Journalism

A Sustainable Food System Needs Quality Journalism – Support Civil Eats

Please support the best food journalism site there is – Civil Eats – winner of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award for Publication of the Year. Here’s an appeal from Mark Bittman:   Dear Civil Eats Supporter, This is an exciting time for the food movement and, if you’re like me, Civil Eats is an…

Love Your Food Journalist: Tell the PD to Give Michele Anna Jordan Her Columns Back

The Raucous Rooster was saddened – but not surprised – to learn that local newspaper monopoly The Press Democrat has eliminated two of local food & ag columnist Michele Anna Jordan’s excellent columns featured in its pages – Mouthful and Fresh From Our Farmers. The Press Democrat (PD) was previously a New York Times-owned paper,…

CounterPunch Warning – War Criminals May Find This Deeply Offensive

Shameless fundraising for the best political newsletter around. From CounterPunch: This is Why Henry Kissinger Hates Us.     Over the course of 22 years, we’ve published many unflattering stories about Henry Kissinger. We’ve recounted his involvement in the Chilean coup and the illegal bombings of Cambodia and Laos; his hidden role in the Kent…

The Demonization of Vlad Putin – James Petras OpEd

Putin And The Press: The Demonology School Of Journalism – OpEd By James Petras — (October 17, 2015) The major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized…

Viewers & Pundits Differ Dramatically on Who Won First Democratic Presidential Debate

From Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: Pundits Thought Clinton Beat Sanders–but Did Viewers? Who won the Democratic debate? Depends on whether you ask pundits or people. (image: CNN)   by Gunar Olsen, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting   A New York Times article (10/14/15) by Alan Rappeport about who won last night’s Democratic presidential debate…

Press Democrat Discovers There’s a Grange War & Leaps in on Side of Big Ag

The Press Democrat this weekend discovered there’s a National vs. California Grange war going on, and – surprise surprise – leaped in on the side of Big Ag, publishing a front-page, above the fold scare piece under the headline “Granges facing loss of status, assets.” More on this article & the PD will be forthcoming.…

A Journalism Lesson for Engaged Citizens

Glenn Greenwald published a short post at The Intercept on July 26 that’s well worth reading in its entirety, but it was his concluding comments I found especially noteworthy: Journalistic objectivity is a sham, a horribly misleading and self-flattering conceit. Don’t simply trust claims made in authoritative media tones — even if, perhaps especially if,…