Media Issues

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.

German media steps up its warmongering

By Johnnes Stern, 6 September 2014

Whenever a new offensive for war commences, Germany's mainstream media ratchets up its propaganda.

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.

Der Spiegel calls for military build-up in Germany

By Sven Heymann, 30 August 2014

Without saying it openly, the Spiegel authors suggest that the simplest solution to lagging military recruitment would be to reintroduce conscription.

Continuing media silence on the fate of flight MH17

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 August 2014

Washington and US intelligence are undoubtedly in close contact with the Dutch authorities and complicit in the efforts to bury the truth about what really happened to flight MH17.

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

By Eric London, 27 August 2014

In defending state torture, John Rizzo, former acting CIA general counsel, has laid bare the growing presence of fascistic elements in the highest echelons of the American state.

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.

Still no evidence of Russia’s alleged military incursion into Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 19 August 2014

If reports from the Guardian and the Telegraph are to be believed, experienced journalists stood by and watched Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine without taking a photograph to record the event.

Video blog on Gaza devastation by British Channel 4 News presenter attracts wide audience

By Julie Hyland, 2 August 2014

News presenter Jon Snow: “If you decide to throw missiles, shells ... then you will undoubtedly kill children. And that is what [the Israeli government] are doing.”

Are you ready for nuclear war?

By David North and Alex Lantier, 30 July 2014

This is the question that everyone should be asking him- or herself in light of the developments since the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

Right-wing gutter journalism: Der Spiegel rails against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 July 2014

In the aftermath of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, the tirades against Russia in the German press have intensified.

Al Jazeera’s Gaza bureau fired on after threats from Israeli government

By David Brown, 23 July 2014

Gunshots were fired into Al Jazeera's office in Gaza Tuesday, one day after Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called for the network to be shut down.

US networks remove reporters critical of Israeli attack on Gaza

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2014

On two consecutive days this week, journalists reporting from the Gaza war zone who evinced less than unquestioning support for Israel were removed by US television network executives.

US knew of British plans to raid the Guardian for Snowden documents

By Nick Barrickman, 16 July 2014

US officials feigned ignorance, while celebrating the police state activities of their British ally.

Edward Snowden condemns UK surveillance legislation

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2014

The emergency surveillance powers now being railroaded through parliament will establish in law key elements of the “Snoopers Charter” from which the government had been previously forced to backtrack.

Facebook conducts emotion experiments linked to military research on political opposition

By Don Barrett, 8 July 2014

Facebook users subjected to Orwellian psychological experimentation by scientists with ties to military research on political opposition movements.

UK: Former News of the World editor Coulson sentenced to 18 months in prison

By Robert Stevens, 8 July 2014

Andy Coulson served as head of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron.

News of the World hacking trial ends: Scandal still poses threat to Britain’s ruling elite

By Robert Stevens, 27 June 2014

Despite the end of this week’s trial, the News of the World hacking scandal is far from over and still poses a significant threat to Britain’s ruling elite.

Australian government’s phony defence of journalist jailed in Egypt

By Mike Head, 26 June 2014

While claiming to be dismayed by Peter Greste’s fate, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given his full support to the US-backed junta in Cairo.

German media clamours for a new Iraq war

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2014

The German media has reacted to the crisis in Iraq by intensifying the campaign for militarism and war.

Fascist propaganda on the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

By Peter Schwarz, 4 June 2014

On Monday, the front page of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) carried a comment combining hateful attacks on Putin and Russia with a presentation of the Second World War typically found in Nazi publications.

No Place to Hide: Glenn Greenwald’s account of the Snowden revelations

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Greenwald's account of the revelations by Edward Snowden, and the significant role the author played in bringing them to the public, is a welcome antidote to the unceasing vilification of the NSA whistleblower.

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.

Spiegel magazine agitates against the Germans’ “fear of war”

By Peter Schwarz, 30 April 2014

The German government is also intensifying the conflict with Russia because it wants to break the resistance to militarism through a sort of “war shock.”

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.

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.

German magazine Der Spiegel campaigns for war and rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2014

One of the most unmistakable signs of the return of German militarism is the current barrage of war propaganda in the media.