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, August 16, 2017
Centrist Pundits Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ False Equivalence
President Donald Trump sparked outrage Tuesday afternoon after he equated Nazis and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. To do so, he referred to the anti-racist activists as the “alt-left,” with the implication that they were the equivalent of the “alt-right,” two sides to the same coin, showing...
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
For Media, Driving Into a Crowd of Protesters Is a ‘Clash’
The Washington Post , Boston Globe , AOL News , The Hill , BBC and Sky News UK all chose to frame the ramming of a car into anti-fascist protesters as “clashes.” The BBC ’s breaking news tweet, “One dead amid clashes between US white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville,” is an...
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Friday, August 04, 2017
Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn
You’ve seen or heard or read the personal interest story a thousand times: An enterprising seven-year-old collects cans to save for college ( ABC7 , 2/8/17 ), a man with unmatched moxie walks 15 miles to his job ( Today , 2/20/17) , a low-wage worker buys shoes for a kid whose mother can’t afford...
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Monday, July 24, 2017
WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed
In a fawning editorial Saturday ( 7/22/17 ), pillar of the national security establishment Washington Post fell over itself to commend a John McCain that never existed, instead lavishing praise on a well-curated PR facsimile developed over decades. After praising McCain for issuing a “toughly...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq
Earlier this week, human rights group Amnesty International issued a lengthy report accusing US-backed forces of “repeated violations of international humanitarian law, some of which may amount to war crimes,” in Mosul, Iraq, causing the deaths of at least 3,700 civilians. Neither this report, nor...
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Friday, June 30, 2017
As Democratic Voters Shift Left, ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Shifting Right
In the past few years, the Democratic Party’s rank and file has shifted left on major issues. From healthcare to legalization of drugs to taxes , the heart of the party has grown more progressive—and, in many instances, overtly socialist in nature. Forty-seven percent of Democrats and Democratic-...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Media Help Republicans Gut Obamacare Behind Closed Doors
Senate Republicans have been quietly working to eliminate Obamacare while avoiding media attention—and major papers and television news are playing along. "The moves being made now in almost total secrecy may not have the sexy visual qualities of a Warriors NBA title or protests in Russia, but they...
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Saturday, June 03, 2017
In a Dozen Interviews, Media Never Bothered Asking President Trump About Climate Change
President Donald Trump’s disastrous withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Change Accord understandably has the media in a frenzy. “Unconscionable and fatuous,” proclaimed The Economist ( 6/1/17 ). Trump “shamefully abandons the fight against humanity’s greatest threat,” wrote Bloomberg News...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators
After a series of friendly gestures by President Donald Trump toward Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi over the past few months, US media have recoiled with disgust at the open embrace of governments that ostensibly had heretofore been beyond the pale. “Enabling...
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
Buoyed by a total of 18 speculative verb forms—five “mays,” eight “woulds” and five “coulds”— New York Times reporters David E. Sanger and William J. Broad ( 4/24/17 ) painted a dire picture of a Trump administration forced to react to the growing and impending doom of North Korea nuclear weapons...
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