Montana Republican “Would Have Shot” Reporter Gianforte Assaulted

Greg Gianforte & Ben Jacobs

A Montana Republican party member commented on a radio show last week she “would have shot” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs had she been in Congressman Greg Gianforte’s (R-MT) place earlier this year. Karen Marshall, vice-president of programs for Gallatin County Republican Women, made the remarks on the Voice of Montana radio program last Thursday, October 19, 2017. The incident she’s referencing is the congressman’s assault […]

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When Evidence Isn’t Reliable

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How do we know what we know? Who can we trust? It’s bad enough that an American President constantly attacks reputable sources of information; when Trump asserts that reports unflattering to him are “fake news,” those assertions join–and bolster– widely-held doubts about the reliability of contemporary media. Those doubts are understandable; it is increasingly difficult to separate out the conspiracy-theory […]

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New Post-Las Vegas Dana Loesch NRA Ad Stokes Violence

Though conservative pundits decried anyone attempting to engage in discussion of sensible gun control measures in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre just under three weeks ago, a new NRA advertisement featuring conservative fearmonger Dana Loesch appears to stoke the very political tensions that have led to violence over the last few months. The ad follows a similar video […]

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At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

At Fox, Tomi Lahren Continues Attack on Protesting NFL Players

Tomi Lahren spent the better part of the last year attacking black athletes kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice. She’s not only targeted the group en masse, but has singled out players like Colin Kaepernick (who began the movement) using dog whistle (and sometimes outright racist) arguments. Now – using her new Fox News position […]

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Media, Left and Right: Fighting Propaganda

The Technology of Propaganda, Fake News & Information Warfare

Well, I see that the Republican Governors’ Association has decided to enter the “fake news” sweepstakes. According to reports, The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers […]

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Shooting The Messenger: Trump’s Attack on Free Press

Trump attacks free press, journalists and journalism in general

A recent report from the Brookings Institution began rather predictably: A leader who portrays himself as one of the persecuted, the target of an incessant witch-hunt by the so-called deep state. A liberal media intent on revisiting an election gone badly. And a left-wing political machine supposedly out to get him. The surprise came in the next sentence. “This leader, of […]

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Spin Cycle: The Sinclair Broadcast Group Takeover

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Tom Wheeler was Chair of the Federal Communications Commission from 2013 to 2017. In the wake of Sinclair Broadcasting’s application to acquire Tribune Media, he wrote a very troubling article for the Guardian.  It is a major decision, since the resulting broadcast behemoth would hold as many as 233 local television stations reaching into more than 70 percent of American homes. […]

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Two-Faced: Trump’s Unhinged Phoenix Rally

Trump in Phoenix

During his Phoenix campaign rally last night, Donald Trump went off script and spent an hour essentially destroying any credibility and peace his Monday night Afghanistan speech attempted to build. More importantly, the two speeches demonstrate something most people across America have already figured out over the course of the last few months. Trump has two distinct faces he shows […]

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Dear Chicago Tribune: A Silent Racist President Is Still a Racist President

Dear Chicago Tribune: A Silent Racist President Is Still a Racist President

The responsibility for moral leadership cannot be decoupled from the American presidency. The majority of Americans who believe in fairness justice and equality understand this. Why doesn’t the Chicago Tribune editorial board? In the days since the neo-Nazi march and domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, most Americans have been rightfully horrified not just by the events that occurred, but […]

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Jeffrey Lord, CNN & Misunderstanding the First Amendment

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CNN fired Jeffrey Lord this week after he responded to online critical feedback with the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” Lord – an avid Trump supporter and self-proclaimed “First Amendment fundamentalist” – spent much of his time on CNN defending the Trump administration’s excuses and outright lies. Background The termination happened after Lord wrote an article attacking Media Matters president Angelo Carusone. Carusone […]

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