Author: Daniel Christof

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Apr
2020

Special Guests Victor Pickard Explains the Historical Roots of the Current News CrisisSpecial Guests Victor Pickard Explains the Historical Roots of the Current News Crisis

Mickey’s guest for the full hour is media scholar and author, Victor Pickard. Picard is associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. They discuss Pickard’s latest book,”Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society.” Pickard describes the dimensions of recent years’ precipitous drop in the employment of reporters, and the […]

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Apr
2020

Senate Bill Challenges Online Encryption, Constitutional Rights to Speech and PrivacySenate Bill Challenges Online Encryption, Constitutional Rights to Speech and Privacy

A Senate bill, the EARN IT Act of 2020, introduced by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in March 2020, appears to revise regulations aimed at preventing online sexual exploitation of children by establishing a national commission to guide online service providers, such as Facebook and Twitter, in preventing child pornography and trafficking. However, […]

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Apr
2020

Wisconsin Program Provides Coaching for Pregnant Mothers with AddictionsWisconsin Program Provides Coaching for Pregnant Mothers with Addictions

In January 2020, YES! Magazine reported about the efforts of  pregnant mothers in Wisconsin who deal with substance disorders to overcome their addictions. As Jessica Martinaitis and Mary Hall reported, these mothers are overcoming their addictions with the help of recovery coaches through a pilot program called Pregnancy 2 Recovery, which champions a “trauma-informed, holistic […]

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Apr
2020

Silenced In Savannah: US Journalist Abby Martin Challenges BDS “Gag Law,” First Amendment Violation, in GeorgiaSilenced In Savannah: US Journalist Abby Martin Challenges BDS “Gag Law,” First Amendment Violation, in Georgia

Abby Martin, a US journalist and supporter of the BDS movement, was scheduled to speak at the International Critical Media Literacy Conference held in Georgia in February 2020. Her talk was canceled because she refused to sign a pledge that would have prevented her from talking about the BDS movement. Georgia, along with 27 other […]

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Apr
2020

This Is Not a War—COVID-19 Pandemic as Opportunity to Rebuild Sense of Common GoodThis Is Not a War—COVID-19 Pandemic as Opportunity to Rebuild Sense of Common Good

Establishment news coverage of COVID-19 has often been framed in terms of military conflict—“the war against the virus” or “the fight against COVID-19”—by CNN, the New York Times, and more.  Just as with previous “wars” on poverty, drugs, cancer and terrorism, this new ‘war on COVID-19’ is doomed to fail if we adopt a similar […]

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Apr
2020

Inequality Kills: Gap Between the Richest and Poorest Americans Largest in 50 YearsInequality Kills: Gap Between the Richest and Poorest Americans Largest in 50 Years

The conclusion of a study recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that poor Americans are nearly twice as likely as rich Americans to die before they reach old age. New data from the US Census Bureau also confirms that the gap between the richest and poorest households in the US is the […]

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Apr
2020

Pandemic Catalyzes Grassroots Action, Mutual Aid, CollaborationPandemic Catalyzes Grassroots Action, Mutual Aid, Collaboration

Isolation, quarantine, and social distancing may be an effective strategy when dealing with a global pandemic like the COVID-19 coronavirus, but these measures can also accentuate the hyperindividuality and eroded social bonds of a market-driven (neoliberal) economy. The pandemic also reminds us of our shared existence and common needs. All around us, everyday people are […]

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Apr
2020

Arctic Communities Fight for Justice and Resources to Overcome Tragic DeathsArctic Communities Fight for Justice and Resources to Overcome Tragic Deaths

In January 2020 a trial concluded for the murder of Nunavik teen Robert Adams, with a life sentence handed to his killer. The news didn’t make headlines beyond the Arctic, nor was the full extent of the story revealed to a larger audience in the mainstream media. However, a special report on Radio Canada International’s […]

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