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Archives by Tag 'media'
NPR: the Voices and Views of One Side
NPR National Public Radio. National Pay or Play Radio. Spring Pledge Drive, 2012. Hosts beg and cajole on air hour after hour, day after day for money. They creatively and with cool music in the background alternately shame and praise li...
Ask No Questions, Tell No Truths
“Daddy,” the little boy on the bus asks, “what park is that?” “I don’t know.” Two blocks later. “Who’s the man in that statue?” “Beats me.” “What’s that big building with the point on top?” “I haven’t a ...
The War Drums of the New York Times
“Israel Vs Iran” reads Sunday’s cover of the New York  Times Magazine– the words written ominously in ashes from which smoke and flame still rise. Inside the magazine, Ronen Bergman a military analyst for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahrono...
See No Evil
The Iraq war may be over, at least for US troops, but the cover-up of the atrocities committed there by American forces goes on, even in retrospectives about the war. A prime example is reporting on the destroyed city of Fallujah, where some of the heaviest fighting of th...
The Media Blackout on Third Parties
Watching Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift confront the question “Are most political reporters simply insiders?” is a discomfiting experience. Her struggle to defend the indefensible unavoidably inspires compassion for her uneasy predicament. But the cas...
The Newsfakers
“Rumor” used to have a bad reputation. In Shakespeare’s plays it is assumed that “rumors” mean artful lies and the spreading of detailed but false accounts of victory and defeat. No journalist could credibly tell of massacre, torture and mass...
The Budgies Are Listless
On Thursday, January 5, I was waiting for the elevator in the lobby of my building when I was joined by a woman who lives up the hall from me. She was carrying a grocery bag with The New York Times poking out the top. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “They just raised...
Washington Post Boosts Obama’s Declaration of War on China
“Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap”! –General “Buck” Turgidson  – Dr Strangelove  “China is a vast country—‘When i...
The Airways are Owned by the People
On December 1, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a hearing in Atlanta inquiring about the “Information Needs of Atlanta”. It was hosted by Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Cluburn. The event took pl...
Drawing Conclusions on the Wall
There were two types of media my high school friends and I truly looked forward to on our colonial outpost in what was then West Germany. The first was the appearance in the post exchange of the latest album from our favorite band. The other was when one of us received th...
The Media and the Penn State Scandal
There is nothing the media love more than a good celebrity sex scandal. Since the story of Scarlett Johansson’s purloined nude pictures had run its course, and the media squeezed every drop of ink it could from the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries engagement/wedding...
Defense Cuts Hysteria
Over the last five years, we’ve spent money on the military – in real, inflation adjusted dollars – at a higher rate than at any other time since World War II. That includes the late 1960s, when the United States simultaneously faced a competitor with 10,000 nuclear...
Whatever You Do, Don’t Read China’s Global Times …
I’m not crazy about Global Times (the house organ of Chinese hypernationalism) but I like the sniggering condescension of Foreign Policy magazine (the house organ of neo-lioberalism) even less. Actually, Christine Larson’s recent profile of ...
It Doesn’t Matter to Them If It’s Untrue. It’s a Higher Truth.
“We came, we saw, he died.” — US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
giggling, as she spoke of the depraved murder of Moammar Gaddafi Imagine Osama bin Laden or some other Islamic leader speaking of 9-11: &#...
The Twittersphere Unmasked
Internet use became commonplace at least 15 years ago, but some people still cannot grasp that it is a user-created medium. The web is presented as a convergence of pre-existing means of acquiring information, but French researcher Dominique Cardon objects to that view; h...
Radiation Reporting
The ongoing radiation catastrophe stemming from three out-of-control nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan has taken a back seat to far graver news events of late: Michael Jackson’s doctor, fund-raising by presidential hopefuls, the World Series, and Netflix stock. ...
What the Establishment Isn’t Telling You About Libya
Washington is erupting in euphoria and self-congratulation over Muammar Gaddafi’s death.  That celebration was predictably followed by further adulation in our sycophantic press system, which never saw a foreign intervention it didn’t like.  The usual propaganda abo...
The San Diego Union-Tribune is on the Rocks
Print media’s decline in the United States can be tracked in microcosm in San Diego, longtime home to one of the country’s most conservative, reactionary dailies. Local progressives have been watching in bemusement for several years as The San Diego Uni...
The Press and Panetta
The silence in the press about the overheated rhetoric and dubious myths from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta makes for a very unhappy comparison of today’s defense journalism compared to previous eras when, for example, SecDef Casper Weinberger was the subject of...
Syria and the Media
The October 13 BBC headline read: Clashes in Syria leave 19 dead – rights activists. That gives the impr...
Bias in the Eye of the Beholder
The annual spate of public opinion surveys on the mass media are in, and they reveal an interesting mix of skepticism and ignorance with regard to the issue of “bias.”  These surveys also suggest that public distrust of the mass media has reached a historic high....
Kardashian America
The most important media story this past week is that the Kardashians were guest co-hosts on the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show. One Kardashian sister per day, plus mother Kris and stepdad Bruce Jenner. It isn’t bad enough that talk shows, which have des...
Whither British Journalism?
t appears that pundits long considered “left-leaning” in the UK press, have recently taken a sharp turn to the right, or rather, embarked upon a path to nowhere. Close on the footsteps of George Monbiot whose divorce from Lady Reason became public through a series of ...
The Real Strauss-Kahn Story Back at the New York Times
On the evening of June 30, 2011, heading into the news vacuum of the long Fourth of July weekend (a void that would guarantee news saturation for any major breaking story), the New York Times published a lead article  declaring that “Strauss-Kahn Prosecution Said to Be...
Peddling Foolishness on Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan-American and allied forces in Afghanistan are strengthening a layered defense along the border with Pakistan to seize Haqqani network militants as they try to make their way to Kabul to carry out spectacular attacks, according to senior mili...