Berry Craig: Beyond “bloviating bigot,” I was at a loss for the best words to further describe Carlson’s serial sexist and misogynist retching.
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Joe Mathews: When people know they themselves are paying for the local media, they are more likely to read it, and complain if it’s not really serving them. This local funding, and the accountability it brings, should make the local news livelier and more grounded in community, and more interesting.
Paul Haeder: Self-censoring, check mating, and constant paranoia that the man will gut me for thinking and saying and writing these screeds, that is the way of the Capitalist world.
Murray Polner: I’m also bothered because at times the Times seems to fall for insider leaks from the huge and very secret “Intelligence Community” in our post 9/11 national security state.
Michael Novick: Since KPFK went to a “strip-programming” model about a decade ago, with gate-keepers controlling access to the airwaves and limiting free speech and community engagement, its audience has been cut in half.
Peter Laarman: There was no “ethical dilemma” here for the networks. As Princeton’s Eddie Glaude said on MSNBC, the ethical imperative here was to deny giving critical aid and support to a congenital liar and manipulator.
Steve Hochstadt: The problem is that a few prominent conservative opinion leaders, headed by our President, have gone way beyond incivility to hatred.
Larry Wines: If you’ve heard the questions posed in hearings when the heads of tech giants have testified, you know what boobs our lawmakers are when it comes to even a basic ability to comprehend the capability of the internet.
Ted Rall: Not in the derpy leaderless consensus style that destroyed the Occupy movement, but top-down by brilliant Machiavellian can’t-be-bought leftist schemers who know how to motivate and build an organization.
Steve Hochstadt: While national newspapers are weathering this storm, local newspapers are closing. Since 2004, about 1,800 local papers have closed or merged. The smaller the paper, the more likely it would close.
Democracy only works if there is ample participation. These local boards can ensure that these radio stations are run well. But if effective, logical people don’t join these local boards the stations may be poorly governed and decline. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
Ted Rall: What is scary is that the stewards of a grand 167-year-old publishing institution can cavalierly abandon the basic standards of journalism in search of a social media splash in their tepid jihad against a sitting president.
John Peeler: In the old days broadcast media had to give equal time to opposing points of view. Could Fox News as we know it even survive such a standard?