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Huff Post’s Arana: Buffoonery on Steroids-US Media Rewards Clowns!

Trump plays on, in such exaggerated form it’s cartoonish, the media’s worst instincts — its love of sensationalism, its desire for sound bites and its weakness for manufactured controversy. The media rewards clowns, and you couldn’t ask for a bigger bozo than Trump.

OPEN LETTER On Behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Their Children

Rest assured that we continue to take legal steps to manage these incidents as they occur. But we are aware that many people who read and enjoy the publications that fuel the market for unauthorised photos of children do not know about the unacceptable circumstances behind what are often lovely images. The use of these photos is usually dressed up with fun, positive language about the ‘cute’, ‘adorable’ photos and happy write ups about the family. We feel readers deserve to understand the tactics deployed to obtain these pictures.

Looking to Charge Bill Cosby? By Robin Barnes

It’s hard to imagine, given the scope of the New York Magazine article, featuring a dramatic photo collage of his alleged victims on its cover: that US authorities are going to pass on the opportunity to indict Bill Cosby for rape. The article suggests that although they photographed and interviewed 35 women, there are still more […]

“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 […]

South Carolina Does the Right Thing!

After an impassioned discussion Monday, a bill that would remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds was approved by state lawmakers.  

High Level Impact of Charleston Massacre?

…the role of symbolic speech in our daily lives when government officials at that state and local levels tacitly endorse messages of hate. The massacre in Charleston, South Carolina provided a stark example on the eve of that decision.

Survivors of the South Carolina Shooting Rejected Victimhood

The good citizens of the South could have recoiled in horror, as the spectacle of slaughter was captured by news outlets around the globe alongside the Confederate Flag flying high above Southern Capitals; but they didn’t

The Edwards Affair By Robin Barnes

Prospective jurors were asked their opinions of Mr. Edwards, their views on adultery, and their political leanings. Similar to the media coverage of the affair, none of these issues relate to issues of justice and fairness in democracy, nor has the case sparked any meaningful debate about campaign finance laws in general.

Dan Lyons fears Facebook investors encouraging insane IPO valuation: 100 billion?

What’s a mere 100 billion between them to secure the kind of power that having that much information on the whole of the electorate can ultimately buy?

The Ongoing [Public Media] Trial of Casey Anthony By Robin Barnes

Here we go again. The media is once again on the wrong story. Does Anthony’s acquittal means that police are obligated to continue the search? How about a documentary or extended report on the role of politics in this made for TV criminal case? A prosecutor in the Casey Anthony trial recently announced he will run for the state attorney’s office in Florida.