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Media Bailout Sparks Debate

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Connecticut lawmaker Frank Nicastro sees saving the local newspaper as his duty. But others think he and his colleagues are setting a worrisome preced...

10 Phrases That Will Shape Politics In '09

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

"Yes we can" -- three little words whose iconic status will take up a well-deserved spot for posterity alongside "I have a dream." Yep, 2008 was a big year -- but what can we expect in 2009?

Day Four: Gaza War Postings

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

I've been zigzagging my way between Israel and the West Bank to avoid IDF checkpoints. When we enter the Palestinian territories where emotions ran high, my Palestinian driver almost has a fit when he finds out that my cameraman is an Israeli.

Is it Good for the Jews? Whatever You Do, Don't Blame Oprah

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Phil Bronstein

First Bernie Madoff, now the Holocaust memoir scandal. The sweat-o-meter at the B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League has to be in the red zone.

Battling Media Bias

Stefan Deeran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stefan Deeran

A better way to improve our public discourse is to create forums where people with different biases and views actually have a reason to interact with each other.

How Obama's Adroit Symbolism Yields Sky-High Approval

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Well, Obama has more than weathered a few highly-publicized controversies -- he has the highest approval rating for a president-elect in decades.

Is the Axe Headed for Newspapers?

Marisa Treviño | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marisa Treviño

When I hear industry professionals say that people don't like to read these days, I have to wonder just how detached they are from what's going on in the world.

News Blankout

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Franken

Now that media owners have decided the only way to keep their profits way high is to gut their staffs without regard for coverage or public service, how about fill-in-the-blank news stories?

ABC's "The Note" Embarrasses Itself on Behalf of Beltway Journalism

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Doing its best to prop up the beyond soggy Blago/Obama "scandal," The Note worked feverishly to convince fellow journalists that they didn't make fools of themselves hyping the non-story for weeks.

India's Media Blasted For Sensational Coverage Of Mumbai Terror Attacks

Christian Science Monitor | Daniel Pepper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Emerging from decades of government control and regulations, India's media are quickly evolving into a boisterous, zealous fourth estate, most obser...

An Open Letter to the American Media Regarding the Duggar Family

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

Please, in the name of all that's decent, stop, stop, stop treating the Duggars like they're celebrities. They're religious zealots who won't stop having babies. That's it. Nothing more.

The Slow Death of American Newspapers

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tim Giago

The Internet is doing what radio and television could not do: it's killing the American newspaper. And until every newspaper publisher in this country rebels, the slow death of newspapers will continue.

The Axe, the Book, and the Ad

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

As with GM, it has been easier and far more immediately profitable for big publishers to just keep selling the "SUVs" of books until their business model went into the toilet rather than try to prepare for a new world.

Mr. Obama, Make Media Reform a Priority

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Silver

Obama has already made the call to create a more vibrant, diverse and democratic media system and to deliver the benefits of the open Internet and new technology to all Americans.

Obama's Monitor-Side Chats

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

The more of the country Obama can keep involved, the better chance he has of finding success. It's as much about changing the national attitude as it is implementing policy.

There's Something About Print

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Moroz

If local papers disappear entirely (that is, if their digital versions fail), the evidence suggests that "untraditional" sources like blogs just won't be able to pick up the displaced audience.

The Permanent Campaign Has No Borders

David Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Hoffman

Instead of pre-packaged messages broadcast overseas, building the capacity of local media and investigative reporters promotes transparency and creates a culture of democratic activism.

Obama has taken 48 questions

Christina Bellantoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christina Bellantoni

First published at I wrote a story last month noting that President-elect Barack Obama had broken the record for number of press ...

The Media Parties Like It's 1997

John McQuaid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John McQuaid

The media is falling back into old habits perfected during the Clinton scandals of the 90s. The not-so-subliminal message in this coverage: You thought things would be different with Obama. But they're not.

Questions for Caroline Kennedy

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

Caroline Kennedy is campaigning for the U.S. Senate. Since she doesn't have a record of public service, these are a few questions that I would pose to learn about her views.

Who Are the Most Overrated -- and Underrated -- People of 2008?

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

It should be part of everyone's New Year routine to ask: Who did we overrate in '08, and who didn't get their due? These are my proposals.

Shoe Fetishism...The Arab Way!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

If our journalists in the Arab world were as good at investigating and writing stories as they were in shoe tossing, we would have perhaps uncovered a whole series of Abu Ghraibs or even more horrific stories.

Despite What the Washington Times says, Poverty is Definitely Not off the Political Radar

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

The Washington Times really missed the mark with this headline:Poverty Off Political Radar As Elizabeth Rigby explains on Huffington Post, this is ju...

The IFC Media Project -- Bailing Out the News?

Gideon Yago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gideon Yago

Many countries have a partially nationalized media and not slipped into absolute dictatorships. So why not go public -- either create a truly new national news organization or transform and fund the hell out of NPR?

Barack Obama is the Roger Federer of the Press Conference

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

The media may find Obama dryer than Clinton, but if he is anything, the President-Elect is the consummate craftsman of his message.