Opinions

For the Media, Popularity is an Uphill Climb

The Trump administration has called the media dishonest, fake, and unreliable, and it’s clear that these attacks are designed to undercut the legitimacy of the mainstream media. This is the administration’s strategy for winning over public opinion: shut down criticism by going after the credibility

Why We Need Cameras in the Supreme Court

House Resolution 464, the Cameras in the Courtroom Act, is the most recent effort to bring cameras into the Supreme Court. Recently, the legislation moved to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet where it is likely to die. However, the idea of

When Propaganda Turns “Presidential”

Last Tuesday, Donald Trump gave a joint address to Congress to discuss his progress so far as president and his plans going forward. Most of the mainstream media reacted quite positively to the speech, deeming Trump “presidential,” and saying his speech was even “inspirational.” But,

Calling All Slacktivists: Do More

As social, political and environmental injustices seem increasingly prevalent, it can be difficult to handle feelings of powerlessness. But is “slacktivism” the best way to combat the unfairness we see around us? Though well-meaning, slacktivists tend to perpetuate social cycles of complacency and dishonesty which

Betsy DeVos Isn’t 6 Years Old, Black, or in the 1960s

Disclaimer: This article contains graphic language. On February 15, a political cartoonist falsely compared a protest hindering Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a public school to protests hindering Ruby Bridges from attending a white school as a young black girl in 1960. The protests Ruby

Facebook is Becoming a News Organization

In August, I analyzed how Facebook was impacting the news industry with its news feed and trending stories algorithms. News outlets have been using Facebook to get their stories viewed, but are not necessarily promoting the most informational stories. Just a few months later, it

The Lügenpresse: How to Quell a Vestige of Hate

God forbid you spend any time on a white-nationalist 4Chan or Reddit page, you’ll probably see the word “Lügenpresse.” Some might recall Trump supporters yelling the word at journalists at a rally last year. Increasingly, Trump supporters and the alt-right have adopted the term to

Can Whistleblowers Work with Media in Trump’s America?

Unamerican. Spy. Traitor. Edward Snowden’s name brings these words to mind for many Americans. The former NSA contractor has become a household name for his role as a global surveillance whistleblower, and reintroduced many Americans to the concept of whistleblowing. While many dispute the legitimacy