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The State of Objective Journalism and Democracy in Trump’s America

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since the early days of science and later objective journalism, we have known that reaching breakthroughs in knowledge is gained over time in fits and starts. A scientist, or a journalist for that matter, practicing the American invention of objective journalism, becomes immersed in the literature of a…

Did the Comic Cowboys of Mobile Mardis Gras Go Too Far?

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By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — Some people in Mobile like to brag that Alabama’s port city held the first Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 and the first formally organized Mardi Gras parade in the United States in 1830. But there is little doubt that it was New Orleans that made Mardi Gras world…

A Golden Shower of Fake News

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Oh, and Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is about to be U.S. Attorney General – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Let me start this morning by repeating the two key words guaranteed to make the Facebook home page news feed and the FB trending news feed: This column is about fake news and golden…

The Trump Story the Media Dare Not Utter

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The mainstream, corporate news media sacrificed democracy for ratings. By Thom Hartmann – AlterNet – The media are engaged in an orgy of navel-gazing about the Trump presidency, but they’re totally, utterly, absolutely, no-way-in-hell willing to gaze at their own navel. Did Russian hackers revealing that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile had put their…

Facebook Teams up with AP to Combat ‘Fake News’

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Connecting the Dots – By Glynn Wilson – As I sit here on a mild winter day on the Gulf Coast drinking coffee from Kenya, eating a banana from Mexico and reading the latest news on “fake news,” I’m thinking it might be preferable to simply log off and eat nails than to have to…

And So it Begins: Watch the Mainstream Media Normalize Trump’s Election

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The media must not excuse the racism, misogyny, nativism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia because we think Trump voters have legitimate gripes. By Neal Gabler – It didn’t take a clairvoyant to predict that President-elect Donald Trump would be almost instantly normalized by the press since he had already been normalized by them when he was a…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Did ‘Fake News’ Elect Trump?

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – In the Huge wave washing over the American landscape after the tsunami of Donald Trump’s surprising ride to president of the United States on a surfboard constructed of bullshit, mainstream news organizations and Democrats are beating up on Mark Zuckerberg and poor Facebook, blaming the widespread sharing…

A Thousand Words is Worth More Than a Meme

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Isn’t it about time someone did a take down on the Internet meme? If we truly want to change people’s attitudes and create a more just world, what the world needs is scientifically objective journalism, not more partisan viruses of the mind being spread in all the…

So Newhouse Gave Us Trump: Now They Will Profit by Taking Him Down?

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Media Incest On Display: Will Anyone Notice? The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – On the eve of the Republican convention in Cleveland Ohio, a remarkable thing happened. No, not another police shooting. Not just a tell all article about Donald Trump. It is an event that should send shock waves through the capitalist…

Is What’s Good For Facebook Not So Good For Democracy?

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Why the social-media honeymoon may be over for some activists. By Sarah Jaffe – Around the country, thousands have returned to the streets again to protest the deaths of black people at the hands of the police. One of those deaths, the shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, was broadcast on Facebook…