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, November 25, 2015
Once Again, Media Terrorize the Public for the Terrorists
Another devastating terror spectacle and another media panic playing right into the script: spreading fear and sowing Islamophobia. Better writers than I have documented the latter , but not as much attention has been paid to the former—how in the wake of the Paris attacks 10 days ago, much of the...
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Friday, October 09, 2015
Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS
The AP published this week ( 10/5/15 ) a thrilling account of how the FBI, in concert with Moldovan authorities, “disrupted” a smuggling ring that was supposedly trying to sell “nuclear material” to ISIS and other terror organizations over a five-year span. The primary developments in the story are...
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government
FAIR has noted before how America’s well-documented clandestine activities in Syria have been routinely ignored when the corporate media discuss the Obama administration’s “hands-off” approach to the four-and-a-half-year-long conflict. This past week, two pieces—one in the New York Times detailing...
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Sunday, September 06, 2015
The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the ‘Do Something’ Lie
It didn’t take long for the universal and entirely justified outrage over a picture of a dead three-year-old to be funneled by the “do something” pundits to justify regime change in Syria. The “do something” crowd wants us to “do something” about the refugee crisis and “solve” the “bigger problem...
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Politico Finds ‘Capital of American Jihad’–Based on 2 Cases, 6 Years and 268 Miles Apart
Roughly 10 hours after another white, apparently racist Christian senselessly opened fire in a public place in the American South, Politico ( 7/23/15 ) published what has to be one of the worst pieces of Islamophobic pseudo-journalism this side of Pam Geller . In his piece “Tennessee Is the Capital...
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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously
On Monday, several mainstream media outlets repeated the latest press release by the FBI that country was under a new “heightened terror alert” from “ISIL-inspired attacks” “leading up to the July 4th weekend.” One of the more sensational outlets, CNN , led with the breathless warning on several of...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Stop Feeding the Troll: The Case for an ISIS Propaganda Blackout
This past weekend, several media outlets ran a story about how ISIS is seeking a nuclear weapon: ISIS Claims It Could Buy Its First Nuclear Weapon From Pakistan Within a Year — International Business Times ISIS to Smuggle Its First Nuclear Weapon From Pakistan, Mulls Attack on US: Report —Economic...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
White House Reveals ‘Boots on Ground’ in Syria, but Media Too Giddy Over Special Ops Porn to Notice
The White House announced on Saturday that a team of Delta Force soldiers had gone into sovereign Syrian territory to kill an alleged ISIS “commander” and a few dozen other faceless bad guys. Per usual, the media would retell the narrative based entirely on Pentagon and White House action movie...
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Friday, April 10, 2015
Media Were Already Running With Police Fantasy When Video Exploded It
The New York Times ( 4/7/15 ) released a video of a black South Carolina man Walter Scott being shot, casually and without apparent mercy, eight times in the back by white police officer Michael T. Slager. The media’s outrage after the video’s publication was righteous and swift. The state of South...
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Monday, February 23, 2015
US Backing for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten
That the US is arming and training Syrian rebels has been well-documented for over two years , yet Western media have historically suffered from a strange collective amnesia when reporting this fact. As Ian Sinclair noted last September in the Huffington Post ( 9/23/14 ): In mid-2012, the most...
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