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

Killing the Messenger

Killing the Messenger

Robert M. Nelson: New York Times reporter James Risen reports that between 2003 and 2004 about $13 billion in $100 bills was flown to the Iraq war zone from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The volume of that cash pile was so huge that it filled the cargo holds of many C-17 Air Force planes on their way to Baghdad.

Cosby Affair: Fire, Aim, Ready?

Bill Cosby Media Victim

Edward Wasserman: The Cosby affair is different. There is no higher court here. Whether it’s because victims were too scared, police were too timid, laws were too weak, plaintiffs too willing to settle, or evidence too thin—the judicial system is by now largely irrelevant.

The New Republic Dies: Who Will Notice?

The New Republic Dies

Randy Shaw: Based on the massive coverage in the New York Times and the volume of tweets from journalists, one would think that the very fabric of national political debate has been torn asunder.

This Time, “Free Speech” Cannot Prevail

Facebook Violence Threats

Laura Finley: Although free speech is an important human right, decades of knowledge about the cycle of domestic violence and warning signs of potentially lethal behavior should indeed prompt the Court to rule against Elonis.

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.

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.

TMZ Mocks Not Ready for Hillary Protest: Organizer Fires Back

TMZ Mocks Hillary Protest

Lauren Steiner: Maybe in between covering Beyonce and Jay Z’s shenanigans you heard rumblings about how the banks blew up the housing bubble and when it burst caused the financial collapse in 2008.

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