Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson is an associate editor at AlterNet and writes frequently for FAIR.org. Follow him on Twitter at @adamjohnsonnyc.

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Monday, July 24, 2017
WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed
In a fawning editorial Saturday ( 7/22/17 ), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades. After praising McCain for issuing a “toughly...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq
Earlier this week, human rights group Amnesty International issued a lengthy report accusing US-backed forces of “repeated violations of international humanitarian law, some of which may amount to war crimes,” in Mosul, Iraq, causing the deaths of at least 3,700 civilians. Neither this report, nor...
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Friday, June 30, 2017
As Democratic Voters Shift Left, ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Shifting Right
In the past few years, the Democratic Party’s rank and file has shifted left on major issues. From healthcare to legalization of drugs to taxes , the heart of the party has grown more progressive—and, in many instances, overtly socialist in nature. Forty-seven percent of Democrats and Democratic-...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Media Help Republicans Gut Obamacare Behind Closed Doors
Senate Republicans have been quietly working to eliminate Obamacare while avoiding media attention—and major papers and television news are playing along. "The moves being made now in almost total secrecy may not have the sexy visual qualities of a Warriors NBA title or protests in Russia, but they...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
In a Dozen Interviews, Media Never Bothered Asking President Trump About Climate Change
President Donald Trump’s disastrous withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Change Accord understandably has the media in a frenzy. “Unconscionable and fatuous,” proclaimed The Economist ( 6/1/17 ). Trump “shamefully abandons the fight against humanity’s greatest threat,” wrote Bloomberg News...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators
After a series of friendly gestures by President Donald Trump toward Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past few months, US media have recoiled with disgust at the open embrace of governments that ostensibly had heretofore been beyond the pale. “Enabling...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms—five “mays,” eight “woulds” and five “coulds”— New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad ( 4/24/17 ) painted a dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons...
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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Thomas Friedman's Perverse Love Affair With ISIS
For the second time in as many years, Thomas Friedman has explicitly advocated that the United States use the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a proxy force against Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. The New York Times foreign affairs columnist made this suggestion in his Wednesday...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed
Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack. In other words, 83 percent of editorials on the Syria attack supported Trump’s bombing, 15 percent took an ambivalent...
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Sunday, April 09, 2017
Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero Are Critical
Five major US newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News —offered no opinion space to anyone opposed to Donald Trump’s Thursday night airstrikes. By contrast, the five papers ran a total of 18 op-eds, columns or “news analysis” articles (...
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