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At Stake: The Future of Getting News to Americans

Alberto Ibargüen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alberto Ibargüen

If the future of democracy's news and information is online, then we must ensure everyone is online, and bring technology training, digital literacy and higher quality networks to our local communities.

The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Thanks to their new duties, which include increasingly violent and inhumane acts, reports of Basiji taking protesters up on their invitations to join the opposition movement are growing.

Sarah Palin, George Will, and Potemkin Debates

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

The debate over climate legislation as carried out by conservatives has taken on a surreal tinge: they don't think the problem the legislation is designed to solve is actually a problem.

White Cop, Black Professor, Bi-Racial President: An Explosive Media Combination

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Daou

When Obama weighed in, the Gates story went from newsworthy to explosive. Is this another instance of the media's lopsided priorities, where a debate over health care is overshadowed by a minor police incident?

No News Isn't Good News

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Foreign bureaus are easy targets as newspapers make cuts to satisfy their budgets. Maintaining bureaus is incredibly expensive. But losing the coverage is beneficial to no one.

Friday Talking Points [87] -- A Tale Of Two Houses

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Simply for acting like a leader this week, Speaker Pelosi wins the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week award hands-down.

Liz Cheney: Birther of Crazier Conspiracies

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Dick's progeny didn't fall far from the gnarled, twisted tree. Liz Cheney has unfurled her writhing power-hungry roots, burrowing deep beneath the dirt filled with assorted creepy crawlies to feed her political prospects.

The "Birthers" and Our Ailing Political Culture

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

These birthers represent a small but vocal minority in this country who have somehow failed to grasp that American democracy is rooted in a set of principles, not a set of demographic characteristics.

Cronkite Unplugged

Allison Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Silver

Missing from the laudatory "Appreciations" is a sense of Cronkite as a serious journalist who understand that accurately reporting the news was the most important job around.

Think Again: Why Not the Best?

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Alterman

The position of many health reform opponents in Congress is that America has "the finest health care in the world now." I decided to look at just how well we are doing health care wise.

NBC's Today Focuses on Obama's Remarks About the Gates Arrest, Not Health Care

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Deggans

Why did the Today show -- by far TV's most-watched morning show -- spend its first segment this morning discussing what the president said about the arrest of a black scholar in Cambridge, Mass.?

On Patriotism and Principle: An Open Letter to the President (aka "The GOP's Bridge to Anywhere But Here")

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

Mr. President, talk to us directly. Tell us again why your election was only the first step, not the culmination, of a genuine movement to change the way we understand power, democracy, and our own roles in those phenomena.

Post-Cronkite Journos: The Battle of Advocates, Narcissists & Sleuths

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Mediaite.com's Power Grid uses an algorithm to determine the top voices in 12 different media categories. Does the feature inspire a narcissistic-type of journalism, with people trying to game the system?

Advertising And Modern Minstrelsy: What's Funny About Race Roleplaying? (VIDEO)

Christine Huang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christine Huang

When is race roleplay and cultural appropriation okay? When is it acceptable, and when is it derogatory?

Walter Cronkite, 3 Mile Island & "Lamar's Folly" in the Climate Bill

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

It is critical that calls start pouring into Congress. The nation -- the world -- cannot afford more Three Mile Islands, especially now that Walter Cronkite is no longer around to report on them.

Forget Being "Borked," She's Been "Sotomayored"

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

It's clear the conservative press has little interest in ascertaining the veracity of right-wing smears against Sotomayor before advancing them.

Erin Andrews Peephole Video Spreads Malware (NSFW)

sophos.com | Graham Cluley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Hackers have created webpages claiming to contain the notorious Erin Andrews peephole video in their attempt to infect Mac and Windows computers. Eri...

Television News Gleefully Trades Integrity for Access

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Nelson

We have known about the access of evil phenomenon for some time now, but I think this document is the best hard proof of it we've seen yet.

Sarah Palin Ad Nauseum

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Francis

By landing a media gig in New York or LA, Palin would have a chance to catapult her brand beyond all other potential candidates.

I'm Sick of Hearing About the Poor, Poor Millionaires

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats have to get over their knee-jerk reaction to being labeled "tax and spenders" by their opposition. If higher taxes for millionaires are the way to pay for healthcare reform, then let everyone know it, and know why.

Cronkite and McCourt: True to Their Craft

Carol Hoenig | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Hoenig

Pundits all praise Cronkite for his journalistic accomplishments, as though they are unattainable today. And maybe they are, thanks to the corporate-owned media.

This Week in Magazines: Vanity Fair Tries to Figure Out Symbols of the New Sophistication

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If people turn to Kindles and iPods, rather than showing off what books they're reading or what albums they've collected, what will be the emblems of the high-brow?

The Day the Dialogue Died: Remembering George Liston Seay

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Milewski

George was a practitioner of the increasingly lost art of conversation. He found his fellow humans, of all political persuasions, endlessly fascinating and used his program to learn about them.

"Victims" of Infidelity?

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

In the news articles and op-ed pieces about extramarital affairs, there is always a perpetrator and a victim. These are stories about Good and Evil, the righteous and the sinner.

The End of An Era. And That's the Way It Was. Walter Chronkite.

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

Cronkite heralded an age that ha fallen by the wayside for ratings. The bitter irony is that the issues are as compelling today as they were fifty years ago, and we hunger for information and commentary that we can trust.