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Jul
16
2014

Who Gets to Speak on Cable News?

The identity of the whitest, malest show we found may surprise you

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

Jul
01
2014

The Assault on Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming

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

Jul
01
2014

The One-Sided Culture War Against Children

Left and right unite against ‘kids who want it all’

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

Jun
01
2014

Advertising, Death Anxiety and Speculative Black Holes

Media's obsession with the missing Malaysian plane

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The inexplicable disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 provided a golden opportunity for commercial news outlets to score eyeballs and raise profit margins.

Jun
01
2014

Even GOP Attention Can’t Make Media Care About Poor

50 million in poverty get a fraction of the coverage of 482 billionaires

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With poverty at 15 percent, inequality rising and Republican politicians talking about addressing the problem by cutting federal programs that help the poor, one might expect poverty to occupy a solid spot on media agendas.

Jun
01
2014

Beyond ‘Boring Hand-Wringing’ on Newsroom Diversity

Changing the institutions that make journalism so white and male

Newsroom (cc photo: David Sim)

What needs to happen in order to never have a conversation about race and gender diversity in newsrooms ever again?

Jun
01
2014

Letters June 2014

Russian Misapprehension Peter Hart’s parsing (Extra!, 5/14) of Putin’s “major geopolitical disaster of the century”—the collapse of the Soviet Union—is faulty. Putin did not use either “a” or “the,” as there are no articles in Russian. The “official translation” is of no import. He clearly meant the disaster, not that it was in the top 20. I am not accusing Hart of membership in the Putinform, my neologism for the Stephen Cohens, Robert Parrys, John Pilgers et al. who can’t tell a revolution by masses of fed-up Ukrainians from a “US neocon coup,” and would rather criticize the MSM instead […]

Jun
01
2014

GENDER FOCUS: Why Muslim Feminists Aren’t Celebrating Hirsi Ali

Islamophobia is not a defense of women's rights

Megyn Kelly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

After an outcry from students, faculty and civil rights groups in early April, Brandeis University withdrew its invitation to honor notorious Islamophobe Ayaan Hirsi Ali at its 2014 commencement.