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By Ken Poland on December 20, 2011

Only nineteen posts from seven authors over the past couple months isn’t very good or impressive. With fifty some registered authors, we are not a very prolific group of writers. Do we not have any social, religious, or political issues, any more?

National election is less than twelve months away. The economy, though improved some, is still a major concern for many. Political unrest around the world is an open area for discussion. We all have negative views on somethings and we should all have some positive views on something. How about sharing them?

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By Darrell Hamlin on December 17, 2011

Christopher Hitchens died Thursday from complications related to whiskey and cigarettes.

I followed the progression of his mortal illness in the same way I followed his many arguments and criticisms: whenever I came across something he wrote, I read it. In the last year, almost everything I read by Hitchens was about his gruesome, losing battle with throat cancer. With his death approaching, Hitchens was aware that many people were not reading the articles as much as they were just slowing down to get a glimpse of something horrible trapped in highway wreckage. He had enraged quite a few by writing about religion the way he did. If Hitchens was not going to recant on his deathbed to their satisfaction, at least they could assure themselves he was already beginning to writhe in hell.

In those last encounters with his work, I sensed that Hitchens was writing to those who understood him to be, at least on one level, a journalist covering the contemporary experience of death. His final reporting was filed from a combat zone near oblivion, and the deadline was unrelenting.

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By Diane Wahto on May 12, 2011

I can’t remember when I stopped watching the news, but I knew it happened gradually over a period of time. I think my growing absence from what Fox News broadcasters call “the lamestream media” began with the advent of cable news. When CNN first went on the air, I enjoyed watching the twenty-four, steady stream of updated news from across America and around the world. Then CNN was joined by its sister station, Headline News, then came MSNBC and, of course, Fox.

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By Randy Leer on April 30, 2011

This week has been a busy week. America has been devastated by storms. There is continued unrest in the world. To sum it all up, people are dying in the United States and around the world. Now let’s get back to the endless coverage of the Prince and Princess Wedding.

If you’ve been watching the evening news or news networks it has been all about the wedding. I don’t know about you, but I really got tired of hearing about it a long time ago. However, when it continued to dominate the press coverage as Americans were suffering and dying right here at home, that’s when it became obscene. The only tasteful consideration for the suffering Americans that I saw was NBC Nightly News. They had planned to broadcast from London for the wedding and had even flown to London. When the extent of the Alabama tornadoes became apparent, they flew back and shifted their location and lead story to Alabama. Maybe others did this too, but I am not aware of it. None the less, they still placed the wedding ahead of the unrest and massacres in Syria. So for those of you who do not know what has been going on, aside from the wedding, below are the headlines from CNN and MSNBC. There is a great deal going on in the world...

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By Paul Faber on April 10, 2011

My local daily newspaper recently took, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong, one small step for a newspaper, but one giant leap for newspaperkind. Or did it?

What did our newspaper do? They noted that a particular story (or, really, an on-going series) is "sponsored by ...."

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By Tatiana McKinney on February 8, 2011

Superbowl Sunday had it's highs and lows, especially for those of us who were rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers (better luck next time boys), but through the entire phenomenon of commercials, the most controversial one comes from Pepsi. I was sure while watching this commercial that many black women were going to *roll their eyes* and immediately grab a computer to vent and complain to Pepsi for the subliminal lack of respect for black women.

If you don't remember the commercial, here is a little synopsis (the commercial is below for your viewing pleasure.. or whatever)

Well there is this African American women (of very few words) that commits to following her African-American husband (assumingly) around to reprimand him for things she doesn't approve. She kicks him at the restaurant when he orders fries instead of of a fruit cup, she dunks his head in a pie, puts soap in his mouth when he wants a hamburger, and here is the kicker... she gets seriously angry at him when he sees a beautiful "Caucasian-women" and tries to hit her man with the Pepsi can, but ends up hitting the girl instead.
So, after I saw this commercial I wasn't sure whether to vent to my roommate as we both looked flabbergasted at the TV or to just write a long complaint to Pepsi on the stereotypical images of black women that they just decided to glorify to the world. I figured blogging my frustration was one way to get off some steam.

