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Who Matters in America? A Call for Political Correctness

A recent New York Times op-ed titled, "The Sheltering Campus: Why College Is Not Home", was yet another salvo in the pushback against "political correctness." The authors were not Trump acolytes, but a physics professor and retired psychiatrist...Show More Summary

Who Is a Conservative or Liberal?

I'm confused. Who is a conservative and who is a liberal, or the new PC term, a "progressive?" Words have meanings but you'd never know that from the news media's coverage of the primaries. Conservative and Republican, liberal and Democratic...Show More Summary

A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

If there is one response to a question made by reporters and politicians alike that sets my teeth on edge it is "Now that's a very good question!" I find that the only reason the questioner is being complimented is because the person who is being queried has a stock answer for that question in his or her hip pocket. Show More Summary

Debates Matter: Hillary Rising and Marco Fading?

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now a sense that Clinton's rising in NH, while Rubio's robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic. Show More Summary

Intro Debacle at the GOP Debate. What Has Become of My Old Alma Mater ABC News?

In December of 2002, when the legendary Roone Arledge passed away, I wrote a Counterpunch piece for the L.A. Times praising the man who not only set the gold standard for Olympics coverage, but gave us Monday Night Football and Wide World of Sports. Show More Summary

If Football Is Deadly, Why Do We Still Watch?

John Affleck, Pennsylvania State University Right in the middle of football's biggest party week, there was more tragic news on the head injury front. Ken Stabler, the flamboyant Oakland Raiders quarterback who led his team to a Super...Show More Summary

Hug-gate! First Christie and Now Maddow? Give It a Rest!

First, a hug is a social gesture like a handshake. It is not an endorsement. People hug each other all the time and it is done between casual acquaintances. I have even hugged strangers at funerals -- it is social gesture. In France,...Show More Summary

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

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 charter for online news sites and whose president nearly missed the occasion. In his remarks,...Show More Summary

What Disappoints Me About the Media...

What disappoints me most about the media -- and I will throw myself into this -- is how we forget people, forget stories and move on. The truth is that we in the media can multitask -- do more than one story at one time. Yes, I know,...Show More Summary

Sanders Campaign Is a Genuine Progressive Social Movement for Democracy

Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began, he achieved a virtual tie with Hillary...Show More Summary

White Journalism

Were not racist. We're the media Originally published on Substance She's a slender woman with long black hair. It's perfectly straight and blowing slightly in the wind as I meet her in the parking lot. Her smile is warm and pleasant and nothing about her seems dangerous or malicious. Show More Summary

All the News That's Fit to Print

How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers Cross-posted with In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world of the Internet is replacing...Show More Summary

The Wall Street Journal Lies About Liar's Loans (Pt 1)

It is time to break out one of our two family rules again: It is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody. How fraudulent is finance even now? The Wall Street Journal reports that "big money managers" want to bring back "liar's...Show More Summary

Supporting The Future Of Afghanistan Means Loosening Our Grip On The Past

No single person is accountable for Afghanistan and the state of its people. But every one of us is accountable for the perceptions that directly affect how the country moves forward. I was born in Afghanistan, raised in Canada, and have come back to Afghanistan for the past decade. Show More Summary

Clinton Could Have Had Relations with Teenage Staffer

Read that headline. Now, read it again. Feel free to do a doubletake. Then consider something - that headline comes out as true under most interpretations, and thus cannot even approach the standards of libel. In the age of ever-shortening...Show More Summary

When You Can't Look Away: Horror in the Newsfeed

For by Bridget Todd (Photo credit: the All-Nite Images/ Despite the fact that it was being played in a seemingly endless loop on the news, my mom wouldn't let us watch the video of the Rodney King beating. She'd...Show More Summary

Buffett, Bezos and the Case for Investing in News Media

If you want to know who still believes in a future for news media, just turn to some of our most respected businessmen: Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos. John Henry. Glen Taylor. All of them have made significant investments in newspapers, despite the media pundits that have been claiming the death of the newspaper industry for years. Show More Summary

After Iowa: A Ticket To Ride

So, on the other hand... Hillary Clinton won. But there was a big surprise in Iowa after all. Ultra-right Texas Senator Ted Cruz -- that's ultra-right as in falangist -- trailing in the polls and supposedly in danger of finishing third behind Marco Rubio, surged instead to an impressive four-point win over Donald Trump. Show More Summary

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

It turns out that Flint, MI, is not the only community with a water crisis. Sebring, OH, is facing its own water crisis which, at least as far as I have seen, is not being covered nearly as widely as the large-scale crisis in Flint.Show More Summary

About Last Night...

I think all this focus on Iowa is ridiculous, but it ends up mattering because (almost) everyone agrees that it matters. Though how it matters is awfully tricky. Just ask Presidents Robertson, Huckabee and Santorum, As I understand things, last night was almost all bad news for a Democratic presidency and good news for Republicans. Show More Summary

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