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Whose Liberalism? Critiquing The Economist

Ben Jackson Boston Review
With its elite decision-makers and opinion-formers—and over 1.5 million copies sold per week—The Economist has exerted tremendous influence on popular liberal discourse for more than a century. The book author finds its reputation undeserved.

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Both Sides Now: The Myth of Media Objectivity

Marissa Brostoff BookForum
Objectivity may be tricky; fairness in reporting is not. The book author blasts the media for using a rhetoric of neutrality to marginalize insurgent POVs. Truth may be contingent on time and place, but leading news venues only serve power.

Western Media Whitewash Bolivia’s Far-Right Coup

Lucas Koerner, Ricardo Vaz Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)
For all the supposed threat Trump represents and the enthusiasm sparked by his possible impeachment, Western media continue to march lockstep behind his administration’s coups in Latin America.

Tidbits - Nov.14, 2019 - Reader Comments: Impeachment Hearings Start; Bolivian Coup; Jack O'Dell Remembered; Greensboro Massacre; Berlin Wall; Take Action- Stop Rodney Reed Execution; Puerto Rico; Newsrooms Today; Next Climate Strike - Dec. 6

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Reader Comments: Impeachment Hearings Start; Bolivian Coup; Jack O'Dell Remembered; Greensboro Massacre; Berlin Wall; Cuba Solidarity with Africa; Take Action- Stop Rodney Reed Execution; Puerto Rico; Newsrooms Today; Next Climate Strike - Dec. 6...

Tidbits - Oct. 24, 2019 - Reader Comments: Impeachment; AOC, Bernie; Young Voters, Democratic Socialism; Nuclear Weapons; Kurds; Peter Handke; Zuckerberg; Girls' Soccer; Lynchings map; Future of Warehouse Jobs; World Social Forum; more ...

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Reader Comments: Impeachment; AOC, Bernie; Young Voters Choosing Democratic Socialism; Nuclear Weapons; Kurds; Zuckerberg defense; Girls' Soccer Team Penalized; American Lynchings map; Future of Warehouse Jobs; World Social Forum; announcements ...

Media Bits and Bytes - August 13, 2019

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Twitter; Whitewashing the Shootings; That Times Headline; Warren for Net Accessibility; Schmucker; Facebook and Surveillance; Cops Propagandize Online

In Praise of I.F. "Izzy" Stone

Peter Dreier Common Dreams
In these critical times, remembering what one of last century's most courageous journalists taught us
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