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By Ken Poland on November 20, 2010

In the last 50 days, we've had only 11 contributors. They have only submitted 19 posts. That isn't even a new post every other day. With 55 registered contributors, that isn't a very good showing. That's not enough to attract and keep visitors coming in.

We have some very talented and interesting authors with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Let us hear from you!

By James Bordonaro on November 12, 2010

Long time ABC newscaster, Ted Koppel, is out with an Op-Ed in the Washington Post in which he bemoans the left/right divide in cable news.

As much as I respect Ted Koppel, I think he's got it wrong. There is a big difference between the anchors and reporters of FOX News and those of MSNBC. Keith Olbermann began as a sportscaster. He was one of the few mainstream media TV broadcasters who was willing to challenge the Bush administration's justifications for war with Iraq. FOX's gig is and always has been partisan attacks, MSNBC's weeknight lineup is ostensibly designed to rebut FOX's hyperbole. MSNBC does occasionally cross the line (their election coverage being a prime example) into one-sided infotainment. But, you didn't hear Olbermann or Rachel Maddow declare President Bush was a racist even before he was sworn in like Glenn Beck did. Furthermore, where is the current "balance" on FOX? Admittedly, FOX used to have Alan Combs but since his departure they haven't taken much effort (perhaps Juan Williams but he's not really what one would consider a thinker) to put forward alternative viewpoints. Contrast that with MSNBC's Morning Joe program hosted by former Florida, Republican congressman, Joe Scarborough. So, I'd argue that there is a qualitative difference that Koppel glosses over. Additionally, there is no mention of CNN's role in the devolution of TV news. Are we supposed to believe that Koppel thinks Anderson Cooper to be unbiased. Or does Ted Turner get a free pass because he was cable TV's first news network? Perhaps if Mr. Koppel's generation of newscasters had been better investigative journalists they would have held the public's attention longer. I seem to recall they "missed the boat" on that whole Gulf of Tonkin thing.

What Koppel fails to inform his readership is that the Republican Party has moved far right.

By John Atlas on October 26, 2010

A raging debate has ensued around whether NPR correctly fired Juan Williams because his remarks were inconsistent with editorial. Some say Williams undermined his credibility as a news analyst. Others accuse NPR of bungling its response and stifling free speech. What’s been missing in the debate over his firing is this.

Immediately after National Public Radio fired Williams because of his remarks about Muslims, Fox Cable’s Bill O’Reilly said, “This is like the ACORN deal — no more money to NPR. NPR has now devolved into a totalitarian outfit functioning as an arm of the far left.”

The Republican leadership and the right wing echo chamber followed O’Reilly’s call for the federal defunding of National Public Radio. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced plans to introduce legislation to strip federal funds from NPR because it fired Williams. According to DeMint, NPR received $4 billion in federal money since 2001 and will get $430 million in the 2011. Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor and nearly every Republican running for office this year promised to seek an end to taxpayer subsidies for NPR and public television.

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By James Bordonaro on September 30, 2010

Fox Sports has managed a new low in tastelessness. To preface my remarks, let me say that this is not a political attack as it seems (although I haven't kept up with corporate 'mergerdom') that MSN (parent company to the progressive/liberal leaning network MSNBC) is affiliated with the right wing Fox network to produce content for their website. Still, it's called Fox Sports and presumably Fox's editors have control over content.

Back to the tastelessness.

The latest low comes in the form of a story (link posted here) involving an NFL player who, along with his girlfriend, a cheerleader, was attacked by a former boyfriend where they were pistol whipped and the player had to jump from a second story window to save his life. A truly horrible home invasion! But apparently that wasn't "sexy" enough of a story for Fox as they decided to embed photo essays of other NFL cheerleaders performing on the field as well as trampolines. It reminds me of that line in the song, Everything Zen by Bush ...There's no sex in your violence." At Fox Sports I guess they've taken that mantra to heart and are determined to turn tragedy into soft core porn.

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