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Media Lens is a British media analysis website established in 2001 by David Cromwell and David Edwards. The site is financed by donations from its supporters. The aim of the website is to scrutinize and question the coverage of the mainstream media of prominent issues and events to draw attention to what they regard as "the systemic failure of the corporate media to report the world honestly and accurately".
Cromwell and Edwards, who remain the sites editors, write regular 'Media Alerts' concentrating on those mainstream media outlets legally obliged to be impartial (the BBC and Channel 4 News) or usually considered liberal like The Guardian and The Independent. Media Lens frequently disputes the impartiality of the BBC and draws attention to what it sees as the limits within which the liberal press operates.
The editors invite their readers to challenge journalists, editors and programme producers directly via email, specifically discouraging abusive contact.
Media Lens has gained the approval of John Pilger, who has written about their "remarkable website", Other journalists, not necessarily identified with the left, have also made positive comments about the group, but it has come into conflict with others. The Observer's foreign editor Peter Beaumont has claimed the group operated a "campaign" against John Sloboda and the Iraq Body Count. George Monbiot has also criticised Media Lens for their apparent defence of Edward S. Herman Graham Murdock and Michael Pickering describe their work as providing "a riveting expose of the myth of liberal media based on a variety of empirical case studies".
History and activities
By the late 1990s, David Edwards had gradually come to the conclusion that a "media suppression of the truth about the effect of the sanctions against Iraq existed, and media indifference to climate change: "the media were still celebrating the idea that Britain might soon be blessed with a Mediterranean climate." Meanwhile, Cromwell had found the coverage of certain issues "paltry" and had received a negligible response from the newspapers to which he had written. The two men first met in 1999, and Edwards suggested beginning a collaborative website.
The website is maintained by webmaster Oliver Maw, and is financed through voluntary subscription and donations from grant-funding bodies. Jonathan Cook, a sympathetic journalist who covers the Middle East, has also contributed articles. Their media alerts are published online and distributed without charge by email to a reported international readership of around 14,000 people.
In regular Media Alerts, the editors (and other contributors) scrutinize media coverage in terms of arguments used, source selection, and the framing of events to highlight what they see as incidents of bias, omissions, or direct lies. The editors frequently engage in email exchanges with British journalists and editors, as well as encouraging their readers to do the same through email campaigns.
Media Lens hosts a message board and a discussion forum, used for political and media issues. Media Lens have also published several books which build on the themes and topics covered on their website with further arguments and content.
Central to Media Lens analyses is the Propaganda model, first developed by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, in their book Manufacturing Consent (1988). The theory posits that the way in which news media is structured (through advertising, media ownership, government sourcing and others) creates an inherent conflict of interest which leads to systemic bias and propaganda for undemocratic forces. Edwards has also cited Erich Fromm, who thought "a society that subordinates people and planet to profit is inherently insane and toxic", and his practice of Buddhism as influences.
According to Media Lens editors, journalists in the mainstream media articulate an "'official' version of events ... as Truth. The testimony of critical observers and participants" and "especially those on the receiving end of Western firepower – are routinely marginalised, ignored and even ridiculed." They state that mainstream journalists gradually absorb an unquestioning corporate mindset as their careers progress, becoming unwilling to question their occupations or governments claims, rather than consciously lying. In a statement 'About Us' they observe: "We all have a tendency to believe what best suits our purpose; highly paid, highly privileged editors and journalists are no exception." In Cromwell and Edwards' opinion, western government actions have followed "a historical pattern of deception" going back several centuries, while they assert that "the corporate media is the source of some of the greatest, most lethal illusions of our age". Oliver Boyd-Barrett, an academic specialising in Communications Studies, has pointed to their "relentless commitment" to judging the media "on criteria of rationality and humanity, for what they write and fail to write, and doing so in a tone that is determinedly polite and respectful, even when the content is highly critical." Peter Beaumont, however, has argued that Media Lens "insist that the only acceptable version of the truth is theirs alone and that everybody else should march to the same step".
