May 1 2012

Letters to the Editor

Extra! April 2012

Journalists, Teachers and the War for Truth

Journalists like Robert Jensen certainly do “rock” (Extra!, 3/12) but like we teachers are caught between that and a hard place. After 25 years of teaching “in the trenches,” I’ve always understood how the war for truth goes: Journalists are in the front lines and we teachers are the support troops. Both of our professions are fighting for truth in a world filled with lies and, as always in war, truth is the first casualty.

Ray Peterson

Buffalo, N.Y.

Kettle Owes Pot Apology

In the April 2011 edition of Extra!, a Soundbites piece reported that Washington Red-skins owner Dan Snyder was suing a newspaper for what he interpreted as a racial slur on him. The appropriate—and hilarious—headline was, “Pot Calls Kettle a Racial Slur.”

But last week, I received the February 2012 Extra! and saw a Letter to the Editor whose headline was “Calling the Kettle Black.” I think this calls for an apology.

Beverly Slapin

Berkeley, Calif.

Correction: Robert Jensen’s bio was inadvertently left off his article in the March 2012 issue. It should have read: “Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of Austin’s Third Coast Activist Resource Center.”

Extra! Announcement

Extra! welcomes two new columnists to its pages who will bring a monthly focus to the intersection of media, race and gender.

Megan Tady is a freelance writer and journalist who focuses on social and economic justice, gender and media. Megan edited and wrote for the Free Press blogs Save the Internet and Stop Big Media, and continues to co-produce Free Press’ weekly podcast Media Minutes. Megan was also a national political reporter for In These Times, and wrote a monthly media column for InThese focusing on media consolidation, Net Neutrality and the digital divide. She was a staff reporter and editor for the New Standard and has written for AlterNet, American Prospect, Colorlines, Huffington Post, Reuters, Yes and Wo-men’s eNews, among others. In her spare time, she writes fiction in her home in Western Massachusetts.

M. Junaid Alam began his career as a reporter for a daily newspaper in suburban Massa-chusetts before moving to New York City and reporting for a Queens weekly. Born in Pak-istan and raised in the United States, in college he co-founded an online journal for progressive youth. He has worked in communications for an anti-do-mestic violence agency and healthcare organizations. His articles on race, religion and foreign policy have appeared in numerous outlets, including AlterNet, Foreign Policy in Focus and

Megan and Junaid’s columns will appear in alternating issues, beginning with Megan’s column on page 5.