The Media

City TV control room, Doors Open Toronto, 2012.  Picture credit:  Loozrboy | CCo, Wikimedia Commons


the media, right-leaning

These resources explore ethical and moral problems related to right-wing or right-leaning media organizations. For resources on left-wing or left-leaning media organizations, see this page.

Books and Articles on Right-Leaning Media

Ken Stern, Former NPR CEO Opens Up About Liberal Media Bias (New York Post, Oct 21, 2017)

Rod Dreher, The New York Times' Anti-Christian Crusade (The American Conservative, Jan 24, 2019)

Kim Zetter, Wikileaks Was Launched with Documents Intercepted from Tor (Wired, Jun 1, 2010)

Michael B. Kelley, STUDY: Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All (Business Insider, May 22, 2012)

Ashley Lutz, These 6 Corporations Control 90% of the Media in America (Business Insider, Jun 14, 2012)

German Lopez, Imagine if the Media Covered Alcohol Like Other Drugs(Vox, Jun 15, 2015)

Vic Bishop, The Illusion of Choice: Ninety Percent of American Media Controlled by Six Corporations (Global Research, Aug 28, 2015) GE, News Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS

Susan Smarsh, Dangerous Idiots: How the Liberal Media Elites Failed Working-Class Voters (Guardian, Oct 13, 2016)

Sean Illing, Why Social Media Is Terrible for Multiethnic Democracies: Jonathan Haidt Interview (Vox, Nov 15, 2016)

Ruth Marcus, Breitbart Isn't Just a Publication. It's a Pestilence (Washington Post, Nov 23, 2016)

Matthew Sheffield, A Short History of Fake News: Conservatives Believed All Sorts of Crap Long Before Facebook (Salon, Nov 25, 2016)

Amanda Hess, The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space (NY Times, Nov 30, 2016)

George Monbiot, Frightened By Donald Trump? You Don’t Know the Half of It (Guardian, Nov 30, 2016)

Anthony DiMaggio, Post-Fact Politics: Reviewing the History of Fake News and Propaganda (Counterpunch, Dec 6, 2016)

Yascha Mounk, How to Resist Propaganda (Slate, Dec 13, 2016)

Timothy B. Lee, Fact-Checking Groups Are About to Become Facebook’s Fake News Cops. That Won't Be Easy. (Vox, Dec 16, 2016)

Nora Young, How Fake News Spreads (CBC Radio, Dec 18, 2016)

Zack Beauchamp, The Key Findings from the US Intelligence Report on the Russia Hack, Decoded (Vox, Jan 6, 2017) notes Russia Today

Rosie Gray, Breitbart Alumni Launch 'Populist-Nationalist' Group (The Atlantic, Jan 13, 2017)

Chris Zappone, Fake News: Why the West is Blind to Russia's Propaganda Today (Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 31, 2017)

Anastasia Edel, Want to Understand What Trump and Bannon Are Up To? Look to the Russian Revolution of 1917 (Quartz, Jan 31, 2017) "control of telephone and telegraph"

Charles J. Sykes, Why Nobody Cares the President is Lying (NY Times, Feb 4, 2017) indicting the Drudge Report and Alex Jones, from the right

William Kaufman, Climate Change Denial, Democratic-style (CounterPunch, Mar 9, 2017) focuses on media coverage of climate change

Michael Corcoran, Media Find Room for ‘Trumpcare Too Progressive,’ but Not for Single-Payer (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Mar 15, 2017)

David Roberts, Donald Trump and the Rise of Tribal Epistemology (Vox, Mar 22, 2017)

John Koblin and Nick Corasanti, One Nation, Under Fox: 18 Hours With a Network That Shapes America (NY Times, Mar 25, 2017)

Carole Cadwalladr, The Great British Brexit Robbery: How Our Democracy Was Hijacked (The Guardian, May 7, 2017)

The Atlantic, Church Militant: A Right-Wing Media Empire in the Making (The Atlantic, May 9, 2017) video

Alvin Chang, We Tracked the Trump Scandals on Right-Wing News Sites. Here's How They Covered It (Vox, May 18, 2017)

Tobin Smith, Fear and Unbalanced: Confessions of a 14 Year Fox News Hitman (Medium, May 26, 2017)

John Oliver, Alex Jones (Last Week Tonight, Jul 30, 2017)

Alex Seitz-Wald and Corky Siemaszko, Seth Rich Case: Fox News Made Fake News to Protect Trump, Lawsuit Alleges (NBC News, Aug 1, 2017)

Jennifer Earl, Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Aug 3, 2017)

Tara Isabella Burton, Understanding the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Force Behind the Latest Pro-Trump TV Newscast (Vox, Aug 5, 2017)

Dylan Matthews, A Stunning New Study Shows That Fox News is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined (Vox, Sep 8, 2017)

Lee Fang, Islamophobic U.S. Megadonor Fuels German Far-Right Party With Viral Fake News (The Intercept, Sep 22, 2017)

