Media Mashup: September 3, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 4.35.06 AMFreedom of Speech

When 63-year-old Elaine Fyrdrych of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, she apparently started a small trend with what was written in his obituary: “Elaine requests, ‘In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.’”

Several other people listed the same request in their obituaries. Recent polls show that older people don’t think much of Clinton by an almost two-to-one margin. For details, see

Freedom to Hide?

It’s hard to keep the scandals straight from the Obama administration. But remember the IRS scandal? A mid-level bureaucrat, Lois Lerner, targeted conservative groups. The Wall Street Journal has a great article on how Lerner also had a troublesome private server. See

Freedom to Reveal?

After the Philly Naked Bike Ride recently wheeled through the city, we applaud a Boston school for imposing a dress code to stop students only wearing tight yoga pants. The new rule requires yoga pants must be worn with a dress, skirt or shorts.Female students there say they shouldn’t be forced to cover their bodies, arguing that the code seems like the imposition of niqabs under Islamic law. Seriously?  Isn’t it time to have a bit of modesty in public again? 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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