Category Archives: Media

UNC TV plans for the future, ‘beyond Downton Abbey and Elmo’

Times are changing for public television in North Carolina, and leaders of the UNC TV network shared their ideas for change during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, you’ll hear snippets from Gail Zimmermann, interim director and general manager; Tom Davidson, senior director of content; Shannon Vickery,Continue Reading






Taking media hypocrisy to task

Brendan O’Neill writes for National Review Online that mainstream media outlets mirror the behavior that causes them to treat the infamous French Charlie Hebdo publication with disdain. One year after the slaughter of its staff, Charlie Hebdo still stands accused of committing what liberals have decreed to be the worst crime in comedy: “punching down.”Continue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Democratic legislator’s comparison of traditional district schools to “death traps” for some minority students. The Daily Journal highlights one of the the communications world’s largest problems: news reports and P.R. pieces that miss or downplay the most important part of the story.






What happened to last night’s Wake Forest – UNC-CH broadcast?

And by that I mean, why was it missing from ESPN for most of the game’s first half? R.L Bynum of raleighco.com provides the answer: The game broadcast was being sent from Chapel Hill to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. via fiber optic cable and the signal somehow went missing. It then took some timeContinue Reading






The Oscars and the cult of diversity

Scott Greer of the Daily Caller examines hand wringing surrounding the latest Academy Award nominations. The nominations for the 2016 Oscars were announced Thursday and the verdict is in: they’re too damn white. For every acting category at this year’s Academy Awards, every nominee happens to be a white person. This result was an outrageContinue Reading






Guess who hates TV’s political ads more than you do?

Tim Higgins of Bloomberg Businessweek offers an answer. As what promises to be the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history heats up, one constituency is dreading the coming barrage of political advertising perhaps more than any other: car dealers. In some battleground markets, a presidential race can soak up a third or more ofContinue Reading






Putting inconvenient facts down the memory hole — a local example

In today’s Carolina Journal, publisher Jon Ham decries “a disturbing trend among mainstream news outlets these days”—which is “putting inconvenient news or facts ‘down the memory hole.’” Ham’s examples come from national media. I will provide a local one, from the Fayetteville Observer. But first: What on earth would make news or facts inconvenient toContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard about his new biography of supply-side tax crusader Jack Kemp. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal focuses on mainstream media efforts to downplay stories that might hurt left-of-center politicians.