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Fox News Punks Bill O’Reilly

by Peter Lindstrom | Aug 15, 2013 | Media, Politics

(Lauren Green and Reza Aslan | Source: Fox News) By now everyone has heard about what happened when Reza Aslan, author of Zealot, was interviewed by Fox News’ Lauren Green. Aslan’s book is an account of the historic Jesus and had been doing brisk business so Aslan’s was on a media tour. It so happens […]

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13 Things Everyone Would Know If We Really Did Have Liberal Media

by David Akadjian | Aug 7, 2013 | Culture, Media, Politics

(Reince Priebus | Wikipedia/Creative Commons) Reince Priebus (and apparently many others) still thinks there’s a liberal media. While I share Priebus’ frustration with the media, as a liberal, I’d like to go on record and state that the media isn’t focusing on issues I care about. They seem to be far more focused on entertainment […]

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Want Peace? Deploy Microsoft

by Deborah Horan | Aug 1, 2013 | Books

In the mid-1990s, at the height of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Ramallah on the West Bank. U.S. military snipers were positioned on rooftops throughout the Palestinian town. Military helicopters buzzed overhead. As reporter based in Jerusalem at the time, I watched the scene unfold, and wondered what the price […]

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The Meaning of Dzhoktar Tsarnaev on the Cover of Rolling Stone

by Tom Gogola | Jul 18, 2013 | Media, National Security

Despite the cries of protest and the outrage, and despite the widespread banning of the magazine, the image of Boston marathon bomber Dzhoktar Tsarnaev now depicted on the latest issue of Rolling Stone does not “glorify” the photogenic bomber. Rather, the power of the image of Tsarnaev—wearing a designer t-shirt and looking every bit like […]

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Don Draper, Capitalism, and the Schizophrenia of Social Class

by Kathy M. Newman | Jul 10, 2013 | Economy, Media

For most of Mad Men‘s five seasons, Don Draper—the super cool, super successful Madison Avenue creative director—has been something of a superhero, with the seemingly infinite ability to reinvent himself. But in season six, which ended last month, Don Draper has come closer to the edge, as his tragic childhood comes back to haun him […]

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