Joshua Cho

Joshua Cho

Joshua Cho is a journalist, recent graduate of Boston College, and former intern at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

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US President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, November 07, 2020
Media Still Refuse to Report the Real News: Trump Is Actively Trying to Steal the Election
Although I’ve written ( FAIR.org , 9/15/20 ) about US media’s refusal to forthrightly report that President Donald Trump is trying to steal the 2020 election—despite giving every indication that he intends to do so—it’s still surreal to watch journalists continue to engage in euphemism and...
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Whenever there are discussions about enacting a national fracking ban, corporate media seem to prioritize the supposed short-term potential “risks” to Democrats’ electoral prospects, or potential economic downturns, over the long-term prospects for human civilization’s survival. (Photo: Food & Water Watch/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Press Worries About a Fracking Ban’s 'Risk' to Democrats—Not Fracking's Threat to Planet
In last week’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, Harris reiterated Democratic nominee Joe Biden ’s rejection of a fracking ban, despite her earlier call for one when she was a presidential candidate ( CBS News , 10/7/20 ): “I will repeat, and the...
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"Trump is already notorious for lying, cheating and stealing, and has every motive to steal the election because he’s behind in the polls, and once he leaves office faces the possibility of prosecution for crimes he has already confessed to committing,"  writes Cho. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Journalists Need to Be Clear About a Clear Threat to Democracy
When the president of the United States has: explicitly declared his intentions to withhold federal election funding from states that are trying to make it easier to vote during a pandemic; appointed a major donor to his campaign with conflicts of interest to sabotage the US Postal Service—while...
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One should expect corporate media outlets like the Times to equate corporate interests with the US national interest. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Worries About Foreign 'Hacking' of Vaccine Research Place Corporate Profits Ahead of Public Health
A recent spate of reports in US media features US officials accusing Official Enemies Russia and China of “stealing” the US’s coronavirus vaccine research data. To accuse another party of “stealing” something, of course, is to imply unjust deprivation. If my wallet is stolen, it means I no longer...
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It’s crucial that media report on Trump’s executive orders accurately—and not grant Trump powers that he doesn’t actually possess. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Corporate Media Give Trump Powers He Doesn’t Actually Possess
For many of us, the purpose of journalism is to hold power accountable by criticizing its abuses and informing the public of the truth. Indeed, many corporate journalists and social media companies criticize state media of Official Enemies TM as inherently untrustworthy , subordinate government...
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Taliban members gathered under a tree in March in Alingar District of Laghman Province, Afghanistan. Views
Saturday, June 13, 2020
NYT Erases US Occupation's Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency
The New York Times ' senior correspondent in Afghanistan, Mujib Mashal , somehow managed to write a 3,700+ word article "How the Taliban Outlasted a Superpower: Tenacity and Carnage" ( 5/26/20 ) that purported to explain how the Taliban managed to "outlast a superpower through nearly 19 years of...
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Photo from Telesur (via People’s Dispatch, 5/6/20) of captured mercenaries in Venezuela. Views
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Corporate Media Don’t Think Americans Paid to Invade Venezuela Count as Mercenaries
When an attempted invasion of Venezuela launched from the shores of Colombia was foiled on May 3, after armed commandos were intercepted at Venezuela’s coastline of La Guira, it seemed undeniable that the heavily armed men, possessing satellite phones and uniforms with the US flag emblazoned on...
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New York Times depiction (1/25/20) of a wet market in Shenzhen, which is 680 miles from Wuhan. (Photo: Lam Yik Fei/New York Times) Views
Friday, May 08, 2020
Why It’s Wrong (and Racist) to Blame Covid-19 on Chinese 'Wet Markets'
The stigmatization of Asian people and their culture as “inferior” or “exotic” isn’t a new phenomenon. What is considered acceptable or “strange” meat is often the result of arbitrary cultural norms , and Chinese food has often suffered from hypocritical cultural appropriation once it became...
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Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin speaks while President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on April 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Views
Sunday, May 03, 2020
Corporate Looting as ‘Rescue Plan,’ Robber Barons as ‘Saviors’
For a perfect illustration of how corporate media function as ruling class propaganda, watch how they spin a titanic upward redistribution of wealth as a “rescue plan” for the US economy, and paint a robber baron like US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin as a “savior” of the American public. In...
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Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speak during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory
If someone were to tell you that major and influential business sectors like the fossil fuel and health insurance industries simply don’t exist , or imply that major corporations like ExxonMobil and Cigna don’t try to manipulate public opinion and advance a political agenda in order to protect and...
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