Media (page 134)

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    Exposing a dirty little secret of ideological journalism

    Straight news reporting is not supposed to feature the reporter’s opinions. It’s a basic tenet of lower-level newswriting classes in journalism school. But Andrew Fergsuon‘s latest “Press Man” column in Commentary exposes a common method reporters use to get around that restriction. The immediate object of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2012
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    Video about Firefly + video about campus crackdown silliness = surefire Locker Room blog entry

    Unless you think a poster featuring a Nathan Fillion quotation is likely to endanger your safety, you’re appreciate this FIRE video. If this piece has piqued your interest in campus efforts to stifle free speech, learn more about that topic here.
    Mitch Kokai, December 28, 2011
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    Newt Gingrich and the politics of history

    Yesterday, Reuters ran a really dumb story, “Gingrich’s nods to history don’t impress scholars.” I am not an apologist for Newt, and do not take this as an endorsement.  Rather, I object to a story designed to assail Gingrich’s intellect generally, rather than address his policy proposals and…
    Terry Stoops, December 22, 2011
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    Do you “like” North Carolina’s newspapers?

    How many Facebook users “like” each of North Carolina’s major newspapers? Here is the ranking (as of 12/22): 1. Fayetteville Observer: 7,629 2. Charlotte Observer: 7,547 3. Carolina Journal/JLF: 6,725 4. Wilmington Star-News: 6,436 5. Independent Weekly: 5,246 6. Greensboro News & Record: 4,662…
    Terry Stoops, December 22, 2011
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    Hitchens on Iran … 5 1/2 years ago

    One passage from Simon Schama’s Newsweek obituary of Christopher Hitchens struck me as especially well-said: It was Twain’s bravura in the face of the pompous and the banal that Hitch sought to perpetuate into the age of the conservative radio ranter, the formless drivel of the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 22, 2011
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    CMS teachers sing about Common Core standards

    “Winning” stanza: No longer can a teacher be the sage on the stage Common Core Essential Standards change how we teach Become the guide on the side the students to engage Common Core Essential Standards change how we teach…
    Terry Stoops, December 21, 2011
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    Business journalists’ praise for Jobs puzzles Commentary’s ‘Press Man’

    Andrew Ferguson devotes his latest “Press Man” column in Commentary to the curious profusion of “rose petals that came fluttering from every media outlet this fall” as Apple CEO Steve Jobs retired and then died. Reporters and columnists who cover business may be the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2011
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    Commentary highlights Thomas Sowell’s critical role

    The recent publication of The Thomas Sowell Reader gives Kevin D. Williamson a good excuse to write a new Commentary article explaining the important role Sowell plays in educating readers about economics and debunking popular myths: Now 81 years old, Sowell is…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2011