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The Media, Mark McGwire, and Chew

David Roher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Roher

The media performs a great disservice when it treats steroids as miracle drugs.When we link PEDs to McGwire, we link steroids to success that had very little to do with drugs. It's like featuring the Beatles as the center of an anti-pot campaign.

How Sex Could Save Newspapers

Cory Silverberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cory Silverberg

Nowhere is the disconnect between mainstream news production and the lives and experiences of those of us who consume it more apparent than in content about sexuality.

Who's Really Nuts, 20/20 or the 'Crazy Cat Ladies'?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

20/20 recently treated its viewers to a condescending pity-party for the women it calls 'crazy cat ladies.' The segment, with an accompanying article online, was so over-the-top that it was almost a parody of itself.

'Tis the Season to be Green

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charlotte Safavi

Whether or not the green aspirations of regular Iranian citizens will be met, to me they have helped resurrect the identity of a nation, or at the very least, repaint it in a different hue.

Oil's Massive Price Distortion Militates the Reconvening of the 1970s Federal Oil Price Task Force

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

It is long past time that our government take seriously and study intensely how oil prices are determined in a world of OPEC, speculation, timid oversight and failing transparency.

Vienna Declaration: Press Freedom and Security Compatible in Fight Against Terrorism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Security and press freedom can coexist, with the free flow of information recognized as the best weapon against terrorism, international media experts argued in a final declaration published this week.

If It's Sunday, It's Meet the Facts

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Even the most powerful candidates and politicians submit to Sunday grillings. And it's a real loss when politicians can dissemble through these appearances without any rigorous follow-up.

Bill Maher Talks Balloon Boy, Interviews Rep. Alan Grayson (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

On "Real Time" this Friday, Maher began his show with a monologue about the the "balloon boy" saga surrounding the Heene family. Maher made some fun...

Demi Moore's Hip, and Handling the Truth

Anthony Citrano | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Anthony Citrano

On Tuesday night, I received a threatening letter from Demi Moore's attorney regarding the controversy caused by a photo of her that was over-retouched. I have decided to publish it.

Poltroon: What Bill O'Reilly Doesn't Want You To Be (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Poltroon was the Word of the Day on the O'Reilly Factor with Bill O'Reilly today. The definition was not given, but O'Reilly said it's something viewe...

Salahis Know How To Get Publicity But Their Publicists Fail

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

If the Salahis were so methodical with their plan to get cameras into the White House dinner, how could they put their trust in this publicist and lawyer?

Disappointing Disappointment About Vanity Fair's "Tweethearts" Article

Mark Drapeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Drapeau

Ladies, disappointed or not, you're in Vanity Fair. I don't care if they made fun of your tweeples and twosses and focused on your legs -- that's still cool.

What Rush Limbaugh's Bid for the Rams Tells Us About Hate Speech

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

Rush Limbaugh's effort -- aborted by his fellow investors, it seems -- to buy the St. Louis Rams has given me the insight. I think people have a natural instinct to want to declaim, to inveigh, denounce, opine, and show-off.

Pundit Contest Would Have Gone Down Better with a Spoonful of Psychology

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bella DePaulo

Once upon a time there were well-worn paths to the top of the press pile. America's Next Great Pundit Contest, however, is based on the premise that well-informed voices could come from just about anywhere.

Iranian Protesters Win the Vote, But Time Picks Bernanke

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Sedaei

Looking beyond Ben Bernanke's merits as an effective chairman, there are three reasons why this was a poor selection on Time's part.

Shriver Report: Get Married, Have Kids, Then We'll Speak to Your Issues

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

I'll highlight some remarkable and conventional-wisdom-defying findings from the report that were published but never headlined.

'Decade From Hell': Time Mag Trashes The '00s

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As the first decade of the 21st Century draws to a close, Time has taken a look back and concluded that it is the "worst decade ever": Bookended by 9...

New York Times Recycles Debunked Gitmo Recidivism Story

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danielle Celena Belton

The New York Times is repeating a claim they made last May that Guantanamo Bay detainees are "rejoining the fight," based on a sketchy, leaked Pentagon source.

Where's the Reporting On the Fraud That Led to the Economic Collapse?

Barry Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barry Sussman

Economist James Galbraith says America's economic collapse "was the product of wide-scale criminal fraud" but that the press, instead of investigating it properly, has treated it as a 'boys will be boys" phenomenon.

Justicia Poetica: Dobbs Rises and Then Falls Thanks to Immigrants

Roberto Lovato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Roberto Lovato

As I watched the sad eyes of Lou Dobbs last night while he bade an abrupt farewell to his long career at CNN, I shed the tears that he apparently couldn't. I was inspired by the power of the movement to oust him.

Pat Robertson Haiti Quotes Latest Of MANY Controversial Comments: Craziest Robertson Quotes Ever

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Pat Robertson's Haiti quotes this past week have created quite a stir. The outspoken televangelist and 1988 presidential hopeful said about Haiti: "...

Does Education Matter?

Jenifer Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jenifer Fox

Education, to most Americans, is not the stuff of nightly news. Or, perhaps, it isn't news because the media is unsure of the critical importance of education reporting.

Katie Couric Dancing: Party Pics Of Anchor Letting Loose (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Photos of Katie Couric reportedly celebrating her September 2006 debut as anchor of the CBS Evening News have made their way onto Facebook, and the pi...

The Washington Post: R.I.P.

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dean Baker

WaPo published as a news story an article by the Peter Peterson Foundation funded "Fiscal Times." This compromised the Post's journalistic integrity to the extent that readers can no longer take it seriously.

High-Tech Harassment in Social Media

Robert Siciliano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Siciliano

Technology keeps providing new opportunities for harassment: social media identity theft, cell phone abuse, online bullying, the list goes on.