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, November 24, 2017
Trump Administration Plays Media Like Fiddle on Iran/HBO Hacking Story
It’s rare to see evidence of an administration plot to manipulate the media unfolding in real time, but such is the case this week—and thus far, corporate media have taken the bait hook, line, and sinker. The Washington Post reported Sunday ( 11/19/17 ) that the Trump Justice Department had been...
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Monday, November 20, 2017
Ignoring Washington’s Role in Yemen Carnage, 60 Minutes Paints US as Savior
In one of the most glaring, power-serving omissions in some time, CBS News ’ 60 Minutes ( 11/19/17 ) took a deep dive into the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and did not once mention the direct role the United States played in creating, perpetuating and prolonging a crisis that’s left over 10,000...
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The “no boots on the ground” pseudo-opposition is an admission that the only lives that matter are American, and that the PR pitfalls of body bags returning home on national TV are the only moral limit to the US invading and occupying other countries. Views
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
NYT Laments ‘Forever Wars’ Its Editorials Helped Create
Corporate media have a long history of lamenting wars they themselves helped sell the American public, but it’s rare so many wars and so much hypocrisy are distilled into one editorial. On Monday, the New York Times ( 10/22/17 ) lamented the expansion of America’s “forever wars” overseas, without...
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Iran Doesn’t Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?
When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a “nuclear weapons program” when it does not—a problem FAIR has reported on over the years (e.g., 9/9/15 ). Let’s take a look at some of the outlets spreading...
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Outlets That Scolded Sanders Over Deficits Uniformly Silent on $700B Pentagon Handout
Where did all the concern over deficits go? After two years of the media lamenting , worrying and feigning outrage over the cost of Bernie Sanders’ two big-budget items—free college and single-payer healthcare—the same outlets are uniformly silent, days after the largest military budget increase in...
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They are “concern trolls” — broadly defined as “a person who disingenuously expresses concern about an issue with the intention of undermining or derailing genuine discussion.” Views
Friday, September 22, 2017
There Are 3 Types of Single-Payer 'Concern Trolls' — and They All Want to Undermine Universal Healthcare.
With momentum building for single-payer healthcare among Democratic voters and a growing number of 2020 hopefuls, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a “Medicare for All” bill last week. Immediately, a number of pundits denounced the legislation as an “ unrealistic ” “ bloated ” “ disaster ” full of “...
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
Murdoch-Owned Media’s Radical Climate Denial in the Face of Disaster
A recent survey by progressive watchdog Public Citizen ( 9/12/17 ) on the media’s coverage of hurricanes Harvey and Irma confirms what’s long been known: Corporate media are indifferent to the causal relationship between climate change and extreme weather, and by far the worst offenders are the...
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With a major publication like Politico expressly telling its reporters to avoid criticism of “physical attacks on journalists and white supremacy” on social media—so as to not appear “partisan”—one is compelled to ask, of what use is the pretense of “objectivity”? Views
Thursday, September 14, 2017
In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis
Since the Charlottesville attack a month ago, a review of commentary in the six top broadsheet newspapers —the Wall Street Journal, New York Times , USA Today , LA Times , San Jose Mercury News and Washington Post —found virtually equal amounts of condemnation of fascists and anti-fascist...
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"Why does a major paper feel the need to continue to give him column inches?" Johnson asks. Views
Friday, September 08, 2017
Fossil Fuel Lobbyist By Day, WaPo Columnist By Night
What is the point of Ed Rogers, the Washington Post ’s most conflict-ridden, mediocre columnist ( FAIR.org , 4/23/15 )? He doesn’t add a lot to the discourse, his boilerplate Republican talking points could be better written by any number of Heritage fellows, he shills for Trump in the most boring...
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Children in Afghanistan. Views
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Reporting on Trump’s Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians
As President Donald Trump tries to make the case for staying indefinitely in Afghanistan, the stakes for those actually living there are rarely broached by US corporate media. In dozens of write-ups, recaps and reports on Trump’s “major” Afghan War speech, almost no outlets took time out to note...
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