Media Mashup: December 23, 2015

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Students at Oberlin College aren’t happy with the food service’s treatment of Asian recipes, calling them culturally inappropriate. It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with all of these microaggressions!

In statements to the Oberlin Review, international students bemoan the “gross manipulation” of such recipes as General Tsao’s chicken, sushi and bahn mi.

“How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?”

In one incident, Vietnamese student Diep Nguyen recalls being disappointed after encountering a “cheap imitation” bahn mi recipe that featured ciabatta bread, pulled pork and coleslaw in place of a baguette and pickled vegetables. “How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?” he asks.

In another gastronomic error, one student found the General Tsao’s chicken was made with steamed chicken rather than fried and covered in a sauce that was “so weird that I didn’t even try.” The sushi, too, fell flat with a student who said “the undercooked rice and lack of fresh fish is disrespectful.” College junior Tomoyo Joshi tells the paper, “When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture.”

This dorm food sure sounds a lot better than anything I ever had in college.

Obama Blames Media For Islamic State Failures

The National Review on the media, Obama and the self-proclaimed Islamic State:

“When President Obama sat down with Steve Inskeep from NPR shortly before jetting off to Hawaii for his annual year-end luau, he gave both supporters and critics a lot to chew on heading into a new year in regards to everything from free speech on campus to the Republican primary field. But the main focus was on his continuing strategy, or rather, lack thereof, for combating domestic terror attacks. He took the occasion to once again blame the messengers in the media instead of the faulty strategy coming from his administration. When asked what the public might be missing about his strategy, given that a majority of them disapprove of it, Obama replied simply that news coverage hasn’t been very fair to him.”


Unfortunately, TV Remains Key Source On Politics

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters say they get most of their political news from television. This includes 37% who rely mostly on cable news networks and 20% who prefer traditional TV news networks. Twenty-two percent (22%) turn to the Internet for political news, while another two percent (2%) rely on social media. Nine percent (9%) still get their political fix from newspapers, while six percent (6%) say that of radio. Four percent (4%) get their political news predominately from friends and family or from some other source.

Last year with a highly charged electoral battle for control of Congress, 44% of voters were most likely to get their political news from television, while 30% said they preferred to use the Internet. Two years ago, 54% planned on getting their political news from cable news or traditional TV news networks, while 24% preferred the Internet for such information.

Republicans are much more likely than Democrats and voters not affiliated with either party to get their news from cable news networks and are less likely to rely on the Internet.

MediaMashup will return on Monday. Merry Christmas! Sorry about that microaggression!

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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