Bruce Lerro: Facebook, like most media institutions is committed to the Democratic Party. Cleaning its house of “Fake News” (the news and opinions of the socialist or fascist sides of the spectrum) will steer people back to reasonable choices like the Democratic Party.
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Jeremy Kuzmarov: Like Saddam Hussein a decade and a half ago, Russia and its President Vladimir Putin have been repeatedly vilified in the Western media over the last five years, helping to mobilize popular support for the reemergence of a new Cold War.
WJ Astore: The suppression or elimination of words and phrases is one big step toward thought control; so too is the parroting of certain pet phrases and concepts, such as “support our troops” or “make America great again” or “homeland security.”
Frank Fear: I wouldn’t say Wolf bombed Saturday night, but I will say it was the wrong shtick for the context.
Steve Hochstadt: The weakness of mainstream TV news is the obsession with scandal, the endless repetition of information, and the stretch into speculation in order to keep talking about one all-consuming story.
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Murray Polner: Now that Putin’s Russia is habitually denounced for “meddling” in the 2016 election so many others intrusions, military and otherwise, are conveniently overlooked—”meddling” in countries such as Italy, Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Libya, Ukraine, etc. Have I missed any?
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.”
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.