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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:44 am / in Domestic, Media

I Am News (And So Can You!)

…e matter, most confessed a similar proclivity for Stephen Colbert. Such is the ubiquitous influence of satirical news on today’s political discourse, a time in which many Americans would prefer to receive their news ironically rather than in earnest. The 21st century is witnessing the rise of political satire to a place of unprecedented social prominence. Stewart now averages over two million viewers per night, a larger audience than any show on…

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by / on May 1, 2005 at 12:02 pm / in Congress, Cover Story, Domestic, Election, Media

Left Hanging

…the presidency that television heralded. “Before 1963 and the advent of thirty-minute, picture-driven television news, Congress and the presidency got about equal coverage,” said Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “As television whetted the appetite for news about presidents, newspapers followed along, so for both of them now, on average, it’s pretty close to two to one, presidency news ve…

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by / on December 5, 2010 at 11:16 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

News on News on News

…ame readily accepted aid goals, the Pakistani floods did not receive such tangible benchmarks until later in the news cycle. Rather, the array of numbers presented-subdivided by types of aid and by duration, and different in almost every news source-were far from unanimous or clear goals. The shifts and ranges in numbers do belie one fact-Pakistan faces a host of longterm repercussions from the flood, which will be hard to calculate and harder st…

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Media, Uncategorized

The Fact Check Republic

…when journalists were regarded as the most trusted people in America. When Walter Cronkite concluded his nightly newscast with “and that’s the way it is,” people believed him. Today, on the other hand, people are justifiably skeptical of the news media. Media scholars often regard the period between 1950 and 1975 as the golden age of journalism. Television journalism, a fledgling field, had yet to gain the momentum and following it has today. It…

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by / on October 1, 2006 at 3:20 pm / in Domestic, Election, Media

Generation Blowhard

…spreading propaganda and outright mythmaking in his commentary—and he also helms the most popular show in cable news. Rhetorically speaking, the pundit is a strange animal: a kind of crippled orphan using the language of a priest, a self-righteous uncle and a used car salesman combined. Someone who limps toward emotional statements, not newsworthy conclusions. But subjective commentators have been around since news existed for commentators to co…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm / in Humor, Issue

What Not to Watch

…Americans trust and believe—or are even inspired by—the demagoguery that saturates the polarized world of cable news media. Most distressing of the rabble-rousers is the Fox News Channel, a Rupert Murdoch invention created with the mission of providing “unbiased” commentary and news coverage but which, in reality, leans so far right that the slightest gust of wind would leave it belly-up. Yet, for unfathomable reasons, the FNC has enjoyed striki…

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm / in Africa, Opinion, World, World

The Invisible Facts

by Media outlets have long tended to oversimplify the news and serve the public an easily digestible mix of shocking sound bites. Even storied traditional news organizations have fallen victim to sensationalism, caught by incentives to distort and dramatize, though such a “business model” may seem in outright conflict with their stated purpose to provide truthful and objective reporting. “Facts” created by such media practices, and ev…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 11:10 am / in Domestic, Election, Media

Grand Ol’ Pageant

…mingly symbiotic relationship between journalism and politics, how do the two really interact? The nature of the news, and the media that dictates it, is cyclical. Following Walter Lippmann’s “searchlight analogy” – where a topic oscillates between periods of quiescence and alarm – and owing to limited room on the news cycle, the attention the media pays to a specific issue or candidate fluctuates depending on which events are deemed newsworthy….

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by / on December 4, 2010 at 4:10 pm / in Editor's Note

Editor’s Note

…ccepted pitches for this issue, we were presented with one that inadvertently posed a question about the way the news works: Should reader demand and consumption drive the content of news? Being members, to varying degrees and qualifications, of the media which the pitch questioned, and being rather self-indulgent as is the wont of our generation (or so a number of studies by my elders tell me), we were taken with the meta nature of this question…

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by / on February 4, 2014 at 11:59 am / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Jordanians Count their Blessings

by The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (WikiCommons) It’s a typical night in Amman, Jordan. A commercial sponsored by Al-Arabiya, the Saudi regional news channel, flashes on the screen of a small television. The face of Walid al- Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, appears as he delivers his opening remarks to the Geneva II Syrian peace conference held last week. “Syria always keeps its promises,” he says to Ban Ki-moon. The scene cuts…

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