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Media Bias

The Times Doctrine on Bernie Sanders

David Bromwich | Posted 07.05.2015 | Politics
David Bromwich

The attitude that Lyall adopts toward Senator Sanders is, instead, mildly and cheerfully disparaging -- affectionate, but at the proper distance of condescension; ironically agreeable, as you are allowed to be in dealing with a second cousin or an eccentric uncle who is a bit of a blowhard. Hers is not the first such article to appear on Sanders in the Times.

We Can't Rely on Media to Discuss Racism

Vanessa Baden | Posted 06.19.2015 | Media
Vanessa Baden

Unarmed black men and women are shot in the street almost weekly for nonviolent crimes and the mainstream nation tells us they had it coming. But a shooter who kills 9 people at church is a tragic display of wayward youth and mental illness.

What Do You Call White Rioters? Anything But Thugs

Robert Greenwald | Posted 06.16.2015 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Young white people are seen as "kids," prone to make mistakes, well into their twenties. But a 12-year-old black kid is seen as a dangerous criminal once he is old enough to play alone in the park.

Out in the Night: A Gripping Reminder of LGBTQ Issues "Beyond Caitlyn" [Spoilers]

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Out in the Night, a POV documentary airing June 22nd on PBS, reminds us that countless others in the LGBTQ/gender non-conforming communities still face discrimination daily.

Chuck Norris Wants You: The Unlikely Endorsement

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

On Tuesday May 5th, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, announced his intent to run for President. This made him the sixth contender joining Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina in the competition for the Republican nomination.

Stephanopoulos Incident Feeds False Republican Myth That the Media Is Liberally Biased

Larry Atkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Media
Larry Atkins

Stephanopoulos should have disclosed his donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Stephanopoulos incident not only hurts his credibility, but hurts the credibility of the many mainstream media professionals.

How Mainstream Media Fiddled While Baltimore Burned and Got It Wrong When They Showed Up

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

So what is the purpose of mainstream media if they are not going to fulfill their mission of informing the public? If you want to get real information about what's going on with people outside of the champagne and limousine loop in America, bloggers and citizen journalists are where you have to go.

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

Bill O'Reilly and I Killed Bin Laden -- But the Liberal Media Doesn't Want You to Know

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.01.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Critchley

I'm done talking about this. And so is Bill. And so is the management of Fox News -- the highest rated channel in cable, bar none.

Why Do Movies About Movies Always Win Best Picture?

Troy Campbell | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

For the third time in four years, the Oscar for Best Picture has gone to a film about film -- a "meta-film" if you will. If we wanted to, we could take this observation and ask the question: What does this say about the Academy? But instead, why don't we take this Academy bias and ask a harder question.

President Obama as Media Critic (Rather Than Subject)

Mark Hannah | Posted 04.20.2015 | Media
Mark Hannah

Last week, in an interview with Matthew Yglesias of Vox Media, President Obama was asked whether the media overstates the threat of terror compared with longer-term problems such as climate change and disease. With refreshing candor, the president responded.

What Nobody Tells You About Muslims and Arabs

Essraa nawar | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Essraa nawar

It frustrates me as an Arab American to see that we are portrayed in a way that is far away from reality, and no matter how hard Arabs and/or Muslims are trying to fight these misconceptions, it is still really a challenge to erase them knowing how effective the media is on every household.

Conservative PAC Slams Liberal Media Bias, MSNBC In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media

Conservative War Chest, a political action committee that aims to "thwart the smear tactics of liberals," has released a new TV spot attacking leftwin...

ISIS Versus The Belly Dancer Show

Essraa nawar | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Essraa nawar

Believe me, there is not just one single story of any culture or people, there are many and I wish that all of us will take the time to hear about the different stories of one another.

Countering This Darkness With Light: Responding to the Jerusalem Synagogue Massacre

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

I spent too long on Twitter trying to get CBC News to apologize over the "Jerusalem Police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack" headline on their website. Looking back, that time could have been spent much more productively.

If Sharyl Attkisson's Such a Fair Reporter, Why Is Right-Wing Media Defending Her?

Terry Krepel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Media
Terry Krepel

If Attkisson wasn't doing conservative-friendly things, the MRC wouldn't be so eager and desperate to defend her. If Attkisson had gone after a Republican president the way she has President Obama, Bozell and Graham would not be so effusively singing her praises.

Goodbye to Good News

Barry Levinson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Barry Levinson

When will there be a good news day? One news day where the news is so good that it is the story of the day. A day that excites all Americans, whether they are Republicans, Democrats, or any other political persuasion. The news is so good that all the news coverage is overwhelmed by this wonderful event.

At War With Islam?

Nida Khan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

As the fight against ISIS/ISIL continues, and so do our campaigns to fight terrorism around the world, we are bound to be reminded that we are not in a war against Islam. But why is it that when I turn on the news, listen to people discuss Islam or look at images of Muslims in popular culture, it damn sure feels like we are.

Gardner Hates Journalism, Unless He Benefits From It

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.11.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

As Colorado senatorial candidate Cory Gardner was tweeting about how 'honored and humbled' he was, I thought I'd point back to a few of the many times he's trashed the news media with sweeping, unsupported accusations of bias.

Can We Have Unbiased Political Coverage Please?

Pat Waak | Posted 11.02.2014 | Denver
Pat Waak

So I have two beefs. One, as a Democrat, I would like the paper I subscribe to, be one of high standards that treats all sides without prejudice. If you are going to cover an election and can't get your personal views out of the way, you should either get reassigned or resign.

American Media Biased Coverage of the Crisis in Gaza

Anton Murra | Posted 10.01.2014 | Media
Anton Murra

As a Palestinian living in the United States, I must say that the reporting of Fox News and CNN has no connection to the reality that Palestinians know only too well. Their coverage is unfair and fails to convey the whole truth of what is transpiring there.

Why People Apparently Don't Care About Muslim Surveillance or Dead Palestinian Kids

Nida Khan | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Nida Khan

Make no mistake about it: the dehumanization of Muslims didn't just happen overnight. On the contrary, it's part of a long process of failed imaging, stereotyping, misrepresentation and flat out bias in the press, entertainment industry and society in general.

Advocacy Journalism Is Polarizing Our Country

Larry Atkins | Posted 08.24.2014 | Media
Larry Atkins

If our country is ever to get out of its current polarized rut, our media habits need to change. People need to get their news from a wide range of sources and go beyond their own echo chambers to get various perspectives on the news. They need news that they can rely on.

Why Are the Openly Secular Openly Disdained?

Robyn Blumner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robyn Blumner

The trait people identified as the least desirable in a president: "Atheist." 53 percent of Americans said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is an atheist. It beat out pot-smoker and adulterer.

What Does 60 Minutes Have Against Public Investment in Clean Energy?

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.