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David Cromwell: BBC = Bin And Bypass Complaints

Robert Fisk wrote last week in the Independent of how an unnamed friend of his, "a Very Senior Correspondent of the BBC", responded to a recent challenge. Fisk could no longer recall whether it "was about the BBC’s grovelling coverage of Israel or its refusal to show a film seeking help for wounded Palestinian children Read more…

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David Cromwell: NATO’s Fire Sale – One Dead Afghan Child, $2,000

On January 11, 2010, we sent out a media alert titled, ‘Were Afghan children executed by US-led forces? And why aren’t the media interested?’ http://www.medialens.org/alerts/10/100111_were_afghan_children.php The alert concerned credible reports that American-led troops had dragged Afghan children from their beds and shot them during a night raid in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan on December Read more…

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David Cromwell: Gates Of Delusion

Since November last year, the public has been bombarded with the story of stolen emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, revealing a supposed "scandal" of scientific malpractice, stupidly and lazily named "climategate". Further media frenzy erupted over an erroneous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change statement that 80 per cent Read more…

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David Cromwell: Were Afghan Children Executed By Us-Led Forces? And Why Aren’t The Media Interested?

Ignoring or downplaying Western crimes is a standard feature of the corporate Western media. On rare occasions when a broadcaster or newspaper breaks ranks and reports ‘our’ crimes honestly, it is instructive to observe the response from the rest of the media. Do they follow suit, perhaps digging deeper for details, devoting space to profiles Read more…

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David Cromwell: “An Existential Threat”: The Us, Israel And Iran

On August 26, the Guardian newspaper published an article titled, ‘US takes on Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear programme in one massive gamble.’ Julian Borger and Ewen MacAskill told readers: "The Obama administration’s approach to two of the world’s most intractable and dangerous problems, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear programme, is to link them Read more…

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David Cromwell: Propping Up Propaganda – Iraq, Climate And The Corporate Media’s Fear Of The Public

Since starting Media Lens in 2001, we have learned that corporate journalists are very often ill-equipped, or disinclined, to debate vital issues with members of the public. In 2004, the esteemed Lancet medical journal published a study showing that 98,000 Iraqis had most likely died following the US-led invasion (http://www.thelancet.com/webfiles/images/journals/lancet/s0140673606694919.pdf). John Rentoul, chief political correspondent Read more…

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David Cromwell: ‘Creative Destruction’ – The Madness Of The Global Economy – Part 2

Exchange With The Independent’s Hamish McRae In Part One, we noted an observation made by Hamish McRae, economics columnist at the Independent: "Bankers, like the rest of us, make mistakes, but the scale of the mistakes, particularly in US banks, has been enormous." (McRae, ‘The markets are bad, but don’t panic just yet’, The Independent, Read more…

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David Cromwell: ‘Creative Destruction’ – The Madness Of The Global Economy – Part 1

Watching the corporate media report the ‘financial crisis’ is instructive. From the perspective of power, it is important that a steadying hand is applied to the tiller of news and commentary on the crisis, and the global economy itself.   And so columnist Martin Wolf took a ‘measured’ view in the Financial Times. There have Read more…

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David Cromwell: The Fictitious Firewall: The Mythical Divide Between Journalism And Advertising

In its latest annual report on media performance, US-based watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) noted that: “Most people are aware that news media rely on corporate advertising dollars – though the fact is rarely discussed, and when it is, editors and producers will generally insist that there’s no connection between the companies that Read more…

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David Cromwell: The Invisible Corporate Shadow

The Australian social scientist Alex Carey summed up the evolution of political power in the last century as follows: “The twentieth century has been characterised by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against Read more…

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