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Damning Study Finds a ‘Whitewashed’ Hollywood

A new study finds that films and TV shows from major media companies are “whitewashed” in what researchers call an “epidemic of invisibility” that runs through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.

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Golden Globes: A Contender for Best Comedy

The scandal-plagued awards show gets a nod for spotting groundbreakers, but the back-scratching nature of the ceremony makes it a little hard to swallow.

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VIDEO: ‘Truth and Power’ Series Shows Ordinary People Flipping the Script on the Powers That Be

Unwilling to sit idly by as their privacy, civil liberties and safety are increasingly encroached upon, the subjects of Pivot’s new “Truth and Power” series took action to expose those from the government and private sector who have far overstepped their bounds.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Media’s Near Blackout on Bernie Sanders Keeps Many Voters in the Dark

The presidential candidate is having difficulty getting his face, and his policy positions, on television. And this week his campaign was roiled by a flap over unauthorized accessing of Democratic National Committee voter data.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 READ MORE



Can All of the World’s Data Really Be Locked Safely Inside DNA?

Researchers believe all the digital information in the world could be kept in the “amount of liquid in a case of wine”; smartphones have turned humans into “deadwalkers”; meanwhile, Paul Ryan unintentionally highlighted the need for raising the minimum wage in his first speech as speaker of the House. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Trump’s Campaign a ‘Media Mirage’ Made in Ratings Heaven?

Donald Trump receives far more media coverage than any other candidate running for the presidency. As this video explains, his relationship with U.S. news outlets is symbiotic: He gets the exposure he needs and the outlets get the bombast and controversy, as well as the ratings, they crave. Media expert Robert McChesney and others discuss how the Trump phenomenon is playing out on our airwaves.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Real Reason Jeremy Corbyn Deserves to Be the Next U.K. Labour Party Leader

The U.K. socialist supports many progressive policies, but there’s one in particular that makes him worthy of heading the Labour Party; some TV shows can have a strong impact on our psychological tendencies; meanwhile, target shooters are destroying ancient rock art in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE



Univision Dumps Trump’s Miss USA Pageant, Trump Tweets ‘I Love Mexico’ (Updated)

UPDATE: Turns out that publicly declaring that migrants from Mexico to the U.S. are almost all “rapists” and criminals prone to shepherding drugs across the border—with a few as-yet-unconfirmed “good people” mixed in—doesn’t make for ideal neighborly relations.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Bill Maher May Have Finally Gone Too Far (Video)

In a now-viral quip, the comedian compares former One Direction singer Zayn Malik to convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Church of Scientology’s Vitriolic Reaction to ‘Going Clear’

The organization has hit back furiously at filmmaker Alex Gibney’s exposé “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which aired Sunday night on HBO.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE



Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch Wants to Buy the Company That Owns HBO and CNN

It’s merger mania, with AT&T going after DirecTV and Comcast looking to gobble up Time Warner Cable—not to be confused with Time Warner Inc., another cable company that is now the object of Rupert Murdoch’s appetite.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


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Most People Want to Ditch Cable TV, but Feel They Can’t

A survey of cable subscribers shows that a slim majority would like to cut the cord, and things are certainly trending that way, but most feel that just isn’t an option.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Stephen Colbert Replace David Letterman?

The Comedy Central host could give up his role as second fiddle to Jon Stewart and make the jump to network television.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE


This Marijuana Commercial Airs on National Television

Breaking a barrier for the legal pot industry, this ad for Marijuana Doctors.com “appeared on Fox, CNN, ESPN, Comedy Central, AMC, and Discovery,” The Verge reports.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Blockhead: The Music Scene

A 2010 music video by the Manhattan-based electronic artist Blockhead evokes the sad majesty of a species losing an existential battle with its own creations.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



What the Iraq War Has to Do With Afghanistan

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says America’s approach to foreign affairs is too militarized, evidenced by its two most recent wars; American viewers can hardly recognize news anchors anymore; meanwhile, people still believe Greek art was white, despite proof of its once garish colors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE


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A Big Tragedy and a Big Story: Race, Guns and Television

What happened in the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime and the acquitted shooter, George Zimmerman, is no role model for anyone. I have no basis for judging him racist, but there is no doubt he was aggressively stupid. But for me, the moronic vigilante killer is not the issue. I think this story is about guns and television.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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More Exposés, Less Action

This new media landscape is more hostile to the civic community and discourages the younger generation from believing that change is truly within our grasp.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


