Adam H. Johnson, The Appeal

Adam H. Johnson

The Appeal

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Adam:

Media Frame: Time to Ban Ride-Along Police TV

Reality shows like ‘The First 48,’ ‘Live PD,’ and ‘Cops’ are interfering in legal cases, exploiting people of color, and threatening lives. → Read More

The Appeal Podcast: The Problem With Jailhouse Informants

The Appeal Podcast: The Problem With Jailhouse Informants Jailhouse informants are a fixture of pop culture, helping TV prosecutors secure convictions in exchange for leniency or other favors. But the public—and by extension, juries—are largely ignorant of just how common, and how damaging, jailhouse informants are to the criminal legal system. This week, University of California, Irvine School… → Read More

Painting a Distorted Picture of Crime ‘Spikes’ in New York City

Murder rates are at an all-time low in Brooklyn, but one would hardly know it reading the New York Times. → Read More

Warren and Sanders Understand the Power of 'The Bad Guy'

Progressive activist Norman Solomon offers a succinct description of neoliberalism: an ideology that sees victims but never victimizers. Bad things just happen.They’re the product of mysterious, unaccountable and ill-defined “market forces.” Factories just close, endless wars just “erupt,” the Nasdaq just crashes and our 401K and home equity just evaporate. No one specifically → Read More

WaPo Must Acknowledge CIA Role in Pakistan Polio Crisis

It’s common moral sense that to prevent future problems, one must have an accurate and true accounting of how these problems were created.. If the last three years have taught us anything, it’s that it’s much easier to blame “fake news” than to look in the mirror and see how one’s own country, and their powerful institutions, may bear responsibility for a social ill. → Read More

ACTION ALERT: WaPo Must Acknowledge CIA Role in Pakistan Polio Crisis

Please tell the Washington Post to acknowledge the role of CIA subterfuge in fueling the anti-vaccination sentiment that has led to a resurgence of polio in Pakistan. → Read More

Dozens Condemned by Media as ‘Gang Members’ Not Actually Gang Members, Study Confirms

A new report finds that more than half of the 120 indicted in the “largest gang takedown ever” were never alleged to be in a gang. → Read More

Maybe Rich Liberals Don’t Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can’t Win, But Because They’re Rich

Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? | By Adam Johnson → Read More

Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes—No Thanks to MSNBC

As activist pressure on lawmakers to oppose the Yemen War mounted, the nominally liberal media powerhouse MSNBC was once again AWOL. → Read More

To Ramp Up Fear of Russia in Africa, NYT Downplays Massive US Military Presence on Continent

Let the Pentagon gravy train run its course, year in and year out, because invariably there will always be, with the help of the New York Times, the specter of an enemy threat “advancing on a new front.”.. The New York Times (3/31/19) added to its series of reports depicting Official Enemies surpassing the US in the race for global dominance. → Read More

To Ramp Up Fear of Russia in Africa, NYT Downplays Massive US Military Presence on Continent

A New York Times report on Russian influence in Africa once again depicts Official Enemies surpassing the US in a race for global dominance. → Read More

"Renounce violence": That sounds positive — but why do only Muslims have to do it?

Nearly all the examples of that phrase in the New York Times over the last 10 years refer to Muslim militants → Read More

‘Renouncing Violence’ Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims

Why should only these groups—Muslim 95 percent of the time—“renounce violence,” but the US and its allies never have to? → Read More

Bloomberg’s Armsmaker-Funded Columnist Wants You to Know: Military Spending Is Woke

You may not know it, but bloated Pentagon budgets are actually “progressive.” Or so says a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg News. → Read More

The Return of the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend

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 surge in the Inexplicable Republican Best Friend (IRPF), a specific genre of concern-trolling where a long-time Republican operative, politician or pundit offers “advice” to Democrats about how they should avoid going “too far left.” | By → Read More

Where's the "resistance" to Trump's Venezuela coup? Not on MSNBC

Semi-official network of the anti-Trump "resistance" either hasn't heard about Venezuela coup or supports it → Read More

ACTION ALERT: MSNBC’s ‘Resistance’ to Trump’s Venezuela Coup Ranges from Silence to Support

Please contact MSNBC to urge the network to balance its pro-coup coverage of Venezuela. → Read More

The Appeal Podcast: Prisoners With Disabilities Fight for Equal Rights

The Appeal Podcast: Prisoners With Disabilities Fight for Equal Rights With Appeal contributor Keri Blakinger In the public mind, incarcerated people are often better left in the dark—unseen and unconsidered. That’s especially true when it comes to prisoners with disabilities, who suffer from both the routine cruel conditions of America’s prisons and a widespread non-compliance in those prisons… → Read More

Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt

Western media outlets echoed the Trump administration's claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid. → Read More

Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America – Countercurrents

A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such[Read More...] → Read More