Media

It has been demonstrated that concentrated ownership of the media in the hands of a few corporate media conglomerates has a negative impact on democracy. The articles posted here address mainstream media, cable, radio, the blogosphere and social media as a means of challenging and possibly dismantling the media industrial complex

As Vietnam Evolves

Vietnam Evolves

Jim Rhodes: The one striking difference between American news coverage of Obama and Vietnamese news coverage of Obama is that there seems to be more complete and unbiased coverage of the President here in Hanoi.

Is Fox News the Smartest Journalism Ever?

Fox News Best Ever

Reece Peck: Why do we see the same century-old rationales being used to distinguish “good” journalism from “bad”? The answer to this question lies in the class tensions that have surrounded the commercial news industry in America since its inception.

LA Progressive Live

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Tune in Monday, November 3rd, at 3 p.m. PST for the kickoff of our new Internet radio program, “LA Progressive Live!” You’ll find us at LA Talk Live!—and we’ll archive the 1-hour show on LA Progressive for later viewing.

The Real Partisan Divide

Fox Fuels Partisan Divide

Steve Hochstadt: Liberals and conservatives absorb different information about the world. Liberals get their news mainly from CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and MSNBC. Conservatives overwhelmingly favor FOX News.

Getting a Grip on Ebola

Ebola Hysteria Grows

Robert Reich: The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that’s being fed by media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm elections.

The Gary Webb Story: Still Killing the Messenger

Kill The Messenger

Joseph Palermo: Kill the Messenger tells the story of San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb who uncovered what appeared to be the story of the decade: people associated with a US-backed mercenary army had become international drug traffickers

The Ebola Panic

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Dan Farber: In a particularly shocking example, Sen. Rand Paul has said that you can get Ebola from standing near someone at a cocktail party. I had trouble believing that he had actually said that, but here’s the video.

Who Believes This Stuff?  

Believing in Bigfoot

Steve Hochstadt: Other wild ideas that are not shaped by politics are whether shape-shifting reptilian people control our world (believed by 4%); whether Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 (5%); or whether television contains secret mind-controlling technology (15%). But how else to explain the popularity of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”?

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