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Flack for Wal-Mart Poses as Journalist to Infiltrate Union Event

Working as a flack for a public relations company representing Wal-Mart, Stephanie Harnett committed one of the big no-nos of journalism by falsely identifying herself as a reporter. Using a phony name, she claimed to be a student journalist in order to infiltrate a union press conference earlier this month. This week Harnett left the PR company, Mercury Public Affairs.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE


Comes the Revolution

Andrew Breitbart, the publisher of Breitbart.com and a couple of other popular websites, set the tone for a program at the University of Southern California last Wednesday by calling George Stephanopoulus of ABC News a little rat with a runny nose.

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The Future of Journalism Is Written in Neon

The salvation of journalism rests with young people who are talented, ambitious, intelligent, obsessive and crazy enough to jump into what is rapidly becoming a low-paying, insecure business.

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Hollywood’s Woman Problem

It’s Oscar night, but that should not cause us to ignore the results of a recently released study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 showing that men filled almost all the directing jobs, with women accounting for only about 3 percent. Writing and producing find similarly problematic, but less pronounced, gender gaps.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Morning Review’: Prop. 8 and the Big 3

Check out the most recent “Morning Review Friday with Roy Ulrich,” where UC Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky discusses Proposition 8’s current legal status, and Truthdig’s own Titus Levi engages in a fruitful debate on the virtues and pitfalls of a bailout of the auto industry in Detroit with the Cato Institute’s Dan Ikenson.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008 READ MORE



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Communication Scholars Speak Out About Negative Campaigning

A group of top American communication professors have crafted and signed a statement calling on the McCain campaign, primarily, to stop its negative campaigning. “The purposeful dissemination of messages that a communicator knows to be false and inflammatory is unethical. It is that simple,” the statement says.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking McCain’s ‘Ayers’ Commercial

In this time of confusion and strife, it’s a good thing there’s FactCheck.org to shine a light through the political fog that surrounds us all. Or something like that. Anyway, the FactCheck folks took a close look at the McCain campaign’s shadowy little commercial number, “Ayers,” and found it to be problematic on several counts.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list for what the Times called his “aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories.” Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE


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The End of an Institution

I suppose I should be sad to watch the decline of the once mighty political media, an institution that trained and nurtured me. But that’s not how I feel. For this was the institution that cheered when President Bush took us to war. This is also the institution that is getting this Democratic National Convention wrong, obsessed with a phony feud between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, wasting time interviewing that small but vengeful cult, the die-hard Hillaryites.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger, Bloomberg Talk Compromises and Surprises

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured above with USC Annenberg’s Dean Geoffrey Cowan) convened at Creative Artists Agency’s swank new Beverly Hills HQ Tuesday for a conference on bipartisan politics, and this perhaps scripted meeting of high-wattage minds (and personalities) produced some thought-provoking—and surprising—conversations and announcements.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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