Mass Media Has Failed Us --Once Again

Submitted by JoEllen on Mon, 2016-10-31 10:56
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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What is the Media Consortium's Impact Project?

Submitted by JoEllen on Wed, 2015-08-26 07:11
The Media Consortium launched our Metrics Impact Project in 2012 with generous support from the Voqal Fund. The goal of the project is to learn if we can quantify the impact that progressive news stories have on audiences by measuring changes in sentiment. In the metrics world, “sentiment” means “how someone thinks about a topic.” In short, if you publish a story about charter schools, does that change how the public thinks about charter schools? The research is being carried out by Gary King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative...

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