Jessie Daniels: For the four years Melissa Harris-Perry’s show was on the air, an African American woman and a public intellectual led a conversation that elevated the public sphere by bringing in new voices to the conversation that most cable news viewers rarely get to hear.
Peter Dreier: Brooks fails to mention that Trump’s rise was preceded by decades of government-bashing by big business and the extreme right, seeking to weaken the ability of government to promote the common good and protect Americans from abusive corporations. Donald Trump and Idiots
Marc Cooper: This Saturday’s battle in the Democratic Nevada Caucuses could be decisive. If Clinton loses, it could be curtains. If Sanders loses by a lot, it might be the beginning of his downward spiral. What Stays in Nevada
Mario Solis Marich: Channels – including those catering to audiences from racial and ethnic minority communities – could be dropped or buried at the far end of the digital dial, making it harder for loyal audiences to find the independent shows they love.
Norman Solomon: Elite media often blur distinctions between right-wing populism and progressive populism—as though there’s not all that much difference between appealing to xenophobia and racism on the one hand and appealing for social justice and humanistic solidarity on the other
Larry Wines: We can’t overstate the loss in this election year, when everybody else with a tv camera behaves like a heroin addict chasing their pusher, who, invariably, is a bloviating politician, delivering only the illusion of their opiate, doing a phoner.
David Love: You know it’s true that Dash is the former half-term Alaska governor and the Supreme Court justice wrapped in one. Better yet, she is the worst of the two conservative figures: anti-black and anti-intellectual.
Tracy Rosenberg: Charter is a player in the plethora of industry lawsuits against the FCC’s net neutrality regulations, which are wildly popular with Americans.
Walter Brasch: Journalists are too busy channeling what Donald Trump says to devote much time to domestic issues, especially ones that directly affect Americans.
Walter Brasch: TV news—including parade coverage—has become more of a personality-based medium than a news medium. The Happy News TV anchors chat with each other. A few seconds here. A few seconds there.
At the close of every year editors like to list the previous year’s most famous crimes, deaths, scandals, and never-ending political and military battles. So allow me, at age 87, to offer my own list of six heroic people, four of whom I knew. I want to remember them because in different ways they refused […]
Peter Dreier: More than any other columnist for a major U.S. newspaper, Meyerson provided ongoing coverage and incisive analysis of the nation’s labor movement and other progressive causes as well as the changing economy and the increasing aggressiveness of big business in American politics.
Walter Brasch: In the past, the media had their defects and biases, the nation’s media understood they were the system that helped assure a free and unencumbered forum for debate about major issues.