The editors reject claims that their analyses are conspiracy theories, arguing that the patterns of bias they identify are the predictable consequence of media corporations subject to market forces operating within a profit driven system. According to Cromwell: “there is, of course, no conspiracy. It is more subtle, powerful and pervasive than that”. A former supporter, the philosopher Rupert Read has criticised their use of "extremely dubious" source material including Michel Chossudovsky, whom he calls a conspiracy theorist, an opinion shared by Times journalist Oliver Kamm.
In the view of the editors, the liberal wing of the mainstream media are gatekeepers "of acceptable debate from a left or Green perspective, 'thus far and no further'" and insist that in a corporate system dissenting views have difficulty gaining attention. In their view, "the corporate media is an extremist fringe" with which progressives should completely dissociate themselves. Media Lens have been critical of dissenting voices, like John Pilger, who work in the mainstream media. While considering the Australian-born journalist a "huge inspiration", they argue that Pilger's "work is used to strengthen the propaganda system‘s false claims of honesty and openness". The journalist Peter Wilby, of the opinion that "their basic critique is correct", occasionally commissioned them while he was editor of the New Statesman lamented in a review of their book Guardians of Power (2006) that: "The Davids are virtually unknown; as leftist critics, they are marginalised." Writing about the same work John Pilger commented: "Not a single national newspaper reviewed the most important book about journalism I can remember", including the left-wing Morning Star, although the newspaper did review their second book in 2009.
Guardian journalist Michael White at the end of an article in January 2012 addressed Media Lens directly: "Times are tough for all media, including the liberal media. Bear it in mind, comrades: who would you have to attack if we weren't there?"
Peter Beaumont, who describes them as "controlling Politburo lefties", says their email campaigns amount to contact from "a train spotters' club run by Uncle Joe Stalin". Journalist and academic John Rentoul too, has been unimpressed with the approach of Media Lens' campaigners. He writes that an email exchange with a Media Lens supporter "may continue until journalist is too busy to reply or until the snarl of Chomskian-Pilgerism is unwittingly betrayed and journalist realises he or she has not been engaging with a reasonable person." Peter Barron, former editor of the BBC's Newsnight commented in 2005: "In fact I rather like them. David Cromwell and David Edwards, who run the site, are unfailingly polite, their points are well-argued and sometimes they're plain right." Roy Greenslade of The Guardian, who recalled being "at the sharp end" of one of their critiques commented that their courtesy "seems to upset the editors and journalists that they approach when probing their motives, actions and results."
On 12 December 2007, Edwards and Cromwell were awarded the Gandhi International Peace Award. The award was presented by Denis Halliday, former United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq and himself a recipient of the award in 2003.
On 7 July 2008 Peter Wilby reported in The Guardian that The Times' legal manager Alastair Brett had written to Edwards about "vexatious and threatening emails from visitors to Media Lens" received by journalist Bronwen Maddox, then with The Times, and threatened an application for a high court injunction to prevent their users from contacting Maddox. In a case of alleged copyright infringement, Brett managed to gain the removal of emails from Maddox which had been incorporated into an article concerning Iran. Although Maddox reported receiving dozens of comments, the only email directly quoted by the complainants was from "the second coming of Jesus Christ" with a threat to fire Maddox, which had also been sent in similar form to dozens of journalists and to Media Lens itself. Wilby quoted Edwards asking "what world do these people live in that they have to be so protected from the rough and tumble of political debate?"
According to Jeff Sparrow, writing for The Age, that despite possessing "something of the child's naive obstinacy in the authors' refusal to accept the journalistic practices at which most people cynically shrug", within Guardians of Power, "[Edwards and Cromwell] expose the fundamental contradiction between, on the one hand, our need for information about the world and, on the other, the need of media conglomerates to deliver returns to their shareholders." Arvind Sivaramakrishna, writing in The Hindu, reviewing Newspeak in the 21st Century (2009), the editors' second joint book, commented that the work is a "valuable contribution to the growing body of authoritative criticism of the mainstream press." He concluded that their critique of the British media is relevant to the global media and that their work "deserves a global readership."
Justification for war
Prior to the Iraq War in 2002 Media Lens argued that the UK and US government's justification for a war on the basis that Iraq possessed a credible Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat and had an active WMD program was fraudulent. Media Lens cited the work of former chief UN arms inspector Scott Ritter, who stated that 4 years previously, after thorough investigation by UN inspectors, it was found that Iraq had been "fundamentally disarmed" with 90-95% of its WMD capability eliminated. The editors further cited Ritter's opinion that it would have been impossible for Iraq to rearm "from scratch" within the four years since the UN had left given the level of scrutiny they were under.
