Richard Eskow: News coverage reinforces frightening perceptions which are reinforced by a seemingly endless stream of violent imagery in popular culture and political rhetoric.
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Marcy Wheeler: Last week focused a lot of attention on New York Times reporter James Risen, who is facing the threat of jail time for refusing to testify in a leak case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.
Larry Wines: Even if I’m writing the dialog for what I’m seeing, my tv is not safe from flying shoes. Every time I see that ad for The Cadillac Collection, I turn into Lewis Black.
Nia-Malika Henderson: Over the last years, with her reality shows, Palin went the Kardashian route, but now she will add a dash of her early professional life as well, offering up all things Palin via your tablet, phone, or computer.
Tina Dupuy: Bergdahl’s colleagues rushed to national television cameras to use words like “deserter” and “traitor” and those who hoped this could possibly damage the president merrily propagated it.
Murray Polner: How is it that for eight long days (at this writing), its editorial board has chosen to remain voiceless during the Israeli-Palestinian Gaza War, with its pitiless air war, soaring rockets, a growing army of refugees, and mounting civilian deaths?
Randy Shaw: By focusing on failures while ignoring successes, the media is working hand in hand with the conservative opponents of effective government.
Claude Fischer: Ronald Reagan, a B-movie actor and an experienced rubber chicken circuit speaker before he became a candidate for office, had remarkable skills in telling amusing, heart-warming, patriotic, and politically-pointed stories.
Danny Schechter: On a symbolic level, Brazil’s bashing at the feet of Germany using bum rush tactics compared to the Nazi “Blitzgrieg” brought smiles to Old Europe, and pain to a nation struggling with massive poverty and inequality.
Tina Dupuy: You know where the Ground Zero of our whooping cough epidemic is in this country? In affluent, helicopter-parent neighborhoods where lefty science deniers refused to get their spawn vaccinated. You know where it’s not? At the border.
Murray Polner: It’s far too early to make definitive judgments about the future of Iraq, Syria, ISIS and the Middle East. But Margaret Sullivan is dead right that “readers have good reason to be wary about what appears in the paper about military intervention in Iraq.”
Tina Dupuy: It looks like liberals taking a cue from Disney’s iconic villain revival, Maleficent, dug up Dick Cheney and nepotism poster child Liz Cheney to illuminate the Dark Side of our post-9/11 world.
Kevin Zeese: On June 11th in Berlin, a new international organization was announced whose purpose is to defend whistleblowers when they are facing prosecution; and defend the public’s right to know.