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Should Terrorism be Reported in the News? In the New York Times (read it here without registering), columnist John Tierney argues that the media is performing a public disservice by writing about all the suicide bombings in Iraq.

Should Terrorism be Reported in the News?

This only serves to scare people, he claims, and serves the terrorists' ends. Some liberal bloggers have jumped on this op-ed as furthering the administration's attempts to hide the horrors of the Iraqi war from the American people, but I think the argument is more subtle than that. Before you can figure out why Tierney is wrong, you need to understand that he has a point. Terrorism is a crime against the mind. The real target of a terrorist is morale, and press coverage helps him achieve his goal. Morale is the most significant terrorist target. Consider this thought experiment. Why Political Coverage is Broken. Aug.26 My keynote address at New News 2011, part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, co-sponsored by the Public Interest Journalism Foundation at Swinburne University of Technology.

Why Political Coverage is Broken

(Melbourne, Australia, August 26, 2011.) This talk had its origins in my appearance about a year ago on the ABC’s Lateline with Leigh Sales. We were discussing election coverage that looks at the campaign as a kind of sporting event. Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive. Live Streaming July 2, 11 AM: Julian Assange, Slavoj Žižek, Amy Goodman. Matt Taibbi - Taibblog - Fareed Zakaria's Manifesto. Deep down we all have a Puritan belief that unless they suffer a good dose of pain, they will not truly repent.

Matt Taibbi - Taibblog - Fareed Zakaria's Manifesto

In fact, there has been much pain, especially in the financial industry, where tens of thousands of jobs, at all levels, have been lost. But fundamentally, markets are not about morality. They are large, complex systems, and if things get stable enough, they move on.via Zakaria: A Capitalist Manifesto | Newsweek Business | From a distance I’ve always vaguely admired the skills of Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria, who is maybe this country’s preeminent propagandist. Wheras most writers grow up dreaming of using their talents to stir up the passions, to inflame and amuse and inspire, Zakaria shoots for the opposite effect, taking controversial and explosive topics and trying to help rattled readers somehow navigate their way through them to yawns, lower heart rates, and states of benign unconcern.

Media Bias. Author Info Sendhil MullainathanAndrei Shleifer Abstract There are two different types of media bias.

Media Bias

One bias, which we refer to as ideology, reflects a news outlet's desire to affect reader opinions in a particular direction. The second bias, which we refer to as spin, reflects the outlet's attempt to simply create a memorable story. Download Info If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. Bibliographic Info. Perceived Bias. Biased About Bias: The hunt for ideology becomes an ideology. Andrew Breitbart is a paid assistant to the excitable editor of The Drudge Report; he cheerfully describes himself as "Matt Drudge's bitch. " Think Political News Is Biased? Depends Who You Ask. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Are the news media politically biased against people with “your” beliefs? If you’re a Republican, your answer depends on who you talk to, and how often. That’s the finding of a new Ohio State University study: Republicans who frequently talk politics with other Republicans are more likely to believe that the so-called “liberal media” are biased against them than are Republicans who talk with like-minded people less often.

The same didn’t hold true for Democrats in the study, whose feelings about media bias didn’t differ based on who they talked to. Engaging in frequent political debates with people who hold opposing beliefs didn’t have an effect on either Democrats or Republicans. “When we judge whether news coverage is biased, we must have some kind of baseline in mind -- a perception of what is fair and balanced coverage.

PressThink's Questions and Answers about Media Bias. May 22, 2004 PressThink's Questions and Answers about Media Bias. For Honest Media Bias. Mark Jurkowitz, the Boston Globe’s media reporter, writes today about rising complaints of media bias.

For Honest Media Bias

Some see a liberal tilt, others a conservative one. Jurkowitz, noting the now-common observation that voters who watch Fox News overwhelmingly support George Bush while CNN watchers opt for John Kerry, points to the “growing evidence that citizens may be matching their news sources with their ideology.” Debates: Bozell v. Alterman on Media Bias on National Review Online. Marginal Revolution: Media Bias and Bias about Media Bias. Maybe Media Bias Has Become a Dumb Debate, part one. October 24, 2003 Maybe Media Bias Has Become a Dumb Debate, part one Denouncing bias in the media has become a dumb instrument.

Maybe Media Bias Has Become a Dumb Debate, part one

The cases keep coming. The charges keep flying. Often the subject--journalism--disappears. The only thing I ever saw that came close to Objective Journalism was a closed-circuit TV setup that watched shoplifters in the General Store at Woody Creek, Colorado. Asymmetrical Information: The Media Bias Committee's Initial Findings. From the desk of Mindles H. Can the Media be So Liberal? The Economics of Media Bias. "Media Bias" Revisited. Well, it was enough to make a cat laugh, as Mark Twain says.

"Media Bias" Revisited

Normally, I don’t like to write about "media bias. " You can’t have an argument with someone who doesn’t argue in good faith, and those who deny the charge of bias are nearly always doing so in bad faith. The privileged position occupied by the media in the national debate depends absolutely on frequent and vehement official insistence on their neutrality and "objectivity" — even though these ritual and unbelievable assertions fly in the face of the obvious truth that everyone is biased except those who simply don’t care.

What's behind the scorn for Wall Street protests? - Glenn Greenwald. It’s unsurprising that establishment media outlets have been condescending, dismissive and scornful of the ongoing protests on Wall Street.

What's behind the scorn for Wall Street protests? - Glenn Greenwald

Any entity that declares itself an adversary of prevailing institutional power is going to be viewed with hostility by establishment-serving institutions and their loyalists. That’s just the nature of protests that take place outside approved channels, an inevitable by-product of disruptive dissent: those who are most vested in safeguarding and legitimizing establishment prerogatives (which, by definition, includes establishment media outlets) are going to be hostile to those challenges. As the virtually universal disdain in these same circles for WikiLeaks (and, before that, for the Iraq War protests) demonstrated: the more effectively adversarial it is, the more establishment hostility it’s going to provoke.

Some of these critiques are ludicrous. There’s a vast and growing apparatus of intimidation designed to deter and control citizen protests. Andrew Ross Sorkin’s assignment editor. (updated below) The Occupy Wall Street protest has been growing in numbers, respectability, and media attention for several weeks now.

Andrew Ross Sorkin’s assignment editor

Despite that, The New York Times‘ financial columnist who specializes in Wall Street coverage, Andrew Ross Sorkin, has neither visited the protests nor written about them — until today. In a column invoking the now-familiar journalistic tone of a zoologist examining a bizarre new species of animal discovered in the wild, Sorkin explains what prompted him to finally pay attention (via Michael Whitney): I had gone down to Zuccotti Park to see the activist movement firsthand after getting a call from the chief executive of a major bank last week, before nearly 700 people were arrested over the weekend during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge.

“Is this Occupy Wall Street thing a big deal?” Why Establishment Media & the Power Elite Loathe Occupy Wall Street. Over the past ten days, hundreds of people have occupied Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan in New York as part of Occupy Wall Street.

Why Establishment Media & the Power Elite Loathe Occupy Wall Street

Citizens have faced down a city that has fortified Wall Street with blockades so corporate criminals responsible for the economic collapse in 2008 can avoid confrontations with angry, passionate Americans. Citizens have camped out and held daily marches in the face of a massive police presence, which has sometimes been very intimidating as individuals have been arbitrarily picked off and arrested. And last weekend, the police corralled them into an area near Union Square and proceeded to make a number of violent arrests; eighty to one hundred were arrested on Saturday.