A 30 April 2003 Media Lens database search covering the period leading up to and including the invasion of Iraq found that of the 5,767 articles published by The Guardian and its sister paper The Observer only 12 made any mention of Scott Ritter. According to Edwards, this constituted "a shocking suppression of serious and credible dissident views", which he said were "soon to be entirely vindicated". This is a view shared by Eddie Girdner, who cites Media Lens as among those who drew this conclusion before the war began.
According to Richard Alexander, in respect of the Iraq war, Edwards and Cromwell have "trenchantly dissected the servant role the British media played in bolstering the lies to the British public purveyed by the UK government, despite the prominent liberal self-image of 'freedom of expression'."
Reporting of conflict
Media Lens argue that in 2003, the BBC's reporting on the Iraq war took the form of "Boys' Own war pornography". They have cited a rhetorical question posed by BBC correspondent Bridget Kendall in 2006 about whether the Iraq war was "justified" or a "disastrous miscalculation" as a demonstration of personal bias, which they see as being the "norm", rather than impartiality. They argue this excludes the opinions of the anti-war movement, and ex-UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who are considered to have seen the war as "an illegal war of aggression".
Media Lens has argued that journalists regularly present inflated assessments of the accomplishments of western politicians. They cite comments made by Andrew Marr in 2003, while the BBC's political editor, a journalist they consider overtly sympathetic to the former prime minister: "[Blair] said that they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right". The Media Lens editors asserted in 2003 that "there never was an Iraqi threat" and "If Tony Blair and George W. Bush are not guilty of war crimes, who is?"
They contrast the positive comments the mainstream media make about western leaders with the epithets used to describe other politicians such as Hugo Chávez, the former President of Venezuela. In 2004 they complained about the limited media references to Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, both of whom resigned from the UN over the sanctions they administrated.
Media Lens have challenged the mainstream press coverage of the extent of killings during the conflict. One example they present is the treatment of data from several academic surveys on the casualties during the Iraq War published in The Lancet by academics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which estimated that 655,000 excess deaths had occurred since the invasion than would have been expected in the absence of a conflict. Despite the survey using recognised statistical methods its findings were rejected by US and UK governments who cited a much lower figure, a position which was largely supported in US and UK media coverage. Media Lens contrasted the media response to the Iraq study with uncritical coverage of a similar study by the same researchers, using the same methods which had estimated 1.7 million deaths in the Congo. Following criticism from Media Lens over an article written for The Guardian, mathematician John Allen Paulos acknowledged he had been wrong to use a "largely baseless personal assessment" to call into question the findings of the Lancet study.
Media Lens challenged The Independent's Mary Dejevsky to explain an editorial comment in the paper that, "by extrapolating from a small sample... While never completely discredited, those figures were widely doubted". Dejevsky responded that, while the sample may have been standard, it seemed small from her "lay perspective". She said her main point "was less based on my impression than on the fact that this technique exposed the authors to the criticisms/dismissal that the govt duly made, and they had little to counter those criticisms with, bar the defence that their methods were standard for those sort of surveys". The response was considered incoherent by Edward Herman who stated it was "Massive incompetence in support of a war-apologetic agenda". According to Mukhopadhyay the exchange was evidence that journalists, who do not have the statistical expertise to evaluate technical reports, "do not always take the obvious step of seeking expert advice". Reviewing Media lens' engagement with press coverage of the lancet study Arvind Sivaramakrishna drew a similar conclusion stating, "Political correspondents are clearly ignorant of sampling frames and techniques, confidence limits, significance levels, likelihood estimators, and so on."
