Media elite talks ‘blue-collar’ journalism. Their approach could make things more dangerous for US

There is nothing inherently wrong with being rich, or educated. As studies have shown forever, these two things are very closely related in the U.S. The wrongness happens when elites no longer give a crap about people who are struggling. … Continue reading Media elite talks ‘blue-collar’ journalism. Their approach could make things more dangerous for US

Signs of Discontent

Signs Of Discontent Billboard wordplay has caught the Blazers off guard and angered some feminists. BY THACHER SCHMID | 503-243-2122 [December 8th, 2010] It takes a second glance to realize that some billboards in the city that’s home to the Trail Blazers aren’t a typo. The capital letters, several feet tall and a dozen wide, spell the words “TAIL BLAZERS” and are nestled between the faces of actors Charlie Sheen and Neil Patrick Harris. They’re plastered on at least three billboards and one MAX light-rail train as part of a NW32/KRCW ad campaign to pitch two TV series, Sheen’s Two … Continue reading Signs of Discontent

A Cheesehead’s Musings on the Sunday NYT (Counterpunch)

Here’s a little media criticism I wrote for the underground / activist website Counterpunch.org in 2004: America is a big, gorgeous country. Thank the heavens, also diverse. If the fate of all Americans is intertwined in some way, it’s also a good bet that the world looks different from Wisconsin than from New York. Now, this is no diatribe on the evils of the East Coast or the insular politics of the D.C. “beltway.” Here in the land of Brett Favre and Ahman Green, we embrace our friends on the coasts, in the south and in the mountains. But honesty … Continue reading A Cheesehead’s Musings on the Sunday NYT (Counterpunch)