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: 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.