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Unfit for Publication: How USA Today Got Everything Wrong

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.18.2014 | Media
Jeff Schweitzer

USA Today splashed across its June 18, 2014, front page the breathless headline, "Unfit for Flight" to dramatize the deadly enterprise of flying general aviation aircraft (small airplanes). There is only one problem: Nearly every inference about aviation in the article is wrong.

Global Pioneers Are Inventing a Better Future

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Molly Alexander Darden

Beginning with the Revolutionary War, America's capacity to care for our multitude of physically and mentally wounded warriors has proven woefully inadequate.

This Is What Passes for Journalism in Washington These Days

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

There are a lot of reasons why Americans don't know how the law affects them or why they believe things about Obamcare that aren't true. One of the biggest reasons is the failure of many in the media to provide anything other than the most superficial coverage.

For the Free World: 25 Years After Tiananmen Square

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Catherine Bauknight

On June 3, 1989 I arrived in Beijing to cover a student-led pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. Less than an hour later, soldiers made their first demand: "Leave the square or we will shoot to kill."

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

Kate Sheppard

Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is preparing to roll out new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on Monday, and ...

The VA on Memorial Day

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

By most accounts, veterans receive good care once they are in the VA system. But after a decade of wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and with thousands of Vietnam veterans, demand on the VA has grown enormously.

What Whets Your Late Night App-etite

Lisa Mercurio | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mercurio

This is not another article about what to eat and what not to eat at bedtime. It is, however, about what you consume. You and your brain, that is.

Hawaiian Students Challenge 'Censorship Swamp' in First Amendment Lawsuit

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

What is it with public colleges preventing their students from handing out the Constitution? Have these schools ever heard of the First Amendment?

It's Time for Commonsense Law Enforcement When Dealing With Deportations

Janet Murguía | Posted 06.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Every once in a while a mainstream outlet will talk tough on immigration, apparently to prove that they are "balanced." It happened again this week wh...

Gassed by High Prices at the Pump? You May Live in One of These 10 States

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever wondered how much of what you pay at the pump goes toward taxes? Illinois is one of the 10 states with the highest gas tax. Where do we rank on the list though?

Crime and Justice Issues Are on the Public's Radar

Diane Dimond | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

From nationwide manhunts and shootouts illuminated by the fire of an exploding Cadillac to legal cases that define who we are legally allowed to love and marry -- these are topics that define who we are as a people.

Upping the Ante on Climate Change Media Coverage

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The top story on Thursday's New York Times mobile edition was titled "U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will be Costly." Why was the newspaper featuring a story on something that's so unpopular?

Profitability of Peaceful Productivity (Nonviolence)

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Molly Alexander Darden

Is nonviolence a wuss thing? Not at all! It's a profit-producing vehicle for muscling up our American economy as we provide a safer, more stable environment in which our children can thrive.

USA Today Gets Religious Freedom Right

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With its recent editorial 'Obamacare Overreach Tramples Little Sisters of the Poor," USA Today joins the Chicago Tribune among the mainstream print outlets to "get it" when it comes to religious freedom.

Steal This Graphic!

Scott Bateman | Posted 03.12.2014 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

It's been an amazing week for my work going viral! Unfortunately, I'm not getting all the credit.

Every Country Should Have a Newseum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "new" (to me) Newseum offers an amazing array of displays and information in its airy galleries packed with information on America's history, geography, politics, international relations, and media-related technological advances.

The New No. 1

Posted 11.01.2013 | Media

USA Today is now the country's most widely circulated daily newspaper, according to the latest report from the Alliance for Audited Media. USA To...

Obama Reaches 'Important Milestone' For Dems

USA Today | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The federal judiciary — long the province and priority of Republicans — is turning more Democratic. ...

Murdering the Attention Span

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Bookstores are dying, reading scores are plummeting and the quality of entertainment sinks like a stone, weighed down by the receding interest of Gen-X and millennial audiences in any form of entertainment that takes too long to watch or too much attention to absorb.

The Familiar Stench of Hypocrisy on Veterans Mental Health Care

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

In the case of a recent DoD decision regarding the mental health of our service members, evem Churchill's old line about Americans understates our capacity for doing the wrong thing over and over again.

Students Re-Evaluate Government Majors During Shutdown

USA Today | Posted 10.07.2013 | College

For Stephen Henninger, the government shutdown reaffirms his decision not to pursue a career in politics. The current gridlock in Congress is furth...

DOJ Official's Testy Exchange With Reporter

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

A Department of Justice official's testy email exchange with a USA Today reporter has received a lot of criticism after it was posted online on Thursd...

Dear Dr. Phil

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.01.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

In our society, the wide use of discriminatory language to describe people with mental illness has blurred our minds, hearts and souls. Changing our language and taking this conversation out of the shadows can save lives.

College Town Dispute Over Huge Katy Perry Poster

USA Today | Posted 07.08.2013 | College

A group of housemates propped up the huge poster of the pop star last fall. "It really was kind of a landmark — everybody kind of knew that Katy Per...