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Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

Friday Talking Points -- Is There Anybody Out There?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what might help in this crisis-to-end-all-crises? Having a Surgeon General in office. President Obama nominated someone for the job last November, but his confirmation has been blocked ever since.

Beleaguered League: Does the NFL Deserve All the Bad Press It's Getting?

Ivan J. Parron | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media
Ivan J. Parron

While the NFL isn't in any danger of vanishing into a cloud of righteous indignation from its detractors, it's definitely gotten its fair share of lousy press lately, some of it understandable.

'Green News Report' - October 2, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Tide turns against climate change deniers, as even Rupert Murdoch dumps...

Political Read: In DC, At Least We Have Diane Rehm

Howard Fineman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Media
Howard Fineman

The national media is in the midst of another season of self-loathing, and with good reason. The coverage of politics often is as trivial as politics itself. So it was with a sense of relief and gratitude that I joined some 500 others recently to give thanks for and pay tribute to Diane Rehm.

Occupy National Gathering Wants to Know: Where Are All The Journalists?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 09.29.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Unless there is blood, smoke or threatened police arrests, Occupy consistently complains that mainstream media reporters ignore or shy away from social protests and activism -- their movement, in particular.

In Defense of David

Lisa Daniels | Posted 09.26.2014 | Media
Lisa Daniels

Let's face it: most of us don't like David Gregory. He's the smug brat we always hated in high school. No wonder so many of us are salivating at rumors that NBC may relieve the grey-haired wonder boy from his Meet the Press duties.

'Green News Report' - July 24, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosiv...

Watching the World Destroy Itself

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The mainstream media cover bits and pieces of the destruction as pumped-up entertainment, with the Iraqis and everyone else trapped in the planet's various International Hot Spots remaining abstractions and curiosities. This is journalistic malfeasance of the highest order.

Zendaya To Play Aaliyah In Lifetime Biopic: Does Color Matter?

Kim Kane | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Kane

Zendaya Coleman is talented and a hard worker - should she be denied what could very well be the role of a lifetime just because (though she is in fact Black) some view her as "not Black enough"?

Bitcoin Activism: How Michelle Malkin And Suey Park Found Common Cause In Hashtag Movements

Arun Gupta | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Arun Gupta

Suey Park is the Bitcoin of activism. Her hashtag movements are a digital phenomenon. Her value is determined by how much others buy into her. The lack of institutional backing allows her to disrupt the status quo. And just like digital currencies, hashtag activism is vulnerable to shadowy intrigues and corrupting influences.

Deaf Culture in Hollywood

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Think about the last five movies you saw. Were there any deaf individuals in them? When was the last time you saw a deaf weather person delivering the forecast?

An Advancement and Missed Opportunity for Alzheimer's

Akhila Satish | Posted 05.20.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

Last week a paper was published in Nature Medicine that drew significant media buzz. The paper was titled "Plasma phospholipids identify antecedent memory impairment in older adults." As a scientist, the discord between the media's presentation of this paper and the actual paper was jarring.

The Ongoing Media Disaster

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

This week has witnessed yet another reminder of the frequently insidious incompetence of important segments of our mainstream media.

Who Will Define Our Children?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Do we want them to be like us, or totally different? Do we care about the lifestyle they choose as long as they find happiness? Do we have the courage to help them figure out who they are without imposing our mirror on them?

Stuck in the Middle With... Me

Quincy Morris | Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Quincy Morris

It goes without saying that gays have become more and more accepted in our culture, making gains in the workplace, Hollywood, and in legislation, but has that acceptance come at a price?

Eddie Would Know? ESPN Documentary Whitewashes Racial and Economic Issues In Hawaii

Nick Chagnon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Nick Chagnon

In some respects, ESPN's documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau seems like a thoughtful account of Aikau's tragic story. But, upon closer examination, it is a lot less than meets the eye.

2 Alternatives to Advertising: Get Published and Get Featured in Media

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

Chances are that you most need to advertise when you have the least amount of business, which also happens to be when you have the least amount of funds available to advertise. Been there, done that? Fortunately there are two alternatives.

Think Again: 10 Years of False Equivalence and Still Going Strong

Eric Alterman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Alterman

The mainstream media's greatest failure has been its members' inability to acknowledge this reality. Over and over, no matter what the issue, journalists create a sense of false equivalence between positions that rest on data and logic and those that don't.

Think Again: Benghazi and the Wingnut Media

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.08.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

Ideologues who criticize the media believe that their particular ideological hobbyhorse would win the day if only the media paid greater attention to it. This complaint often takes form in the question: "Why is the mainstream media ignoring ... ?"

The Race Mongers: Conservative Media's Efforts to Delegitimize Justice for Trayvon Protesters

Walker Bragman | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Walker Bragman

Breitbart, The Blaze, The New American, etc .,all exist for the sole purpose of helping those on the right get elected without any regard for the division they are causing. It is shameful.

Democracy Wanted: Media Effects on Celebrity Icons Creates Social Regression

Andreea Nica | Posted 09.13.2013 | Media
Andreea Nica

Why is it difficult to find an intelligent, eccentric individual within mainstream pop culture?

Why I Entered the Lion's Den Known as The View

Rachel Campos-Duffy | Posted 08.26.2013 | Media
Rachel Campos-Duffy

It's high time our conservative leaders stop listening to the consultants, put their big boy pants on, and play with the lions.

Video: Could the "Fast Food" News Creation Approach Work for Video? We Don't Think So

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Creating quality, enduring online video news content doesn't need to be expensive, but it has to be done with skill and credibility.

Once the Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

That it has taken a trifecta of scandals to awaken the minions of the press to their duty speaks volumes on how successfully prevailing narratives define what the public accepts as truth.