Category Archives: Media

Glenn Greenwald: Empowering the ‘Deep State’ to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy

Amy Goodman speaks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, about the deep state and the Trump administration. Greenwald recently wrote a piece titled: The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer(Democracy Now!)

Flynn’s Resignation Won’t Stop Trump Admin From Targeting Iran

Jaisal Noor speaks to Ben Norton, reporter for Alternet’s Grayzone Project, who discusses the fallout from the resignation of Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. (The Real News)

Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul on Michael Flynn’s Resignation

The first video features former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich during his appearance on FOX Business Network’s Mornings with Maria. The second video features former Republican Congressman Ron Paul in conversation with Daniel McAdams. Both men, who often came together when serving in the U.S. Congress, give their views on Michael Flynn’s resignation and the who is most likely to benefit from the scandal. (Fox Business/Liberty Report)

The Stephen Miller Story: From Pestering Latino Students in High School to Drafting Trump’s Muslim Ban

Amy Goodman speaks with one of Stephen Miller’s former classmates, Cynthia Santiago, the first Latina president of the school’s Associated Student Body and now an immigration defense lawyer who has been helping people impacted by Trump’s travel ban. She also speaks with Univision reporter Fernando Peinado, whose recent piece is titled: How White House advisor Stephen Miller went from pestering Hispanic students to designing Trump’s immigration policy. (Democracy Now!)

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale sales boosted by fear of Trump

Reuters reports:

Margaret Atwood has said worries about women’s issues after the US election have made her book The Handmaid’s Tale the latest dystopian novel to shoot back up bestseller lists.

The book, about a theocratic dictatorship in the US where women are forced to bear children for the ruling class, topped Amazon’s bestseller list earlier this week, and still ranks in the top 10.

In an interview during Cuba’s international book fair, Atwood said sales of The Handmaid’s Tale were also boosted by a trailer during the Super Bowl for its new televised adaptation by video streaming site Hulu.

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Who’s Paying for the UK Government’s ‘Free’ Smart Meters?

Afshin Rattansi speaks to Chris Choi, ITN’s Consumer Editor for ITV News, about why Theresa May wants the UK to spend £11 billion on so-called ‘free’ smart meters. (Going Underground)

Rebuking Trump, U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Suspension of Muslim Travel Ban

Jaisal Noor speaks to Vince Warren,  Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director, who says the court rejected arguments Trump’s actions are beyond judicial review Help support The Real News by making a donation today. (The Real News)

Paul Joseph Watson Is A Pop Culture Pleb

Anthony Fantano responds to Paul Joseph Watson’s latest video The Truth About Popular Culture, saying that he makes some of the dumbest assertions about pop culture and contemporary music. Watson has since posted a video titled: Conservatism is the NEW Counter-Culture(The Needle Drop)

The man who declared the ‘end of history’ fears for democracy’s future

Ishaan Tharoor reports for The Washington Post:

Francis Fukuyama, an acclaimed American political philosopher, entered the global imagination at the end of the Cold War when he prophesied the “end of history” — a belief that, after the fall of communism, free-market liberal democracy had won out and would become the world’s “final form of human government.” Now, at a moment when liberal democracy seems to be in crisis across the West, Fukuyama, too, wonders about its future.

“Twenty five years ago, I didn’t have a sense or a theory about how democracies can go backward,” said Fukuyama in a phone interview. “And I think they clearly can.”

Fukuyama’s initial argument (which I’ve greatly over-simplified) framed the international zeitgeist for the past two decades. Globalization was the vehicle by which liberalism would spread across the globe. The rule of law and institutions would supplant power politics and tribal divisions. Supranational bodies like the European Union seemed to embody those ideals.

But if the havoc of the Great Recession and the growing clout of authoritarian states like China and Russia hadn’t already upset the story, Brexit and the election of President Trump last year certainly did.

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Trump Administration Preparing for Deeper Involvement in Yemen?

