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.
“Exclusive: Adelson’s Pro-Romney Donations Will Be ‘Limitless,’ Could Top $100M,” by Steven Bertoni. Forbes, June 13, 2012.
I’m firmly against the Citizens United ruling. It seems obvious that the Abramoff-like lobbyists in Washington are a corrosive force in our political system, precisely because money can better engender political change than any passionate plea. And that’s just a micro-example of a macro-trend: Every year more money seems to pour into politics than good will. Look no further than what the Koch brother’s did in the Wisconsin recall. Now, gearing up to the 2012 presidential election, we have overzealous men like Sheldon Adelson who are willing to funnel hundred of millions of dollars into PACs in order to influence the game.
Marisa Carroll focuses on gender and sexuality.
“Where Will CeCe McDonald Serve Her Time? The Devil is in the Details,” by Akiba Solomon. Colorlines, June 8, 2012.
Last week, CeCe McDonald—“the 24-year-old black transwoman prosecuted for surviving a white supremacist and transphobic assault”—and her supporters were dealt another disturbing blow, when the state of Minnesota announced that McDonald would be housed in a male corrections facility. At Colorlines, Akiba Solomon breaks down how McDonald’s inhumane treatment, including being placed in “administrative containment” (essentially, solitary confinement) for extended periods in the name of protecting her safety, is typical for transpeople in the prison system and analyzes how the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) may influence the McDonald’s fate.
Matthew Cunningham-Cook focuses on the role of dissent in the contemporary United States.
“2 Court Cases at Once for Family of Bronx Man Killed by the Police,” by Russ Buetner. The New York Times, June 12, 2012.