Sep
12
2014

Four Myths About Obama's War on ISIS

A reluctant warrior intervenes against a threat to the homeland--or so we're told

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While Barack Obama's military plan to launch strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) might impress many pundits, there are some serious questions that should be asked--about the threat posed by the Islamic State and about some of the assumptions guiding the debate.

Aug
28
2014

Labor Almost Invisible on TV Talk

Sunday chat shows skip worker representatives

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Have any labor leaders appeared on the Sunday chat shows this year? No, unless you count one reference to Ronald Reagan.

Apr
24
2014

TPP TV Blackout

A big controversy that isn't news--but look what is...

The TV networks don't think the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is newsworthy. But look at what they do think is worth covering....

Apr
15
2014

Can White People Be Terrorists?

How media label Kansas shooting suspect

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The man accused of shooting and killing three people at Jewish community centers in Kansas has a long history as a right-wing terrorist. So why won't media call him a terrorist?

Dec
27
2013

The 2013 P.U.-Litzers

Media Moments That Didn't Smell Right

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Some of the year's stinkiest moments in corporate media-- it's the 2013 P.U.-Litzers!

Dec
10
2013

CIA and Mandela: Can the Story Be Told Now?

Agency's role in Mandela capture still mostly not news

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With coverage of Nelson Mandela's death dominating the media now, can the story of the CIA's role in Mandela's capture be told? Mostly not.

Nov
13
2013

Covering Christie

Reporters focus on personality instead of policy

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The real elephant in the room is that Chris Christie has an actual record of governing a state, and journalists seem almost totally uninterested in discussing it.

Aug
27
2013

The Accelerating Assault on Journalism

Some media figures applaud the criminalization of investigative reporting

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U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes, 8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies. Manning's sentence is only the latest example of the criminalization of investigative journalism that has greatly intensified in the Obama era (Extra!, 9/11). While whistleblowers have been the chief targets of the harsh crackdown on media challenges to official […]