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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’

Trophies (cc photo: Brad K)

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

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?

May
01
2014

‘Radioactive’ Putin Is ‘Stalin’s Spawn’

With Official Enemies, too much is not enough

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Crimean region of Ukraine meant that he was either “taking a page out of the Hitler playbook" or was “Stalin’s spawn.”

May
01
2014

SoundBites May 2014

Reagan and Gorbachev

The Good Ol’ Vietnam War Days... Ronald Reagan, Peacenik... ‘We’ = You, Me & the Koch Brothers... The ‘Can I Have Some More?’ Loophole... Why Does Richard Cohen Hate Poor Kids?

May
01
2014

Kids of Color as Props in Charter School Drama

Two white public figures square off in managed debate

Education NYC

This microcosm of the national conversation over public education displayed media’s predictably narrow parameters of debate, between a corporate reformer and a moderate (but still charter-friendly) liberal.