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Media Criticism

The Media Don't Get It About Bernie Sanders

Jack Rothman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Jack Rothman

It's pretty clear that Sanders took Party sponsorship not because he is strongly committed to or identified with the Democrats, but because he saw a powerful vehicle for pursing his progressive goals and philosophy.

As Climate Deception Investigations Gain Momentum, ExxonMobil Plays the Victim

Elliott Negin | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

With several state attorneys general now investigating whether ExxonMobil misled its shareholders and the public about climate change risks, it was more than a little ironic when the company recently cried foul.

Trump is the Message; America is the Medium

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.05.2016 | Media
Leonce Gaiter

Photo: Marc Nozell Americans stopped truly regarding ourselves some time ago--that is, looking at both the good and the bad of us. Instead, we took ...

If a Dandelion Had a Ted Talk: Mastering Creative Integrity & Your Critics

Kat Cowley | Posted 05.02.2016 | Good News
Kat Cowley

Ted Talks have changed the way we instigate & replenish passions around the world. No longer do you need a conference ticket, several hundred dollars ...

9 Movies Critics Hated That Still Made Bank At The Box Office

Thrillist | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment

By: Matt Patches Credit: DC Entertainment The day after Batman v Superman's money-sucking opening weekend, legendary Hollywood trade Variety r...

Get Ready For The Veepstakes, Everybody!

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

For all we argue which American presidents were successful and which were failures, one has to be impressed with the glowing achievements of American ...

Jim VandeHei Has Some Terrible Ideas About A Third-Party Candidate

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

Every four years, someone comes along to write a terrible piece advocating for a third party, usually basing their argument on their own idiosyncratic...

I Lived: On Rising Suicide Rates and Media Responsibility

Dese'Rae L. Stage | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Dese'Rae L. Stage

Ten years after my suicide attempt, I can say with confidence that life is good. It was worth sticking around for. I wish I could say that I was cured of the depression, the self-injury, or of the suicidal thoughts, but I'm not. They still pop up occasionally.

Media Goes Gaga After Trump Takes A Night Off From Jackassery

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

The night was still young on Tuesday when it became clear that the New York primary election was headed for a major anticlimax, with Hillary Clinton a...

A Humble Suggestion To Make The Pulitzers Even Greater Again

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

On Monday, journalists in newsrooms around the country gathered awkwardly together to celebrate the announcement of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes, whi...

What The Boston Globe Doesn't Get About Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.16.2016 | Politics

Last weekend, The Boston Globe went Full Onion, distributing a paper with a fake front page that imagined what the world would look like on April 9, 2...

You Goofed, LA Times: Here's the Real Deal on India in California History Textbooks

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.12.2016 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

On April 1, 2016, though this was no prank at all, the LA Times published an article that tried to discredit several professors, scholars, students an...

The Gaffe Is Dead! Long Live The Gaffe!

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

On July 31, 2012, in a far-off land called Poland, someone posed what was, at the time, a defining question in American politics: “What about your g...

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Wants Disenfranchised Wisconsinites To Stop 'Whining'

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

Ruthelle Frank is an 87-year-old resident of Wisconsin who had voted in every election since 1948 and served on her local village board for nearly two...

To Trump's Pitchfork and Torch Crowd -- Welcome to the World Occupied by the Rest of Us

Cynthia Dill | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

Here's some unsolicited advice to the pitchfork and torch crowd. Grow up. Maybe you never deserved the jobs and social capital you lost in the first place. Maybe your pay now looks like what 99 percent of others' do in this country.

Arianna: News Media 'Mainstreaming' Trump's 'Extreme' Statements

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics

The American news media isn't sufficiently challenging leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for encouraging violence or making "miso...

When Commercialism Trumps Democracy

Victor Pickard | Posted 03.31.2016 | Media
Victor Pickard

We can better understand the "trumpification of the media" by focusing on the commercial logic that drives it. This draws attention to the root of the problem: the commercial pressures and profit imperatives that encourage particular types of news coverage.

Interview with Jennifer Pozner: Media Critic, Author, Anti-Racist Feminist

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.30.2016 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Pozner has been on the frontlines of media activism and analysis for over two decades. She has appeared on television to discuss media equity, penned op-eds and articles, and is the author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV.

Making a Case for More Help, Less Yelp

Greg Schwem | Posted 03.30.2016 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Despite social media's ability to turn everyone into critics, I have never posted a Yelp review, having neither the energy nor the vindictive tendencies necessary to open my laptop or mobile device and verbally shred a restaurant, hospital or local service.

Marco Rubio Blames The Media For His Wrecked Presidential Ambitions

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), having dropped out of the presidential race after a campaign that could best be described as "existent," has begun the soul...

SeaWorld Victory Offers Important Reminders for Social Movements

Celia Alario | Posted 03.19.2017 | Green
Celia Alario

The decision by SeaWorld to end its captive breeding program is worthy of celebration. But before everyone rushes to explain how we got here, I feel compelled to remind us all to celebrate all the many great organizations and actions that have led us to this remarkable day.

RIP Marco Rubio: Media Darling, Political Loser

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics

Marco Rubio has lost his last primary. On Tuesday night, the Florida senator watched as Donald Trump was immediately declared the victor in his home s...

Why Social Media Really Stinks

Chanler Jeffers | Posted 03.16.2017 | Fifty
Chanler Jeffers

I admit I'm old-school. In my mind, respecting another person's opinion is part of comfortable discourse, and listening when being spoken to is not only expected, but how society functions. Enter Social Media. The New Beast among us.

Should You Blame Al Franken For Donald Trump's Rise?

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics

Last week, I tracked every single thing that every single pundit suggested was responsible for the rise of GOP front-runner Donald Trump. But, like th...

Sin of Omission: The Media, Clergy, and Same-Sex Marriage

Jeremy Füzy | Posted 03.08.2017 | Religion
Jeremy Füzy

Another day, another controversial religious freedom bill. This time it's Georgia state lawmakers who are making headlines for proposing new protections against penalizing those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds.