Posted in Columns Journalism Wade Rathke

Turnabout and fair play on Project Veritas

by Wade Rathke October 8, 2021   New Orleans,     What’s the old saying? An enemy of my enemy is my friend. Something like that, I think. All of which made reading some parts of a…

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Michael Harrington, dust jacket photo from Twilight of Capitalism (1977)
Posted in Columns Guest Column Politics

Michael Harrington

by Tom Gallagher Saturday, May 15, 2021 A talk given to the San Francisco Democratic Socialists of America. During the dark ages of American socialism, well before the first Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, a friend of…

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National Public Radio's new headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE opened on March 25, 2013, in the NOMA district in Washington. (Photo by Bill Clark/Getty Images)
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NPR at 50 – Straying from its civic mission?

by Ralph Nader This month [May, 2021] is the 50th anniversary of National Public Radio (NPR). Knowing about my work back then with other advocates, to persuade Congress to pass legislation creating NPR and PBS, (which…

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Posted in Journalism Op/Ed

Seeing the Pentagon Papers in a new light

We know the government lied about Vietnam. But should the reporter who published the Pentagon Papers have lied to his source? by Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica February 3, 2021   On Jan. 7, The New York Times…

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Posted in Journalism Pro Publica

ProPublica and The Pudding offer scholarships to help pay for your journalism expenses in 2021.

25 scholarships to help you attend a journalism conference and/or to support your work. by Adriana Gallardo, Ash Ngu and Mollie Simon We are proud to announce our sixth annual scholarship program. This year we are…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

The new media “left”

by Wade Rathke December 27, 2020 Pearl River   Maybe I’m wrong, but over the Trump years, as the media has groped around trying to figure out a way to characterize him and his supporters, the…

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Posted in Democracy Journalism Opinion

Illegal does not mean impossible, and seeking consolation about Trump from legal experts might be stupid

The question at hand is not what the law says, but whether it is possible for a tyrant to violate and overturn the rule of law. by Jeffrey C. Isaac Sunday, December 27, 2020 Thursday’s Washington…

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Posted in Common Dreams Journalism News

American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem wants to know if he’s on the US ‘Kill List,’

Award-winning war reporter  And he’s about to have his day in court The award-winning war reporter, who says he has been the target of numerous U.S.-led airstrikes, was also wounded by Syrian tank fire while covering…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Has Donald Trump had his Joe McCarthy moment?

“We have to interrupt here, because the president made a number of false statements, including the notion that there has been fraudulent voting…” — Lester Holt NBC Nightly News The moment Lester Holt of NBC News cut…

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Posted in Analysis Dirty Tricks Elections Journalism Pro Publica

How to spot (and fight) election misinformation

Leer en español Summary: Disinformation is deliberately created with the intent to cause harm, while misinformation is incorrect information shared by people who believe it to be true. In 2020, dis- and misinformation about voting are…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Community organizing Wade Rathke

Community Radio on the frontlines

by Wade Rathke October 11, 2020 Pearl River   The Grassroots Radio Coalition is a loose confederation of various progressive community radio stations around the country. We got involved with them when, to our surprise, they had…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Policing

ACLU, press freedom advocates denounce attack on journalist by LA Sheriff’s Deputies

Video footage of the incident contradicts official reports from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Monday, September 14 Press freedom advocates are calling for an investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s…

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Washington, DC. August 17, 2020, Nearly three months after the height of national #BlackLivesMatter protests in the U.S., at least six journalists are still facing charges stemming from their coverage.
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Journalism News Politics

Watchdog calls on authorities to drop ‘absurd’ charges against journalists covering Black Lives Matter protests

More than 600 attacks against members of the press covering the ongoing protests have been reported to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Tuesday, August 18 The Committee to Protect Journalists on…

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Posted in Analysis Community Journalism Journalism Social Media The Conversation

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Read all about it: Virus kills off dying industry. Brian Mitchell/Getty Images by Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking

by  John Cook, George Mason University; Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge; Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol, and Ullrich Ecker, University of Western Australia The conspiracy theory video “Plandemic” recently went viral. Despite being taken…

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‘Reopen’ protest movement created, boosted by fake grassroots tactics

by  Marc Ambinder, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Many Americans have been under strict stay-at-home orders, or at least advisories, for more than a month. People are frustrated and depressed, but…

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Posted in Business Columns Journalism News Wade Rathke

Pandemic challenges ad-based business models

New Orleans   One of the stark realities undergirding a number of industries that has been vividly exposed during the current coronavirus pandemic is the fragility of advertising-based business models that actually power tech giants and…

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Posted in Columns Journalism Literature The Conversation

What makes something ironic?

If only there were one that fit. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images By Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis Have you ever found yourself about to say, “that’s ironic,” only to stop yourself – unsure…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Journalism Pro Publica

I lived through SARS and reported on Ebola. These are the questions we should be asking about coronavirus.

For concerned civilians and journalists covering the coronavirus, the figures and projections can be overwhelming, frightening or confusing. Here’s what reporter Caroline Chen is focusing on to keep things as accurate and clear as possible. by…

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Posted in Analysis Journalism Race for the White House 2020 Truthout

Democratic Party Dinosaurs have seen the Meteor, and it’s coming from Vermont

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout February 23, 2020 The Berniegeddon is upon us! It’s France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It’s the Russians! It’s the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives!…

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