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Reading Reuters between the Lines: Why the US Puppet President of Venezuela Is Toast

    Reading Reuters between the Lines: Why the US Puppet President of Venezuela Is Toast

Even the corporate media are losing enthusiasm for the US government’s ploy to replace the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela with the US-anointed security asset Juan Guaido.  Reuters reports in a July 1 article, “Disappointed Venezuelans lose patience with Guaido as Maduro hangs on,” that the US-backed “military uprising” has “unraveled.” A critical…

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Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

    Voices from Syria’s Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

AD-DUMAYR, SYRIA — A little over a year ago — just after the Syrian army and its allies liberated the towns and villages around eastern Ghouta from the myriad armed jihadist groups that had waged a brutal campaign of torture and executions in the area — I interviewed a number of the civilians that had…

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Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an Opposition Front Group Became Western Media’s Go-To Monitor

    Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an Opposition Front Group Became Western Media’s Go-To Monitor

The Grayzone — The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) portrays itself as a neutral “monitor” of Syria’s bloody war. In recent years, the group has become a go-to source for corporate media outlets. Major US newspapers, human rights organizations, and even governments have credulously echoed SNHR’s dubious reports. But not once have these institutions…

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Sky News and the Western Press Have Once Again Failed Syria

    Sky News and the Western Press Have Once Again Failed Syria

Recent storylines from the Western press on the “Idlib” narrative, particularly the extraordinary spate of “on-the-ground” reports from Sky News reporter Alex Crawford, have failed to paint an accurate picture of the reality faced by Syrian civilians. Brett McGurk – the U.S. government’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL — described…

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Media: Zombie Sightings, Like Unicorns, Are a Frequent Occurrence in North Korea

  Media: Zombie Sightings, Like Unicorns, Are a Frequent Occurrence in North Korea

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA — If the mainstream media is to be believed, North Korea is a land full of prison camps, zombies and unicorns. On Friday, the right-wing South Korean Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported that an anonymous source had informed them that Kim Yong Chol, the country’s envoy to the U.S., had been sent to…

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New Website Credder Aims to Fight Fake News, Promote Real Journalism

  New Website Credder Aims to Fight Fake News, Promote Real Journalism

Do you trust the media? Most people don’t. A 2017 study of nine Western countries found that in not one did a majority of people think traditional news or social media sorted fact from fiction well. Trust in media has been falling since the 1970s, and particularly in the last few years, as alternative media…

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What Could Be More “Fun” than Covering the Pentagon and All Its “Toys”? Asks the New York Times

  What Could Be More “Fun” than Covering the Pentagon and All Its “Toys”? Asks the New York Times

Every day, on page A2, the New York Times runs an excruciating feature called “Inside the Times,” wherein one of its reporters tells us (as the feature ought to be entitled) “What It’s Like to Be Me at the New York Times.” Such narcissistic burbling is so empty, and so much less enlightening than the news…

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From Golden Boy to “Deflated:” The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido

  From Golden Boy to “Deflated:” The Media Trajectory of Juan Guaido

CARACAS, VENEZUELA — At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems ‘Coupbama’ (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press. In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the…

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US Media Coverage of Venezuela Reaches All-Time Low

  US Media Coverage of Venezuela Reaches All-Time Low

As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see…

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MintCast Interviews Matt Kennard: The Real Powers that Run the World and the Future of Truth-Telling

  MintCast Interviews Matt Kennard: The Real Powers that Run the World and the Future of Truth-Telling

MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb were recently joined by Matt Kennard, a journalist at the Latin American Bureau in London who was previously a reporter for the Financial Times and has written for the Guardian, the New York Times and Mother Jones. The discussion focused first on Kennard’s 2015 book The Racket: A…

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