The Future of Newspapers Online is On the Line

An article over the weekend deserves more than passing mention because of what it says about the future of daily journalism. The New York Times reported that it and many other prominent mainstream media companies were planning to seek from Congress an anti-trust exemption that would allow them to negotiate as a group for better […]

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Government Leaks in Pursuit of Trump

Donald Trump’s ¬†apparent flirtation with all things Russian has put him squarely in the sights of the mainstream media, which is pursuing government leaks with almost righteous vengeance. Right now, the Trump team is under siege by a press corps that is acting like a slumbering attack dog that was suddenly kicked into action. Its […]

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FAKE NEWS AND YOU

Have we arrived at the dawn of fake news replacing reality? One would think so, given some unsettling fake news incidents over the past few weeks. Like the pizza shop in Northwest Washington, D.C. that has been assaulted by online social media posters (and one crackpot with an assault rifle) claiming that the restaurant is […]

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The Problems of New Apps

To me, the more fundamental question is one that could be asked of the coverage of all new apps, whether in transportation, mobile technology, printing and much else: Are reporters and editors blinded by the sizzle of new ideas, to the extent that the articles they produce start off as largely adulatory and enthusiastic rather than objective and balanced?

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The Arc of the Ebola Crisis

The specter of contracting Ebola is a dystopian nightmare. Whether fear of the virus justified the media’s panic-fueling coverage is another matter. Here are some incontrovertible facts: Ebola is a frightening, often deadly scourge. It is highly contagious, but only when the infected person is showing unmistakable signs of the virus: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and […]

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