Norman Solomon: The message is that—if you don’t like mass surveillance and draconian measures to intimidate whistleblowers as well as journalists—your beef is really with technology, and good luck with pushing back against that.
Walter Brasch: This past week, Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” snuggled up to Donald Trump.
Grace Aaron: Right now local board elections are underway at KPFK and other Pacifica stations around the country. Ballots are arriving in the mailboxes of members of these stations this week.
Alvaro Huerta: While many political pundits, opponents and comics have reduced Trump to a caricature, based on his outrageous and boisterous claims, his critics and those who poke fun of him underestimate the inhumane consequences of a Trump presidency.
Kim Kaufman: A private “shadow” corporation was recently uncovered as a method to privatize Pacifica for the benefit of a few rather than keep it as a public benefit for the many.
Steven Singer: Like during that 1995 gathering, today’s media was quick to frame the narrative in a way that silenced legitimate black concerns while benefiting White America.
Edward Wasserman: Suppose an inside scoop of official secrets gives some market players an unfair advantage—is that a good reason to muzzle the media?
Charles D. Hayes: The tax for using the media available to us is paid in lost opportunity for thoughtful reflection. We need to find the right balance between technological wizardry and enough silent contemplation to keep from being manipulated politically.
Joe Mathews: The recently ousted publisher sought to turn the paper into a political institution, which has long been an American tradition.
Edward Wasserman: Anti-GMO activists target Big Food’s science by pillaging emails of academic researchers found friendly to industry
Brent Budowsky: Many “journalists” treat Trump’s repeated verbal abuses against women as the charming idiosyncrasies of a celebrity, while Megyn Kelly treated them, correctly, as an appropriate question to ask a man seeking the presidency.
Edward Wasserman: We now inhabit a world where the volume of personal data that’s routinely gathered by anonymous vendors is immeasurably greater and says much more about us than Clarence Thomas’s mere video rental records do.
Tom Degan: Alison Parker and Adam Ward were focusing on their jobs. They were ambushed. They were doomed. They never had a chance.