that the gas attack on Ghouta last August was staged with the assistance of Turkey to bring the US into the Syrian war.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2014
Sunday’s referendum in Crimea has been seized upon to escalate the imperialist offensive in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, whose ultimate aim is regime change or war against Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2014
The former Marine Corps officer with Special Forces training has been closely aligned with US dirty work in the Middle East and Central Asia.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2014
Four journalists who reported on the US National Security Agency’s illegal surveillance programs are being given a prestigious award amid mounting attacks on democratic rights.
By David Walsh, 5 February 2014
The alliance of self-satisfied media pundits, “human rights” activists, pseudo-lefts, feminists and openly right-wing elements, which periodically inundates the US with its moralizing in the service of political reaction, is at it again.
By Dave Hyland, 1 February 2014
A two-part review of Murdoch’s Politics—How one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, David McKnight, Pluto Press.
By Barry Grey, 20 January 2014
New York Times columnist Bill Keller and his journalist wife wrote on the case of a terminal cancer patient to argue against ordinary people receiving life-extending medical care.
By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014
What prevails in America is not democracy, but a revival of aristocratic privilege.
By Eric London, 4 January 2014
The editorial “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” is a belated acknowledgment of the massive popular support for the man who exposed the NSA’s totalitarian operations.
New York Times report:
By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2013
The Times report confirms that the Benghazi attack was blowback from the CIA’s use of Islamic terrorist groups to attack the Gaddafi regime in Libya.
By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013
The response of the American media to Hersh’s authoritative exposure of US government criminality has been to bury it.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013
On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.
By Kate Randall, 9 November 2013
In a White House interview, the president peddled the lie that Obamacare is a genuine reform aimed at improving the quality and accessibility of health care.
By Kate Randall, 6 November 2013
The Times and the well-off layers that it represents continue their support of Obamacare with calls for reducing “unnecessary” medical services for working families and the poor.
In exchange with Glenn Greenwald
By Barry Grey, 1 November 2013
The exchange of comments is an attempt by Keller to whitewash his role and that of the Times in withholding information at the behest of the government and publishing state propaganda in the guise of "news."
By Kate Randall, 9 September 2013
The American population is being subjected to a non-stop media barrage promoting the drive for an illegal war of aggression against Syria.
By Julie Hyland, 4 September 2013
Although unacknowledged, Tariq Ali’s comment in the Guardian newspaper was timed to coincide with the 73rd anniversary of Trotsky’s assassination, with the purpose of slandering the co-leader of the Russian revolution.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2013
In their attempt to make a case for a US attack on Syria, the Obama administration and the US media find no lie too stupid, no contradiction too glaring.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 August 2013
The New York Times published an editorial Wednesday defending the verdict against Manning while suggesting a slightly reduced prison sentence
By Eric London, 19 August 2013
A Twitter message posted Saturday by Time magazine senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald highlights the authoritarian sentiments that predominate in the media establishment.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 August 2013
The widow of investigative journalist Michael Hastings confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan was the target of Hastings’ next exposé project.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2013
The New York Times columnist assures the former NSA contractor that the US system “will not allow an authentic whistle-blower to be unfairly punished.”
By Andre Damon, 7 August 2013
The Washington Post, one of the United States' leading national newspapers, announced Monday that it had been sold for $250 million to Jeffrey Bezos, the multi-billionaire founder of the online retail firm Amazon.com.
By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 12 July 2013
The New York Times published a front-page article Thursday that raises new questions about the alleged perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing and adds to the evidence of a government cover-up.
By David Brown, 21 June 2013
The speed with which police have declared no “foul play” is an effort to suppress the many questions that exist about the death of the journalist.
By David North and Eric London, 14 June 2013
Since Edward Snowden’s exposure of the Obama administration’s domestic and international surveillance program, the political establishment and the media have been engaged in a non-stop campaign to discredit the young man and besmirch his character.
By Barry Grey and David North, 13 June 2013
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party call on all workers, students and youth within the United States and internationally to come to the defense of Edward Snowden.
By Andre Damon and Barry Grey, 20 May 2013
Katrina vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, sprung to the defense of the Obama administration and dismissed charges that its attacks on democratic rights were comparable to those of Nixon and Watergate.
By Tom Mackaman and Barry Grey, 30 April 2013
One searches the TheNation.com and SocialistWorker.org in vain for an article seriously addressing—much less condemning—the police-military lockdown.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 April 2013
The attitude of the New York Times to terrorist attacks is entirely determined by the relationship of such attacks to the operations of US military and intelligence agencies.
By David Brown and Barry Grey, 25 April 2013
The New York Times published an editorial Monday that not only endorses last week’s police-military lockdown of Boston, but suggests that it was entirely consistent with democratic procedures.
By Barry Grey, 18 April 2013
While the nation, including the people of Boston, have remained calm, deeply saddened and shocked by the bombings as they are, the media and their leading personnel present a picture of disorientation and panic.
By Barry Grey, 16 April 2013
At least three people were killed and 144 wounded, including 15 with critical injuries, by two bomb explosions in downtown Boston.
By Alex Lantier, 20 March 2013
Multiple car bomb attacks hit Shiite targets across Iraq yesterday, on the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, killing 65 and wounding at least 200.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013
Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”
By Patrick Martin, 11 March 2013
A front-page article in the Times detailing the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki reveals both the criminal character of the killing and the liberal establishment’s contempt for democratic rights.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2013
The Times itself had enthusiastically endorsed the military overthrow of Venezuela’s elected president.
By David Walsh, 8 March 2013
The Senate vote confirming the mastermind of Obama’s drone program followed a revealing quarrel within the establishment about the government’s right to assassinate Americans on US soil.
By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2013
At Thursday’s hearing, Bradley Manning revealed this extraordinary fact: before sending files to WikiLeaks, he contacted both the Washington Post and the New York Times, but neither paper responded.
By Joseph Kishore, 8 February 2013
At the request of the Obama administration, the New York Times, Washington Post and other media outlets concealed the location of the base, used to carry out drone assassinations.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 January 2013
In a comment by leading columnist Robert Dreyfuss, the Nation magazine has jumped to the defense of Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, the former chief of the administration’s drone assassination program.
By Kate Randall, 19 December 2012
In the latest installment of its editorial campaign for sweeping cuts in health care, the Times promotes patient “self care” and “community aides” as substitutes for doctors.