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The Conservative Media's Assault on Religious Academia

Paul F. McNamara | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Paul F. McNamara

There are several 'news' sources that claim to be conservative that berate scholars. The majority of these verbal assaults are directed at ones that are involved in the field of religious studies.

This Is How an Academic Boycott of Israel Actually Works

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Even one of the mainstay journals of American academia, the Chronicle of Higher Education, is not immune from inaccuracies and misstatements. This points to an inability, and perhaps unwillingness, of the mainstream media to treat the issue of the academic boycott of Israel in a fair-handed manner.

Jason Linkins

Ask A Canadian: Explaining The Jian Ghomeshi Scandal To Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2014 | Media

Over the past few days, many of you non-Canadian humans may have noticed the emerging -- and seemingly endlessly sordid --story centering on a man nam...

A Decade of Dissecting the Media

David Tereshchuk | Posted 12.31.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

It's quite arresting to see, looking back at THE MEDIA BEAT's earliest days, that Iraq was then still a relatively new war.

10 Appropriate Twitter Reactions to the Media's Ebola Hype

Luis Ruuska | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Luis Ruuska

Luckily, for every click-bait headline or ill-informed story that is published, there's a Twitter user ready to call out the media for these practices and counteract the media hype with reason and facts).

Reading the Pictures: About Race and Those Ebola Handheld Thermometer Pictures on Western News Sites

Michael Shaw | Posted 12.28.2014 | Media
Michael Shaw

Given the "loaded nature" of the objects and the situation, there are certainly ways to capture a scene like this that is not only more sensitive (and more mundane), but steers clear of exploitive associations to race and violence.

Jason Linkins

Joni Ernst And The Shifting Politics Of Avoidance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Joni Ernst, an Iowa state senator and the GOP candidate for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat, stirred a lot of emotions Thursday, after she bailed on a nu...

Jason Linkins

BP's Damage To The Gulf Of Mexico Has Been Wildly Exaggerated, Says BP Flack In Politico Magazine

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

[Updated, below.] Today's Politico Magazine offers up some seriously dope sponsored content for your weary body, in the form of an article called "...

Jason Linkins

Let's Help The Media Be Better On Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.26.2014 | Media

When you cover the story, don't forget to mention West Africa. Lead with it, focus on it, keep people up to speed with what's happening there. Talk to the people fighting the disease there. Ask policymakers tough questions about what they're going to do about it. And if you write some listicle about Ebola, end with it. Because that's where the media can do the most good right now.

Jason Linkins

Ebola Hot Take Of The Day: Travel Bans Would Make Things Worse. Let's Do Them Anyway.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

It seems pretty clear that the possibility that an Ebola-related travel ban will be imposed in the near future is growing with each passing day. Those...

Jason Linkins

Sorry, But That NYT Story On Abandoned Munitions Doesn't Prove Bush Was Right About WMDs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

The New York Times' C.J. Chivers has an invigorating longform piece up today about the American and Iraqi soldiers who "repeatedly encountered, and at...

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Jon Stewart Turning Down 'Meet The Press' Is The Smart Move For All Involved

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.12.2014 | Media

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman managed to get media observers all hot and bothered yesterday when he splashed a pretty great scoop from behind th...

Media's Appetite for Hype Smears a Champion for Veterans

Jon Soltz | Posted 12.08.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The whole episode is a microcosm of what is wrong with politics in America, right now. While many on the left blame the Tea Party, or the Koch Brothers, for the degradation of our politics, and those on the right blame President Obama, the media is just as culpable.

Evolving Culture of Science Engagement

David Kaiser | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
David Kaiser

Many prominent efforts to engage non-specialists these days are crafted as personal narratives. A new generation of science communicators has adopted classic techniques of storytelling, with an emphasis upon scientists' subjective experience, casual informality, even strategic uses of humor.

Jason Linkins

President Obama Is At The Vanguard Of A Major Cultural Shift In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2014 | Media

Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer was the guest this morning at Buzzfeed HQ, for a "Buzzfeed Breakfast" round of Q&A. Among the ...

The New And 'Edgy' Meet the Press Explains The Midterms Using Chicken, Coffee, And A 'Nerd Screen'

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.23.2014 | Media
Bob Cesca

Note to all hard news outlets: you know what'd be a nice change of pace? Switch the red and blue color-coding every election cycle, and stop finding new ways to divide the country through simplistic metaphors.

Jason Linkins

Time For Some Corrections And Retractions: Anti-ISIS Coalition Membership Edition

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Airstrikes against ISIS: They are a go. And, as it turns out, they are a-going with coalition partner-nations in the Arab world, according to the news...

Jason Linkins

Turd Polish Futures Up 300 Percent On News That 2014 Midterm Election Is Happening

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Spend any time reading the people whose job it is to assign heady unified field theorems to election years, and you will hear sad variations on a dull...

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NYT's Alessandra Stanley Explains Her Terrible Writing Technique

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media

If you happened to be hanging out on the internet last Friday, somewhere near the intersection of Pop-Cultural-Criticism and Oh-No-How-Did-This-Get-Wr...

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Politico Magazine Extends Raised Middle Finger To Its Readers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

Susan Glasser once wrote the following in an "Editors' Note," introducing people to Politico Magazine: We all know we live at a moment of informati...

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In The New York Times, Evidence Of A Slow Election Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

A 26-year-old man walks into a strip club with his boss. He gets up to some strip club shenanigans. While he is there, the police raid the strip club,...

Watch: Underreported Story -- Reuniting Families With Remains of Dead Migrants

David Tereshchuk | Posted 11.20.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

As a service to the deceased person's families -- often on both sides of the border, some with United States citizenship and some not -- the work is a remarkable study in simple decency and human compassion.

Jason Linkins

The Harkin Steak Fry: A Meta-Critical Media Pseudo-Adventure!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

A man stands in a field in Iowa. His name is Peter. Peter is standing in a field because there are "200 other reporters" standing in that field. Those...

Superheroes Who Are Deaf and the Power of Diversity

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

There are many types of superpower -- ranging from super strength to mind control. With such a wealth of fictional capabilities available, why should Superheroes be limited by their ability to hear?

Jason Linkins

Here's A Close Look At John McCain's Long-Running War Powers Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

As you may have noticed if you've been unfortunate enough to have tuned in to any TV coverage of American politics in the past decade, Sen. John McCai...