Category: Journalism

Addicted to Conflict: No Danger of Popular Uprising

Addicted to Conflict: No Danger of Popular Uprising
There’s no real danger of a popular uprising as long as the Powerful Elite can keep us pointed in the wrong direction and angry at each other.  By RA Monaco In this moment, the American people are “addicted to conflict”—it sells!  It is what the Press sells and the product of every establishment media outlet. ... Read more »

Digital Electioneering and Online Polls

Digital Electioneering and Online Polls
Online polling is another example of the new multi-layer alignments proliferating in social media spaces. By RA Monaco “Fake polls drive so much of the agenda, including the myth [Donald] Trump is leading in all the polls,” said DePaul University Professor Bruce Evensen.  The Journalism Program Director and Chair explained, “online polling, which Ipsos and... Read more »

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage
Taking root throughout the nation is a ground swell of suspicion and justifiable mistrust of the law enforcement practices that have operated well beyond the minority communities of Ferguson and Baltimore.  By RA Monaco “Baltimore’s where America turns the corner,” said JaqueLine Nivens during an interview last month after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s decision... Read more »
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Hand of Media Manipulator Visible In New York Times’ Runoff Coverage

Hand of Media Manipulator Visible In  New York Times’ Runoff Coverage
What news editor would sign-off on the type of reporting coverage we’ve seen from the Times since Chicago’s mayoral runoff election began? By RA Monaco The New York Times’ coverage of Chicago’s mayoral election changed significantly when Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced into a runoff bid for his second term.  The voices changed too, as... Read more »

Confronting Fears and Fables

Confronting Fears and Fables
The problem—aided and abetted by the media in all of its various forms—is our image of the country which we are all supposed to respect, admire and strive for which is at odds with our underlying social and economic reality.    By RA Monaco These days Congress has plenty in common with the Sumo ring—called... Read more »

Both Sides of the Badge

Both Sides of the Badge
Bill O’Reilly catch phrases like race hustling or race baiting, are the blatant racist code that festers in the already infected wounds of this nation. By RA Monaco Angrily marching into the New Year, the struggle for social change in 2015 will continue to emotionally wear on the nation—coast to coast.  “It’s a very exciting... Read more »
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#SonyHack: President Obama Weighs-In

#SonyHack: President Obama Weighs-In
“Imagine the enjoyment of Kim Jong-Un—North Korea’s dictator—watching the U.S. news industry wallow in the slime of Sony’s emails.” By RA Monaco “We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States,” President Obama told the press during a year-end news conference at the White House. ... Read more »

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity
By RA Monaco A rising social movement and protest culture is gaining strength and diversity as Millions March to challenge racism, growing inequality and authoritarianism across our nation—ironically called the “Land of the Free.”  Not since the late 1960’s has the government shown more concern in defending the capital and it’s authority from our own... Read more »

Our Crowded News Environment

Our Crowded News Environment
Is the news environment being confused and intentionally bombarded?  Have the monumental changes in communications technology that empowered citizen journalists also undermined our staple of opinion leaders?  By RA Monaco The body of an email pushed to my mobile phone on November 4, 2014 at 12:17 PST read, “Democrats say a crowded news environment made... Read more »
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Our Uncritical Media: A Tool for Misinformation and Stereotypes

Our Uncritical Media: A Tool for Misinformation and Stereotypes
By RA Monaco The vile purpose of the narrative fed to the media by Ferguson Police was to convey that the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had it coming. The signal received by the Ferguson Police Department was that the media was fully primed to uncritically spread their campaign of disinformation when the comedic satire of... Read more »