Search Results for: Daniel Ward

Dec 22 2015

Do Racists Like Fox News, or Does Fox Make People Racist?

Bill O'Reilly on (image via Crooks & Liars)

Since the election of Obama in 2008, Americans have become increasingly polarized about racial issues. At the same time, Americans have also become more polarized in their news media viewing habits. In the wake of horrifying events like the racially motivated mass murder in a Charleston church, some have connected these trends; Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 3/19/15), for example, criticized Fox News for ignoring the reality of systemic racism. Is there any merit to such criticisms? Do media and racial polarization reinforce each other? Is there a connection between news media viewing habits and attitudes about racial equality? Based on […]

Nov 22 2015

Abuse Charges Against a Former Cop Are Disturbing–as Is the Lack of Media Interest

Daniel Holtzclaw

Daniel Holtzclaw evidently selected his victims because he believed no one would care about them. Media shouldn’t prove him right.

Aug 28 2015

‘Corporate Media Really Want to Be Able to Say the Story Is Over’

CounterSpin interviews with Rosa Brooks, Colette Pichon Battle, A.C. Thompson and Jordan Flaherty on Katrina's 10 years of media neglect

Katrina flooding (photo: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA)

CounterSpin interviews with Rosa Brooks, Colette Pichon Battle, A.C. Thompson and Jordan Flaherty on Katrina’s 10 years of media neglect.

Oct 20 2014

Official Sources May Be the Only Sources

Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing

James Risen, New York Times

James Risen’s supporters fear that the US Department of Justice within the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” is preparing to deliver a body blow to the First Amendment’s promise of press freedom.

Mar 1 2014

Imaginary Organisms

Media tout benefits of GMOs that never were

As it turned, out, this rice couldn’t save any kids—its Vitamin A content wasn’t high enough.

Media often tout ‘breakthroughs’ in genetic modification that don’t turn out to be breakthroughs at all.

Feb 1 2014

14th Annual Fear and Favor Review

Owners and advertisers vs. journalism

Defense One, a magazine for the “national security community.”

Private corporations care very much about the content of the news they sponsor or, as outlet owners, produce—that it not be too downbeat, or provide a platform for anyone asking hard questions about corporate America.

Nov 19 2013

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Don Lemon’s message to black America

CNN's Don Lemon endorses Bill O'Reilly's critique of black "street culture."

This is far from the first time corporate media legitimized the indictment of black culture for issues like black unemployment and community violence.

Nov 1 2013

When the World’s Richest Billionaire Owns Your Paper

The New York Times covers Carlos Slim—carefully

Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim costs his country an estimated $32 billion a year

Carlos Slim is the world’s richest person. His father, Julién Slim Haddad, immigrated to Mexico from Lebanon as a teenager, and by the time Carlos was born, the family was well-off, having acquired a number of businesses and real estate in Mexico City. Slim took his father’s financial lessons to heart, starting a stock brokerage that slowly grew to a corporate empire. Today he owns, among other things, América Móvil, Latin America’s largest wireless services provider. In 2007, the estimated value of the companies he ran was a whopping $150 billion. In that year, Mexico’s GDP was just over $1 […]