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Why Is Good News Not News?

Judy Miller | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Judy Miller

Americans are the most generous people in the world when they hear about a disaster or a famine, or even about a family in need, but they first have to hear about it in order to help.

How About a "Howard Beale Index" for Hiding Politicians?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The line between the news and how it's made isn't so clear. In the case of Romney ignoring Denver journalists, the two are one and the same. It's a news story that Romney is ignoring the press in favor of conservative talk-radio hosts.

Rod Kurtz

Ask Rod: How Can We Reach New Customers? | Rod Kurtz | Posted 01.02.2012 | Small Business

Sure, you've got some loyal customers. But how do you get them to spread the word to new ones? And there's no better advertising than free advertis...

Time to Retire the Phrase "Tea Party"

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Nobody expects that in 2012 there will be one presidential candidate from the Democratic Party, one from the Republican Party and a third candidate from the Tea Party.

If Media Reported on National Security (For Example) Like They Do Education

Brian Crosby | Posted 10.15.2011 | Education
Brian Crosby

Crisis in national security? If we follow the lead of NBC and their Education Nation and other media outlets' education coverage it might look like th...

A Time for Stories About Heroes

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Gail Vida Hamburg

In the wake of the Oslo explosions and the massacre on Utoyo island, we have learned so much, too much, about the protagonist of the whole tragedy. But what of those who were at the scene unharmed themselves but who helped those who were?

Voice Labor Settlement: High Drama or Foregone Conclusion?

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.10.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

To state as a fact that a strike was "narrowly averted" has little more meaning than if I told you I narrowly averted missing dinner by consuming a sandwich just two hours before bedtime.

Media Coverage of Mental Illness Follows Familiar Line

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I wish the media would recognize that there are people who have tamed their mental illness and are leading productive lives. That may not sound as sexy as some stories but it is at least as true as the tragedies we read about so often.

The Coverage of the Catastrophe in Japan by U.S. Media is a Disaster on its Own

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 05.31.2011 | World
Lia Petridis Maiello

The fears about a nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima power plant after a tsunami hit Japan last Friday requires an all-embracing, around-the-clock-anal...

Where Are the Massive Demonstrations and Media Circuses for the Poor, the Unemployed and the Uninsured?

Michael Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Thornton

Is the media going to act merely as a megaphone for those who can afford to protest in large numbers, or is it going to acknowledge all Americans and open its eyes to see the elephants in the room?

TV Interviews: Should You Pay to Play?

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

Is getting on television your equivalent to hitting a home run when it comes to PR for your book or platform? To many people it is and there is no de...

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).

The Top Ten Reasons the So-Called "Liberal" Media Loves the Tea Party

Tori Arthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tori Arthur

In the past year, the Tea Party movement has captivated American audiences with its particular brand of spit-fire politics. Protest rallies, (dare I ...

Where's Ed Newman When You Need Him?

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Winship

I was in London last week when news came of the death of the great NBC newsman Edwin Newman. He was that rare thing, a gentleman, although "genteelly rumpled and genially grumpy."

Why the Media Wants Americans to Donate to Haiti But Not Pakistan

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The American public does not know that Haiti is a nation that has long been been a thorn in the side of the American government while Pakistan is a nation which the U.S. already has great influence on.

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.

Autism and the Media

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Neil S. Greenspan

There is a tendency for groups that serve or advocate on behalf of those with disabilities to focus on individual success stories, even if rare, to fend off the prejudice and even hostility that sometimes arise in the general public.

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.

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.

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...

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?