Matt Taibbi, Baghdadi Story Reveals Divided – and Broken – News Media

By Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone America received two almost completely different versions of the story of al-Baghdadi’s pursuit and suicide. If you have two sets of news media, you have none wo sets of headlines over the weekend described the suicide of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. From the Washington Post Sunday morning: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48 The Post has since rewritten that, though the description of an “austere religious scholar with wire-rimmed glasses” remains in the lead paragraph. Meanwhile, the headline on Foxnews.com: Al-Baghdadi kill:…

Marc Thiessen, Trump is surrounded by leakers. Why would he trust them with his Putin note?

Marc Thiessen The Washington Post‘s report that President Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin” — including taking away an interpreter’s notes and instructing the person not to discuss what was said even with senior officials of his own administration — has raised hackles in Washington. Some have gone so far as to suggest this is evidence that the president is a secret Russian asset. More likely it is evidence that the president feels he cannot trust those around him…

James Tracy, JFK, MASS MEDIA, AND THE ORIGINS OF “CONSPIRACY THEORY”

NOVEMBER 22, 2018 MHB Prefatory Note on Censorship in Academe This study was written in 2013-14 as part of my academic research as Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. I have had numerous papers addressing news coverage of historical events published in academic journals over the past two decades. However, this was the first attempt to offer a scholarly treatment of a research object related to a conspiracy–how the news media “framed” New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s JFK assassination inquiry. When I presented the paper at the…

Political Theater Retrospective: Post gives away “Sucker Punch” Game

DC Dave Martin (2017 Update) In spite of everything they could do for her, their candidate has lost, so you might think that at this late date The Washington Post would give a rest to the story that came out of Fayetteville, North Carolina, last March. That is the one that did a lot to sell the American public on the notion that Donald Trump and his supporters were racists, but The Post would not leave ill enough alone.  On the last day of 2016, apparently with the belief that fanning the flames of racial…