Category Archives: media coverage

In Trayvon Martin case, news media need to examine their own role

Last spring, the Association of News Editors (ASNE) announced that the percentage of minority news employees at American newspapers and news websites had declined for the third consecutive year, even as the overall percentage of non-white Americans continued to rise rapidly. It … Continue reading

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The Right turns nasty over Occupy Wall Street

Perhaps the surest sign that the national Occupy movement has gained at least some traction is a shift in the strategy of the Right, which has moved from dismissing the protesters to demonizing them. A couple of recent polls showed widespread … Continue reading

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The words used in news can report — or distort: Part II

The lead headline in at washingtonpost.com this afternoon reads: “‘Occupy’ demonstrations turn violent, go global.” To me that implies that the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States turned violent today.  From what I read, it did not. The … Continue reading

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The words used in news can report — or distort

Participants declared themselves the part of the “99 Percent,” to highlight their claim that that 1 percent of Americans control much of the country’s wealth. –– The New York Times This seemingly innocuous sentence appears as a bit of background … Continue reading

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When does ‘news judgment’ become censorship?

LEXINGTON, Mass. — Driving home from work on Friday,  my wife Kathy heard a warning on NPR for motorists to avoid Boston’s Financial District. The reason, she thought: Occupy Wall Street had come to Boston, beginning what are expected to be rolling … Continue reading

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What happened to the idea of public service?

Was it always such a quaint concept, the idea that elected officials are supposed to serve and represent the people who elected them? It strikes me as odd that today the notion of representation barely seems to enter the conversation … Continue reading

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A case of double vision at The New York Times

Perhaps all the top editors were partying in the Hamptons, too. It is the end of August. Whatever the reason, someone at The New York Times seems to have forgotten to read all the Sunday paper’s section fronts before rolling … Continue reading

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