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Journalists’ fight against propagandists begins in earnest

I’m proud to write for The Guardian, and I’m glad to see they’ve responded to a Breitbart onslaught with a calm but firm statement of the facts. Let’s be absolutely clear. This is not “left wing” vs. “right wing.” The two … Continue reading

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What would Jesus investigate?

Sharp letter from a Christian journalist to evangelical media-bashers: Your quick dismissal of the entire “mainstream media” feels deeply inaccurate to me as a Christian and a journalist — at least the kind of Christianity I was raised on, where the … Continue reading

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Show me the evidence

Normally, I would side with someone at USA TODAY over Jay Rosen. No disrespect to Rosen, but I’ve disagreed with him on occasion, and USA TODAY is still a special place to me. But Rosen’s absolutely right here in arguing … Continue reading

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Fake-news entrepreneur blames his audience, and he’s right

Vital interview here with a modern-day P.T. Barnum: Some of this has to fall on the readers themselves. The consumers of content have to be better at identifying this stuff. We have a whole nation of media-illiterate people. Really, there … Continue reading

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Amanpour on ‘existential crisis’

Fake news, marginalized media, etc. Source: Journalism faces an ‘existential crisis’ in Trump era – CNN.com

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Oral history of Trump coverage, summed up by Homer Simpson

The scary thing about this election — it’s one thing to distrust the media when we deserve it. It’s another to distrust everything the media (and academia) say. Or, as Homer Simpson put it: Source: Accomplices or antagonists: how the media … Continue reading

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Lessons from Italy

Trump has pulled a Berlusconi. We saw this dynamic during the presidential campaign. Hillary Clinton was so focused on explaining how bad Mr. Trump was that she too often didn’t promote her own ideas, to make the positive case for … Continue reading

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