Our media coverage is often dominated by one big story that crowds out nearly everything else. As an antidote, every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention. Please check out their favorite stories below, watch for this feature each week and use the comments section below to alert us to any important articles you feel warrant broader attention.
Buster Brown focuses on campaign donations in the 2012 election.
“Romney’s Personal Touch Pays Off With Campaign Donors,” by Michael Barbaro. The New York Times, June 20, 2012.
Fueled by big spenders, Romney raised $78 million, $18 million more than the President. By keeping donors informed about up-to-the-minute political strategy, quickly responding the emails, and providing unfettered access to the candidate himself, the Romney campaign could end up outraising Obama.
Marisa Carroll focuses on gender and sexuality.
“Stop our sperm, please,” by Irin Carmon. Salon, June 14, 2012.
In a week that brought us Michigan legislators getting rid of “vaginas” and the Catholic Health Association refusing to compromise on hormonal birth control, Irin Carmon at Salon brings men into the contraceptive picture. Her piece profiles the “reversible male contraceptive” Vasalgel and explores the ongoing struggle to place equal burden for birth control on men.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook focuses on the role of dissent in the United States.
“Stop Charles Barron, Now.” The New York Observer, June 20, 2012.
This factually challenged editorial is indicative of the manner in which dissent is managed in the United States–candidates who pose even the slightest threat to established dogma on US foreign policy and the system of white supremacy in the United States are presumed to be “racial arsonists” and “refugees from the 1960s.”
Andrea Jones focuses on focus on barriers to justice in the United States and abroad.
“An American Gulag: Descending into Madness at Supermax,” “Supermax: The Faces of a Prison’s Mentally Ill,” and “Supermax: The Constitution and Mentally Ill Prisoners,” by Andrew Cohen. The Atlantic, June 18, 19, and 20, 2012.
On June 18th, inmates filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Bureau of Prisons and officials at the high-security “Supermax” facility in southern Colorado. In this three-part series, The Atlantic chronicles the allegations set forth—that mentally ill prisoners were chronically neglected and subjected to inhumane treatment—as well as the personal stories of the plaintiffs and legal issues at hand.