Ramped up rhetoric in the heated 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency has notably taken a turn. Journalists, fact-based filmmakers and the public at large who care about the First Amendment and the impact future leaders have on public discourse, should take notice. Generally speaking, candidates and presidents have contentious relationships with the media. President Obama banned … Read more Why a free press is a free market mandate
What some may see as sensationalized, wall-to-wall coverage of the deadliest shooting in American history is the very kind of coverage that could save your life in the future. That’s according to security experts. With cable and network TV dropping or preempting regularly scheduled Sunday morning programming to bring in their heavy hitting anchors and send … Read more Can media coverage keep you alive in a mass attack?
ABC News moderators George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz and David Muir remained professional, asking substantive questions on topics that ranged from immigration and deportation; ISIS; preemptive strikes against North Korea; the temperament to lead; experience and leadership; tax hikes; healthcare and eminent domain. [But] it wasn’t until almost two hours in that there was just one … Read more No color, some flavor in the ABC run up to pivotal primary
The ’80’s was an era where, like many American teens, David Bowie filled my collection of eclectic albums from British artists. Mom wasn’t a fan, so of course every indulgent listening session represented a level of rebellion for me then. The creative genius of the musician most have come to know and what Bowie’s brand … Read more 3 takeaways from the brand that was David Bowie
Listening to many of my media colleagues, the average reader could easily conclude that the only health care debate worth covering today is the partisan bickering over efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. Washington squabbles aside, there are many more concerning stories about the healthcare challenges in towns … Read more Media’s role in the urban healthcare crisis
It’s either an ingenious marketing idea or an epic branding disaster. No matter what side of the Starbucks firestorm you fall on it seems a lot of folks missed the point when the company known for its neighborhood coffee, launched an innocent enough initiative to get people talking about race. Instead of taking it at … Read more Starbucks pokes the bear