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This article is adapted from Robert W. McChesney's Rich Media, Poor Democracy (Illinois).
Three charts accompany this article: "Global Media Moguls," "Who Owns the Movies?" and "Who Owns the Music?"

Woe unto the denizens of the Washington press corps when the rest of the world discovers Bob Somerby's Web site, The Daily Howler (www.dailyhowler.com<

October is here, and once again it's time for post-season playoffs, foliage and fashion magazines thicker than the Old Testament with seasonal guidance for the young and voguish.

Michael Kelly said all the right things upon being appointed to head the
142-year-old beacon of American letters, The Atlantic Monthly.

"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting," writes Milan Kundera in The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. But in the US media today, nothing is so priz

The summer of 1999 will be remembered by many progressives as the time of the great KPFA lockout--when Pacifica's management tried to muzzle the nation's oldest community radio station.

Just before Christmas in 1997, as a tumultuous stock-market crisis ravaged emerging markets in every corner of the globe, readers of the Wall Street Journal were treated to some good news:

Residents of Skaneateles, New York, complained to visiting reporters about the Clintons' decision to make themselves relatively scarce on their recent vacation.

Israeli schoolchildren returned to their desks this year to find a new history curriculum.

It didn't take long for the press to connect 21-year-old white-supremacist multikiller Benjamin Smith with the all-purpose explanation du jour: violent entertainment, in this case the computer g

Blogs

Eric on the best new play in town; and Reed on problems of process journalism.

September 20, 2013

The New York Times runs a correction about Navy Yards shooter Aaron Alexis’s attempts to buy an assault rifle, but the central question remains.

September 20, 2013

In his latest piece, the New York Times columnist ruminates on hair color and diplomatic response to Syria.

September 18, 2013

Diplomacy is messy, clichés aren’t.

September 13, 2013

In the wake of the news that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post, William Greider looks back on the paper’s glory days.

August 7, 2013

While independent experts have questioned the administration’s claims of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime, most publications are happy to highlight the “evidence.”

June 21, 2013

While many mainstream media outlets are accepting White House confirmation as fact, some reporters are skeptical of "slam dunk" proof of chemical weapons.

June 14, 2013

Remembering the disturbing details of US diplomacy revealed through Wikileaks.

June 13, 2013

Even though the press relies on and exploits leaks, pundits still hit the NSA whistleblower in this case.

June 12, 2013

The paper’s site was packed with coverage that was “Tireless. Dogged. Spirited.” And it was something else: Free.

April 20, 2013