Media Issues

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.

German media demand a NATO war against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2014

Leading German journalists intensified their propaganda after Tuesday’s announcement that NATO was stepping up its intervention in Eastern Europe.

Guardian’s Zoe Williams tries to rehabilitate Tony Blair

By Julie Hyland, 17 April 2014

Britain’s ruling elite, above all, want to erase the lessons of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere in order to prepare even greater crimes.

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.

Popular discontent grows with German media lies in Ukraine crisis

By Anna Rombach, 4 April 2014

Many people are repulsed by the unprecedented wave of anti-Russian propaganda that has dominated the German media recently.

Germany: Warmongering against Russia by Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe

By Johannes Stern, 3 April 2014

Together with Stefan Kornelius of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Joffe is one of the journalists who have agitated most aggressively against Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

German media campaigns for economic sanctions against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2014

Following the referendum in Crimea, leading German media outlets are intensifying their warmongering while calling for tough sanctions against Russia.

What the European Union said in 2012 about its current fascist allies in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014

The EU’s 2012 resolution condemning Ukrainian fascism refutes media claims that fascism plays only a minor role in the new pro-Western regime in Kiev.

Reddit forum blacklists WSWS

the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014

In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.

Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014

On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.

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

By Dave Hyland, 3 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.

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.

Democrats, Republicans back Obama’s police state spying

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2014

Leading congressmen of both parties have applauded the speech Obama gave Friday defending mass spying by the National Security Agency.

As 2014 begins

Geo-political tensions raise spectre of 1914 Great War

By Nick Beams, 6 January 2014

The Financial Times chose to start the New Year with an editorial entitled “Reflections on the Great War”, drawing parallels between the present geo-political situation and that which led to the catastrophe 100 years ago.

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.

Germany: 87-year-old imprisoned for fare-dodging

By Konrad Kreft, 24 December 2013

Widespread poverty has become a fact of daily life in Germany, the result of government policies over the last decade that have drastically reduced living standards.

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.

Facing threat of prosecution, Guardian editor testifies before UK parliament

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

British officials are threatening the Guardian over its decision to publish exposures of intelligence agencies’ electronic spying against the people.

Australian media denounces exposure of Indonesia spying operations

By Will Morrow, 3 December 2013

Under the banner of the so-called war on terror, the mainstream media has embraced its role as an effective auxiliary arm of the state.

The New York Times, Obamacare and the war on the elderly

By Kate Randall, 3 December 2013

According to an opinion piece in Sunday’s New York Times, the answer to the “crisis” of people living longer is “to let death have its day.”

UK’s Privy Council used to steamroller press regulation

By Chris Marsden, 1 November 2013

A Royal Charter to regulate the press is a major attack on media freedom and will be used to censor revelations like those of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Guardian faces parliamentary investigation over Snowden revelations

By Chris Marsden, 18 October 2013

The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour Party.

Embittered row between UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Daily Mail over his father Ralph

By Julie Hyland, 8 October 2013

The Daily Mail’s right wing hatchet-job on the father of UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has become a political embarrassment to the entire ruling elite.

Germany: Die Zeit editor advocates massive war in the Middle East

By Peter Schwarz, 19 September 2013

Under the headline, “A human rights war is also war,” Joffe outlines a scenario tantamount to a violent military conquest and decades of colonial subjugation of the entire region.

A whiff of fascism—German tabloid demands war against Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 16 September 2013

The Bild newspaper’s comment castigating the US president for his alleged impotence in Syria has fascist undertones.

German election debate: A media spectacle to prepare a right-wing government

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 September 2013

The television debate between the two candidates in the German election was revealing above all for what was not said.

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.

German media beats the drum for war against Syria

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 August 2013

Liberal newspapers in Germany are spreading shameless propaganda in favor of war against Syria.

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