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PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PATRICK KANE By Robin Barnes

PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PATRICK KANE

“Their Royal Heilnesses” Seriously?

This week the Sun, a prominent UK newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch, featured a shocking front cover with an image photo-shopped from a film stolen from the palace with the headline: “Their Royal Heilnesses.” A clip from a 1933 family video shows Edward VIII teaching his nieces, the seven-year-old future Queen, her three-year-old sister Margaret along with the late Queen […]

Libel Remedies for Media Fabrication -Taking on the Giants By Robin Barnes

Richard Donovan is the founder of the most successful Marathon that the North Pole has ever hosted. At a cost of 12,000 euros per person, the brave have answered this call. By competing in the world’s coolest marathon, the North Pole Marathon, you will become one of a truly select few to race at the […]

Is this really the “line”? by Patricia Sanchez-Abril

For over a hundred years, society – journalists, politicians, and judges alike — has been confounded over the elusive “line” between the private and public. For the past ten years or so, the emergence of technology, social media, and an intrepid press has intensified this debate. Critics and fearmongers have heralded the end of “privacy”; […]

Rachel Maddow, Political Sex Scandals and the State of Affairs By Robin Barnes

I’ve received more requests for media interviews concerning political sex scandals than all other topics combined.  My recent book OUTRAGEOUS INVASIONS, Celebrities’ Private Lives, Media and the Law (Oxford University Press) focuses upon the evolution of press rights, the legal and social consequences of characterizing celebrities as public figures, and how “entertainment news” deflects attention […]

Media Pundits Star in the Theater of the Absurd By Robin Barnes

Why the public feels moved to discuss anyone else’s sexual proclivities, and stand by to watch the press stalk and dig through every nuance of Maria Shriver’s life, rather than taking to the streets in support of Elizabeth Warren’s leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ongoing efforts to stabilize the economy, I confess, is beyond me.

David Beckham Fights Back By Robin Barnes

Attempts to overshadow celebrity achievements have reached new heights.  It would have been an opportune moment, on the night reserved to celebrate the creative works of those in the entertainment industry, for the opening monologue at the Golden Globe Awards to completely ignore instead of greatly amplify trashy tabloid headlines. Just as John Travolta and Kelly Preston prepared to […]