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Fake President

Fake News was Hallmark of MSM Long Before Trump and Twitter

by Jim Sleeper | Sep 10, 2017 | Media, Politics

Ever since the current occupant of the White House blamed mainstream journalists for generating fake news, some of us have countered by blaming social media and armies of trolls and bots (robotic tweets). But it’s as silly to blame social media for causing fake news as it would be to blame the internal combustion engine […]

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Black Literacy

by Cyrus Cassells | Jul 17, 2017 | Books, Media

If you’re looking this summer to get a firmer grasp of African-American life and culture, these four intensely dynamic, wide-ranging books, enriched by vital, memorable language and compelling vision, can’t be beat.   Collected Poems by Robert Hayden This is a book I come back to time and again—a seminal work that illuminates African-American life […]

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Dark Passages

by Isabel Ortiz | Jul 15, 2016 | Culture, Media

Marey’s “fusile photographique”   In the late fifties, Diane Arbus spent summers skulking around Coney Island movie theatres and taking pictures of projections. In her ensuing image series, film noir vamps growled and sneered at her with the same ferocity as her subjects often did. “Onscreen woman with hoop earrings and a gun” (1958), on […]

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A Torturer’s Confessions

by Hannah Gold | Jul 13, 2016 | Books

USAF Photo by SSGT Jacob N. Bailey    On May 16, journalist Michael Isikoff reported that the CIA inspector general’s office, the agency’s internal watchdog, admitted to “mistakenly” destroying its only copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s infamous 6,700-page torture report. While another copy is reported to exist elsewhere in the agency, little else is […]

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13 Ways of Looking at Trump

by Dave Denison | Jun 29, 2016 | Media, Politics

Image Credit: Marc Nozell   Can anyone capture the essence of Donald Trump? What, if anything, is at his core? Journalists have been trying to define Trump ever since his rise to prominence in New York in the 1970s. And since his presidential campaign accelerated last fall, the takes on Trump have multiplied exponentially. There’s no […]

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