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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Friday, February 16, 2018
US 'Stumbled Into Torture,' Says NYT Reporter
As part of a promotion for the upcoming “Look, Evil Russians!” film Red Sparrow (hyping Hollywood films is apparently a thing reporters do now), New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane ( 2/14/18 ) wrote a synergistic Cold War 2.0 essay about the CIA’s alleged attempt to recruit him...
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"Boot adds nothing to an already hawkish Post opinion section except a more extreme version of it." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, February 02, 2018
Another Warmonger Rewarded for Being Wrong on Iraq War
How many war-boosters does the Washington Post need? Tuesday, the capital’s most influential paper announced that Max Boot, yet another white, pro-war, pro-Israel, blow-everything-up pundit, would be joining their opinion section. It goes to show, again, that the most certain way to move up in the...
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US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House. (Photo: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque) Views
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
WaPo Editor Blames Lack of US Leadership for Famine Caused by US Leadership
“American leadership” is one of a long list of vague, seemingly benign pseudo-concepts our media throw around to justify increased spending on soft power and military adventurism. It’s a difficult concept to pin down, but it’s almost always presented as something the United States is “failing” to...
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A Twitter user illustrated the irony of Trump calling for respect for the people’s right to express themselves—in Iran. Views
Saturday, January 06, 2018
Think Tank-Addicted Media Turn to Regime Change Enthusiasts for Iran Protest Commentary
Since the outbreak of mass demonstrations and unrest in Iran last week, US media have mostly busied themselves with the question of not if we should “do something,” but what, exactly, that something should be. As usual, it’s simply taken for granted the United States has a divine right to intervene...
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Mark Landler's New York Times Views
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Trumpwashing 70 Years of Crimes: Under Guise of Criticizing President, Times Pushes Pro-US Ideology
Trumpwashing—defined as whitewashing, obscuring, or rewriting the broader U.S. record by presenting Donald Trump as an aberration (FAIR.org, 6/3/16 )—was on full display Thursday in a nominally straight news report from the New York Times ’ Mark Landler ( 12/28/17 ) on how Trump has reshaped U.S...
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Sadah, Yemen Views
Saturday, December 30, 2017
The Top 10 Under-Covered News Stories of 2017
1. Disenfranchisement of African American voters While the outrage took place in 2016, the mainstream media’s indifference to voter suppression was deafening throughout 2017. Investigations by academics and journalists alike have revealed extensive civil rights violations on election day, the...
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
'Whataboutism' Runs Amok as Jake Tapper Rattles Off Trump Talking Points
For over a year, US media have insisted that the tactic of deflecting criticism by pointing to others’ flaws was the devious Soviet tool of “whataboutism,” and anyone using it was practicing “one of Russia’s favorite propaganda tactics.” If so, when it came time for CNN ’s Jake Tapper (12/21/17) to...
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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Journalists Who Relayed GOP's Deficit Moaning Owe Us Apologies
Now that the Republicans’ brazen tax bill that the CBO predicts will add $1.4 trillion to the deficit has passed, yet again exposing “deficit concerns” by congressional Republicans as an empty marketing ploy, will those in the media who pushed the Deficit Doom narrative during the early Obama years...
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Saturday, December 09, 2017
After Trump’s Jerusalem Move, Media Worry About ‘Violence’, Not Violation of International Law
President Donald Trump declared that the US saw Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the US would move its Israeli embassy there—reversing decades of policy and removing any pretense of US neutrality in negotiating “peace” between Palestinians and Israelis. Though both Congress and past...
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"FAIR has repeatedly pointed out that only 40 percent of readers read past the headlines, which means most people form their worldview based on how a story is framed." Views
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Headlines Ignore the Abuse Reports That Make Moore Endorsement Newsworthy
Headlines typically attempt to draw in readers by including the most relevant or pertinent information, but in the case of breaking news Monday that President Trump had endorsed Roy Moore in next week’s Senate special election in Alabama, the single most important fact of the case—that Moore faces...
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