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Citations Needed

Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson

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Citations Needed is a podcast about the intersection of media, PR, and power, hosted by Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson.
Episode 77: Frugality Fables and the Poor-Shaming Grift of Financial Advice Journalism

1:01:32 | May 29th

“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. Everywhere in ...Show More
Episode 78: The Militarization of U.S. Media's Drug Coverage

52:25 | Jun 5th

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 ag...Show More
Episode 70: Laundering Imperial Violence Through Anodyne Foreign Policy-Speak (Part I)

56:30 | Mar 20th

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” “pressure” on ISIS. The C...Show More
Episode 69: The Rise of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend

37:46 | Mar 13th

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 where a l...Show More
Episode 65: How Empire Uses ‘Feminist’ Branding to Sell War and Occupation

1:22:08 | Feb 6th

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...Show More
Episode 64: Mike Rowe’s Koch-Backed Working Man Affectation

1:08:01 | Jan 30th

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. F...Show More
Episode 33: Liberals' Obsession with the Phantom Reasonable Republican

44:51 | Apr 11th, 2018

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 of conserv...Show More
Episode 16: Editorial Boards––Protectors of Establishment Ideology

1:12:39 | Nov 15th, 2017

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 Impo...Show More
Episode 01 : The Charter School Scam

56:17 | Jul 12th, 2017

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 Superma...Show More
Episode 84: How Claims of “Sowing Discord” Are Used to Silence Criticism of Power

1:07:00 | Jul 24th

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,” insists CNN. ...Show More
Episode 83: The Unchecked Conservative Ideology of US Media's 'Fact-Check' Verticals

48:30 | Jul 17th

"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 news,” a c...Show More
Episode 82 - 'Western Civilization' and White Supremacy: The Right-Wing Co-option of Antiquity

59:13 | Jul 10th

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 hi...Show More
Episode 81: How US Media Pits Labor and Climate Activists Against One Other

42:10 | Jul 3rd

"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 Cali...Show More
Episode 80: Animal Rights as Media and Pop Culture Punchline

54:07 | Jun 19th

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 Und...Show More
Episode 79: How 'Neutral' 'Experts' Took Over Trump's Iran Policy

56:02 | Jun 12th

“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 East, exper...Show More
Episode 76: The Anti-War Rebranding of Rhodes and Power and the Moral Hazard of Faux Mea Culpas

56:50 | May 22nd

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 ...Show More
News Brief: The #Bronx120 and Preet Bharara's Woke Rebranding

11:07 | May 9th

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.
Episode 75: The Trouble with 'Florida Man'

51:49 | May 1st

“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 spaghetti ...Show More
Episode 74: Liberal Gandhi Fetishism and the Problem with Pop Notions of 'Violence'

1:13:18 | Apr 24th

"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 meth...Show More
Episode 73: Western Media’s Narrow, Colonial Definition of "Corruption"

53:53 | Apr 17th

"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...Show More
Episode 72 - John Stossel: Libertarian Billionaires' Inside Man

1:01:44 | Apr 10th

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 Tru...Show More
Episode 71: Laundering Imperial Violence Through Anodyne Foreign Policy-Speak (Part II)

53:17 | Apr 3rd

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, rhetor...Show More
Episode 68 - A New Gun Control Debate: Dismantling Our Racist 'Lock 'Em Up' Approach

1:01:48 | Mar 6th

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...Show More
News Brief: Let's Relitigate the Sh*t Out of 2016 -- with Thomas Frank

38:42 | Feb 28th

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...Show More
Episode 67: The Gate-Keeping, Power-Serving Tautology of “Electability”

55:51 | Feb 27th

“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, wonders. These a...Show More
Episode 66: Whataboutism - The Media's Favorite Rhetorical Shield Against Criticism of US Policy

59:34 | Feb 20th

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 of “wh...Show More
Episode 63: Gambling and Neoliberal Rot - How Our Most Regressive Tax Flies Under the Radar

1:07:21 | Jan 23rd

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 and...Show More
Episode 62: Sanitizing Our Settler-Colonial Past With ‘Nation of Immigrants’ Narratives

49:18 | Jan 16th

“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 administration...Show More
Episode 61: What The Hell Is Wrong With MSNBC, Part II -- A Rebuttal

57:00 | Jan 9th

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 topic...Show More
Episode 60: Kitten Rescues, Lip-Syncing & Christmas Traffic Stops - Your Guide to Clickbait Copaganda

48:44 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 the ...Show More
Episode 59: National Pastimes: Mindless Militarism in American Sports

57:29 | Dec 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 58: The Neoliberal Optimism Industry

1:00:24 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More
News Brief: Consumer Society and the Curation of Culture

40:17 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 57: A Matter of Survival - Trivializing Trans Rights as a Boutique “Identity” Issue

