It is by no means clear at this point whether Donald Trump believes at all in a free and open press. Among Presidents, that, indeed, would be unprecedented.
Are reporters and editors obligated to present both sides in any controversial news story? You hear that question a lot these days. Increasing political polarization is manifesting itself in demands by those on the left and right that articles or broadcasts about touchy issues, like abortion, gun laws, voter suppression and the like, always present […]
How often have you heard someone ask what life was like before cell phones, or TVs, or the Internet? Here’s another one: what were politics like before public opinion polls? Polling is ubiquitous these days, especially in political campaigns. It’s hard to imagine the news media and the chatterclass functioning without polls. And they give […]
You know those TV ads in which a new car buyer is swept into a room full of reporters, photographers and video cameras, and then asked a couple of softball questions, like “how much do you like your new Fusion?” In my mind, these ads parody the actual news gathering process of daily journalism, turning […]
I have signed on as a volunteer for the News Literacy Project, which is an attempt by journalists to help middle and high school students separate facts from fiction in what purports to be news these days. It’s a great idea, because much of what we read as “news” is more and more canned content […]
Daily newspapers, these days, find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The dilemma has to do with how should they gather the news and then where to put it: in the traditional (printed) newpaper, or online? Up to now, most publishers have made a Solomon-like choice to do both. Reporters cover stories and events, […]
This blog is about how media impacts culture and society. Television continues to exert an oversized influence on American life, and so its content — what it shows viewers — remains important, even as mobile and tablet technology become the media platforms of choice. So, along with millions of Americans who possess an enduring interest […]