Matt Gertz, Erik Wemple, Reed Richardson, David Lawler, The Fox Approach to Bad News: Deflect, Divert, Distract (Aljazeera, Nov 4, 2017) Rupert Murdoch's news outlets protect Trump

Matt Taibbi, RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That's Now More Important Than Ever (Rolling Stone, Nov 14, 2017) re: Manufacturing Consent, co-authored by Noam Chomsky, about American media

Jeet Heer, Trump, Fox News, and the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism (New Republic, Jan 19, 2018)

Susan B. Glasser, The Russian Bots Are Coming. This Bipartisan Duo Is On It (Politico, Feb 26, 2018)

Carole Cadwalladr, The Cambridge Analytica Files: "I Made Steve Bannon's Psychological Warfare Tool" - Meet the Data War Whistleblower (The Guardian, Mar 18, 2018)

Matthew Rosenberg, Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians (NY Times, Mar 19, 2018) 

Ken Parry, Galen on Fake News (International Network for Byzantine Philosophy, Mar 23, 2018) a timely and entertaining quote from the classical Greek physician-philosopher

Brian Resnick, We're Underestimating the Mind-Warping Potential of Fake Video (Vox, Apr 23, 2018) 

Dara Lind, President Donald Trump Finally Admits That "Fake News" Just Means News He Doesn't Like (Vox, May 9, 2018)

Alvin Chang, The Stories Fox News Covers Obsessively - and Those It Ignores - in Charts (Vox, May 30, 2018)

Dylan Matthews, The Internet Was Supposed to Save Democracy. I Asked 4 Tech Optimists What Went Wrong (Vox, Jun 8, 2018)

Alvin Chang, Scott Pruitt Is Mired in Scandals - But You Wouldn't Know It from Watching Fox News (Vox, Jun 8, 2018)

Jason Schwartz, Readers Put 'Head in the Sand' on Family Reparations (Politico, Jun 19, 2018)

April Glaser, How Conservative Videos on Facebook Boosted Trump’s Message on Immigration (Slate, Jun 24, 2018)

Yuval Noah Harari, Why Technology Favors Tyranny (The Atlantic, Oct 2018)

Travis Waldron, Jessica Schulberg, and Nick Robins-Early, A Brief History Of The Wall Street Journal’s Support For Right-Wing Authoritarians (Huffington Post, Oct 11, 2018)

The Young Turks, Fox News Turns on Trump (The Young Turks, Nov 14, 2018) over the White House's suspension of Jim Acosta; note the tweets from Trump supporters who apparently prefer Trump to the First Amendment

Freedom from Facebook (website) about the antitrust implications

Craig Timberg, Tony Romm and Elizabeth Dwoskin, Russian Disinformation Teams Targeted Robert S. Mueller III, Says Report Prepared for Senate (Washington Post, Dec 17, 2018)

Jason Wilson, How Conservative Media Transformed the Covington Catholic Students from Pariahs to Heroes (The Guardian, Jan 23, 2019)

Joshua Cho, New York Times' ‘Desire for Control’ Over Political Perceptions (FAIR, Mar 6, 2019) re: poor coverage of Bernie Sanders in favor of pro-Wall Street interests

Samantha Bee, The Fox News White House (Full Frontal on TBS, Mar 6, 2019)

Charles Maynes, A Russian 'Troll Slayer' Went Undercover at a Troll Factory and Found That Hundreds of Russians Were Working as Paid Trolls in Rotating Shifts (Business Insider, Mar 18, 2019)

Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg, How Rupert Murdoch Remade the World (NY Times, Apr 3, 2019) “Murdoch and his children have toppled governments on two continents and destabilized the most powerful democracy on earth. What do they want?”

Joshua Cho, NYT Presents Social Security Cuts as ‘Solution’ to Problem of Social Security Cuts (FAIR, Jun 25, 2019)

Troy Patterson, “The Loudest Voice” Eviscerates Roger Ailes and Fox News (The New Yorker, Jun 30, 2019) 

Dean Baker, How the Media Fools Us About Trade (Jacobin Magazine, Aug 26, 2019)

Parker Molloy, PragerU Relies on a Veneer of Respectability to Obscure Its Propagandist Mission (Media Matters, Sep 19, 2019)

John Iadarola, Trump Seeking New Safe Space (The Damage Report, Oct 8, 2019) on Fox News and Breitbart News pushing right-wing conspiracy theories

Brian Williams, Senate Intel Report: Russia Hacked 2016 Election And They're Still At It (The 11th Hour | MSNBC, Oct 9, 2019) a very helpful suggestion that candidates not use doctored videos, false reports about opponents, manipulated media, etc. This comes from a bipartisan Senate report affirming that Russia interfered with the 2016 elections and plan to continue

The Young Turks, Fox News Host Quits (The Young Turks, Oct 11, 2019) re: Shepard Smith departing; TYT explains the role of Fox News in handing the 2000 Presidential election to G.W. Bush instead of Al Gore

David Pakman, Why Shep Smith No Longer Works at Fox News (The David Pakman Show, Oct 16, 2019) a series of clips from Shep Smith’s program which countered Trump-Fox News talking points

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