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Will Obama Hold Another Press Conference?

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Bromwich

We hear plenty of this president by other means. But we ought to reckon what we have lost if the White House goes on treating the presidential press conference as an outmoded convention.

Over-diagnosis of Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

I don't doubt that our natural and technological environment can add to our problems, perhaps even traumatize us. I just don't think that such traumas rise to the level of pathologies.

Bra Helps Fight Breast Cancer

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Now that CNN has put Lou Dobbs out to pasture, you'd think that The Most Trusted Name in News would make the reporting of facts the hallmark of its brand. Dream on.

Interchangeable Quagmires: | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It seems to me that you could make a case for all they said to be applicable to Afghanistan too, though. Yet again we have a multi-factional and viole...

Sam Stein

Palin News Is Top Story For Only Two Percent Of Public, According To New Study | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The media is drastically overplaying former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's influence on the national political conversation, suggests a new study of the pu...

For Today's Media the Economic Crisis Is Yesterday's Story

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

Despite the fact that a quarter of a million Americans lost their jobs last month, many have been persuaded by the media that the recession is yesterday's story.

Dean Baker: The Economy Loses 824,000 Jobs And The Washington Post Doesn't Notice

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the big pieces of news in the September jobs report released by the Labor Department yesterday was that the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) p...

Health Care By Sound Byte

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

If media outlets, pundits, and commentators were seriously concerned about the health of Americans, why after the President's speech, would media coverage land upon a single word shouted by an idiot--rather than the substantive realities of American health care reform?

Pew Study: Obama Got More Positive Coverage During First Months In Office Than Bush And Clinton

Pew Research Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George ...

The Truthiness of Political Polling

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Barack Obama has been in office less than the totemic 100 days, and yet we are bombarded by public approval polls almost every day.

Who Is Pressing The Pressmen?

Emily Bracken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Emily Bracken

Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.

Compassion Fatigue

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

It's no contest. Rod Blagojevich's corruption is way more entertaining than Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's. We tend to care about people who are, one way or another, like ourselves.

Courting the Jester: The Slippery Right's Love Affair With Limbaugh

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jane Devin

Limbaugh isn't just a barker, but a godhead with a loyal legion of followers hailing from the furthest backwoods shacks to the hallowed halls of Washington.

Inaugurate This: Waiting for Barack Obama

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Schechter

We want to mark a historical moment by investing hopes and hearts in Barack Obama's triumph, by hoping that change is coming and that he will and can heal a troubled world.

Fox News Ate My Brain (I Swear!) - Of Chaos Theory & Roland Burris

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The Fox News spin on Roland Burris was interspersed with video and misstatements of the event, trying to weave in the racism angle, or trying to paint Reid as the bad guy.

Ann Coulter: Move Along, Nothing to See Here

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cindy Handler

The reason that TV producers return to the well every time she comes out with a new book: they're betting that viewers won't be able to resist rubber-necking at this particular train wreck.

Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment

Randall Amster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

Don't you get a small adrenaline surge when the serious-sounding NPR news voice comes on the radio at the top of the hour, and you're wondering what new calamity has transpired?

Mr. Obama, Make Media Reform a Priority

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Obama has already made the call to create a more vibrant, diverse and democratic media system and to deliver the benefits of the open Internet and new technology to all Americans.

Finding Personal Grief for Distant Suffering

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruth Messinger

During the week of the Mumbai attacks, countless others succumbed to guns, starvation and disease elsewhere in the world. Why don't these stories make the front page for more than a day or two?

Would President Bush Have Gone To War In Iraq If He Faced Incessant Coverage Of That War By the Television Networks?

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Horowitz

In the past, aggressive media coverage helped turn around public opinion about the Vietnam War. The press did ultimately get beyond the pro-military reporting from Vietnam.

Sam Stein

Blagojevich Coverage: A Plea For Perspective | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reader KP writes in to add some much needed perspective on the increasingly obsessive Rod Blagojevich coverage. Here is some food for thought. I lost...

Running on Fumes

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

While keeping major progressive reforms such as health care, the economy and Iraq in his sites, Obama's choices for his administration have been pragmatic and, gasp, a bit moderate.

Media Complicity in Mumbai Terror

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Adam

What ensured the stupendous success of the Mumbai terrorists was the saturated coverage by international television networks, fueled by a weak news cycle over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Exclusive: Christiane Amanpour On Her Genocide Documentary, International Reporting and New Media

Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hanna Ingber Win

CNN's Christiane Amanpour has spent much of the last 20 years covering conflicts in every corner of the world. Her new documentary, Scream Bloody Murd...

My Response to Dorothy Rabinowitz and the WSJ

Gotham Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gotham Chopra

As concerned citizens it's our responsibility to challenge our leaders to think of new ideas, learn from our past mistakes, and be very conscious of the world they are shaping for our children.