Citations Needed

Citations Needed
Citations Needed is a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power, hosted by Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson.

84: How Claims of “Sowing Discord” Are Used to Silence Criticism of Power
Jul 24 • 67 min
Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taking to Twitter to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, we are told, “plays into the hands of Trump.” Russians are using Black Lives Matter and anti-fracking activists to “sow discord,”…
83: The Unchecked Conservative Ideology of US Media’s ‘Fact-Check’ Verticals
Jul 17 • 48 min
“Three Pinocchios!” rates The Washington Post. “Pants On Fire!” declares PolitiFact. “True, but misleading,” assess The New York Times. In a media environment overwhelmed with information, misinformation, disinformation and so-called “fake…
82 - ‘Western Civilization’ and White Supremacy: The Right-Wing Co-option of Antiquity
Jul 10 • 59 min
The term “Western civilization” has long been a staple of the American Right, but with the recent resurgence of white nationalism, it is having something of a comeback. Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly are hosting a two-week Mediterranean “cruise thru…
81: How US Media Pits Labor and Climate Activists Against One Other
Jul 3 • 42 min
“A growing, and likely irreparable, rift between elite progressive environmentalists,” Forbes tells us. “Environmentalists need to reconnect with blue-collar America,” The Hill explains. “Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in…
80: Animal Rights as Media and Pop Culture Punchline
Jun 19 • 54 min
In countless pop culture and media depictions, animal rights advocates and vegetarians in general, are viewed as effete weirdos, dirty hippies and humorless busybodies. Pop culture staples from “South Park” to “How I Met Your Mother” to “Six Feet…
79: How ‘Neutral’ ‘Experts’ Took Over Trump’s Iran Policy
Jun 12 • 56 min
“Satellite Images Raise Questions About Iran Threat, Experts Say,” worries The Daily Beast. “Iran And Trading Partners Will Find Ways To Skirt Sanctions, Analysts Say,” frets NPR. “Iran uses proxies to punch above its weight in the Middle…
78: The Militarization of U.S. Media’s Drug Coverage
Jun 5 • 52 min
Since the beginning of the so-called War on Drugs, authorities in the United States have viewed drugs not as a public health issue but one of crime, vice and violence, requiring the funding and mobilization not of medical officials but police, DEA…
77: Frugality Fables and the Poor-Shaming Grift of Financial Advice Journalism
May 29 • 61 min
“How this millennial saved $1 million by age 30,” The Washington Post writes. “A Millennial Saved $100,000 With This Simple Habit,” CNBC insists. “How to save for retirement when you’re living paycheck to paycheck,” CNN confides in us….
76: The Anti-War Rebranding of Rhodes and Power and the Moral Hazard of Faux Mea Culpas
May 22 • 56 min
In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, two of the Obama administration’s most consistently hawkish advisors, former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power have rebranded themselves as…
News Brief: The #Bronx120 and Preet Bharara’s Woke Rebranding
May 9 • 11 min
In this unlocked News Brief we discuss New York media’s racist, factually incorrect coverage of the #Bronx120 and how Preet Bharara went from careerist “gang raid” general locking up poor black teenagers to woke MSNBC platitude machine.
