US Media Issues

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.

The political agenda behind the racial politics of the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof

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.

The New York Times on race and art

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.

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.

The New York Times ’ Nicholas Kristof warns of “Donald the Dangerous”

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.

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.

The New York Times and “human rights” imperialism in Syria

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.

New York Times covers up US responsibility for ISIS surge in Libya

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.

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.

Obama legal team drew up secret bin Laden assassination memos

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.

New York Times renews propaganda campaign against Russia over MH17

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.

Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview and the crisis of US policy in Syria

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.

The New York Times discovers a problem: Too many political parties

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015

According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.

New York Times again mocks concerns over Jade Helm domestic military exercise

By Thomas Gaist, 19 September 2015

The “newspaper of record” has devoted yet another column slandering opponents of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.

“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.

Bernie Sanders: A “socialist” promoted by the US government

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.

Exploiting refugee crisis, NY Times’ Kristof calls for escalation of war in Syria

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.

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.

How the New York Times distorted its own poll on race relations

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.

The New York Times calls for blood in Iraq-Syria war

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

CIA-embedded Hollywood liars and their lies

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.

New York Times lies, falsifies history to promote neo-fascist Kiev regime

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.

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.

Congressional Republicans, Democrats seek vote on Iran deal

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2015

Congressional reaction was significantly more cautious than the full-throated denunciations that preceded this week’s agreement.

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?

The danger of escalation in Ukraine

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.

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.

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014

An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.

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.

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder receive Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama

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.

New York Times column advocates ending midterm elections in America

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.

The Ben Affleck-Bill Maher-Sam Harris dispute: Anti-Muslim bigotry and American imperialist policy

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.

Anti-Muslim ads removed from New York buses after protest from James Foley's family

By Isaac Finn, 4 October 2014

The family charged that the virulently anti-Muslim ad was “entirely inconsistent” with the slain reporter’s beliefs.

Washington Post slashes retirement benefits

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.

The Ray Rice case and the violence of American football

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.

The New York Times and Flight MH17

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

US “errors” and the debacle in the Middle East

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.

German journalists arrested in Ferguson

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.

Pentagon begins Bergdahl investigation

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.

Right-wing campaign intensifies against family of American POW Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2014

There have been numerous death threats against the parents of freed POW Bowe Bergdahl.

The US media and the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2014

The freed POW has been subjected to unprecedented media vilification because of his antiwar stand.

The New York Times and freedom of the press

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.

Shedding light on the New York Times shake-up

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.

The firing of the New York Times’ Jill Abramson

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.

The NSA and the New York Times

By our reporter, 20 May 2014

The New York Times’ role is akin to that of media attaché to the military-intelligence complex.

US media steps up espionage slander against Edward Snowden

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

Wealth, celebrity and decadence in Obama’s Washington

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2014

Saturday’s gala of the White House Correspondents Association flaunted the ever more degraded state of American politics.

New York Times covers up fascist atrocity in Odessa

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.

Wall Street Journal outlines US military options against China

By Tom Peters, 30 April 2014

The Pentagon has drawn up plans to deploy nuclear-capable bombers and aircraft carriers off the Chinese coast.

Nevada standoff highlights role of the ultra-right in US politics

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014

Politicians and media pundits who hailed rancher Cliven Bundy are now denouncing his racist views.

The Ukraine crisis and the political lies of the media

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.

Panel discussion on NSA surveillance covers for government spy programs

By Nick Barrickman, 28 April 2014

The event sponsored by the Washington Post peddled illusions in the Obama administration.

New York Times attempts to whitewash its role in publishing faked Ukraine photos

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.

New York Times tries to whitewash publication of faked Ukraine photos

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.

The New York Times finds Russian spies in eastern 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.

Media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of US lies on Syrian gas attack

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.

Imperialist hypocrisy on Crimea

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.

The New York Times deploys C.J. Chivers to Ukraine

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.

Polk Awards honor Greenwald, other journalists who broke Snowden revelations

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.

In latest “human rights” crusade, NY Times’ Kristof promotes allegations against Woody Allen

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.

Murdoch’s Politics—An ex-Stalinist in awe of Rupert Murdoch, Part I

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.

The Kellers and cancer

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.

Why aren’t the Wall Street criminals prosecuted?

By Barry Grey, 7 January 2014

What prevails in America is not democracy, but a revival of aristocratic privilege.

New York Times proposes clemency for Snowden: An exercise in damage control

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:

CIA-backed militias linked to Benghazi, Libya attack

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.

US media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of Washington’s lies on sarin attack in Syria

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.

New York Times mourns death of Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition fighter

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.

Obama touts health care bill in mea culpa over dropped policies

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.

New York Times: Treat high medical costs as a “serious side effect”

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

Bill Keller defends role of New York Times in concealing government crimes

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."

Nonstop media lies in drive to war against Syria

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.

Tariq Ali’s false account of the suicide of Adolf Joffe

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.

Obama and media manufacture pretext for attack on Syria

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.

The New York Times and Manning’s prison sentence

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

Time correspondent “can’t wait” to write defense of drone strike that “takes out Assange”

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.

Journalist Michael Hastings was investigating CIA director at time of deadly crash

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.

Friedman of the Times demands Edward Snowden turn himself in

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.”

Billionaire Jeffrey Bezos to purchase Washington Post

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.

Questions surrounding 2011 triple murder point to government cover-up in Boston Marathon bombing

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.

Questions surround death of journalist Michael Hastings

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.

Liberal advocates of a police state turn savagely against Edward Snowden

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.

Defend Edward Snowden!

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.

On network news show, Nation editor rushes to the defense of Obama

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.

Nation magazine, ISO silent on Boston lockdown

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.

The New York Times and terrorism

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.

The New York Times and the state of siege in Boston

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.

Media hysteria grows over Boston bombing

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.

Media rush to judgment in Boston Marathon bombing

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.

The American media, ten years after the Iraq war

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.

The New York Times’ Bill Keller smears Bradley Manning

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.”

The New York Times defends drone murder

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.

New York Times describes 2002 US-backed coup against Hugo Chavez as “unwise”

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2013

The Times itself had enthusiastically endorsed the military overthrow of Venezuela’s elected president.

US Senate approves John Brennan, tied to torture and drone assassination, as CIA director

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.

Bradley Manning and the media

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.

Media covered up US assassination base in Saudi Arabia

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.

The Nation defends John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for the CIA

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.

New York Times prescription for “When the Doctor Is Not Needed”

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.