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.