DANNY SHAW – Vladimir Putin is considered a threat because he restored Russian sovereignty, erased the humiliation of the Boris Yeltsin era, and championed Russiaâ€™s national interests. But that is just what the U.S. elite could not tolerate.
THOM HARTMANN – Ever since the media began, in a big way in the 1980s, to ignore actual news and go for highly dumbed-down or even salacious stories, many of us who work in the media have been astonished by this behavior by the network and cable news organizations and the major newspapers. They used to report the details of policy proposals in great detail (see this report from the 1970s about Richard Nixonâ€™s proposal for universal health care, comparing his with Ted Kennedyâ€™s, for example). But since the Reagan era, the networks have largely kept their coverage exclusively to personality, scandal, and horse race.
DAVID SWANSON – Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed? Here’s why I ask. Maddow devotes many minutes on MSNBC stirring up hatred of Russia in order to establish that there is a vague possibility that President Donald Trump might be corrupted by a foreign government.
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.