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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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Media Undermine Democracy by Speculating Wildly About Undermining Democracy
The relentless drumbeat of Trump–as–Russian agent takes hasn’t ceased since the news broke of a likely Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee in June—and it probably won’t stop until Election Day. One sub-genre of this line of thinking, however—that Russia will literally hack our...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Pundits, Decrying the Horrors of War in Aleppo, Demand Expanded War
T he devastating photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance after his home was bombed in Syrian or Russian air strikes has amped up calls for direct US military intervention against the Syrian government. The now-viral photo of Omran—and the broader siege of east Aleppo—was...
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Monday, August 15, 2016
Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by USA
The Washington Post (8/10/16 ) published what has to be one of the most naked examples of projection ever displayed by a major American paper. The Post ’s editorial board, in another effort to bash Russia , lumped its President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s increasingly autocratic ruler President...
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Friday, August 12, 2016
NYT Reveals Think Tank It’s Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster
A recent New York Times article ( 8/7/16 ) detailed, in often scathing terms, what many media critics already knew: that think tanks are frequently not objective, neutral arbiters of information, but corporate- and government-funded agenda-promoters with an academic veneer to give the appearance of...
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Meet the Press Grills WikiLeaks on Source, Ignores Substance of DNC Emails
On Sunday morning, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd ( 7/31/16 ) had on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to discuss his recent leaking of 20,000 emails from within the Democratic National Committee showing an institutional preference in favor of Hillary Clinton. Todd asked Assange a total of eight...
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Monday, July 25, 2016
With DNC Leaks, Former ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Is Now True—and No Big Deal
For months, Bernie Sanders supporters and surrogates have complained about unfair treatment from the Democratic National Committee—only to have these concerns dismissed by media observers as petulance and conspiracy-mongering: The Sanders campaign, by propagating these DNC conspiracy theories,...
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
US Media Find European Terror Deaths 19 Times More Interesting Than Mideast Terror Deaths
A survey conducted by FAIR of US media coverage of ISIS or ISIS-inspired attacks in Europe and the Middle East reveals a disparity of coverage, showing that European deaths are roughly 1,800 percent more newsworthy than deaths in the Middle East. For the purposes of this survey, both articles and...
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines in Major US Papers
A coalition airstrike reported on Tuesday that killed at least 85 civilians—one more than died in the Nice attack in France last week—wasn’t featured at all on the front pages of two of the top US national newspapers, the New York Times and LA Times , and only merited brief blurbs on the front...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Copspeak: Seven Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth
The close relationship between reporters and police is often marked by diffusion of language from the police PR team to the front page. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile , here are some examples of how “copspeak” — or jargon used by police departments — is...
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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Some Pundits Think the Solution to Right-Wing Populism Is Less Democracy
The core orthodoxies of neoliberalism are under attack by populist forces, and commentators are scrambling for a response. Some are suggesting more left-wing red meat . Others, a moment of self-reflection . But a number of pundits are doing that most noxious of political commentary pastimes—...
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