Small Outposts of Besieged Values

Will Murdoch destroy the Journal? Will he undermine the paper’s values and call that “investment”?

Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Guessing Murdoch’s Strategy for The Journal


So now what?

Since the News Corporation’s offer for Dow Jones & Company was made public three months ago, Rupert Murdoch’s business career, character and motives have been dissected in an effort to predict what he might do as the owner of The Wall Street Journal.

Published in: on August 1, 2007 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  

The Cincinnati Post to say farewell Dec. 31

Owner Scripps cites market pressures, changes in announcing newspaper’s end after 126 years

Now we officially become a one newspaper town.

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Will the Press Idiocy Ever Stop?

The U.S. political press corps distorted the Bush-Gore presidential race of 2000 by repeatedly misquoting Al Gore to transform the Vice President into a delusional braggart. This dishonest media coverage influenced the votes of millions of Americans and set the stage for the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush. Yet, the apocryphal quotes — such as Gore supposedly saying “I invented the Internet” — live on.

Published in: on July 2, 2007 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wall Street Journal reporters protest possible sale

Wall Street Journal reporters skipped work Thursday morning to demonstrate the need for editorial independence as owner Dow Jones & Co. weighs a $5 billion offer from Rupert Murdoch, the employees’ union said.

Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Murdoch Factor

by Paul Krugman

In October 2003, the nonpartisan Program on International Policy Attitudes published a study titled “Misperceptions, the media and the Iraq war.” It found that 60 percent of Americans believed at least one of the following: clear evidence had been found of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda; W.M.D. had been found in Iraq; world public opinion favored the U.S. going to war with Iraq.

Published in: on June 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cable competition bill a threat to local programming, critics say

A bill that would rewrite the rules governing cable television franchises in Ohio and help telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. enter the video market threatens to wipe out local public access channels, critics say.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 3:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Reinventing newspapers is Murdoch’s long-range goal

In Rupert Murdoch’s world, two things are certain: the sun never sets on the kingdom, and a television is always on in the background.

Published in: on May 16, 2007 at 8:39 pm  Comments (1)  

U.S. Media Have Lost the Will to Dig Deep

A changed news culture has let several important investigative stories slip through the cracks.

By Greg Palast
April 27, 2007

Published in: on April 27, 2007 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

On the Media and Imus


Don Imus and What’s Ailing the Media
That people took advantage of their rights to help convince networks and advertisers to abandon Imus is much less a threat to democracy than the fact that control over what we read, see and hear through the media is in fewer and fewer hands.

Joseph Hughes, TPM Cafe

Imus Is a Symptom of Centralized Media

Lost in the debate over Don Imus is any discussion of U.S. media policy, which created and sustains a system that richly rewards “shock jock” programming.

Wally Bowen, Ashville Citizen Times

Big Media and the Imus ‘Accident’

Stations that aired Imus’ talk show were more likely to be owned by large group owners — companies that own stations in multiple markets or own more than three stations in a single market. None of them were minority-owned stations.

Timothy Karr,

Tell the FCC to Stop Big Media

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Flying Solo Past the Point of No Return

For a few days, it seemed as if Don Imus would somehow pull out of the death spiral. (more…)

Pay attention to the world

In a previously unpublished essay, written just before her death in 2004, Susan Sontag makes a passionate case for the moral superiority of the novel in a mass-media age

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:33 am  Comments (1)  

News War: What’s Happening to the News?

Tuesday, February 27, 9:00pm

Lowell Bergman examines the economic pressures the news industry faces because of aging audiences and the Internet. Included: comments from “Daily Show” head writer David Javerbaum; Ted Koppel; former L.A. Times managing editor Dean Baquet.

Published in: on February 28, 2007 at 12:04 am  Leave a Comment  


Secrets, Sources & Spin (Part I) started 4 minutes ago on PBS. You can watch it online if you miss it.

Published in: on February 13, 2007 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Local media content shouldn’t be a luxury

Not long ago, Americans considered local news and entertainment as necessary for our democracy and culture. In today’s consolidated media system, however, truly local content is becoming a luxury good.

Published in: on February 1, 2007 at 4:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Fighting for the Progressive Majority’s Voice

Sign the Petition at Ohio Majority Radio

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Radio’s Wrecked

But It Can Be Repaired

Published in: on December 15, 2006 at 1:50 pm  Comments (1)