Friends and colleagues remember Ellen Willis, political essayist,
journalist, rock critic and valued contributor to The
Nation, who died November 9.
Do newspapers really need special pages for political pronouncements, stentorian tone and candidate endorsements?
Journalism's in crisis, crushed by Wall Street and tarnished by a
failure of nerve. As newspapers die and fake news proliferates, who will
provide reliable information vital to a functioning democracy?
Her writing--sharp, satirical, infused with the spirit of skepticism--reminds us that dissent rescues democracy from a quiet death behind closed doors.
Why did America's so-called liberal media find it so easy to support Bush's Iraq disaster? You won't find answers in the US media: Try The London Review of Books.
How can the MSM maintain they hold themselves to higher standards than
the Drudge-driven political blogosphere when they ape its most
The killing of Anna Politkovskaya has rallied her journalistic
colleagues and fellow citizens in a way few other recent events have.
Bob Woodward is late to the party: His new book, State of Denial,
catches up to the story of the Iraq debacle that other journalists have
been reporting for years.
The notion that the function of journalists is to explain "the truth" is about as quaint as America's participation in the Geneva Conventions.
Bill Clinton maintains that the mainstream media has misrepresented his
record on fighting terror. But it will take a generation to meaningfully assess his effectiveness.