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Confronting the Coming Terrorist Diaspora

Philip Seib | Posted 10.09.2016 | World
Philip Seib

Islamic State has held Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, for more than two years. The IS forces now face an imminent assault by the Iraqi military, b...

How to Avoid Picking Up Prejudice from the Media

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Entertainment
Greater Good Science Center

By Amanda Sharples, Elizabeth Page-Gould In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, killing more than a thousand people and leaving tens of th...

This Election Has Allowed Me To Judge Journalism As An Outsider. And The Verdict Isn't Good.

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 08.30.2016 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

This election, I've been trying an experiment, judging journalism from a different perspective, from the outside, as a member of a community and a partisan. I don't like what I'm learning about my profession.

5 Ways Broadcast News Is Ruining The 2016 Election

Susan Bordo | Posted 08.29.2016 | Media
Susan Bordo

When did media journalism go so postmodern on us? Ah, but facts are so boring; "optics" and "narratives" are much cooler. At least in literature class, we learned to analyze and deconstruct the text.

Today's Political Communication Mis-'Tweets' The Public

Dave Helfert | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Is this the future of political campaign communication? Will the public allow social media blitzes and "rant and riff" campaign rallies to be the major vehicles of candidates for President of the United States to communicate their thoughts and vision for the country's future?

Why Reading Newspapers Might Make Donald Trump Happier

Ehab Al Shihabi | Posted 08.01.2016 | Media
Ehab Al Shihabi

Anyone who thinks the world is a mean, dangerous place, may simply be watching too much television news and the solution could be as simple as reading more newspapers.

Every Time You Say "All Lives Matter" You Are Being an Accidental Racist

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

You can totally stop being an ignorant racist right now. This instant. You don't even have to lift a finger. All you have to do is learn. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is never a bad thing to learn.

Fox News Has Your Back. (or: A Humorous Piece About How the News Media Covers Tragedy

Galanty Miller | Posted 06.14.2016 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Only a few weeks before the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando, Fox News was focused on another major story of utmost importance; a new Katie Couric...

McCarthy Revisited?

Barbie Zelizer | Posted 06.03.2016 | Media
Barbie Zelizer

We remember political races for their colorful personalities, and Donald Trump is trying hard to be our most recent one. On Tuesday, Trump ravaged t...

Remembering the Values Our Vets Fought For

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.01.2016 | Media
Stuart Muszynski

In 2009, while in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a video crew and I interviewed vets who had just returned from a deployment to Iraq. We asked several of them and their families what America stood for and what values they felt they fought for.

Is Facebook Controlling the News You See?

Kicker | Posted 05.13.2016 | Technology

With so many people on Facebook every day, for so much time, and most of them looking out for news, how news appears on Facebook clearly matters, a lot.

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 ...

Election 2016 Results: The Increasingly Irrelevant Corporate News Media

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

Over the recent days it's become apparent to me that while GOP candidate Donald Trump has achieved his success by exploiting the news media, Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, in contrast and by necessity, has found his by going around it, relying upon a bottom-up and tech-savvy voter mobilization and outreach campaign.

This Year's Biggest Under-Reported Story

William S. Becker | Posted 03.10.2016 | Media
William S. Becker

While Mother Nature is stealing some of the headlines from Donald Trump, the major networks are missing the real story. They blame this year's extreme weather on the "Godzilla" El Niño. But where is Godzilla getting its strength?

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

On Water Problems and Media Coverage: Is the Media Spread too Thin?

Jason Fuller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Media
Jason Fuller

This is a perfect example of local media being spread too thin; while everyone was focused on West Virginia's water crisis, a smaller-yet-still-important water crisis was almost completely ignored.

Civility Does Still Matter

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

None of us needed a poll to tell us why civility is important, but it is comforting to be reminded that we, the people, really do place a high value on it and want our politicians to embrace civility.

Why Donald Trump's Decision to Skip the Next Debate Is Actually Serious Business (Opinion)

Jason Fuller | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jason Fuller

Donald Trump just fired himself from the next Republican debate. At a press event earlier this evening, Trump announced that he "most likely" will no...

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?

Winners and Losers in Our New Media Moment

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.15.2015 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

Election 2016 is already an eye-popping spectacle. No wonder, then, that television news, profiting so from the expanding election season, would anoint it as a new kind of 24/7 entertainment event.

Is Bully Journalism Here to Stay?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

This is the new normal of bully journalism. Goad, incite, confront and, hopefully, spark a fight. Bully journalism has nothing to do with facts. It's about the ratings. Confrontation sells, for the same reason that a fight in the high school hallway draws a crowd.

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not A Migrant Or Refugee Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.28.2016 | World
Jeff Biggers

A far more dangerous precedence of denial over a looming global shift of populations largely from climate change is taking place. There is not a migrant or refugee crisis. We're in the midst of a global migration shift.

What I Want Every News Article to Include

Mardra Sikora | Posted 08.10.2016 | Media
Mardra Sikora

Instead of carrying around the burden of the world's evils and difficulties, I wonder if it is possible to use the news to empower people to make changes and help in areas that are most important to them.

Jon Stewart: What He Did for Love

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Okay, he had an agenda. But it was an agenda that made many media pundits a little nervous. I mean, here are some excerpts from the speech he gave to an adoring crowd that day.

Dump the Trump

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.05.2016 | Entertainment
Geoffrey R. Stone

Presidential elections are not reality TV. This is self-governance. And just as money is now making a mockery of American democracy, the news media's obsession with ratings is now making a mockery of American politics.