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GOP Debate Demand: An Undemanding Debate

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.07.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The poor dears didn't care for the questions! So now they want changes.

Justin Adu Delivers Reality Programming with African Amedia | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices

It's more than art for art's sake. Justin Adu's African Amedia exhibit was created with direct intent to deliver in-your-face content that forces one to take in the adversities of society. His work addresses the negative portrayals of African Americans in mainstream media, while also providing a platform to look inward and analyze self.

Republican Wimpiness on Display

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican presidential candidates don't seem to realize it, but they're in the process of seriously undermining their own "tough guy" brand.

Challenging the Washington Consensus

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The Washington consensus never changes. The mainstream media shills never cease their efforts to bully all seriousness -- all reality -- out of the voting process. And money and militarism silently, invisibly rule, no matter who wins.

Monday Mandarin Meltdown: China's Fake GDP Still Sucks!

Phil Davis | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

Do not fall for the streaming BS coming from the U.S. media, who are completely in bed with China and would do nothing to upset them. If everything were so great in China - then what's up with all the emergency stimulus, rate easing and market halting?

Mass Media: Raise Your Expectations for Your Country

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The mass media, with usual exceptions, have allowed themselves to be pulled down to the level of the political circus. If the Republican Party's early primary campaigns for the presidential nomination had an elephant and a clown car, Ringling Brothers would be in trouble.

The Greatest Obstacle to Transformation is the Conventional Mind

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

There's a silent killer of dreams, something that stops transformation dead in its tracks -- or lures it onto some less threatening siding. This deadly possibility-slayer could be charged as a key accomplice in the murder (or let us hope, attempted murder) of our descendants should our current ecological, economic and political crises continue without intervention.

The Fourth Estate 'Takes The Fifth'

Michael Brenner | Posted 09.08.2015 | 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.

Hillary's Enthusiasm Gap

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you just woke up from a coma and read only the past week's headlines, you'd be wondering when Clinton will be scheduling her concession speech, as she prepares to exit the race. That this is patent nonsense seems to have escaped everyone.

Feeling the Bern

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders, to put this another way, doesn't need a focus group or a poll to tell him what he ought to stand for. He already knows what he stands for, and he'll freely tell you exactly what that is.

Hillary's Rope Trick Getting a Bum Rap

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now, a photo's worth a thousand words and all of that, and I certainly agree that the pictures were not favorable to Clinton, since they seemed to reinforce the "Hillary has contempt for the public" theme.

Assange: Mainstream Media Rife With Censorship

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

"It would be nice to live in a world where people didn't have to deal with an organization that is not compromised in any manner whatsoever, but we don't live in that world. People have to use cars and they have put to petrol in their cars, and that petrol is made by Shell or BP."

'Green News Report' - June 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil spill clean up continues in Santa Barbara; Major media steps up, ch...

Will Female and Gay Narratives Ever Be 'Normal' in Mainstream Film?

Molly Fosco | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Molly Fosco

There have been a number of actresses who've played extremely strong, tough characters in recent years -- Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon to name a few -- which have been very well received and widely accepted by audiences. But the gay love story still presents a set of new challenges entirely.

Seeds of Violence Can Grow Swiftly in Any Culture -- One Way to Uproot Them

Greg Frucci | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Frucci

Photo by Greg Frucci, February 2015 "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is perman...

'Green News Report' -- March 26, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Lots of good and/or hysterical news today! Climate change denier Ted C...

Alive and Bleeding

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We're in a state of perpetual war and have no intention of escaping it. Certainly we have no intention of critiquing our own actions or questioning the effectiveness of war, occupation or high-tech terror as a means to create a stable, secure world. Thus Marie Harf, deputy State Department spokesperson, had her moment of right-wing ridicule when she talked about ISIS this week.

My Ironic Defense of Brian Williams

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.11.2015 | Media
Cenk Uygur

People think that Brian Williams is the problem because he exaggerated a war story about Iraq? Are you kidding me? The whole war was based on a monstrous lie that almost the entire media enabled and perpetuated. That's the real problem.

The Terrorists Win -- American Mainstream Media and the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

Shawna Vercher | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Shawna Vercher

Though this attack happened in France, there are few things considered to be more American than our right to our freedom of speech. By contrast there should be few things less patriotic than skulking away with our tail between our legs when someone threatens that freedom.

Journalism Must Subscribe to Its Own Survival

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.10.2015 | Media
Josh Stephens

With the holiday season at full blast last week, I read Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class, the forthcoming book by Scott Timberg about the economic fate of artists.

Advocacy Talk

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.10.2015 | Media
Ralph Nader

America has a media problem. There are very few serious, compelling programs in the mainstream media that aim to educate and enlighten audiences about issues that deeply affect millions of Americans.

Dissecting Polls Data: Yet More 'Plus ça Change'

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.07.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

One mass media ritual that's a reliably renewable resource is the post-election poring over pollsters' data.

Peace as a Human Right

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's our job, not God's, to create the new story of who we are, and millions -- billions -- of people fervently wish we could do so. The problem is that the worst of our nature is better organized than the best of it.

Giving Publishing What it Demands -- In a Way I Could Live With

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Books
Leonce Gaiter

Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations of visiting New Yorker short story virtuosi creative writing instructors and my own mountainous insecurities and fears.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.