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: Jul 24, 2007, Source: AlterNet

All the fear of unfiltered, unmediated questions delivered directly from the electorate was misplaced. It was CNN and the candidates who let us down.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

No one should still wonder about the possibility, much less the efficacy, of 'citizen journalism.' But, more importantly, we should ask if more participation and better information will make us happier.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

When a small Idaho newspaper held a mirror up to their community and exposed rampant pedophilia, they paid a heavy price at first. But their courageous journalism eventually paid off.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Michael Savage thinks gay parenting is child abuse and Bill O'Reilly boasts of being part of the "white, Christian, male power structure." It's time we build a new structure.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Ever wonder how writers know how to depict the FBI in films? Well, apparently they hold seminars to make sure they are portrayed in the best light.

Posted on: May 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Other than the desire to shock listeners -- and thereby create controversy, grow audiences and sell advertising -- the current spate of repulsive shock-jock gibberish all share something else: a salary from CBS.

Posted on: May 1, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Thursday is World Press Freedom Day -- a time to remember and celebrate the crucial role a free press plays in democracy and development.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Bowing to pressure, Ken Burns decided to amend his new PBS documentary about World War I that did not include Latinos. Let's hope PBS now amends their decision-making process.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The corporate overlords at CBS and NBC won't fire Imus unless they have to for financial reasons. So let's support the sponsors who have pulled out, and lean on the ones who haven't ... yet.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Filmmaker Ken Burns has come under intense criticism for not including any Hispanic Americans in his new 14-hour PBS documentary about World War II.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2007, Source: AlterNet

A recent New York Times article about the Libby trial is another example of their weird world view. Leave it to the New York Times to pronounce something "corrupt" and then embrace it as "crucial."

Posted on: Mar 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Scooter Libby faces up to 25 years in prison for obstructing the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity, but he didn't do it alone ...

Posted on: Mar 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Does everyone's favorite conservative sociopath warrant sympathy or antipathy?

Posted on: Feb 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Purporting to analyze the media's cozy relationship to those in power, PBS's new documentary series misses the boat...

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The trial of Scooter Libby reveals that the big-time media is hopelessly, helplessly broken...

Posted on: Jan 26, 2007, Source:

CBS's chief foreign correspondent notified peers that the network won't broadcast her grisly Baghdad story "that is largely being ignored."

Posted on: Jan 24, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Scooter Libby is charged with lying to a grand jury during their investigation of the outing of Valerie Plame.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2006, Source: AlterNet

What changes and trends can we expect on the U.S. media scene in the coming new year?

Posted on: Dec 20, 2006, Source: AlterNet

CBS News Chief Sean McManus discusses the future's newsroom, citizen media, and the failure of pre-Iraq media.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2006, Source: AlterNet

A new community of expert and amateur readers grades the news as it happens...