Giving a face to cheerleaders’ protest

Opinion By Brian Muñoz My heart still pounds when I think about taking that first photograph, scanning Saluki Stadium during the national anthem and looking for a football player that knelt during the anthem at the first home football game. I shifted my gaze and saw three kneeling cheerleaders. I took a deep breath and knew…

A media holiday wish

Opinion By William A. Babcock The New York Times is to be commended for its in-depth, ongoing reporting of sex abuse. Beginning with its reporting of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults on women and following up with stories of a string of similar activities by men in high places, the Times has done a great service to…

Illinois’ ‘independent’ news network publishes pro-Rauner propaganda

‘Hyperlocal’ news written from afar By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer, William Recktenwald and William H. Freivogel This report is the work of an investigative reporting class in the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The project analyzed public records about an interlocking network of conservative news organizations connected to the free market, anti-tax, anti-union…

Xi and the media: strange bedfellows

By William A. Babcock Opinion China’s 19th Party Congress has concluded. As expected, Xi Jinping was confirmed for a second five-year term. But just as his re-election was expected, China’s media coverage of the event was predictable. Not only was China Daily News’ English-language coverage of the Conference predictably positive, but all other media here,…

Sinclair’s right-wing agenda troubling

  By Don Corrigan Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s plan to buy Chicago-based Tribune Media Co. for $3.9 billion has come under fire and there’s no shortage of local and national critics. Criticism is also being directed at the FCC, which will violate its own rules for reining in monopoly media growth if commissioners seal the deal…

Algorithms monitor marketplace of ideas

By Fu Tao and William A. Babcock Algorithms are pervasive in our daily lives. Every action we accomplish online could not be achieved without them. As evidence, simply quickly thumb through New York Times articles from this year and you will easily find coverage on how algorithms are designed to complete tasks that had not…

First Amendment expert calls Post-Dispatch editorial on protests ‘irresponsible’ and imprecise

Publisher’s note:  Gregory Magarian, one of the nation’s leading First Amendment experts and a professor at Washington University Law School, criticized the Sunday Post-Dispatch editorial for irresponsibly lumping together violent and non-violent protests.  He sent this letter to the Post-Dispatch Editorial Editor Tod Robberson after the editorial criticized actions of protesters following the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. Magarian…