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Media Bias

Let's Stop Pretending That Destructive Nonsense Deserves Airtime

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

As we start this election year, I think our collective resolution should be to adopt the same attitude as Northwestern did in regards to their Feedback column. Let's stop pretending that destructive nonsense deserves airtime.

Little White Lies That Are Going a Long Way

Karith Foster | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices
Karith Foster

There is too much history for the success of three lone people to negate what has happened to, what is currently happening to, what has been taken away from and what has been denied millions of Black and other peoples of color in this country. I know it's a long shot and we may never fully wipe out bias, but what we can do is make sincere efforts to value our humanity because that trumps everything else.

A Citizen's View: The Responsibility of the Media in a Democratic Society

Terry Newell | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Despite complaints about politically predictable reporting, however, there is nothing new here under the sun.

The Many Ways Journalists Are Complicit in Political Polarization

Jay Rosen | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
Jay Rosen

I am not saying journalists are the ones we should blame for American's dysfunctional politics. But I do consider them active participants in the events that got us here.

A White Terrorist Is A 'Troubled Loner.' Unarmed Black Kids Are 'Thugs'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.30.2015 | Media

Media rhetoric so often lives in shades of gray, yet when it comes to the terms used to describe people in crime stories, its true colors may be black...

Carson's Troubles Lie in His Present, Not His Past

Robert Price | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Price

There is plenty of time to set the record straight before the 2016 election, but it appears as though Carson has fastened himself to the creature he built and is flying the beast recklessly toward a blood-thirsty media clamoring for conflict and chaos.

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.

GOP Owes CNBC a Christmas Bonus

David Hinckley | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media
David Hinckley

Instead of complaining about everything except the color of the NBC peacock's feathers, the candidates should acknowledge the heartwarming political truth, which is that CNBC inadvertently gave those candidates the greatest gift any politician can ever receive. A villain.

Get Ready for More GOP Media Bashing

Larry Light | Posted 10.30.2015 | Media
Larry Light

As the recent presidential debate showed, the trusty old media-bashing tactic of Republican candidates was alive and well, and this season it is pushing into over-drive with a zest that would make Spiro Agnew cheer.

Beat the Bias: 10 Ways to Become Politically Savvy

Rachel Eckhardt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Rachel Eckhardt

These days, we are bombarded daily on social media with political memes and articles that aren't exactly accurate, to say the least. It seems impossible at times to sort fact from fiction, and news from propaganda. So how do you keep yourself from drowning in a sea of misinformation?

The Media's Coverage of Hillary Clinton Is Downright Irresponsible

Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Brittany L. Stalsburg, PhD

Casual observers of recent media coverage would reasonably conclude that the Hillary Clinton campaign is in serious trouble. Headlines across news sources allege her falling poll numbers and once secure spot of the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Here is what the poll really shows about Clinton.

The Definitive History Of 'George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People'

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment

In the moments before he took the stage at NBCUniversal's "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" on Sept. 2, 2005, Kanye West looked calm.  Up to...

Fulfilling the Journalist's Creed -- Correcting Racial Distortions

Rachel Godsil | Posted 08.17.2015 | Media
Rachel Godsil

The one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO is an opportunity to reflect on the media coverage of the black men and women killed by police and others -- is it always as objective as it ought to be?

An Al-Jazeera Journalist, His Wedding, And His Words

Ahmed Charai | Posted 07.12.2015 | World
Ahmed Charai

I believe in a future in which Muslim spiritual leaders and Islamist activists no longer view their faith or their fellow Muslims in these terms -- and where those Westerners who believe in fairness, equality and justice for all open their hearts to all the peoples of the region, not just a privileged few.

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 Kelly | Posted 06.19.2015 | Media
Vanessa Baden Kelly

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.