54:42 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 56: How The Media Learned to Worry About War Without Ever Opposing It

1:13:26 | Nov 7th, 2018

“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 occupation all the...Show More
Episode 55: Jake Tapper and the Art of Faux-Adversarialism

1:03:22 | Oct 31st, 2018

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. Mug. C...Show More
Episode 54: Local 'Crime' Reporting as Police Stenography

1:02:30 | Oct 17th, 2018

"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 hear...Show More
Episode 53: The Increasingly Dull Edge of 'Hypocrisy' Takedowns

50:08 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 52: Attacks on Affirmative Action and the Commodification of Diversity

1:09:29 | Oct 3rd, 2018

"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 nob...Show More
Episode 51: How 'The West Wing' Poisoned the Liberal Mind

57:27 | Sep 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 50: Anti-Imperialism and MSNBC-Approved Socialism

1:12:11 | Sep 19th, 2018

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 spectrum - fro...Show More
Episode 49: Shifting Media Representations of Abortion (Part II)

46:18 | Sep 12th, 2018

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 con...Show More
Episode 48: Shifting Media Representations of Abortion (Part I)

48:58 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 recent years f...Show More
News Brief: Don't Let the Media Erase McCain's Far Right Legacy

18:32 | Aug 26th, 2018

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.
Episode 47: American Magnanimity - Spinning Crimes Against Humanity as Benevolence

49:22 | Aug 8th, 2018

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 cri...Show More
Episode 46: The Not-So-Benevolent Billionaire, Part II - Bill Gates in Africa

54:56 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 cartoonishly e...Show More
Episode 45: The Not-So-Benevolent Billionaire: Bill Gates and Western Media

1:09:24 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 cartoonishly e...Show More
Episode 44: RussiaGate, Year 3 - Using the Nonstop Specter of Russia to Tarnish Black Activists

51:32 | Jul 18th, 2018

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: Pol...Show More
Episode 43: RussiaGate Year 3 -- How Liberals' Martial Posture Harms the Left

49:10 | Jul 11th, 2018

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: Pol...Show More
Episode 42: 'Populism' - The Media’s Favorite Catch-All Smear for the Left

1:00:14 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 immigration pose...Show More
Episode 41: The Moral Poverty of Capitalist Healthcare Framing

58:03 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 the system of h...Show More
Episode 40: The Civility Fetish

53:03 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 or questioning motives a...Show More
Episode 39: From Cradle to Courtroom: How The Media Stacks the Deck Against “Defendants”

1:18:41 | Jun 6th, 2018

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 fre...Show More
Episode 38: The Media's Bogus Generation Obsession

44:13 | May 23rd, 2018

“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 collective act o...Show More
Episode 37: Black Lives Matter, Dreamers, and the Problem of 'The Perfect Victim'

1:09:17 | May 16th, 2018

"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 so...Show More
Episode 36: Maplewashing — Looking Behind Canada’s Progressive Veneer

1:10:41 | May 9th, 2018

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 fin...Show More
Episode 35: The Total Blackout of the Korean Left

1:02:54 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 nev...Show More
Episode 34: What the Hell is Wrong with MSNBC?

54:43 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 - impe...Show More
Episode 32: Attack of the PC College Kids!

1:06:02 | Mar 28th, 2018

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, increasingly in...Show More
Episode 31: Fake ISIS Plots and the Selling of Forever War

1:17:58 | Mar 21st, 2018

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 effort agains...Show More
Episode 30: Liberal Media’s Myopic Military Worship

1:01:57 | Mar 14th, 2018

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 vir...Show More
Episode 29: The Asymptotic ‘Two State Solution’ (Part II)

49:23 | Mar 7th, 2018

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 at di...Show More
Episode 28: The Asymptotic 'Two State Solution' (Part I)

1:13:41 | Feb 28th, 2018

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 at di...Show More
News Brief: How to Respond to Knee-Jerk Bigotry on Live TV

26:57 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 everyon...Show More
Episode 27: How the Media Mainstreamed Racist Pseudoscience

1:00:46 | Feb 14th, 2018

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 woul...Show More
Episode 26: The 'Welfare' Dog-Whistle

52:19 | Feb 7th, 2018

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 calle...Show More
Episode 25: The Banality of CIA-Curated Definitions of ‘Democracy’

53:47 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 - bro...Show More
Episode 24: Highlighting Alternative Media - The Moral Limits of Dunking on Thomas Friedman

58:25 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 criti...Show More
News Brief: Why the Media Should Stop Calling it a "Government Shutdown"

12:39 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 Coup www.thenation.com/article/its...Show More
Episode 23: The Media's Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn

50:47 | Jan 17th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 22: Trumpwashing -- How the Media Uses Trump to Launder Our Criminal Past

57:52 | Jan 10th, 2018

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 in just...Show More
Episode 21: Quantifying Negative Media Portrayals of People of Color

