Apr
23
2013

Erin Burnett Wants a Different Kind of Terrorism Suspect

Erin Burnett Boston

CNN host Erin Burnett wonders whether it's time to come up with some new laws in the wake of the Boston bombing, since the old ones seem to give Dzhokhar Tsarnaev too many rights.

Jun
28
2009

Trivial Media Maintains 'Mass of Isolated Individuals'

Spanish sociologist Pablo Ouziel has a new Consortium News essay (6/28/09) describing the consequences of how "we wake up in the morning to hear and watch the newest tragedy that has swept the world's media attention"–whether it's "the tragic crash of an airplane" or "the death of a star." Meanwhile: Serious events and acts are taking place everyday which merit serious social debate, yet because of the fact that our societies are deeply fragmented, broken and clashing between each other, we are unable to grant ourselves the necessary pause, required for conciliation and unity. Because of this, we are easy […]

Jun
28
2009

On 'Trial Balloons' and MSM's 'Veil of Anonymity'

Salon's Greenwald (6/27/09, ad-viewing required) has taken a hard look at Washington Post and ProPublica journalists Peter Finn's and Dafna Linzer's report–"relying exclusively on three Obama officials speaking behind a veil of anonymity"–"that the White House is 'crafting language for an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely.'" Finding it "revealing" that "the article quotes two Bush national security officials justifying the need for detention without charges," Greenwald writes of how "anonymous trial balloon articles like this one are difficult to comment on because it's obviously designed to announce that a certain policy is being […]