8:02 AM, Aug 27, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to school the entertainment industry media when it comes to reporting on substance abuse and mental health disorders. In a notice posted this week on behalf of HHS's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the agency indicates its desire to show the entertainment industry "how the use of language can affect the broader community as it relates to mental and/or substance use disorder issues." SAMHSA intends to examine the "anatomy of current language that is used to refer to persons in recovery" by entertainment media and replace it with "appropriate terminology."
The vehicle chosen by SAMHSA to instruct the media is a series of live panel-discussion webcasts to be produced by the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) of Reston, Virginia. The government intends to award a contract to EIC unless another vendor can demonstrate by September 2nd its ability to duplicate what EIC has to offer. The EIC is a non-profit founded in 1983 by entertainment industry leaders "to provide information, awareness and understanding of major health and social issues among the entertainment industries and to audiences at large." HHS notes that EIC has partnered with organizations such as the News Corporation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and FX Networks in an effort to see health and social issues portrayed realistically in films, TV, music, and even comic books.
The target audience for the webcasts is not simply writers, but producers, production staff (technical and non-technical), and entertainment industry magazine editors, as well. Webcast participants will include "persons in recovery from mental and or substance use disorders" in addition to social marketing and behavioral health professionals. The former group will share "potential negative consequences of not using appropriate language" and provide "examples of experiences lived by those in recovery as a result."
HHS has contracted with EIC in the past to produce Entertainment Industry Public Health Education Webinars (2013), to help organize Major League Baseball events for Recovery Month (2009), as well as various public health campaigns over the years at least as far back as 2004. The organization has also done work for the Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control.
Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By LEE SMITH
During the six weeks of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has used human shields—women and children—to protect its infrastructure in Gaza. This tactic is meant either to deter Israel from striking at the rockets, attack tunnels, and terrorists that threaten it, or—and for Hamas this is much preferable—to force the Israeli military to fire on Palestinian civilians.
12:02 PM, Jul 30, 2014 • By JONATHAN MARKS
Recently National Journal’s Ron Fournier published this story, “Why Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very,
1:06 PM, Jul 15, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Someone I'm related to by marriage has written a superb column on the problem of media ignorance. The fact I'm not a disinterested observer shouldn't stop me from noting that the column and the event that prompted it has attracted some attention. The piece is pegged to a much discussed interview talk radio star Hugh Hewitt conducted with Zach Carter, the Huffington Post’s “senior political economy reporter.” Hewitt asked Carter why he was spouting off various critical opinions related to Dick Cheney and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Certainly, Carter's not alone here -- the rise of ISIS has had liberal journalists queuing up to insist President Obama bears minimal responsibility for the disintegration of the situation in Iraq. Joe Biden bet his vice presidency Iraq would extend the Status of Forces Agreement, and had they not failed, it might well have prevented the current mess. But here we are.
7:01 AM, Jul 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Agence France-Presse State Department correspondent Jo Biddle is claiming on Twitter that members of the media traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry to China "have had their bank accounts hacked."
12:01 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Maggie Flick of Reuters is reporting that:
Three Al Jazeera journalists were jailed for seven years in Egypt on Monday after a court convicted them of helping a "terrorist organisation" by spreading lies, in a case that has raised questions about the country's respect for media freedom.
Yes, that would raise questions. But:
Egyptian officials have said the case is not linked to freedom of expression and that the journalists raised suspicions by operating without proper accreditation.
10:23 AM, Jun 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the print edition of Politico, columnist Roger Simon asks, "Will the Real Hillary Clinton Please Stop Talking?"
It's a provocative title for a piece on someone who might be the first female president of the United States. So provocative, in fact, that Politico changed the title for the online edition of the column. "Can Hillary Clinton be herself and still win?" the title now reads.
12:33 PM, May 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Reporting on the administration’s bungle that blew the cover of the CIA’s Afghanistan station chief, Paul Richter of the Los Angeles Times does a little egregious falsifying of the historical record. The objective, apparently, was to remind readers of how nasty the Bush administration was by comparison. Obama, you see, might be inept. But Bush … well, he was evil.
On page one.1:11 PM, Apr 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The front page of today's Denver Post skips Easter. Its main focus? Marijuana.
"All weed, no Easter on Denver Post's page one," says media reporter Jim Romenesko.
3:34 PM, Mar 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The professional press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
It's just a show.8:43 AM, Mar 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too.
11:26 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Jay Carney is concerned that the press in China -- the foreign press there -- is facing "restrictions."
10:49 AM, Dec 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Appearing with Piers Morgan on CNN, Barbara Walters summed up The Grand Disillusionment this way
11:05 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Dan Rather is still at it. The story that brought him down was true, he claims, unlike the one that is the cause of Lara Logan’s difficulties. On CNN, Rather said: