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Weekend reads: The American press gets its groove back

Weekend reads: The American press gets its groove back

U.S. media is ‘dragging itself back from the brink.’ Will Canada follow?

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A story broke last weekend that I’ve been waiting a long time to see. In an interview with Ben Smith at Semafor, Joe Kahn, the executive editor of The New York Times, effectively announced the return of journalism to its pre-Trump era standards, stating that the role of the news media “is not to skew your coverage towards one candidate or the other.” Kahn pushed back on the activist ethos in newsrooms, blasted journalists that expect their work to be a reflection of personal politics, and acknowledged the Times went “too far” in 2020 and is now re-establishing norms in the wake of these “excesses.”

It was a stunning moment.

Speaking about the story on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Ben Smith described the Grey Lady as being “focused on dragging itself back from the brink.” He said that “what’s happening inside the New York Times is a sense that, during particularly the summer of 2020, they aligned themselves too much with particularly the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.” And that Khan considers it his job to pull the institution back.

The context for Kahn’s stance is ongoing tensions between the Times and the White House (in part because the President won’t grant the paper a sit-down interview), and comments from podcaster and former Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer in particular. The Pod Save America co-host recently complained in a Substack post that the Times is “often too worried about seeming balanced to truly articulate the danger of Trump.” And that journalists “do not see their job as saving democracy or stopping an authoritarian from taking power.”

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Western ‘News’ Media as Tyranny’s Propagandists Hiding Reality

Western ‘News’ Media as Tyranny’s Propagandists Hiding Reality

1: The ugly realities are covered up, not covered; here’s an example of what you don’t see in the regime’s media about the people whom Americans’ tax dollars are bombing and killing:


2: The great investigative journalist John Pilger discusses the systematic truth-suppression:


3: The great investigative journalist Robert Parry’s latest take-down of America’s press is here:


4: As usual, a great journalist gets fired for being too honest:



A shared feature of all of those news-reports, about news-suppression in the United States, is: they all concern foreign affairs; not a one of them concerns domestic matters, such as, for example, the Wall Street bailouts — even though those issues are also highly sanitized in the U.S. press. What the U.S. regime is doing abroad is even more horrible than that. As you can see from the above few examples: it’s not reportable (except by a very few of the small American news-media and on some foreign news-media that are independent of U.S. control).

In other words: U.S. ‘news’ media are actually propaganda-media. Because of this, the only poll that was ever published regarding the question of what country is “the greatest threat to peace in the world today,” found that, in all 65 countries surveyed (except the U.S. and a few others), the United States was identified as that, and not just by a small margin, but by an overwhelmingly high margin, which was three times higher a percentage than that of the #2-mentioned nation. The U.S. is famous for invading countries that never threatened it, and for perpetrating coups to overthrow leaders (many of whom were democratically elected) who also never threated the American people. If this doesn’t fit the definition of a “tyranny,” what does?


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