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  • By the author of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and of Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. A former journalist with a Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science, McPherson is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and a board member for the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

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Archive for June 13th, 2008

Happy Father’s Day…

Posted by James McPherson on June 13, 2008

… to all dads. Despite the price of gas, I’m off early tomorrow morning until Tuesday to spend a long weekend with my father and mother.

And speaking of fathers, perhaps no one better captured the importance of the relationship between fathers and sons than NBC newsman Tim Russert, who died yesterday. I’ve been watching and reading tributes to him from a lot of sources in media and politics. The question that keeps coming to mind–the one I like to think Russert would have asked–as I see people ranging from Keith Olbermann to half a dozen Fox News people comment on what a great journalist he was, is this: “If what Russert did was so great in terms of depth, fairness and journalistic integrity (and most of the time, it was), why don’t all the rest of you try harder to emulate him?”

Now that would be a proper way to honor the son of “Big Russ.”

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“Why we know less than ever about the world”

Posted by James McPherson on June 13, 2008

This is from a presentation by Alisa Miller, head of Public Radio International. In less than five minutes she summarizes several of the key problems I’ve discussed elsewhere in about network news coverage. Miller apparently uses some of the same maps from Worldmapper (a site well worth checking out) that I’ve used in classes to talk about various ways to see the world.

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