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Media Bits and Bytes - January 11, 2022

Introducing the AI Bill of Rights, and more hot flashes from media land

Credit,Jonathan McIntosh


Fox News, Big Lies and January 6

By Sam Wolfson
The Guardian

Hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham pushed conspiracy theories that undercover FBI agents or Capitol police were responsible for the breach of the Capitol and spent most of the night claiming Congress should be focused on investigating the “real rioters”, Black Lives Matter protesters.

Media Crackdown in Hong Kong

By Candice Chau
Hong Kong Free Press

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The long list of press freedom incidents since the onset of the Beijing-imposed security law in June 2020.

Feminist Investigative Journalism

By Inge Snip

We exposed ‘conversion therapy’, ‘abortion pill reversal’ and hate groups fundraising on Amazon – and much more.

AI Bill of Rights

By Dr. Lorraine Kisselburgh and Marc Rosenberg
Washington Spectator

More than 300 experts and 60 organizations, including leading scientific and computing societies, endorsed the Universal Guidelines for AI. The UGAI has provided the basis for recommendations to national governments and international organizations developing AI strategies.

Diversifying PBS

By Akintunde Ahmad
Columbia Journalism Review

PBS’s track record and continued inaction in addressing diversity questions signified a need for a record of just how widespread and persistent this problem is, and the idea for the Viewers Like Us podcast was born.

The Rise of Paywalling

By Sara Fischer

As more paid outlets and paywalls pop up, academics and media opinion leaders have begun to voice concern over whether our society is paying enough attention to marginalized populations when it comes to news.

Year-End Movies Start Fights

Man and Spider-Man  By Andrew Stewart, CounterPunch

What’s Up With Don’t Look Up  By Brian Kahn, Gizmodo

Swallowing Licorice Pizza  By Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee

Wall Street, Zillow and the Housing Market

By Noah Buhayar, Patrick Clark, and Jordyn Holman

An online market that’s touted as a convenience for home sellers has created a secret pipeline for big investors to buy properties, often in communities of color.

Facebook Murder

By Bethany Biron
The Insider

Angela Underwood Jacobs, the sister of a federal officer who was murdered during the racial justice protests of 2020, sued Facebook's parent company Meta this week for “knowingly promoting extremist content” that contributed to the death of her brother, Dave Patrick Underwood. 

Indigenous Radio

By Julianne Chandler
NACLA Report

Radio San Gabriel, an Aymara-language radio station based in El Alto, Bolivia, has been a feature of life on the altiplano longer than the city has existed. The reach of the station—known affectionately as “the voice of the Aymara people”—spans the 20 provinces of Bolivia’s La Paz department and sections of highland Chile and Peru.