Peter Beaumont accused the group in April 2006 of a campaign apparently intended to silence John Sloboda and his Iraq Body Count project, because it produced a victim count lower than the Lancet study. In the same month in 2006, David Fuller, a journalist on Newsnight, covered their critique of Sloboda and the IBC's methods and also summarised his findings on the BBC website. The Media Lens editors considered Fuller's attack "the most distorted and damaging smear of our work" up to that point but the editors' decision not to accept invitations to appear on Newsnight led Fuller to accuse them of "[refusing] to engage in any way that does not allow them total control of the interaction." Sloboda said Media Lens "are a pressure group that use[s] aggressive and emotionally destructive tactics". Media Lens in turn have accused Sloboda of not being an epidemiologist and therefore unqualified to undertake, or criticise, studies on unexpected mortalities in Iraq. Sloboda acknowledged that Iraq body count were "amateurs" but strenuously denied this should have any negative connotations on their work.
Of Media Lens, John Pilger believes "that, without their meticulous and humane analysis, the full gravity of the debacles of Iraq and Afghanistan might have been consigned to bad journalism's first draft of bad history". Journalist Peter Oborne, when researching media coverage of the Iraq war, found the site "extremely useful". He describes the site as "often unfair but sometimes highly perceptive".
Srebrenica: Chomsky and others
Concerning the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995, the Media Lens editors' asserted in November 2009, "Apart from affirming that a massacre did take place, we have written virtually nothing about Srebrenica". The sources of conflict with their critics have been the distinction between a massacre and the act of genocide and the freedom to contest generally accepted evidence for historical events.
The Guardian newspaper published on 31 October 2005 an interview with Noam Chomsky conducted by Emma Brockes. Chomsky complained about the interview in a letter to Ian Mayes the readers editor on 3 November 2005, after which Media Lens quickly responded with their first article on this issue on 4 November. The Guardian apologised within a few weeks concluding that they had misrepresented Chomsky's views on the Srebrenica massacre and his support for Diana Johnstone. Neither of them "have ever denied the fact of the massacre" it was concluded. Media Lens responded to The Guardian's change of mind in a second article posted on 21 November.
The fall out from the Brockes interview continued for some time. Ian Mayes, then the readers' editor of The Guardian, wrote on 12 December 2005 about "several hundred" emails from Media Lens followers, who were campaigning in support of Chomsky, to Mayes himself and Brockes.
In June 2011 George Monbiot accused Media Lens of "maintain[ing] that [Edward S.] Herman and [David] Peterson were 'perfectly entitled' to talk down the numbers killed at Srebrenica". (Media Lens editors had written in 2009: "Herman and Peterson, then, are not denying that mass killings took place at Srebrenica. They also do not accept the figure cited by [Oliver] Kamm and others, but that they are perfectly entitled to do.") Monbiot accused Herman, and Media Lens, of taking "the unwarranted step of belittling the acts of genocide committed by opponents of the western powers". Media Lens responded that their argument had been that that Herman and Peterson were "perfectly entitled" to debate the facts not that "they are entitled to falsify, mislead, wilfully deceive, or whatever 'talk down' was intended to suggest". Journalist Jonathan Cook agreed, stating that Media Lens' position had been "that Herman and Peterson should be allowed to make their case about Rwanda and Bosnia".
Aside from Holocaust denial, which Media Lens finds particularly insidious "because of the extreme racism and hatred motivating the doubt in this particular instance", they have written:
To be clear, we reject the right of any court, any government, indeed anyone, to apply labels like 'genocide' to historical events and then, not merely argue but demand that they be accepted. The assumption that human institutions are in possession of Absolute Truth belongs to the era of The Inquisition, not to serious debate.
The Times commentator Oliver Kamm, ("[o]ne of our most relentless critics"), wrote in October 2012: "The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) has revealed the identity of 6,598 people missing since the fall of Srebrenica, through DNA analysis of human remains in mass graves. It estimates the total number of victims as around 8,100. If ML maintains that deniers [Herman and Peterson] are “perfectly entitled” to their position, it must believe that the ICMP has faked that analysis".
Media Lens asserted that they had only written "defending Noam Chomsky" against the Guardian's claims in the rescinded interview by Brockes.
Rupert Read, an academic and Green Party politician, has claimed that Media Lens tends to talk up the numbers of victims from western actions but minimise those of regimes in conflict with the west, such as those of Milošević and Bashar al-Assad in Syria. He has accused them of using dubious source material on fatalities in the 2012 Syrian crisis from Aisling Byrne and Robert Dreyfuss. David Edwards responded that Pilger, David Peterson and others, responded positively to their alerts on Syria and that "We have received literally one negative response – from Rupert Read".