75: The Trouble with ‘Florida Man’
May 1 • 51 min
“Naked Florida man revealed on video sneaking into restaurant and munching on ramen.” “Florida man broke into jewelry store, cut himself on glass and bled all over everything, police say.” “Florida man arrested at Olive Garden after eating…
74: Liberal Gandhi Fetishism and the Problem with Pop Notions of ‘Violence’
Apr 24 • 73 min
“The United States believes any Palestinian government must renounce violence,” a U.S. official told Ha’aretz. When it comes to nonviolence, writes Barbara Reynolds in The Washington Post, “Black Lives Matter seems intent on rejecting the proven…
73: Western Media’s Narrow, Colonial Definition of “Corruption”
Apr 17 • 53 min
“The scale of corruption in Africa is daunting,” warns The Economist. “Corruption a Cause of Poverty in the Developing World,” DW tells us. “Why corruption is holding Africa back,” CNN laments. Everywhere we turn in elite media and halls of power, we…
72 - John Stossel: Libertarian Billionaires’ Inside Man
Apr 10 • 61 min
Though now a fixture of the fringe right-wing, libertarian pundit John Stossel was a longtime staple of mainstream, Serious Person media. With hour-long specials and a weekly segment on the ABC program 20/20, Stossel built his brand as muckraking…
71: Laundering Imperial Violence Through Anodyne Foreign Policy-Speak (Part II)
Apr 3 • 53 min
Kinetic strikes. Limited military coercion. Robust sanctions. No fly zones. Military muscle. Modernization. All options are on the table. So much of how we discuss U.S. militarism and imperialism is laundered through seemingly anodyne phrases,…
70: Laundering Imperial Violence Through Anodyne Foreign Policy-Speak (Part I)
Mar 20 • 56 min
Barack Obama unleashes “kinetic strikes” on Libya, Hillary Clinton lobbies for “limited military coercion” in Syria, Congress passes “robust sanctions” on Iran, and Trump gives “US generals more room to run” as he “ramps up”…
69: The Rise of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend
Mar 13 • 37 min
It’s a trope that dates back more than a decade, but the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has seen a recent resurgence in the liberal’s “Inexplicable Republican Best Friend,” a specific genre of concern trolling…
68 - A New Gun Control Debate: Dismantling Our Racist ‘Lock ‘Em Up’ Approach
Mar 6 • 61 min
An uptick in mass shootings over the past decade - one that is well documented and indisputable - has provided the cultural and media context for a corollary effort by big city mayors and certain states to push for harsher, more severe gun laws. This…
News Brief: Let’s Relitigate the Sh*t Out of 2016 — with Thomas Frank
Feb 28 • 38 min
In this public News Brief we review the media coverage of Sanders and Clinton in 2016 and how this past is being written and rewritten to set the narrative for 2020. (1000 apologies for the edited swear word, iTunes doesn’t allow you to say bad words…
67: The Gate-Keeping, Power-Serving Tautology of “Electability”
Feb 27 • 55 min
“How to Choose the Most Electable Democrat in 2020,” advises Politico. “Amy Klobuchar’s best argument for 2020: Electability,” CNN reports. “Is Electability The Only Thing That Democratic Voters Want?” WGBH, the Boston NPR affiliate,…
66: Whataboutism - The Media’s Favorite Rhetorical Shield Against Criticism of US Policy
Feb 20 • 59 min
Since the beginning of what’s generally called ‘RussiaGate’ three years ago, pundits, media outlets, even comedians have all become insta-experts on supposed Russian propaganda techniques. The most cunning of these tricks, we are told, is that…
65: How Empire Uses ‘Feminist’ Branding to Sell War and Occupation
Feb 6 • 82 min
Since the dawn of the American Empire, thin moral pretexts in our politics and press have been used to justify our wars and conquest. The invasion of Cuba and Philippines in 1898 was declared to be a fight for freedom from Spanish oppression. Vietnam…
64: Mike Rowe’s Koch-Backed Working Man Affectation
Jan 30 • 68 min
In recent years, television personality Mike Rowe has amassed a wildly popular following due to alleged working-class straight talk about topics ranging from the affordability of college to reasserting a culture of pride in craftsmanship and labor….
