Norman Solomon: The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That’s because — as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it — “the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.”
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Walter Brasch: There is a major problem when the media—print or visual—become fixated upon one story, such as Flight 370. Other stories are swept aside. The mudslide near Oso, Washington, that killed 30, with at least a dozen still missing, is one of those stories that should have dominated the news media.
JP Sotille: The reality is that the Spook State now has a well-practiced mockingbird with access to millions of willing ears.
Blain Roberts: A recent advertisement in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition for blu eCigs, a popular brand of electronic cigarettes, hit what one public health expert has called “a new high in terms of chutzpah.”
RJ Eskow and Richard Fowler: Last week MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman expressed some strong opinions about Social Security. That’s her right and her privilege. Unfortunately, she also made some inaccurate and misleading statements.
Following George Zimmerman: Zimmerman’s infamy will live forever so he’s decided to become notorious. Why not get paid to be the villain?
Noelle Pikus-Pace: It feels like somebody slipped one of those supermarket checkstand women’s magazines into the sports section.
Young Crime Victims: We indulge the easy stuff while avoiding tough problem analysis and policy reform.
People Powered Media — Greater numbers of people will build up immunity to the destructive misinformation of corporate media.
Lies About Obamacare: If my opinion is that a giant turtle carries the world on his back, then my opinion has no value; it’s worthless.
The Biggest Loser: Criticizing Fredrickson’s appearance nowmay not actually be any more sensitive than criticizing her body before the show.
Propaganda Olympics — For Vladimir Putin, the Sochi Olympics is a carefully orchestrated propaganda opportunity to try to showcase the nation’s athletes.
Katherine Lee Bates — As long as we’re educating the Limbaugh lunatics, the “Pledge of Allegiance” also written by a Christian socialis.