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Washington Federal Court Strikes Blow Against Internet Neutrality

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By Glynn Wilson – A three-judge panel of federal judges all appointed to the court before there was an open Internet or a Web Press has struck down a complicated set of rules set forth by the Federal Communications Commission to preserve competition on the Web in what critics call a major blow to what’s…

The Tragedy of Rising Expectations

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Judging by what happens on Facebook and reality television, it has become obvious, at least in the United States, that the tragedy of rising expectations has reached a new climax. People who are naturally nobody have become the somebodies, and those who are somebody by virtue of…

Birmingham News Ace Reporter Hits the 'Big Time'

This just in from Scott Horton. Former Birmingham News ace reporter Brett Blackledge was recently hired by Ron Fournier, head of the AP’s Washington Bureau. The AP’s Washington coverage has demonstrated a clear-cut GOP slant ever since Fournier took over, and the Blackledge hire is no doubt designed to help lock that in. Fournier’s key…

Welcome to The Future of News

Connecting the dots from government spying to private profit to keeping you in the dark… Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Did you wake up Friday morning and turn on your computer and notice that your connection to the Internet was running a lot slower than usual? Well, you were not alone. Have you seen…

Alabama Journalist Let Go in DC

Glynn Wilson Brooks Boliek with his dog Ripken in Silver Spring, Maryland, taken in the fall of 2007. He lives there with his wife Jeri, also of Birmingham, along with a son, West, and daughter Livi… by Glynn Wilson One of the best reporters and writers from Alabama soil was on the receiving end of…

Press Think: Snow Job’s First Day…

Over at my favorite blog on the media, Press Think, New York University’s Jay Rosen is keeping up with how the press is handling the departure of CIA director Porter Goss, his replacement by Gen. Michael Hayden, and how new White House press secretary Tony Snow will handle the press briefing today. He phrases the…

Inside Journalism Baseball: Will AP Survive or Dumb It Down?

Mort Rosenblum recently wrote an open letter to his former employers at the Associated Press. It is worth reading as a commentary not only on the way the wire service is run, but on more general trends in the industry. January 31, 2006 Mr. Burl Osborne, Chairman The Associated Press 450 W. 33rd Street New…

An Upside-Down Media Makes the World Go ‘Round

The gravest indictment of the American news media is that George W. Bush has gutted the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Charter – yet this extraordinary story does not lead the nation’s newspapers and the evening news every day. That’s according to Robert Parry at ConsortiumNews.Com, that…

Alito’s Views and the Right-Wing Media Machine

As galling as it may be for some readers to see how major mainstream media outlets are framing the Alito confirmation, the broader problem has been the failure of well-to-do liberals and progressive foundations to finance a media infrastructure that can act as a counterweight to the right-wing media machine, according to Robert Parry at…

Press Think: How About A Bit of Inside Journalism Baseball?

Michael Olesker of the Baltimore Sun Is A Plagiarist? Who Isn’t? At H.L. Mencken’s hometown newpaper, a liberal columnist named Michael Olesker was forced to resign recently over an alleged plagiarism flap for a few background paragraphs containing similarities to earlier reporting, – while he was in the middle of a legal fight with Maryland’s…

The Problem With Journalism Schools

Now that the Karl Rove scandal and the Bush Supreme Court controvery have calmed down a bit, and the shuttle Discovery has launched successfully with no apparent deadly flaws, we can safely turn to a bit of blogging about the state of American journalism. Over at my favorite blog on the press, NYU journalism professor…

Press Think Post on the Judith Miller Case

We are stocking up on batteries and oil for the lamps around here as Hurricane Dennis, sure to be a menace, heads this way. We may lose power on Sunday night or Monday, so the site could well not be updated much for the next couple of days, although I will try to post a…

The Proof Is In The Memos

You do not have to be a “liberal” to recognize a bad president when you see one. Make no mistake about it. George W. Bush is a bad president. Now that the Downing Street memos are gaining the national press attention bloggers have been calling for since the story first broke in the London Sunday…

Reporters as Citizens of the U.S. or the World?

When I’m Reporting, I am a Citizen of the World? That the question from Jay Rosen at Press Think, who sets it up this way. “That’s a quote from CNN’s Bob Franken. A tour through his press think shows why I ask the Big Journalism Deans: if schools like yours are supposed to spread the…