NYT trans letter a fight for media democracy
In a letter to New York Times leadership (2/15/23), more than 180 of the paper’s contributors (later swelling to more than 1,000) raised “serious concerns about editorial bias in the newspaper’s reporting on transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming people.”
New Yorker takes aim at people who still think Covid is a problem
There is an episode of the Fox animated series Family Guy where the family dog, Brian, is welcomed as a possible new contributor at the New Yorker.
The right turns anti-LGBTQ hate up to 11
In the past few years, the right-wing media have become laser-focused on transgender issues, not always attacking trans people individually, but instead claiming that children are being “groomed” to adopt “radical gender ideology,” and that rights for the trans community are infringing on the rights of children, women and Christians.
‘Liberal’ newspapers liked the Justices who will kill Roe
The leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that could destroy Roe v. Wade (Politico, 5/2/22) reportedly has the support of three justices appointed by Donald Trump. That’s important for a number of reasons.
The news is not that Israel has apartheid, but that Amnesty dares say so
Does the state of Israel now endorse cancel culture?
Reformist DAs spark Murdoch empire freakout
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who took office January 1, wasted no time getting in the headlines, telling his prosecutors (New York Times, 1/6/22) that they should seek “jail or prison time only for the most serious offenses—including murder, sexual assault and economic crimes involving vast sums of money.”
Media’s anti-‘woke’ mania moves social justice to the fringe
“Woke” is the label the aggrieved conservative suburbanite puts on the indignity of having to call their Starbucks barista “they” and finding Ibram X. Kendi on their child’s school reading list.
Politico’s Staff must toe new owner’s line—including endorsing Israel
It’s been a rough time for German media giant Axel Springer. The company ousted the top editor at Bild, one of its most influential right-wing newspapers, over sexual harassment charges (New York Times, 10/18/21).
Outrage at ProPublica tax leaks underscores their importance
The report doesn’t show illegal activity; that’s what makes it so damning.
WSJ rage at ‘woke’ China foreshadows new redbaiting of social justice activists
The Wall Street Journal editorial board has accused a major Chinese newspaper, and by extension the People’s Republic of China, of exploiting progressive rhetoric around racial justice to create division in the United States.