Media Mashup: September 8, 2015

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Americans hoped the election of the first black president in 2008 would help heal the racial division that has plagued this country for much of its history, but nearly half of voters think just the opposite has occurred.

Only 20% of Likely U.S. Voters believe President Obama has brought Americans of different races closer together, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Forty-seven percent (47%) think Obama has driven those of different races further apart instead. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say his words and actions have had no major impact either way.

Race in America II

Perhaps the most visible manifestation of racial division these days is the growing tension between the police and black Americans, especially those in the inner city. After the recent murders of police officers in Texas and Illinois, 58% of voters think there is a war on police. 

Some have criticized the president for his comments about the police after incidents involving white police officers and black suspects. Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe comments critical of the police by some politicians make ti more dangerous for officers to do their jobs.

Clinton Blues

After a week of silence by The Washington Post and columnist David Ignatius, the news organizations finally published a half-hearted disclosure that the key source in his colomn, Jeffrey Smith, who cleared Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing in her email scandal, has ties to Clinton. for details, see

Clinton Blues II

In case you missed this New York Times headline:

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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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