Search Results for: Robert W. McChesney

Feb
05
2010

Robert McChesney and John Nichols on The Death and Life of American Journalism

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: a special look at the state of the media in America. Every week on CounterSpin we talk mostly about what the media are getting wrong. But the big story inside the news industry is the collapse of the business itself. What are the implications for citizens? What can we do about it? And how concerned should we be about the failures of corporate owners that have done so little to promote good journalism in the first place? We'll talk about all that and more with our guests Robert McChesney and John Nichols, co-authors of […]

Dec
12
2008

Bob McChesney on Tribune bankruptcy, Steve Early on card check

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Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: The Tribune Company that owns the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times along with much else declared bankruptcy this week, just a year after new owner Sam Zell took over, with his notable lack of background or interest in newspapers. It sounds like workers will wind up with the short end of the stick but what does it mean in the bigger picture? Are capitalists losing interest in media and if so, what do we think about that? We'll talk with media scholar and author Bob McChesney about that story. Also on the show: […]

Apr
01
2005

Bob McChesney on FCC and Indecency, Daniel Ellsberg on Whistleblowers

Download MP3 This week on Counterspin: the FCC is on an anti-indecency crusade that’s already led to broadcasters self-censoring such controversial things as a nude lithograph on Antiques Roadshow. Who’s fighting back? And what happened to all those other issues of media reform we were talking about just last year? We’ll hear from author and media historian Bob McChesney on that story. Also on the show: Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon papers 35 years ago exposed the US government’s cynicism and disregard for the human cost of the Vietnam War. Today Ellsberg joins us to talk about two important […]

Nov
01
2013

The Rise of Establishment Reporting

How a crisis in journalism led to the cult of balance

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To fend off a serious threat to their survival, major newspaper owners promoted a new sense of journalism, one that still dominates the news industry today.

Nov
26
2012

What Journalists, Scholars and Activists Are Saying

Barbara Ehrenreich "I promote FAIR wherever I go. It is one of the most important pro-democracy projects in the United States." Noam Chomsky “What the FAIR collective, and the emphasis should be on the word collective, what it has accomplished in these years is quite remarkable. There are many people, and I’m definitely one of them, who are looking forward with eager anticipation to what’s sure to come next, to the insightful correctives, information, general enlightenment that doubtless lie ahead. I would just like to congratulate the collective on its wonderful achievements and hope that many others will be encouraged […]

Aug
30
2012

Journalists, Activists and Scholars Talk About FAIR

"I promote FAIR wherever I go. It is one of the most important pro-democracy projects in the United States." —Barbara Ehrenreich “What the FAIR collective—and the emphasis should be on the word collective—what it has accomplished in these years is quite remarkable. There are many people, and I’m definitely one of them, who are looking forward with eager anticipation to what’s sure to come next, to the insightful correctives, information, general enlightenment that doubtless lie ahead. I would just like to congratulate the collective on its wonderful achievements and hope that many others will be encouraged to join in this […]

Aug
30
2012

The Media Business

The world's 10 biggest media companies

Time Warner 1997 projected sales: $25 billion  Owns Time, Inc., which publishes 24 magazines, including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and Life; Warner Music Group, including Warner Bros., Atlantic, Interscope and Elektra Records; Warner Brothers studios; owns part of the WB Television network. Time Warner is the largest owner of cable systems in the U.S., as well as owning such cable channels as CNN, HBO and Cinemax. Walt Disney Co. sales: $24 billion  Owns Walt Disney, Miramax, Castle Rock, Touchstone, Hollywood, and Buena Vista film studios; ABC TV and radio; Disney theme parks and stores; sports teams; record labels; book publishing houses; […]

Aug
30
2012

Recommended Reading

Note: FAIR encourages readers to support their local independent booksellers. However, if books mentioned on our site are not available in your area, we offer the ability to purchase some books online in association with the book's publisher, and Powell's Books. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women By Susan Faludi (Crown, 1991) An in-depth, well-documented analysis of the media backlash against feminism. By Invitation Only: How the Media Limit Public DebateBy David Croteau and William Hoynes (Common Courage, 1994) Incorporates Croteau and Hoynes' classic studies of Nightline, the NewsHour and PBS that document the establishment bias of "prestige" television. […]