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

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

The Voice of Mostly Conservatives

Here are the latest ratings of conservative news and opinion sites, which are ordered using their rankings at 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

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





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