Norman Solomon: What about Manning, Drake, Snowden, Kiriakou and Sterling, who also took great personal risks on behalf of democracy? With its digital finger to the wind, MoveOn refused to engage in a campaign to help any of them.
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Gina Scanlon: Do I go to the harsh and apathetic world of Twitter, where it’s impossible to avoid how hard people are trying to be clever in 280 characters or less?
One of the biggest and arguably the most annoying trends that have been going on is the shoot to stardom through a very controversial quote.
Dick Price: I simply can’t take the endless shade MSNBC hosts and guests throw on Bernie Sanders—and the same goes for the New York Times and the Washington Post. I’m sorry, I can’t take it anymore.
Jeff Cohen: Confusion, not clarity, is the job of TV news – which is so heavily sponsored by drug and healthcare companies. And confusion is the job of industry ads and corporate politicians like Biden, who receives more healthcare industry donations than any other Democratic candidate.
Tana Ganeva: Kroger’s reasoning is hazy, but seems to have to do with the idea that it’s a bad look for their “desired demo”—which they think is people who aren’t interested in print weeklies because they’re on their phones.
Valerie Vande Panne: Street papers can support everyone in a community by providing a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our shared spaces, especially in cities.
Norman Solomon: The fact that cable news pundits, anchors, and reporters rushed to vehemently defend corporate media against Sanders’ comments is illustrative of the dynamic. It makes you wonder where career self-interest ends and sincere delusion begins.
Randy Shaw: Letting Trump decide what’s news works for him. It means we hear little about the Trump Administration’s legal efforts to eliminate health care for over 20 million Americans. Or the Supreme Court allowing Trump to shift $2.5 billion in military spending to a border wall.
Frank Fear: I’m a Progressive who believes that America focuses too much on ‘me’ and insufficiently on ‘we.’ A ‘good society’ can’t be just about individuals and organizations getting ahead.
Tom Degan: Mad taught several generations of kids like me to be cynical toward authority of any and all kinds.
Ted Rall: With zero youngsters coming up in the ranks and many of the most interesting artists purged, our small numbers and lack of stylistic diversity has left us as critically endangered as the wild cheetah. The death spiral is well underway.
Lauren Windsor: The quandary for Facebook is that taking down these old fake accounts will not stop the problem of Veritas creating new fake accounts.