The cartoonist and writer Martin Rowson in June 2012 suggested they indulge in "shilling for tyrants"[dead link] following an exchange with them on Twitter in which the editors accused him of depicting a bloodstained Bashar al-Assad after the Houla massacre without having evidence of the Assad regime's responsibility for the atrocity and for using only his "'cartoonist's hunch'" as proof. They asked Rowson on Twitter: "Would you rely on a 'hunch' in depicting Obama and Cameron with mouths smeared with the blood of massacred children?" According to Rowson though, accusing them of advocating literalness in his work: "despite my repeated requests, they still won’t or can’t tell me why they don’t also demand my evidence for alleging that Merkel [Angela Merkel] and Lagarde [Christine Lagarde] have really truly desecrated corpses".[dead link]
The editors of Media Lens have co-authored two books:
- Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media, Pluto Press (London), 2006 ISBN 978-0-7453-2483-8
- Newspeak in the 21st Century, Pluto Press (London), August 2009 ISBN 978-0-7453-2893-5]
- Casualties of the Iraq War
- Media Matters for America
- Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
- Media coverage of climate change
- Project Censored
- "What is Our Objective?". Media Lens. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Boyd-Barrett, Oliver (2010). "Newspeak in the 21st Century - Book Review". Media, War & Conflict 3: 371. doi:10.1177/17506352100030030903. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Neil Clark "The Left vs. the Liberal Media", The American Conservative, 15 May 2013
- Peter Wilby "On the margins", New Statesman, 30 January 2006
- At the end of each alert is the advice: "The goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others ... we strongly urge you to maintain a polite, non-aggressive and non-abusive tone." See for example: Edwards and Cromwell "Three Little Words: WikiLeaks, Libya, Oil", Media Lens, 22 June 2011
- John Pilger "The cyber guardians of honest journalism", New Statesman, 29 November 2007
- Peter Beaumont "Microscope on Medialens", The Observer, 18 June 2006. See also "A Superb Demolition – Part 3 – Squeaky Spleen – Beaumont Strikes Back", Media Lens, 28 June 2006
- George Monbiot "Left and libertarian right cohabit in the weird world of the genocide belittlers", The Guardian, 13 June 2011
- Murdock, Graham; Pickering, Michael (2008). Narrating Media History. Routledge. p. 169. ISBN 0415419158.
- Sam Walby "Interview with David Edwards from Media Lens", UK Indymedia, 10 May 2011.Interview also reproduced at "Interview with David Edwards", Now Then magazine, [June 2011]
- David Cromwell Why Are We the Good Guys? Alresford: Zero Books, 2012, p.30
- Cromwell Why Are We the Good Guys?, p.35
- Joan Pedro "Interview with David Edwards and David Cromwell of Media Lens", alterzoom website, 6 October 2007
- See for example Jonathan Cook "Kidnappeds by Israel – The British Media And The Invasion Of Gaza", Media Lens, 30 June 2011; "A Comparative Review Review of 'Flat Earth News' and 'Newspeak'", Media Lens, 20 November 2009 and "Guest Media Alert – Tilting Towards Israel", Media Lens, 4 January 2011
- Judith Townend "Q&A: Media Lens – 'Our book will likely be more or less ignored, as other similar books have been'", Journalism (website), 2 December 2009
- Freedman, Des (2009). "‘Smooth Operator?’ The Propaganda Model and Moments of Crisis". Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 6 (2): 59–72. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- Brock-Utne, Birgit (2011). Expanding Peace Journalism: Comparative and Critical Approaches. Sydney University Press. p. 86-. ISBN 1920899707..
- See for example "The Balance of Power – Exchanges With BBC Journalists", Media Lens, 15 October 2009.
- Edwards, Cromwell (2006). Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media. Pluto Press. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0745324827.
- See the last chapter of Newspeak in the 21st Century (London: Pluto, 2009) where Edwards explains this part of his life.
