It’s not often that a TV reality show sparks a national conversation on the ethics of ‘outing’ another person, but it’s not often a TV reality show ‘outs’ an individual as CBS’ Survivor did last night when contestant Jeff Varner — a former news anchor — revealed that fellow contestant Zeke Smith is transgender. Read more →
Jimmy Breslin, perhaps the most famous of the New York tabloid columnists, died on Sunday. He was 88. A legend. The nation’s newspapers don’t do legends anymore. Read more →
Deep in the recesses of the World Headquarters of NewsCut, there is a picture on a wall of the original employees of Minnesota Public Radio. Young Garrison Keillor, Michael Barone, and Gary Eichten standing with three others.
All of them were men. That’s the way radio was back then. Men. It wasn’t a place for diversity. Read more →
Sixty-three years ago tonight (Thursday), Edward R. Murrow set a standard which TV journalism has struggled to equal every day since.
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The most frightening part of the White House’s assertion that the free press is the enemy of the American people is that the free press has had to work so hard in subsequent days to point out why it’s not. Read more →
Alan Linda has written his last column for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.
That’s what a column featuring the complaint about sitting next to an overweight person on an airplane will do to you. Read more →
The enemy of the American people is censorship, regardless of where the intimidation of an independent media originates. Read more →
Where does ‘the left’ end and ‘the right’ begins? Is there a middle somewhere where people are neither left nor right? Or is it that people who are in the middle — if it exists — just don’t post on the Internet or make it on to NPR? Read more →
The Twin Cities online arts and creativity magazine The Line announced today it’s shutting down today. Read more →
A solid requirement for being a science reporter on television is a belief in some basic science.
Mish Michaels, a former Boston TV weatherperson (she referred to herself as the ‘station scientist’), has lost her job with the PBS affiliate in the city because she doesn’t believe in vaccinations, the Boston Globe reports. Read more →
At a time when the media’s credibility is at a rock-bottom status, the industry should be increasing, not eliminating, its watchdogs.
He was the voice of the Gophers for generations. Read more →
We are living in a new age of discourse in the United States. Disruption is in; dialogue is out.
This is presenting an increasing challenge to blogs and websites that still allow comments in the belief that individual perspectives add value. Many sites, as has been documented here many times, have simply given up in the recognition that in the age of disruption, it is a lost cause. Read more →
When we heard NPR’s segment the other morning about why the network didn’t refer to Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton, denying him a popular vote victory, a ‘lie’ we figured that NPR’s ombudsman would surely hear about it. She did. And she’s issued her ruling. Read more →
For old radio people, there’s plenty to be wistful about in the Alexandria Echo Press’ story today about Dennis Anhalt, the retiring news director at KXRA Radio. Read more →