Global Media Wars

Friday, May 06, 2011


In March, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. is on the losing side of a global information war, pointing out the successes of state funded international news networks like Al Jazeera. A group of Columbia University students monitored five English language news networks aimed at an international audience in a project called Global Media Wars. Nathanael Massey worked on the project and he says it's not that the U.S. is losing the information war, it's just no longer in the lead.

Comments [6]


Shame on NPR All of the news is censored CNN, Fox, BBC..They are kittens in collars drag us around for dollars. RT is a reliable news source

Jul. 28 2012 05:41 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Just was watching Amy Goodman following NPR's model of begging while hawking her media star Mike Moore's video attacking newspapers & news media for and by 'dumbing down' America with her own cliffhanging plea. She doesn't get that she's competing with C-SPAN & free public access and us poor people can't afford $200 videos. Soon news will be just another commodity everywhere as it is here.

May. 11 2011 01:58 PM
Ann Cooper

You can learn more about Hillary's comments (including her own lament about the U.S. commercial networks), Telesur and other services, and much more about the hundreds of state-funded satellite services out there by reading the full project:

May. 08 2011 10:55 AM
clopha deshotel from Bridgeport CT

Mr Massey, and the other students, may get a passing grade for their project. But "a river cannot reject the streams that come to it" and the news outlets are all streams of varying sizes - the consumers of news are doing is navigating our way without Columbia and Clinton. The win-lose scenario is perhaps too shallow. OTM, good job. Mr Massey, get a new paddle.

May. 08 2011 05:54 AM
Jeremy Lansman from Anchroage AK

Hummmm.... I see no mention of BBC World, which was started up expressly to compete with CNN. It is interesting that even BBC World is not generally available in the United States.

Also, you did not mention of Telesur. (Oh.. it is in Spanish, so maybe is not in the scope of your report, but it is politically important none the less) Telesur is an effort funded by various Latin American countries. See You should find the Wiki interesting.

May. 07 2011 11:40 PM

"not that the U.S. is losing the information war, it's just no longer in the lead."

Ahhhhhh, isn't being behind the major contenders in a race called losing? No being in the lead is a curious euphemism for losing.

You piece, possibly to avoid being cruel, did not say what each of the leaders did better than ABCNNBCBS et al, aka the not leaders, no to be confused with losers.

May. 07 2011 10:32 AM

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