Search Results for: Karen Charman

May
01
2004

A 'Glitch' in Democracy

Coverage of computer voting problems too little, too late?

If mainstream media outlets had devoted as much ink and airtime to electronic voting machines as they had to O.J. Simpson, Monicagate or even Janet Jackson's breast, the outcome of our next presidential election might not depend on machines that can be programmed to favor one candidate over another without anyone ever knowing. As it is, nearly one-third of the American electorate will cast their votes on one of the more than 150,000 electronic voting machines whose integrity is in doubt. The manufacturers of touch-screen computerized voting machines—specifically, direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines—claim to be able to "do the […]

Jan
01
2004

Extra! January/February 2004

Articles in the print edition Total Eclipse By Bruce Fuller Too Much Heat, Too Little Light By Karen Charman Saddam's "Bluff" By Peter Hart Pontificating Without Listening By Jim Naureckas "We're Smarter About Things Than We Were in Vietnam" CounterSpin transcript with Daniel Hallin Making Rags Out of Riches By Richard L. Zweigenhaft The Watergate Myth By Kristian Williams

Jul
01
2002

Recasting the Web

Information commons to cash cow

If the Bush administration lets large media conglomerates and local telephone companies have their way, the Internet as we know it—that free-flowing, democratic, uncensored information superhighway—could soon be a thing of the past. The Internet itself is not going away. Rather, technological advances, changes to the rules governing its use and the continued consolidation of media empires are combining to turn it into a conduit of commerce, booby-trapped with barriers and incentives designed to keep users where dollars can be wrung from them. As a result, a lot of freely accessible information and websites may become difficult or impossible to […]

Nov
01
2000

West Nile Attack

Media foment fear of virus and obscure pesticide concerns

With the emergence of the West Nile Virus in New York and several other Eastern states, media coverage of pesticide issues has sunk to a dangerous new low. The outbreak, the first in the Western Hemisphere, began in New York City last year and has triggered a massive spraying campaign that has significantly increased pesticide exposures to more than 15 million people in the New York metropolitan area, surrounding counties and communities between Boston and Maryland. Most media reports have painted a picture of a galloping mosquito-borne killer virus that can only be stopped by blanketing areas with pesticides where […]

May
01
2000

Genetic Gambling

Media fail to present real issues of bioengineering

If the mainstream media had been doing their job, most Americans would not have been eating genetically engineered food every day for the last six years without their knowledge or consent. Nor would we have allowed 70 million acres of our nation's farmland to be planted in bioengineered crops without significant public debate and honest scientific and regulatory scrutiny of their environmental impact. But they haven't, and so we did. Ricarda Steinbrecher, a geneticist with the Women's Environmental Network in the United Kingdom, points out in a forthcoming book chapter from Zed Books that scientists actually know very little about […]