Media Mashup: August 19, 2015

 

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Thailand: The Voice of America

It may sound like an esoteric argument, but should an “independent” news organization use a government employee to provide a journalistic report?

That’s what happened when a Voice of America reporter in Thailand provided accounts to numerous accounts to U.S. outlets about the bombing in Bangkok.

I don’t find it troublesome that he would have provided eyewitness information in interviews about the bombing, but I find it troubling that news accounts failed to explain that the VOA is a propaganda arm of the Obama administration.

On second thought, does that make him significantly different from most journalists? For details, see http://bit.ly/1MxJKik

Philadelphia: The Voice of Censorship

Drexel University and Temple University, where I teach, have come under FIRE (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) for their anti-free speech codes.

Each institution maintains written policies restricting students’ right to free speech. FIRE calls these restrictions “speech codes,” and, between them, Drexel and Temple have a number of such restrictions in their policy materials. These codes prevent students from speaking freely, cast a chill over campus discussion and dialogue, and threaten disciplinary action for speech and expressive activity that should be encouraged — not punished — in a college setting. Read more at http://bit.ly/1TST7yN

The Voice of Mostly Conservatives

Here are the latest ratings of conservative news and opinion sites, which are ordered using their rankings at Alexa.com Some of these are center-right, libertarian or more middle-of-the-road sites, but they are included because they do publish center-right opinion pieces on a regular basis. See http://bit.ly/1MxJOhT

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu

 

 

 

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