Whoever controls the media controls the mind.

  • Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex
    by (WNYC Studios) on June 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    On Monday, President Trump stood outside St. John's Episcopal Church, which had caught fire the day prior in protests for racial justice. When he brandished a Bible before photographers, Trump knew exactly what message he was sending: Christianity is under siege and the president is the defender of the faith. Never mind the fact that peaceful protesters, clergy among them, were driven from the area minutes before with tear gas to make way for the […]

  • Boiling Point
    by (WNYC Studios) on May 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Protestors are expressing outrage over police brutality while the president is threatening violence against them on Twitter. We follow how this latest chapter of unrest follows generations of pain, and how the Karen meme is shedding light on racism and entitlement during the pandemic. Plus: how do we get to a better place? And, Bob examines Twitter's efforts to address Trump's use of the platform. 1. Apryl Williams [@AprylW] of the University of […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg: Now is the time for your Oversight Board
    by Jeff Jarvis on June 1, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Like Mark Zuckerberg, I defend freedom of expression. Two days ago, I wrote this post about the value of hearing many voices, about history’s lessons regarding the protection of speech. But Donald Trump’s unfettered use of Facebook to sow division and encourage violence is not a matter of freedom of expression. There is no requirement The post Mark Zuckerberg: Now is the time for your Oversight Board appeared first on BuzzMachine.

  • Speech is not harmful: A lesson to be relearned
    by Jeff Jarvis on June 1, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Be careful what you clamor for. You demand that platforms deal with harmful speech. Then he whose speech is thus affected unleashes the dogs of Trump. They harass the platform and its employees for exercising their freedom of speech. They threaten to limit freedom of expression for everyone on that platform and the net — including you. The post Speech is not harmful: A lesson to be relearned appeared first on BuzzMachine.

  • New York Times public editor: Sen. Cotton’s op-ed was dishonest, not only reprehensible
    by Gabriel Snyder on June 4, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Yesterday, the New York Times Opinion section ran an Op-Ed column by Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a close ally of President Trump, under the provocative headline “Send in the Troops”.  The condemnation came swiftly. But this outrage cycle has been notable: it has been led by the Times newsroom. Many staffers,

  • Trump vs social media
    by Mathew Ingram on June 4, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Donald Trump’s preferred platform is social media. But he has managed to pick fights, and divide, even there. Twitter recently added a warning label to two of his tweets, with a link to a fact-check of the information he posted, and then blocked a third tweet with a message about violent content. Within days, Trump