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Media Bits and Bytes - December 11, 2018

Why CNN Fired Hill; Tech To Labor's Rescue; The Need For a Black Press; Regulating AI; News or Nonstop Lies?; Pretzels and Politics; NPR's Restless Temps

Marc Lamont Hill,Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET Networks.

The Six Words That Got Marc Lamont Hill Fired From CNN

December 9, 2018
Al Jazeera

Hill's dismissal highlights how pro-Israel lobbying groups control the US discourse on Palestine and Israel.



Tech is an Opportunity for Labor

By Laura Pennacchi
November 15,2018
Il Manifesto Global

New technologies contain strong cooperative tendencies, which give an impulse toward the establishment of production systems capable of self-design and self-regulation. Interconnectivity is an exceptional opportunity for workers to design alternative projects together.


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Black Press: We Plead Our Own Cause

By Alexandria Neason
Fall 2018
Columbia Journalism Review

From its inception, the black press has been fighting. Fifty years after the American Revolution, free black people living in northern coastal cities, came to sense that their ongoing struggle for human rights and dignity would need a platform. Freedom’s Journal, the first newspaper to be published solely by black people in America, debuted in New York City on March 16, 1827.



By Devin Coldewey
December 7, 2018
AI-based tools have been deployed with little regard for potential ill effects or even documentation of good ones. Untested, undocumented AI systems are being put to work in places where they can deeply affect thousands or millions of people.



It’s the End of News As We Know It

By Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery
December 4, 2018
Mother Jones

Right-wing propaganda is still doing great. Journalism, not so much.

Factcheck False Equivalence

By Reed Richardson
December 7, 2018

WaPo rates Ocasio-Cortez alongside Trump's biggest lies.

NPR's Temp Army

By Paul Farhi
December 9, 2018
Washington Post

Resentment among temps about their status has boiled beneath the surface at NPR for years, but the tensions have begun to bubble up over the past several months.