• Media,  Wingnuttery

    The BBC and Annie Machon

    The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is grim and frightening. Though nothing has been proven, eyes have inevitably turned on the murky world of Russian intelligence. Careful, balanced, and informed people who know the murk very well are best-placed to provide analysis. That said, such people are of course deemed entirely undesirable in quarters close to the murk. For example, it is no surprise that the Kremlin’s propaganda channel Russia Today turned to one of the most inappropriate people of all – the conspiracy freak Annie Machon. She duly spread chaff, suggesting the Skripals may have been taking dangerous drugs. We’ll do better, right? Oh no, not…

  • Media,  Trump

    “Lie after lie after lie”

    What George Orwell was to the Stalinoid Left of his day, Shepard Smith is to the Fox News Right. Shep Smith: "The deception, Chris, is mind-boggling…why are we getting told all these lies?" Chris Wallace: "I don't know what to say" pic.twitter.com/DQKOAC8a2o — Leanne Naramore (@LeanneNaramore) July 14, 2017 And not for the first time.

  • Media,  Stateside

    “Jared Kosher”?

    "Jared Kosher" pic.twitter.com/VqFXkQNczR — Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) July 12, 2017 Two possibilities: — The antisemitic alt-Right has infiltrated “Fox and Friends.” — The people who work at “Fox and Friends” are every bit as stupid as co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.

  • Media,  Trump

    Shepard Smith calls out Trump

    As he has in the past (here, here and here) Shepard Smith cuts a singular path at Fox News: Even though President Trump didn’t mention Fox in his latest unhinged tweet, I suppose it’s fair to call Smith an honorary “enemy of the American people.” The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 Update: I took some heat recently for pointing out that Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon had once called himself a Leninst. But Lenin himself referred to his opponents as “enemies of the people.” Is it…

  • Israel,  Media

    Israeli Apartheid watch

    Mazal Tov! Mabrook! // Journalist Furat Nassar becomes first Arab Israeli to anchor Israel's most-watched newscast. pic.twitter.com/KVWrZwLMTu — Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) August 7, 2016

  • Lawfare,  Media

    Prurient Interest of the Public

    I’m seeing lots of stupid headlines, like this one in The Guardian today: “Injunction ruling enables celebrities to hide sex lives, says top lawyer” Is anyone asking why celebrities should not – like any other person – be able to keep their sex lives private? What concern is it of anyone’s how Mr X or Ms Y express themselves sexually simply because they have achieved some notability in entertainment, sports or politics? We’re used to philosophical matters being dumbed down, but “The Public Interest” does NOT mean simply “things the public are interested in knowing”. It means “things that are in the interests of the public to know”. Surely even…

  • Journalism,  Media

    The Indie and the art of forgetfulness

    Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes After selling The Independent and The Independent on Sunday to Johnston Press last week, Yevgeny Lebedev announced that the paper would cease its print run in March, but would continue as a digital newspaper. Part of me is saddened by the news, but not quite as sad as the former Deputy Editor, Ian Birrell. Birrell tells us that this is the inevitable result of the digital revolution and its effect on print media, and ends by asking ‘how do we fund quality journalism in the digital age’? The implication seems to be that ‘quality journalism’ was something The Indie was consistently producing from its…

  • Iran,  Media

    Press TV reporter records sexual harassment by boss, flees Iran

    After releasing recordings of the news editor sexually harassing her over the phone, Sheena Shirani– a reporter for the Iranian-state propaganda channel Press TV– has fled the country. This is not the first time that Hamid Reza Emadi [the news editor] has made news headlines. In March 2013, the European Union blacklisted him and his boss Mohammad Sarafraz, who is head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting company (IRIB), for their role in broadcasting the forced confessions of political prisoners. According to the Official Journal of the European Union, they worked “…with the Iranian security services and prosecutors to broadcast forced confessions of detainees, including that of Iranian-Canadian journalist…

  • Employment Rights,  Football,  Media

    Qatar PR fail

    BBC reporter Mark Lobel was invited to Qatar to report on brand new showcase accommodations for foreign workers laboring on construction projects for the 2022 World Cup. However when Lobel and his crew ventured off on their own to cover some of the still-disgraceful living and working conditions for foreign workers, they were arrested and thrown into jail without charges for two days. Fifa says it is now investigating what happened to us. It has issued the following statement: “Any instance relating to an apparent restriction of press freedom is of concern to Fifa and will be looked into with the seriousness it deserves.” Uh-huh. Yeah. No doubt. This and…