- Media Lens, About Us, retrieved 2 March 2010
- Quoted in Dan Raymond Barker "Rax Interview with Media Lens", New Internationalist (blog), 12 January 2011
- "[FAQ:] Are you saying that the mainstream media is some kind of a giant conspiracy to keep the public ignorant?" Media Lens, 27 September 2010
- Cromwell Why Are We the Good Guys?, p.35. See also Sally Churchward "Is this the most controversial book of the 21st century?", Southern Daily Echo (Southampton), 28 January 2013
- Rupert Read "Syria: my enemy’s enemy is not my friend", opendemocracy, 19 February 2012. Specifically Read was responding to a two-part alert: "UN 'Travesty': Resolutions Of Mass Destruction – Part 1", and "...Part 2", Media Lens, 14 & 16 February 2012. These alerts were reprinted on the New Internationalist website here and here. Media Lens responded to Rupert Read on their forum on 21 February. A later version of Read's piece: "The Left must support the Syrian uprising!" New Internationalist (blog), 23 February 2012 was partially disowned by NI.
- Oliver Kamm "Media Lens: a warning", The Times (Beta Opinion blog), 22 October 2012.
- Ian Sinclair "All Eyes on Media Lens", Morning Star, 13 November 2006
- Ian Sinclair "Fourth estate agents", Peace News, No.2556, April 2013
- Pilger: "I have worked all my career in the mainstream. I’ve done this by expending a huge amount of energy in maintaining my place, and fighting my corner. It has been often and literally a struggle, but in time I learned to navigate through and sometimes around institutions. Learning to navigate is critical for young, principled journalists." - Interview with Michael Albert, Znet (Zcommunications), 16 February 2013
- Daniel Coysh "Newspeak In The 21st Century", Morning Star, 25 September 2009
- Michael White "Media Lens shows it doesn't get the whole picture", The Guardian, 27 January 2012. White was responding to "Silence Of The Lambs: Seumas Milne, George Monbiot & ‘Media Analysis’ In The Guardian Wonderland", Media Lens, 25 January 2012 and "Snow, White And The Two Daves – The Guardian Responds", Media Lens, 2 February 2012 was the response to White's article.
- John Rentoul "Banging the Drum Against Human Rights", The Independent (Eagle Eye blog), 27 February 2011
- Barron, Peter (11 November 2005). "Could you do better?". BBC News. Retrieved 11 November 2005.
- Roy, Greenslade (2007-11-30). "Media Lens win Gandhi award for exposing the faults of liberal journalists". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- Omar Hayat. "Gandhi International Peace Award 2007 citation".
- Peter Wilby "On the press: Publish and be damned", The Guardian, 7 July 2008
- See also David Peterson, et al "Guest Media Alert: David Peterson Responds to Oliver Kamm", Media Lens, 26 June 2008
- Sparrow, Jeff (2006-04-29). "Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media". The Age. Retrieved 2013-03-29.
- Sivaramakrishna, Arvind (2010-02-23). "Critique of the mainstream press". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Iraq and Arms Inspectors - The Big Lie, Part 1". Media Lens. 2002-10-28. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Edwards, David (2010). Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution. Peter Lang Publishing. p. 309. ISBN 1433107260.
- Girdner, Eddie (2008). USA and the New Middle East. Gyan Publishing House. pp. 26, 53. ISBN 8121210011.
- Alexander, Richard (2010). Framing Discourse on the Environment. Routledge. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-415-88835-6.
- "Horror, Cruelty And Misery – The Real Meaning Of 'Liberation'", Media Lens, 9 April 2003
- David Cromwell and David Edwards "BBC controversy: Impartial, independent and trustworthy: Really? Try Looking at the Evidence", The First Post, 14 September 2009 (extract from Newspeak in the 21st Century, 2009)
- Edwards and Cromwell "A Journey Unchallenged – Andrew Marr Interviews Tony Blair", Media Lens, 17 September 2010. Marr was one of their earliest critics, he described one argument they presented as "pernicious and anti-journalistic", see "The BBC's Political Editor Responds", Media Lens, 13 October 2001. For a hard copy version of this exchange see Edwards and Cromwell Guardians of Power, London: Pluto Press, 2006, p.105-8
- Edwards and Cromwell "Adventures in Media Surreality – Part 1", Media Lens, 19 August 2003.