63: Gambling and Neoliberal Rot - How Our Most Regressive Tax Flies Under the Radar
Jan 23 • 67 min
As more and more states turn to casinos and lotteries to ‘fill the gap” in ‘falling’ state budgets, the predatory and regressive nature of gambling as an alternative to increasing taxes on the rich avoids nearly any media scrutiny among centrists…
62: Sanitizing Our Settler-Colonial Past With ‘Nation of Immigrants’ Narratives
Jan 16 • 49 min
“The United States is a nation of immigrants.” It’s a phrase we hear constantly – often said with the best of intentions and, in today’s increasingly cruel environment, meant as a strong rebuke of Donald Trump and his white nationalist…
61: What The Hell Is Wrong With MSNBC, Part II — A Rebuttal
Jan 9 • 57 min
In Ep. 34: ‘What The Hell Is Wrong With MSNBC’, we discussed with our anonymous MSNBC informant, well, what the hell was wrong with MSNBC? Why do they routinely focused on inane horserace and RussiaGate fear-mongering over objectively important topics…
60: Kitten Rescues, Lip-Syncing & Christmas Traffic Stops - Your Guide to Clickbait Copaganda
Dec 12, 2018 • 48 min
The media – local and national, print and TV – love puff pieces designed to make the police look good and generally improve their overall brand with the public. More often than not, these human interest stories are typically fed to local news by…
59: National Pastimes: Mindless Militarism in American Sports
Dec 5, 2018 • 57 min
F-22 flyovers, 160-foot flags draped across the playing field, full color guards, camouflage uniforms, The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, Support The Troops Nights, special perks for vets. What is the origin of the runaway military worship…
58: The Neoliberal Optimism Industry
Nov 28, 2018 • 60 min
We’re told the world is getting better all the time. In January, The New York Times’ Nick Kristof explained “Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History.” The same month, Harvard professor and Bill Gates’ favorite optimist Steven Pinker lamented (in a…
News Brief: Consumer Society and the Curation of Culture
Nov 21, 2018 • 40 min
Focus groups have long-been derided by the left, right, and center for watering down culture and reducing creative and political endeavors to dull, show-of-hand reductionism. But what if focus groups – which first arose from socialist experiments in…
57: A Matter of Survival - Trivializing Trans Rights as a Boutique “Identity” Issue
Nov 14, 2018 • 54 min
In the wake of the 2016 election, many conservatives, liberals, and - unfortunately - even some on the left pointed to Democrats’ reliance on so-called “identity politics” to explain Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton. One of the most…
56: How The Media Learned to Worry About War Without Ever Opposing It
Nov 7, 2018 • 73 min
“Bush didn’t send enough Troops.” “Trump needs authorization from Congress before launching a war.” “Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories are not helpful.” We hear these liberal objections to war and…
55: Jake Tapper and the Art of Faux-Adversarialism
Oct 31, 2018 • 63 min
Jake Tapper’s career trajectory is an object lesson in how to succeed in corporate media. The formula generally goes like this: go after the fringes of the left and the right––but mostly the left. Never offend any traditional centers of power….
54: Local ‘Crime’ Reporting as Police Stenography
Oct 17, 2018 • 62 min
“The suspect fled on foot, police said. Call this number if you have any information.” “The incident took place at the 1200 block of Grove.” “Police say.” “Police sources are telling us.” “Suspect is thought to be armed and dangerous.” We’ve all…
53: The Increasingly Dull Edge of ‘Hypocrisy’ Takedowns
Oct 10, 2018 • 50 min
Trump says he opposed the war in Iraq, but in fact said he supported it in an obscure interview in 2004. McCain was for the tax cuts before he was against them. Republicans say they’re Christians, yet support a philandering liar. Hypocrisy takedowns…
52: Attacks on Affirmative Action and the Commodification of Diversity
Oct 3, 2018 • 69 min
“Diversity” is a simultaneously important and buzzword-y term beloved by the media, corporations, real estate agents and elite universities. It’s something to strive for and take pride in, a symbol of inclusion and tolerance. While diversity is a…
51: How ‘The West Wing’ Poisoned the Liberal Mind
Sep 26, 2018 • 57 min
Post-Cold War liberal chauvinism knew no better ideological conduit than the hit NBC series The West Wing. Foreign policy was imperial, staffers were self-satisfied, and Serious Democrats fended off radical leftists and made the Tough Choices needed…
50: Anti-Imperialism and MSNBC-Approved Socialism
Sep 19, 2018 • 72 min
With recent primary election wins by candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, James Thompson, Julia Salazar and others, the terms “socialist” and “democratic socialist” are everywhere. Media outlets across the political…
49: Shifting Media Representations of Abortion (Part II)
Sep 12, 2018 • 46 min
In the mid-1990s there was a rhetorical and cultural shift on the issue of abortion, namely the result of anti-abortion activists successfully introducing the term “partial birth abortion” into both the media and cultural lexicon. Major Democrats…
48: Shifting Media Representations of Abortion (Part I)
Sep 5, 2018 • 48 min
From the shame-inducing “safe, legal and rare” framing of the 1990s to normalizing efforts like the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign and an uptick in abortion plot lines in mainstream television, dialogue surrounding abortion has shifted in…
News Brief: Don’t Let the Media Erase McCain’s Far Right Legacy
Aug 25, 2018 • 18 min
There must be an account for the thousands of dead Arabs and Asians McCain helped create. On this News Brief we attempt to do that.
