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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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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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
The Trump administration’s now completely overt effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly...
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Photo: Ariana Cubillos / AP) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America
On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the...
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Sunday, November 25, 2018
NPR Infomercial for Its Sponsor Amazon Omits Labor and Environmental Criticisms
There are dozens of reports detailing how Amazon ’s shipping policies negatively effects both the environment and workers , but one wouldn’t have any idea either was a concern after listening to NPR ’s sexed-up report ( Morning Edition , 11/21/18 ), “Optimized Prime: How AI and Anticipation Power...
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Historically, the US hasn’t embraced despotic regimes despite their oppressive nature, but precisely because of it. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Blaming Saudis for Corrupting Otherwise Human Rights–Loving US
As FAIR has noted for years, one of the primary ideological functions of US corporate media is to maintain the mythology that the US is a noble protector of democracy and arbiter of human rights. When material facts—like wars of aggression, massive spying regimes, the funding and arming right-wing...
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Action Alert: It's Been Over a Year Since MSNBC Has Mentioned US War in Yemen
As FAIR has noted before ( 1/8/18, 3/20/18 ), to MSNBC, the carnage and destruction the US and its Gulf Monarchy allies are leveling against the poorest country in the Arab world is simply a non-issue. On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation...
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Saturday, June 09, 2018
Media Treat Trump Administration's Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective 'Government' Report
On Tuesday, dozens of media outlets broke what at first seemed to be a major story about “the government” announcing that Social Security and Medicare will be broke in less than 20 years: Medicare Will Become Insolvent in 2026, US Government Says ( AP , 6/5/18 ) Medicare’s Trust Fund Will Be...
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