Jan 15 2016

GOP’s Nikki Haley Stands Up for an Imaginary America

Segregated drinking fountain, Montgomery, Alabama.

“When you’ve got immigrants who are coming here legally,” Haley told reporters, “we’ve never in the history of this country passed any laws or done anything based on race or religion. Let’s not start that now.”

Jan 15 2016

‘This Really Is About Taking Away Access to Safe Abortion’

CounterSpin interview with Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood 'sting' videos

Jodi Jacobson (Image: We Act Radio)

“Planned Parenthood is the most investigated organization, probably, in the history of the United States.”

Jan 15 2016

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage

Boston Globe: Oregon standoff press conference

Some journalists have written excellent, thoughtful articles, and some have wasted wood pulp and bandwidth. Most early reporting sat between those extremes.

Jan 15 2016

Laura Carlsen on the Arrest of ‘El Chapo,’ Omar Shakir on Closing Guantanamo

Sean Penn with El Chapo Guzman (photo: Rolling Stone)

If the reason the arrest of Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo” Guzman is so significant is its impact on the war on drugs—what, really, is that impact?

Jan 14 2016

Requiem for a News Channel

Al Jazeera in America (cc image: Mike Licht via Free Press)

If Al Jazeera America gave us one thing in its brief life in the United States, it was a dedication to covering economic inequality and the growing opposition to it in the wake of Occupy Wall Street.

Jan 11 2016

David Bowie, Media Critic

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Among many other things, Bowie was a shrewd observer and sharp critic of the media–from his earliest hit, 1969’s “Space Oddity,” in which Major Tom is told that “the papers want to know whose shirts you wear.”

Jan 11 2016

Richard Prince: ‘Media Critics Registered Admiration’ for Bowie

Hello!: David Bowie, Iman and child

Media blogger Richard Prince (Journal-isms, 1/11/16) quoted from Jim Naureckas’ review of David Bowie’s media criticism (1/11/16) in his roundup of reactions to Bowie’s death: Media critics, too, registered their admiration. “It’s hard to think of an artist who has used the media as part of their art more than David Bowie did,” Jim Naureckas wrote for Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting. “To me the classic example is 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars: As an obscure singer/songwriter, Bowie wrote and recorded an album about an obscure singer/songwriter who rises to superstardom, succumbs […]

Jan 8 2016

‘If We Don’t Look at the Larger Structural Issues, We Can’t Begin to Solve the Problem’

CounterSpin interviews with Robin Kelley, Malkia Cyril and Richard Rothstein on whether black lives matter to media

Robin Kelley

“This kind of violence and these kinds of verdicts long predate Stand Your Ground, because Stand Your Ground rules were already embedded in the system, in the culture, from the beginnings of the nation.”