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Should the New York Times Apologize for Publishing Only One Side of the Farrow-Allen Controversy?

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Posted on Feb 11, 2014

A writer at the New Republic believes the newspaper shouldn’t have allowed columnist Nicholas Kristof to run such a biased piece on Woody Allen’s alleged abuse of his daughter; the University of Virginia has a paranormal activity lab; meanwhile, Israel’s relationship with Iran may evolve yet. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

The New York Times Owes its Readers an Apology
Nicholas Kristof’s column on Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen was out of bounds.

Governor Chris Christie Betrayed By His Staff Yet Again
In his amusing observations in a New York Magazine article, “Chris Christie Betrayed by Staff Again,” Joe Coscarelli may have discovered why Chris Christie is such a sad fellow.

There Is a Paranormal Activity Lab at University of Virginia
The market for stories of paranormal academe is a rich one.

The NFL Will Never Be ‘Ready’ for an Openly Gay Player
It doesn’t matter whether the NFL wants to accept an openly gay player like Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. He’s arrived, and the league will have to adjust accordingly.

Article-Level Metrics: An Ill-Conceived and Meretricious Idea
Many are excited about innovative measures that purport to quantify scholarly impact at a more granular level.

FCC Won’t Loosen Crossownership in Quadrennial
Sources inside and outside the FCC are looking for the chairman to put a media ownership rule review item on the March agenda dealing primarily with making joint sales agreements (JSAs) for more than 15% of a station’s ad inventory attributable as ownership under FCC local ownership limits.

The Boycott Is Our Palestinian Non-Violent Resistance
The SodaStream controversy, which recently caught the attention of media worldwide, has highlighted Israel’s ongoing military occupation and contributed to the growing awareness of global consciousness and social responsibility towards Palestine.

Liberal Zionists Who Oppose BDS Must Uphold Law on Settlements
Israel’s governing coalition has been much seized of late by the issue of potential boycotts and sanctions in response to its policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The Beginnings of an Israel-Iran Reset?
Ben Caspit reported from Jerusalem this week that despite the hard-line approach taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran, senior officials in Israel’s security agencies are assessing that changes in Iran could merit a re-evaluation of Iranian intentions.

Twilight of the Brands
Twelve months ago, Lululemon Athletica was one of the hottest brands in the world.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

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