47: American Magnanimity - Spinning Crimes Against Humanity as Benevolence
Aug 8, 2018 • 49 min
Since there’s been America, there have been American war crimes, and since there have been American war crimes, there’s been a parallel cottage industry of hacks, shills and propagandists willing to not only apologize for, deny and downplay these…
46: The Not-So-Benevolent Billionaire, Part II - Bill Gates in Africa
Aug 1, 2018 • 54 min
Russia, as we all know, has sinister “oligarchs” whereas in the United States, we are told, we have “philanthropists,” “job creators,” and “titans of industry” who earn their wealth through hard work, moxie, and guile. Aside from a few…
45: The Not-So-Benevolent Billionaire: Bill Gates and Western Media
Jul 25, 2018 • 69 min
Russia, as we all know, has sinister “oligarchs” whereas in the United States, we are told, we have “philanthropists,” “job creators,” and “titans of industry” who earn their wealth through hard work, moxie, and guile. Aside from a few…
44: RussiaGate, Year 3 - Using the Nonstop Specter of Russia to Tarnish Black Activists
Jul 18, 2018 • 51 min
For over two years, the U.S. government has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election - interference broadly considered to be in favor of candidate Donald Trump. As a result, a bizarre flip has occurred with the Right and Left:…
43: RussiaGate Year 3 — How Liberals’ Martial Posture Harms the Left
Jul 11, 2018 • 49 min
For over two years, the U.S. government has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election - interference broadly considered to be in favor of candidate Donald Trump. As a result, a bizarre flip has occurred with the Right and Left:…
42: ‘Populism’ - The Media’s Favorite Catch-All Smear for the Left
Jun 27, 2018 • 60 min
With the rise of Trump, Sanders, Corbyn and Brexit, hundreds of pundits, reporters, and talking heads have been warning about the problems of “populism” and its alleged attack on democracy over the past three years. “Populism and…
41: The Moral Poverty of Capitalist Healthcare Framing
Jun 20, 2018 • 58 min
Healthcare marketplaces,” “private insurers competing for your business” “insurance subsidies,” For years, Democrats bet big on framing the healthcare debate using technocratic, capitalist terms––they weren’t going to radically change…
40: The Civility Fetish
Jun 13, 2018 • 53 min
They’re not lies, they’re “falsehoods”; it’s not racism, it’s “racially charged comments”; it’s not torture, it’s “enhanced interrogation.” For years, U.S. media has prioritized, above all else, norms and civility. Mean words…
39: From Cradle to Courtroom: How The Media Stacks the Deck Against “Defendants”
Jun 6, 2018 • 78 min
The United States, far and away, has the largest prison population in the world. It also has one of the greatest disparities in their prison population of ethnic minorities in the world. How does a country that prides itself on being a “beacon of…
38: The Media’s Bogus Generation Obsession
May 23, 2018 • 44 min
“Baby Boomers are bloating the social safety net!” “GenXers are changing the nature of work!” “Millennials are killing the housing market!”. The media endlessly feeds us stories about how one generation or another is engaging in some…
37: Black Lives Matter, Dreamers, and the Problem of ‘The Perfect Victim’
May 16, 2018 • 69 min
“A pillar of the community”.” A straight-A student who dreamed of becoming a doctor”. “A loving father”.”Here through no fault of their own”. “She was hysterical and out of control.” “He was no angel.” The press, both local and national, humanizes…
36: Maplewashing — Looking Behind Canada’s Progressive Veneer
May 9, 2018 • 70 min
For decades, Canada has been a go-to point of reference for American progressives as a country the United States can and should strive to be. And while there are many parts about Canadian society that are measurably preferable, leftists in Canada find…
35: The Total Blackout of the Korean Left
Apr 25, 2018 • 62 min
When Americans read about the Korean “conflict” in the Western press, the articles are populated almost entirely with Serious Western Talking Heads, weapons contractor-funded think tank “fellows,” and former and current U.S. military brass. Who’s…
34: What the Hell is Wrong with MSNBC?
