Nov 01 2014

Addicted to Intervention

In ISIS, media find another problem that requires US violence

John McCain, ISIS, Fox News

The journalistic mistakes made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks are being repeated today. The same press corps and commentariat that cheered the earlier aggressions have returned, largely intact.

Oct 20 2014

Official Sources May Be the Only Sources

Risen case tests reporters' power to reveal government wrongdoing

James Risen, New York Times

James Risen’s supporters fear that the US Department of Justice within the self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” is preparing to deliver a body blow to the First Amendment’s promise of press freedom.

Oct 01 2014

#FTP Film Tha Police

Communities of color use media to protect themselves

Police officer Darren Wilson arresting a citizen for filming him.

Communities of color are learning to rely on themselves to report on what happens around them–and to them–by recording images of police activity.

Oct 01 2014

‘The Black Voice Is in Jeopardy’

Malkia Cyril on Ferguson

Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice, Ferguson

The Internet—as a platform, as a vehicle for voice in black communities—has become one of the most powerful ways to bypass the exclusionary and discriminatory mainstream media.

Oct 01 2014

NYT Fails First Test of New Torture Policy

Paper says it will call it what it is--when it reports on it at all

Dean Baquet, New York Times, torture

The first test of the New York Times’ new policy on terming “torture” came with the release of an August 11 Amnesty International report on torture in Afghanistan. It’s a test the Times failed.

Oct 01 2014

Who Rules Public TV?

Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards

David Koch, PBS

The corporate and financial sectors have an overwhelming presence on the governing boards of major public television stations.

Oct 01 2014

Michael Brown Had a Father

But will Ferguson shift media ideas on ‘fixing’ black men?

Ferguson police, protest

Corporate reporters, in the main, saw little to question the idea that the fundamental problem facing men of color is “broken” families in need of a dominant male and that entrenched socio-economic disparities could be meaningfully addressed without systemic change.

Oct 01 2014

Both Sides Now

Plans to ease poverty don't have to work--so long as they're bipartisan

Paul Ryan

Instead of stressing cuts to poverty programs as a way to balance the budget, Ryan was now pushing them as a way to tackle poverty. This, in the eyes of many news outlets, was a welcome shift toward “bipartisanship.”