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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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Thomas Friedman's Perverse Love Affair With ISIS
For the second time in as many years, Thomas Friedman has explicitly advocated that the United States use the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a proxy force against Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. The New York Times foreign affairs columnist made this suggestion in his Wednesday...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed
Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack. In other words, 83 percent of editorials on the Syria attack supported Trump’s bombing, 15 percent took an ambivalent...
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Sunday, April 09, 2017
Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero Are Critical
Five major US newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News —offered no opinion space to anyone opposed to Donald Trump’s Thursday night airstrikes. By contrast, the five papers ran a total of 18 op-eds, columns or “news analysis” articles (...
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It
As reports come in detailing the degree to which Donald Trump has escalated the “War on ISIS”—and killed hundreds more civilians in the process —this would seem like a good time for the country to sit back and examine the United States’ approach to fighting “terrorism” and its recent iteration, the...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
How Corporate Media Paved the Way for Trump’s Muslim Ban
President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations justifiably led to much outcry from activists, politicians and foreign leaders. The list— currently struck down by a federal judge in Seattle—was arbitrary , motivated by disjointed racist panic and was...
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Friday, February 03, 2017
30 Washington Post Articles on Gorsuch’s Nomination–Not a Single One Opposed
A review of The Washington Post ’s coverage of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch over the past two days reveals overwhelmingly positive coverage of the right-wing jurist. The Post , which prides itself on being a molder of Beltway conventional wisdom, has published 30 articles, op-...
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Friday, January 27, 2017
NPR’s No-‘Lie’ Policy and the Limits of Impartiality in the Trump Era
After much back and forth over the past few weeks, National Public Radio finally clarified their editorial stance on when it is and isn’t appropriate to call a lie a lie, a determination that many commentators found wanting . NPR ’s Richard Gonzales ( 1/25/16 ) wrote Wednesday: Now many listeners...
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Sunday, January 01, 2017
Media Fell for Nazi-Manufactured ‘White Genocide’ Scandal
A “ Twitter controversy” broke out on Christmas Day after leftist Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher tweeted out, “All I Want for Christmas Is White Genocide” to his 11,000 followers. The tweet–since deleted–was a play on the white supremacist myth of a “White Genocide,” a canard...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance
Daily Kos publisher and Vox Media co-founder Markos “Kos” Moulitsas, an influential voice in liberal politics, published a blog post ( Daily Kos , 12/12/16 ) that captures just how terribly leading Democratic pundits are taking Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat. In the wake of this loss, some of...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Worst False Equivalencies of 2016
For all the dangers the rise of Donald Trump poses—to vulnerable communities, to world peace, to the planet’s ecosystem—the one silver lining of Trump’s candidacy is that it has completely exposed the limits and ideological impotence of established media’s “objectivity” myth. Faced with a unique...
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