Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is a New York-based  journalist, a contributing analyst for FAIR.org, and co-host of the Citations Needed podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @adamjohnsonnyc

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Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren make a joint appearance on Capitol Hill during a 2017 news conference about health care reform. (Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP) Views
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'
Progressive activist Norman Solomon offers a succinct description of neoliberalism: an ideology that sees victims but never victimizers. Bad things just happen. They’re the product of mysterious, unaccountable and ill-defined “market forces.” Factories just close, endless wars just “erupt,” the...
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Not only did the vaccine drive have an ulterior motive, it wasn’t even a real vaccine drive. (Photo: Screengrab from a Pakistani PSA urging parents to vaccinate their children against polio—via Washington Post.) Views
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WaPo Must Acknowledge CIA Role in Pakistan Polio Crisis
If the last three years have taught us anything, it’s that it’s much easier to blame “fake news” than to look in the mirror and see how one’s own country, and their powerful institutions, may bear responsibility for a social ill. This jingoistic narcissism is on full display in a Washington Post...
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New York Times photograph of Bernie Sanders’ “fervent supporters.” (Photo: Lauren Justice) Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Maybe Rich Liberals Don’t Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can’t Win, But Because They’re Rich
Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? The New York Times ( 4/16/19 ) profiled a network of “wealthy liberal...
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The bill’s proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America’s leading liberal cable network. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes—No Thanks to MSNBC
Progressives—along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans—finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that’s killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last...
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New York Times depiction (3/31/19) of soldiers in Burkina Faso. (Photo: NYT) Views
Thursday, April 04, 2019
To Ramp Up Fear of Russia in Africa, NYT Downplays Massive US Military Presence on Continent
The New York Times ( 3/31/19 ) added to its series of reports depicting Official Enemies surpassing the US in the race for global dominance. It seems that having taken control of the Arctic ( FAIR.org , 9/15/15 ), the nuclear domain ( FAIR.org , 3/7/18 ) and a whole host of other spaces the US is “...
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Saturday, March 30, 2019
'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims
A FAIR survey of the phrase “renounce violence” in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances of anyone in the Times —...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Bloomberg’s Armsmaker-Funded Columnist Wants You to Know: Military Spending Is Woke
You may not know it, but bloated Pentagon budgets are actually “progressive.” Or so says a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg News ( 3/17/19 ) , “Progressives Should Learn to Love the Pentagon Budget,” by Hal Brands. Bloomberg identifies Brands as the “Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at...
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 One seldom hears liberals or leftists in the press give “advice” to Republicans about they ought to do to win. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
The Return of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend
It’s a trope that dates back more than a decade, but the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has seen a recent surge in the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend (IRPF), a specific genre of concern-trolling where a long-time Republican operative, politician or pundit offers...
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U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana / AP) Views
Friday, February 22, 2019
The U.S.-Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus, but No One Wants to Say It
No one actually thinks the same Donald Trump who kicked off his run for the White House by calling Mexicans rapists, and subsequently, as president, left Puerto Rico for dead after Hurricane Maria, cares at all about the Venezuelan poor. No one actually thinks the murderers row of Cold Warriors—led...
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Sen. Rubio: If Any Harm Comes to US Diplomats in Venezuela, the Consequences Will Be ‘Swift and Decisive.’ (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
MSNBC’s ‘Resistance’ to Trump’s Venezuela Coup Ranges from Silence to Support
After much behind the scenes angling and plotting, the Trump administration is now waging an overt campaign to overthrow the government of Venezuela— coordinating directly with the Venezuelan military, lobbying other countries to support the opposition government-in-waiting, threatening a military...
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