Ben Norton

Ben Norton

Ben Norton is a journalist and writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter: @BenjaminNorton

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Still image from Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9." (mmflint) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Aims Straight for Trumpism’s Dark, Neoliberal Heart
At a time when the neoliberal Resistance™ has embraced the CIA and FBI as heroic organizations supposedly defending our putative democracy from the “Cheeto Mussolini,” Michael Moore’s new documentary comes as a breath of fresh air. “ Fahrenheit 11/9 ” is anything but a superficial tale of a...
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 "In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians." (Photo:Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen
For the popular US cable news network MSNBC , the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US government has played a key role in creating and maintaining that unparalleled crisis. An analysis by FAIR has found that the leading liberal cable...
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Friday, December 08, 2017
Media Downplay Class Warfare as ‘GOP Victory’
The fallacy of “neutral,” “both sides” journalism rings loud and clear in corporate media reporting on the Republican Party’s tax plan. The GOP bill, passed by the Senate in the early hours of December 2 and described by major media outlets as a “tax cut,” is in reality an explicit handout to large...
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But to acknowledge NATO’s complicity in empowering these racist extremist militants, corporate media would have to acknowledge NATO’s role in the 2011 regime change war in Libya in the first place Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Media Erase NATO Role in Bringing Slave Markets to Libya
Twenty-first century slave markets. Human beings sold for a few hundred dollars. Massive protests throughout the world. The American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has...
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Even many prominent figures in the anti-Trump self-declared Democratic “Resistance” have done the same, cheering on the far-right billionaire-in-chief when he is waging war, and praising the senior military officials he has appointed to the helm of the civilian government. Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
Media Spent Months Lionizing General Who Defended Slaveholders’ Revolt
According to corporate media, the top general who just complimented the commander of the slavery-defending Confederacy is the greatest hope to rein in President Donald Trump’s extremism. Since retired Marine Corps four-star Gen. John Kelly was promoted to White House chief of staff in July, pundits...
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
How Media Obscure US/Saudi Responsibility for Killing Yemeni Civilians
A coalition of Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, with minor support from several other Middle Eastern nations, has relentlessly bombed Yemen since March 2015. This August, the coalition ramped up the ferocity of its airstrikes, killing dozens of...
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Friday, August 25, 2017
Trump ‘Presidential’ Again—for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan
Donald Trump is finally “presidential” again, pundits insist, now that he is ratcheting up another US war. In a speech on August 21, the far-right US president did an about-face, announcing that the war in Afghanistan, which for years he has harshly condemned, will be seeing a surge in its 16th...
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Friday, July 28, 2017
Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda
The US government has finally announced an end to its years-long program to arm and train Syrian rebels . The initiative, one of the CIA’s largest covert operations, with billions of dollars of funding, fueled mass killing in Syria and significantly prolonged the country’s horrific war. Widely...
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
A new Vox video ( 7/17/17 ) is the latest addition to a media onslaught that propagates numerous misleading talking points to demonize Iran—just as the US government, under Donald Trump’s vehemently anti-Iran administration, is ratcheting up aggression against that country. The 10-minute film,...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017
Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly
Millions of people across the United Kingdom are voting in an early general election on June 8. For the first time in several decades, voters have the possibility of electing a staunch left-wing prime minister, Jeremy Corbyn. The popular and subversive Labour leader, a longtime anti-war activist...
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