Robert McChesney and John Nichols feel that Americans have a patriotic duty to support newsgathering with our tax dollars. They've laid out their case in a new book, The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again (Nation Books, 2010), and they're barnstorming the country to promote their ideas for government mechanisms to support the fourth estate....more
by Kathleen O'Brien To hear them tell it, they didn't really want it to be this way.John Edwards didn't want to admit paternity of the little girl his mistress gave birth to because doing so would hurt his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth has Stage 4 breast cancer and hardly needs another cloud on her horizon....more
The Supreme Court's declaration last week that corporations are people with an unlimited right to spend money on political campaigns has set off a frenzy of blogospheric speculation about just how far the doctrine of legal personhood will go. In fact, one corporation has even declared its candidacy for Congress. ...more
How do we know the truth of what is happening in Haiti - especially those of us who are in the global north and west, our perceptions shaped by a tragic history, largely unknown, in which our governments have often been complicit? As the immediate rescue effort becomes a sustained task of recovery how do we know when ideology and naked self-interest warp news accounts and recovery efforts? ...more
At the end of 2009, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was too young in the 1980s to experience the wrath of the backlash against feminist achievements, but the revival (and worse, implementation) of Reagan-era policies and ideas in the first decade of the 21st century shattered my faith in humanity. I know that the arrival of a new decade and political cycle doesn't mean that progress is back in terms of feminism and gender (history is a pretty good indication that another anti-woman, anti-gender equality shit storm will hit again), but at least the attack on women's rights and gender issues is not relentless right now.
Though ESPN TV announcer Craig James has not made it into the College Football Hall of Fame yet and probably will never be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he can at least say he made it into another Hall—the Helicopter Parent Hall of Fame. The blog Uncoolmom.com hosts the only Hall of Fame of that kind—and James is the first high-profile name to join its illustrious ranks.