Mainstream Media Watch

Welcome to Media Watch,

We at ZCom of course provide media, yet we are definitively not in the mainstream. What swims there are corporate and governmental entities that overwhelmingly - when presenting news and social analysis at all - take as a given support for elite machinations and maintanence of elite structures. Understanding this system supporting media, dissecting its deceptive manipulations, combating its oppressive implications, and pressuring it to contain better even against its own inclinations, is the aim of our attention to mainstream media - as well as, in time, replacing it in toto.

Here too, however, you will find articles and content about alternative media - its efforts, logic, etc.

Please send any ideas you may have for other or additional content from our database you think ought to appear in content boxes on this page.

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    Herman: Global Versus Local Violence

    In the U.S. establishment’s patriotic history of the Ukraine conflict it is also important to black out the fact that the United States, so passionately opposed to Russian “aggression,” committed a vastly more deadly one in Iraq from 2003.

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    Staff: Danny Schechter, 1942-2015

    Schechter infused almost all his work—whether it was for alternative or mainstream media—with his advocacy of human rights. In 1971, Schechter joined the Boston rock station WBCN-FM, where he found a following as “Danny Schechter, the News Dissector.” This Memorial was compiled from a number of emails to Z.

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    Herman: Speaking Truth to Power or to the Powerless?

    One of the clichés repeated often by liberals and leftists, which always rubs me the wrong way, is that we must “speak truth to power.” But those with power usually already know the truth, but avoid it because it’s contrary to their interests or they don’t want to know it or hear about it, for the same reason

  • Elich: Who Was Behind the Cyberattack on Sony?

    In the rush to judgment, few were asking for evidence and none was provided. Computer security analysts, however, were vocal in their skepticism

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    Herman: Krugman, Putin, and the NYT

    The first and possibly most shocking fallacy in Krugman's argument is its failure to distinguish between the interests of the elite, on the one hand, and ordinary citizens and society as a whole, on the other

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    Chomsky: Outrage

    Disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence, but also Israel’s latest assault.

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    Solomon: An Assault from Obama’s Escalating War on Journalism

    Five organizations—RootsAction.org, the Nation, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Progressive, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), and the Freedom of the Press Foundation—have joined together to start a campaign for protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources

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    Baroud: What the Media Is Not Telling Us About Yemen

    Once again, justifying U.S. intervention

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    Street: Those Who Have Put Out The People’s Eyes

    It is no accident that many United States citizens seem bewildered when it comes to current events. It’s hard to make sense of a complex world when huge swaths of reality are denied serious and honest coverage and commentary in the nation’s reigning corporate “mainstream media” (“MSM”).

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    Sargent: Our Dilemma, Your Dilemma

    Since “Our Dilemma” appeared in the March issue, things have improved and we can take more time with our decision. Meanwhile, we would like to assure you that we have never asked ourselves, “Why Bother?”

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