An Open Letter to Richard Cordray

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Charles Hayes: Please rename your agency. Stop calling us consumers. We are Citizens with a capital C. In addition, please lead an effort to ask all kinds of media to follow suit.

How The Media Got The Parchin Access Story Wrong

Ali Asghar Soltanieh

Gareth Porter: The Los Angeles Times ignored new information and simply repeated the charge that Iran “refused to allow IAEA inspectors to visit Parchin military base”.

Newt’s Victim Card Is a Joker

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Michael Sigman: Howls from conservatives notwithstanding, the truth is that neither the left nor the media lifted a finger to hand Newt his comeuppance.

How to Confront a Candidate

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Bruce Reilly: The key to getting your issue on the map is to ask the candidate in public, with voters and media in the room. Even if you are creating your own media, the key is to get them “on the record.”

Occupy LA: The Death of Mainstream Media

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Stephen Box: As the LAPD shed its hard core reputation and as the Occupy LA movement held to its nonviolent principles, it was the media who caved in and who were left behind as casualties on the battlefield.

Occupy Movement’s New Threat: Media Election Coverage

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Randy Shaw: The voters 2012 have heard it all before. Only Occupy offers something new, which is why its agenda of inequality and democracy for the 99% could become the key election issues next year.

Lamestream Media Survey Comments

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Journalism lost much of its edge when it became a profession, not a trade. And tightening budgets make it doubly hard on reporters who now must work online AND in print. But the accumulation of all media in just a few, huge corporate hands means journalism will never again protect democracy as it once did.

Little Local News Coverage for Occupy America

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Sharon Kyle: Not a single camera or reporter from the local news stations was within view. I couldn’t believe that I stood witnessing this phenomenal movement without a hint of evidence that traditional media was documenting or reporting.

Christie, Kasich Win Media Cheers While Public Pays the Price

Ohio Governor John Kasich

Randy Shaw: Eliminating this human element allows Christie, Kasich and others to avoid appearing like plutocrat-serving elitists who do not care about common people.

We Get the Media We Want

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Tina Dupuy: Especially in America where the vast majority of our media is profit and ratings driven – the media is programmed by us to give us what we want. Whether we like to admit it’s what we want or not (think stories about whoever is filling the role of a Kardashian or a Bieber).

Weiner Coverage Highlights Media’s Troubling Priorities

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Randy Shaw: Lost amidst the Weiner mania was media analysis of the slowing economy, or the departure a few days later of Austan Goolsbee, President Obama’s top economic advisor.

Blame Weak Democrats, Not Right Wing Media

Attorney General Jerry Brown

Randy Shaw: When Democrats aggressively push their own agendas, they put Republicans rather than themselves on the defensive.

Muslim Hater Explains ‘Muslim Messenger’ Strategy

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Lee Fang: Despite his media savvy “Muslim messenger” approach, King cannot hide his ties to bigoted figures like Gabriel or their toxic ideas.

Citizens Gather in LA to Take Back the Media

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Sylvia Moore: This year’s Just Media: L.A. Media Reform Summit, held Feb. 26 at Occidental College, drew 200 activists, speakers and concerned members of the public for an all-day conference on how to build a better news and information environment for our communities.

“Heads They Win, Tails We Lose:” Media Narrative Ensures that Progressives Fail

Paul Hogarth: Whether or not Democrats win, the media constantly re-invents the reasons to justify a conservative world view – regardless of the facts. With an Orwellian twist, progressives are always doomed to fail – if we allow the mainstream “news analysis” to re-write political history.

Sexual Assault Coverage by Media Shows Double Standard

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Walter Brasch: For the news media to continue to adhere to some puritanical belief that they are protecting womanhood by not reporting names and details perpetuates the myth that rape is purely a sexual intrusion, and not the brutal attack it truly is.

Just Media: the 4th Annual LA Media Reform Summit

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Are you concerned about hate speech on cable news? Do you have an issue you are passionate about that doesn’t get air time in the mainstream media? Do you want to learn how to create and disseminate your own media?

The Internet Changes Nothing

Marshall Poe

Marshall Poe: In the end, the message is the message, and the message transmitted over virtually all modern media, the Internet included, is this: buy something. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just the way things are in our world. It’s time to face it—the Internet changes nothing.

The Mainstream Media Is a Myth

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Tina Dupuy: If you can complain about the mainstream media from a national platform, it’s akin to being a ventriloquist act without the dummy: you’re bantering with your own voice.

LA Media Reform Group Seeks Workshop Presenters

LAMRG Workshop 2011

The Los Angeles Media Reform Group encourages community activists and grassroots media makers to present their ideas at its fourth annual LA Media Reform “Just Media” Summit, scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Occidental College.

Haiti: Cholera Outbreak Metaphor for No Accountability

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Georgianne Nienaber: It will be astounding to see the media coverage of this event, should it unfold in all its potential horror, but where has the media been since the six-month anniversary in July?

Progressive Media Bolstering Republican & FOX News Agenda

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Randy Shaw: Here’s a thought. What if the progressive media stopped reporting on every silly idea promoted by Sarah Palin and used that time to report on positive actions by the federal government to help people. I get emailed press releases announcing such accomplishments each day, so the stories are out there but are not covered.

General Petraeus Goes to Media War

Norman Solomon: It’s already history. In mid-August 2010, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan launched a huge media campaign to prevent any substantial withdrawal of military forces the next summer.

“Why Is the Media So Anti-Union?”

ill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, leafletting Louisville packing plant. (Photo: Mandy Dixon)

Berry Craig: Generally, the smaller a paper or TV or radio station is, the greater its bias against unions. Their anti-unionism is sometimes as plain as their front doors, which are often plastered with decals or stickers proudly proclaiming chamber membership. The fact that the chamber is openly pro-business and anti-union apparently doesn’t trouble local media owners about conflicts of interest.

To Tweet or To Twit

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Last week, I heard that Twitter is the fastest growing online social network. Well, whoop deee doo!! I’d just gotten used to Facebook after dumping MySpace, while at the same time trying to keep up with Shelfari, Digg, and LinkedIn—and now I’m told I should be Twitting or Tweeting or whatever the new term is [...]

It Seems Sarah Palin Will Be on the National Scene for a While

Sarah Palin draws the media like a magnet. Whether we like it or not, her image is selling so she’s going to be with us for quite some time.

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