Complete sub-sites devoted to special topics
neglected or under-reported by mainstream newsmedia
MEDIA-ON-MEDIA: Framing the Time-Warner/Turner Merger: Two scholars at the University of Texas offer a cogent analysis of how a mega-media merger was covered by the media. Pertinent in light of recent AOL-Time Warner merger.
THE CASSINI DEBATE -- AND BEYOND: Educate yourself on NASA's plutonium-laden Saturn probe and potential consequences of the routine use of plutonium in space.
HOLY COW! Mad Cow Disease Enters the Human Food Chain. An in-depth report on Britain's "mad cow disease." Don't laugh--this thing is deadly indeed. In Britain there was a serious threat to the human food supply and here in the U.S. the FDA ordered a controversial--and media-wise completely silent--ban on ruminant feeds to prevent Britain's disaster from occuring in the U.S. You'll find links to research here as well as transcripts of public meetings conducted by the FDA regarding the feed ban. The Eurpoean Union is still upset about British beef because of "mad cow." This is a classic missing story that got only surface publicity in the Oprah Winfrey trial, but despite this massive opportunity for public education, the media never give us details about the disease. Read them here.
MISSING STORIES: Under-reported news that rocks the boat of corporate/consumerist culture and our image of what we like to think of ourselves as a society or what we think is true, such as the rise of hate groups, skinheads among middle class high school students, and the rhetorical bridge to the fringe built cynically by conservative politicians. Or a RAND study for the Pentagon showing that, yes, gays can be successfully integrated into the military.
Viewer's Guide to Talk News:
Who was who among talking heads in the Clinton-Starr "trial by media."
The Media Frenzy
The Impeachment Coup Guide
* "Media's Ethical Role in Grand Jury Leaks." Are reporters--ethically speaking--accessories to a crime?
* "Elder at the Gates": What moves Ken Starr?
MEDIAGATE: HYPING WHITEWATER: How the news media beat this dead horse for all it was (not) worth in cheap above-the-fold "news" that depended for proof on phrases like "perhaps," "possibly," "likely," "may have," "might have," "could have," "appearance of," "if true" and "questions raised," while never answering the questions with factual evidence. Herewith, factual evidence of journalistic negligence deservedly known as Mediagate.
THE REAL NEWS ON NEWT'S ETHICS: An in-depth analysis of what went in the House Ethics Committee "investigation" into Newt Gingrich's actions in the use of funds funneled through non-profit foundations, etc. In short, the plea bargain let him get away with it, as plea bargains tend to do. Despite an extra-marital affair of his own, he tried to get revenge by pushing President Clinton's impeachment for lying about his own affair (Newt's alleged lies were a bit more serious: not about sex and to the Ethics Committee). Thank God Newt finally got blackmailed by Larry Flynt (if he did) and left the House, although his leaving turned over the rock that yielded Tom DeLay who became de facto Speaker.