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Time to Include the Disability Community in News Conversations on Police Brutality

Half of police killings involve people with a mental disorder, but little attention is paid to the issue in media coverage. This failing, whether due to a lack of education or prejudice, is hurting the most vulnerable members of society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 17, 2016 ENLARGE

Absurd Reality (Video)

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 ENLARGE

‘Black Ops Advertising’ Dissects the Rise of Media Manipulation for Corporate Profit

The currency of maximum importance in our digital world is personal data, personal relationships and our very identities.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE

How We Could End the Permanent State of War

Despite the fact that the war state appears to be riding high, circumstances may favor a frontal challenge to that condition for the first time in many years.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 READ MORE

White House Arts and Humanities Medals Recognize Americans’ Collective Experience

As the nation nears the end of a highly divisive political season, President Obama uses the awards ceremony to focus on common ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

Here Are Six Problems America Has That Are Worse Than Terrorism

Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 READ MORE

There’s No Debate

The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better—and there’s still time for a change.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Media Coverage Has Created a New Crisis of Credibility

Almost 50 years after former Vice President Spiro Agnew launched a conservative campaign against the press, our journalistic institutions are being challenged for being too hard on Hillary Clinton and too timid toward the right in the 2016 election.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

The 2016 Presidential Election ‘Did Not Take Place’

The French sociologist and philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote that for Western audiences, the Gulf War was a staged television conflict. But if that was a TV spectacle, the 2016 election is much more of one.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE

Information or Disinformation? Only 32 Percent of Americans Trust the Media

A new Gallup Poll shows the steepest decline since 1972 in public confidence in the accuracy and fairness of news reporting.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 READ MORE

North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

Samantha Bee: Have We Come to Demand ‘Meaningless Campaign Coverage’ From Our Media? (Video)

A furious “Full Frontal” host returned from a break to rail against NBC’s Matt Lauer and the rest of the members of the mass media who are failing to ask tough questions during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Dear Media Elites, Here’s How You Have Donald Trump Completely Wrong

The incitement of anti-immigrant prejudice for political gain is shameful, but it’s not new in our country.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Are Media Exaggerating ‘Reformed Terrorist’ Story to Advance FBI’s Disturbing Agenda?

There are serious questions about the story extremist-turned-FBI-informant Jesse Morton told reporters.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE

Did PBS Censor Jill Stein’s Comments on Hillary Clinton and the TPP?

In a recent video compilation, YouTube commentator Matt Orfalea added parts of an answer the Green Party presidential candidate recently gave on PBS’ “NewsHour,” arguing that the portions left out on the air are crucial to Stein’s arguments against Clinton.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Warren Hinckle: Remembering the Godfather of Gonzo

The legendary Ramparts editor who later ingeniously paired writer Hunter Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman died this week, leaving a slew of colorful memories behind him.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

Where Is Our Martin Luther King Jr.?

We need more humble prophets—to remind the skeptical that religion, which can indeed be divisive, is also a moral prod and an intellectual spark. But such figures are hard to find in this election year.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE

Some Reporters Covering Trump Rallies Worry as Anti-Media Atmosphere Thickens

The Republican presidential nominee’s use of aggressive rhetoric is nothing new, but since the combative Stephen Bannon joined the campaign, Trump is homing in on the media—and stirring up vitriol among his supporters.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Questions About Clinton Campaign’s Transparency Ramp Up After a Weekend of Closed Fundraisers

The Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t held a news conference in more than 260 days, despite growing concerns about her use of a personal email server and the role of the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. (Pictured, Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island where Clinton raised funds last weekend.)

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE

Is Socialism the ‘Obvious’ Answer to Growing Inequality?

Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have shined a spotlight on the economic model that can lead us out of gaping inequality; Canada could actually benefit if Donald Trump wins the U.S. elections; meanwhile, we may need to reconsider air travel in times of climate change. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald: How Democrats Use ‘Russia Sympathizer’ to Smear Rivals

The Intercept journalist points out that Clinton loyalists have given Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and even Julian Assange a “turn in the Kremlin seat” and puts this form of “Red-baiting” into historical context.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

Balance Beam

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 ENLARGE

John Oliver Warns That Problems Plaguing Journalism Will Lead to Widespread Corruption (Video)

