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Media crisis 2004: summing up and moving forward

Some years back, I read a book about the emergence of the “post journalism era” cataloging the abandonment of a commitment to real news in the news business. It spoke of how packaging and “mechanics” and compression and infotainment defines the new uber-merged corporate media order.

At the time, that indictment seemed alarmist, and premature.

Not any more.

Media crisis 2004: summing up and moving forward

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2004 media person of the year: Jon Stewart

In 2004, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the popular Comedy Central program that lampoons news broadcasts, beat out traditional news shows to win the Television Critics Association’s honor for outstanding news and information programming. “The Daily Show” has been cited as an alternative source of news for a growing number of young people. In October, Stewart engaged in a widely discussed on-air verbal sparring match with the hosts of CNN’s “Crossfire” over journalism ethics.

Many readers submitted comments for posting on I WANT MEDIA. Eric Alterman, the media columnist for The Nation, said of Stewart: “Literally no one upheld the honor better of what remains of the media than did this ‘fake news’ comedian. He is our leader. How pathetic is that?”

2004 media person of the year: Jon Stewart

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Insurers Continue to Price-Gouge Doctors in Massachusetts Despite Dropping Medical Malpractice Payouts

According to Joanne Doroshow, Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy and AIR co-founder, “These findings undermine one of the central claims of interest groups who seek to blame the legal system for doctors’ insurance woes. In fact, the study shows that the causes of and solutions to this crisis lie not with the legal system (i.e., “tort reform”) but with reforming regulation of the insurance industry, which has been unfairly charging doctors excessive rates to make up for their own investment losses.”

Insurers Continue to Price-Gouge Doctors in Massachusetts Despite Dropping Medical Malpractice Payouts

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How About Not ‘Curing’ Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading

“People don’t suffer from Asperger’s,” Justin said. “They suffer because they’re depressed from being left out and beat up all the time.”

That, at least, was what happened to these students at mainstream schools before they found refuge here.

But unlike many programs for autistics, this school’s program does not try to expunge the odd social behaviors that often make life so difficult for them. Its unconventional aim is to teach students that it is O.K. to “act autistic” and also how to get by in a world where it is not.

How About Not ‘Curing’ Us, Some Autistics Are Pleading

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The Fox Is in Microsoft’s Henhouse (and Salivating)

Mr. Schare of Microsoft does have one suggestion for those who cannot use the latest patches in Service Pack 2: buy a new personal computer. By the same reasoning, the security problems created by a car’s broken door lock could be solved by buying an entirely new automobile. The analogy comes straight from Mr. Schare. “It’s like buying a car,” he said. “If you want to get the latest safety features, you have to buy the latest model.”

In this case, the very latest model is not a 2001 Internet Explorer, but a 2004 Firefox.

The Fox Is in Microsoft’s Henhouse (and Salivating)

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Poll shows U.S. views on Muslim-Americans

The survey found 44 percent favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Forty-eight percent said liberties should not be restricted in any way.

The survey showed that 27 percent of respondents supported requiring all Muslim-Americans to register where they lived with the federal government. Twenty-two percent favored racial profiling to identify potential terrorist threats. And 29 percent thought undercover agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations to keep tabs on their activities and fund-raising.
…and 20 percent favored requiring all muslims to carry identification cards and wear “crescent and moon” badges.

Poll shows U.S. views on Muslim-Americans