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Media Bias

Be Not Afraid: How Travel Disarms Media Hype

Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll | Posted 03.31.2012 | Travel
Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll

When there are protests or a natural disaster strikes, events are often portrayed in a way that implies that an entire region has been consumed, even if the impact is limited.

John Celock

Rush Limbaugh Asked To Apologize For 'Greaseball' Remark | John Celock | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

An Italian-American advocacy group is slamming Rush Limbaugh for making an on-air ethnic slur in December, now demanding that the conservative talk sh...

The Real Problem With Media Today? The Audience

Larry Womack | Posted 03.18.2012 | Media
Larry Womack

Do traditional news outlets falter? Of course they do, all the time. And opinion does color the facts. But that is certainly no excuse to choose to expose yourself only to the work of journalists who you know share your political inclinations.

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.

What The Iowa Caucus Means for Women

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.03.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

It's unpatriotic and irresponsible to ignore sexism.

Occupy the Mainstream Media: Why the Movement's Next Target Should Be the Press

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.05.2012 | Media
Richard Schiffman

OWS is about financial malfeasance and income inequity, to be sure, but it is also about the lack of equity in the marketplace of ideas. It is about taking back our voices from the media-cracy that has silenced and marginalized the 99 percent.

The Media Bias No One Talks About

John Stoehr | Posted 01.22.2012 | Media
John Stoehr

These are not conflicts between rivals of equal proportion, as "clash" connotes. These are incidents of police violence and media should start calling it for what it is. With so much amateur video, the media has little choice but to set aside convention and report what's happening.

Washington Post Continues Attack on Social Security

Eric Kingson | Posted 01.11.2012 | Media
Eric Kingson

The Washington Post is within its rights to use its editorial page to advocate for cuts to Social Security. But its recent editorial is a dangerous misuse of its Constitutionally-privileged power.

Standing Up to Street Harassment

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.29.2011 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Here are three things to think about before we continue to tell our daughters to ignore a lifetime of "cat" calls, sexually explicit comments and sexist remarks.

Tim Groseclose's Theory of Liberal Media Bias Remains Shaky

Terry Krepel | Posted 12.28.2011 | Media
Terry Krepel

Neither AIM nor anyone else in the right-wing media are going to call Groseclose on the flaws in his work -- the end result is all that matters.

Power to the People Works When People Claim the Power

Rev. Barbara Kaufmann | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Rev. Barbara Kaufmann

Does the media have responsibilities? When people are in positions of power or influence over others, is there an inherent obligation to tell the truth?

Ron Paul Gets No Respect

Larry Hirsch | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

"Hey I'm tellin ya, I get no respect, no respect at all. I almost win the big Iowa straw poll and the next day it seems the media has forgotten my nam...

Prophecy And The Modern Media

Rabbi Samuel April | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Samuel April

The primary problem with prophecy today is that we do not receive the news accurately; it is always slanted left or right.

Washington Woes and the Problem of the Parrot

David Coates | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
David Coates

If the general American public is left with the view that this debt ceiling crisis was and is a product of Washington "politics-as-usual", as opposed to an unprecedented exception, then the right will already have won, no matter the detail of any compromise that is struck.

The Hardly Humble Hackery of Rupert Murdoch

Karl Frisch | Posted 09.20.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

The idea that Murdoch would have so little knowledge of the problems facing News of World is preposterous on its face given facts readily available to anyone with access to Google.

You Can Be Rich, Powerful, Arrogant, Horny and Right

Adam Hanft | Posted 09.02.2011 | Media
Adam Hanft

We all have tabloid brains today, and while that flood of dopamine is highly entertaining, it doesn't allow for contemplation of the unexpected. Which is exactly what we should be thinking about.

On Chris Wallace's Preposterous Claim That FOX Is No More Biased Than the "Liberal Media"

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.23.2011 | Media
Jonathan Weiler

There's been lots of commentary about Chris Wallace's interview with Jon Stewart. In a sane world, we wouldn't need to have this conversation. That FOX is a relentless propaganda machine ought to be too banal to even have to note.

Are We as a Culture on a Mean Streak? Do We Reason Just To Win?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Critical argument in the U.S. media is no longer about seeking truth to correct or sustain our formative values; rather it is about winning so that others might lose. How do we find a way back?

A Conservative Case for Public Broadcasting

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.08.2011 | Media
Bill Shireman

The overwhelming onslaught of advertising leaves us impoverished, when it comes to thoughtful, humane programming. We need genuine choice in media. Right now, public broadcasting offers one important choice.

Paid News, Treaties and the Indian Media: The Cause Is the Corporation

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

According to a report by the Press Council of India, the country's news media began declining in the 1980s, when the Times of India began running "advertorials." Editors were pressurized to forgo press ethics, and chase profitability.

Popular Vote v. Electoral College (Why The Media Badly Needs A History Lesson)

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

It's painful to watch these fools -- they don't know how a five-point popular vote victory almost always translates when it comes to the only metric that matters -- the Electoral College. (Hint: landslide).

Radia Tapes and the Indian Media: It's Time for Sensation Now

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

It's been a month since the first set of Radia tapes was published by Open and Outlook. All through, these two exemplary publications have maintained ...

Fixing the Ship Without Sinking It

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Pakistan is not the only country in the world where corruption takes place, but it does seem to be one of the few countries where the approach to reducing corruption actually feeds its existence.

Why Do Media Commentators Get It So Wrong on Islam? And What Is the Cost?

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John L. Esposito

A few days ago, controversial radio/TV host Glenn Beck, in a stunning display of ignorance (if not bigotry), picked a number out of his imagination an...

Red Lenses on a Rainbow of Revolutions

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted from, series on Civil Resistance and the New Global Ferment Given continued strikes in Iran and the freeing of Aung San S...