Crown thy good with brotherhood

Opinion By William A. Babcock The more things change, the more they remain the same. That’s particularly true of America’s not-so-beloved song and lyrics the United States has had as its National Anthem since 1931. Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” some 200 years ago.  …

Press stronger, Trump weaker after one year

By William H. Freivogel No president has created more media. No president is such a creation of media. No president has expressed such disdain for mainstream media. No president has so frequently denied facts. No president has lied so frequently. No president has so readily embraced hoaxes and conspiracy theories. No president moved so swiftly…

The view from the Harrisburg Hardees

By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer and William Recktenwald The local paper looks a lot different to Harrisburg, Ill. residents Karen and David Stilley than to fellow residents Mike and Angella Gauch. To the Stilleys the SE Illinois News is a welcome replacement for the retrenching local paper, the Harrisburg Register. To the Gauches, the paper is…

Reporting local news from thousands of miles away

By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer, William Recktenwald and William H. Freivogel The journalists’ beats are small Illinois towns. But the reporters live, work and write in Idaho, Texas, Oregon and British Columbia, seldom or never setting foot in the communities they cover. Most are freelancers who hear about work with Interactive Content Services by reading Internet…

Chinese media lavish praise on Trump and his tweet

By Lu Fan The People’s Daily overseas edition compared the meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi to the historical visit of President Nixon to China 45 years ago. That hyperbolic comparison was in line with the rosy evaluations of the trip from the government-influenced Chinese media, which complained U.S. mainstream media had deceived…

Disinformation, distraction & diversion

By William H. Freivogel Opinion President Donald Trump, together with eager sycophants in the right-wing media and the Republican Congress, is using the oldest trick in the book to fool the American people — blame the other guy and get people to look the other way. Everyone has seen it on the playground when the…

The view from China

By Lu Fan Chinese media think that U.S. and South Korean media are inaccurately framing relations between China and North Korea as China acting as big brother to the North. This inaccurate framing results in an expectation that China will take an important role in controlling North Korea’s nuclear program. It’s called “China’s responsibility theory.”…