Why Are Some Journalists Acting Like Snowflakes?

While covering the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell got shot through the neck by a sniper. After his book on motorcycle gangs was published, Hunter S. Thompson was viciously beaten by the Hell’s Angels. In 2011, Lara Logan of CBS was sexually assaulted and nearly scalped while reporting in Egypt. And NBC’s Katy Tur got … Continued

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What Deep Throat Could Teach Us About Fake News

Since the election, the reading public has been tortured with the cries from both right and the left about “fake news.” And even though Google just updated its fact-checking tools, the problem doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But let’s face it. We could have prevented this. If reporters and readers alike stopped … Continued

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Fake News Isn’t the Problem. Reactionary News is the Problem.

The way people receive their news has changed dramatically over the last twenty-five years. When Bill Clinton was elected President in 1992, the only news source outside of the major networks and talk radio was CNN. The internet was in its infancy, with AOL still a year away from a full launch. There was no … Continued

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When Entertainment Reporters Get Political

If you think liberal media bias is strictly an issue for The New York Times and the Washington Post, you haven’t looked at your average entertainment site lately. Nearly every major Hollywood news site leans left. It has been that way for some time, but in recent years it has gotten worse. The improbable rise … Continued

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The Post-Election Pauline Kael Award Goes to. . . . The Left

The other day, when a friend who is old enough to have matured past her Bernie Sanders infatuation—but hasn’t—said to me with a mixture of awe and disdain that I was the only person she knew who voted for Trump, she put me in mind of the New York film critic Pauline Kael. “I can’t believe … Continued

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The ‘Rolling Stone’ Verdict and the End of Honorable Journalism

Last week the jury in the federal court case against Rolling Stone found that the magazine had defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in its 2014 article about sexual assault on campus. The article, “A Rape on Campus,” was written by Sabrina Erdely and included a false account of a fraternity gang rape. … Continued

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Where is the Civility in Political Journalism?

At the beginning of the Republican National Convention last week, NBC Today co-host Matt Lauer confronted presidential nominee Donald Trump about dialing down the intensity of the passions percolating at the event. “Would you be willing to make a pledge to speak to everyone involved in this convention and say, ‘Please tone down the rhetoric’?” … Continued

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In Defense of the “Sexist” Celebrity Profile

A popular glossy men’s magazine recently featured the bodies of a group of female Olympic athletes. Not their heads, which had been cropped out, but just their bodies. “When girls look this good in bikinis,” the caption to the photo read, “who needs to see their faces?” Oh wait. It wasn’t a men’s magazine, it … Continued

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Vanity of Vanities

If you’re a young television reporter sent to cover devastating floods in your country, you might want to consider bringing a set of rain boots. At least that’s the lesson Azteca reporter Lydia Cumming learned recently when the Internet began filling with photos of her being carried by locals over some puddles so as not … Continued

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