Extra! July/August 2014

Extra! July 2014

    RACE LENS: White, White, Don't Tell Me

    NPR's historic issue with its lack of diversity isn't likely to be fixed by their new boss.


    The Assault on Organics

    A massive PR effort tries to convince people not to care about pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or GMOs in food.


    The One-Sided Culture War Against Children

    On topics related to children, even liberals tend to hold positions whose premises are deeply conservative.


    It Will Be Facebook's Virtual World

    Virtual reality is an idea that’s more poised for major social takeover than the lay-person might realize, and Facebook’s control over its future is, given the website’s relationship with its users, cause for concern.


    Spinning Away Israel 'Gaffes'

    In recent months, media consumers have received a heavy dose of spin masking the reality of Israeli policy, as journalists rushed to cover Chris Christie's and John Kerry's utterances on the country.


    Study Confirms Our Wealth-Controlled Politics

    American democracy may be in worse shape than you think, according to a new university study. Researchers could find no sign that the public's views had any impact at all on public policy--while the influence of the wealthy was plainly evident.


    SoundBites July/August 2014

    Worst Climate Coverage Ever? What’s worse than having climate scientists debate denialists as if they both were legitimate points of view? Leaving out the scientists and letting global warming denial speak unrebutted. That’s what CNN (OutFront, 5/21/14) did when it brought on a right-wing provocateur as the lone guest to respond to a gameshow host’s Twitter-based attack (5/19/14) on climate science: “And ahead, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak says global warming alarmists are unpatriotic. Tonight, Ann Coulter tells us why she agrees.” Keystone XL’s ‘Symbolic’ Climate Destruction The Washington Post’s Paul Kane (5/4/14) reported that the Keystone XL “pipeline’s ...


    Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?

    A survey of major cable news discussion programs shows a stunning lack of diversity among the guests.


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Who Gets to Speak on Cable News
The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you
by Peter Hart

Spinning Away Israel 'Gaffes'
Damage control for Christie and Kerry's inadvertent honesty
by Alex Kane

White, White Don't Tell Me
NPR's bumbling attempts at diversity
by Josmar Trujillo

Study Confirms Our Wealth-Controlled Politics
News suppressed by our wealth-controlled media
by Steve Rendall and Janine Jackson

It Will be Facebook's Virtual World
Will we just live--and work-- in it?
by J.F. Sargent