Apr 18, 2018 • 54 min
MSNBC is by far the most influential mainstream media outlet on the American Left. It sets the tone and defines the boundary for what is acceptable discourse among American liberals. But major issues the Left is generally thought to care about -…
33: Liberals’ Obsession with the Phantom Reasonable Republican
Apr 11, 2018 • 44 min
The unlikely rise of Trump in the past three years has created a chasm in the Republican party: those who embrace the President’s wild, unorthodox, nativist style and those who––with much posturing and self congratulation––reject his brand…
32: Attack of the PC College Kids!
Mar 28, 2018 • 66 min
We’ve heard this scare story a million times: A theater group at Wesleyan won’t perform The Vagina Monologues because it’s offensive to trans women! Oberlin is banning classes featuring white authorsI Rich, sheltered college students,…
31: Fake ISIS Plots and the Selling of Forever War
Mar 21, 2018 • 77 min
We’ve seen the headlines hundreds of times: “ISIS plot foiled”, “ISIS in Brooklyn”, “Woman Stopped At Airport on way to join ISIS”. These stories strike fear into the hearts of Americans everywhere, especially in the build up to the war…
30: Liberal Media’s Myopic Military Worship
Mar 14, 2018 • 61 min
Fighting against the far right forces of the Republican Party and their auxiliary white supremacist media makes attempts to appropriate notions of nationalism into a liberal mold a compelling short cut for Democrats looking for easy clapbacks and…
29: The Asymptotic ‘Two State Solution’ (Part II)
Mar 7, 2018 • 49 min
The idea that there exists an ongoing effort to achieve a “two-state solution” in Israel and Palestine - often referred to as The Middle East Peace Process™ - is uniformly taken for granted by American media. This “two-state solution” is always…
28: The Asymptotic ‘Two State Solution’ (Part I)
Feb 28, 2018 • 73 min
The idea that there exists an ongoing effort to achieve a “two-state solution” in Israel and Palestine - often referred to as The Middle East Peace Process™ - is uniformly taken for granted by American media. This “two-state solution” is always…
News Brief: How to Respond to Knee-Jerk Bigotry on Live TV
Feb 21, 2018 • 26 min
Citations Needed is off this week, but we do have a fascinating interview with Hoda Katebi on her now-infamous WGN television segment. In this News Brief, we explore what it means to “sound American,” the politics of women’s clothing, and why everyone…
27: How the Media Mainstreamed Racist Pseudoscience
Feb 14, 2018 • 60 min
If one were to approach New York Times-reading liberals circa 1990 and tell them about a crime-fighting policy that arbitrarily harassed black and Latino youths who had committed no crime and threw the book at low-level nonviolent offenses, they would…
26: The ‘Welfare’ Dog-Whistle
Feb 7, 2018 • 52 min
The term “welfare” is thrown around so casually in political speeches and media coverage we hardly notice it anymore. CNN reports that “GOP will tackle Medicare, Medicaid, welfare in 2018,” while The Washington Post insists that “Trump recently…
25: The Banality of CIA-Curated Definitions of ‘Democracy’
Jan 31, 2018 • 53 min
Few words elicit such warm feelings as the term “Democracy.” Wars are supposedly fought for it, foreign policies are built around it, protecting and advancing it is considered the United States’ highest moral order. Democracy’s alleged opposite -…
24: Highlighting Alternative Media - The Moral Limits of Dunking on Thomas Friedman
Jan 24, 2018 • 58 min
Here at Citations Needed we enjoy nothing more than ragging on corporate media - indeed, it’s our primary job. But can constant snark and negativity breed cynicism? Recent feedback from some of our listeners has us wondering if the act of media…
