Articles by Alan MacLeod

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As His Extradition Trial Drags On, Media and Rights Groups Are Still Ignoring Julian Assange
Alan MacLeod | Intrepid Report - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

28 Sep 2020 – The extradition case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues in London. Many mainstream rights groups and media organizations have a mixed history when it comes to opposing Washington’s agenda. This case has been no exception even though widely seen as setting an important precedent for freedom of speech and of the media worldwide.

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Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’
Alan MacLeod | FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

25 Sep 2020 – Labeled the media “trial of the century,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London—although you might not have heard if you’re relying solely on corporate media for news. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in a Colorado supermax prison, often described as a “black site” on US soil.

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Media Show Little Interest in Israeli Bombing of Gaza
Alan MacLeod | FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2020

21 Aug 2020 – Israel is bombing Palestine again, although you wouldn’t guess that from watching TV news. For the eleventh straight night, Israeli Defense Force warplanes have been bombing the densely populated Gaza Strip causing considerable damage and forcing the shutdown of the area’s only power plant. But the corporate media, focused on the coronavirus and US elections, have shown little interest in the renewed violence in the Middle East.

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Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel
Alan Macleod – MintPress News, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. “This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure.” — Abby Martin

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Jeff Bezos Donates Three Minutes’ Income to Help Australia Fight Wildfires
Alan Macleod – MintPress News, 27 Jan 2020

13 Jan 2020 – Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the newly crowned richest person in the world, announced yesterday that his company was donating one million Australian Dollars (around 690,000 U.S. Dollars) to help the country deal with the continent-wide fires. The donation would be equivalent to someone who earned $500 per week announcing that they had just donated five cents to help tackle the blazes.

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From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump’s Iran Assassination
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

9 Jan 2020 – The allegation is that he targeted US troops or “contractors”—i.e., mercenaries—stationed not at home, but in a region on the other side of the world that the US illegally attacked and has occupied for most of this century. “Soleimani provided effective military resistance to foreign occupying forces,” though, sounds very different from “killed hundreds of Americans.”

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Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires.

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How the Western Media Support State Terror – While Millions Die
Matthew Alford, Florian Zollman, Alan Macleod, Jeffery Klaehn and Daniel Broudy | Peace News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

Issue Aug/Sep 2019 – Five academics examine our media’s coverage of foreign affairs, in a piece censored (and then rejected) by a leading liberal publication.

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(Français) Comment les médias occidentaux soutiennent le terrorisme d’Etat qui fait des millions de victimes
Florian Zollman, Alan Macleod, Jeffery Klaehn, Daniel Broudy and Matthew Alford | Peace News – Le Grand Soir, 19 Aug 2019

21 juillet 2019 – Quatre universitaires examinent la couverture médiatique des affaires étrangères dans un article censuré (puis refusé) par une grande publication libérale.

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Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview with Noam Chomsky
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

Alan MacLeod and Noam Chomsky discussed the origins of the classic work of media criticism (co-authored with Edward Herman) Manufacturing Consent, the role of that book’s “propaganda model” today, Google and Facebook, Donald Trump and Russia, fake news and Syria. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Dictator: Media Code for ‘Government We Don’t Like’
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

11 Apr 2019 – Let’s start with a quiz: Quick! Name some dictators! I’m willing to bet most of you responded with just a few of the same names: Assad, Putin, Castro, Kim Jong-un, Gaddafi, Maduro. This is not because they are the only dictators in the world (far from it), or that all of them even necessarily qualify for the title, but precisely because these are the figures most constantly labeled as such by our media.

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The ‘Venezuelan People’ Are Whoever Agrees with Donald Trump
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

31 Jan 2019 – The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out in Venezuela. Just weeks after President Nicolás Maduro’s inauguration, Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly—a man who has never even run for president—as the rightful head of state.

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‘Resistance’ Media Side with Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

25 Jan 2019 – After winning re-election in 2018, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was recently sworn in for a second term. However, Trump has taken the extraordinary step of declaring the elections void. He also arranged to have National Assembly head Juan Guaidó name himself the country’s new leader. This has spurred the Venezuelan right wing onto the streets to try to force Maduro out of office, leading to the deaths of 14 people. On Trump’s support for regime change in Venezuela, the “resistance” media are lining up shoulder to shoulder with the president.

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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality
Alan MacLeod | Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

22 Aug 2018 – That Facebook’s stated concern about stopping the spread of hate speech is genuine is challenged by the fact that the far-right Alternative fur Deutschland party went to Facebook headquarters in Berlin in 2017 to discuss how it could use the platform for recruitment and for micro-targeting in the German elections.

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Media Delegitimize Venezuelan Elections amid Complete Unanimity of Outlook
Alan MacLeod | Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting-FAIR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

23 May 2018 – Despite an opposition boycott making the result predictable, Maduro received the vote of 28 percent of the eligible electorate, around the same as Barack Obama received in 2008 and more than he got in 2012, or Trump in 2016. Ignoring this, Reuters (5/20/18) claimed poor Venezuelans were voting for Maduro because they believed they were going to “win a prize.”

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Two Deaths: Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher
Alan MacLeod - Countercurrents.org, 15 Apr 2013

Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher, two great statespeople of our age, representing fundamentally opposing world views, have died. Just as contrasting as their ideologies was the reaction to their deaths, from both the media and the public.

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