- Graham Barnfield "Newspeak in the 21st Century", Times Higher Education, 12 November 2009. For Media Lens articles on this point see "Ridiculing Chavez – The Media Hit Their Stride – Part 1", Media Lens, 16 May 2006 and David Edwards "Death Of A Bogeyman - The Corporate Media Bury Hugo Chávez", Media Lens, 13 March 2013
- David Cromwell and David Edwards "Balance in the service of falsehood", The Guardian, 15 December 2004
- Mukhopadhyay, Swapna (2007). "How Many Deaths? Education for Statistical Empathy". The Mathematics Enthusiast. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
- "Burying the Lancet - Part 2". Media Lens. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
- MediaLens (10 April 2006). "Iraq Body Count – A Shame Becoming Shameful". Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- transcript of an interview with David Fuller for Newsnight (2006), used for an item about Media Lens, criticises the sampling methods utilised by The Lancet study.
- David Fuller "Virtual war follows Iraq conflict", BBC News, 28 April 2006
- Edwards and Cromwell "Maelstrom of Vitriol – The BBC Smears Media Lens", Media Lens, 3 May 2006
- David Fuller "A cracked lens", The Guardian, 6 June 2006. See also "Iraq Body Count – Media Lens responds", BBC Newsnight, 28 April 2006
- Newsnight Iraq Body Count – Media Lens responds 28 April 2006 Retrieved 26 September 2012
- Newsnight Interview transcript – John Sloboda 28 April 2006 Retrieved 26 September 2012
- Oborne, Peter (2008). The Triumph of the Political Class. Pocket Books. p. 272. ISBN 141652665X.
- David Edwards and David Cromwell "Dancing on a Mass Grave – Oliver Kamm of The Times Smears Media Lens", Media Lens, 25 November 2009
- Emma Brockes "The Greatest Intellectual?", The Guardian, 31 October 2005, as reproduced on chomsky.info/ . The readers' editor had advised the paper to remove the interview from their online archive, see Ian Mayes "Open door", The Guardian, 12 December 2005, but it was something Chomsky had not asked The Guardian to do, and it is his official website on which it is reproduced.
- Ian Mayes Open door 12 December 2005 Retrieved 23 September 2012
- David Edwards and David Cromwell "Smearing Chiomsky – The Guardian in the Gutter, Media Lens, 4 November 2005
- "Corrections and Clarifications", The Guardian, 17 November 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2012
- David Edwards and David Cromwell "Smearing Chomsky – The Guardian Backs Down", Media Lens, 21 November 2005
- Ian Mayes "Open door", The Guardian, 12 December 2005. This article was in response to a complaint about the newspaper's retraction of Brockes' interview with Chomsky by David Aaronovitch, Oliver Kamm and Francis Wheen.
- Edwards and Cromwell "A 'Malign Intellectual Subculture' – George Monbiot Smears Chomsky, Herman, Peterson, Pilger And Media Lens", Media Lens, 2 August 2011 Monbiot returned to this subject in a slightly later articlee: "Media Cleanse", monbiot.com, 4 August 2011
- Jonathan Cook "The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian", Counterpunch, 28 September 2011. See also "Our response to Monbiot's June 13, 2011 article", Media Lens forum, 16 June 2011
- David Edwards & David Cromwell "Dancing on a Mass Grave – Oliver Kamm of The Times Smears Media Lens, Media Lens, 25 November 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2012
- Media Lens Response to Rupert Read's latest Retrieved 26 September 2012
- Martin Rowson "Life through Medialens – but not as we know it", Tribune, 17 June 2012
- "The Houla Massacre", Media Lens, 31 May 2012. Media Lens, in passing, write: "We recognise the bloody ruthlessness of the Syrian Baathists, epitomised by Assad's father and continued now by his son, Bashar".
- Guardians of Power, Media Lens, 12 November 2010
- Newspeak In The 21st Century, Media Lens, 8 November 2010
- Ian Sinclair "Why Are We The Good Guys? Reclaiming Your Mind From The Delusions Of Propaganda" Morning Star, 25 November 2012
- Hackett, Robert; Carroll, William (2006). Remaking Media: The Struggle to Democratize Public Communication. Routledge. p. 63. ISBN 0203969928.
- Media Lens website
- David Edwards and David Cromwell, New Statesman articles (2003-6)
- Gandhi International Peace Award acceptance speech