Most news outlets showed little interest in the content of alternative forums in Quebec City that drew thousands of activists from all over the hemisphere. But the media showed even less interest in analyzing it's own corporate-driven free trade bias.
Groups like Rabbis for Human Rights, and Jewish American activists like Rabbi Waskow who vocally oppose Israeli policies, get short shrift in U.S. news outlets. Meanwhile, the reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian cycle of violence is badly skewed by an endless cycle of media bias.
Their courage was something to behold. During America's 11-day ordeal with China, a few prominent journalists showed no fear, only valor, as they took up positions in one network TV studio after another.
The media industry -- no less than the campaign system -- is awash in oceans of dollars. We're hearing a lot about the need for campaign finance reform -- but how often have we heard the phrase "media finance reform"?
Technology has often appeared to offer solutions to global problems. But the gaps between promises for a better world and the real impact of technology is always huge. So it will likely be with the InterNet.
Stage presence, cadence, rhythm, choreography -- they can really add up in the professional calculations by journalists. And Bush, known to have a remarkably short attention span, seems to be well-suited to a medium that greatly values style over substance.
During the past several weeks, some major U.S. media outlets have taken bold and valuable steps in coverage of the global fight against AIDS. But journalists must keep probing for deeper questions and answers.
After interviewing the new White House chief of staff, a CNN anchor bade him farewell by saying, "We look forward to working with you, to covering your administration." A sign of undue coziness with power brokers in Washington, her comment should have caused a media stir, but no one noticed.
John Ashcroft is experienced at speaking in code while exploiting racism for political gain. During his Senate confirmation hearings he said, "I believe that racism is wrong ... I deplore racism and I always will." But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recalled that Ashcroft "has built a career out of opposing school desegregation."
Fifty years after the first mushroom cloud overshadowed the Nevada desert, military contractors are eager to spread the news about the latest technologies nuclear technologies offering "an added angle of safety." Never mind the leukemia and cancer residents downwind of the Nevada tests developed.
The warfare between Al Gore and George W. Bush is certainly historic -- but this partisan version of a demolition derby may not be as profound as we think. A convincing case could be made that the 2000 presidential election was stolen a long time ago by both party's dirty campaign contributions.
Many reporters and commentators who cover the national political scene reacted to the post-election uncertainties with alarm and dread -- and they strained to prod readers and viewers to follow suit. But most Americans declined to allow themselves to be stampeded by hyperventilating members of the punditocracy.
Despite their vast resources and profuse assurances that they knew just what they were doing, the biggest television outlets -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and PBS -- incorrectly proclaimed that the winner of the presidential race had been determined. The list of those networks is a dishonor roll for American media.
The New Democrats may have outsmarted themselves. Where Bill Clinton's moderate centrism of 1992 and 1996 proved a winning formula, Gore's centrism in 2000 may have become too moderate for Democratic taste.
Pacifica Foundation's increasing censorship of its radio stations has led it to no good end. Distinctive for its vigorous advocacy of freedom and democracy at home and abroad, Pacifica began foundering when it brandished the implements of censorship.
The formula for American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is simple. Rarely do American journalists explore the ample reasons to believe that the United States is part of the oft-decried cycle of violence.
The costs of new high-tech products -- and related offerings such as online service, broadband connections, cable television and satellite TV -- all add up. Americans are indebted to new media technologies -- but also, increasingly, in debt.