ALAN MACLEOD – Google has sent a warning shot across the world, ominously informing media outlets, bloggers, and content creators that it will no longer tolerate certain opinions when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
MARCY WINOGRAD and MEDEA BENJAMIN – “United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021” would sabotage an opportunity for the U.S. and Chinaâ€”countries responsible for releasing half of the world’s fossil fuel emissions â€” to partner on curbing emissions and sharing strategies for greening the Earth.
DERRICK JENSEN – Itâ€™s easy enough, some sixty years after the fact, for us to cluck our tongues at the cowardice and stupidity of those who went along with McCarthyism.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Many big factors affect any presidential race, and the Russian government may have tried to be one of them for the 2016 electionâ€”though itâ€™s hardly the slam dunk that agencies like the CIA and U.S. mass media are now claiming. But in any event, this month it has become routine for a lot of progressive organizations and individuals to descend into a dangerous mode of partisan flackery — with troubling consequences.
NORMAN SOLOMON – We still donâ€™t have any sort of apology or retraction from the Washington Post for promoting â€œThe Listâ€ — the highly dangerous blacklist that got a huge boost from the newspaperâ€™s fawning coverage on November 24. The project of smearing 200 websites with one broad brush wouldnâ€™t have gotten far without the avid complicity of high-profile media outlets, starting with the Post. In media and government, the journalists and officials who enable blacklisting are cravenly siding with conformity instead of democracy.
NORMAN SOLOMON – The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. Thatâ€™s because — as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it — â€œthe most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.â€ No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. The people running them know the crucial importance of spin, and theyâ€™ll be damned if theyâ€™re going to promote media criticism that undermines their own pretenses.
BILL SOREM – A press conference at the offices of the Anti-War Committee office last week revealed an interesting remnant of the FBI raids on peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago on September 24, 2010. They left a copy of the FBI SWAT team operational plan and the set of questions that was to be asked of the targets if any had agreed to talk to the FBI agents.