The “Last Week Tonight” host talks about how political corruption thrives in an environment in which journalists are being fired or forced to focus on social media and click-bait rather than on reporting. He also admits that shows like his wouldn’t exist without newspapers.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

We Have to Stop Demeaning or Ignoring Trump Voters—Elitism Won’t Defeat Trumpism

Understanding what attracts many voters to Donald Trump is important, not only to those who want to prevent him from staging a comeback but also to anyone who wants to make our democracy thrive in the long run.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Says Media ‘Going Crazy’ After Week of Press Speculation About His Mental Health

As a former reality television star, the Republican presidential nominee has to know that what goes up in the realm of fame must eventually be torn down.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE

American Heiress

Patty Hearst’s wild saga “provided hints of what America would become,” in the words of author Jeffrey Toobin—a sensational true crime story and a sad comment on American justice, race relations, media and celebrity culture.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald: The Media’s Coverage of Donald Trump Is ‘Kind of Hysterical’

Yes, the GOP’s presidential nominee “poses ... extreme dangers” to the U.S., Greenwald agrees, but the journalist also argues that the mass media is not only creating a dangerous, unblinking consensus against Trump but also failing to reach his voters.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Reporting on Tim Kaine Through the Years

Through accountability stories and other in-depth reports, we took a look back at the career of the Virginia senator whom Hillary Clinton has picked as her running mate.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 READ MORE

MLB All-Star Game Has Become a ‘Midsummer Classic’ Dud

Baseball’s showcase used to be a big deal, but like all other professional sports leagues’ All-Star Games, it continues to decline in popularity and now exists mainly as a way to schmooze sponsors and media partners.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE

The Real Reason Labour Elites and Commentators Hate Jeremy Corbyn and the Movement Behind Him

American anthropologist David Graeber digs beneath the superficial justifications for the Labour Party’s failed “chicken coup,” as it’s now being called, to understand the true reasons why members of Parliament and political commentators want Corbyn out.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

The Real Digital Divide Afflicting American Politics

Rather than creating a community, the internet and social media have divided and disengaged us and set our politics adrift.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

The Media Have ‘Dropped Any Pretense of Objectivity’ in Covering Donald Trump

Trump is constantly depicted as nothing but pure evil in thought and deed, while the considerable ethical complications of his leading Democratic opponent are rationalized—when they are not simply ignored.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE

The Donald Trump Story You’re Not Hearing About

Questions linger about the candidate’s alleged mob ties. So where is pack journalism when we need it?

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE

Live at Truthdig: Has the Media Been Biased in Its Coverage of Donald Trump?

Do you think the mainstream media is being fair in its coverage of Donald Trump? Or has it abandoned objectivity? Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the Truthdig team discussed on Friday.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Rich Are Spending Lots of Money to Silence Journalists Who Expose Their Misbehavior

Billionaire Peter Thiel’s $140 million triumph over media site Gawker is part of a trend in which the rich use the media to retaliate against journalists who criticize them.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE

The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting on Trump University

Here are the stories on Trump U. that you should read.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE

How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press

The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Gawker Filing for Bankruptcy, Seeking New Owner

The online media site owes Hulk Hogan $140 million after it lost a privacy lawsuit earlier this year, but it’s hoping to be bought by publishing company Ziff Davis, which could lower its payment.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE

Mainstream Media Didn’t Hold Back in Headlines About Clinton and Sanders

Following Hillary Clinton’s wins in most of Tuesday night’s presidential primaries, many mainstream news outlets were quick to denounce Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Rips The Associated Press for Prematurely Announcing Hillary Clinton’s Victory

“This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary,” wrote the Intercept journalist on Tuesday. “The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization— incredibly— conceals.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE


Posted on Jun 5, 2016 ENLARGE

Trump News Tonight! (Video)

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 ENLARGE


Posted on Jun 1, 2016 ENLARGE

Warning Signs

Posted on May 30, 2016 ENLARGE

Cosby Trial

Posted on May 27, 2016 ENLARGE

Why Hating the Media Could Make the Difference in November

The winning candidate may be the one who most successfully stirs the public’s mistrust of journalists and journalism.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘The Democratic National Committee Remains Neutral’ (Video)

The DNC chair blasted Bernie Sanders for his response to the chaos at the Nevada State Democratic Convention, prompting criticism from many people, including the Sanders camp.

Posted on May 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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