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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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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Friday, June 01, 2018
WaPo Editors: We Have to Help Destroy Yemen to Save It
Over the past year, the Washington Post editorial board has routinely ignored the US’s involvement in the siege of Yemen—a bombing and starvation campaign that has killed over 15,000 civilians and left roughly a million with cholera. As FAIR noted last November ( 11/20/17 ), the Washington Post ran...
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Monday, May 21, 2018
Media Ignore Government Influence on Facebook’s Plan to Fight Government Influence
Facebook announced Thursday it was partnering with DC think tank the Atlantic Council to “monitor for misinformation and foreign interference.” The details of the plan are vague, but Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab wrote in a non-bylined Medium post ( 5/17/18 ) that the goal was to...
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"It’s difficult to imagine any of the seemingly knowledgeable and healthy adults at the Times editorial board actually thinking the US has been “neutral” in its dealings with Israel and Palestine." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict
The fact that the United States favors Israel in its decades-long “conflict” with the Palestinians is not a subjective or abstract question; it’s a well-established empirical fact. The US gives over $3 billion a year in military aid to Israel (more than the US spends on aid for the last seven...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
CNN’s Iran Fearmongering Would Make More Sense Coming Directly From Pentagon
Why doesn’t CNN Defense Department reporter Barbara Starr just leave CNN and instead work directly for the Trump DoD? On Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), Starr ( 5/8/18 ) rushed to publish an...
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