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Solomon: War Needs Good Public Relations
Oct 26, 2001
For some people, war is terror, disaster and death. For others, it's a PR problem.
The Pentagon's air drops of food parcels and President Bush's plea for American children to aid Afghan kids with dollar bills will go down in history as two of the most cynical maneuvers of media manipulation in the early 21st century.
During the first two days of this month, CNN's website displayed an odd little announcement. "There have been false reports that CNN has not used the word 'terrorist' to refer to those who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon," the notice said.
Shiva: Solidarity Against All Forms of Terrorism
Oct 03, 2001
18th September was the day for solidarity with victims of the September 11th terrorist attack on the U.S. I joined the millions to observe two minutes silence at 10:30 a.m. for those who lost their lives in the assault on the World Trade Centre and the Pe
In a recent obituary about a former state prison official, the New York Times made a passing reference to "the bloody Attica uprising in 1971, which left 43 people dead." That's the kind of newspeak that presents itself as journalism while detouring aroun
Sep 12, 2001
In CIA parlance missions that are ÒsuccessfulÓ create backlashes. The CIA aptly calls this ÒBlowback.Ó
Solomon: DESIGNS FOR A DIFFERENT MEDIA FUTURE
Aug 26, 2001
What we see is what we get, or so the adage goes. But when we see the designs of mass media, what do we truly get? That's a troubling question for those who wonder what the constant barrages of media-generated images are doing to our lives.
Two years from now, the national committee of the Green Party will make a big decision: Should the party run a candidate for president in 2004?
After a police officer shot Carlo Giuliani in the head, Time magazine published a requiem of sorts -- explaining that the 23-year-old Italian protester pretty much got what he deserved.
Starhawk: Genoa 7/20
Jul 21, 2001
At this point itÕs still not clear to me how many are actually dead. IÕve heard one young man, IÕve heard two, four. IÕve heard that the police shot into the crowd, that someone was clubbed to the ground and, unconscious, run over by a car, IÕve heard it
When they challenged the power of the White House by claiming the right to publish the Pentagon Papers, the nation's two most influential newspapers took a laudable stand. During the three decades since then, praise for their journalistic courage has beco
While outrage over the Taleban's requirement that Afghan women wear a head-to-toe veil continues, a new comprehensive study shows that the majority of Afghan women consider the Taleban's dress codes a non-issue, and many choose to wear the burqa or chadar
Shalom: Exxon-Mobil in Aceh
Jun 26, 2001
On June 20, 2001, the International Labor Rights Fund filed lawsuit in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, on behalf of eleven anonymous villagers from the Indonesian province of Aceh -- seven John Does and four Jane Does who fear for their lives. T
Shah: The New Yellow Peril: China-Bashing for New Defense Spending Fuels Hate Against Asian Americans
Jun 22, 2001
Senator Feinstein surprised the civil rights organizers who threw her an informal wine-and-cheese shmoozer a couple months ago with an impromptu speech warning of the gathering speed of anti-China sentiment in Congress and the impending fallout for all Am
Today, departing from an institution steeped in modernity, you say farewell to a fine journalism school. Honored to address this graduating class, I will speak with uncommon candor about the wisdom of your training and the opportunities that lie ahead.
Few media eyebrows went up when the World Bank recently canceled a global meeting set for Barcelona in late June -- and shifted it to the Internet. Thousands of street demonstrators would have been in Spain's big northeastern port city to confront the con
You get so used to walking around feeling like a big smart smartypants, understanding (and disapproving of) most things around you (come on, you know what I mean) and then something simple happens that shows you, in a flash, how fragile and circumscribed
Solomon: MEDIA AND VIETNAM: APPARITIONS OF INNOCENCE
May 08, 2001
Media commentators are split about Bob Kerrey and what happened 32 years ago in the Vietnamese village of Thanh Phong. Some journalists seem eager to exonerate the former senator. Others appear inclined to turn him into a lightning rod for national guilt.
Shah: The Curious Politics of Milk: Part Three
Apr 10, 2001
Anti-formula activists and development officials often claim that millions of infants die every year because they are not breastfed (this is probably based on the fact that millions of infants die of diarrhea from contaminated water every year--which they
It's not easy to look at ourselves as others might see us. For a Êcountry, the need is especially acute in times of international crisis -- Êbut that's when nationalism and other reflexive biases are most likely to Êbecome pivotal. One of the ways to tes