Stories by Rory O'Connor

Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor is the author of "Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio" (AlterNet Books, 2008). O'Connor also writes the Media Is A Plural blog. subscribe to Rory O'Connor's feed

Posted on: May 8, 2013, Source: Al Jazeera

Despite broad support for immigration overhaul, warning flags are flying, and success is anything but guaranteed.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source:

For $500 million dollars, Al Jazeera has enter40 million cable-ready living rooms across the U.S.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2012, Source: Media Is Plural

Google co-founder Larry Page is paranoid—and justifiably so, as his company's losing ground in the social media sphere to Facebook despite its best attempts.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In the end, the answer to the mystery of why nuclear power in the United States is still afloat comes down to money.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2011, Source: Salon

Former FBI agents say the agency's bin Laden unit misled them about two hijackers.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2011, Source:

Vargas is incredibly brave to risk everything he has accomplished to tell the truth-and to shine more light on the pressing need for immigration reform in the USA.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source:

Leaders from the Arab Spring explained how technology assisted the political revolutions from Egypt to Tunisia.

Posted on: May 26, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We need to stand up for NYT reporter James Risen and against the sleazy, Bush-like tactics of the Obamacrats and the burgeoning national security state.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2011, Source:

The media business is relatively small -- the truly big business is the business of "people connecting and talking to one another on a huge scale."

Posted on: Apr 1, 2011, Source:

The digital information revolution has disrupted the highly centralized world of nuke industry PR, putting a stunning amount of information at our fingertips for the first time.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2011, Source:

Clinton's talk, which emphasized the need to protect basic freedoms, included her observation that "The rights of individuals to express their views freely… are universal."

Posted on: Jan 10, 2011, Source: Media Is Plural

The nation's right-wing media stars struck an embattled tone against accusations that they create a climate of hate that could fuel violence.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2010, Source:

Where will the criminalization of Wikileaks end – and what will it mean for the rest of us who may be engaged in non-violent First Amendment speech or advocacy?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source:

Nine years after 9/11, the battle over the meaning of what happened to our city, our country and our world on that fateful blue-crystal morning continues unabated,

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010, Source:

Will the powerful military-media complex allow Obama to remove 'all US troops from Iraq' by the end of next year?

Posted on: Aug 16, 2010, Source:

The "Tillman story," tells the struggle his family went through to learn the truth about Tillman's death and how political leaders covered-up the real story.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2010, Source:

Let us not forget that independent journalism is crucial to informed consent of the governed -- and thus a functioning democracy.

Posted on: May 19, 2010, Source:

Controversy grows over Pentagon's network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan hired to help track and kill suspected militants.

Posted on: May 6, 2010, Source:

Billed as part of an effort to "revitalize public media," a new planned public affairs series on PBS hosted by Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has many doubters.

Posted on: May 3, 2010, Source:

Less than 0.05% of the $307 billion given to charity in 2008 went to non-profit journalism, at a time when news rooms are going extinct.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2010, Source:

"We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat," says Afghan commander McChrystal.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2010, Source:

Amid sale rumors, ABC News says it intends to use cuts to reinvent itself in the digital era. But at what cost?

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010, Source:

Why is the US is one of only two countries in the world that permits direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs?

Posted on: Mar 14, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Hal Turner, an internet shock jock and F.B.I. informant, beat the rap again as his second federal "Death-Threat Trial," ended in yet another mistrial.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2010, Source:

The media should reject the use of industry rhetoric, stop using Nukespeak talking points, and start telling us the truth about nuclear power!

Posted on: Jan 28, 2010, Source:

Howard Zinn stood up and spoke out for the ideals and values that have always promised to make this the greatest country on the planet.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source:

Obama's promise: Let's come together and get along to end the war - by waging the war more intensely…but only for eighteen months, and then we all get to go home.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source:

Where did all the money come from to keep the money-losing Moonie paper afloat all these years?

Posted on: Nov 13, 2009, Source:

With money, media and promotion of a conservative political agenda, a self-styled Messiah and convicted felon became a frequent guest at the White House.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source:

One NY Times reporter finally 'fesses up that the invasion of Iraq wasn't presented truthfully by the big media outlets. It's still not too late to tell the truth.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source:

Shock jock Limbaugh was thinking about buying a piece of the St. Louis Rams and was promptly told that he and his divisive comments are not welcome in the NFL.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2009, Source:

Step right up. You too can be ripped off by the New York Times' latest moneymaking gimmick: online courses from Nicholas Kristof, Gail Collins and Eric Asimov.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2009, Source:

In the fight for media survival, none of us is immune from temptation, and few revenue sources are beyond consideration, if not actual adoption.

Posted on: May 31, 2009, Source: AlterNet

MSNBC's star pundits have positioned the network as the progressive alternative to Fox.

Posted on: May 20, 2009, Source:

The soft-spoken Keillor warns us not to get into a ""bloody battle over war crimes," as though this is about revenge, not justice.

Posted on: May 13, 2009, Source:

In their mad dash to ensure that no one in the Bush administration is held accountable for torture, the media are putting the blame on all Americans.

Posted on: May 7, 2009, Source:

Why do we leave it to children to demand the truth about torture and the rule of law?

Posted on: May 1, 2009, Source:

Hell should reserve a special place for the journalists who supported torture in exchange for access and exaltation.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Is brand power the best way to keep the news trustworthy?

Posted on: Jan 19, 2009, Source:

The rise of Facebook and Twitter herald changes for journalism, and pose serious challenges to about journalistic credibility and trust.