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Maddow and Moyers on Journalism

July 15, 2011
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An excellent interview with Bill Moyers by Rachel Maddow. They discuss the Newscorp scandal and the state of journalism and editorial independence in mainstream media. . A Note on Rachel Maddow What separates Rachel Maddow from many of her colleagues is her willingness to critique her own performance as a journalist. Her interview with Jon […]

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Lieutenant Murdoch, At Your Service

July 14, 2011
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Rupert Murdoch and Newscorp may be at the vanguard of the “press-as-propagandist” phenomenon but they are hardly its originators, and will be far from its final practitioners. Rupert Murdoch is a lieutenant in a cabal of global business interests that seek to maintain power and control over the world’s economy at any and all costs. […]

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Casey Anthony Doesn’t Matter

July 5, 2011
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Casey Anthony never mattered. Casey Anthony does not make laws, is not running for office, does not control any commodities or vital resources, is not at war with anyone, does not pose a terrorist threat of any kind, has not invented a new gadget or solved a long-standing problem. Casey Anthony is a nondescript person […]

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Lawrence Lessig: Code is Law

April 25, 2011
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Beginning at around 32:40, Mr. Lessig’s discussion of Wikileaks is of particular interest. The “spectrum of responses” (34:50)  essentially maps out a way to express the range of editorial professionalism in all news outlets. Question six in my subscription news poll is related directly to this issue. It’s obvious that the people want more information […]

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Jake Tapper Drops the Ball

April 21, 2011
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Kombiz over at AmericaBlog Elections illustrates exactly how fringe misinformation enters our discourse: The easily debunked lies of Matt K Lewis Posted by Kombiz at 4/21/2011 08:44:00 AM Yesterday afternoon Matt Lewis [a reporter/blogger for the right-wing blog, The Daily Caller] printed completely without any verification that the Facebook page of a right-wing group shut […]

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Choosing the Battlefield

April 14, 2011
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This commentary was initially buried deep in the large list of videos in my last post on the  National Conference for Media Reform. This is better. Lawrence Lessig’s Rootstrikers presentation at the conference is about politics more than journalism but there is a strong connection to the main Journo Watch mission, which is to determine […]

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National Conference for Media Reform 2011

April 8, 2011
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The National Conference for Media Reform focused on media reform, media policy and media activism. It was an opportunity to strategize, network, share skills, swap information and inspire one another during three days of workshops, panels, caucuses, keynote speeches, meetings and parties in Boston. This post was as close as I could get to Boston. […]

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