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What Is And Is Not Newsworthy

Made the news today: Two 12 year-old girls claimed to be motivated by legends of a mythological character called Slenderman when they stabbed a friend of theirs in an attempt to murder her.

Did not make the news today: U.S. Senator Carl Levin introduced legislation, S. 2410, that would pay for programs designed to give [...]

The Night Before The Million Mask March, One Newspaper In Eureka Lets in a Guest Op-Ed. That’s all. Nothing Else.

One night before the Million Mask March, taking place in 443 locations, who knows about this event?

You might think, considering that there have been 110 news articles on “Twerking” over the past week alone, that the Million Mask March might generate some interest from America’s “professional” news media.

You’d be wrong. Following up on [...]

News About Electronic Surveillance Gets Even Worse

Several new pieces of news reveal that online spying, involving both the NSA and corporations, is even worse than we thought. [...]

Obama Administration Seized Journalists' Private Phone Records

Barack Obama has authorized the seizure of huge numbers of telephone records from journalists reporting on the Obama Administration’s activities. [...]

Heck, Journalism Has No Mussels Left In Congress

What is there that we, living out in the grassroots, are supposed to do when both the people on Capitol Hill and the executives put in charge of our nation’s newsrooms are inclined to clam up? [...]

No Terror Here

Here’s what the newspaper left outside my hotel door says today: Terror Returns. The newspaper says that Americans are “rattled”.

Is it true? Are we rattled? Are we living in terror?

Let me go check. Here’s what the lobby of my hotel looks like. No one is in terror here. They’re too busy checking [...]

Reuters "Reports" On Civilians Killed By "NATO"

This morning, Reuters is reporting on a violent incident with the headline Ten Afghan “civilians” killed in NATO airstrike.

This headline leaves me wondering what the difference between is between “civilians” and civilians. 5 of the “civilians” killed were children… or were they “children”? Were they only “killed”, rather than being killed? Did they “live” [...]

No Labels Astroturf Machinery Powers Up for a 6th Round of Fake Letters

“Astroturfing” is the use of various means to create the appearance of grassroots support for an organization or idea when no actual grassroots support exists. Astroturfing takes money, typically making it a tool of some elite group. Sometimes the goal is to get conformist everyday citizens to jump on a fake bandwagon for an unpopular [...]

Scientists Confirm Finding “Osiris Particle” Is Near, Or Not

Journalists have discovered that if they give the nickname of a god to a scientific subject that people don’t otherwise care about, their writing all of a sudden becomes relevant to readers and publishers. [...]

Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street for the 99%, Occupy West 50th Street for the 1%

November 15, 2011: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlaws the occupation of Zuccotti Park by protesters who have peaceably assembled to engage in political speech and to petition for the redress of grievances (see U.S. Constitution Amendment I). American citizens who remain are arrested. American journalists are forbidden to observe the eviction. Journalists are [...]

Douglas Schoen & Americans Elect in Media Tango: No Relationship Talk, It’s just a Dance

On December 31 2010, Douglas Schoen wrote a prediction about 2011′s “biggest political surprise” in a piece published by the Washington Post:

The biggest political surprise of 2011 will be the emergence of a potentially serious third-party candidate for president in 2012. There is simply too much dissatisfaction with Washington and with our political system [...]