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Watch: Men Undergo Simulated Labor Contractions to See What Childbirth Feels Like

Two Dutch television hosts wanted to find out for themselves what women go through when they give birth. This is the result of their experiment.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



The Dog Eat Dog World of Politics

Canines have more to do with presidential elections than one might think; the conditions in which alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was detained were “excessive,” a military judge found; meanwhile, The Associated Press has started selling sponsored tweets on its Twitter feed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Hannity, O’Reilly Fox News Ratings Take Dive

Two of the top conservative commentators on Fox News saw their ratings plummet after Barack Obama’s re-election victory in November.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 READ MORE


Anti-Abortion Christian Reality TV Show to Try to Shame Women

“Surrender the Secret” will follow five women who have had abortions “on their journey together to ... healing and self-forgiveness.” Because obviously the best place for these women to heal is on an online reality show that is publicly shaming them for their life choices.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


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Paul Ryan Hearts Jon Stewart

Count Paul Ryan among the legions of Jon Stewart admirers in the U.S. While it’s unclear just how much Ryan actually watches “The Daily Show,” what is clear is the vice presidential contender is on the record as having called Stewart the funniest man in America.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Gore Vidal Speaks Seriously Ill of the Dead

In this essay, first published in 2008, the iconic author objected to Newsweek’s obituary of his onetime rival, William F. Buckley, a “knightly man” who stood up to “bullies” like Gore Vidal ... by verbally gay-bashing him on national television.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE


Truthdig on Link TV

Catch Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges and Dennis Kucinich’s speeches from the 2012 Truthdig Retreat in Santa Fe on Link TV all month. Check your local listings for airtimes, and check back with Truthdig for the complete footage.

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


RIP Andy Griffith









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Video Memories of Mike Wallace

We should all be so lucky to live to 93, luckier still to have a career like that of Mike Wallace, who died peacefully Saturday night after roughly six decades on television.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Julian Assange a Part of ‘Simpsons’ Milestone

“The Simpsons” hasn’t been funny since Bill Clinton was president, but in its prime nothing was better. Now in season 23, the show just aired its 500th episode. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange guested, taping his lines from England.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius Dies

In 1970, Don Cornelius set “Soul Train” rolling into American homes in Chicago, and soon the R&B-heavy weekly broadcast became a showcase for predominantly black musical acts and a fixture on TV sets around the country—and it didn’t stop for 35 years.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Bill Moyers Coming Back to a TV Near You

Good thing he wasn’t gone for long. Veteran broadcast journalist and perennial class act Bill Moyers is making his TV comeback this weekend with a new show, “Moyers & Company,” after almost two years off the air.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



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NFL Charges Broadcasters $20 for Every American

After negotiating various new agreements, Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV will altogether pay close to $6 billion a year to broadcast NFL games to a football-addicted America.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE



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China Tunes Out TV Commercials

In the spirit of fostering a more “socialist culture,” the Chinese government is banning commercials that interrupt television dramas. Judging by this BBC report, China’s TV executives seem much more concerned with lost revenue than with government interference.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Chelsea Clinton’s Coming to a TV Near You

Because this is just what the gravely endangered journalistic profession needs, NBC has elected to pluck former first daughter Chelsea Clinton from her hardscrabble life and groom her to become a special correspondent for “NBC Nightly News.”

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Netflix Has a Customer Crisis

With about a quarter of all Internet traffic in North America passing through its servers and roughly 25 million subscribers, Netflix got everybody’s attention in July when it announced that it was raising its prices by as much as 60 percent. Now the company is conceding ... (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE



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PBS Couldn’t Make Time for Bill Moyers’ New Show

Legendary broadcaster Bill Moyers is returning to television, flush with $2 million in foundation funding, but PBS opted not to carry his “Moyers & Company.” American Public Television will instead distribute the interview show for free to stations around the country.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



Ding Dong, the Democratic Party Is Dead

America mourns the death of its political parties; printed books are going extinct as ebooks take their place; meanwhile, BlackBerry Messenger plays a significant role in the London riots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE


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So Long, Columbo: Peter Falk Dies at 83

Another icon of the small screen has died, and with him goes a memorable role and a famous, if slightly bedraggled, khaki raincoat. On Friday, the news broke that “Columbo” star Peter Falk had died the day before at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



An Oral History of ESPN

The book lacks a narrative voice to set the scene, pull the reader along. Authors are not just tape recorders with expense accounts. They need to analyze, criticize, validate their characters. Here, they’re often missing in action.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


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