The Gary Webb Story: Still Killing the Messenger

Kill The Messenger

-+*Joseph Palermo: Kill the Messenger tells the story of San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb who uncovered what appeared to be the story of the decade: people associated with a US-backed mercenary army had become international drug traffickers

The Ebola Panic

ebola panic

-+*Dan Farber: In a particularly shocking example, Sen. Rand Paul has said that you can get Ebola from standing near someone at a cocktail party. I had trouble believing that he had actually said that, but here’s the video.

Who Believes This Stuff?  

Believing in Bigfoot

-+*Steve Hochstadt: Other wild ideas that are not shaped by politics are whether shape-shifting reptilian people control our world (believed by 4%); whether Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 (5%); or whether television contains secret mind-controlling technology (15%). But how else to explain the popularity of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”?

Link Between NFL Head Injuries and Domestic Violence?

NFL Domestic Violence

-+*Dave Zirin: If the owners won’t have a discussion about the connection between their sport and horrific post-concussive syndromes like ALS and early-onset dementia, are they really going to talk about links between head injuries and domestic violence?

The Revictimizing of Janay Rice

Janay Rice

-+*Dave Zirin: No one cares that she’s basically now being used as a soapbox with otherwise apolitical NFL commentators using her prone body to get on their high horse and safely blast the league.

Discussing Post 9/11 America with Teka-Lark Fleming


-+*Dick and Sharon of the LA Progressive sat down with Ms. Fleming on the anniversary of 9/11 on MP Chronicles’s The Blk Grrl Show to talk about the impact that 9/11 has had on the lives of Americans since that fateful day in 2001.

Mainstream Media Proving Stalin Right

Proving Stalin Right

-+*Gary Corseri: It has been about 40 years since I thought Joan Rivers somewhat amusing. How in hell does the news of her passing take priority over the lives and concerns of millions of working Americans?

The Murder of Journalists Puts News Media in a Quandary

Journalists Murdered

-+*Edward Wasserman: Among journalism commentators, the actions reawakened the perennial debate over the proper use of gruesome imagery in news reportage. Is it an indispensable part of truth-telling or a pointless indulgence that borders on the pornographic?

Is the Internet Good for Us?

Reforming Our Communications Infrastructure

-+*Randy Shaw: Top viewed news and video traffic are far more likely to involve cats, babies, celebrities or corporate-funded stories than information that helps people make sound policy choices for society or their own lives.

Protecting Jennifer Lawrence’s Privacy

Jennifer Lawrence

-+*Tara Culp-Ressler: Even with strengthened state and federal laws, legal challenges against revenge porn often face an uphill battle thanks to the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a federal law that courts have interpreted to mean that websites aren’t liable for users’ content.