Media Analysis

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…

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,…