Mainstream Media’s Failure to Keep the Trust of American Public

A Journal of People Report

With all its efforts to gain the American public’s trust, the U.S mainstream media has failed miserably. Recent polls reflect the growing mistrust on mainstream media that has been taking root in the mass psyche for a while.

Last year a Gallup poll found that: “Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

Americans' Trust in the Mass Media

As it can be seen from the graph, for the last 20 years, Americans’ trust in mass media has been falling steadily.Read More »

OAS Fails to Pass Anti-Venezuela Resolution, amid Rumors of More US Sanctions

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Back To Anger And Acrimony In American Politics After Brief Respite

by Jay Mala

Frontier | Jun 22, 2017

For a brief while, it seemed like American democracy at its best. The annual Congressional baseball game was held last Thursday night and the Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2.

In true American spirit, and in a show of political unity, camaraderie and compassion, the winning team handed over the trophy to the losers.

The trophy will now be kept in the office room of Steve Scalise, the Republican chief whip who suffered serious gunshot wounds the previous day and is still lying in a critical condition in hospital.

It was a traditional baseball game that could have been cancelled after the murderous attack by a fanatical Democratic supporter on Republican Congressmen and their aides while they were practicing in a Washington suburb early on Wednesday morning.  Apart from Steve Scalise, the third-most-senior member of the US House of Representatives, four others were injured in the shooting. Read More »

Daring to Dream in the Age of Trump

Resistance is necessary, but it’s not enough to win the world we need.

 

The Nation | June 13, 2017

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Healthcare advocates protest outside Trump Tower. (Sipa USA via AP)

The hour calls for optimism; we’ll save pessimism for better times.
—Jean-Claude Servais

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We’ve got a pain problem

John’s Hopkins University | June 17, 2017

So, this happened.

Ohio wants its money back — all $175 million. The state is suing five big pharma companies to get it, saying the companies committed fraud by flooding the market with addictive opioid painkillers, and in part, causing a state and nationwide drug epidemic.

The state claims the drug companies ran a marketing scheme that persuaded doctors to give opioids to uninformed patients and “illegally promoted the widespread use of opioids for chronic pain,” while falsely denying the powerful drugs’ risks. Ohio spent $175 million between 2006 and 2016 on the pills themselves through Medicaid and other health care programs, and millions more on addiction, health and foster care services.Read More »

José Carlos Mariátegui: 87 Years Later

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MR Online| June 14, 2017

José Carlos Mariátegui

Mariátegui’s funeral was one of the largest processions of workers ever seen in the streets of Lima, Peru, but in the U.S. his death was hardly noticed.

In 1930, Waldo Frank wrote in the leftist U.S. weekly the Nation that the April 16 death of Jose Carlos Mariátegui had plunged “the intelligentsia of all of Hispano-America into sorrow; and nothing could be more eloquent of the cultural separation between the two halves of the new world than the fact that to most of us these words convey no meaning.”

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The US Plans to Militarize Space: Sci-Fi, Libertarian Fantasy, or Geopolitics As Usual?

by Elliott Gabriel

teleSUR | May 25, 2017

The X-37B unmanned spaceplane touches down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. | Photo: USAF

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA announced Wednesday that it would ally with mega-defense contractor Boeing to build an experimental hypersonic spaceplane capable of delivering small satellites into space and returning to the runway within the same day. The project, known as the Phantom Express XS-1, is a continuation of the United States military’s long-term ambition to conquer and militarize outer space.

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What Marxism Teaches Us About Protests in Venezuela

by Ramiro S. Fúnez

teleSUR | 22 May, 2017

Since early April, right-wing opposition protests in Venezuela have claimed over 50 lives.

Freedom. Democracy. Stability.

These are the demands that mainstream media will have you believe are behind ongoing anti-government opposition protests in Venezuela, which have since claimed over 50 lives.

Borrowing plot lines from “David and Goliath,” the alphabet soup of corporate news outlets perpetuate the same ill-conceived dichotomy. On one side are the powerless, peace-loving democrats protesting for political freedom. On the other side is the powerful, violent authoritarian government fighting against those demands.

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What is to constitute the new “yes” is the problem

MR Online | June 13, 2017

Capitalism or Socialism

Review of Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (Chicago: Haymarket, 2017).

A new book by Naomi Klein, one of the leading left journalists and critics in North America, and the author of such important treatises as No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and This Changes Everything is not something one wants to miss, especially when it is on the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump. This book, though, written over a few months rather than years, is meant to play a different role than her major treatises. No Is Not Enough is a conversational book aimed at a liberal audience perplexed by the whole Trump phenomenon and wanting to know what to do. Klein’s answer is to resist, but to resist with a purpose.

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Chelsea Manning: Seeing Victims of US War As ‘People’ – Not ‘Statistics’ – Compelled Leaks

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Common Dreams June 09, 2017

“I stopped seeing just statistics and information, and I started seeing people,” Manning said. (Image: ABC News)

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has given her first interview since being released from prison last month in which she explains her motivations for making public thousands of military documents.

Excerpts of her interview with ABC‘s “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang aired Friday on the network’s “Good Morning America.”

Asked about why she leaked the trove of documents, she says, “I have a responsibility to the public … we all have a responsibility.”

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