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Dear Media Core: Axing Access to Contraception = More Pregnancies!

Melissa S. Grant | Posted 02.10.2016 | Women
Melissa S. Grant

Cutting the funding to Planned Parenthood will do nothing to curb the need for abortion. Education and contraception could curb unintended pregnancy rates, but that's what Planned Parenthood does.

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

Bernie Sanders: America's Mainstream Candidate

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

Bernie is running a grassroots, people-funded campaign and is therefore only beholden to us. The polls are telling the underlying truth: the more people hear Bernie, the more people like Bernie.

Where's the Anti-War Movement?

William Astore | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
William Astore

When it comes to war and foreign policy, Americans face a Hobson's choice: the Democrats with drones and Special Ops and bombing against evildoers, or the Republicans with even more drones and Special Ops and bombing against even more evildoers. 

Clinton Could Have Had Relations with Teenage Staffer

Ian Ference | Posted 02.03.2016 | Media
Ian Ference

Although my (possibly fake) headline is rather extreme, it shows that headlines can manipulate and deceive without being false. Ditto for entire articles, by extension of the linguistic trickery explained in the explanation of the headline.

Democratic Ideals Versus Realpolitik, a Populist Struggle for All Times

Matt Jordan | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Jordan

That the establishment would fight back against an insurgent populist is no surprise. Indeed, many progressives are reading this as a good thing, a sign that their candidate is authentic. Crowds at Sanders' events continue to grow and Monday in Iowa, despite an unprecedented cold shoulder from the party leadership, he beat expectations.

Is MusicAnswers the Answer?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Photo by SDRandCo/MorgueFile A few months ago I went to Washington, D.C. to advocate for songwriters' rights. Consent decrees that were established ...

Get into Top Media

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

The core principle of getting into top media is this: It's a methodical, holistic, step-by-step process. While top media outlets occasionally feature ...

The Mixed Blessings of Being a Thought Leader

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

From a marketing perspective, being ahead of the curve is a mixed blessing.

'Miracle of American Oil': Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers.

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

EBONY.com | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...