RJ Eskow: Sinclair is requiring all its news anchors to condemn the reporting of mainstream news outlets as “fake news.” Sinclair’s memos direct stations to air its pre-scripted attacks on journalism “using news time, not commercial time.”
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Timothy Hampton: At the current moment in our political and technological history – as we are faced with mendacity and cynicism in Washington and the strange evasions of the tech sector – humanities education is more crucial than ever.
Kate Harveston: Perhaps the most negative effect of social media on politics is its natural tendency to create an echo chamber for all Americans who use it.
Janis Prince: Critics believe that her call for a Netflix boycott is just sour grapes. To some extent, they may be right, but more importantly her comments highlight an area of American life that is mostly ignored, except for among those who experience its reality.
Larry Wines: The cable channels salivate when billionaire Tom Steyer comes to buy more air time. The ones with strong viewership that corresponds to Democratic Party registrants, anyway.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Net neutrality proponents have been organizing for a Resolution of Disapproval under the CRA since the FCC announced its decision last December. There are already enough co-sponsors to ensure a vote in the Senate, but we are one vote away from victory.
James Preston Allen: It is quite curious how the promise of digital communications created in this country to bring people together all over the world has now been weaponized to do great harm to our own democracy.
Rev. Irene Monroe: The exploitation of black talent and the objectification of black bodies and images to pad the pockets of profit-making corporations under the guise of helping underserved populations and communities is also not new.
Bill Blum: The main problem with the media today, as earlier, is what is left out of articles dealing with controversial issues.
John Marciano: We need to be especially skeptical of the CIA, given its history of manipulating intelligence for political ends, such as the bogus “intelligence” in 2003 about Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).
Frank Fear: There’s probably no better example of “flipped brands” than what has happened in Michigan over the last year or so. Let’s look at two campaigns: Pure Michigan and Spartans Will.
Jaime O’Neill: Just one of Donald Trump’s golfing trips to his Mar a Lago property costs more than the annual budget for Meals on Wheels, the program Republican eliminated that delivered meals to low-income seniors.
Bobbi Murray: Today, over 350 Los Angeles Times reporters and editorial staff will vote on whether to allow NewsGuild CWA to represent them at the famously anti-union company.