Goodbye 2016

2016 has been a lousy year for progressives, but it has been a good year for progressive news outlets. Unlike corporate media, progressive news outlets have kept--and grown--audience trust. Refusing the distractions of the Trump campaign, you were first on the story of #StandingRock, on efforts to roll back reproductive rights, and on the fight for a $15 minimum wage. Progressive news outlets gave voice to the Movement for Black Lives, investigated the conditions of prisons and detention camps, and educated the public about the dangers of anti-Muslim hate and bigotry. At a time when so many...

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There is no Fake News; there are only False Stories

Election 2016 saw the rise of a new meme: "fake news." This label was used to refer to patently untrue stories put out mainly by pop-up foreign sites looking to monetize gullible U.S. voters, and spread via Facebook and right-wing sites eager to promote the Trump campaign. Post-election, however, the label "fake news" increasingly is being used to smear independent news organizations, especially those rooted in progressive values. Unfortunately, such efforts--including lists of "fake news" sites--are being picked up and spread by media outlets, academics and others who are usually considered...

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Our Response to the New Trump Era

Here at the Media Consortium, we thought the next president would be a neoliberal feminist; instead, we awoke on November 9 to a race-baiting, sexist president-elect with fascist tendencies, a solidly Republican Congress and what we expect will soon be a right-leaning Supreme Court. Now more than ever the country needs a progressive press! The Media Consortium exists just for this fight—as a network we can and will work together to grow the role of a journalism rooted in progressive values. Engaging with diverse communities, we will produce fact-based accountability and solutions-oriented...

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Mass Media Has Failed Us --Once Again

Today’s headlines about CNN commentator Donna Brazile’s leak of debate questions to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton underscore once again the entanglement of mass media with the institutions of power. Hiding behind “balance,” CNN instead pandered to both parties. Brazile was CNN’s link to the Democratic power base, while Corey Lewandowski has given them access to the renegade Republican, Donald Trump. Lost in this power grab was any attempt to provide news. CNN stands out for its transparent attempt to partner with power centers. The embrace of power by other arms of mass media is less...

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