1:05:05 | Jan 3rd, 2018

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 interactions...Show More
Episode 20: Lotteryism, Part II -- A Most Dangerous Game: How Sports Are Used to Fleece Public Trusts

52:20 | Dec 20th, 2017

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 in ...Show More
Episode 19: Lotteryism Part I -- How a Compliant Press Fuels the Spectacle of 'Winning'

54:36 | Dec 13th, 2017

"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 could ...Show More
Episode 18: Fake News Panic and the Silencing of Dissident Media

1:15:29 | Dec 6th, 2017

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,...Show More
Episode 17: Whitewashing America's Role in Yemen

1:09:17 | Nov 29th, 2017

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...Show More
News Brief: #J20 Trial Update and the Political Definitions of 'Violence'

35:09 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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 Mentality” — J20 ...Show More
Episode 15: The Real Estate Page As Colonial Dispatch

49:58 | Nov 8th, 2017

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...Show More
Episode 14: The Iran Deal Protection Racket

53:29 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 Compre...Show More
Episode 13: The Always Stumbling US Empire

1:04:03 | Oct 25th, 2017

"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 always portr...Show More
Episode 12: The New Atheists, Celebrity Crusaders For Empire

1:14:11 | Oct 11th, 2017

Since the mid-2000’s, a specific breed of liberalism has emerged broadly called “New Atheism”. While the movement is hardly a monolith, it has at its core features of liberal chauvinism, anti-"political correctness", “science”, secularism, and a gene...Show More
Episode 11: The Deficits Racket Part II -- Racist Media as Barrier to Govt Spending

1:05:05 | Oct 4th, 2017

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 admin...Show More
Episode 11: The Deficits Racket Part I -- Single Payer Propaganda War

1:03:52 | Sep 27th, 2017

The idea that we’re “running out of money” and have to “tighten our belts" is a common trope in US media; the premise that the US government is like a household that must balance its books, largely taken for granted by liberal and right-wing outlets ...Show More
Episode 10: Ableism and the Ethics of Calling Trump “Crazy”

56:31 | Sep 20th, 2017

“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 of diagnosing me...Show More
Episode 09: Liberal Media Throws #J20 Activists Under the Bus

1:07:27 | Sep 13th, 2017

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.
Episode 08: The Human Rights Concern Troll Industrial Complex

1:15:15 | Sep 6th, 2017

We discuss the cynical use of "human rights" to advance US interests with guest Glenn Greenwald.  The conceit that the U.S. has been a dedicated and earnest promoter of “freedom”, “democracy,” and “human rights” throughout the world — even if, at tim...Show More
News Brief: Harvey, Climate Change and Snitch Reporters

19:56 | Sep 3rd, 2017

On this news brief we discuss the media's fear of covering Harvey in the context of race, class, and the manifest threat of climate change. With guest Katherine Krueger of Splinter News.
Episode 07: BDS & the Moral Narratives of Colonization

1:11:31 | Aug 23rd, 2017

In Episode 7 we explore how the media discusses the issue of BDS and the broader topic of Palestinian liberation. Show notes: https://medium.com/@CitationsPodcst/episode-07-bds-the-moral-narratives-of-colonization-b5493707c121
News Brief: Nazis, the ACLU & the Moral Limits of 'Free Speech'

26:39 | Aug 15th, 2017

We discuss the virtue of defending lofty free speech ideals in the Trump era with our guest George Ciccariello.
Episode 06: The Media’s Default Setting of White Supremacy

1:11:23 | Aug 9th, 2017

In Episode 06 we explore how the media both consciously and subconsciously works to smear black victims, protect the police, and works overtime to ameliorate the sensibilities of white media consumers with our guest Dr. Jared A. Ball.  The white supr...Show More
News Brief: Media Helps Trump Stoke Tensions with North Korea

26:27 | Aug 9th, 2017

Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson recap today's North Korea escalation.
Episode 05: Purging Socialists of Color From History

1:01:56 | Aug 2nd, 2017

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 ...Show More
Episode 04: The Root of All Evil

51:00 | Jul 26th, 2017

On Episode 04 we talk about a recent New York Times article — and the broader media habit of painting the US as benevolent democracy-seeker and Iran and other Official Enemies as cynical imperialists. In this episode we dissect the true history of w...Show More
Episode 03: The Rise of Superpredator 2.0

38:37 | Jul 21st, 2017

Episode 03: The Rise of Superpredator 2.  Episode 3 is about the media narrative surrounding the rise of so-called “gang raids” that have exploded over the past three years. These high-stakes, headline-grabbing spectacles target, almost exclusively, ...Show More
Episode 02 : The North Korea Memory Hole

59:18 | Jul 19th, 2017

In the second episode of Citations Needed, Nima and Adam breakdown the history and present "crisis" on the Korean peninsula.