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Protecting Our Fourth Estate: The Plunder of Politics and PR

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.11.2016 | Media
Alan Kelly

Last month, when President-Elect Donald Trump convened a meeting of American news elites, he shocked us with another dissection of our precious Fourth...

The Fourth Estate 'Takes The Fifth'

Michael Brenner | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The news business has devolved into just another branch of the entertainment business. Many are well aware of this. Few, though, appreciate the degree to which even the elite media -- e.g., The New York Times -- contribute to the phenomenon.

An Open Letter to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Anne Dilenschneider

Dear Editor, Now that you have interviewed Mr. Corey Goulet, TransCanada's president for Keystone Projects, and the South Dakota Public Utilities hea...

Clamoring for Glamor: Celebrity and the Digital News Revolution

Amanda Glassman | Posted 04.10.2015 | Media
Amanda Glassman

There is no place for unchecked celebrity in journalism. And there is no place for loyalty in the face of scandal, either. Brian Williams has been an anchor at NBC since 2004. And after 10 years on the job, it took just a second for his career to crumble like the Berlin Wall.

Every Country Should Have a Newseum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "new" (to me) Newseum offers an amazing array of displays and information in its airy galleries packed with information on America's history, geography, politics, international relations, and media-related technological advances.

Citizens: The New Fourth Estate

David Hoffman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Media
David Hoffman

Citizens are the new Fourth Estate. As the new media disrupt the industrial model of information, citizens have become empowered to oversee the doings of their elected representatives. A more direct form of democracy is emerging.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Famed Journalist Daniel Schorr Teaches Lasting Life Lessons

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 10.31.2013 | Media
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Thirty-three years ago, Dan hired me as a 23-year-old straight out of journalism school -- surely the latest in a long-line of short-lived assistants. These were the first few days of the fledgling Cable News Network (CNN), June of 1980. Unlike his first attempts, Dan and I clicked.

RNC Shows How Useless Conventions Have Become in Addressing Real Issues

Daniel Simon | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Daniel Simon

The word is in and the people have spoken. Campaign coverage has been abysmal.

Study's Grim Finding About Campaign Coverage

Posted 08.27.2012 | Media

A new study from media trends research group 4th Estate found that newspaper articles about the 2012 presidential election were overwhelmingly written...

Friday Finish: The Composers

Christopher Caen | Posted 08.29.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

This week I thought of the composers, and I thought about deadlines. Yes, the news has been set free in this wonderful new digital world. But something in the process seems to have been lost.

The Media Is the Message, and You're in Control

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Hegedus

In case you haven't noticed, the days of separation are over. Church and state. Me and you. The media and everyone else.

Lower Case Capitalism

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Anderson

A new finding suggests that the whole of the Capitalist "surge" is predicated on false assumptions. America has been chasing its proverbial tail for more than two hundred years.

Wikileaks As A World Asset

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Weller

Why do people need more information than the government gives them? Think: Watergate, Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin, Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch, Agent Orange, My Lai, and Bloody Sunday.

Felice Friedson and The Media Line Bring Balance to Issues in the Mideast

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Luce

When Felice Friedson brought Palestinian journalists to Israel's parliament for the first time, the powerful chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs a...

Rhode Island's David Segal's Call for a Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is impossible for any fair minded soul, whether Democratic or Republican, to look at the current state of the American democracy and not believe that something has gone profoundly wrong.

Jon Stewart Deserves Pulitzer for Defense of Helen Thomas

Mike Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Green

In the wake of Ms. Thomas' abrupt resignation, media don't seem too concerned with the monumental issues pertaining to the challenges facing both Israel and the Palestinians that she raised.

Media Mud Pies: CNN's Embarrassing Response to Fox

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

In response to Fox's childish and embarrassing ad in the Washington Post that challenged competitors' coverage of the 9/12 teabaggers, CNN is airing this equally chilidish and embarrassing ad.

The New Muckrakers: Can Celebrity Gossip Outlets Fill in for our Failing Newspapers?

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Dale Norton

Is it possible that in this midst of the rubble in the collapsing newspaper industry we are witnessing the rise of the new muckrakers?

Keeping Anderson Cooper Honest: How CNN and the Media Flubbed Obama's 2nd Swearing In

Ronald B. Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ronald B. Robinson

The same media that is creating a negative impression of President Obama is saying little about the outgoing administration's widespread destruction of official government records.

Washington's "Newseum": The Media Gives Itself a Big, Wet, Sloppy Kiss

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nathan Robinson

The Newseum is a mammoth structure, and it does a fairly good job of illustrating just why mainstream media is such a letdown, even if it does so unintentionally.