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The Media


November 1, 2014
Man in protective clothing for infection control

The average American's chances of contracting Ebola are comparable to winning the lottery two days in a row; as likely as being trampled by zebras in New York’s Central Park, and comparable to being struck by a meteor while playing wiffle ball in your own back yard.

Stop Blaming Bloggers for Lousy Journalism!

June 25, 2014
Laptop Keyboard

The government, in any form, has no business weighing in on who are journalists, much less licensing them. In Communist Romania, typewriters used to be licensed. Samples of the typewriting that the particular machine produced had to be registered with the government so that the provenance of any articles unfavorable to the regime...

Why Now? Michael Ruppert’s Suicide

May 8, 2014
Michael Ruppert

Investigative reporter and former LAPD cop Michael C. Ruppert committed suicide on April 13, 2014, after an edition of his Internet radio show, ironically called "The Lifeboat Hour".

Let It Go: Today’s Technology Makes the Pacifica Radio Network Obsolete

April 25, 2014

News Item: The Pacifica National Board (PNB) unceremoniously fired executive director Summer Reese via telephone conference call in mid-March under circumstances pointing to a complete lack of due process. Ms. Reese, claiming she was in possession of a validly signed 3-year employment contract, went to work the next business day, cut the lock off...

Will Writers Become Obsolete?

November 24, 2013
Writer Bots

That’s the question enlivening discussion on a Linked In group for journalists in mid-November. Someone posted to the group an article by Julie Segovia from the website Ink’d titled, Invasion of the Writer Snatchers. The article asked the question “Can stories produced by modern-day robots stand in lieu of those written by humans?” It...

Creating Demand: Direct to Consumer Drug Ads

September 25, 2013
DTC - Creating Demand

As we know, industry has no problem finding some doctor or celebrity willing to prostitute themselves and they certainly do an excellent job of it.

“Argo” – A Propaganda Fable

September 24, 2013

“Argo” misunderstands and misrepresents both Iranians and their revolution. "It starts to deviate from reality and never comes back."

Saving Pacifica Network

July 22, 2013
Saving Pacifica

The time for balkanized programming in a general audience radio station and network is long over. The answer for the growth of Pacifica and other progressive media is to focus on issues common to us all, with diverse voices addressing how each group is affected by them. Issues such as climate change, US military...

FAQ: What You Need to Know About the NSA’s Surveillance Programs

June 29, 2013

There have been a lot of news stories about NSA surveillance programs following the leaks of secret documents by Edward Snowden. But it seems the more we read, the less clear things are. We've put together a detailed snapshot of what's known and what's been reported where.

Rhymes with Duck Fat

June 26, 2013

Pay for performance is not about the quality of your work, but the quality of your self-marketing for the benefit of the corporation. There used to be a time when writing or broadcasting for a name outlet made the journalist's reputation. Now the journalist has to make the outlet's reputation. But who gets the...