News Brief: Why the Media Should Stop Calling it a “Government Shutdown”
Jan 23, 2018 • 12 min
It’s not a “government shutdown”, it’s a liberal government shutdown––or, more precisely, a backdoor rightwing coup. Our words should reflect that. Relevant article: It’s Not a Government Shutdown. It’s a Right-Wing…
23: The Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn
Jan 17, 2018 • 50 min
We’ve all seen these feel good segments on the local news. The adorable and resourceful seven-year-old in California who’s been recycling cans since he was three and now has $10,000 saved up for college. The Oklahoma community that chipped in to buy…
22: Trumpwashing — How the Media Uses Trump to Launder Our Criminal Past
Jan 10, 2018 • 57 min
The unique threat and vileness of Donald Trump’s presidency can’t be overstated. Since he took office a year ago, he’s increased civilian deaths in Afghanistan by 50%, increased civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq (surpassing Obama’s death toll…
21: Quantifying Negative Media Portrayals of People of Color
Jan 3, 2018 • 65 min
According to one 2014 study, 75% of white Americans don’t have any non-white friends. Put another way, white people’s perception of African Americans and other people of color comes primarily from media representations rather than actual…
20: Lotteryism, Part II — A Most Dangerous Game: How Sports Are Used to Fleece Public Trusts
Dec 20, 2017 • 52 min
Previously on Citations Needed, we discussed the notion of “Lotteryism,” that is, the use of the media by large corporations to obscure solidarity in favor of morality tales of “making it.” It’s a scam to extract resources from local governments…
19: Lotteryism Part I — How a Compliant Press Fuels the Spectacle of ‘Winning’
Dec 13, 2017 • 54 min
“Lotteryism” is the use of the media by large corporations to obscure solidarity in favor of morality tales of “making it”. It’s the atomization of parties of mutual interest by lording over them the promise of something greater than what they…
18: Fake News Panic and the Silencing of Dissident Media
Dec 6, 2017 • 75 min
In this episode, we dive into the Fake News hole with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, and activist Chris Hedges. Since Hillary Clinton’s surprise 2016 loss to Donald Trump, there have been thousands of articles,…
17: Whitewashing America’s Role in Yemen
Nov 29, 2017 • 69 min
Over 15,000 civilians dead and almost a million reported cases of cholera. 17 million people unsure of where their next meal will come from, including 7 million on the brink of starvation. Nearly 3 million people internally displaced. Hunger, disease,…
News Brief: #J20 Trial Update and the Political Definitions of ‘Violence’
Nov 22, 2017 • 35 min
In this News Brief Nima and Adam catch up with the latest from the #J20 trial, how the media shaped coverage early in favor of the state, and the racist roots of criminalizing protest. With guest Sam Adler-Bell. “It’s a Police State…
16: Editorial Boards––Protectors of Establishment Ideology
Nov 15, 2017 • 72 min
Editorial boards are the establishment voice from above, handing out decrees of moral and political import behind an anonymous byline. Major papers like The New York Times and The Washington Post have an Official Position and it’s important that…
15: The Real Estate Page As Colonial Dispatch
Nov 8, 2017 • 49 min
Real Estate sections are mostly breezy, fun profiles of the super rich buying up houses and remodeling the ones they already own. Harmless escapist fun? Maybe. But how we write about real estate reveals casually racist and colonial attitudes that are…
