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Energy Firms, Health Insurers Deftly Use Others to Spread Propaganda

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While we know how much insurers and oil and gas companies dole out to political campaigns and lobbyists, we don't have a clue how much of their cash is used to establish front groups or how much of it winds up in the pockets of either pundits for hire or tax-exempt organizations that do their bidding.

Teaching History the Pearson Way

Alan Singer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson promotes Common Core and Common Core creates markets for Pearson. Teaching history the Pearson way means teaching it the Common Core way, without any meaningful content. The text, no matter how inaccurate or misleading, rules. Myth replaces history.

Ukraine: The Clash of Manichean Narratives and a Way Out

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

In order to understand what is going on in Ukraine, history matters and the narrative of the other as well. Putin is a brutal leader yet his popularity rose as a result of the crisis. Not necessarily because he is a new Hitler as many argue but because he managed to inscribe his narrative in a Russian narrative with deep historical roots.

War Porn

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

In the age of an endless stream of war zone losses and ties, it can be hard to keep Homeland enthusiasm up for perpetual war. But like propaganda films and sexual pornography, Hollywood movies about America at war have changed remarkably little over the years.

Where Public Health Meets Propaganda, You Are Being Played!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

But here's the thing, folks: if you buy into this nonsense, and meaning no disrespect, you are not merely wrong. You are wrong about why you are wrong.

Je Suis Charlie, but Can We Have a World of Respect?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Last week, I sat next to a French production executive at the Reality TV Awards. Our discussion centered around the attack a couple weeks earlier at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo and the world outpouring thereafter for free speech.

Trust Me... I've Got a Barometer

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.30.2015 | Business
Alan Kelly

The answer to trust is to re-double a commitment to operational excellence, not communications. Attend to the business of the business by replacing expressions of trust with actions and follow-through.

Center for Public Integrity Reveals How PR Firms Manufacture Consent for Oil, Big Business

Steve Horn | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Center for Public Integrity has broken new ground by publishing a months-long investigation into the public relations and influence-peddling spending conducted by Big Business trade associations between 2008-2012.

The Pen and the Gun

Karem Issa | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Karem Issa

If I'm not on one side, this doesn't mean that I'm with the other. I'm neither on the side of those media that insult my faith and beliefs and spread lies, nor the side of violent criminals who insult my faith and beliefs, and spread lies.

35 Of The Most Impressive Communist Propaganda Posters

Huffington Post Japan | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts

Propaganda posters were among the most significant tools for influencing public opinion in the Soviet Union. The text that accompanied each poster ...

The Feinstein Torture Report

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We can't pretend it wasn't torture anymore, because the facts weren't swept under a historical rug this time.

Like Canada's Harper Government, Obama Administration Muzzling Its Scientists

Steve Horn | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

In recent years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under fire for disallowing scientists working for the Canadian government to speak directly to the press.

Employment, Not Immigration Reform

Brian Ross | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.

Russian Media Is in Dire Need of Self-Examination

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Dunja Mijatović

Russia has largely failed in sustaining media freedom and ensuring journalists' safety. It is the obligation of any modern state to prove its political will to protect journalists. It is time for Russia to demonstrate that will.

My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image And Marriage

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I will educate my daughter as best as I can. I will raise her to be strong, to fight back, to be herself and be proud of who she is. I will raise her to realize how ignorant a 50-ish man with salt-and-pepper hair can be. Who's with me?

Russia Launches Media Organization To Help Fight 'Propaganda War'

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | Media

* New media outlet will operate in dozens of countries * Putin sees media as vital to his grip on power * Russia locked ...

Russian TV's American Face

Jill Dougherty | Posted 01.04.2015 | Media
Jill Dougherty

RT is rapidly transforming itself into an American-style whistle-blower, relentlessly reporting on America's democratic deficiencies and malfeasance, at home and abroad.

Rick Berman Caught on Tape: Hear His 10 Tactics to Aid Dirty Energy Corps

Lisa Graves | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Lisa Graves

Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements, including on efforts to increase the minimum wage for workers.

Ebola, ISIS and Our Borders

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

When did we give up being the nation that welcomed the wretched, tired and poor upon our teeming shores? Now we imagine they are terrorists armed with viruses.

The Force Is Not With Us: We Identify with Our Fantasy Heroes -- Why Don't We Emulate Them?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

How many in Liberal America have been willing, like Frodo, to leave our comfortable Hobbit-like niches and rise to the urgent challenge of our dangerous moment?

How A Self-Described 'Blonde Tattooed Texas Girl' Became An ISIS Twitter Star

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.05.2014 | World

Last week, a single tweet took Jennifer Williams -- an unassuming "blonde tattooed Texas girl" -- from relative obscurity to Twitter stardom. The ...

Windshield Decal Semiotics and Doctrinaire Cultism in the Artwork of Brendan Donnelly

Annabel Osberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

The title of Brendan Donnelly's first exhibition at Paul Loya Gallery, "How To Be A Magician In Your Spare Time," is something of a misnomer--the show has little to do with magic. However, the emptiness of the titular promise is itself an ironic trick in keeping with the artist's skepticism of magisterial charlatanry.

Cooking Art History: Cooking American

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 09.15.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays were encouraged and many Americans had their first vegetarian meal.

Truth or Pravda

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Carol Smaldino

My "lesson" of my vacation has turned out to be that, that perhaps I too can question more of my own assumptions than I sometimes do.

Russia, Ukraine, and the Fantasies of War

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Eliot Borenstein

As the subject of constantly contested media narratives, the war in Ukraine has had a local reality that has somehow failed to take on a global scope.