Gregory Wilpert speaks to CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin who says the recent failed US Navy Seal raid shows that the Trump administration’s plans for Yemen will contribute to making the horrific humanitarian crisis there worse. (The Real News)

Questioning the “Success” of Trump Raid That Killed 24 Civilians in Yemen

Amy Goodman speaks to Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, Pardiss Kebriaei, staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Baraa Shiban, the Yemen project coordinator and caseworker with Reprieve, about the questions surrounding the first covert counter-terrorism operation approved by President Donald Trump. (Democracy Now!)

Stephen Walt: From Israel to Iran to Mexico, Trump Has Already Blown It on Foreign Policy

Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman speak to Harvard University professor Stephen Walt about President Trump’s foreign policy. Walt recently authored a piece for Foreign Policy titled: Trump Has Already Blown It. (Democracy Now!)

Abby and Robbie Martin on the Muslim Ban, Trump Apologists and Fighting Fascism

Abby and Robbie Martin discuss Trump’s first week in office carrying out several executive orders that violate human rights and the environment, namely the Muslim Ban which blatantly discriminates against millions of people around the world. (Media Roots)

Joe Rogan Experience with Alex Jones and Eddie Bravo

Joe Rogan sits down with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and jiujitsu instructor Eddie Bravo for a lengthy chat about all manner of crazy shit. (Joe Rogan Experience)

UK Court Ruling on Brexit Emboldens Right-Wing of the Tory Party

Sharmini Peries speaks to economist John Weeks who discusses the recent Surpeme Court ruling that said the British Parliament must be consulted before Theresa May’s government can trigger an exit from the European Union (Article 50), and how Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under a lot of pressure to oppose attempts to negotiate quickly. (The Real News)

Trump’s Nominee Linda McMahon: How the Small Business Administration Will Be Used to Destroy Regulations

Sharmini Peries speaks to former financial regulator Bill Black who says Linda McMahon’s career has involved exploiting workers as independent contractors and sabotaging small businesses. (The Real News)

Visa Ban Excludes Countries with Direct Links to Terrorism and Where Trump Has Commercial Holdings

Kim Brown speaks to Phyllis Bennisa Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. and the author of several books, who says Trump’s executive order is an effort to keep Muslims out of the country and has nothing to do with security. (The Real News)

Are Trump and Mexican President Provoking Conflict to Distract from Low Approval Ratings at Home?

Amy Goodman speaks to journalist Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy, about the cancelled meeting between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump and whether both leaders benefit from the distractions surrounding this and Trump’s executive order regarding the building of a wall along the border. (Democracy Now!)

‘The Media is the Opposition Party’: Sarah Posner on Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Telling the Press to ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’

Amy Goodman speaks to journalist Sarah Posner the rare interview Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon gave to the New York Times in which he said: “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.” Posner wrote an article for Mother Jones in August titled: ‘How Donald Trump’s New Campaign Chief Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists‘. Her latest piece for Rolling Stone is titled: ‘Trump Makes Good on His Nativist Campaign Promises‘. (Democracy Now!)

Jeremy Scahill on Team Trump: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates and Racists

Amy Goodman speaks to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept about Trump’s team, from unofficial adviser Erik Prince to Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis to education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. (Democracy Now!)

Black Ops Advertising: Interview with Mara Einstein

Black Ops Advertising, Mara Einstein

Jeff Schechtman recently spoke with Mara Einstein, professor, independent marketing consultant and the author of a new book titled: Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content, Marketing, and the Covert World of the Digital Sell. (Who What Why)

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Hannah Arendt Explains How Propaganda Uses Lies to Erode All Truth and Morality

Open Culture writes:

At least when I was in grade school, we learned the very basics of how the Third Reich came to power in the early 1930s. Paramilitary gangs terrorizing the opposition, the incompetence and opportunism of German conservatives, the Reichstag Fire. And we learned about the critical importance of propaganda, the deliberate misinforming of the public in order to sway opinions en masse and achieve popular support (or at least the appearance of it). While Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels purged Jewish and leftist artists and writers, he built a massive media infrastructure that played, writes PBS, “probably the most important role in creating an atmosphere in Germany that made it possible for the Nazis to commit terrible atrocities against Jews, homosexuals, and other minorities.”