14: The Iran Deal Protection Racket
Nov 1, 2017 • 53 min
We are told time and again from Republicans and nominal liberals alike that Iran desperately wants to acquire nuclear weapons, was “racing toward the bomb” before the implementation of the multilateral Iran Deal - officially known as the Joint…
13: The Always Stumbling US Empire
Oct 25, 2017 • 64 min
“Stumbling”, “sliding”, “drawn into” war––the media frequently assumes the US is bumbling its way around the world. The idea that the United States operates in “good faith” is taken for granted for most of the American press while war is…
12: The New Atheists, Celebrity Crusaders For Empire
Oct 11, 2017 • 74 min
With guest Luke Savage
11: The Deficits Racket Part II — Racist Media as Barrier to Govt Spending
Oct 4, 2017 • 65 min
If broad government programs are so popular why don’t we just vote them into existence? One of the primary barriers to democratic socialism—or spending in general—is racist media coverage and racist attitudes about how government programs are…
11: The Deficits Racket Part I — Single Payer Propaganda War
Sep 27, 2017 • 63 min
with guest Stephanie Kelton
10: Ableism and the Ethics of Calling Trump “Crazy”
Sep 20, 2017 • 56 min
“Insane”, “crazy”, “totally fucking nuts”–Trump’s mental capacity is the subject of much speculation, joke-making, and earnest concern. But how should the subject be approached by the media? On this week’s show we explore the ethics…
09: Liberal Media Throws #J20 Activists Under the Bus
Sep 13, 2017 • 67 min
The #Resistance warms up to rightwing ghouls David Frum and Evan McMullin while ignoring anti-Trump protesters facing 80 years in federal prison. With guest Sam Menefee-Libey.
08: The Human Rights Concern Troll Industrial Complex
Sep 6, 2017 • 75 min
We discuss the cynical use of “human rights” to advance US interests with guest Glenn Greenwald.
News Brief: Harvey, Climate Change and Snitch Reporters
Sep 3, 2017 • 19 min
Guest Katherine Krueger of Splinter News
07: BDS & the Moral Narratives of Colonization
Aug 23, 2017 • 71 min
In Episode 7 we explore how the media discusses the issue of BDS and the broader topic of Palestinian liberation. Show notes:
News Brief: Nazis, the ACLU & the Moral Limits of ‘Free Speech’
Aug 15, 2017 • 26 min
We discuss the virtue of defending lofty free speech ideals in the Trump era with our guest George Ciccariello.
06: The Media’s Default Setting of White Supremacy
Aug 9, 2017 • 71 min
How the media works to smear black victims and protect the police.
News Brief: Media Helps Trump Stoke Tensions with North Korea
Aug 9, 2017 • 26 min
Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson recap today’s North Korea escalation.
05: Purging Socialists of Color From History
Aug 2, 2017 • 61 min
On Episode 5, we explore the history of the media erasing socialists of color from the history books and present day discourse––a tactic that serves to both commodity and water-down black radicalism and pawn off leftwing politics as a uniquely white or…
04: The Root of All Evil
Jul 26, 2017 • 51 min
Iran, Iraq, and the New York Times’ Master Class in Reality Inversion.
03: The Rise of Superpredator 2.0
Jul 21, 2017 • 38 min
Gang-raids as media spectacle.
02 : The North Korea Memory Hole
Jul 19, 2017 • 59 min
In the second episode of Citations Needed, Nima and Adam breakdown the history and present “crisis” on the Korean peninsula.
01 : The Charter School Scam
Jul 12, 2017 • 56 min
The first episode of Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson’s podcast, Citations Needed, tackles the media hype surrounding the privatization of education. Show notes can be found here: 2010 tax form for Participant Foundation used to fund Waiting for Superman…