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John Pavley | Posted 11.16.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

During the Hugo Awards ceremony science fiction fans are celebrated, remembered, and rewarded along with the authors. Could you imagine Hollywood celebrating its fans by name and in person, along side the stars at the Oscars? Maybe people would start tuning in again.

What Will Force the Media to Expose Romney & Ryan's Lies?

Zach Friend and Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Zach Friend and Spencer Critchley

Ironically, Romney and Ryan will probably suffer for their lies, not because of the facts, but because of a story: the story of the first candidates for high office who not only didn't tell the truth, but didn't even pretend to care about it.

Truthiness Is Not a Joke: Lying and Loving It at the RNC

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Sophia A. McClennen

CBS News reported that most of the major claims made by Ryan about Obama's record were misleading and untrue. Ryan then kept up his pattern of truthiness after the RNC when he lied about his best time in a marathon, shaving off more than an hour from his finish time. Seriously?

In Defense of the Priorities USA "Understands" Ad: The President and Dems Are Missing a Golden Opportunity.

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

The Priorities USA "Understands" ad may be the perfect springboard for the right conversation. However, as long as the focus is on the feigned moral outrage from the Right, as aided and abetted by the cowering of the Left, this election will, in the end, be about the Cult of Personality.

What Does Washington Have Against Small Businesses?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.08.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

It drives me crazy to watch the parade of politicians on mainstream media talking about the economy, job creation and small businesses. It's almost unheard of for any of them to mention the fact that small businesses create the overwhelming majority of net new jobs.

Not Enough News in The Newsroom

Brian Rooney | Posted 08.25.2012 | TV
Brian Rooney

They make cruel but funny jokes about the latest dead celebrity. And they are not sentimental because they've heard and seen too much. Unlike in The Newsroom, the job they do is not accompanied by a gauzy sound track of emotional music. They want the truth.

Black Advocacy Groups Must Push Anti-HBCU Media Coverage to Top of Social Justice Agenda

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.22.2012 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

It's time for black advocacy organizations with built-to-last influence in advancing the Black American agenda to include HBCUs at the top of their priorities, and to increase the call for an immediate end to unbalanced reporting on these institutions.

Yesterday: The Lowest Interest Rates in History

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Yesterday, the 10-year Treasury note hit its lowest interest rate in history. For the third day in a row. Why is this happening? Will the trend continue? What does it mean for the middle class?

Violence and Greeting Cards

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The history of violence that is coming to Chicago belongs entirely to NATO. What a paradox. We mask unutterable brutality and an agenda of endless violence and global domination in the language of Hallmark greeting cards and turn sound cannons on the ensuing cries of outrage.

No One Is Watching? What a Stunner.

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 07.07.2012 | Media
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

April 2012 was CNN's worst month in a decade and the other networks all suffered a miserable month as well. I think the answer is right before our very eyes. All these cable news stations now officially suck.

Media: Buy Us!

Steven Weber | Posted 06.29.2012 | Media
Steven Weber

The joke is, of course, any amount of digging will eventually reveal a very different truth than the one packaged and sold by the media masters, one in which the intellectual and social welfare (ahem) of the citizenry is the last thing on their greedy little minds.

(video) NBC's Vivian Schiller: "Platform Agnosticism is Completely Wrong" for Legacy Media

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.03.2013 | Media
Andy Plesser

VIEQUES, PR - The concept of "platform agnosticism," the notion that legacy media companies must have their content on all digital outlets is "com...

The Media's Double Standard for Israel

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

With its remarkably progressive polity, why do so many of Israel's loudest critics come from the American Left?

Why It's Really Not OK That Bristol Palin Has A Reality Show

Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

It's really not OK that a family that made its name in politics by rallying against the so-called "media" gets to bathe in the lucrative limelight of reality television not once, but three times.

When Rumors Turn Into Facts In The Mainstream Media

Moe Ali Nayel | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Moe Ali Nayel

News that is obviously fabricated, or written from behind desks in the U.S, Europe, and east Beirut, angers me because I value the integrity of investigative journalism. I hate seeing how the Syrian peoples' uprising has been manipulated to serve as a tool for some political agendas.

Where Is the Fourth Estate When You Need Them?

Barbra Streisand | Posted 04.04.2012 | Media
Barbra Streisand

The electorate assumes that presidential candidates will embellish, evade, and even sidestep tough questions. But the media must draw the line when candidates rewrite history in order to protect or enhance their own self-image, not based on the truth.

How Twitter Became My Morning Paper

Pamela Poole | Posted 03.30.2012 | Fifty
Pamela Poole

"Are you on Twitter?" If your answer is "No," then this is for you. And if you're over 45, chances are that's your answer.

The New York Times, Truth Vigilantes, Stenographic Journalism and the One Percent

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 03.16.2012 | Media
Jonathan Weiler

Though the overwhelmingly negative response to Brisbane was warranted, the episode itself illustrates the degree to which major political forces have already succeeded in bending the mainstream media to its will.

The Failure of Our "Free" Press

William Astore | Posted 03.14.2012 | Media
William Astore

The ideal of freedom of the press, so crucial to democracy, is upheld only when its practitioners willingly challenge the so-called "facts" of the powerful. Give us a watchdog press willing to bite the hand that feeds it, not a lapdog that snaps up all the little treats fed to it by its masters.

The Next President Will Be a Liar

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Regardless of whether the next president is a Republican or Democrat, whether it's Barack Obama or Mitt Romney or any other of the Republican frontrunners, one thing is guaranteed: he will lie.

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.

Two Ron Paul Winning Scenarios

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One month out, I have no idea what will happen in Iowa. Neither does anyone else, really. But I certainly can see the possibility of a big Ron Paul surge, especially if he places either first or second in Iowa. That alone would shake the race up considerably.

Analyzing the Media's Role in the Political Process

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In a liberal democracy, the aim of a free press is to continually scrutinize the government and provide people with accurate and impartial information so that they can act on it accordingly.

Friday Talking Points -- Why Not Occupy the Media?

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How can your movement not be strengthened and more successful by having a sole contact for the media? This shouldn't be some philosophical issue, it should be seen as a practical and sorely-needed solution to a very real communications problem.

Occupy Wall Street: Changing the Topic

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.01.2012 | Media
Peter Dreier

2011-11-01-Screenshot20111101at9.25.25AM.jpg One can see how Occupy Wall Street has transformed the country's agenda by examining how America's newspapers have covered the movement's concerns and issues.