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, December 02, 2016
Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited ‘Fake News’ Blacklist?
The Washington Post ( 11/24/16 ) last week published a front-page blockbuster that quickly went viral: Russia-promoted “fake news” had infiltrated the newsfeeds of 213 million Americans during the election, muddying the waters in a disinformation scheme to benefit Donald Trump. Craig Timberg’s...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Hey Media, We Don’t Need Another Glossy Profile on That Nazi Dork
There’s been a recent wave of press for a certain unnamed Nazi Dork who threw a gathering in Washington, DC, for his Nazi friends this past week, attempting to use the Trump victory to raise the profile of himself and his Nazi “think tank.” The man who coined the term “alt right”—which has become a...
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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Polls Showed Sanders Had a Better Shot of Beating Trump–but Pundits Told You to Ignore Them
There was a debate last spring, when the Sanders/Clinton race was at its most heated, as to whether Bernie Sanders’ consistently out-polling Hillary Clinton was to be taken as a serious consideration in favor of his nomination. Before, during and after the race was competitive, this was the Vermont...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Debates Are Over, and No One Asked About Climate Change
From campaign finance reform to gun violence to poverty to education to LGBTQ rights, lots of important subjects were ignored by corporate media debate moderators in the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates. All of these topics are urgent and deserve a spotlight on the national stage. But...
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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Hiding US Role in Yemen Slaughter So Bombing Can Be Sold as ‘Self-Defense’
To hear US corporate media tell it, the US was dragged into a brand new war on Wednesday. US destroyers in the Gulf of Aden launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels, a Shia insurgent group currently withstanding a massive bombing campaign from a Saudi-led coalition in a year-and-half conflict...
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Blaming Millennials for Their Elders’ Trump Attraction
Blaming Millennials is 2016’s hottest media trend. Thus far Millennials have been blamed for killing the movie business , credit , the hangout sitcom , online shopping , Macy’s , napkins , vacations , trees , the McWrap and much much more . In the context of the 2016 election, discussing...
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Saturday, October 01, 2016
Big Papers Want Foreign Companies, Not War Crime Victims, to Sue US
The editorial boards of the US’s four most influential newspapers joined President Barack Obama in opposition to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, a bill that makes suing Saudi Arabia for the 9/11 attacks markedly easier: Should We Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia? Not So Fast (...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Lester Holt Asks Zero Questions About Poverty, Abortion, Climate Change
Presidential debates do as much to illustrate corporate media priorities as they do to showcase the candidates. They provide a snapshot into what the media, in this case represented by NBC ’s Lester Holt, prioritizes as issues worthy of discussion. A week before the debate, Comcast -owned NBC...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Media Ask Which Candidate Can Better Exploit Our Irrational Fear of Terrorism
The media’s tendency to focus on horserace issues—who’s up and who’s down, what the cosmetics are of an event rather than the substance—is routinely derided by media critics, and mocking it has become something of an election year tradition. But one 2016 topic in particular, terrorism, has become...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Sing in Unison, David Brooks Tells Black Athletes
David Brooks is a Very Concerned Man. The majority of his New York Times columns are him feigning agreement with the aims of the subject in question, but he just has Some Concerns he’d like to go over. These Concerns are almost always aimed at silencing the left and/or people of color who are too “...
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