4th Estate analyzed a sample of leading media outlets from
Nov. 1, 2011 through May 1, 2012. During this period, eighty-one percent of the
sources quoted in print articles about abortion were men. Seventy-five percent
of those quoted in articles about birth control were men. Sixty-seven percent
of those quoted in articles about Planned Parenthood were men.
If you’ve ever doubted the existence of “fake news” — the trend in which newscasts pass off paid advertisements as actual reporting — these segments, courtesy of the volcanic-haired late-night funnyman, should put those doubts to rest.
month, federal agencies and local officials sent two powerful but conflicting
messages to the American public about our right to record.
May 14, the Justice Department submitted a letter to the Baltimore Police Department that provided in-depth guidance
on citizens' right to record. The letter was submitted as part of a court
case that dates back to 2010. The plaintiff, Christopher Sharp, alleges that
after filming the arrest of his friend in Baltimore, police confiscated his
mobile phone and deleted the video.
Since 2008, we have seen dramatic newsroom cuts at America’s major
daily newspapers, and we’ve even seen some of our nation’s longest-running
papers cease operations altogether.
Today the New York Times is reporting
more big cuts. David Carr writes that "The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which
distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its
aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print
publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the
When President Obama signed the Local Community Radio
Act, we at the Main Street Project knew we wanted to be part of this new era in radio. The LCRA
created the potential for thousands of stations to join the airwaves across the
United States. A Low Power FM station has the strength of about a 100-watt
light bulb and a signal that typically covers a range of three to five miles.