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16

Oct


Thank god for Shep Smith… wait. What.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

08

Oct

"[Journalists] are seen by the protagonists of any conflict, whether they like it or not, as being part of it. The war does not only take place on the ground, it also takes place in the media," explained Dina Matar, senior lecturer in Arab media and political communication at the University of London (SOAS).

Matar told Al Jazeera that in Syria’s sectarian conflict, like during the Lebanese civil war in 1975, local journalists might be targeted simply for belonging to a particular ethnic or religious group, or being from a specific geographic area.

"Regimes understand that there is a need for legitimacy, and a need for them to acquire legitimacy by trying to tell the story that they want to tell. If they see that a journalist is finding some gaps in that story … then they are going to target that journalist," she said, adding that Syrian journalists "are almost forgotten, they’re on the margins of history".

02

Oct

If we’re big enough to fight a war, we should be big enough to look at it.

Photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke, American Photo 1991

Read: The War Photo No One Would Publish

01

Oct

irish-mexi:

rekhadelrey:

jessehimself:

Do not test Reza Aslan.

We must train and retain our ability to listen and process critically.

Reza will no longer take your shit.

Commentators: but hold hold hold, I think what bill and bibi are saaaaying is….

Reza: Stupid. what they’re saying is stupid. this conversation is stupid. quit being fucking stupid.

09

Sep

People aren’t talkin about the news, they’re talking about what they think the news is. There is no news channel saying “This is what happened, draw your own conclusions.” We have made this country so bereft of critical thinking, that now we have a problem where we have to teach them to think for themselves.

We have no unified authority, or problem solvers. We have congressman discussing environmentalism, when they don’t understand half the problems our earth is going through. We go to congress instead of going to people who have worked their whole LIFE trying to solve these problems. When it comes to racism, we’re asking a panel of white dudes, when it comes to sexism and woman’s rights we ask a panel of white priests on what they think. IT’S INSANITY! We ask people who are not in the arena they should be speaking in/for.

AND THAT’S WHY WE DON’T trust the media, it’s because they’re not in the arena of black experience, and they don’t care about the black experience, UNTIL something bad happens and they have the tools to paint us as destructive, ugly and evil!

The response of a Protester in Ferguson who was asked by a reporter as to why most of the protesters didn’t want their faces on tv.  (via sara-the-narco)

05

Sep

Rick Perry might go away for a long, long time: What even the liberal media isn’t reporting about his indictment

30

Aug

newsweek:

This graphic shows everywhere journalists have been killed since 2004 | GlobalPost
Approximately 619 journalists have died since 2004. Most were local reporters.

newsweek:

This graphic shows everywhere journalists have been killed since 2004 | GlobalPost

Approximately 619 journalists have died since 2004. Most were local reporters.

26

Aug

While the New York Times has been doing everything it can to alienate its readership, outlets like BuzzFeed have been quietly becoming a respectable news outlet in their own right and turning out innovative and engaging journalism again and again. So sick of these so-called “traditional” news outlets trying to degrade this work and point to the BuzzFeeds of the world as what’s wrong with modern journalism. This is not to say BuzzFeed and others are infallible or perfect, but it’s long past time for the old standard to stop pointing fingers and start proving why we should care that they’re struggling to survive.

I suppose you can choose to believe that the New York Times is a slow-moving dinosaur, destined to go extinct and be replaced by the hot-blooded Gawkers and Voxes and BuzzFeeds of the world. But I don’t know — a world in which the Times is struggling to survive does not sound like the golden age of journalism to me.

We do not live in a “Golden Age” of journalism. (via salon)

Holding up the New York Times to be the gold standard of journalism when it’s doing things like this and this and this is actually kind of revolting. Maybe it’s time to stop blaming these emerging media outlets that are pushing the old standard to adapt and expand and start taking a good, long look in the mirror.

paxmachina:

"Humanity is proud of James." 
The people of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to James Wright Foley.

paxmachina:

"Humanity is proud of James."

The people of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to James Wright Foley.

(Source: twitter.com)