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Media Bias

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...

A Fox on Both Your Houses?

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

MSNBC is a news operation that features a well-defined block of advocacy and opinion; Fox is a non-stop engine of advocacy and opinion that occasionally sprinkles in some actual news. There is a damn huge difference.

Playing for Keith

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

At some point, traditional media outlets will finally wise the hell up and realize that we're well past the point where it is considered unforgivable to express an opinion.

Juan Williams Held to a Higher Standard Than Barack Obama

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Langevine Leiby

Juan Williams was canned from his position as an analyst at NPR for honestly stating what many Americans, including apparently President Barack Obama,...

Media Sentiment Getting Better for Democrats, Worse for Republicans

Steve Schohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Schohn

Democrats saw much more negative coverage two weeks ago, and have since seen the trend reverse itself, with a slightly higher average positive sentiment attached to their events last week.

Protest and Progress in Pasadena

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Dreier

Social movements are built on small victories; stepping-stones that give people a sense of their collective power and whet their appetites for change -- a process that occurred this week in Pasadena.

Media Images Of Religious Americans: Elitist, Condescending And Wrong

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Americans believe in God, send their children to Sunday school, and seek out the holy far more than others in the developed world. More Americans will attend a house of worship this week than will attend football games this season.

Seeking Vindication in the Media Crisis Vortex

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Dezenhall

When the Crisis Vortex is done spinning, and a company accepts that it is not immoral to defend itself when nobody else will, redemption, however wobbly a vessel, is possible.

Tea Party Wins Put Reaganfeller Republicans On Notice

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

At least in Colorado, it's officially a force to be reckoned with, which should be as alarming for Reaganfeller Republicans -- those who talk like Ronald Reagan but think and vote like Nelson Rockefeller -- as it is for liberal Democrats.

Are Obama Family Vacays Any of Our Business?

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joanne Bamberger

The media are salivating over what some call an inappropriate trip that sends a "let them eat cake" message to the American people. I have two words -- lay off.

The Best of All Possible Americas

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Our free press has been so intimidated by right-wing pressure groups and their media enablers that the job of fact-finding has been replaced by the grotesque practice of "balancing" charges with countercharges.

What Compels Us to Believe Lies?

Raymond Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Raymond Griffith

What is it that compels us to believe lies? We do, you know. We hear them and believe them. We tell them, and wind up believing them even though we know they are lies.

Analysis of Civilian Casualties in WikiLeaks Afghan File Reveals Media Bias

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Michael Johnson

What the WikiLeaks material reveals most clearly is the devastating toll this war has had on Afghan civilians. That The NYT chose not to emphasize this fact suggests a political motive to avoid discussing the human impact of the war.

Bloomberg News Refuses to Correct Blatantly False Drilling Ban Story

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Nelson

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the answer is no. On Thursday I documented a blatantly false Bloomberg news story designed to mislead readers ab...

Why Is Terrell Owens Being Black-Balled by the NFL and the Media?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

Let me start off by saying I'm not the biggest Terrell Owens fan in the world. But as sports fans and even journalists, we rarely get to see the "true" person.