Jake Tapper Stuns Roy Moore Spokesman With Constitutional Fact

In a discussion with Roy Moore spokesman Ted Crockett today, CNN’s Jake Tapper left his guest literally speechless after informing him public servants aren’t required to use a Christian Bible to be sworn into office. The stunning moment happened as the two discussed Moore’s longstanding position that Muslims shouldn’t be able to serve in Congress. Backstory When Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) took office […]

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Media & Journalism: Why Trust Matters

In 2009, I wrote a book titled Distrust, American Style. In it, I looked at the issue of trust through the lens of social capital scholarship. Trust and reciprocity are essential to social capital–and especially to the creation of “bridging” social capital, the relationships that allow us to connect with and value people different from ourselves. I didn’t address an issue that I […]

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Conservative Operative Makes Fake Rape Claims To Support Roy Moore

Project Veritas Conservative Operative Makes Fake Rape Claims To Get Roy Moore Elected

A conservative operative working with Project Veritas attempted to trick the Washington Post into publishing a false rape and abortion account to damage the outlet’s credibility and help elect Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate. WaPo saw through the sting almost immediately as they looked into the woman’s story and ended up publishing an exposé article on the woman, the […]

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Responsible Media Consumption: Shame On The New York Times

The New York Times is yet again using its massive platform to promote bigotry and hatred. In a fawning piece about pro-genocide conservative Ben Shapiro, who has built a career branding his violent bigotry as an intellectual rebuke of “PC culture,” the largest daily newspaper in the United States of America portrayed Shapiro’s transphobia in a disturbingly positive light. Apparently […]

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Weaponizing Speech

Weaponizing Free Speech - social media has become a censorship weapon

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a provocative article by Tim Wu, a media historian who teaches at Columbia University, titled “Did Twitter Kill the First Amendment?” He began with the question: You need not be a media historian to notice that we live in a golden age of press harassment, domestic propaganda and coercive efforts to control political debate. […]

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Fake News and the Big Lie

fake news and the big lie

A few days ago, Vox reported that: Attacks on the “fake news” media have become a staple of the Trump administration — and nearly half of voters, including the vast majority of Republicans, believe the president when he claims that the media is making up stories about him. Forty-six percent of voters believe that major news organizations fabricate stories about Trump, while 37 […]

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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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