How did the minority party of Hitler and Goebbels take over and break the will of the German people so thoroughly that they would allow and participate in mass murder? Post-war scholars of totalitarianism like Theodor Adorno and Hannah Arendt asked that question over and over, for several decades afterward. Their earliest studies on the subject looked at two sides of the equation. Adorno contributed to a massive volume of social psychology called The Authoritarian Personality, which studied individuals predisposed to the appeals of totalitarianism. He invented what he called the F-Scale (“F” for “fascism”), one of several measures he used to theorize the Authoritarian Personality Type.

Arendt, on the other hand, looked closely at the regimes of Hitler and Stalin and their functionaries, at the ideology of scientific racism, and at the mechanism of propaganda in fostering “a curiously varying mixture of gullibility and cynicism with which each member… is expected to react to the changing lying statements of the leaders.” So she wrote in her 1951 Origins of Totalitarianism, going on to elaborate that this “mixture of gullibility and cynicism… is prevalent in all ranks of totalitarian movements”

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Outright Lies, Constant Tweets and ‘Alternative Facts’: Inside Trump’s Orwellian War with the Media

Amy Goodman speaks to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, director of Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, and Mark Hertsgaard, investigative editor at The Nation magazine and author of seven books, including On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.

Nobody Speak: New Documentary Probes Billionaire Peter Thiel’s Destruction of News Outlet Gawker

Amy Goodman speaks to Brian Knappenberger, the director of the new documetary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Last year, the digital media outlet Gawker declared bankruptcy and put itself up for sale after it was ordered to pay $140 million in a lawsuit for publishing the sex tape of wrestler Hulk Hogan. Hogan’s lawsuit was financially backed by Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter Peter Thiel, who was outed as gay by a now-defunct Gawker blog. Knappenberger previously directed The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, about the hacker collective Anonymous. (Democracy Now!)

Ralph Nader, Naomi Klein and Others Respond to Trump’s ‘America First’ Inaugural Address

Amy Goodman speaks to consumer advocate Ralph Nader, author Naomi Klein, professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, investigative reporter Allan Nairn and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza to get their responses to Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ inaugural address. (Democracy Now!)

This is a Corporate Coup d’État: Naomi Klein and Lee Fang on Trump’s Election

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh speak to journalists Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, and Lee Fang of The Intercept, whose latest article is titled ‘Who’s Paying for Inauguration Parties? Companies and Lobbyists With a Lot at Stake‘. Klein and Fang talk about the role of corporations inside the Trump administration. (Democracy Now!)

The Role of General James Mattis in the Fallujah and Haditha Massacres

Nermeen Shaikh and Amy Goodman speak to Aaron Glantz, a senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Glantz covered the siege of Fallujah as an unembedded journalist during the Iraq War, and his latest investigation examines whether President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary committed war crimes there while leading U.S. troops in 2004. (Democracy Now!)

On Final Day of Obama Presidency, a Look at His Mixed Legacy

Amy Goodman speaks to Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, about President Obama’s legacy on his last day in office. (Democracy Now!)

Theresa May Reassures British and Foreign Capital Over Brexit

Sharmini Peries speaks to political scientist Leo Panitch who says leaving the European Union won’t have a major impact on capitalist globalization, but it reflects the political rise of a xenophobic right that could soon undermine the remaining environmental, labor, and social protections in Britain. (The Real News)

Robert Mercer: The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency

When all seemed to be falling apart for Donald Trump this summer, shadowy billionaire Robert Mercer offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise. (The Real News)