Category: National News

The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one?

Most sailors know an anchor weighing just a fraction of the boat’s weight will help her stay put. If so, the CBC is sending a message that to steady the good ship The National, it needs not one or two, but four anchors. Monday’s debut of the revamped The National newscast has audiences wondering if four anchors are four […]

More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent shutdown order

“Why does he continue unilaterally acting like a king?” Woodfill, former chair of the Harris County Republican Party, said of Abbott in an interview. “He’s sentencing bar owners to bankruptcy.” Announcing the shutdown Friday, Abbott said the actions of his executive order “are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.” Dozens […]

WHAT’S BEHIND COVID-19 CONSPIRACY THEORIES?

“The work on conspiracy theories surprises me every day because I’m troubled by the general lack of trust in so many institutions – political and health institutions – that have been trusted for a long time,” says Dr Robin Canniford, Senior Lecturer in Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the […]

Measuring the media agenda: How to research news coverage trends on topics

The amount of media coverage that different subjects receive can affect public knowledge and opinion on that issue, which in turn can influence policy makers and legislators, both in terms of setting the agenda and influencing its direction. Likewise, the more politicians and the public are concerned with certain subjects, the more likely they are to be covered in the […]

Clarion Ledger: Mississippi prof, who went to school with Brett Kavanaugh, sues HuffPost

A Mississippi man has filed a lawsuit against HuffPost alleging defamation.  CLARION LEDGER: A Gulfport professor and advocate is suing the national news website HuffPost alleging defamation involving a September 2018 story on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s days at Georgetown Prep school. Derrick Evans’ lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport […]

Why ‘herd immunity’ is a distraction

There has been a spectrum of actions taken by governments to address near-term prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The extremes have ranged from total lockdowns (e.g., Italy, Belgium and Spain); to legal enforcement of quarantines and contact tracing (e.g., Canada and Germany); to much lighter forms of restriction (e.g., Denmark and Norway); to even […]

Keep the Flame Lit for Investigative Journalism

Walter Robinson was playing to the crowd. Now famous as the investigative editor played by Michael Keaton in the movie “Spotlight,” Mr. Robinson and other real-life Boston Globe journalists were in Lower Manhattan a few weeks ago, telling war stories in ProPublica’s newsroom, just before the New York film premiere. Describing a moment in late […]

When Transplant Organs Go Missing in Transit

WHEN A HUMAN HEART was left behind by mistake on a Southwest Airlines plane in 2018, transplant officials downplayed the incident. They emphasized that the organ was used for valves and tissues, not to save the life of a waiting patient, so the delay was inconsequential. “It got to us on time, so that was the most important […]

Kathy Brandt, A Hospice Expert Who Invited The World Into Her Own Last Days With Cancer, Dies

Kathy Brandt, a hospice industry leader who turned her own terminal cancer diagnosis into a public conversation about choices at the end of life, died Aug. 4. She was 54. Brandt’s death was announced on social media by her wife and partner of 18 years, Kimberly Acquaviva, 47, a professor of nursing and author of […]

NRA Under Fire – Leadership Facing Fraud Charges

Photo Courtesy: Freelancers Union In a lawsuit filed on August 6th, New York’s Attorney General is pursuing the dissolution of the National Rifle Association. This claim comes from an 18-month investigation into the gun rights group, raising allegations of fraud and abuse. Due to a pervasive culture of corruption, Attorney General Letitia James advocates shutting […]