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What the Ryan Lochte Fiasco Tells Us about the News Media and Selective Outrage

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  • This whole fiasco seems like a classic case of the news media suddenly doing their job in a way that actually exposes how and why they so rarely do so when it really matters.
  • Related: Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying,

John Ziegler, Mediaite

http://static01.mediaite.com/med/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ryan-Lochte-818-e1471534064803-1.jpg August 21st, 2016 | Ryan Lochte is a dope and liar who, if the world was universally just, deserves every bit of criticism and of the consequences which are coming his way for the inaccurate story he told at the Olympics a week ago. However, in my view, there is also little doubt that, had the circumstances been only slightly different, the news media would have given him a pass, or maybe even made him into some sort of hero. The selective outrage over Lochte’s lies tells us a lot about how the news media works (or, often, doesn’t) in these situations and how they decide who gets destroyed and who does not.

To be very clear, what Lochte did warrants condemnation. What happened at that Rio gas station, as he has belatedly admitted, was started by him. His dramatic distortion of the story caused a lot of damage for which he is solely responsible. He put his teammates in a horrendous position not of their making and damaged the reputation of the city of Rio and this Olympic Games. As a price for all of this, he has been tortured in the news media and his swimming, media and endorsement career are all, very likely, effectively over.

John Ziegler is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and documentary filmmaker.

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

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Copspeak: 7 Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth

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  • The close relationship between reporters and police is often marked by diffusion of language from the police PR team to the front page. In the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, here are some examples of how “copspeak” — or jargon used by police departments — is internalized by journalists covering police violence, and how it affects the public’s perception of crime and police brutality.
  • Related: Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying

Adam Johnson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

July 11, 2016 | 1. “Officer-involved shooting”http://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/OfficerInvolvedShooting-e1468266009910.png

Probably the most popular and most frequently criticized example of copspeak, “officer-involved shooting” is a textbook example of what Robert Jay Lifton called a “thought-terminating cliche.” It describes an act of violence without assigning blame and is almost never used for when a police officer is the victim, only when the police have shot someone — justified or not.

By describing an event alongside the person who did it without connecting the two, “officer-involved shooting” vaguely alludes to what happened without the emotional response this would normally evoke. “Such phraseology,” Orwell wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” “is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.”

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

 

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Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

Dan Tynan, Quora / Huffington Post

http://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/images.jpg?w=225 08/04/2016 | Journalism is on a respirator — and the prognosis isn’t good.

Listen, there is more media today than ever in our history — there’s probably two or three times as much media now as a year ago, and probably 10 times as much as three years ago. We are swimming in it. But journalism? Actual, fact-based, multiple-sourced, authority-questioning journalism? It’s on the endangered species list.

Mass media is corporate owned, thus the narrative is extremely narrow. With the exception of sudden horrific events, which seem to be coming on a continual basis these days, it’s pretty much scripted and numbers driven, especially on 24/7 cable. Which is why The Donald is still with us today, threatening us all with the rise of New American Fascism — he’s ratings gold.

Dan Tynan, tech journalist, Quora

Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

 

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The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Huffington Post 

  • So long as the media continues to give airtime to the Trump campaign’s fear-mongering and race-baiting, he stands a real chance to win this election. Because as powerful as Mr. Khan’s impassioned speech was, fear is is all the more powerful, and has helped many a demagogue win many an election across the world.
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Meet the Full-Service Social Media Secretary for Prisoners

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How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.

Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project

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06.28.2016 | Early one May morning, Renea Royster arrived at her son’s apartment, pulled out her laptop, and scrolled through the dozens of messages from prisoners that had collected in her inbox overnight. She began her daily grind of copy-paste — moving messages sent via CorrLinks, an email service available to federal inmates, to the Facebook pages they had paid her to create in their names.

Renea read out a post that one of her clients had asked her to put on his Facebook page. It was a paean to Hillary Clinton. “Everybody stops and looks her way, and when she talks everybody shuts up and listens,” she read aloud to her son Phil, who chuckled. “That’s the other type of shit that makes me hard-up! Go Hillary! You are one bad bitch!”

Maurice Chammah is a staff writer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty, and a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt. He plays the violin and has toured with the band Mother Falcon.

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The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

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  • So long as the media continues to give airtime to the Trump campaign’s fear-mongering and race-baiting, he stands a real chance to win this election. Because as powerful as Mr. Khan’s impassioned speech was, fear is is all the more powerful, and has helped many a demagogue win many an election across the world.
  • Related: Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Huffington Post

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08/02/2016 | There are more than 5,000 Muslims serving in various branches of the military according to the Pentagon, a fact that alone should serve as a foil to those hoping to perpetuate this idea that the War on Terror is somehow a war against Islam, a clash of civilizations, an example that Islam is incompatible with Western values, or as Trump told Anderson Cooper on CNN, “ I think Islam hates us”.

Yet, there I was at 5:45 a.m. on CNN having yet another debate spurred by Trump’s bigoted, arrogant, and belligerent attacks on Muslims, except this time, on a mother and father who immigrated to America with their son, a captain in the Army who was awarded the Purple Heart along with he Bronze Star, in recognition for his bravery when he was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004.

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, VICE Correspondent & Emmy-nominated Journalist

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Why Donald Trump Could Be the Next President of the United States, Alan Minsky, Truthdig

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  • As we move on to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, let’s be clear: The great tragedy of the moment is not rooted in the Republican Party’s self-cannibalization. It’s with a Democratic Party that “successfully” suffocated responsible answers to the crises consuming our world. Indeed, as Hillary Clinton’s selection of the milquetoast Tim Kaine as her vice president shows, the Dems have put forward a candidate who embodies an establishment widely recognized as having betrayed the majority of the American public.
  • All of which leaves us with the very real possibility of President Donald Trump being inaugurated on Jan. 20.
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