Media

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    The media’s threat to press freedom

    Mark Hemingway argues in a Federalist column that the greatest threat to press freedom emerges from the media itself. While the outrage over the Covington high school kids in MAGA hats may have blown over online, the story is far from over. On February 1, an attorney retained…
    Mitch Kokai, February 11, 2019
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    Media skepticism absent amid Gov. Cooper’s empty boasts

    It'd be nice if our media wouldn't set their skepticism aside when it comes to climate cronyism. (You'd think this particular governor would have earned some skepticism from media when it comes to using environmental issues to promote cronyism.)
    Jon Sanders, February 8, 2019
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    Questions media should ask Democratic presidential hopefuls

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist wants to help national media outlets do a better job vetting potential Democratic presidential candidates. Until now, the media’s questioning of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls has often been expectedly obsequious and misleading. Questions typically come in two forms: 1) “Just how evil is…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
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    An amusing, disturbing take on the media and Trump

    Charles Cooke‘s latest contribution to the print edition of National Review takes mainstream media outlets to task. I did not go to journalism school, but I find it hard to believe that even the least prestigious among those institutions teaches that the correct way to respond to explosive,…
    Mitch Kokai, February 4, 2019
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    Addressing Twitter’s inherent problems

    Noemie Emery of the Washington Examiner uses the Covington high school student controversy to make a larger point about Twitter and its downside. The first take on the big weekend story turned out to be false. … … Unfortunately, by the time the truth had emerged about four…
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a school financing event that featured discussion of a student-based funding model. John Hood’s Daily Journal argues that political writing can help shape political views.  …
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2019
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    “Libel Law and the Covington Boys”

    As most readers are probably aware, an attorney has threatened legal action against some of the journalists and online commenters who vilified a group of Covington High School students after a misleadingly edited video was planted on Twitter by an unidentified troll. In a recent blogpost, Eugene Volokh…
    Jon Guze, January 25, 2019
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    Against the Twitter ‘Insta-Mob’

    Heather Wilhelm writes at National Review Online about Twitter’s deleterious impact on our political climate. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: Twitter is a disastrous scourge, which is particularly unfortunate given that a large bulk of the nation’s media is hopelessly addicted to Twitter. It…
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2019