Media Criticism

“Go to the end of that feeling and find out for yourself” – Oliver Stone Tells Graduates

On Friday May 20, 2016, filmmaker Oliver Stone published a transcript of his commencement speech to University of Connecticut graduates earlier in the month. Read at the source, OliverStone.com.   Transcript May 7, 2016 I thank you both, Dr. Herbst and Dr. Choi for bringing me. And I’d also like to thank Professor Frank Costigliola,…

The Problem with Corporate News Media: Trump Sells Eyeballs

Future critiques of the mainstream corporate media’s 2016 campaign coverage will spend a great deal of time focusing on its tendency throughout the past two years to marginalize Senator Bernie Sanders while promoting – and profiting from – the Donald Trump brand. Images such as this screenshot of CNN, provided by Laila Al-Arian via Fairness and Accuracy in…

The Problem with Corporate News Media: Trump & Political Ad Dollars ‘Damn Good for CBS,’ Says CEO

High times for some corporate media corporations, these are. Political ad sales are way up, for example, and CBS CEO Les Moonves has been rather giddy about the financial benefits to that venerable broadcaster. Speaking at a San Francisco telecom industry conference recently, Moonves had a difficult time containing his enthusiasm for the dollars filling…

For the food movement, an unwelcome truth

A welcome addition to the conversation about the nature of the food movement and how change occurs. But Washington Post columnist Tamar Haspel’s work has raised serious questions. At what point does allowing a food and ag columnist to accept compensation from agrochemical industry groups become another corruption of journalistic ethics? After the first dollar…

Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault by the Mainstream Press – Norman Solomon

Longtime media critic, co-founder of Roots Action, and North Bay resident Norman Solomon notes the growing chorus of mainstream media outlets that are stoking fears of a Bernie Sanders presidency. This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Common Dreams by…

West Virginia: The Rodney Dangerfield of the USA – Appalachian Chronicle

Michael Barrick’s Appalachian Chronicle has become an indispensable source of insight and news about the Appalachian region in recent years. Here he calls out the mainstream media for its continuing blind spot regarding environmental regulation, fossil fuel extraction, and the health and well-being of the area’s population. – Ed. West Virginia: The Rodney Dangerfield of…