Stories by Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon is founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org.  His latest book is War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.  subscribe to Norman Solomon's feed

Posted on: Aug 20, 2001, Source: AlterNet

News, entertainment, advertising, propaganda: it's all the same. Read on and follow these tips to a better, more fulfilling media experience.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2001, Source: AlterNet

News of Bill Clinton's lucrative book deal has created quite a buzz. There's no telling what juicy tidbits will be revealed in the former president's memoirs.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The Green Party has gained strength by fighting against the consequences of anti-democratic corporate power but party members disagree on plans for the next election.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Quite a few media commentators seemed to accept -- or even applaud -- the killing of Genoa protester Carlo Giuliani as rough justice.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Katharine Graham's death prompted a flood of media accolades in mid-July. But history should not be distorted by easy adulation of the powerful.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Gary Condit's infamy is the media scandal of the season. Eager to rev up their ratings, the networks are in salacious overdrive.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Its All-Star Season again. Solomon compiles a roster for his team of Media heavy-hitters for the year 2001.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If George Orwell were alive today, he would deplore the deep patterns of indoctrination that undergo constant reinforcement in our society.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

An anti-commercialism manifesto called "First Things First" has been signed by hundreds of highly skilled desginers who are sick of using design merely to sell products.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Since challenging President Nixon's authority by publishing the Pentagon Papers, the Washington Post and New York Times have continued to receive undeserved praise for their ethics and independence.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When Timothy McVeigh's execution neared, cable news channels -- seeking a spike in ratings -- made the most of the opportunity.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Equipped with the vital skills of reporting and distorting, students of journalism are graduating from college.

Posted on: May 28, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Few media eyebrows went up when the World Bank recently canceled a global meeting set for Barcelona in late June -- and shifted it to the Internet.

Posted on: May 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Italy elected media magnate Silvio Berlusconi as Prime Minister. Will Rupert Murdoch next be competing on "Who Wants to Elect a Billionaire?"

Posted on: May 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Revelations about Bob Kerrey prove that the Vietnam war was wrong not because it was unwinnable, but because it was, fundamentally, mass murder from the start.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Most news outlets showed little interest in the content of alternative forums in Quebec City that drew thousands of activists from all over the hemisphere. But the media showed even less interest in analyzing it's own corporate-driven free trade bias.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Groups like Rabbis for Human Rights, and Jewish American activists like Rabbi Waskow who vocally oppose Israeli policies, get short shrift in U.S. news outlets. Meanwhile, the reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian cycle of violence is badly skewed by an endless cycle of media bias.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Their courage was something to behold. During America's 11-day ordeal with China, a few prominent journalists showed no fear, only valor, as they took up positions in one network TV studio after another.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

What would happen if a Chinese spy plane collided with an American fighter jet over Long Island? Chances are we wouldn't get the same knee-jerk reflexes from the media.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The media industry -- no less than the campaign system -- is awash in oceans of dollars. We're hearing a lot about the need for campaign finance reform -- but how often have we heard the phrase "media finance reform"?

Posted on: Mar 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Technology has often appeared to offer solutions to global problems. But the gaps between promises for a better world and the real impact of technology is always huge. So it will likely be with the InterNet.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Now that the stock market bubble is deflating, will online trading companies and their friends in the financial networks continue to pump out the same cheerful script?

Posted on: Mar 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A skeleton is rattling in George Will's closet. But it's difficult to hear above the steady applause from his elite boosters inside the media business.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Stage presence, cadence, rhythm, choreography -- they can really add up in the professional calculations by journalists. And Bush, known to have a remarkably short attention span, seems to be well-suited to a medium that greatly values style over substance.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger is a well-documented prodigious liar and killer. But the most influential news outlets continue to treat him like Dr. Statesman Emeritus.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The power to depict history is entangled with the power to create it. And so it is in 2001, as American media outlets draw conclusions about the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

During the past several weeks, some major U.S. media outlets have taken bold and valuable steps in coverage of the global fight against AIDS. But journalists must keep probing for deeper questions and answers.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2001, Source: AlterNet

With their pathetic coverage of the World Social Forum, North American media outlets showed that it's difficult to get a clear look at the global South without condescension and dismissiveness.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2001, Source: AlterNet

After interviewing the new White House chief of staff, a CNN anchor bade him farewell by saying, "We look forward to working with you, to covering your administration." A sign of undue coziness with power brokers in Washington, her comment should have caused a media stir, but no one noticed.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2001, Source: AlterNet

John Ashcroft is experienced at speaking in code while exploiting racism for political gain. During his Senate confirmation hearings he said, "I believe that racism is wrong ... I deplore racism and I always will." But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recalled that Ashcroft "has built a career out of opposing school desegregation."

Posted on: Jan 15, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Bush bears a passing resemblance to Howdy Doody. Given that you can judge a marionette by the company he keeps, Bush must be a pretty wily puppet.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Fifty years after the first mushroom cloud overshadowed the Nevada desert, military contractors are eager to spread the news about the latest technologies nuclear technologies offering "an added angle of safety." Never mind the leukemia and cancer residents downwind of the Nevada tests developed.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The Ashcroft nomination could turn out to be the defining issue of the presidential transition.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

As usual, the competition for P.U.-litzers -- the annual award that pays tribute to this nation's stinkiest media performances -- has been fierce.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Iet's imagine what could happen if the great powers of the networks concentrated on cumulatively momentous day-to-day events that usually get scant media attention...

Posted on: Nov 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

As a matter of time-honored routine, from early November to Jan. 20, the President-elect basks in the mythic lights of intense media glory.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The warfare between Al Gore and George W. Bush is certainly historic -- but this partisan version of a demolition derby may not be as profound as we think. A convincing case could be made that the 2000 presidential election was stolen a long time ago by both party's dirty campaign contributions.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Many reporters and commentators who cover the national political scene reacted to the post-election uncertainties with alarm and dread -- and they strained to prod readers and viewers to follow suit. But most Americans declined to allow themselves to be stampeded by hyperventilating members of the punditocracy.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Despite their vast resources and profuse assurances that they knew just what they were doing, the biggest television outlets -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and PBS -- incorrectly proclaimed that the winner of the presidential race had been determined. The list of those networks is a dishonor roll for American media.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The New Democrats may have outsmarted themselves. Where Bill Clinton's moderate centrism of 1992 and 1996 proved a winning formula, Gore's centrism in 2000 may have become too moderate for Democratic taste.

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