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Posted by Guest | July 31, 2011 08:41 PM

Our Right-Leaning Public Media
Posted by Guest | March 15, 2011 05:34 PM
The tumultuous managerial shakeup at National Public Radio headquarters for trivial verbal miscues once again has highlighted the ludicrous corporatist right-wing charge that public radio and public TV are replete with left-leaning or leftist programming.

Black Hollywood: 1991 vs. 2011
Posted by Guest | February 23, 2011 04:56 AM
It has been pointed out by many, including recently the New York Times, that the Oscars are painfully short of black nominees, which reflected the fact that, aside from Tyler Perry movies, a couple of low budget comedies and the art film Night Catches Us, few African-American-themed features reached U.S. theaters in 2010. This absence is even more telling when you glance back at the administration of George Bush the First.

The Media's Role in the Assault on Working People
Posted by Guest | February 07, 2011 06:47 AM
A common theme runs through a variety of news stories: there isn’t enough money around, and so working people must take a hit. But is that really the only solution? First, let’s look at the stories. There’s growing talk of letting state governments declare bankruptcy so they can get out of paying pension benefits to retired state workers. As The New York Times put it:

WikiLeaks Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Promoting Freedom of Speech
Posted by Guest | February 02, 2011 11:22 AM
Julian Assange's whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Norwegian politician Snorre Valen, who was behind the nod, tells Reuters. Valen called WikiLeaks one of the century's "most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency" and said that "[b]y disclosing information about corruption, human rights abuses and war crimes, WikiLeaks is a natural contender for the Nobel Peace Prize."

Will Richmond on the Comcast-NBCU: The Winners, Losers and Unknowns
Posted by Guest | January 19, 2011 09:02 AM
With Comcast's acquisition of NBCU finally official this morning (technically, it's not an acquisition, but rather the creation of a JV in which Comcast holds 51% and GE 49%, until GE inevitably begins unwinding its position), it's time to assess the winners, losers and unknowns from the deal, the biggest the media industry has seen in a long while. I listened to the Comcast investor call this morning with Brian Roberts, Steve Burke and Michael Angelakis and reviewed their presentation.

Danny Schechter on The US Media Hit on Helen Thomas
Posted by Guest | January 02, 2011 04:19 PM
Last June when the mainstream Washington press corps rode the 89-year-old journalistic icon Helen Thomas out of the news business on a rail, a key count in the professional “indictment” against her was that she lacked “objectivity” with her impertinent questions to U.S. presidents and in her criticism of Israel.

Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?
Posted by Guest | December 31, 2010 07:26 AM
They are the online equivalent of enclosure riots: the rick-burning, fence-toppling protests by English peasants losing their rights to the land. When MasterCard, Visa, Paypal and Amazon tried to shut WikiLeaks out of the cyber-commons, an army of hackers responded by trying to smash their way into these great estates and pull down their fences.

How Comcast and Huge Telecom Players' Latest Gambit Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It
Posted by Guest | December 25, 2010 07:09 PM
On December 21st, the Federal Communications Commission issued new rules governing Internet transmission. In essence, they effectively divide broadband content distribution between wireline and wireless transmission, providing nominal “net neutrality” protection over content distributed over telephone and cable lines, but deregulating such content sent through the airwaves.

Disney’s Racist Stereotyping and Gender Roles Remain Un-Tangled
Posted by Guest | December 09, 2010 12:04 PM
The good news is that Disney’s new animated feature Tangled is funny, fast-paced and visually stunning. The bad news is that it re-hashes the same old story: As a woman, you can either be a princess awaiting her prince or an evil stepmother/witch; as a man, you get all the action (in many senses of the word). And beauty, of course, equals white, blonde, thin and young.

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