Media Bits and Bytes - March 23, 2021
- Media and the Culture Wars
- Facebook vs Substack
- Climate Crisis and Social Media
- Biden and Coverage of Immigrant Camps
- NYT Covers for Brazil Corruption
- Layoffs at HuffPost
- Ya Basta Facebook
- Cover-ups on Parade
- Late Night Hijinks
- Doctor Shows and COVID
Media and the Culture Wars
Doxxed By Rush Limbaugh By Ash Marinaccio, The Indypendent
Free Speech and Fake News By Thomas Frank, The Guardian
1619 and Rightist Media By Brandi Collins-Dexter and Joan Donovan, Columbia Journalism Review
Anti-Woke News Network By Thomas Colson, Insider
By Mathew Ingram
Columbia Journalism Review
Facebook is offering a direct copy of what Substack provides to independent writers and journalists: a platform for their posts and newsletters, which pays a select group of writers in order to convince them to try out the platform.
By Robin McKie
Fake news on social media about climate change and biodiversity loss is having a worrying impact in the battle to halt the growing environmental threats to the planet, a group of scientists and analysts have warned.
Despite promises to be more transparent, Biden administration has blocked media access to border facilities where at least 14,000 children are detained.
By Brian Mier
The fact that a judge was allowed to oversee an investigation against an ex-president, authorize wiretaps, rule on admissibility of evidence, then preside over the same investigation in a trial with no jury, was beneath the notice of The New York Times.
A massive round of layoffs at the Huffington Post confirms that the media industry stands at the edge of a precipice.
By Shannon Bond
Even as Facebook has tightened its policies over the past year to address the proliferation of misleading content about the pandemic and the 2020 presidential election, this enforcement gap has left Latino communities more vulnerable to disinformation.
By Dave Maass, Aaron Mackey, Naomi Gilens and Caitlyn Crites
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Here are the awards for the most outrageous and ridiculous stories from journalists, activists, academics, and everyday folk who have filed public records and experienced retaliation, over-redactions, exorbitant fees, and other transparency malpractice.
By Edward Ongweso Jr
By Alexandra Del Rosario
As frontline workers and medical personnel worked tirelessly to care for coronavirus victims and stop the spread, showrunners and executive producers behind TV’s most popular medical dramas thrust the pandemic into primetime.