Media Literacy/Bias

A portrait of the blogger as a young plagiarist

As a college student Ben Domenech lifted arts criticism; as a GOP henchman, he was accused of fabricating a Tim Russert quote. What was the Washington Post thinking?

By Joe Conason, Salon.com

Does the Washington Post intend to maintain journalistic standards in the brave new blogosphere? Or are

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March 20-21: Media Literacy and Teen Health

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Media Literacy educators at the University of Washington hosted a two-day conference focusing on media literacy education, policy change, and media implications for teen health. Images of Youth: New Directions in Media Literacy and Teen Health took place March 20-21 in Seattle. Featured speakers include nationally-renowned media scholar Jean Kilbourne, and Lee Burton, one of Australia's leading media literacy educators. Conference brochure here.

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Reporters Without Britches

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Reporters Without Borders caught with their pants down

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Unspin the Spin: Jeff Cohen in Seattle, May 23

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On May 23, Reclaim the Media presents noted media critic Jeff Cohen, speaking on Overcoming Mainstream Media Spin: Exploring the Role of Independent Media.. Cohen, founder of the Media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, is also co-author (with Norman Solomon) of The Wizards of Media Oz, and produced Phil Donahue's ill-fated talk show on MSNBC. Come hear Jeff's outsider/insider perspective and become a more effective media citizen!

[ Monday, May 23, 7pm; Kane Hall 110, University of Washington ]
[ event cosponsored by Reclaim the Media, the Seattle Alliance for Media Education, the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, Newground Social Investment, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, Seattle Veterans for Peace, KBCS 91.3fm Community Radio and YES! Magazine ]

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Independent, unembedded: journalist Dahr Jamail on Iraq

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Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, independent journalist Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for numerous outlets including Inter Press Service and The Nation; his voice is often heard on international broadcasts from the BBC and Democracy Now!, among others. Just returned from covering the elections in Iraq, Jamail visits several Northwest communities, Feb. 18-22. He will share direct insights about the war, the occupation, and the people of Iraq. Check out our events box (left) or Jamail's site for details!

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Election 2004 and Beyond: What's at Stake?

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Politics getting you down? Turn off the TV, step away from the computer and come out for some of the sharpest political analysis you're likely to hear this season. The avowedly non-partisan speaking tour Election 2004 and Beyond: What's At Stake? features whistleblower activist Daniel Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers), fearless peace activist Medea Benjamin (Code Pink, United for Peace and Justice), and media watchdog journalist Norman Solomon (Institute for Public Accuracy, Target Iraq). Catch the tour next week in Seattle, Tacoma or Olympia; the Tacoma appearance on Sept. 30 coincides nicely with the first presidential debate.

[ OLYMPIA - Weds. Sept. 29, 7pm: Capitol Theater ]
[ TACOMA - Thurs. Sept. 30, 6pm watch debate/8pm speakers: Univ. of Puget Sound ]
[ SEATTLE - Fri. Oct. 1, 7pm: Univ. Temple Methodist Church ]

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John Nichols tackles Cheney: Sept. 21 in Seattle

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Do Americans really want Dick Cheney running their country? That's the question behind Dick: The Man Who Is President, the new examination of the Cheney Bush presidency by journalist and media activist John Nichols. This Tuesday, Nichols comes to Seattle to discuss his book, the upcoming election and the media's role in shaping public political discourse in the US. Nichols is Washington correspondent for The Nation, co-founder of Free Press and author of several books on the media and presidential politics. The free event is Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5.30pm, downstairs at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

[ Buzzflash interview w/ Nichols ]
[ Democracy Now! on Cheney ]
[ Cheney: Vice President of the Apocalypse ]

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New film outs Fox

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You've heard the buzz - now see the film. Outfoxed, the new documentary by director Robert Greenwald (Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War) examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. The film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
See the film on Fri. July 23 at a Seattle screening presented by Reclaim the Media and Wallingford
Neighbors for Peace, or on June 18 at one of many
house parties.

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Seattle media watch group focuses on Iraq

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A new media accountability organization, the
Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism
, has formed in Seattle. The group plans to monitor and critique local media on significant issue coverage, beginning with coverage of Iraq, but also plans to engage directly with the press, establishing dialogue between journalists and local experts to help humanize coverage of complex and often-distant subjects. "The media are failing us," CCRJ co-founder Bert Sacks told Counterpunch. "The media failed to ask critical questions about weapons of mass destruction, simply repeating what the government said without much investigation or without much critical questioning." Sacks hopes to mobilize thousands of readers in Seattle to contact local print and broadcast media and say, "This is not acceptable to us. You are failing in your function in a democracy." In 1999, Sacks' personal outreach to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's foreign editor convinced the paper to send a reporter to Iraq with Sacks, and to publish a landmark, award-winning eight-page spread on the effects of US sanctions. The CCRJ is currently gathering signatures in order to demonstrate broad community support for its project.

[ Citizens Committee for Responsible Journalism ]
[ Seattle P-I's March 99 special section on Iraq ]
[ Patty Murray's letter distributing the P-I report to the Senate ]
[ Bert Sacks: advice for working with the media ]

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Amy Goodman and Robert McChesney in Seattle, May 6-7

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Media scholar and former Seattle independent media publisher Robert McChesney has been a central figure in the recent media reform insurgency across the US. His books and articles on the history of US media policy, global media governance and media activism include many landmark titles, including his latest: The Problem of the Media. Hear Bob speak at 7:30pm Thursday, May 6 at the University of Washington's Kane Hall, room 120. A portion of proceeds will benefit Reclaim the Media.

Bill Clinton called Amy Goodman "hostile, combative and even disrespectful." Newt Gingrich called her "the kind of reporter I warned my mother about." The independent journalist and host of Democracy Now! will read from and discuss her first book, The Exception to the Rulers. Hear Amy speak at Town Hall on Friday, May 7, in a benefit for community radio station KBCS (also featuring music from a certain world-class guitarist

McChesney/The Problem of the Media: May 6, 7:30pm, Kane Hall 120
Goodman/The Exception to the Rulers: May 6, noon, HUB auditorium
KBCS Benefit with Amy Goodman: May 7, 7pm, Town Hall Seattle
[ Goodman and McChesney Tackle Media's Problems ]

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey