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Donald Trump is to Bernie Sanders as Archie Bunker is to Jon Stewart

Elite media often blur distinctions between right-wing populism and progressive populism — as though there’s not all that much difference between appealing to xenophobia and racism on the one hand and appealing for social justice and humanistic solidarity on the other.

Fox News is a hate machine, spewing out horrible things” about Muslims

Fox News is a hate machine, spewing out horrible things” about Muslims, Attorney Michael Malowney

“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 […]

New Book – Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom

In Privacy and Libel Law: The Clash with Press Freedom, Paul Tweed asks the reader to decide whether there is indeed any hope for a return to the principle of quality in journalism that embodies fair and accurate reporting without offense to the rights and dignity of its citizenry.

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.

Committee in UK Parliament Seek Reform of Defamation Law and Government Intervention

UK report on Defamation limits defenses against libel claims to strike a fairer balance between the protection of reputation and tabloid “free speech.”

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/draft-defamation-bill1/news/publication-report/

Celebrity Scandal Roundup By Robin Barnes

With the debt ceiling crisis left unresolved and millions of protestors taking to the streets to Occupy McPherson Square and its equivalent all over this great nation, you would imagine that the tabloid stalking of celebrities might cease while a spotlight is shined on Wall Street Barons. Oh well, dare to dream.  The Washington Post […]

Murdoch’s News Corp Will Not Gain Controlling Interest of British Sky Broadcasting Group By Robin Barnes

The satellite broadcasting company headquartered in London, known as BSkyB, narrowly escaped Murdoch’s grasp.   After years of calling for meaningful analysis of the legal grounds used to support the widespread abuse of media power, it’s refreshing to note that News Corp’s phone-hacking scandal has been appropriately addressed on one side of the Atlantic.  It was […]

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”; […]

TIME TO HOLD THE MEDIA TO ACCOUNT by Paul Wragg

So the News of the World is no more.  The past few weeks have seen a daily outburst of fresh and abhorrent allegations of the extent to which News of the World reporters were prepared to plumb the depths of depravity to bring ‘scoops’ that only the most prurient and unashamedly inhumane reader would enjoy.  […]